“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” Hebrews 10:25 In September 1857 a newly appointed city missionary, Jeremiah Lamphier, started weekly prayer meetings in the Dutch Reformed Church at Fulton Street in New [...]
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“…but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;” 1 Timothy 6:17 Our Lord Jesus is ever giving—and does not for a solitary instant withdraw His hand. As long as there is a vessel of grace not yet full to the brim—the oil shall not be stopped. He is a [...]
“And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and said to king Jehoshaphat, Shouldest thou help the ungodly, and love them that hate the LORD? therefore is wrath upon thee from before the LORD.” 2 Chronicles 19:2 Jehoshaphat was a godly king of Judah who faithfully served the Lord, [...]
"Shall a man make gods unto himself, and they are no gods." — Jeremiah 16:20 One great besetting sin of ancient Israel was idolatry, and the spiritual Israel are vexed with a tendency to the same folly. Remphan's star shines no longer, and the women weep no more for Tammuz, but Mammon still intrudes [...]
“And he said, take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.” Genesis 22:2 Character determines how a man interprets God’s will (Psalm 18:25-26). Abraham [...]
"After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name." Matthew 6:9 There is in each of us an envy; O how hard a matter it is to rejoice in the gifts, graces, and labours of others, and be content in circumstances, when God casts us by as unworthy, [...]
"Remember the sabbath day to keep it holy." Exodus 20:8 That we may sanctify and hallow the Sabbath by attentive hearing, beware of these two things: distraction and drowsiness. It is said of Bernard that when he came to the church door, he would say, "Stay here all my earthly thoughts." Distraction hinders devotion. How [...]
“But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.” Matthew 6:6 Eight times in the space of this verse is the pronoun used in the singular number and [...]
“And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross.” Matthew 27:32 Let us now gaze for a while upon Christ carrying his cross. He comes forth from Pilate's hall with the cumbrous wood upon his shoulder, but through weariness he travels slowly. [...]
"Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth." Matthew 5:5 The meek are happy. They are those who quietly submit themselves to God, to his word, and to his rod. They follow his directions and comply with his designs, and are gentle toward all men (Tit. 3:2). The meek can bear provocation without being inflamed [...]
“A fountain of gardens, a well of living waters, and streams from Lebanon.” Song of Solomon 4:15 There are eight verses in the Bible with the phrase “living water,” four in the Old Testament, four in the New. All beautifully describe a spiritual truth under the figure of a flowing stream of refreshing water. [...]
"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus." Philippians 2:5 What is it to have "the mind that was in Christ"? We answer; it is to be ever aiming after the highest perfection of holiness. It is to have the eye of faith perpetually on Jesus as our model, studying [...]