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All or Nothing

Scripture: Matthew 16:24-27 One of the most popular radio programs is called "Double or Nothing." A contestant is given a number of dollars, then asked a question, and if he gives the correct answer this amount is doubled. But if the answer is wrong, he loses all -- so it is double or nothing. Follo... Read More

Are You Majoring in Minors?

Scripture: Philippians 3:12, 13; Matthew 6: 33; Matthew 16:26 One of the great dangers of our fast, modern tempo is that we will become so occupied with incidentals, nonessentials, and minors that we shall neglect the fundamentals, essentials, and majors. It is not enough to be busy or to be active ... Read More

Christ Or Chaos?

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (I John 1:9) "I'm a frightened man," says Dr. Harold C. Urey, Professor of Chemistry at the University of Chicago, writing in a recent issue of Collier's magazine (January 5, 1946). He... Read More

Decaying Foundations

Text -- If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? (Psalms 11:3). The text is a very striking and thought-provoking question. If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? Our present civilization, particularly here in America, was founded upon religion. Roger Babson, ... Read More

Do You Keep a Box Score on Yourself?

Scripture: Matthew 7: 1-5 Life has frequently been likened to a game. There are many analogies: goals, rules, judges, scorekeepers, training, teammates, captains, spectators, opponents, coaches, timekeepers, and trophies. America's national pastime is baseball. In England and Australia it is cricket... Read More

Eight Standards For True Religion

"What shall I do with Jesus?" (Matthew 27:22). One who reads widely and studies extensively is confronted by many baffling problems and faced with a variety of interesting questions. The most important question that has ever come to any individual is composed of only six words which form the text of... Read More

Eight Tests Of True Religion

Text -- Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free (John 8:31). Borden Parker Bowne, that great philosopher, said, "For good or for ill the world is full of religion." True! It is estimated that there are over 500 different organizations purporting to be religious. At the same time i... Read More

Famous Prayers

Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:9-14 Animals do not pray. Only man, created in God's own image, reaches out beyond himself for a Being greater than himself to whom he can commit and upon whom he can rest his own self. Intercourse between man and man is called conversation, between man and God is called... Read More

Five Steps From Sin To Salvation

The jailor asked, "What must I do to be saved?" St. Paul answered, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved" (Acts 16:30, 31) Everyone is lost. All have sinned. Sin has caused us to be deprived of God's presence and, in thus being denied the light and life of God, to have become dep... Read More

Greatest Danger Confronting The Church

Scripture Reading -- St. Matthew 24:3-13, Revelation 2:1-7 Are you a church member? If so, what, in your opinion, is the greatest danger confronting the Church today? To bring the matter a little closer, what is the greatest danger facing your own denomination? And still a bit closer and more person... Read More

He Who Walks Toward the Sun Never Travels in Shadows

The first utterance attributed to God is recorded in the story of creation -- "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. . . . And God said, Let there be light." It is significant that God's first words concerning man and this planet had to do with light. There are various kinds of ligh... Read More

If I Should Die Before I Live

Scripture: Romans 6:19-23 Most of us are tenderly familiar with the child's bedtime prayer taught to us by our mothers: "Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take." For my sermon today I am lifting out that third line ... Read More

Imptaitging, and Devil-Begotten Spirit

Acts beyond the call of duty are always inspired by a supreme devotion to a great cause. It is in such moments that the finest in man is manifest. The basic law of life is that one finds his best when he gives himself to the best. Jesus gave us this truth when He declared, "He that findeth his life ... Read More

Is Life Closing In on You?

Scripture: Matthew 7:13, 14; Proverbs 4:18; 14:12 One of the most infamous instruments of torture used in the Middle Ages was a box much like a diver's suit. It stood about six feet high, eighteen inches wide, and a foot deep. Protruding from the back and sides were six inch, sharp spikes spaced abo... Read More

Is Life Worth The Living?

"But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions" (St. Matthew 19:22) The story of the Rich Young Ruler is recorded in three gospels, Matthew, Mark, and Luke. From the three accounts we are able to get a vivid picture of the earnest seeker after eternal... Read More

Lost Control

Scripture Reading: Luke 15:11-24 One of the most frightening, helpless experiences one can have is to be driving a car and suddenly to realize that you have lost control. You have your hands on the steering wheel but you cannot steer. You put your foot on the brake but you cannot stop. The automobil... Read More

Love in Four Dimensions

Scripture: John 3:16; Ephesians 3:18 Einstein's theory of relativity has given rise to much discussion of the fourth dimension. It is a twentieth century scientific and mathematical discovery. The fourth dimension is nothing new in Biblical or theological thought. It is as old as God. The Apostle Pa... Read More

Mastering Our Midnights

For our beautiful theme today, I am indebted to my friend, Dr. Roy S. Nicholson, president of the Wesleyan Methodist church. We were preaching colleagues at the great Lakeland, Florida, camp meeting. One day he said, "I've been thinking of a theme that maybe you could use on 'Showers of Blessing.'" ... Read More

Now That The War Is Over

"Choose you this day" (Joshua 24:15). Israel faced a crisis. A choice had to be made. The prophet cried out for immediate decision. "Choose you this day," he exhorted. History does repeat itself. Centuries have passed since Israel was confronted by the crisis of the text but humanity again faces the... Read More

Out at Home

Scripture: Acts 26 Imagine this situation. It is the seventh and final game of the World Series, each team having won three games. It is the ninth inning; the score is three to nothing in favor of the Yankees; there are three Giants on the bases; the batter has three balls and two strikes on him. Th... Read More

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