This is the fourth and last parable in Matthew 13 spoken by the Lord Jesus Christ to the crowd. The remaining four, dealing with the inner secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven, were spoken to the disciples. In this parable our Lord is telling the crowd what will be the outward signs of the development of the Kingdom of God on Earth throughout this age. As in the case of the mustard seed parable, He gives no interpretation of it and therefore we must proceed carefully, remembering that popular interpretation is not always correct, and that any interpretation which contradicts …Read More >
I somehow feel we all find that there is one need which surpasses others in our Christian experience, and it is expressed in the one word “Power”—power to conquer temptation; power to pray; power to witness; power to live. Is it not because of a lack of this that so much of our Christian experience is marked by a sense of appalling failure? How often we have gone to God and asked Him for a release of power, and yet somehow we have never entered into the experience of it.
I want to remind you of two verses from the …Read More >
I want to speak to you concerning the resources for Christian living. I meet so many discouraged, defeated, disillusioned Christians! Some are in business life carrying heavy responsibilities, and the pressure of it all has proved too great. Their testimony has suffered. Some are in the ministry, and the burdens and claims of people have caused them to snap under the strain. In spite of their college training they just haven’t got what is required for the onerous task of the ministry. Others are housewives who have the cares of a home. Sometimes their husbands don’t understand and are not …Read More >
From the time I was converted as a boy of fourteen, the Bible was to me the most interesting book in the world, and though forty years have gone by since I first knew my sins forgiven, no other book has ever displaced it in my affections. Because of this, I am really surprised when young Christians tell me that they are not particularly interested in the study of the Word of God. I wonder why. Is it because after all one is really never born again and therefore has no appetite for spiritual things? Or is it because the …Read More >
There is a need for constant emphasis upon the relation of the law given to Israel and to us today. It is not merely dispensational, but it is the blueprint for happiness. Obedience always brings harmony with the purpose of God, and in relationships to others, for holiness and happiness are inseparable.
The law was given to Israel on the basis of redemption. Exodus 20:2, “I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.” Here was the basis of all further relationships with the Redeemer …Read More >
Notes on a message given by Pastor Alan Redpath in The Moody Church on July 17, 1955.
I will not let thee go except thou bless me…What is thy name?…Jacob…and he blessed him there” (Genesis 32:6). “No more Jacob, but Israel” was the blessing which God gave that day. You, of course, know that in the Bible there is an immense significance in the name that is given to a man. You know the meaning of the word “Jacob.” It means deceiver, supplanter. You know the meaning of the word “Israel.” It means prince with God …Read More >
It is a source of great comfort to turn to the Bible and discover that all through history men of God, venturing upon service for God, have been confronted with the very same problems as we face today. Here Nehemiah, unmistakably called and commissioned to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, having secured an army of willing helpers, now finds himself faced with discouragement of every kind.
The opposition of Sanballat, Tobiah and Geshem, who have already launched their campaign of hate, has been faced realistically. The people have a mind to work, a heart to pray, an eye to watch …Read More >
The whole emphasis of the New Testament concerning Christian experience is that “Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life. No man cometh to the Father but by Him.” In other words, a personal interview with Him is essential for salvation. He came to reveal the Father, and that revelation shines out most clearly at the Cross. It is there we must meet Him. For it is not by the example of His life, but by the Atonement of His death that we may become Christians. There are many different paths and experiences which bring us to …Read More >
In the fourth chapter of John’s Gospel we are treading on familiar ground. I don’t suppose there are many people who haven’t at one time or another received encouragement and blessing, and at the same time, a great challenge from this portion of God’s Word. But like everything else in the Word of God, you never exhaust it.
Of course, if you stand back from it and look at it as a whole, you will be impressed with the fact that this story pictures one of the greatest facts of the whole Bible. Have you ever stopped for a moment …Read More >
“Neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the Lord my God, of that which doth cost me nothing,” (2 Samuel 24:24).
The burnt offering is the Old Testament picture of entire consecration. It was voluntary. It was all upon the altar. It was made by fire, a sweet savor unto the Lord. I want to use this text as the basis for what is recounted in Nehemiah 2, for the principle of the burnt offering is the principle behind the preparation and equipment of this man, and all others, for the service of God.
The Burden He Carried …Read More >