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The Two Natures

by Robert F. Kingscote (1811-1893) There are many Christians who, after having seen that their sins have been forgiven them, are very much troubled to find the workings of sin within – old lusts and desires constantly rising up, which they find they cannot get rid of. “I thought,” say they, “that after I was converted I should not sin any more, and that I should have nothing but joy all the way along.” Perhaps, coming down one morning, something puts…

Could Christ Have Sinned? and if not, How Can He Sympathise?

Biblical scholar and author William Kelly (1821-1906) penned a helpful 62 page book entitled Christ Tempted and Sympathising in which he gets to grips with Hebrews 2:18 “For in that he [Christ] himself  hath suffered, being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted” (Heb 2:18). In the course of his remarks, Kelly addresses such questions as: Was Christ tempted to sin? What was the nature of Christ’s humanity? Did Christ have both a human and a divine…

Breaking Hedges

On a speaking tour of New Zealand, Harold St John (1876-1957), British missionary, author, Bible teacher and father of children’s author Patricia St John, gave a sermon on “breaking hedges”, based on the obscure Bible verse from Ecclesiastes 10:8 “Whoso breaketh an hedge, a serpent shall bite him”. Here is an abridged version of that unique, effective and poignant address: Every farmer knows the value of hedges; they keep the sheep from straying in wilder lands and protect them from marauders. They…

Did You Pray This Morning?

I got up early one morning and rushed right into the day; I had so much to accomplish that I didn’t have time to pray. Problems just tumbled about me, and heavier came each task. “Why doesn’t God help me?” I wondered. He answered, “You didn’t ask.” I wanted to see joy and beauty, but the day toiled on, gray and bleak; I wondered why God didn’t show me. He said, “But you didn’t seek.” I tried to come into…

The Christian’s “5-a-day”

For the good of your health, the World Health Organisation recommends that you eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables each day. Tom Armstrong, from Derriaghy, Northern Ireland, outlines a spiritual 5-a-day diet for Christians, from Proverbs Chapter 3: The book of Proverbs was largely written by the very wise King Solomon. The many plain and yet powerful proverbs were written for the blessing of his sons and of his people. They were written in days of great prosperity…

How to Pray

Author and preacher Franklin Ferguson (1866-1957) from New Zealand, who for 30 years edited The Treasury magazine, writes a helpful article on “How to Pray” based on Ephesians 6:18-19a: “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; and for me…” He broke the verses down into 7 sections as follows: The Season of Prayer – “Praying always” Most of us have set times for prayer, morning and evening,…

Dress for Christians in Today’s World

by Michael Browne (1930-2016) It is frequently argued by way of excuse that dress is not the most important thing when attending meetings of God’s assembly. It is not so much the outward appearance that God looks for, we are told, but inward reality and sincerity of heart — so, hiding behind this argument, those who use it wear the most casual, often slovenly and even unlaundered (young men), clothing. This is a spurious argument made to justify (a) a…

The Secret of the Christian Life

From “Notes on the Pentateuch”, in comments on Deuteronomy Ch 25, Charles Henry Mackintosh (1820-1896) wrote the following profound words: “Earnest and constant occupation with Christ is the true secret of all practical Christianity. It is not rules and regulations that will ever make us Christ-like in spirit, manner and ways. We must drink into His spirit, walk in His footsteps, dwell more profoundly upon His moral glories, and then we shall, of blessed necessity, be conformed to His image.…

What is God’s Ultimate Purpose?

What is the ultimate purpose of God? To what goal is history heading? Commenting on Ephesians 1:19-23, W.W. Fereday (1866-1959) puts it as succinctly as it has ever been put: “Before the ages of time God, in His infinite wisdom and love, purposed to place the whole universe under His beloved Son in manhood, with the Church in union with Him as His body. The grace of this is overwhelming, for the body is composed of sinners, some of them of…

The Christian’s Pilgrim Character

As Christ was a stranger here, His people are to be “strangers and pilgrims” on the earth, not citizens or rulers in it, as if their calling were to earth, either to renovate it or to govern it. It is not that the Christian is to be heedless of the world’s need, or deaf to its cry; indeed, he cannot be, for the groan of creation without finds its response in the experience of his spirit within. But he knows…

5 Poems for Troubled Times

I Cannot But God Can I cannot but God can, Oh balm for all my care! The burden that I drop, His hand will lift and bear. Though eagle pinions tire, I walk where I once ran, This is my strength to know, I cannot, but He can. I see not but God sees; Oh all sufficient light! My dark and hidden way to Him is always bright. My strained and peering eyes may close in restful ease, And I…

How George Muller Started His Day

George Muller (1805-1898), one of the best known Christians of all time, was married Mary Groves, sister of the outstanding pioneer missionary Anthony Norris Groves (1795-1853). The story of the Mullers’ life’s work in feeding, clothing and evangelising thousands of orphans in Bristol, England, depending entirely on the Lord to provide the funds, remains hugely inspirational and deeply challenging. When George Muller died the Daily Telegraph’s obituary said he “had robbed the cruel streets [of Victorian England] of thousands of…