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As we enter a New Year, we do not know what is in store for us. We might live or we might not; we do not know, but the best would be to be translated...

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Love and Lordship

There are two distinct relations in which believers may be viewed with reference to the Lord—relations so intimately interwoven that the one may be said...

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Precious Gems

Let us consider for a little the precious gems of Scripture, taking as our first reference Ezekiel 28:12–19. In this chapter, God is speaking through...

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Hindrances to Prayer

I have thought that a few plain and simple words on some of the hindrances to prayer may, with the Lord’s blessing, be of some help to you. The invitations...

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“The Sixty-first Psalm”

Unlike the two previous psalms, the sixty-first does not indicate the circumstances that led to its being written. That it was David’s own experience...

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How much are you worth?

We visited a museum a few years ago where we saw a rare and beautiful diamond. Sixteen smaller diamonds in a platinum setting surrounded this large, dark-blue...

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“Be careful for nothing.” That is more easily said than done. You might say, dear reader, how is it possible that I would not be anxious about the state of the church, or the local assembly, or about the pressures of school or work or family; how can one “be careful for nothing”? Please remember, dear friend, that whatever causes a care in us, produces God’s care for us; therefore, “be careful for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known...

The Advocacy of Christ

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1 John 2:1 The question often arises in the minds of the Lord’s people, especially of those who are young in the faith, “What is to be done if we commit sins after we have been saved?” Many a child of God has said, “I know that I have believed in Christ, and see that my sins were put away by His blood; but what troubles me are the sins I commit now, and what am I to do with them?” The direct answer to this question is found in 1 John 2: 1, 2: “My little children, these things write I unto you,...

Isaiah 53

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This chapter is the central chapter of the second major division of the book. This section commences with a word of comfort for God’s people and for Jerusalem. All hangs upon the intervention of God in the Person of His servant. We learn from chapter 41 that Israel had miserably failed as Jehovah’s servant—“They are all vanity; their works are nothing; their molten images are wind and confusion” (Isaiah 41:29). In Isaiah 40:3 we have an obvious prophecy respecting John the Baptist as Jehovah’s...

“A little maid” Faithfulness in Obscurity

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2 Kings 5:2–4 There was nothing novel about the history of this little maid. Her lot was common to thousands in those hard, cruel days of intertribal warfare. Uprooted violently from the midst of home and loved ones by the savage enemies of her country she found herself a humble captive in the house of the conquering general. “The Syrians had gone out by companies and had brought away captive out of the land of Israel a little maid; and she waited on Naaman’s wife.” There in few words you have her...

The Secret of Peace

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“I laid me down and slept: for Jehovah sustained me” (Psalm 3:5). How emphatic and simple! Is it so with you reader? Does all trouble find your heart so resting on God as your Father, that, when it is multiplied, it leaves your spirit at rest, your sleep sweet, lying down sleeping, and rising as if all was peace around you, because you know God is and disposes of all things? Is He thus between you and your troubles and troublers? And if He is, what can reach you? The thousands of enemies make no...

Inner Cavity Discovered!

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Egypt’s pyramids have a worldwide appeal. Most major news media covered the intriguing discovery of a large cavity inside the Great Pyramid of Giza, near Cairo. Even without such a discovery, this pyramid is always newsworthy. It is the last of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still standing. Scientists, using an advanced imaging method (muon tomography), detected a large and mysterious internal structure inside the monumental tomb built around 2560 B.C. The 100 footlong (30 m) “cavity” or...

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