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Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world. When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone. . . . Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it? . . . . From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. John 6:15, 15, 60, 66. Crown...

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But the end of all things is at hand; be ye therefore sober and watch unto prayer. 1 Pet. 4:7 To pilgrims this word is addressed. And from the viewpoint of a stranger, in the consciousness of your being a sojourner in the world you must hear it. Failure to receive this Word of God in a pilgrim’s consciousness would result in finding nothing but reasons for sadness and lamentation in these words. The end of all things is near, at hand! What if that signifies the end of all you love and cherish, of all the things on which...

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And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying, Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people. And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David; As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began; That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us; to perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant; the oath which he swore to our...

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Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. Hebrews 13:5, 6 Much needed admonition! Let your conversation be without covetousness; be content with the present! How frequently the Scriptures sound this same note of warning, now in one form then in another! Flee from covetousness! The love of money is a root of all evil! Seek the things which...

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For the love of Christ constraineth us, because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead. And that He died for all that they which live should henceforth not live unto themselves, but unto Him which died for them and rose again. 2 Cor. 5:14, 15 Marvelous, unfathomable love! One died for all! He died for us! For, it is to this love of Christ to us, not to our love to Him, that the text refers. True, the expression “the love of Christ” might very well be interpreted to signify our love of Christ....

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“Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house….” Psalm 128:3a It is rather strange, if not ironic, that an annual “Mother’s Day” is so widely observed in our times. When we examine current trends and projections for the future, we see that for many—both men and women— marriage and family simply are not considered the way to the so-called “good life.” We see more and more people deciding against marriage, as social pressures to wed diminish and women find it easier to achieve economic independence. We see continuing high levels of divorce, low birth...

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But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved); and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Eph. 2:4-6 But God! There is an evident contrast here with the preceding verses of this chapter. At the beginning of this chapter the apostle had purposed a different construction: “And you,” he wrote, and, no doubt, intended to continue at once: “hath he quickened together with Christ.” Of Christ,...

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But now, O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we are all the work of thy hand. Isaiah 64:8 A plea! But now, O Lord! There is another side to our case, Thy side, the divine, the eternal, the unchangeable side, the aspect that concerns Thy faithfulness, and the glory of Thy name! Hitherto we presented our side. And considering all that is with us, there can be no hope. All is dark, and there is no prospect of light, even of the faintest glimmer; all is worthy of condemnation and there...

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For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. Eph. 2:8 For! Let us not overlook this little but significant word! For by grace are ye saved! The conjunction presents the truth here expressed as a reason for something else, an explanation of something that has been mentioned-in the context. It informs us of the fact that this statement does not stand alone, that is not an isolated truth, which one can accept or not accept without much effect for the rest of the contents of his faith; which one...

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Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him and make our abode with him. John 14:23 Lord, how is it? Such was the question that had arisen in the heart of Judas, not Iscariot. To him there was an element of mystery in what the Lord had just told them. He believed, but did not understand. Hence, the inquiry: Lord, how is it? Jesus had spoken words of comfort to them with a view to His departure from them. He...

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