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"Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest? For all those things hath mine hand made, and those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word."   Isaiah 66:1-2

"The Jews gloried much in their temple. But what satisfaction can the Eternal Mind take in a house made with men's hands? God has a heaven and an earth of his own making, and temples of man's making; but he overlooks them, that he may look with favour to him who is poor in spirit and serious, self-abasing and self-denying; whose heart truly sorrows for sin: such a heart is a living temple for God." — Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

"...how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord?"
"And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness:"

(Romans 11:33-34 and 1 Timothy 3:16)

David asked the question every sincere Christian ponders. "What is man, that thou art mindful of him?" (Psalm 8:4) Of all the unimaginable glory of God's created universe, why would God take such special interest in man? Yet it is man, a broken and contrite man that stirs the heart of God most.

God controls the movement of galaxies, universes, and everything therein. God controls time itself. He is Omnipotent. But unto man, has God given the control of his own will. Understandably so then, is God moved by a man who chooses by his own will to seek after and to know his Creator.

There is no yielding of a building, of its timbers or furnishings. There is no praise therein, no love or devotion. No matter how glorious the adornment, how rich the cost, how priceless its appeal, there is no will to surrender unto the great Creator. It is man who places such value in a building, to adorn it in hopes of drawing other men. But it does not attract the Almighty. God's ways are much higher than ours.

We have made church (the building) something it was never meant to be, an attraction to men's vanity. But the true Church (the saints) has but one meaning, one purpose, to be the exact replica of Christ on this earth, to be the instrument of God's glory, power and praise. When the Church fulfills her calling, the glory will fall upon her again.

Herein is the true Church, the true Temple of God; "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are." (I Corinthians 3:16-17)   Scripture says that, "the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us." (John 1:14)   This is the goal of the Church, of every Christian, to be so conformed to Christ, to the Word, that we might walk among men as a light of hope.

God said, "to this man will I look". The Hebrew word looknabat means to scan, to look intently. God is not just looking at, but searching for men who will humble themselves before the Almighty. "And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap..." (Ezekiel 22:30)

Beloved, think of it. God has proclaimed that, "heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool" yet desires to live within a man who has yielded himself and will walk with the Almighty. "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)

But God is not only looking for the man with a humble and contrite spirit, but for the man that "trembleth at my word."  A man who trembles at the Word of God is a true believer. He believes that whatever God has said, God will do. "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." (Hebrews 11:6)  This man is not double minded, he is not easily moved, and according to God's word, nothing shall be impossible to him.

"Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest? For all those things hath mine hand made, and those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word."   Isaiah 66:1-2

This man is the true Temple of God, the true Church, this is the man that God looks unto!  Is God looking at you?

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Point #9.   "Sanctification, again, is a thing which does not prevent a man from having a great deal of inward spiritual conflict. By conflict I mean a struggle within the heart between the old nature and the new, the flesh and the spirit, which are to be found together in every believer. (Galatians 5:17.) A deep sense of that struggle, and a vast amount of mental discomfort from it, are no proof that a man is not sanctified. Nay: rather, I believe, they are healthy symptoms of our condition, and prove that we are not dead, but alive. A true Christian is one who has not only peace of conscience, but war within. He may be known by his warfare as well as by his peace. In saying all this, I do not forget that I am contradicting the views of some well-meaning Christians, who hold the doctrine called "sinless perfection." I cannot help that. I believe that what I say is confirmed by the language of St. Paul in the seventh chapter of Romans.

That chapter I commend to the careful study of all my readers. I am quite satisfied that it does not describe the experience of an unconverted man, or of a young and unestablished Christian; but of an old experienced saint in close communion with God. I believe furthermore, that what I say is proved by the experience of all the most eminent servants of Christ that have ever lived., The full proof is to be seen in their journals, their autobiographies, arid their lives. Believing all this, I shall never hesitate to tell people that inward conflict is no proof that a man is not holy, and that they must not think they are not sanctified because they do not feel entirely free from inward struggle.

Such freedom we shall doubtless have in heaven; but we shall never enjoy it in this world. The heart of the best Christian, even at his best, is a field occupied by two rival camps, and the "company of two armies." (Song of Solomn 6:13.) Let the words of the thirteenth and fifteenth Articles be well considered by all Church men: "The infection of nature doth remain in them that are regenerated." "Although baptized and born again in Christ, we offend in many things; and if we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us."       — J.C. Ryle

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"Holiness: It's Definition"
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The Gospel According To Luke Is That Of The Universal Saviour. In it, Jesus is seen as Man, and His work is dealt with in its widest application. The true ideal of God's ancient people Israel is recognized. Messiah is revealed as of the stock of Abraham, and yet as the Saviour of all men. The song of Mary, the prophecy of Zacharias, the chanting of the angels, and the speech of Simeon, all sacred and beautiful utterances peculiar to the Gospel, recognize Jesus both as the Messiah of the ancient people according to their prophecies; and as the Saviour of all such as put their trust in Him, without regard to nationality.

The benefits accruing to the chosen people are recognized, but they are ever seen flowing through them to all peoples. In the song of Zacharias, which our text is found, Jehovah the God of Israel is declared as visiting, redeeming, and raising up a horn of salvation in the house of David; but the purpose of this visitation of His ancient people is that the light may shine on them that sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death.

In order to perform this wider mission, the Messiah brings to His own people "salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all that hate us, to show mercy toward our fathers and to remember His holy covenant, the oath which He should swear to Abraham our father, to grant unto us that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies should serve Him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before Him all our days."

These two words, holiness and righteousness, mark two aspects of one condition. Holiness has to do with character; righteousness with conduct. They cannot possibly be separated from each other. They are as 'intimately related as are root and fruit. There can be no fruit unless there be a root. If there be living root it must issue in fruit. There can be no righteousness unless there is holiness; holiness must issue in righteousness. Holiness describes being; righteousness describes doing.

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"Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity: quicken Thou me in Thy way" Psalms 119:37.

The first request is for the removing of impediments to obedience, the other for addition of new degrees of grace. These two are fitly joined, for they have a natural influence upon one another: unless we turn away our eyes from vanity, we shall soon contract a deadness of heart.

When our affections are alive to other things, they are dead to God; therefore the less we let loose our hearts to these things, the more lively and cheerful the work of obedience. On the other side, the more the vigour of grace is renewed and the habits of it quickened into actual exercise, the more is sin mortified and subdued.

1. It therefore concerns those that would walk with God to have their eyes turned away from worldly things. He that would be quickened, carried out with life and vigour in the ways of God, must first be mortified, die unto sin. Speaking of the fruits of Christ's death, the Apostle mentioned death unto sins before life unto righteousness (I Peter 2:25). If any would live with Christ, first they must learn to die unto sin. It is impossible for sin and grace to thrive in the same subject.

2. One great means of mortification is guarding the senses-eyes and ears, taste and touch-that they may not betray the heart. I put it so general because the man of God that is so solicitous about his eyes would not be careless of his ears and other senses. We must watch on all sides. When an assault is made on a city, if one gate be open it is as good as if all were.

The ingress and egress of sin is by the senses, and much of our danger lies there. There are many objects that agree with our distempers, and by them insinuate themselves into the soul, and therefore things long since seemingly dead will soon revive again and recover life and strength. There are no means to keep the heart unless we keep the eye.

In every creature Satan has laid a snare for us, to steal away our hearts and affections from God. The senses are so ready to receive these objects from without to wound the heart, for they are as the heart is. If the heart be poisoned with sin, and became a servant to it, so are the senses of our bodies "weapons of unrighteousness" (Romans 6:13). Objects have an impression upon them answerable to the temper and affections of the soul, and what it desires they pitch upon; and therefore if we let the senses wander, the heart will take fire.

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I suppose you are still in the 'school of the cross', learning the happy are of extracting 'real good' out of 'seeming evil', and to grow tall by stooping. The flesh is a sad untoward dunce in this school; but grace makes the spirit willing to learn by suffering; yes, it cares not what it endures, so that sin may be mortified, and a conformity to the image of Jesus be increased.

Surely, when we see the most and the best of the Lord's children so often in heaviness, and when we consider how much He loves them, and what He has done and prepared for them, we may take it for granted that there is a need-be for their sufferings. For it would be easy to His power, and not a thousandth part of what His love intends to do for them should He make their whole life here, from the hour of their conversion to their death, a continued course of satisfaction and comfort, without anything to distress them from within or without. But were it so, would we not miss many advantages?

In the first place, we would not then be very conformable to Jesus, nor be able to say, "As He was, so are we in this world." Methinks a believer would be ashamed to be so utterly unlike his Lord. What! The master always a man of sorrow and acquainted with grief, and the servant always happy and full of comfort! Jesus despised, reproached, neglected, opposed, and betrayed; and His people admired and caressed! He living in the poverty, and they filled with abundance; He sweating blood for anguish, and they strangers to distress!

How unsuitable would these things be! How much better to be called to the honor of experiencing a measure of His sufferings! A cup was put into His hand on our account, and His love engaged Him to drink it for us. The wrath which it contained He drank wholly Himself; but He left us a little affliction to taste, that we might remember how He loved us, and how much more He endured for us than He will ever call us to endure for Him.

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Manna for the Soul:       "Waiting on God"       by Matthew Henry

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IT IS not enough for us to begin everyday with God, but on Him we must wait every day, and all the day long. What is it to wait on God? To wait on God is to live a life of desire towards Him, delight in Him, dependence on Him and devotedness to Him.

I. Desire.   It is to live a life of desire towards God; to wait on Him, as the beggar waits on his benefactor, with earnest desire to receive supplies from him: "The desire of our soul is to thy Name, and to the remembrance of Thee. With my soul have I desired Thee..." Isaiah 26:8-9. Thus must we be always waiting on God, as our chief good, and moving towards Him.

II. Delight.   It is to live a life of delight in God, as the lover waits on his beloved. Desire is love in motion; delight is love at rest. We must never wish for more than God. In Him we must be entirely satisfied; let Him be mine, and I have enough. The gracious soul dwells in God, is at home in Him, and there dwells at ease; and whatever he meets with in the world to make him uneasy, he finds enough in God to balance it.

III. Dependence.   It is to live a life of dependence on God, as the child waits on his father, whom he has confidence in, and on whom he casts all his care. To wait on all good to us, and the Protector of us from all evil. Thus David explains himself in Psahn 62:5, "My soul wait thou only upon God," and continue still to do so, "for my expectation is from Him." I look not to any other for the good I need.

IV. Devotedness.   It is to live a life of devotedness to God, as the servant waits on his master, ready to observe his will, and to do his work. The servant waits not only to do him service, but to do him honor; his glory must be our ultimate end.

To wait on God is to make His will our rule, to make the will of His providence the rule of our patience, and to bear every affliction with an eye to that. We are sure, it is God that performeth all things for us; and He performeth the thing that is appointed for us, we are sure, that all is well that God doth, and shall be made to work for good to all that love Him. We must therefore bear the affliction, whatever it is, because it is the will of God.

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"Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me."   Matthew 16:24

Then said Jesus unto his disciples,... Knowing that they had all imbibed the same notion of a temporal kingdom, and were in expectation of worldly riches, honour, and pleasure; he took this opportunity of preaching the doctrine of the cross to them, and of letting them know, that they must prepare for persecutions, sufferings, and death; which they must expect to endure, as well as he, if they would be his disciples:

if any man will come after me: that is, be a disciple and follower of him, it being usual for the master to go before, and the disciple to follow after him: now let it be who it will, rich or poor, learned or unlearned, young or old, male or female, that have any inclination and desire, or have took up a resolution in the strength of grace, to be a disciple of Christ,

let him deny himself: let him deny sinful self, ungodliness, and worldly lusts; and part with them, and his former sinful companions, which were as a part of himself: let him deny righteous self, and renounce all his own works of righteousness, in the business of justification and salvation; let him deny himself the pleasures and profits of this world, when in competition with Christ; let him drop and banish all his notions and expectations of an earthly kingdom, and worldly grandeur, and think of nothing but reproach, persecution, and death, for the sake of his Lord and Master: and

take up his cross; cheerfully receive, and patiently bear, every affliction and evil, however shameful and painful it may be, which is appointed for him, and he is called unto; which is his peculiar cross, as every Christian has his own; to which he should quietly submit, and carry, with an entire resignation to the will of God, in imitation of his Lord:

and follow me; in the exercise of grace, as humility, zeal, patience, and self-denial; and in the discharge of every duty, moral, or evangelical; and through sufferings and death, to his kingdom and glory. The allusion is, to Christ's bearing his own cross, and Simeon's carrying it after him, which afterwards came to pass.

— John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The Gospel Libray:       "Man – The Dwelling Place of God"       by A. W. Tozer

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Chapter 7   Faith: The Misunderstood Doctrine
IN THE DIVINE SCHEME OF SALVATION the doctrine of faith is central. God addresses His words to faith, and where no faith is, no true revelation is possible. "Without faith it is impossible to please him."

Every benefit flowing from the atonement of Christ comes to the individual through the gateway of faith. Forgiveness, cleansing, regeneration, the Holy Spirit, all answers to prayer, are given to faith and received by faith. There is no other way. This is common evangelical doctrine and is accepted wherever the cross of Christ is understood.

Because faith is so vital to all our hopes, so necessary to the fulfillment of every aspiration of our hearts, we dare take nothing for granted concerning it. Anything that carries with it so much of weal or woe, which indeed decides our heaven or our hell, is too important to neglect. We simply must not allow ourselves to be uninformed or misinformed. We must know.

For a number of years my heart has been troubled over the doctrine of faith as it is received and taught among evangelical Christians everywhere. Great emphasis is laid upon faith in orthodox circles, and that is good; but still I am troubled. Specifically, my fear is that the modern conception of faith is not the Biblical one; that when the teachers of our day use the word they do not mean what Bible writers meant when they used it.

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The School of Christ:       "Learning the Truth"       by T. Austin Sparks

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The Need for a True Foundation

But in order that this may be so, you and I, under the Holy Spirit's teaching, have to be dealt with very faithfully, and have to come to the place where we are perfectly adjustable before God, where there is all responsiveness to the Holy Spirit, and nothing in us that resists or refuses the Holy Spirit, but where we are perfectly open and ready for the biggest consequence of the Holy Spirit putting His finger upon anything in our lives needing to be dealt with and adjusted. He is here for that.

The alternative to such a work of the Holy Spirit being allowed to be done in us is that we shall find ourselves in a false position, and it is far, far too costly to find ourselves in a false position, even though it only be on certain points. This is a false world we are living in, a world that is carried on upon lies.

The whole constitution of this world is a lie, and it is in the very nature of man, though multitudes do not know it, but think they are true. They are trying to build the world on a false foundation. The Kingdom of God is altogether other. It is built upon Jesus Christ, the Truth.

Well now, my emphasis at the moment is upon the need for a true position where we are concerned. Oh for men and women in whom the truth of Christ has been wrought and who will go on with God, no matter what it costs. "Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord?" "He that speaketh truth in his heart ... he that sweareth to his own hurt" that is, who takes the position of verity though it cost him dear.

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The Imitation of Christ:       "Internal Consolation"       by Thomas À Kempis

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Internal Consolation     Book III

Restlessness of Soul – Directing Our Final Intention Toward God
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MY CHILD, do not trust in your present feeling, for it will soon give way to another. As long as you live you will be subject to changeableness in spite of yourself. You will become merry at one time and sad at another, now peaceful but again disturbed, at one moment devout and the next indevout, sometimes diligent while at other times lazy, now grave and again flippant.

But the man who is wise and whose spirit is well instructed stands superior to these changes. He pays no attention to what he feels in himself or from what quarter the wind of fickleness blows, so long as the whole intention of his mind is conducive to his proper and desired end.

For thus he can stand undivided, unchanged, and unshaken, with the singleness of his intention directed unwaveringly toward Me, even in the midst of so many changing events. And the purer this singleness of intention is, with so much the more constancy does he pass through many storms.

But in many ways the eye of pure intention grows dim, because it is attracted to any delightful thing that it meets. Indeed, it is rare to find one who is entirely free from all taint of self-seeking. The Jews of old, for example, came to Bethany to Martha and Mary, not for Jesus' sake alone, but in order to see Lazarus.

The eye of your intention, therefore, must be cleansed so that it is single and right. It must be directed toward Me, despite all the objects which may interfere.

Biography:       "John W. McGarvey"       (1829-1911)

John W. McGarvey

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John W. McGarvey   (1829-1911)

The following biographical sketch of J. W. McGarvey was written by J. H. Garrison in 1891, before McGarvey's death in 1911.

John W. McGarvey was born in Hopkinsville, Ky., March 1, 1829. His father was a native of Ireland, and did not move to this country until he was grown. He located in Hopkinsville, Ky., where he was married to a Miss Thompson, who was born and reared near Georgetown, Ky. When J. W. McGarvey was four years old, his father died, and his mother afterwards married Dr. G. F. Saltonstall. In 1839 the family removed to Tremont, Tazewell county, Ill., where our future teacher, preacher and author was trained to habits of industry, and thoroughly instructed in the primary and academic branches by Mr. James K. Kellogg, a successful educator of the place.

In April, 1847, in his eighteenth year, he entered Bethany College, and graduated with honors in the year 1850, delivering the Greek speech. While at Bethany he confessed faith in Christ, and was baptized by Prof. W. K. Pendleton. Immediately upon his conversion, his mind turned toward the ministry, and it was not long before he gave good evidence of fitness for the work. In the meantime his family had removed to Fayette, Mo., at which place, soon after leaving college, he taught a male school for ten months. His step-father died of cholera in June, 1851, while on his way to attend Commencement at Bethany College, of which he was a warm friend, leaving it a child's part in his estate, besides having given $2,500 while he was living.

At the call of the church in Fayette, Bro. McGarvey gave up the school there, and in September, 18,31, was ordained to the work of the ministry, and continued his labors for the church there and in neighboring county churches until February, 1853, when he removed to Dover, LaFayette county, In March, 1853, he was married to Ottie F. Hix, of Fayette. He resided at Dover nine years, dividing his time with the home church and preaching extensively over the State of Missouri. He also held five religious discussions with representatives of various religious parties during this period, and collected money to erect a boarding school in his village, which he conducted two years.

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Scripture Studies:       "Ephesians 6:10-18"


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Scripture Studies:       Ephesians 6:10-18   MH Comm.
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10.   Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. JG Expo.

11.   Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. JG Expo.

12.   For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. JG Expo.

13.   Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. JG Expo.

14.   Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; JG Expo.

15.   And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; JG Expo.

16.   Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. JG Expo.

17.   And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: JG Expo.

18.   Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; JG Expo.


Key:     JG Expo. = John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible       MH Comm. = Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible

Think On These Things:       "The Arena"       by Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt

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The Arena
By Theodore Roosevelt
26th President of the United States

"It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat."

"...the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force." Matthew 11:12

"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."       — Philippians 4:8

A Word in Season:       "Our Will or His"       by Charles G. Finney

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Our Will or His

"They feared the Lord, and served their own gods..." II Kings 17:33

Those who seek for happiness in religion rather than for usefulness "serve their own gods." Their motive is selfish. They want chiefly to enjoy religion. They desire happy frames of minds and pleasurable emotions; and they will go only to such meetings, and sit only under such preaching as will make them happy, never asking the question of whether that is the way to do the most good.

Now, suppose your servant would do so, and be constantly contriving how to enjoy himself. What if he was most happy in the drawing room, stretched out on the divan, with a cushion under his head and another servant to fan him? What if he would refuse to do the work which you set him about, and which your interest urgently requires? Instead of manifesting a desire to work for you, and solicitude for your interest, and a willingness to lay himself out with all his powers in your service, what if he wants only to be happy?

It is just so with those professed servants of Jehovah who want to do nothing but sit in their comfortable pew and hear "excellent sermons." Instead of seeking how to do good, they are only seeking to be happy. Their daily prayer is not like that of the converted Saul of Tarsus when he said, "Lord, what wilt Thou have me to do?" Instead it is, "Lord, tell me how I can be happy." Is that the spirit of Jesus Christ? No, for he said, "I delight to do Thy will, O God."

"The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned,
that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary..."
  Isaiah 50:4

Old Time Hymns:       "The Way of the Cross Leads Home"       by Jessie Brown Pounds & C. H. Gabriel



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I must needs go home by the way of the cross,
There's no other way but this;
I shall ne'er get sight of the gates of light,
If the way of the cross I miss.
Refrain
The way of the cross leads home,
The way of the cross leads home,
It is sweet to know as I onward go,
The way of the cross leads home.

I must needs go on in the blood sprinkled way,
The path that the Savior trod,
If I ever climb to the heights sublime,
Where the soul is at home with God.
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Then I bid farewell to the way of the world,
To walk in it never more;
For the Lord says, "Come," and I seek my home,
Where He waits at the open door.
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"Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God."
Hebrews 12:2

"For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God."
1 Corinthians 1:18



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Great Quotes:       "Quotes by A. W. Tozer"

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Quotes by A. W. Tozer

"An infinite God can give all of Himself to each of His children. He does not distribute Himself that each may have a part, but to each one He gives all of Himself as fully as if there were no others."

"Faith, as Paul saw it, was a living, flaming thing leading to surrender and obedience to the commandments of Christ."

"If God gives you a watch, are you honoring Him more by asking Him what time it is or by simply consulting the watch?"

"In almost everything that touches our everyday life on earth, God is pleased when we're pleased. He wills that we be as free as birds to soar and sing our maker's praise without anxiety."

"One hundred religious persons knit into a unity by careful organizations do not constitute a church any more than eleven dead men make a football team. The first requisite is life, always."

"Refuse to be average. Let your heart soar as high as it will."

"Salvation is from our side a choice, from the divine side it is a seizing upon, an apprehending, a conquest by the Most High God. Our "accepting" and "willing" are reactions rather than actions. The right of determination must always remain with God."

"The devil is a better theologian than any of us and is a devil still."

"The vague and tenuous hope that God is too kind to punish the ungodly has become a deadly opiate for the consciences of millions."

"The Word of God well understood and religiously obeyed is the shortest route to spiritual perfection. And we must not select a few favorite passages to the exclusion of others. Nothing less than a whole Bible can make a whole Christian. "

"The average Christian is so cold and contented with his wretched condition that there is no vacuum of desire into which the blessed Spirit can rush in satisfying fullness."

"Loneliness seems to be one price the saint must pay for his saintliness. Always remember this: you cannot carry a cross in company. Though a man were surrounded by a vast crowd, his cross is his alone and his carrying of it marks him as a man apart."

"The essence of idolatry is the entertainment of thoughts about God that are unworthy of Him."

"Breezy, self-confident Christians tell us how wonderful it is to accept Christ and then have a good time all the rest of your life; the Lord won't demand anything of you. Yes, He will, my friend! The Lord will demand everything of you. And when you give it all up to Him, He may bless it and hand it back, but on the other hand He may not..."

The Martyrs:       "The Young Girl Rose Allen"

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The Young Girl Rose Allen

In case you think this is only a matter for grown-ups, I will tell you of a young girl, Rose Allen, of Colchester, who served the Lord Jesus, not merely with her lips, but with her heart and was called upon to witness with her life. Rose was only a schoolgirl, when this event occurred, but you will agree, I am sure, that she displayed a remarkable fortitude and courage.

Her parents were suspected of heresy, and one day the soldiers came to their little home to take them to prison for non-attendance at Mass and openly attending a meeting of "heretics " (those who refused to obey the Pope's injunctions and authority, choosing rather to serve the Lord and to read and obey His Word). When in the house the soldiers accosted Rose, and one named Tyrell of St. Osyth told her to persuade her parents to recant, and then all would be well. "Sir," she said, "they have a better Master than I, for the Holy Ghost doth teach them, Who I trust will not suffer them to err."

What a brave girl she was to answer a rough and burly soldier like that. How different from Peter. When asked by a young girl if he was a companion of Jesus, he stedfastly denied it again and again, but he was very sorry afterwards. This brute of a soldier could not tolerate the jeers of his fellows at being rebuked by a mere girl, and told her she was as bad as her mother, but here are the words which passed between them:

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"And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; Of whom the world was not worthy..."
Hebrews 11:36-38

The Word of Life:       "II Thessalonians 1:3-12"       Authorized King James Version


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II Thessalonians 1:3-12   Authorized King James Version

  1. "We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth;
  2. So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure:
  3. Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer:
  4. Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you;
  5. And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,
  6. In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
  7. Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;
  8. When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.
  9. Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power:
  10. That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ."

"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine,
for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:"

II Timothy 3:16

"The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple."
Psalms 119:130

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