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How to face difficult times in our lives and why God allows them.

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Safe To Land

“Then they willingly received him into the ship, and immediately the ship was at the land whither they went.”—John 6:21 Our Lord’s miracles were signs as well as wonders, wonders of power and signs of spiritual truth and blessing. The feeding of the five thousand which precedes our text was a great object lesson of the world’s hunger and the Lord’s provision through the Living Bread. The story that follows, of the storm on the Galilean Sea is equally fraught with lessons for the future of the Church and the experiences of our Christian life. 1. The Disciples In The … Read More >

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Divine Healing: Is It In The Atonement?

No instructed Christian can help acknowledging the power of the Lord to heal the body as well as to save the soul. He who credits the miracles of the New Testament, as every sincere Christian must, necessarily recognizes the healing power of God. It is not, therefore, my desire to discuss the possibility of physical healing in answer to prayer nor the reality of many apparent miracles of healing in our own day in connection with the ministry of certain preachers, both male and female, who give a large place to this particular phase of things in their public work. … Read More >

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Through The Valley

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”—Psalm 23:4 As we picture a day in the life of a sheep, we see the sheep entering a time of darkness and shadows. The word though suggests to me that it may not happen. It is not when I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, rather though. But is not death the most certain thing about life? No necessarily, for in 1 Thessalonians 4 we read of … Read More >

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The Price And Privilege Of Discipleship

Notes of a message given on Sunday morning, by Pastor Alan Redpath on September 11, 1955. We have seen in the Beatitudes, the genuine Christian—the true citizen of the Kingdom—growing into maturity. We have seen him as he is in his own consciousness, in his own longings, and what he can become by the transforming power of the Holy Spirit. We have also seen the resultant impact such a life will have upon the world. Some say our text is the 8th Beatitude completing the Octave. Others see it in a different light. Up to this point it has been … Read More >

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In The Darkest Hour

All hope that we should be saved was then taken away.—Acts 27:20 Paul was, in many respects, a law unto himself. On more than one occasion the political leaders were sent into a huddle to determine the best disposition of his case. Claiming dual citizenship or citing an ancient law, the Apostle would frustrate the authorities. King Agrippa had such an experience with him. He called Festus, the governor of Judea, into counsel. After weighing the evidence, they concluded that “this man might have been set at liberty if he had not appealed unto Caesar.” Now he must go to … Read More >

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Discouragement

Many of the Friendship Club members know the easy way in but some of you do not know how readily you may get out of despondency. As a young Christian you came up against a devilish thing; devilish because Satan is the father of it,—discouragement. Do you not remember the delightful experiences of the first days of your Christian life? You were on the mountain top after coming out of the pit and miry clay of the past. The Bible was sweet. You ate it and relished it, and prayer was a great pleasure. To talk with people about their … Read More >

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Hallelujah Anyway!

I want you to know brethren, that what I have gone through has resulted in the furtherance of the gospel.”—Philippians 1:12 (Weymouth translation) “What I have gone through.” What tremendously suggestive words these are, and how personal they are to everybody, but in so many different ways. Has there been for you a crushing bereavement which has broken your heart, or has it been a fiery trial of temptation that has threatened to make shipwreck of your testimony? Has it been a broken friendship, shattered hope, an unexpected and unwanted change in circumstances of life? Or some physical suffering, such … Read More >

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The Storms Of Life

We are surprised that Dr. Luke devotes an entire chapter to a description of a storm and a shipwreck. This is perhaps the most dramatic chapter in the entire Book of Acts, but it is more than exciting history: it carries some valuable lessons for us as Christians. We often picture life as a journey or a voyage. Bunyan did this in Pilgrim’s Progress; life is a pilgrimage from the City of Destruction to the City of God. Homer followed the same idea in The Odyssey, using the image of a voyage. Melville did it in Moby Dick.  … Read More >

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The Forgotten Giant

Everybody remembers the famous story of David and Goliath; but few people remember that there was one giant that David could not kill. His name was Ishbi-benob, and he almost killed David! “But Abishai the son of Zeruiah succoured him, and smote the Philistine, and killed him. Then the men of David sware unto him, saying, Thou shalt go no more out with us to battle, that thou quench not the light of Israel.” There are several practical lessons from this story of the “forgotten giant” that I would like to share with you. Giants Keep Multiplying David killed a … Read More >

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Carest Thou Not That We Perish?

We find this question in Mark 4:38: “He was in a hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow, and they awake Him and say unto Him, ‘Master, carest Thou not that we perish?’” The incident is familiar, I am sure, to most of you. The day had been a very busy one. The Lord Jesus Christ had preached some wonderful parables; He had effected some amazing cures. At the end of the day He and His disciples took ship to go to the other side of the sea of Galilee. Here the Lord of glory is weary and … Read More >

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