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Christianity: An Asset Or A Liability, Which?

By Dr. P.W. Philpott

Talking with a man a few days ago who was criticizing Christians or professing Christians and especially the church of Christ rather severely, I asked him this question: “Do you think that Christianity is an asset or a liability to a nation or to a city?”

“What do you mean?”

I replied, “Do you think that the city of Chicago would be a better city to live in if there were no Christians here? Would you like to live here if all the churches were destroyed? Would this great country America be a better land if all Christians could be …

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The Age Old Question

By Rev. P.W. Philpott

A Christian missionary was presenting the claims of Christ and of Christianity in the Court of King Edward of Northumbria. A great number in that brilliantly lighted hall had never heard the gospel of grace before, and in the course of that address an old Earl arose in his place and asked this question: “Can this new religion throw any light on what takes place beyond the grave?” Probably he was thinking of a son recently slain in battle, or of some loved one who had just fallen asleep. Continuing he said, “The life of a man is like a …

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Sign Of The Blood

By Rev. P.W. Philpott

When I see the blood I will pass over you. —Exodus 12:13

Of all the events in the history of that most wonderful of all nations, Israel, there is none quite so unique, so sacred, or significant as the one that we undertake to consider tonight known as the Passover. So wonderful was it that God commanded that people to keep it as a memorial feast forever. It was never to be forgotten. And although at the time of the Passover Israel was practically a nation of slaves, from then until now wherever a Jew exists he will point to …

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Our Yesterdays, Today, And Tomorrow

By Rev. P.W. Philpott

How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation. —Hebrews 2:3

Probably in all the languages spoken by men there is no word that signifies quite so much as the term “salvation.” When used in the Bible sense it includes in its meaning God’s gracious provision for man’s deepest need, and any provision that is adequate to the need of man must of necessity include his past, his present, his future,—his yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Even if a sinner was to decide to live right from the present his past must be reckoned with. That has to be straightened …

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The Greatest Thing In The World

By Dr. P.W. Philpott

“That ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth and length and depth and height and to know the love of Christ which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.”—Ephesians 3:17–19

This is part of the apostle’s prayer for the church at Ephesus. I dwell particularly on this “love that passeth knowledge.” You will know that Paul was the apostle of faith; love was not his strong point. It was John who was the apostle of love. But in his Epistle to the …

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The Spirit's Work

By Dr. Lewis Sperry Chafer

Address delivered at the 1923 Annual Missionary Rally.

This afternoon I am going to speak on the work of the Holy Spirit of God in the life of the believer. There are two aspects of the work of the Spirit: the work that He does in the unsaved in convincing of sin, of righteousness and of judgment, and the work that He does in the saved person in giving power, direction and efficiency as soul winners. The work of the Spirit in fitting for soul winning work, after all, means making a missionary, whether at home or abroad. The matter …

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Three Men

By Dr. P.W. Philpott

“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.”—1 Corinthians 2:14–15

“And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.”—1 Corinthians 3:1–2

It is obvious to all …

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What Doth Hinder?

By Unknown (assumed to be Rev. P.W. Philpott)

Probably more Christians are praying today for a revival than at any other time in the history of the church, and yet no sign appears. Indeed, we have never known such indifference, such carelessness and absolute disregard for the claims of Christ as are manifested at the present time. How few are there who have any thought of God in their hearts! How few respond to the Gospel call! As we search our hearts and seek for an explanation of these conditions, there are some facts which face us and they speak plainly regarding the problem.

Leaven of Criticism

First, …

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The Potency Of Prayer

By Dr. Howard Taylor

Address delivered at the Missionary Rally at The Moody Church in April 1923 by Dr. Howard Taylor.

Before reading the Scripture, I should like to mention a fact that may possibly be unknown to some who are present. That beloved and wonderful man of God, the late D.L. Moody, was the one to support the first American member of the China Inland Mission who went out from Northfield in 1888. It is, therefore, a special privilege to me to meet this great gathering in this church founded by and named after that mighty man of God.

Let us now read …

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Greater Grace Or The Believer's Unfailing Supply

By Dr. P.W. Philpott

“And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.” —2 Corinthians 9:8

Peter writes about “exceeding great and precious promises” by which we are made partakers of the divine nature. I think the text we have chosen surely comes under that classification. Not only have we great promises, but they are exceeding great and exceeding precious. The saints who are growing in grace and in the knowledge of the truth see more and more as the days go by the perfectness and greatness …

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