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Care For God's Fruit Trees
“When thou shalt besiege a city a long time, in making war against it to take it, thou shalt not destroy the trees thereof by wielding an ax against them: for thou mayest eat of them, and thou shalt not cut them down (for the tree of the field is man’s life) to emply them in the siege. Only the trees which thou knowest that they be not trees for food, thou shalt destroy and cut them down: and thou shalt build bulwarks against the city that maketh war with thee, until it be subdued.”—Deuteronomy 20:19–20 Many are the salutary … Read More >
Jesus Rebukes Legality
“And it came to pass on the second Sabbath after the first, that he went through the corn fields; and his disciples plucked the ears of corn, and did eat, rubbing them in their hands. And certain of the Pharisees said unto them, Why do ye that which is not lawful to do on the Sabbath days? And Jesus answering them said, Have ye not read so much as this, what David did, when himself was an hungred, and they which were with him; How he went into the house of God, and did take and eat the shewbread, and … Read More >
Baptized Unto Whose Name?
“Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. Is Christ divided? Was … Read More >
Why Church Membership?
A sermon delivered by Dr. William B. Riley of Minneapolis at the Moody Tabernacle, March 18, 1917. I want to discuss this morning the subject of “The meaning and value of church membership,” and I ask your attention to the 16th verse of the 10th chapter of John’s Gospel: “Other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold and one shepherd.” There is no figure of which the divinely inspired writers seemed to be more fond than his figure of the shepherd … Read More >
How To Awaken Fresh Interest In Our Churches
Sermon given by The Moody Church’s founder: D.L. Moody. Date unknown. This message appeared in The Moody Church News in July/August 1965. “How to awaken fresh interest in our churches?” It is a most important question. There is not a Christian man or woman but ought to be interested in it. What is more, we ought to take it to heart, because not only our own families are interested in this matter, but all those about us. If the church is cold and formal, there is no chance of reaching the young people—that is sure; and what we want today, … Read More >
The Eleventh Commandment
We turn today to the thirteenth chapter of John’s Gospel and read from the thirty-first verse: “Therefore, when he was gone out—” that is, when Judas had gone out into the night—“Jesus said, Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in Him. If God be glorified in Him, God shall also glorify Him in Himself, and shall straightway glorify Him. Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall seek me: and as I said unto the Jews, Whither I go, ye cannot come; so now I say to you. A new commandment … Read More >