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Monthly Archives: January 2021

I shall never forget one memorable season of trouble that I was in many years ago. I cannot tell the depths of distress I was plunged into. I wished to have done with time and sense, weary of life, longing to be gone, feeling I could not bear it. I was in such a way I cannot describe it, and all at once this passage dropped upon my heart: “Fear thou not;… Read More

“And the LORD will create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for upon all the glory shall be a defence” (Isaiah 4:5) There is an allusion here to the cloudy pillar which rested upon the tabernacle. It was as a cloud by day, but as a pillar of fire by night. The… Read More

“Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:3) The Saviour carefully describes the case and inward state of those gracious souls upon whom His blessings are pronounced. No random arrows are discharged from His bow, nor is any uncertain artillery taken from His quiver, nor discharged by His valiant men of Israel. For though they fight, they never beat the air. He first discovers the… Read More

However low Jonah sank in trouble, he lost not his acquaintance with divine teachings. Did he go to Joppa? He did not lose them there. Did he fall asleep in the sides of the ship? He did not lose them there. Did the storm rage, the winds blow, and was Jonah cast into the billows? He did not lose his faith there; yea, when he was come into the very “belly of… Read More

“Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.” Now this is rather striking language, isn’t it? It almost startles us. Five words spoken with the understanding or five words received in the heart with the understanding better than ten thousand words that are not understood and that are in an… Read More

It is one of the condescending attributes of the Saviour that joined to the incomparable name of Jesus, should have been joined the name of lowly Nazareth. Nazareth was a place of no consequence in the eyes of many in Israel. Its isolated geographic position, the unpolished Galilean accent of its inhabitants, along with a reputation for loose morals and religion, made it a by-word in the eyes of many, especially among… Read More

”Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6) And why did Paul think so? Because they were partakers of his grace and his disgrace: “Inasmuch as both in my bonds and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ya all are partakers of my grace.” (Philippians 1:7) I find when I talk… Read More

“And afterward Moses and Aaron went in, and told Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Let my people go, that they may hold a feast unto me in the wilderness. And Pharaoh said, Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD, neither will I let Israel go.” (Exodus 5:1-2) Moses and Aaron went in to king Pharaoh, the ruler… Read More

“And David said, Is there yet any that us left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake? And there was of the house of Saul a servant who’s name was Ziba. And when they had called him unto David, the king said unto him, Art thou Ziba? And he said, Thy servant is he. And the king said, Is there not yet any of the… Read More

“The LORD hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee; send thee help from the sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of Zion.” (Psalm 20:1-2) ——————– This salvation God appoints “for walls and bulwarks” (Isaiah 26:1); and I feel it’s power when I draw nigh to Him with many fears and confessions, and He assures me that He is my Friend and will never leave me nor forsake… Read More

“Who can understand his errors? Cleanse Thou me from secret faults.” (Psalm 19:12) ——————– The Spirit is grieved by self-will, pride, conceit, and any tendency to a self-righteous spirit; and if these are not quelled, we shall have a furnace ten times hotter then we have had. In the furnace we are brought to feel we need mercy; and nothing will subdue these things but a sense of God’s mercy. This will make… Read More

“The word of the LORD that came unto Hosea, the son of Beeri, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel. The beginning of the word of the LORD by Hosea. And the LORD said to Hosea, Go, take unto thee a wife of whoredoms and children of whoredoms: for the land hath committed great… Read More

“Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.” (Psalm 116:15) This is one of those Psalms that ought to be required reading. We need to read it very often.David didn’t find these words in a “church” prayer book. He didn’t find these words in a “church” creed or catechism or even a confession of faith. He didn’t find these words in a book of systematic theology. These… Read More

“For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.” (Leviticus 17:11) Leviticus chapter 17 contains the very heart of the gospel. This is a Scripture that ought to bemarked and studied. It declares the means and way of salvation; “For the life… Read More

“And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.” (1st Corinthians 10:14) If the Lord Jesus is pleased to give you an understanding of the words that this verse here relates to in 1st Corinthians found in the seventeenth chapter of Exodus, it may be that it will open up many other Old Testament passages of Scripture and… Read More