God Is Our Home

“The eternal God is thy refuge.” — Deuteronomy 33:27 The word refuge may be translated “mansion,” or “abiding-place,” which gives the thought that God is our abode, our home. There is a fulness and sweetness in the metaphor, for dear to our hearts is our home, although it be the humblest cottage, or the scantiest garret; and dearer far is our blessed God, in whom we live, and move, and have our being. It is at home that we feel … Read More

“With Christ We Can Do all Things”

“Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.” – Luke 5:4 We learn from this narrative, the necessity of human agency. The draught of fishes was miraculous, yet neither the fisherman nor his boat, nor his fishing tackle were ignored; but all were used to take the fishes. So in the saving of souls, God worketh by means; and while the present economy of grace shall stand, God will be pleased by the foolishness of … Read More

“God fails thee not”

“Why go I mourning?” Psalm 42:9 Canst thou answer this, believer? Canst thou find any reason why thou art so often mourning instead of rejoicing? Why yield to gloomy anticipations? Who told thee that the night would never end in day? Who told thee that the sea of circumstances would ebb out till there should be nothing left but long leagues of the mud of horrible poverty? Who told thee that the winter of thy discontent would proceed from frost … Read More

“Glory Begun Below”

“They did eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year.” – Joshua 5:12 Israel’s weary wanderings were all over, and the promised rest was attained. No more moving tents, fiery serpents, fierce Amalekites, and howling wildernesses: they came to the land which flowed with milk and honey, and they ate the old corn of the land. Perhaps this year, beloved Christian reader, this may be thy case or mine. Joyful is the prospect, and if faith be … Read More

“I will help thee”

“I will help thee, saith the Lord.” – Isaiah 41:14 This morning let us hear the Lord Jesus speak to each one of us: “I will help thee.” “It is but a small thing for Me, thy God, to help thee. Consider what I have done already. What! not help thee? Why, I bought thee with My blood. What! not help thee? I have died for thee; and if I have done the greater, will I not do the less? … Read More

“Do as thou hast said.”

“Do as thou hast said.” – 2 Samuel 7:25 God’s promises were never meant to be thrown aside as waste paper; He intended that they should be used. God’s gold is not miser’s money, but is minted to be traded with. Nothing pleases our Lord better than to see His promises put in circulation; He loves to see His children bring them up to Him, and say, “Lord, do as Thou hast said.” We glorify God when we plead His … Read More

“The iron did swim.”

“The iron did swim.” – 2 Kings 6:6 The axe-head seemed hopelessly lost, and as it was borrowed, the honour of the prophetic band was likely to be imperilled, and so the name of their God to be compromised. Contrary to all expectation, the iron was made to mount from the depth of the stream and to swim; for things impossible with man are possible with God. I knew a man in Christ but a few years ago who was … Read More

Be Proud of Your Calling

”Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called.“ – 1 Corinthians 7:20 Some persons have the foolish notion that the only way in which they can live for God is by becoming ministers, missionaries, or Bible women. Alas! how many would be shut out from any opportunity of magnifying the Most High if this were the case. Beloved, it is not office, it is earnestness; it is not position, it is grace which will enable us to … Read More

What is consecration?

There is no reason, in the nature of the case, why the children of God should not become consecrated from the very moment of conversion. It should be the normal state of Christians. And with many it is so. Redeemed from eternal death, they instantly give themselves to their Deliverer, as those alive from the dead. But with most this is not the case. And so it is necessary, at some future period of their lives, when the claims of … Read More

Our Saviour’s Prayer

“And He went a little farther, and fell on His face, and prayed.” – Matthew 26:39 There are several instructive features in our Saviour’s prayer in His hour of trial. It was lonely prayer. He withdrew even from His three favoured disciples. Believer, be much in solitary prayer, especially in times of trial. Family prayer, social prayer, prayer in the Church, will not suffice, these are very precious, but the best beaten spice will smoke in your censer in your … Read More

The Indispensableness of the Holy Spirit

“Spices for anointing oil.” – Exodus 35:8 Much use was made of this anointing oil under the law, and that which it represents is of primary importance under the gospel. The Holy Spirit, who anoints us for all holy service, is indispensable to us if we would serve the Lord acceptably. Without His aid our religious services are but a vain oblation, and our inward experience is a dead thing. Whenever our ministry is without unction, what miserable stuff it … Read More

The Tenderness of Our Lord Jesus

“But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” – Matthew 10:30. It is most delightful to see how familiarly our Lord Jesus talked with his disciples. He was very great, and yet he was among them as one that serveth; he was very wise, but he was gentle as a nurse with her children; he was very holy, and far above their sinful infirmities, but he condescended to men of low estate; he was their Master and Lord, … Read More

Godliness or Gloominess

He who affirms that godliness is gloominess knoweth not what he saith. The Lord desireth to teach us, at the very beginning of our Christian career, that he would have us be happy, happy only in himself. He makes us glad when we are but beginners, and little in Israel, that we may see that we can be made blessed by simple faith, without any other assistance. “Christians might avoid much trouble,” says Dr. Payson, “if they would only believe … 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

The Lord’s Supper (originally called “Meeting By Request”) – A.J. Crick

This sermon by A.J. Crick is the best commentary I have ever encountered on the sacrament we call “The Lord’s Supper” or “Holy Communion.” In order to more fully understand this sermon, it is important to know its background. Mr. Crick was a visiting preacher at a small Plymouth Brethren assembly where two people had been refused communion because they did not belong to that “denomination,” a label which the Plymouth Brethren have historically never wanted to call themselves. The … Read More

When Tragedy Strikes (Luke 13:22) – A.J. Crick

From time to time it is my intention to share vintage sermons which originate from my own personal collection of sermons which have blessed me. Many of these will be from A.J. Crick, a Plymouth Brethren Bible teacher. And he went through the cities and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem. Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, … Read More

Going Deeper: Simple Helps to Bible Study

“Do you have anything I can read to help me with studying the Bible?” a young man asked me recently. I told him I would try to think of something and ended up recommending a specific Bible commentary. Yet within myself I was not content with what was available. Then I remembered a small booklet on Bible study which had been privately written and printed by one of the best Bible teachers I had ever encountered, Alfred J. Crick. By … Read More

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