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■b---------------------------------------------------- -r P R E C IO U S P R O M IS E S * -----------:--------------------------------------------- 4 But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear o f evil. Prdv. 1 :33. — o — In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Prov. 3 :6. The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also him self. Prov. 11:25. —o— Whosoever despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the com mandment shall be rewarded. Prov. 13: 13. . —o— The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe. Prov. 18:10. —o— He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will he pay him again, Prov. 19:17. — o — The fear of the Lord tendeth to life : and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil. Prov. 19:23. — o — He that covereth his sins shall not pros per: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy. Prov. 28:13. — o — ■ He that trusteth in his own heart is a fo o l: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered. Prov. 28:26. The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe. Prov. 29:25. * ------ ------- ---------------------- * POINTERS F O R PREACHERS —S ------- ;------ Bj—1------- I—4 Public speaking is the art of diluting a two-minute idea with a two-hour vocabu lary.—San Diego Union. “ The temptation to laziness is the min ister’s one besetting sin. He has no boss and may just drift. He may become too lazy to study, too lazy to write new ser mons, too lazy to read new books and keep abreast o f the times, too lazy to spend much time in intercessory prayer.” — o — Henry Ward Beecher used to say that a good many preachers fail because they be come attorneys for the Lord God A l mighty against man, and some other preachers fail because they become attor neys for men against the Lord God A l mighty. The true function o f a preacher is to be a mediator between the Lord God Almighty and man. I never count heads, I weigh them.— Dr. Joseph Parker.
the reading of many commentaries that have been written for that purpose. The substance for the sermon is given in the Scriptures, but the living commen tary o f human life will do more good in formulating a pulsating sermon than con cordance or dictionary. —o— A wise preacher has said: “ Though I have a scientific mind and a- university degree in sociology and philosophy, and though I am an expert in social service and an authority on Browning, and though I use the language o f the scien tific laboratory so as to deceive the very elect into thinking I am a scholar, and have not a message o f salvation and the love o f Christ, I am a misfit in the pulpit -and no preacher of the Gospel.” . —o— “I often think of a poor, benighted preacher we had in this city once,” said Dr. Hinson, “and one memorable after noon he undertook to tell us how to preach. Simpering a great deal himself, he said: ‘You should always go on the platform with a smile.’ It seems to me that occasionally the smile might leave the face as one remembered how Jesus Christ bought us with His own blood, and that unless a man is saved by Jesus Christ he is lost. It is just possible there are things in that Book and things in life that do not call for a jest or antics of some one who missed the fitting sphere o f the circus and fell into the pulpit!” A preacher got the following from one who drbpped in to hear him: “Doctor, I heard you preach last Sunday. I was greatly moved by your sermon. But, if you will allow me, I would like to offer this criticism; I am a business man at the head of a large concern. W e send out a great many salesmen. If one of my sales men went into a prospective customer’s place o f business, talked as. Convincingly for one hour as you did last Sunday about the fine quality of our goods, and then walked out without trying 'to get an or der, we would discharge him.” — o — William H. Leach says it takes six things to make a great preacher. Here they are: 1. A divine call which will not be evaded. 2. A consciousness that he has a mes sage for hungry souls. 3. A well-grounded knowledge of God’s revelation to men. 4. The passion for souls which will not let him rest. 5. An enthusiasm for work which makes his task joyous. 6. Praying laymen to hold up his hands. Given these six- conditions, even the one- talented man will challenge the attention o f the world. — o— Mr. Spurgeon one day, looking out his window, saw a man with a yoke and buckets coming for water. He kept com ing to the pump in the square for, water. “ That man is not just carrying water for himself,” he remarked. “ He is getting it for others, or he would not come so often." When we have to go to Christ for others as well as ourselves, we must go often.
life is in His Son. He that hath the Son HATH life” (1 Jn. 5:11,12). “ I give unto them eternal life; and they shall NEVER PERISH, nei ther shall any pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and none is able to pluck out o f my Father’s hand” (Jn. 10:27,28). “When, ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit o f promise, which is the earnest o f our inherit ance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of His glory” (Eph. 1 :13, 14). “ This is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which He hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day” (Jn. 6:39). “Who shall guarantee you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day o f our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Cor. 1:8). 7. Can the divine undertaking be left un finished ? “ Being confident o f this very thing, that He which hath begun the good work in you will perfect it until the day o f Jesus Christ” (Phil. 1:6). In other words—Can salvation be un4: safe? The word means, “made safe, res cued, kept safe.” K. L. B. Christ in you the hope o f glory, Col. 1:24. J-IAVING made peace through the blood o f His cross, Col. 1 :20. Hath perfected forever them that are sanctified, Heb. 10:14. D A IS E D again the third day, Matt. 16:21. Raised again for our justification. Rom. 4:25. IN Him was life, John 1 :4. In Him dwelleth all the fulness o f the Godhead bodily, Col. 2 :9. Image o f God, 2 Cor. 4:4. Image of the invisible God, Col. 1 :15. CUFFERED for sins, the just for the unjust, 1 Pet. 3 :18. Suffered for us, leaving us an ex- . ample, 1 Pet. 2:21. Suffered without the gate, Heb. 13:12. T EM P T E D like as we are, yet without * sin, Heb. 4:15. Tasted death for every man, Heb. 2 :9. —A. D. Ellington. The riches of H is gr/ory.—Eph. 3 :16. . The riches o f His grace. —Eph. 2:7. The riches o f His goodness. —Rom. 2 :4. The riches o f His gifts. —1 Tim. 6:17, Rom. 10:12. Love o f God, so pure and changeless; Blood o f Christ, so rich and free; Grace o f God, so strong and boundless; Magnify it all in me—Even me. H. C. F. 3. Can the divine grasp slip? 4. Can the divine seal break? 5. Can Christ lose His property ? 6. Can the divine guarantee fail? Th e G od Man •QHRIST crucified, 1 Cor. 1 :23. — o — His Unsearchable R iches (Eph. 3:8)
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