Monthly Archives: March 2015

THE RESURRECTION POEM

The Resurrection Poem is from The Sunday At Home, April 10, 1880

Crowded inn and cattle manger
Welcome Jesus to the earth;
Angel hosts His glory singing,
Shepherds poor attend His birth.

In the garden dark and lonely,
Lo, the agony of blood!
Purple robe and reedy sceptre
Mock the thorn crowned Son of God.

Calvary’s hill of shame and hatred
Bears Him high in cruel death;
Quaking earth and midday darkness
Testify His parting breath.

Heavy stone, and seal, and soldiers,
guard the new-made silent grave;
Spotless shroud and fragrant spices,
these are His who came to save.

Soon, behold, the tomb is empty,
See, the clothes in order lie;
Glorious is the angel’s message;
Jesus lives, no more to die!

G.E.

1 Corinthians 15:17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.

SUNDAY SERMON, SABBATH THOUGHTS, 29 MARCH 2015

SUNDAY SERMON: George Whitefield, Walking With God

Genesis 5:24 — “And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.”

Various are the pleas and arguments which men of corrupt minds frequently urge against yielding obedience to the just and holy commands of God. But, perhaps, one of the most common objections that they make is this, that our Lord’s commands are not practicable, because contrary to flesh and blood; and consequently, that he is ‘an hard master, reaping where he has not sown, and gathering where he has not strewed’…continue reading here

SABBATH THOUGHTS:

“Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel.” 2 Timothy 2:8

We may be sure that it was no light reasons that Paul charged his beloved son Timothy to remember this as of living importance. He had been exhorting him to a warfare of life and death; he had called him to endure hardness, to avoid entangling himself with earthly affairs, to strive for the mastery, prepared to suffer trouble even unto bonds; and how is he to get strength for all this but by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and by the constant remembrance of his living Saviour, who had died and who was raised from the dead? And this is the thought and the faith by which we also must live to God, Jesus Christ, raised from the dead; Jesus Christ the seed of David, partaker of our nature, knowing its every weakness, yet raised in that nature, and able to raise us too.

We must remember him in his whole work-not only his Incarnation, not only his Atonement, but his glorious Resurrection alos, the pledge of his perfect acceptance with the FGather, his acceptance for us. We too are called to an earnest warfare in this world; let us remember him who conquered and was raised up in glory. We are often called to suffer, let us think of him/ and in the view of the solemn hour when the grave must at last separate us from all earthly things, whether of joy or sorrow, let us hold fast the glorious faith he has given us, and remember Jesus Christ raised from the dead according to the gosel.

Sunday At Home, April 6th, 1867

SATURDAY BIO SKETCH: JOHN WESLEY THE METHODIST

John Wesley the Methodist
Chapter 20: The True John Wesley
A PLAIN ACCOUNT OF HIS LIFE AND WORK
By a Methodist Preacher
THE METHODIST BOOK CONCERN
NEW YORK, 1903

John Wesley’s Appearance.–His habits.–His Temperament.–His Tact.–His Love of Children.–His Unhappy Matrimonial Experience.–His Wit and Humor.–His Freedom from Selfish Ambition.–Asbury’s Tribute. continue reading here

EXAMPLES OF PRAYING MEN

Luke 18:1 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;

“I love to be alone in my cottage, where I can spend much time in prayer.” David Brainerd

Dr. Judson’s success in prayer is attributable to the fact that he gave much time to prayer. He says on this point: “Arrange thy affairs, if possible, so that thou canst leisurely devote two or three hours every day not merely to devotional exercises but to the very act of secret prayer and communion with God. Endeavor seven times a day to withdraw from business and company and lift up thy soul to God in private retirement.

Begin the day by rising after midnight and devoting some time amid the silence and darkness of the night to this sacred work. Let the hour of opening dawn find thee at the same work. Let the hours of nine, twelve, three, six, and nine at night witness the same. Be resolute in his cause. Make all practicable sacrifices to maintain it. Consider that thy time is short, and that business and company must not be allowed to rob thee of thy God.” Impossible, say we, fanatical directions!

Dr. Judson impressed an empire for Christ and laid the foundations of God’s kingdom with imperishable granite in the heart of Burmah. He was successful, one of the few men who mightily impressed the world for Christ. Many men of greater gifts and genius and learning than he have made no such impression; their religious work is like footsteps in the sands, but he has engraven his work on the adamant. The secret of its profundity and endurance is found in the fact that he gave time to prayer. He kept the iron red-hot with prayer, and God’s skill fashioned it with enduring power. No man can do a great and enduring work for God who is not a man of prayer, and no man can be a man of prayer who does not give much time to praying. E. M. Bounds, Preacher And Prayer, Chapter 8, Examples Of Praying Men

Bishop Andrewes spent the greatest part of five hours every day in prayer and devotion.

THE LOVE ATTACHMENT TO CHRIST

Romans 6:1a Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection;

“There are at least three other relationships that everybody ought to bear toward Jesus Christ : Volitional, Intellectual and Emotional.

The Emotional:

“Do you love Jesus Do you really? I know we sing that we do. We sing things that aren’t very true at times. Do you really love Christ? A half comical answer given to D. L. Moody one time when he inquired of a stranger “Do you love Jesus?” He answered “I have nothing against Him.” And I think that is about as far as a lot of people go. We have nothing against Jesus but to say we love Him…ask the young Mother with a three month old baby, maybe just howling with his first little tooth ad able to smile all over his face as he looks up at his parents; “do you love your baby?” You know what will happen, she’ll break out, and every inch of her face will wrinkle up into a smile. Of course she does.

“Do you love Jesus, really? Well, I think it’s possible to be a Christian, that is to have faith in His power and work and His atonement. I think it’s possible to even have a vital relation to Him in the new birth and yet have not cultivated His fellowship to a point where we love Him very much. We’re not done yet, we’re not finished until the love attachment to Christ has become so strong that it burns and glows and consumes.

When I read the writings of the old Mystics and the old devotional writings and hymn writers of the Middle Ages and later I get sick in my heart and tell God, I tell Him “God I’m sorry, I apologize and I’m ashamed I don’t love Thee the way these loved Thee.” Read the letters of Samuel Rutherford, if you haven’t you should. Read those letters and see how sick it’ll make you. You’ll fold that book shut and get down on your knees and very likely say “O Lord Jesus do I love Thee at all considering if this is love what have I, what have I got?”

No, there should be an emotional relationship to Jesus Christ. A relationship of love. “Thou has left thy first love” said the Lord Jesus, and maybe that’s what it means, that you’ve allowed things to cool you off so like the young husband who really loves his bride but he’s so busy making a living for her that he neglects her. Now I wonder if Jesus might not had had something like that in mind. “Your busy for me dashing here and there for me in my service but oh, you’ve left your first love.” A. W. Tozer, The Deeper Life, pt 2

I worship Thee, most gracious God,
And all Thy ways adore;
And every day I live, I seem
To love Thee more and more.
Faber

THE LORD WILL TAKE ME UP!

Isaiah 49:14-15 But Zion said, The LORD hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me. Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.

“We may fall so far down and get into such an appalling mess and muddle and catastrophe that the dearest and nearest to us may forget and forsake us. We’ve may been so far away from God, far away from righteousness and truth that perhaps someone who put a candle in their window hoping we’d come back has given up hope.

Maybe the fire on every alter of every human heart of love for you has died down until nobody cares. But my bible says “when my Father and Mother forsake me the Lord will take me up! It say’s “I have loved thee with an everlasting love.” It tells me that “the Lord Jesus loved His disciples and have loved His own He loved them until the end. A love that is absolutely impassible in it’s preciousness. And that love never gives up and never lets go. And to the person here today that feels so utterly bereft and utterly God forsaken I can but point you to that love and ask you though you may never understand it to believe in it, and to rest in it and rejoice in it and to believe in it.

There is a little children’s chorus I used to sing:

Love wonderful love,
The love of God to me.
Love wonderful love,
So great, so rich, so free.
Wide, wide as the ocean,
Deep, deep as the deepest sea .
High, high as the heaven’s above,
His love to me.

Dare I to believe that today? Dare you?” Alan Redpath, sermon

“On the whole, God’s love for us is a much safer subject to think about than our love for Him.” C.S. Lewis

1 John 3:1-3 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.

O WORD OF GOD INCARNATE

John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

“In life He is my life, and in death He shall be the death of death; in poverty Christ is my riches; in sickness He makes my bed; in darkness He is my star, and in brightness He is my sun; He is the manna of the camp in the wilderness, and He shall be the new corn of the host when they come to Canaan.” C. H. Spurgeon

O Word of God incarnate, O Wisdom from on high,
O Truth unchanged, unchanging, O Light of our dark sky:
We praise You for the radiance that from the hallowed page,
A Lantern to our footsteps, shines on from age to age.

The Church from You, our Savior, received the Gift divine,
And still that Light is lifted over all the earth to shine.
It is the sacred Vessel where gems of truth are stored;
It is the heaven drawn Picture of Christ, the living Word.

The Scripture is a banner before God’s host unfurled;
It is a shining Beacon above the darkling world.
It is the Chart and Compass that over life’s surging tide,
Mid mists and rocks and quicksands, to You, O Christ, will guide.

O make your Church, dear Savior, a lamp of purest gold,
To bear before the nations Your true light as of old.
O teach your wandering pilgrims by this their path to trace,
Till, clouds and darkness ended, they see You face to face.

“Jesus Christ, the condescension of divinity, and the exaltation of humanity.” Phillips Brooks

John 1:16 For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.

ALMIGHTY ONE!

Today’s blog is a portion taken from chapter 12 of The Knowledge Of The Holy by A. W. Tozer

Sovereignty and omnipotence must go together. One cannot exist without the other. To reign, God must have power, and to reign sovereignly, He must have all power. And that is what omnipotent means, having all power. The word derives from the Latin and is identical in meaning with the more familiar almighty which we have from the Anglo-Saxon. This latter word occurs fifty-six times in our English Bible and is never used of anyone but God. He alone is almighty.

God possesses what no creature can: an incomprehensible plenitude of power, a potency that is absolute. This we know by divine revelation, but once known, it is recognized as being in full accord with reason. Grant that God is infinite and self existent and we see at once that He must be all-powerful as well, and reason kneels to worship before the divine omnipotence.

”Power belongeth unto God,” says the psalmist, and Paul the apostle declares that nature itself gives evidence of the eternal power of the Godhead (Rom 1:20). From this knowledge we reason to the omnipotence of God this way: God has power. Since God is also infinite, whatever He has must be without limit; therefore God has limitless power, He is omnipotent. We see further that God the self-existent Creator is the source of all the power there is, and since a source must be at least equal to anything that emanates from it, God is of necessity equal to all the power there is, and this is to say again that He is omnipotent.

Almighty One! I bend in the dust before Thee;
Even so veiled cherubs bend;
In calm and still devotion I adore Thee,
All-wise, all-present friend

Thou to the earth its emerald robe hast given,
Or curtained it in sow;
And the bright sun, and the soft moon in heaven,
Before Thy presence bow.
Sir John Bowring

Our Heavenly Father, we have heard Thee say, ”I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.” But unless Thou dost enable us by the exceeding greatness of Thy power how can we who are by nature weak and sinful walk in a perfect way?

Grant that we may learn to lay hold on the working of the mighty power which wrought in Christ when Thou didst raise Him from the dead and set Him at Thine own right hand in the heavenly places. Amen

GOD OF ETERNITY!

Psalm 90:2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God

“God could not be omnipotent, almighty, if he were not eternal. The title of almighty agrees not with a nature that had a beginning; whatsoever hath a beginning was once nothing; and when it was nothing, could act nothing: where there is no being there is no power. Neither doth the title of almighty agree with a perishing nature: he can do nothing to purpose, that cannot preserve himself against the outward force and violence of enemies, or against the inward causes of corruption and dissolution.

No account is to be made of man, because “his breath is in his nostrils” (Isa. 2:22); could a better account be made of God, if he were of the like condition? He could not properly be almighty, that were not always mighty; if he be omnipotent, nothing can impair him; he that hath all power, can have no hurt. If he doth whatsoever he pleaseth, nothing can make him miserable, since misery consists in those things which happen against our will.

The almightiness and eternity of God are linked together: “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and ending, saith the Lord, which was, and which is, and which is to come, the Almighty” (Rev. 1:8): almighty because eternal, and eternal because almighty.” Stephen Charnock, Discourse On the Eternity of God

God of eternity! from Thee
Did infant time his being draw;
Moments and days, and months and years,
Revolve by Thine unvaried law.

Silent and swift they glide away:
Steady and strong the current flows,
Lost in eternity’s wide sea,
The boundless gulf from which it rose.
Philip Doddridge

Psalm 90:4 For a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday when it is past, or as a watch in the night.

SUNDAY SERMON AND SABBATH THOUGHTS

Sunday Sermon:

The Drawings of Divine Love

by Charles H. Spurgeon

“No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me
draw him and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the
prophets, And they shali be all taught of God. Every man therefore
that hath heard, and hath learacd of the Father, cometh unto me.”
— John 6:44, 45.

THERE is something here which troubles many seeking souls; they hear
the gospel preached in this manner, “Look and live,” or, “Believe on the
Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.” This comforts them, and they
say to themselves, “This is a way in which we can run, we delight to be
told of salvation by faith in Christ.” By-and-by, they hear a discourse upon
our Savior’s words, “Ye must be born again,”…continue reading here

Sabbath Thoughts, from The Sunday At Home, Religious Tract Society,March 1st, 1880

LIFT UP YOUR EYES

Isaiah 40:26-27 Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth. Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is hid from the Lord, and my judgment is passed over from my God?

The Lord who created and who upholds all the glorious fabric of the heavens, still speaks to his people by his works as well as by his word, reproving unbelief and strengthening faith by the mighty voice of creation in the firmament above. How can we suppose that our God forgets us? How dare we think that our “way is hid” from him? The thought only shows that we have never yet lifted up our eyes to the true sight of his power and glory.

We have “limited the Holy One of Israel;” we have pondered over our own small concerns till we almost thought that he was “altogether such a one as ourselves.” And all the while, he has been mightily displaying to us such a height and depth and breadth of gloy in the work of his hands above our heads, as might well have overwhelmed us and our poor feeble reasoning’s with an awful sense of his infinite power and majesty? “Why sayest though, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is hd from the lord?” It is not our way that is hid from him, but his way that is hid from us; “There is no searching of his understanding!”

Blessed are those who can say of such a God, “We have known and believed th love that God hath to us!”