The Lord Will Provide. In those days the multitude being very great, and having nothing to eat, Jesus called His disciples unto Him, and saith unto them, I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now been with me three days, and have nothing to eat: and if I send them away fasting to their own houses, they will faint by the way: for divers of them came from far.
Rev. Thomas Vincent. “The great plague in London, in the year 1665, gave occasion for the display of the piety and zeal of several of the ejected ministers, and of the providence of God in preserving them from the contagion, when prosecuting their ministerial labors in the midst of it.
“The Rev. Thomas Vincent was at this period tutor of an academy at Islington, but determined to leave his situation, and devote himself to the spiritual instruction of the people in London, where many of the pulpits were deserted.
In a Sunday school in England it happened one day that a little girl said to her teacher, “Please, ma’am, what does it mean to be a skeptic? I have often asked the two little girls of a neighbor of ours to come with me to our Sunday school here. They would like to come, but they always answer me, ‘Our father will not let us go; our father is a skeptic.
Three Classes Of Children. Ephesians. 5:1-9. Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; and walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given Himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savor. But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.
Some words of reminder from Simon Peter Long this beautiful and chilly Sunday morning here in New York. May God bless you today and always. -Alec
“I beseech you, therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice.”
Why does this great apostle lay such great stress upon this living sacrifice? Because he has in mind another sacrifice that was made, namely, the sacrifice of God, and that was the sacrifice of death.
Over at the Lutheran Library [a ministry which publishes Biblically sound ebooks at no charge for Christians of all denominations - check them out] - the editor has released a compact list of daily Scripture passages for family devotions.
What makes these exceptionally good is that they have been chosen for devotional content and arranged chronologically so as to cover the essence of all the Scriptures in a year.
We greatly mistake, therefore, if we think there is no opportunity for ordinary people to make their years radiant and beautiful… There is room in the commonest relations of life … for heroism. To be a good husband — loving, tender, unselfish, and cherishing — or a good wife, — thoughtful, helpful, uncomplaining, and inspiring, — is most acceptable service.
James Russell Miller writes the following in “Quiet Times: A book to help in Reading the Bible into Life:
A Psalm Of Life. Tell me not, in mournful numbers, Life is but an empty dream! For the soul is dead that slumbers And things are not what they seem. Life is real! Life is earnest! And the grave is not its goal; Dust thou art; to dust returnest; Was not spoken of the soul. Not enjoyment, and not sorrow, Is our destined end or way; But to act, that each tomorrow— Find us farther than today.
The secret of hope in believing souls everywhere is that God does care. This is the one great truth that God has been striving through all the generations to have men believe. This is the whole gospel of redemption. The Bible presents it on its every page. It is the message that Christ came into the world to declare — that God loves all men, every man. The world’s condemning unbelief has always been its refusal to believe that God cares.
Marvel not, said the Saviour, if the world hate you. We have no reason to believe our religion is the religion of the Bible, if it be palatable to the taste of carnal minds. How often, as soon as a man becomes decided, is he had in derision of all around him, and like one mocked of his neighbor!
Dec. 7. The Coming Soul Discouraged. Luke 9:42. by Rev. William Jay “And as he was yet a coming; the devil threw him down, and tare him.