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KING'S BUSINESS Christmas Presentation ................................. 13 A PHYSICIAN LOOKS A T THE VIRGIN BIRTH — L. Nelson Bell .. 14 TH E TRUE MEAN ING OF CHRISTMAS — Oswald J. Smith ........... 16 FROM ETERN ITY TO EARTH — Robert G. Lee ................................. 17 N O R O OM FOR HIM IN THE INN — Charles L. Feinberg ............ 18 W H A T G IFT FOR A KING — F. B. Meyer ........................................... 20 HOW TO BUILD YOUR CHURCH LIBRARY — Mrs. Wilbur J. Antisdale ................................................................... 24 GOD'S TREES — Helen Frazee-Bower .................................................... 44 GOSPEL SOWERS — Pearl Johnson ......................................................... 50
MESSAGE FROM TH E EDITOR — Samuel H. Sutherland ................ 10 DR. TALBO T'S QUESTION BOX — Louis T . Talbot ....................... 32 TA LK ING IT OVER — Clyde M . Narramore ........................................ 34 PERSONAL EVANGELISM — Benjamin Weiss ................................... 35 WORLD NEWSGRAMS — James O. Henry ........................................ 36 SCIENCE AND TH E BIBLE — Bolton Davidheiser ........................... 37 BOOK REVIEWS — Arnold Ehlert .............................................. ............. 38 TH E CHR ISTIAN HOME — Paul Bayles ............................................. 42 JUN IOR KING'S BUSINESS — Martha S. Hooker ....................... 46 ALUMN I NEWS — Inez McGahey ....... ........... .................................. 49 ColuMU READER REACTION ...................................................................................... 6 PEOPLE IN THE NEWS ............................................................................... 8 NUGGETS OF GOLD .................................................................................... 31 HOM ILETICAL HELPS .................................................................................. 33 TOW N AND CAMPUS NEWS ................................................................... 48 (W If is the sincere hope and prayer of the entire KING'S BUSINESS staff that this issue of our 50 year old publication may be especially blest of the Lord. May the cover remind us not of tinsel, wrappings, and gay festivities, but of God's "Unspeakable Gift," the Lord Jesus Christ.
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Rev. Billy Hargrove, secretary of the Southern Baptist Home Mission Board department of survey and special studies, announced a census of more than a million and a half persons from Palm Beach to Key West, as a prelude to the Billy Graham Greater Miami Crusade March 4-26, 1961. Forty thousand members participated in the effort. Rev. Basil Costerisan, missionary with Orient Crusades and Biola graduate, has recently completed a survey of the southern portion of the Philip pine islands. He discovered that some 6,000 Indonesians reside there and need a positive witness of the gospel. Mr. W . Glenn McMahan and Mr. John S. Ryan have received appointments for field service by Wheaton College. They will serve as Western and New England-New York representatives respectively. The announcement was made by Mr. David L. Roberts, director of Public Relations for the College. Dr. Donald Grey Barnhouse, editor-in- chief of Eternity magazine and speak Rev. J. O. Percy, executive secretary of the Interdenominational Foreign Mission Association, has announced that more than 25 key speakers will be featured this month during the Congress on World Missions, Decem ber 4-11 at the Moody Church, Chi cago, Illinois. Sobering facts are that out of 2,852,000,000 world population, only 200,000,000 are Protestants. Rev. Erwin W . Raetz, for six years a missionary in Korea, has been ap pointed to head up the overseas min istries of World Vision, Inc. After finishing a one year furlough in the United States, the Raetzs will return to the Orient in the spring of 1961. Rev. Harry Saulnier, superintendent of the Pacific Garden Mission, Chi cago, hosted a special meeting in honor of the historic skid row light house’s 83rd anniversary. Mr. Jack O'Dell, director of PGM’s radio, “Un shackled,” introduced a new film of the mission’s operation. Dr. Barnhouse er of the network radio p r o g r a m , “ The Bible Study H o u r,” p a s s e d away November 5 i n Philadelphia. D r . Barnhouse, a graduate of Biola, under went brain surgery October 8.
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and the type of service he will render. And, strangely enough, this constitutes the "blind spot" in Christian thinking and giving. For instance, the number of churches contributing directly to the work of the Bible Institute of Los Angeles, Inc., is appallingly few. BIOLA is endeav oring in every way possible to provide adequate training for the young people who attend this school, so that they will be thoroughly prepared and equipped to do outstand ing work for our Lord Jesus Christ in the years ahead. But training costs are high. In some liberal arts schools where tuition charges are relatively high it is estimated that the student pays for approximately one-half the cost of his education. However, BIOLA's tuition charge, at the present time, is only slightly more than half of the aver age tuition fees in liberal arts colleges. For that reason our students pay for less than one-third the cost of their training. The remainder of the cost must be borne by friends of the school who are vitally interested in the training program which is offered here. In other words, for every dollar that the student provides for his training, we must receive at least three more dollars in donated funds to complete his training cost. It is a source of great satisfaction to our hearts that so many thousands of Christians do contribute toward the work of training the hundreds of outstanding consecrated young people who come to BIOLA. But it is also a source of continuing concern on our part because we do not as yet have enough such contributing friends to enable the work to proceed without handicap. Students are coming to us in increasing numbers, and we are profoundly thankful for this. However, each student is a financial liability whose training must be provided for through gifts of dedicated Christian friends. The expenses involved in getting children and high school young people safely through the first phase of their lives, froto a Spiritual standpoint, is extremely impor tant. And of course it is also extremely vital to provide funds for missionaries who are already on the fields of service. But, new recruits are in constant demand; they must be trained. It is imperative, therefore, that God's people recognize this responsibility in order that the whole program of Christian service may be prepared for ade quately. The prayers of Christians everywhere are earnest ly requested in behalf of Christian institutions of higher learning, and, if possible, these prayers should be backed up by financial support in order that these schools, such as BIOLA, may continue to function without handicap. Let us, as individuals and churches, by the grace of God, rid our spiritual eyes of this "blind spot" in thinking and giving.
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TV /T ore than nineteen hundred years ago there was a Man bom contrary - L t o the laws of life. This Man lived in poverty and was reared in ob scurity. He did not travel extensively. Only once did He cross the boundary of the country in which He lived; that was during His exile in childhood. He possessed neither wealth nor influence. His relatives were inconspicu ous, and had neither training nor formal education. In infancy He startled a king; in childhood He puzzled doctors; in man hood He ruled the course of nature, walked upon the billows as if pavements, and hushed the sea to sleep. He healed the multitudes without medicine and made no charge for His service. He never wrote a book, and yet all the libraries of the country could not hold the books that have been written about Him. He never wrote a song, and yet He has furnished the theme for more songs than all the songwriters combined. He never founded a college, but all the schools put together cannot boast of having as many students. He never marshalled an army, nor drafted a soldier, nor fired a gun; and yet no leader ever had more volunteers who have, under His orders, made rebels stack arms and surrender without a shot fired. He never practiced psychiatry, and yet He has healed more broken hearts than all the doctors far and near. Once each week the wheels of commerce cease their turning and multi tudes wend their way to worshiping assemblies to pay homage and respect to Him. The names of the past proud statesmen of Greece and Rome have come and gone. The names of the past scientists, philosophers, and theologians have come and gone; but the name of this Man abounds more and more. Though time has spread nineteen hundred years between the people of this generation and the scene of His crucifixion, yet He still lives. Herod could not destroy Him, and the grave could not hold Him. He stands forth upon the highest pinnacle of heavenly glory, proclaimed of God, acknowledged by angels, adored by saints, and feared by devils, as the living, personal Christ, our Lord and Saviour.
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I n our C hristian faith and heritage there are certain doctrines which are held to be essential, such as the deity of our Lord, His virgin birth, His atoning work on the cross, His bodily resurrection, and His return in glory. Because of their importance, Christians should have an intelligent understanding of these doctrines and as occasion arises be ready to “ give an answer to every man that asketh,” an answer which will be accurate and help ful. (.1) W e believe in the virgin birth because the Bible states plainly and unequivocally that Jesus was born of a virgin. Both Matthew and Luke give the background and details of the event with wonderful delicacy and with unmistakable clarity. Luke is thought to have had his story directly from Mary. Matthew may have gotten his information from Joseph. Matthew states categorical ly that the virgin birth was a direct fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy. To the evangelical believer these clear state ments are sufficient. (2) W e believe in the virgin birth because the doctrine was held in unbroken sequence in the Church until the rise of the modem higher critical school which is charac terized by its questioning, or denying of the supernatural and the miraculous. This divergence from the evangeli cal faith began in Germany during the nineteenth cen tury and has continued down to our own day, English and American theological circle not having escaped its influence. While tradition is not infallible, nevertheless the fact that belief in the virgin birth has come to us down through the centuries, from those who lived closest to those early events, is a matter of evidence which carries great weight. (3) W e believe in the virgin birth because it is the only logical explanation of the incarnation —the union of deity and humanity in one person. Dr. James Orr, noted professor at the United Free College in Glasgow, once wrote: “Among those who reject the virgin birth I
do not know a single one who takes, in other respects, an adequate view of the person and work of the Saviour. It is well for us to consider the sobering fact that when one tampers with the great doctrines of Christianity, particularly those having to do with the person and work of our Lord, one does not pull out a doctrine here and there and leave an unimpaired Christ. A careful reading of God’s Word makes it abundantly clear that these great truths hang together and they also fit together perfectly.” (4) W e believe in the virgin birth because it is not one whit rrtore remarkable than the bodily resurrection of our Lord, the very keystone of our hope of eternity and also one of the best attested facts of history. Our faith does not stagger at the glorious truth that our Saviour died for our sins and arose for our justification. Nor should it hold back when faced with the record of how He came into the world. If we look at the record of Christ in retro spect—His life, miracles, teachings, claims, death, resur rection and ascension—we see that His virgin birth fits perfectly into the picture and it is the only logical ex planation of His entrance into the world. (5) W e believe in the virgin birth because the One who was born was the Creator of the world, and He now comes back to redeem it from His own. It is no idle tale that, “ In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him, and without him was not any thing that was made.” In the supernatural course of events it is only logical that He should come in a super natural manner. (6) W e are convinced as to the fact of the virgin birth because there is no other possible explanation of the psychology involved: the reactions of those intimately associated with the event. The internal evidences here are so overwhelming that this factor cannot be overesti- mated. Remember the strict Jewish law with reference to espousal; as binding as marriage itself. Remember
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by L. Nelson Bell, M.D.
But probably the crowning evidence is seen in Mary’s behavior at the cross. Throughout the years she had car ried in her heart the knowledge of His supernatural con ception. Now she sees Him being nailed to the cross and her heart yearns as only a mother’s can. How gladly would she have saved him. But stop! Why is He being crucified? It is because He has claimed to be the Son of God. If He was now being crucified because He was deluded, because He was mistaken, Mary would cer tainly have cried out: “Wait, oh, wait; He is not telling the truth, I will tell you who His father is; he is . . .” But she held her peace, because in her heart she knew of His divine origin. (7) W e believe in the virgin birth because Christ was pre-existent with the Father, “ whose goings forth have been from old, from everlasting.” In the days of His flesh He asserted that He was the Son of God, the Messiah. He accepted worship from men and He performed miracles to prove His right to be recognized as Deity. The virgin birth is but a part of His pre-existence, life, death, resur rection, ascension, present work, and future coming in glory. (8) Finally, we believe in the virgin birth because of the awful alternative. If He was not virgin-bom, then the Bible lies, and instead of a divinely inspired revelation we have a pious fraud. If He was not virgin bom, then His mother was a promiscuous and dishonest woman and He was an illegitimate son. If He was not virgin bom, then He Himself was deluded, and the entire structure of His person and work is undermined, and we become of all men most miserable. In stating our faith in the virgin birth of our Lord we accept it as a part of His supernatural Self—a part of the history of the One who said: “ I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.”
also the Jewish law with reference to adultery, a be trothed person to be punished with death, if found guilty, just as though the marriage ceremony had taken place. What about Mary? It would have been impossible for her to hide the fact. Furthermore, she would have had to face the accusation of her own relatives and acquaint ances, and do so before the responsible priest of that time, Zacharias himself. Rather than hide her condition she went and with great joy told her cousin Elizabeth. Furthermore, her own reaction shows the purity and innocency of her heart. She does not cringe at the an nouncement but does ask a searching pertinent question; she asks how this can be biologically possible. “ Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?” Only God’s Holy Spirit could have directed the reply of the angel, a statement so absolute in its clarity and meaning that any can understand, and yet so pure in its implication that any young girl can read it without a blush: “And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be bom of thee shall be called the Son of God.” Mary’s reaction to this statement, which she accepted but could not fully understand, was in itself a wonderful submission to something which could have become an intolerable ordeal: “ Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.” And later: “Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.” But what about Joseph? Here too we see a miracle of grace. Through faith he accepted a situation which he could not apprehend. God knew the perplexing and dis tressing problem that he faced as the espoused husband of Mary, and God spoke to him by a direct revelation, just as He had to Mary.
THE CHRIST OF CHRISTMAS
b y Oswald J■ Smith, L itt
N early two thousand years ago there was bom in Bethlehem of Judea a Babe whose life was destined to affect countless millions. That Babe was Jesus Christ. The time was ripe for His birth. Roman roads had been built throughout the civilized world in preparation for the feet of His future messengers. The Greek language had become universal in readiness for the proclamation of His Gospel. The people among whom He was bom were poor and despised, having been conquered by the Roman power. In the heart of every man was a cry for deliver ance. The world knew not of His birth. Work went on as usual. There was no tremendous upheaval announcing a new order. Kings and Potentates continued to rule as before. Nothing outwardly heralded His Advent into the world. Only Heaven appeared to be interested. In fact, God had to arrange a welcome for Himself, and so legions of angels circled the skies and heralded His birth. Wise men from the East, studying the stars, and observing an un usual phenomenon in the heavens, came with their gifts from afar. Rulers learned of His birth and became fearful and afraid. Anger filled their hearts. Murder was conceived and executed. Fearful of losing their power, they sought His death by every possible means. Every diabolical plan that satanic ingenuity could devise was used to destroy Him. Demons trembled. Satan became enraged. A ll hell was allied again Him. But God was watching and He lived in spite of it all.
He did not come to a palace with marble halls and carpeted stairs. No luxurious bed chamber was prepared for His birth. Neither nurses nor doctors were in attend ance. Cathedral bells failed to toll; bands were silent. No royal choruses burst forth in song. Only the heavenly orchestras were heard. He came to a stable, and was laid in a manger. He was destined, however, to be recognized by count less millions as the greatest of all prophets, the mightiest of all the mighty, the Saviour of the world, God incar nate. And now for nearly two thousand years His birth has been commemorated. More than nineteen hundred Christ mas days have come and gone since that never-to-be-for gotten night, and boys and girls, as well as men and women the world over, have kept sacred the memory of His birth. God grant that throughout the land hearts may be turned to Christ as Saviour and received through Him the gift of eternal life, not only to the Babe bom so long ago, but to the One who lives today and lives to save. For He it is who became flesh and dwelt amongst us. He, the resurrected, living Christ of God, was the Babe of Bethlehem’s manger. God commendeth His love toward us through the gift of His only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Make this Gift yours this Christmas Day and rejoice with the Lord, who said, “ He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life ?” (John 5:24).
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b y Robert G . L ee, D .D .
npHESE shepherds —poor, honest, industrious—were not leaders of armies, not expounders of philosophies, not advocates of political theories, not bankers counting > piles of money—rather, just throwers of stones to keep the wolves away, watchers of their flocks. To these who were dutifully diligent in their common tasks, the good news was first announced. To the shepherds the angel of the Lord said, “ Fear not . . . For unto you is born . . . a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:10, 11). To these same shepherds a multitude from the heavenly choir sang, “ Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men” (Luke 2:14). The information God gave, the shepherds wisely put into action immediately. Not the delay of a week, nor a day, nor an hour, nor a minute. The Saviour of men bom in the city of David? “ Let us go and see Him now.” A Not when a more convenient time presents itself. Not after we go home and talk it over with our families. But NOW. Not after we visit again the sheep markets. But NOW. Not when we make sure no wolves will attack our sheep. But NOW. Not when we make sure no money will be lost. But NOW. The wise men made the same improvement of their information. In a distant country . they saw His star and followed its direction, defiant of all distances, discouraged by no vast expanse, downcast by no far reach of miles. “ They came with haste.” To inquire after Jesus, to see Jesus, to serve Jesus, to follow Jesus is our first business— the one thing most important ly needful. ► *
Christ was holy, undefiled, separate from sinners, fit to become sin for us because He knew no sin. Jesus is God manifest in the flesh. Having glory with God before the world began, loved by the Father before the foundation of the world. Jesus Christ was virgin bom. When Mary, over-shadowed by the power of the highest, went down into the mysterious land of motherhood, she came back holding in her arms the eternal Son of God! Christ’s virgin birth, on which rests the credibility of the Scriptures and the sinlessness of Jesus, is the Alpha of our Christian faith. Accept that, and all else rightly follows. What was the grand design of the Saviour’s birth? The redemption, by His death, of fallen, guilty, help less man. That was why He came. “God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law” (Galatians 4:4, 5). He was named Jesus, because He came to “ save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). There is something sublime and delightful in the SAVIOUR. As the shepherds and the wise men on the first Christ mas Day made haste to come unto the Saviour, will you not hasten to the cross and see there the Christ who died for you? “Now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2). This is the story of Christmas: “ God so loved the world, that he GAVE his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
NO KO OM FOK Hl by Charles L. Feinberg, Th.D., Ph.D.
“ A ND SHE brought forth her firstborn son; and she ■I j L wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn” (Luke 2:7). Censuses were taken by order of the Roman govern ment for the purpose of imposing a poll-tax. Every in dividual had to be enrolled in his native town or city. In Mary’s condition the journey would of necessity be a slow one. Before they arrived in Bethlehem, the small village, for it amounted to that, was well crowded. There was rarely more than one inn in such a small place. When the inn was full, Mary had to go with Joseph to the stable. There she laid the Child when He was bom (the bread of life from heaven) in the manger where the animals were fed. Some tell us that no inhospitality was intended. Joseph had not made any previous arrange ments, possibly depending upon the hospitality of a friend whose guest-chamber was occupied when Joseph arrived. But beyond these simple facts there are great truths for our own hearts. No matter how many times it is repeated the fact is still strange and startling, that after so many promises of His coming, and even though the angels even now were heralding His birth with praises from heaven, He would come so unnoticed and unrecognized. When He came and was refused an abiding lodging-place, it was so that He might open heaven to us not for a temporary visit, but as our eternal abode and inheritance.
NO ROOM FOR CHRIST IN HIS DAY John has rightly recorded, “He came unto his own, and they that were his own received him not” (Jn. 1:11). Nazareth had no room for Him. When He came into the synagogue at Nazareth where He had been accustomed to attend, He was given the prophecy of Isaiah to read. After He had read the great Messianic prophecy of Isaiah 61:1, 2 and applied it to Himself, the enraged multitude led Him to the brow of the hill where the city was built, in order to cast Him down headlong (Luke 4: 29). No, Nazareth had no room for Him. Furthermore, Capernaum had no room for Him. When He had cast out the demons from the two possessed of these evil spirits in the country of the Gadarenes, there was no small stir over the matter. As a result the whole city turned out, not to greet nor acclaim the great Sovereign over all spirits, but to beseech Him to depart from their borders! (Mt. 8:34). Strange obsession was this! No, Capernaum had no room for Him. Moreover, Samaria had no room for Him. When the Lord Jesus Christ knew that the hour of His departure from this world had come, He set His face as a flint to go up to Jerusalem to die for sinners at Calvary. When His messenger went ahead to prepare the way for Him through a village of the Samaritans, they would not re ceive Him, because of His determination to carry on through to Jerusalem (Lk. 9:53). No, Samaria had no room for Him. Again, Judea had no room for Him. The brethren of our Lord could go up to Jerusalem to celebrate the feast in accepted manner, even the Feast of Tabernacles, but He would not walk in Judea for they were seeking to kill Him. He was not wanted at the heart of the religious life of the nation (Jn. 7:1). No, Judea had no room for Him. In His lifetime He had not where to lay His head, though the foxes have holes and the birds of the heaven have their nests (Mt. 8:20). When it came to His death, He died on the Cross, as though there was no room for Him on earth or in heaven. There He was utterly alone.
“Wrapped in His swaddling bands, And in His manger laid, The hope and glory of all lands Is come to the world’s aid.
No peaceful home upon His cradle smiled, Guests rudely went and came where slept the royal Child.” —Keble Not only was there no room for Christ at His birth, but there was
THE KING'S BUSINESS
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The loneliness of Christ was real and ever-present. He was truly despised and rejected of men (Isa. 53:3). It was one thing for Christ not to be admitted into the inn at His birth; it was sad indeed for Him to find so little room in the hearts of men during His earthly ministry; but it is equally true that there is today NO ROOM FOR CHRIST IN THE HEARTS OF MANY WHO PROFESS HIM Just as Christ was crowded out of the life of Martha by her many duties, so He finds no room in the hearts of many who claim to know Him now (Lk. 10:43). He is crowded out by the cares of this world. Men are so busy with worrying about this and that, with the result that Christ is excluded from the mind which has so many thoughts flowing through it each day. Sicknesses, losses, burdens, fears, and anxieties do their work of crowding Christ from the hearts of many who claim to have a knowledge of Him. Then pleasures have the same effect. Men can so revel in the things of this life and be so engrossed in them, that they lose sight of eternal things. The duties of life have a way of multiplying upon us. Business problems and matters of career so fill the hori zon, that there is no time left for Christ or the things dear to Him. Alas, sin has its own peculiar and effective power to push Christ from the center of the life. It has been found that those who have no room for Christ are many times harboring some sin which they are unwilling to give up. When Christ is admitted into His rightful place, He crowds everything else out. When the other things are admitted first, they crowd Him out. The effect of sin in a man’s life, whether he be a professed follower of Christ or not, is like the effect produced by allowing a single drop of ink to fall into a glass of pure water, which almost imperceptibly contaminates the whole. Would that we were like the soldier of Napoleon’s army who was wounded one day by a bullet that entered his breast above his heart. He was carried to the rear, and the surgeon was probing the wound with his knife, when the soldier finally said, “ An inch deeper, and you will find the emperor.” Christ’s name should be on our hearts and in our hearts. Finally, we know full well as we look about us, whether at the Christmas season or throughout the year, that there is
NO ROOM FOR CHRIST IN THE HEARTS OF THE UNSAVED
In Psalm 10:4 we are told of the unbeliever: “ God is not in all his thoughts.” Look about you and you will find that there is no room for Christ in governmental matters. He is King of kings and Lord of lords, but there is no country where man will allow Him to be entrusted with the affairs of government. Men have no room for Christ in intellectual matters. He is the divine Teacher. Never man spake as He did. All asked from whence He acquired such wisdom as He displayed at all times. But how many unsaved ask Him the way out of their mental conflicts? And what room is given Him in spiritual matters? Some religious leaders, only human, are accorded more weight in spiritual matters than He is. How many heed His desperately important word that all must be bom again in order to see or enter the kingdom of God? (Jn. 3:3). Many are prepared to tell us that they have no need of a Saviour; all that is necessary is an example. When we remember that man is dead in trespasses and sins, we can well imagine the value of offering a corpse an example to follow (Eph. 2:1). The Lord of glory wants the warm inn of our soul. May He find all ready and willing to give Him this place.Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50
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