Divine Comfort

Bishop H. C. G. Moule (1841–1920) is my favorite Bible commentator. Amy Carmichael wrote about a letter she once received from Bishop Moule, in which he describes our Lord’s divine comfort: A letter, slipped into a book by mistake less than twenty years ago, has lately reappeared as such things kindly do sometimes. It was written from Auckland Castle soon after Mrs. Moule’s death had left the Bishop very lonely, for his daughter Tesie had died a little while before, … Read More

The Divine Discipline

“As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings: so the Lord alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him.” — Deuteronomy 32:11, 12. The Israelites had for their guide, instructor, and tutor, in order to prepare them for Canaan, none other than Jehovah himself. … God himself was their guide and their instructor. And it is so with us. The Holy Spirit … Read More

Hot Coffee and Cold Lemonade

Shortly after our family first moved to California from Chicago, we began attending a large church in downtown Los Angeles. After church we sometimes walked several blocks through the downtown area to a cafeteria that had flowing fountains throughout the building and seemingly endless choices of foods. On our way we almost always encountered a “street beggar.” Beggars weren’t called “the homeless” in those days, but they were the same as today: displaced, hungry, needy. Indelibly etched upon my memory … Read More

Grace Instead of Grace

Fellow and Dean of Trinity College, Cambridge, Lord Bishop of Durham, Teacher, Bible Expositor, Bishop Moule is my favorite Bible commentator. Said Amy Carmichael: Sometimes, when we are distressed by past failure and tormented by fear of failure in the future should we again set our faces toward Jerusalem, nothing helps so much as to give some familiar Scripture time to enter into us and become part of our being. The words “Grace for grace” have been a help to … Read More

Defeat Prepares for Victory

That “Prince of Preachers,” Charles Haddon Spurgeon, freely shared his views on emotions like depression, views which did not include labeling them as sin. Today’s piece from one of Spurgeon’s sermons brilliantly deals with a biblical view of depression. For more on this subject as well as a whole gamut of emotions as dealt with by Spurgeon, please read Bright Days, Dark Nights: With Charles Spurgeon in Triumph Over Emotional Pain. * * * AS it is recorded that David, … Read More

Don’t Add to Our Lord’s Atonement

“If thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted it.”— Exodus 20:25 God’s altar was to be built of unhewn stones, that no trace of human skill or labour might be seen upon it. Human wisdom delights to trim and arrange the doctrines of the cross into a system more artificial and more congenial with the depraved tastes of fallen nature; instead, however, of improving the gospel carnal wisdom pollutes it, until it becomes another gospel, and not … Read More

Responding to Lies and Criticism

Where I have known that there existed a measure of disaffection to myself, I have not recognized it, unless it has been forced upon me, but have, on the contrary, acted towards the opposing person with all the more courtesy and friendliness, and I have never heard any more of the matter. If I had treated the good man as an opponent, he would have done his best to take the part assigned him, and carry it out to his … Read More

Growing in Knowledge of Christ

“Get thee up into the high mountain.” – Isaiah 40:9 Our knowledge of Christ is somewhat like climbing one of our Welsh mountains. When you are at the base you see but little: the mountain itself appears to be but one-half as high as it really is. Confined in a little valley, you discover scarcely anything but the rippling brooks as they descend into the stream at the foot of the mountain. Climb the first rising knoll, and the valley … Read More

The Power of Words

“There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.” (Proverbs 12:18, KJV) “Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing.” (Proverbs 12:18, NLT) “But on the other hand, the tongue of the wise, which is in itself pure gentleness and a comfort to others, since, far from wounding, rather, by means of comforting, supporting, directing, exhortation, exercises a soothing and calming influence. …” (Keil and Delitzsch Commentary on Proverbs 12:18) … Read More

Dealing with Gossip

The blind eye and the deaf ear will come in exceedingly well in connection with the gossips of the place. Every church, and, for the matter of that, every village and family, is plagued with certain Mrs. Grundys, who drink tea and talk vitriol. They are never quiet, but buzz around to the great annoyance of those who are devout and practical. No one needs to look far for perpetual motion, he has only to watch their tongues. At tea-meetings, … Read More

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