Saturday, February 25, 2012
Saturday, February 18, 2012
The gift of the Holy Ghost is received by faith. The power of the apostles was in proportion to their faith.
IV. ALL DIFFICULTIES AND DANGERS MUST GIVE WAY BEFORE THE OMNIPOTENCE OF FAITH
V. ALL THE VICTORIES OF PRAYER ARE POSSIBLE TO HIM THAT BELIEVETH
"Whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive." "When we pray believe that ye receive the things that ye ask and ye shall have them." It is not the strength or the length of the prayer that prevails but the simplicity of its confidence.
The apostle's prayer for the Romans is that the God of hope shall fill them with all joy and peace in believing. It is God's will and purpose that the unbelieving soul shall be an unhappy soul, and that he shall be kept in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on God and trusting in Him.
There will be a generation who shall say, "Lo! this is our God, we have waited for him." As yet it is our blessed hope but it will some day become more.
Sunday, February 12, 2012
OLD DOC BROWN
He was just an old country doctor in a little country town--
Fame and fortune had passed him by though we never saw him frown--
As day by day in his kindly way he'd serve us one and all;
Many a patient forgot to pay-- although Doc's fees were small.
Though he needed his dimes, and there were times that he'd receive a fee,
He'd pass it onto some poor soul that needed it worse than he.
He had to sell his furniture-- couldn't pay his office rent--
So to a dusty room over a livery stable Doc Brown and his satchel went.
And on the hitchin' post at the curb below, to advertise his wares,
He'd nailed a little sign that read "Doc Brown has moved upstairs."
There he kept on helping folks get well-- for his heart was jus' pure gold--
But anyone with eyes could see that Doc was gettin' old.
Then one day he didn't answer when they knocked upon his door.
Old Doc Brown was layin' down but his soul was no more.
They found him there in that old black suit-- on his face was a smile of content--
But all the money they could find on him was a quarter and a copper cent.
So they opened up his ledger and what they saw gave their hearts a pull--
Beside each debtor's name old Doc had written these words: "Paid In Full!"
Old Doc should have had a funeral fine enough for a king;
It's a ghastly joke-- our town was broke-- and no one could give a thing.
'Cept Jones, the undertaker, he did mighty well--
Donatin' an old iron casket he had never been able to sell.
And the funeral procession-- it wasn't much for grace and pomp and style--
But those wagon loads of mourners? They stretched out for more than a mile!
We wanted to give him a monument-- we kinda figured we owed him one--
'Cause he made our town a better place for all the good he'd done.
We pulled up that old hitchin' post where Doc had nailed a sign;
We'd painted it white and to all of us it certainly did look fine.
Now the rains and the snows have washed away our white trimmin's of paint
There ain't nothin' left but Doc's own sign and that's gettin' pretty faint.
But you can still see that old hitchin' post as if in answer to our prayers
Mutely tellin' the whole wide world: "Doc Brown... has moved upstairs."
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
The music was written by the amazing Charles Gabriel [1856-1932], who also contribted the tunes to "Send The Light," "His Eye Is On The Sparrow" and many others.
Still sung widely in hymn-singing churches today, the words express well the devotional spirit of the days when men like D. L. Moody, R.A. Torrey and Andrew Murray attracted large, interested crowds. Listen to the words as sung by these talented young folks; they will convict you as you hear in them old Oatman's obvious desire for a deeper spiritual life, continuing on a higher plane of fellowship with God than he has ever before experienced...
Saturday, February 4, 2012
Friday, February 3, 2012
Thursday, February 2, 2012
"The good man has his enemies; he would not be like his Lord if he had not. If we were without enemies, we might fear that we were not the friends of God, for the friendship of the world is enmity with God. Yet see the quietude of the godly man in spite of and in the face of his enemies."
There was an old Roman custom, which may have prevailed even in David's time, which would shed light on this part of the psalm. When a soldier had won a victory and taken the enemy prisoners, a feast was made for him, and the captives were bound to the pillars of the banqueting-hall; and in their presence he was made to sit down and eat. This certainly may be realized in your experience and mine.
A man's foes are they of his own household, and our worst enemies are from within. With some it is temper; with others, pride; with still others, unholy thoughts; and with many, the disposition to actual outbreaking sin. But there is deliverance from all, and there may be so complete a submission to Christ that he, becoming the master of your life, will bind them all and cause you to feast in their presence.
Suggestions for To-day.
1. Open your eyes to the fact that you are not free from danger. Sin is not dead, and the old nature may be easily revived.
2. Remember that sin is mightier than your resolution or your will. Determination not to sin is not the secret of victory.
3. Put your whole life in the undisputed control of Christ. He is the secret of victory always and everywhere.
From The Secret of a Happy Day: Quiet Hour Meditations by J. Wilbur Chapman. Boston: United Society of Christian Endeavor, ©1899