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Monthly Archives: April 2022

“But Thomas, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe. And after eight days again his disciples were within,… Read More

“O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs, let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice; for sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely.” (Song of Solomon 2:14) I expect some of you feel, as I certainly feel myself, that this Song of songs is too great for us to intrude into it. But we would approach the… Read More

“Owe no man anything, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.” (Romans 13:8) ‘Apparently’ paradoxical debt of love! You owe it, you pay it, you still owe it! A debt which accumulates as you pay, which never decreases though you pay! An obligation which, though you always faithfully fulfill it, is never fulfilled! Owe no man anything, render unto every man his dues, above all do… Read More

“And the whole multitude of them arose, and led him unto Pilate. And they began to accuse him, saying, We found this fellow per- verting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Caesar, saying that he himself is Christ, a king. And Pilate asked him, saying, Art thou the king of the Jews? And he answered him and said, Thou sayest it.” (Luke 23:1-3) The King before the Beast! For, indeed, Jesus… Read More

“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD.” (Isaiah 1:18) Here is a special people addressed, “a small remnant.” They tremble and fear under a feeling sense of their guilt and utter unworthiness; but God mercifully calls unto them, saying, “Come now, and let us reason together.” Some people think they are as good as any of their neighbours, and a deal better than most, and they try thus to… Read More

Preached by brother J.E Hazelton, 14th April, 1907. “And thou shalt make a vail of blue and purple and scarlet, and fine twined linen of cunning work with cherubim shall it be made.” (Exodus 26:31) In the course of our consideration of the tabernacle types we come to that of the beautiful vail, which hung between the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies. Let us, as enabled, consider it from two… Read More

“They shall come with weeping.” (Jeremiah 31:9) Wherever God begins a gracious work in the soul, He takes away the heart of stone and gives the heart of flesh. Repentance, true repentance, is the first step in the divine life. True religion begins with a sorrowful heart and weeping eyes. Wherever there is a spiritual conviction of sin, there will be penitential grief and godly sorrow on account of it. And it is by—this… Read More

“Ye looked for much, and, lo, it came to little; and when ye brought it home, I did blow upon it.” (Haggai 1:9) Have you found your airy dreams and cherished projects realized? Have your ambitious projects been crowned with success? Have you not had repeated disappointments—and have not others, who seemed inferior to you in ability or in promise, outstripped you in the race? Your fleshly projects—your carnal hopes—your airy castles—your dreams of happiness—your romantic expectations of… Read More

“…Ye are not your own.” (1st Corinthians 6:19) Your money is not your own. You may not spend it just as you please—without check of conscience—without restraint of godly fear—without putting to yourself any inquiry how far you are spending it aright. You should be like a miser who looks at every shilling before he parts with it. So should every shilling be looked at, carefully and narrowly, by a Christian, whether it is… Read More

“From all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.” (Ezekiel 36:25) It is hard work to have our filth removed, and often takes a long time to effect, and that, perhaps, amid much opposition and rebellion against such humbling dealings. But we shall be made, sooner or later, to pine after the LORD’s sensible presence in our soul, and then we shall feel, that before we can realize it,… Read More

“That in Me ye might have peace.” (John 16:33) Peace in self! That never can be found. Peace in the world! That never can be had. Peace in sin! God forbid any of His children should dream of peace there for a moment. Peace in the things of time and sense! Are they not all polluted—all baubles, toys, passing shadows—smoke out of the chimney—chaff of the summer threshing floor? Can a tried, tempted, dejected believer, cast down with the difficulties of the… Read More

“I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him.” (Hosea 14:4) Have you never backslidden from God? The LORD in mercy may have kept you from backsliding openly, or bringing a reproach upon His cause. But backslidings are not limited to open sins. Are there no heart idolatries? No eye adulteries? No departing from the living God? No hewing out cisterns, broken cisterns, which… Read More

How many poor souls are struggling against the power of sin—and yet never get any victory over it! How many are daily led captive by the lusts of the flesh, the love of the world, and the pride of life—and never get any victory over them! How many fight and grapple with tears, vows, and strong resolutions against the besetting sins of temper, levity, or covetousness—who are still entangled and overcome by… Read More

“…and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.” (Hebrews 11:13) Many profess that they are “strangers and pilgrims” here below. But they take care to have as much of this world’s comforts as they can scrape together by hook and by crook. They talk about being “strangers,” yet can be in close friendship with men of the world. And could you see them at the exchange, at the market, behind the… Read More

We live in a lying world! The reason for this is not far to seek. Satan is its god and prince—and he is a liar, and the father of lies! The present world, being by the permission of God under Satan’s lordship and dominion, bears the impress which he has stamped upon it, and whereby he has made it a world of deception and falsehood. We ourselves went astray as soon as we were born, speaking lies. In… Read More

“Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” (1st John 5:5) A man must either overcome the world—or be overcome by it. To overcome the world is to be saved—to be overcome by it is to be lost. He, then, who does not believe that Jesus is the Son of God does not and cannot overcome the world—for he has not the faith of… Read More

“For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding.” (1st Chronicles 29:15) If you possess the faith of Abraham, Isaac, and, Jacob—you, like them, confess that you are a stranger—and your confession springs out of a believing heart and a sincere experience. You feel yourself a stranger in this ungodly world. It is not your element. It is not your home. You are… Read More

“Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.” (Ephesians 2:3) We may observe here a distinction drawn by the Apostle between the desires of the flesh and the desires of the mind. Both are opposed to God and godliness, both are the fruits of our fallen nature…. Read More