Echoes of Grace: 1979-1980, How Great Is His Beauty

Table of Contents

1. Death Over San Diego
2. Love Your Enemies
3. "He Giveth Power to the Faint"
4. Salvation for the Needy
5. ?I Will Give Up"
6. Taxi Driver Saved
7. The Wrong Place
8. O Sleeper, Arise!
9. Happiness
10. Lost Islands
11. "A Word Fitly Spoken"
12. "What Doest Thou for Me?"
13. The Two Doctors
14. God Struck My Limbs
15. "I Cannot Feel Saved"
16. The Most Ungodly Man in Town
17. William Cowper
18. Eternal Life?The Gift of God
19. Reuben Johnson's Pardon
20. What Shall It Profit a Man?
21. Jesus Is Enough
22. On the Value of Time
23. He Settled It Last Night
24. "Two Strings to Your Bow?
25. Better Than, Lighting His Pipe
26. "Thou Art the Man"
27. "Coals of Fire"
28. Telling Others About Jesus
29. A Moment of Time
30. Why Was the Epistle of John Written?
31. The Unkindness of Skepticism
32. First Anglo-Saxon Translation of John
33. An Empty Tomb
34. "You Call Me … Yet"
35. Tracts Everywhere
36. "So as by Fire"
37. Are You Converted?
38. A Straight Line to Christ
39. Nine Religions
40. Sir Walter Scott and The: Bible
41. For My Neighbor
42. Tomorrow
43. Why Not You?
44. The Time Is Short
45. Whiter Than Snow
46. A Young Soldier's Testimony
47. What Is Salvation
48. How Much Does Sin Weigh?"
49. Always Confined
50. True Faith
51. That Little Word "Alone?
52. "I Don't Feel Right"
53. Christ, Not Krishna
54. God?s Word Is Sure
55. The Coming Year
56. The Gift, or the Wages
57. When Should a Sick Man Take Medicine?
58. By-And-By
59. Decision for Christ: What Does It Mean?
60. "Reveal Thyself to Me!"
61. The Unlocked Door
62. You Need the Blood
63. Peace and Rest
64. God's Way
65. The Remedy: Have You Applied It
66. Are You Waiting?
67. How Can I Know?
68. "Mighty to Save"
69. Religion, or Christ
70. "I Don't Believe It!"
71. "Whosoever" Means Me!
72. "Though Your Sins Be as Scarlet "
73. Thoroughly Sincere
74. The Sergeant's Mistake
75. Truth in the Inward Parts
76. Believeth?Hath
77. "Thou God Seest Me"
78. A Letter
79. Your Lack
80. Her Eighteenth Birthday
81. For Seeking Souls
82. He Said It! Luke 7:36-50
83. In Thy Youth
84. A Message of Mercy
85. Christ, or Self?
86. This May Be It
87. Through the Straight Gate
88. He Took My Whipping ' for Me
89. Only a Touch! Mark 5:25-34
90. Mighty to Save
91. Four Things He Knew
92. ”Mother, I Dare Not Pray!"
93. Which? Where?
94. Trying to Be Good
95. "Farr Too Easy a Way”
96. A Small Cause and a Far-Reaching Result
97. The Red Light
98. Bed Afire but He Slept On
99. The Barometer
100. Saved in a Post Office
101. Great Discoveries
102. "As Good as Many Christians"
103. Salvation ?A Gift
104. Too Proud
105. God's Way
106. Which Is Worse?
107. Only Believe
108. "Not of Works"
109. My All
110. The Refuge
111. Let Go, and Let God
112. "Call His Name Jesus"
113. Is That All
114. Starting to Get Ready to Begin

Death Over San Diego

It was sudden death and sudden glory for a Christian stewardess on board the Pacific South- west jetliner which collided mid-air with a small plane over San Diego on September 25, 1978.
The stewardess, whose home was in Holland, is known to have been "saved through the blood of Jesus" only two weeks prior to the crash which resulted in 144 deaths. What can match the importance of being ready for death should it come? It matters little where we came from; but where we are going is of vital concern. How many more believers died in the disaster is unknown.
The huge Boeing was making its approach to the San Diego terminal. As it banked to line up with its designated landing strip, a small Cessna 172, deviating slightly from its flight-path, put itself on the same heading as the PSA jet.
The collision, which demolished the Cessna and killed its two occupants, disabled the jetliner which crashed in less than 30 seconds after the impact. The terrific explosion and fire resulted in "no survivors". The last communication from the pilot was "We are going down!"
A Christian near to whose home the crash occurred wrote: "What a solemn warning to us all! They who were almost to their destination were suddenly hurled into eternity.
"The writer arrived at the scene minutes later and with his back to those terrible flames, helped the police control the crowds. Stunned by the tragic scene, he could only think of all the precious souls perishing in the flaming wreckage—and in the smashed and burning homes. How helpless we were! As someone said: 'There is not a single thing we can do to help them.' They were beyond rescue, too late for first-aid, and above all, too late for spiritual help if they died without knowing the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior. Well may these questions be asked: "If you, reader, had been on that plane or in one of those destroyed homes, where would your soul be now? Would you have been ready? Do you know the Lord Jesus Christ as your own precious Savior? If not, be warned before it is too late! If you die in your sins, you will be forever lost, with no hope of being saved.
"Had that jetliner at the last moment turned to the left rather than right, it could have been the writer and his house that were destroyed. But what a difference to be ushered into the Lord's presence where there 'is fullness of joy' and to be forever with Him "Who loved me and gave Himself for me!'
"Perhaps the Lord in His mercy saw fit to spare us so that you may read and heed this warning if you are not saved. Let me urge you, dear reader, in all the seriousness that came over me as I worked so close to those engulfed in flame—in the presence of death—to accept the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior before it is too late."
Since the above was written, the worst aviation accident in the United States joined the gruesome list of major air disasters.
On May 25, 1979, 273 people were killed when a DC-10 jetliner crashed and exploded shortly after take-off from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.
"It looked like a fire swept through a clothing store and burned all the mannequins," a rescue worker said. "Only they weren't mannequins."
No, they were precious souls—all hurled suddenly into eternity. Yes, reader, ETERNITY. And where will you spend it?
"Behold, now is the day of Salvation." "Today if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts." 2 Cor. 6:2; Heb. 4:7.

Love Your Enemies

During a recent Gospel meeting in Macari, Peru, an aged native farmer was joyfully converted to God. Following the meeting he fervently prayed: "Lord, forgive those who have done me much harm. They have taken away my land and my money. I should be rich, but now I am poor. I pray, forgive them."
It was the first time on his knees as a Christian. Precious fruit of grace in a newborn soul!
"Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven." Matt. 5:43-45.

"He Giveth Power to the Faint"

"I tell you again, mate, 'religion' may do finely for women and children; but it will not do for men."
Such were the words of Jonathan Winters, a rough old miner, to one of his comrades who had lately determined to follow Christ.
"And as for you, Roger," continued Jonathan, "I'm sure you don't need making any more of a woman than you be already. You are the softest, most chicken-hearted chap I know. And if you really are going to be pious and 'Bible-reading' into the bargain, you'll turn so soft that a shadow will frighten you.
"Give it up mate; give it up. You're only half a man as it is, but whatever will you become if you stick to religion, I should like to know?"
"Something better than I have been," replied Roger, in a voice scarcely heard amid the jests and laughter of his fellow-workers.
Roger and Jonathan, with about a hundred others were employed in the operation of a coal mine. Roger was the only Christian among them. Months passed since the above tirade, and though jeered at and annoyed, Roger had never given up `religion'.
It was a bright day at noon, when Roger was let down in the bucket to the bottom of the shaft. When he reached the floor he began handing some tools and stores to "Little Ben", a lad sometimes employed below. The bucket was soon emptied, and Roger was stepping out.
But hark! What sound was that which made his cheeks turn pale? It was the rushing of water. His long experience told him that the water from a neighboring stream had found its way into the mine. In a few minutes his fellow-workmen might be overwhelmed and lost.
One foot was yet in the bucket. A jerk of the rope and it would be raised and he would be saved. It was the supreme challenge to his timid nature. Then he remembered his comrades; their unfitness for death; their willful ignorance of the love of Christ.
The thought of the Savior nerved his heart. He would not save himself while they were unwarned.
Quickly jumping out, he seized "Little Ben", placed him in the bucket, saying as he jerked the rope: "Tell all the town that the water is coming in and that we are probably lost. We will seek refuge at the far end of the right gallery. Be quick. Good-bye." The next moment the bucket and "Little Ben" disappeared.
The mine was a series of long, narrow passages from which the coal had been dug. Hurrying along these, Roger soon reached the working crew and told them of their danger.
It was a terrible moment. Each one would have rushed madly away in vain efforts to save himself. But his noble purpose made the timid Roger firm and calm.
He told them of the message he had sent to the surface and bade them follow him with their picks to the end of the right gallery. It was the highest point in the mine, and the trapped men succeeded in hollowing out a chamber higher up still. Here they hoped they would be above the level which the fast-rising water would reach. Into this chamber the men hurried, to await slow deliverance or to perish by hunger, drowning or suffocation.
A few provisions had been saved, though little enough for one day's rations.
During the long, dismal hours which followed, Roger prayed and entreated; and after the first excitement had passed, the men listened, as men will listen, when face to face with death.
Meanwhile, far above, relief operations had begun. Guided by Roger's message, rescue teams toiled night and day sinking a new shaft above the right gallery. On the morning of the fifth day, faint sounds of hammers below greeted the weary men above. With new vigor they toiled, and soon the entombed miners were reached. Several were dead. But more than half, and among them Roger, were yet alive.
Eventually all of the rescued recovered from their awful ordeal. With many the impressions then made on their souls were never erased, but brought forth fruit in their lives afterward as converted men.
Among these was Jonathan Winter, who had been the first to sneer at Roger's confession of Christ. When he learned how Roger might have saved himself and "Little Ben", leaving others to their fate, he exclaimed: "I said that religion would make Roger more of a 'softy' than he was before; but it seems to me, mates, that it has made him do what many of us would scarce have dared. The 'Bible-reading' that can make a timid chap like him risk his life for the sake of telling us about a Savior, must be good for us all. I cast in my lot with Roger. "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13.

Salvation for the Needy

An American Indian and a white man were brought under conviction of sin by the same Gospel sermon.
Shortly afterward, the Indian was led to rejoice in God's pardoning mercy. The white man, on the other hand, was under great distress of mind for weeks, and at times was ready to despair. But at last he also was brought to a happy knowledge of forgiving love.
Some time later, meeting his red-skinned brother, he asked: "How was it that I should be so long under conviction, when you found peace so soon?"
"O, brother," replied the Indian, "me tell you. There come along a rich Prince. He proposes to give you a new coat. You look at your coat and say: 'I don't know; my coat pretty good. I think it will do a little longer.'
"He then offer me a new coat. I look at my old blanket; and I say: `This is good for nothing: I fling it right away, and accept the beautiful garment. Just so, brother, you try to keep your own righteousness for some time; you loath to give it up. But I, poor Indian, had no righteousness; therefore, I glad at once to receive the righteousness of God, the Lord Jesus Christ."
"Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us."

?I Will Give Up"

The following story concerns a man named "Frank" who was well known in his community as an exceedingly wicked and careless fellow.
His wife had been converted during some recent revival meetings and prayed much for her husband. But the more she prayed, the worse he became.
Night after night he came home either drunk or swearing about the revival in the church or about her prayers.
He especially hated William Haslam, the evangelist, who was holding the meetings and made terrible threats as to what he would do if ever he caught him in his house. He had a vile temper and was troubled with an artificial leg which made him even worse.
The local authorities employed him for road work. Frank Haslam wrote: "Notwithstanding his bad temper and ill-feeling towards me, I always stopped when passing and talked to him.
"One day when coming along I noticed Frank ahead of me, busy as usual. I began to think what I would talk to him about, but when I came to the spot, to my astonishment, he was not there.
"I looked around on all sides and called, but in vain. No one answered. There was no hedge or tree within sight where he might hide; where could he be?
"All at once I remembered a small gravel pit, some 20 or 30 yards off. I went towards it, still calling, "Frank—Frank!" but received no answer.
"On looking into the quarry, sure enough, there was my man, lying down in the pit, close up to the side, with his face to the ground. I said: "Frank, is that you? What are you doing there? Are you ill?"
" `No, I'm not, what do you want with me?'
"Nothing in particular, but I was so surprised at your disappearance, that I could not pass on without looking for you. I wondered whether I had seen your ghost instead of you. Are you hiding away from me?"
Getting up, he said: "I had a terrible dream last night which frightened me very much. A voice said to me: `Go and see Mr. Haslam about your soul'.
"I will, I will," I said, "first thing in the morning! When morning came, I thought the evening will do. And when I saw you coming, it made me tremble so, that I hid myself."
"Frank," I said, "it's no use for you to fight against God or stand out against your wife's prayers. You had better give in."
"He told me that his dream referred to something in his past life, and sitting down on the bank, he said: `When I was ill the doctor told me that I should die. I then cried to the Lord to have mercy on me, and said that if He would raise me up, I would give my heart to Him.
`I began to recover from that day, and kept intending and intending to give my heart to God; but I never did it.
`I got quite well in health, but ever since that time I've been getting worse and worse in mind.
When my wife was converted, it seemed as if the devil took possession of me altogether, and the Lord warned me again last night.'
"Come now!" I said, "you had better kneel down here and give up!" It was a lonely road through a bare field. Kneel down and let us pray."
He did so, and after prayer he said:
`By God's help, I will give up.'
"No," I said, "that will not do. Say 'Lord take my heart. I do! not I will give up.'
After a short pause he solemnly said: `I do give up Lord. Take my heart!' And then he began to cry.
"I gave him the text: "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. 'Think over that,' I said, 'and come to the school-room meeting tonight.'
He did so and was saved, to the joy of his soul.
"After his conversion he came one morning to beg my pardon for having forbidden me to his house, and to ask if I would not come and hold a meeting there for his neighbors. I did; and there was such a crowd inside and also outside the house and so much blessing, that I was not satisfied with one visit, but went again and again. Every time we preached there, souls were saved."
God moves in a mysterious way,
His wonders to perform;
He plants His footsteps in the sea,
And rides upon the storm.
Deep in unfathomable mines
Of never-failing skill
He treasures up His bright designs
And works His sovereign will.

Taxi Driver Saved

Some time ago a London newspaper told how a piece of paper left in his cab made a startling change in the life of a taxi driver named Albert Jones of Montreal.
The piece of paper was a copy of the Gospel of John.
"I began to read it while hanging around stands waiting for a fare," recalled Jones. "I became interested, got hold of a Bible and spent the next six months reading it."
That was several years ago and it launched the 45-year-old bachelor on a new career. From then on he spent all his time spreading the Word of God among the seamen on the Montreal waterfront.
Mr. Jones bought a used car to make his rounds.
"You can imagine I was very hesitant at first," said Jones. "This was all new to a landlubber like me. And, O boy! those sailors let me know where I stood in their eyes. They were pretty scornful to say the least.
"I always asked permission of the captain or mate before going aboard. Most were courteous, but some looked at me as if I had rocks in my head.
A taxi driver most of his life, Jones had not been near a church for 20 years when he found his new vocation.
"I'm perfectly content to make this my life's work," he said.
"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God." Rom. 12:1, 2.

The Wrong Place

A German nobleman was so convicted of his sinful life that he determined to become a monk. He was directed to seek admission to a monastery 1500 miles away, where the penance was severe and the discipline exceedingly strict.
Under the scorching sun he made the journey and came to the monastery. He rang the bell and an aged monk opened the gate. Learning his business the monk admitted him to shelter for the night.
He then told the old man his story and received the following counsel: "If you want to be saved, you have come to the wrong place. Christ has finished the work, and there is nothing left for you to do."
"The young German believed the old man's message, and returned home to Germany—a sinner saved by grace alone.

O Sleeper, Arise!

The way through the Peruvian mountain pass was long and steep, and it was late in the day. The weather was bitterly cold and snow was filling the pass, while two weary natives urged their laden donkeys up the last lap of their journey to a house at the top.
But at this point one of the travelers, overcome with cold and fatigue, gave up the struggle and sat down in the snow to sleep.
Knowing that it would be a sleep which ended in death, his companion endeavored with sternest warnings to urge him on; but his direst threats were in vain. So he continued the journey with the donkeys alone and finally reached the house on the summit.
Later, another traveler up the pass found the sleeping man; but unable to arouse him, he too left him behind and reached the house. When his companion learned from the newcomer that the sleeper was still alive, he pulled on his coat and boots, and taking his donkey whip, returned to the scene.
Finding the man still asleep, he proceeded to belabor him with the whip and finally succeeded in waking him and standing him on his feet.
Then with constant yelling, threatening and whipping he managed to literally drive the drowsy fellow up to the safety of the house, thus saving him from his fatal sleep. "Faithful are the wounds of a friend"!
When a missionary from Peru related this story, we could not but think of the multitudes in our land, who, overcome by the prince of this world, are asleep to the awful doom that awaits them if they die in their sins. They are as the sailor in the Proverbs, who totally insensible to his danger, "lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast." Prov. 23:34.
God in His mercy and love often employs the sternest measures to awaken those He has determined to save. It may be through accident, illness, loss of loved ones, loss of property or other financial reverses.
Assuredly this is God by His Spirit going out into the highways and hedges and compelling them to come in that His house may be filled. Luke 14:23.
Have you, reader, come in? There's room in God's house for you. Through Christ Jesus He welcomes you today.
"What meanest thou, O sleeper? Arise, call upon thy God!" Jonah 1:6.

Happiness

`Tis Jesus only that can give
Sweetest pleasures while we live;
`Tis Jesus only can supply
Solid comfort when we die.
The only one who has a right to be happy is the Christian, he, and he alone being delivered from the bondage of sin, death and judgment. Well might the Psalmist say: "Happy is that people, whose God is the Lord." Psa. 144:15. "In Thy presence is fullness of joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore." Psa. 16:11.

Lost Islands

According to a persistent ancient legend there once existed an inhabited island called Atlantis, which was destroyed, the legend says, by an earth-quake thousands of years ago. Recently, Soviet ocean explorers reported having uncovered the huge land mass 200 to 300 miles off the coast of Portugal. They claim to have photographed parts of it at the bottom of the Atlantic ocean.
In more modern times, we are told, there stood a now lost island in the Indian Ocean. It had many people living upon it. Over it shone the sun by day and the moon and the stars by night. Round it rolled the waters of the tropical sea, and across its mountain heights and groves of palm trees swept the fresh sea breezes.
But now no one can find that island. Waters roll where once it stood—waters that tell no tale of the awful catastrophe that once they witnessed.
None lived to tell the story of the moment when the fierce volcanic fires burst forth upon the dwellers there; but ships sailing many miles away were shaken by the terrific roar. The sky was darkened, the firmament shook, and never more has human eye beheld that island with its woods and hills.
Men living in Ceylon at the time, which was more than a thousand miles away, claimed that they had distinctly heard the roar of the terrible explosion when the water and the fire met and destroyed that sunny land with all its inhabitants.
And lest it should be considered that tales of such catastrophes belong only to the imaginary, divine history records the catastrophic judgment poured out by a sin-hating God upon great cities in the land of Canaan about 2000 B.C.—as we read in Gen. 19:23-25:
"The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar.
Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven; And He overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground."
And why this consuming judgment? God turned "... the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly." 2 Peter 2:6. What a warning to our wicked world!
"But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up." 2 Peter 3:10.
O delay not, my reader, if unsaved, to flee from the wrath to come! Pause not, while the love of God for a fallen and doomed world still stays its certain judgment.
"Of that day and hour knoweth no man" said the Son of God. Not even the angels in heaven know the awful secret. God keeps the knowledge of that dreadful day from even the most trusted of His creatures, so solemn is the event.
"Be ye therefore ready" is the Savior's warning, in view of the suddeness and unexpectedness of that fearful day.
"Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come." 1 Thess. 1:10. Is He your Savior?

"A Word Fitly Spoken"

A worldly socialite, having spent the evening at a card party, returned home to find her maid absorbed in a book.
Looking over her shoulder and observing the title she exclaimed: "Poor melancholy soul! What pleasure can you find in pouring so long over that book?"
Without waiting for an answer, she retired to her bed; but not to sleep. In the providence of God, sleep forsook her. And what was it, in this particular night which so suddenly disturbed her spirit and drove sleep away? Was it the gaiety and excitement of the evening, or the weariness which followed?
No, it was none of these. It was a word.
At times, how much hangs upon a single word; what vital, unalterable issues! The Bible says: "A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver." Prov. 25:11.
And so it was; a word, a sharp arrow from God's quiver, had pierced the heart of that pleasure-loving lady. Its first effect was to give her deep anguish of spirit. She found no rest. All night she lay under the hand of God, sighing and weeping from the smart of that one word.
Again and again her maid begged to know the cause of her distress.
At last, the lady could restrain herself no longer. Bursting into a fresh flood of tears she exclaimed: "Oh, it is one word which I read in your book which troubles me. I saw there the word 'ETERNITY'. Oh, how happy I should be if I were prepared for ETERNITY!"
Face to face with that one word, with all that it conveys, with all its tremendous significance, what could the frivolities of this passing world do for the guilty soul of this poor lady? She could but loathe them from the bottom of her heart.
But God had mercy upon her soul as He ever has upon such as truly turn to Him. Her heart rested by faith upon the precious blood of Christ which alone can cleanse from sin, and give a troubled conscience peace.
"For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones." Isa. 57:15.

"What Doest Thou for Me?"

Count Zinzendorf, while standing before Stenburg's great picture of "The Crucifixion," upon the frame of which these words were written:
"This I did for thee,
What doest thou for Me?"
yielded himself, his fortune and his lands to Christ and served Him from that day onward. What is your answer to the claims of Christ?

The Two Doctors

I was settled in the coach of a train which was about to start when a young man sat beside me and began humming a hymn. I listened while four times over he repeated the tune. That being the length of the hymn, I thought to myself, Anyone who hums one of Sankey's hymns in a train is probably not a bad sort.
As the train moved away, a lady handed around some gospel tracts, and the young man, noting the title of one, said: "May I pass it on?"
"Certainly", replied the lady.
Observing the title myself I said to him:
"Do you know the meaning of that?"
"Yes," he replied.
"The real meaning in your heart and soul?"
"Yes, thank God, I do."
"How did it all come about?"
"Do you see that farm through the trees?" he said, pointing through the window. "That's where I come from. Have been there for some time now. My first boss was a Christian who thought a good deal about us fellows and was always trying to do us good.
"He had gospel meetings every week for us; but I couldn't be bothered with them. I didn't want to be a Christian, like some of my friends.
"Yet I wasn't a bad sort of fellow. I liked my glass of beer and a quiet game of cards; but I hated all the things the boss was so keen about.
"So things went on until I found that a strange complaint was affecting me. I could not get through my day's work as I used to do. I did my level best, but it was not good enough.
"At last the boss saw that there was something wrong, and one day he said: 'Tom, drive to see the doctor; let him overhaul you. You are not right; you can't get through your work as you used to. When you come back, let me know what the doctor says.'
'Now its certainly all up,' I thought. 'The doctor will probably say: 'Young man, you haven't long to live.'
'Then the boss will turn me off, and there I'll be—just done.'
"So I drove off. The doctor lived 10 miles away, and I didn't hurry, I can tell you. I got turning things over a bit, and it seemed as if I were talking to myself in this sort of way: 'Look here, Tom, you are in a bad way. Probably you'll get bad news from the doctor. He may tell you that you haven't long to live. And if you've got to die, you'll just wish you were a Christian. Then it will be awful mean to try and give yourself to Christ just because you are scared and have got to die.
'But then Tom, if the doctor says you will be all right in six months, you won't mind, and you won't want to be a Christian then, will you?'
"And so I got working it backwards and forwards in my mind till I saw that there was only one right and honest thing to do, and that was to give myself up to the Lord Jesus Christ before I got to the doctor and knew what my future might be.
"So I pulled up by the roadside and got down on the grass and said, 'Lord Jesus, it's no use my going on like that any longer. I am all wrong. I am a big sinner. I am lost and I know it. I've just got to go and see the doctor, and I don't know what he'll say to me. But I want Thee, Lord Jesus, to take me just now and here, if Thou wilt, and forgive me, and change my life. Take away my sins, and keep me from sin. O, take me as I am!'
"And the Lord just did it. And I just trusted in Him then and there as my own personal Savior.
"And then didn't I go joyfully over the road the rest of the way! I didn't care what might happen now. Going along, the Lord seemed to talk to me just as distinctly as if He were sitting by my side. He seemed to say: 'Tom, you are Mine?'
"Yes Lord"
'All Mine—spirit, soul and body?'
"Yes, Lord."
'Well Tom, I want to send you on some errands for Me—to take some messages for Me. But I want My messengers to be as much like Me as possible, and be holy.' So the Voice seemed to whisper: 'I want you to give up taking any kind of strong drink, for I don't like My servants to touch it. It is not a good example to others; and it ruins so many.'
'Lord!' said I, 'I'll never want to touch it again.'
'And then, Tom, I want My messengers to have sweet breath when they speak My messages; and I do not want them to waste their money.'
"No. Lord, I can see that plainly enough now."
'So, Tom, just for My sake, give up your smoking.'
"Away went my pipe, pouch and tobacco into the field, for I really felt that God was claiming me altogether.
"I got to the doctor and he examined me all over. Then he said: 'Young man, I can put you all right if you will attend to my instructions. You must give up all alcoholic drink; it is bad for your complaint.'
"I've given it up already," I said.
'And then you must try and do without tobacco smoking.'
"Well, doctor, that's given up, too."
'You'll be all right if you are careful, young man.'
"Thank you, doctor, but I seem all right now! I got put right on the way here."
'Then why did you come to me?'
"Fact is, doctor, I met another Physician on the way to you."
Another doctor— what do you mean? There's no other doctor within forty miles of me. What's his name?'
"Reverently, and with tears coursing down my cheeks (for I could not keep them back,) I said: "His name is the Lord Jesus Christ, doctor; and I up and told Him all that happened. He took my hand and said: 'Young man, I thank you for your honest and bold confession. I wish I could say the same as you can; but I can't. Still you have helped me, and I thank you. God bless you. You'll be all right before long in every way.
"That's how it all came about, and I've been praising the Lord ever since. And I am glad to help in the Lord's work any way I can.

God Struck My Limbs

"This wooden leg of mine," said a poor handicapped Christian miner, "is a monument of God's mercy."
"How is that?" inquired a visitor.
"Several years ago, I was playing cards and cheating in order to win. The man I was playing with said; 'You would not have won that money if you had not cheated.'
"I swore at him, and said:
" 'God strike my limbs if I did so!' "
"I knew that I had cheated; and the man would not believe that I had not. So we parted.
"Next morning I was working in the mine. Close by was a very large piece of rock which had been loosened by blasting. It slipped from its place and carried me along with it into the shaft.
"As the heavy end was uppermost, it turned with its own weight, fell across the shaft and pinned me against the side.
"This rock weighed not less than two or three tons. Notwithstanding the fearful shock, I regained my senses; but one leg was smashed, and the other severely wounded.
"God struck my limbs!
"I cried for help; and when the men found me, they saw at once it was impossible to get me out without moving that rock.
"There I remained for two hours, till they had put a sling around my body. Then they adjusted a strong chain to the rock and lifted the end.
"As soon as they raised it, down it went, carrying everything before it to the bottom of the shaft, while I was left hanging in the sling.
"They drew me up. I was taken to the hospital. One leg was amputated and the other set; but I was ill for a long time.
"Oh, just think, if that rock had not pinned my legs to the wall of that shaft, I should be in hell now!
In God's time the miner was converted and became a very zealous Gospel preacher.
"As for God, His way is perfect." "The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul." "I know, O Lord, that Thy judgments are right, and that Thou in faithfulness halt afflicted me." Psa. 18:30; Psa. 19:7; Psa. 119:75.

"I Cannot Feel Saved"

Martin Luther, in one of his conflicts with the Devil, was asked by the arch-enemy if he felt his sins forgiven?
"No," said the great Reformer, "I don't feel that they are forgiven, but I know they are because God says so in His Word."
Paul did not say, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt feel saved," but "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved." Acts 16:31.
No one can feel that his sins are forgiven. Ask that man whose debt was paid by another: "Do you feel that you debt is paid?" "No", is the answer, "I don't feel that it is paid; I know from this receipt that it is paid. And I feel happy because I know that it is paid." So with you.

The Most Ungodly Man in Town

"Years ago in the city of St. Louis," related W. R. Newell, "I was holding noon meetings in the Century Theater. One day I spoke on the verse: " `To him that worketh not, but believeth on Him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.' Rom. 4:5.
"After the audience had gone, I was addressed by a fine-looking man of middle age, who had been waiting alone in a box seat for me. He immediately said: " 'I am Captain G—' (a man very widely known in the city). When I sat down to talk with him, he began: " 'You are speaking to the most ungodly man in St. Louis.'
" 'Thank God!' I said.
" 'What!' he cried, `Do you mean you are glad that I am bad?'
" 'No,' I said, 'but I am certainly glad to find a sinner that knows he is a sinner.'
" 'Oh, you do not know the half! I have been absolutely ungodly for years and years, right here in St. Louis. I own two Mississippi steamers.
Everybody knows me. I am just the most ungodly man in town.'
"I could hardly get him quiet enough to ask him: " 'Did you hear me preach on ungodly people today?'
" `Mr. Newell,' he said, 'I have been coming to these noon meetings for six weeks. I do not think I have missed a meeting. But I cannot tell you a word of what you said today.
" 'I did not sleep last night. I have hardly had any sleep for three weeks. I have gone to one man after another to find out what I should do. And I do what they say. I have read the Bible. I have prayed. I have given money away. But I am the most ungodly wretch in this town.
" 'Now what do you tell me to do? I waited here today to ask you that. I have tried everything; but I am so ungodly!'
" 'Now,' I said, 'we will turn to the verse I preached on.'
"I gave the Bible into his hands, asking him to read aloud: `To him that worketh not.'
" 'But,' he said, 'how can this be for me? I am the most ungodly man in St. Louis.'
" 'Wait,' I said, 'I beg you to go on reading!'So he read: " `To him that worketh not, but believeth on Him that justifieth the ungodly.' "
" 'There!' he fairly shouted, 'that's what I am ungodly.'
" 'Then this verse is about you,' I assured him. " 'But please tell me what to do, Mr. Newell. I know I am ungodly. What shall I do?'
" 'Read that verse again, please.' He read:
" `To him that worketh not'—and I stopped him.
" 'There,' I said, 'the verse says not to do, and you want me to tell you something to do. I cannot do that.'
" 'But there must be something to do; if not I shall be lost forever.'
" 'Now listen with all your soul,' I said. 'There was something to do, but it has all been done!' Then I told him how that God so loved him, all ungodly as he was, that He sent Christ to die for the ungodly, and that God's judgment had fallen on Christ who had been forsaken of God for his, Captain G—'s sins, there on the cross. Then, I said, God raised up Christ and sent us preachers to beseech men, all ungodly as they are, to believe on this God who declares righteous the ungodly, on the ground of Christ's shed blood.
"He suddenly leaped to his feet and stretched out his hand to me.
" `Mr. Newell,' he said, 'I will accept that proposition!' And off he went without another word.
"Next noon-day at the opening of the meeting, I saw him beckoning to me from the wings of the stage. I went to him.
" 'May I say a word to these people?' he asked. I saw his shining face, and gladly brought him in. I said to the audience: " 'Friends, this is Captain G— whom most, if not all of you know. He wants to say a word to you.'
" 'I want to tell you all of the greatest proposition I ever found,' he cried. 'I am a business man and I know a good proposition. But I found one yesterday that so filled me with joy, that I could not sleep a wink all night.
" 'I found out that God, for Jesus Christ's sake, declares righteous any ungodly man that trusts Him. I trusted Him yesterday, and you all know what an ungodly man I was.
" 'I thank you all for listening to me, but I felt I could not help but tell you this wonderful proposition; that God should count me righteous. I have been such a great sinner.'
"This beloved man lived many years in St. Louis, an ornament to his confession."
Sin-burdened reader, God makes the same proposition to you at this moment: "To him that worketh not, but believeth on Him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness."

William Cowper

In the Memoirs of William Cowper, the poet writes of his experience in coming to Christ through Rom. 3:25:
"The happy period which was to afford me a clear opening of the free mercy of God in Christ Jesus was now arrived.
"I flung myself into a chair near the window; and seeing a Bible there, ventured once more to apply to it for comfort and instruction. The first verse I saw was the 25th of the 3rd of Romans.
`Whom God bath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God.'
"Immediately I received strength to believe it, and the full beams of the Sun of Righteousness shone upon me.
"I saw the sufficiency of the atonement He had made, my pardon sealed in His blood, and all the fullness and completeness of His justification.
"In an instant I believed and received the peace of the Gospel. Unless the Almighty arm had been under me, I think I should have died with gratitude and joy.
"My eyes filled with tears, transports choked my utterance. I could only look up to Heaven in silent fear, overwhelmed with love and wonder. But the work of the Holy Spirit is described in His own words: it is
`Joy unspeakable and full of glory.' "
There is a stream of precious blood
Which flowed from Jesus' veins;
And sinners washed in that blest flood
Lose all their guilty stains.
E'er since, by faith, we saw the stream
Thy wounds supplied for sin.
Redeeming love has been our theme,
Our joy, and peace have been.
William Cowper

Eternal Life?The Gift of God

"In a ghoulish showcase at the London Museum this summer," states a recent news report, "are the yellowed plaster casts of the heads of five men who were hanged on the public gallows in 18th century England."
They had been brought from the vaults of Scotland Yard for a major exhibition to mark the 150th anniversary of London's famed metropolitan police.
In the 1700's, visitors were told, about 200 offenses were on the statute books which drew the penalty of death by hanging. They ranged from treason and murder to sheep-stealing and shop-lifting.
But since then the laws have changed drastically. In 1970 the death penalty in Britain was abolished in all cases except for certain crimes against the state.
Man-made laws are subject to change from generation to generation and from year to year. Divine laws remain inviolate; they never change.
"The wages of sin is death." Rom. 6:23.
"And so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned." Rom. 5:12. The wages of sin have never been reduced.
In 1979 there was a public outcry against the death penalty imposed upon a convicted murderer in Florida. However, there was no report of anyone offering to take the condemned man's place in the electric chair. But the essence of God's glorious gospel is that "Christ died for the ungodly." Rom. 5:6.
"While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Rom. 5:8.
Lost, guilty, condemned sinner, will you not accept God's verdict and receive the pardon which He has wrought for you through the death of His Son at Calvary's cross? God now accepts the death of His Son in place of the sinner's death. This full and free salvation is for "whosoever will believe." It is offered to you on the principle of faith and faith alone. Believe it; receive it now.

Reuben Johnson's Pardon

The following story, told by Dwight L. Moody, points up God's grace—and the sinner's incredulity.
When I was in Ohio, I was invited to preach in the State penitentiary. Eleven hundred convicts were brought into the chapel. After I got through preaching, the chaplain said to me: "Mr. Moody, I want to tell you of a scene which occurred in this room.
"A few years ago our commissioners went to the Governor of the state and got him to promise that he would pardon five men for good behavior.
"The Governor consented, with this proviso: that the record was to be kept secret, and at the end of six months, the five men highest on the roll should receive a pardon, regardless of who or what they were.
"At the end of six months the prisoners were all brought into the chapel. The commissioners came. The president stood on the platform, put his hand in his pocket, and brought out some papers.
"I hold in my hands," he said, "pardons for five men."
The chaplain told me he never witnessed anything on earth like it. Every man was still as death. Many were deadly pale. The suspense was awful; it seemed as if every heart had ceased to beat.
The president went on to tell them how they had got the pardon, but the chaplain interrupted him.
" 'Before you make that speech,' said the chaplain, 'read out the names. This suspense is awful.' "So he read out the first name: " 'Reuben Johnson will come and get his pardon,' he called, and held out the document. But no one came forward.
"He said to the Warden:
`Are all the prisoners here?'
"The Warden told him they were all there. "Then he said again: " 'Reuben Johnson will come and get his pardon. It is signed and sealed by the Governor. Reuben Johnson is a free man.'
"Not one moved. The chaplain looked right down where Reuben was. He was well known; he had been nineteen years there. Many were looking around to see the fortunate man who had got his pardon. Finally the chaplain caught his eye and said: " 'Reuben, you are the man.'
"Reuben turned around and looked behind him. The chaplain said the second time: " 'Reuben, you are the man,' and the second time Reuben looked around, thinking it must be some other Reuben. He had to say three times, `Reuben, come and get your pardon.'
"At last the truth began to dawn on the old man. He got up and came along down the hall, trembling from head to foot. When he got the pardon, he looked at it and went back to his seat, buried his face in his hands and cried.
"When the prisoners got into the ranks to go back to the cells, Reuben got into the ranks, too, and the chaplain had to call to him: " 'Reuben, get out of the ranks; you are a free man; you are no longer a prisoner.'
"And Reuben stepped out of the ranks. He was free!"
"That is the way," said Moody, "that men make out pardons; they make them out for good characters or good behavior. But God pardons men who haven't any characters.
"He offers a pardon to every repentant sinner on earth who will accept it. I don't care who he is or what he is like. He may be the greatest libertine that ever walked the streets, or the greatest blackguard who ever lived, or the greatest thief or vagabond. Christ commissioned His disciples to preach the gospel to every creature. Whosoever will may come."

What Shall It Profit a Man?

Charlemagne, King of the Franks (766-814 A.D.) built the largest, empire in western Europe since that of ' Rome.
He fought to unify all German peoples into one empire by seizing Saxony, Bavaria and Lombard, Italy, and fighting Avars, Moors and Slays in border battles. He relentlessly pushed his empire boundaries east to the Elbe and Danube rivers and south into Spain.
At Aix-la-Chapelle remains his tomb. He was buried in the central space beneath the dome.
The manner of his burial is said to be one of the most impressive sermons ever preached.
In the death-chamber beneath the floor he sat on a marble chair, wrapped in his Imperial robes. The chair was that in which kings had been crowned.
A book of the Gospel lay open in his lap. As he sat there, silent, cold and motionless, the finger of the dead king's hand pointed to the words of the Lord Jesus: "What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?"
If I gained the world, but lost the Savior, Were my life worth living for a day? Could my yearning heart find rest and comfort In the things that soon must pass away? If I gained the world, but lost the Savior, Would my gain be worth the toil and strife? Are all earthly pleasures worth comparing With the gift of God—eternal life?

Jesus Is Enough

In a large hospital lay a' little Irish lad of about 15 years of age but who looked less than 12.
His body was emaciated and undersized. His small, pinched face was white and sad. Small wonder that he immediately excited the sympathy of a lady missionary visiting the ward! Winning his confidence with some flowers and fruit, she soon found him willing, even eager, to hear the story of the sinner's Savior.
When he was awakened to some sense of his own lost condition, he began seriously to consider how he might be saved. He spoke of penance and the confessional, of sacraments and church—yet never wholly leaving out Christ and His atoning work.
Calling again one day, the lady found his face aglow with new-found joy. When she inquired the reason, he replied with assurance born of faith in the Word of God: "O miss is! I always knew that Jesus was necessary; but I never knew till yesterday that He was enough."
It was a blessed discovery. Mark it well, dear reader: Jesus is enough! It is believed by most people that Jesus is necessary; the whole fabric of Christendom is built upon that. But how few realize that He is enough!
It is not Christ and good works, not Christ and the Church that save. It is not through Christ and baptism, or Christ and the confessional that we receive forgiveness of our sins. It is not Christ and doing our best, or Christ and the Lord's supper that will give us new life. It is Christ alone.
"Christ and—" is a perverted gospel which is not the Gospel. Christ, without the and is the sinner's hope and the saint's confidence. Through trusting Him and Him alone, eternal life and forgiveness of sins are yours.
The saved soul is exhorted to maintain good works, and thus reflect the life of Christ. But for salvation itself, Jesus is not only necessary—He is enough.
"For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time." 1 Tim. 2:5, 6.

On the Value of Time

It is said of Pythagoras, a famous Greek philosopher of the 6th century B.C., that he was so anxious to pursue his studies to completion that to fight sleep, he tied his hair with a string to a beam in the ceiling. Immediately he started to nod, the sudden tug aroused him. This way he was kept awake until his task was done.
King Edward VII of Great Britain said shortly before he died: "I could do with thirty-six hours in my day. Time is so short."
A certain queen desired her portrait painted. After careful thought, she chose an able and promising artist. The appointed time arrived for the first sitting, but the artist failed to appear. Ten minutes later he dashed in with profuse apologies, only to be told that her Majesty had gone. His greatest opportunity was missed by a few minutes and never returned.
On the one hand is the drowsiness of sin, which renders men unconscious of their condition before God. It is like the sleepiness that comes over the traveler in the cold just before he freezes to death.
On the other hand is life's golden opportunity. Reader! The Savior of sinners is passing by. Hear Him say to you: "Come now, and let us reason together,... though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow." Isa. 1:18. "Behold, now is the day of salvation." 2 Cor. 6:2.
To delay is an insult to Him and grave danger to your immortal soul. While time and opportunity are yours, receive Him gladly, confess Him openly, and serve Him devotedly.

He Settled It Last Night

When Moody and Sankey were conducting gospel meetings in a mining region in England, coming out of the service one night, they noticed a man sitting just underneath the gallery. Although everybody else had left the church, he still remained.
Mr. Moody sat down beside him. He found that the man had been a constant attendant at the meetings, but this night he had determined not to leave the building until he had settled the question of his soul's salvation.
After prayer and the study of the Bible the matter was settled.
He returned to his home, a saved and happy man. The next day he entered the mine. During his working shift there was a terrific explosion and he, among others, was brought to the surface, more dead than alive.
As he lay on a stretcher a little way from the mine head, one of his friends stooped down to moisten his lips. He was too weak to speak, but his lips were moving and finally they made out his speech. Over and over again he was saying: "It's a good thing I settled it last night."
Reader, is the matter of your soul's salvation settled? If death should claim you today, would you be ready?
Tomorrow's sun may never rise
To bless thy long deluded sight;
This is the time, O then be wise—
Thou would'st be saved—
Why not tonight?

"Two Strings to Your Bow?

He was an old man of 97 years. He looked the picture of health, was sound in mind and did not even wear glasses. Unknown to him I had been asked to pay him a call.
I was a complete stranger to him. Offering me a chair, he asked why I had come. When I told him it was to read the Word of God and speak to him about his soul and eternity, he told me I might as well save my breath.
He did not believe in anything of the sort, he told me, and was not troubled in the least about the future.
"I am ninety-seven," he said, "and no thanks to anybody but myself. I have lived a most careful and abstemious life, and I mean to live three years more. When I am a hundred years old I shall have had enough of life. Then I shall quietly lie down and die."
"It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment," I rejoined.
"All nonsense," he said. "When a man is dead, he is done with; there is no hereafter for him at all."
Then for nearly an hour he quoted to me the most blasphemous passages from his favorite infidel authors.
The blood seemed to curdle in my veins as I listened to his infidel tirade. Here is a man on the brink of eternity, I thought. Surely God has sent me with a message to him, and I must wait for the opportunity to deliver it.
As the old man paused for breath, I told him that I had listened to him for nearly an hour. Now he must listen to me for ten minutes.
Quickly I began quoting the Scriptures which I knew were the sword of the Spirit: "The FOOL hath said in his heart, There is no God." Psa. 53:1.
"The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God." Psa. 9:17.
"He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned." Mark 16:16.
"For 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.
"And the blood of Jesus Christ His [God's] Son cleanseth us from all sin." 1 John 1:7.
I then fell on my knees and asked God to bless His Word to the old man, to open his eyes to his danger, to deliver his soul from the power of Satan, and let me meet him in heaven, washed in the blood of the Lamb—a brand plucked from the burning.
As I stood up our eyes met, all full of tears. He grasped my hand and said: "If there is a heaven, I hope I shall meet you there. If you are wrong and I am right, you are still as right as I am. But oh, if you are right and I am wrong, I am wrong indeed. You have two strings to your bow; I have only one to mine."
I was unable to call again for two weeks. When I knocked at his door and asked how he was, his Christian wife bade me follow her.
As we entered the old man's bedroom, the mortal remains of her husband met my eyes. Death had suddenly closed his long career on earth. That day, God had suddenly cut down the impious old boaster who had planned to live three years more.
I learned from his wife that she had a slim hope of her husband's salvation. After my visit, he had found no comfort in his infidelity. Although his friends, and even his doctor, all of whom were skeptics, urged him to "stick to his guns and die like a man," his infidel philosophy became to him but the blackness of darkness forever.
In his final moments, as firmly as his fastebbing strength would permit, he had clasped his wife's hand, and looking steadfastly at her proclaimed: "I believe in God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost, and in heaven and hell. These were his last words.
Dark, cold infidelity has nothing to comfort its deluded followers in the hour of death.
Christianity has everything to cheer its happy followers in sickness and health, in poverty and plenty, in life and death, in time and eternity.
"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me.... surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. Psa. 23:4, 6.

Better Than, Lighting His Pipe

A man named E. J. Kennedy, years ago, was handed a tract by a man named George Arrow-smith. The tract was entitled "Tonight or Never." Kennedy took it with a laugh, saying, "Oh, well, it will do to light my pipe." Being wakeful that night he rose to get something out of his pockets, came on the tract, and for lack of anything else to do, he read it. The true, tragic story it contained arrested him, and he did not sleep till he had the peace of God in his heart, with the assurance of salvation. The little tract had served a better purpose than lighting Kennedy's pipe; it had lighted his life—for time and eternity.

"Thou Art the Man"

The court-house was packed. The occasion was the trial of one, William Freeman, charged with the murders of the Van Ness Family in the vicinity of Auburn.
He confessed to the crime but showed no signs of regret. On the contrary, he freely described all the details of the murders, and laughed continually during his recital.
The District Attorney arraigned the prisoner on the several indictments for murder.
Freeman's appearance was said to be that of a man deaf, stupid and unable to speak connectedly or to any sensible purpose. He had a foolish look on his face, and apparently was ignorant or indifferent of his own situation.
To the questions:
"Have you any counsel?" the accused replied:
"I don't know."
"Who is your counsel?"
"I don't know."
The judge asked the usual question:
"Will anyone defend this man?"
A death-like hush fell upon the audience, which was broken when Mr. Seward (later Governor of New York State), rose and said: "May it please the court, I shall remain counsel for the accused until his death."
Seward had studied the case and become convinced that the prisoner was hopelessly demented.
The plea of the defense was insanity. Among the witnesses was the eminent alienist, Dr. Brigham.
Under his direct examination Dr. Brigham described in great detail the signs and symptoms of dementia and gave his reasons for concluding that Freeman's was a special form of insanity.
With passive countenance and in the most quiet, self-possessed manner the witness answered all the questions of the Attorney General without betraying the slightest irritation as his method of diagnosis was held up to ridicule. The climax was reached when the Attorney General exclaimed with startling emphasis: "What! Do you affirm that you can diagnose insanity at sight?"
"I do," was the calm but emphatic response. Turning towards the jury the Attorney General demanded of Dr. Brigham: "Point out to the court and jury an insane person!"
The challenge was accepted.
It is almost impossible to describe the scene which followed. A breathless silence fell upon the court-room.
The venerable Judge raised his glasses to his forehead and surveyed the excited mass of people about to undergo an examination as to their sanity!
The large number of lawyers within the bar stood up and gazed at the crowded hall and passage ways with intense curiosity.
The spectators were awe-struck when they realized that the crucial test was to be applied to them. I still feel the thrill of horror I experienced.
Dr. Brigham arose from his chair and stood for a moment surveying the people, as if to decide where to begin his scrutiny.
He was white and motionless. Turning slowly to the first tier of seats, he began a deliberate survey of the spectators, scanning the features of each with apparent confidence that he could detect the faintest trace of insanity.
As his keen, searching eyes glanced from tier to tier of seats, the suspense became almost unendurable. He had reached the middle aisle and yet no one had been pointed out as insane. Five hundred faces had been scrutinized.
An incredulous smile lit up the features of the Attorney General, while a greater earnestness of manner and intensity of scrutiny were apparent in the witness. Deep furrows appeared on his pallid face, and his eyes assumed a piercing brilliancy from which every subject shrank.
A sigh of relief followed along the rows of seats as the eyes of the great expert swept over them. The area of faces yet to be examined was rapidly diminishing, and but one-quarter of the audience remained to be scanned.
It was apparent that thus far either there was no insane person in the crowd, or if there was, the witness had failed to detect him.
But suddenly the penetrating eyes of the expert became fixed. His features relaxed. It was evident that he had discovered the object of his search.
Stretching out his long arm and pointing with his finger toward a person on one of the rear tiers of seats, he quietly said: "There is an insane man."
At that instant, the man, as if struck with a bullet, sprang from his seat. Wildly gestulating and shouting a volley of oaths against anyone who would call him insane, he rushed down the aisle towards the bar.
The Judge rose hastily from his chair, as if about to escape. The lawyers were panic-stricken and mingled with the crowd. But Dr. Brigham stood perfectly self-possessed, while the officers struggled with the lunatic in their efforts to remove him from the court-room. The great alienist had proved his point to the satisfaction of both judge and jury.
The insane person is unconscious of his insanity; the unsaved soul is usually likewise unconscious of its ruin. The all-seeing eye of God sweeping over companies of faces, be they many or few, at once detects the individual whose heart has never been opened to believe the gospel. His eyes are as a flame of fire. (Rev. 1:14) It is the Word of God that discloses to the sinner his awful state and danger„ and the voice of the Son of God (John 5:25) reaching his dead soul declares: "Thou art the man."
"The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men" and His verdict was: "There is none that doeth good, no, not one." Psa. 14:2, 3.
"But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Rom. 5:8.

"Coals of Fire"

Romans. 12:20
OM 12:20{During some gospel meetings in Egypt, a big lusty sergeant in a Highland regiment was asked how he was brought to Christ. His answer was: "There is a private in our company who was converted in Malta before the regiment came to Egypt. We gave that fellow an awful time.
"One night he came in from sentry duty, very tired and wet. Before going to bed he got down to pray. I struck him on the side of his head with my boots, and he just went on with his prayers.
"Next morning I found my boots beautifully polished by the side of my bed. That was his reply to me. It just broke my heart, and I was saved that day."

Telling Others About Jesus

A lady in New England who had been gloriously saved under the preaching of George White-field was peculiarly burdened in prayer for others.
But she could persuade no one to pray with her but her little daughter of about ten years of age. After a time God opened the heart of the child and she too, received the joy of salvation. In a transport of holy delight she then exclaimed: "O mother, if only all the world knew this! I wish I could tell everybody. Do let me run to some neighbors and tell them, that they may be happy and love my Savior."
"Ah, my child," said the mother, "that would be useless. If you were to tell your experience, there are none within miles who would but laugh at you and say it was all a delusion."
"O mother," replied the little girl, "I think they would believe me. I must go over to the shoemaker and tell him."
She began by telling him he must die, and that he was a sinner. Then she told him that her blessed Savior had heard her mother's prayers for her and forgiven all her sins. Now she was so happy she did not know how to tell it.
The shoemaker was struck with surprise. His tears flowed like rain. He threw aside his work and knelt down and prayed. The Lord opened his heart to receive the blessed news of a full and free salvation through Christ Jesus, and he was saved that day.
Soon the whole neighborhood was awakened. Within a few months more than fifty persons were brought to the knowledge of sins forgiven, and rejoiced in the power and grace of the Lord Jesus Christ.
"All"
I am not told to labor
To put away my sin;
So foolish, weak, and helpless,
I never could begin.
But blessed truth—I know it!
Though ruined by the fall,
Christ for my soul has suffered,
Yes, Christ has done it all!
And when in heavenly glory
My ransomed soul shall be
From sin and all pollution
Forever, ever free,
I'll cast my crown before Him,
And loud His grace extol
“Thou hast Thyself redeemed me;
Yes, Thou hast done it all!"
"O that the saints of God would just sit still and let the Lord love them!" Captain J. Dunlop.

A Moment of Time

It is in a moment that the most solemn of all decisions is made—the soul's surrender to the Lord Jesus Christ. The soul itself, amid the conflict of emotions, may scarcely be able to tell the precise moment when the Yes is spoken; or it may have been back in early childhood and be forgotten.
There may have been long preparation going forward, and the soul may have been hesitating and trembling on the verge of surrender, but the Yes that means acceptance of Christ and brings salvation is spoken in a moment.
A moment may make the difference between life and death. 'Too late' may be too late by a moment only. The missing of the right moment may be the missing of the "accepted time."
"Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation" 2 Cor. 6:2.
"How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation?" Heb. 2:3.

Why Was the Epistle of John Written?

"These things have I written unto you that believe on the Name of the Son of God; that ye may KNOW that ye Have Eternal Life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God." (1 John 5:13.)

The Unkindness of Skepticism

The following story of Washington McLean was reported in the Philadelphia Inquirer: One terribly snowy, sleety day in Washington, McLean was sitting in the Riggs House reading-room, looking out upon the dreary scene on Pennsylvania Avenue.
Presently in came Colonel Bob Ingersoll, the great agnostic. As he entered the apartment he held out his hand, saying: "Hello, Wash; How do you do?"
Mr. McLean took his hand, and as he did so, said: "Bob, I wish you could have been here a little while ago. I saw a scene out there which made me wish I were twenty years younger.
"A poor, old crippled soldier was limping across the Avenue, when a young, lusty fellow ran by him, and, as he did so, kicked the crutch from him and tumbled him down in the slush."
"The villian!" said Ingersoll, "he should have been sent to the penitentiary."
"Do you really think so?" said McLean.
"Why certainly," replied the colonel. "What else could I think?"
"And yet, Bob," said McLean, "that is what you are doing every week in the year. Here are poor, old, infirmed Christians, with nothing to aid or support them but their faith in Christ; nothing to keep them out of the mire of despair but faith. And yet you go about kicking the crutch from under them, worse even than the fictitious fellow did to the fictitious soldier."
The example is true with one exception. The true Christian's faith is a living thing and can never be knocked away.

First Anglo-Saxon Translation of John

History records the following touching account of the completion of the first Anglo-Saxon translation of the Gospel of St. John.
It is the evening of May 26, 735 A.D.
In the old monastery which stood near the site of the present South Shields, reclines the Venerable Bede. Over his aged form are fast stealing the shadows of death.
By his side sits a young scribe, who with open scroll and pen in hand writes as the aged saint dictates.
"Now dearest master," says the youth, "there remains only one chapter; but the exertion is too great for you."
"It is easy, my son, it is easy. Take your pen and write quickly. I know not how soon my Lord will take me," was the reply.
The dying man dictates sentence by sentence as the scribe swiftly records the same.
Now there is a pause. Strength seems tq have departed; the tongue tires of speech.
"Dear master," cries the scribe, "only one sentence is wanting!"
Then, as if snatching each word from the grasp of Death, Bede dictates the wanted words.
"It is finished!" exclaimed the writer.
"It is finished," replied the dying man. "Lift up my head; place me in the spot where I used to pray."
He is removed to the fondly loved spot. Then, clasping his hands and looking heavenward he whispered: "Glory be to the Father and to the Son..." and at once passed into the presence of his beloved Lord.

An Empty Tomb

In one of the villages in northern India a missionary was preaching in a bazaar. Afterward a Mohammedan came up and said, "You must admit that we Mohammedans have one thing that you Christians have not.
We at least can take our people to Mecca where they can see the coffin of Mohammed; but when you Christians go to Jerusalem, you have no coffin. You have an empty tomb."
To this the missionary replied, "Praise God, you are right! That is the difference between our faith and yours. Your leader is in his grave; but Jesus Christ, whose kingdom is to include all nations and kindreds and tribes, is not in any grave. He is risen! And He says from the resurrection side of an empty tomb, "all power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth." Matt. 28:18.
Our risen Lord is our ever-living Savior. And His promise is, "Because I live, ye shall live also." John 14:19.
You ask, "Did Christ really live?"
That is one thing that all agree upon—that this Person who claimed to be the Son of God really lived here on earth among men.
We know when he lived—from about 5 or 6 B.C. until about 30-32 A.D.
We know where He was born—in Bethlehem of Judea, a real town, not a mythological one. We know where He lived for most of the years of His life—in Nazareth, in northern Galilee. There He worked as a carpenter.
We know many of the characters of His day—their names appear in other historical writings outside of the Bible: Herod the Great, his son Herod, Agrippa, Salome, Pontius Pilate, Tiberius Caesar, Gamaliel, Felix, Festus.
Every history of the ancient world, every encyclopedia, records the fact that Jesus lived during the first century of our era. H. G. Wells, the historian, had a contempt, indeed a hatred, for almost every article of the Christian faith; but he was compelled to give pages to Jesus of Nazareth in his Outline of History.
All dates of history are now designated by the letters B.C. or A.D., both of which refer to the time of the birth of CHRIST—not Plato, not Julius Caesar, not Mohammed.
JESUS CHRIST LIVED!
And now "He ever liveth to make intercession for them" who believe on Him (Heb. 7:25).

"You Call Me … Yet"

Upon a tablet in the cathedral in Lubeck,
Germany, are found the following words:
Christ the Lord says, (forget it not):
You call Me Savior, yet saved you are not;
You call Me the Light, yet believest Me not;
You call Me the Way, yet enterest it not;
You call Me the Life, yet seekest Me not;
You call Me "Master," yet followest Me not;
You call Me Lovely, yet lovest Me not;
You call Me wise, yet inquire of Me not;
You call Me "Lord," yet servest Me not;
You call Me Almighty, yet trustest Me not;
Therefore if sometime "I know thee not,"
Let it astonish thy hardened heart not.

Tracts Everywhere

"Tracts everywhere," said a young man, with a sneer, as a Christian lad handed him a leaflet one afternoon.
"No," responded the lad quietly, "there are none in hell," and passed on.
God fastened that single sentence as a nail in a sure place and he could not get rid of it. "None in hell!" seemed to echo in his ears every time he saw a tract, and ultimately it led to his conversion.
No, there will be "none in hell"—neither Gospel invitations nor Gospel entreaties.
How are you treating them on earth—these golden opportunities and solemn warnings, these loving invitations of God?
Accept them speedily, for oh, remember, there will be "none in hell."
"Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; but ye have set at naught all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; when your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. Then shall they call upon Me, but I will not answer; they shall seek Me early, but they shall not find Me." Prov. 1:24-28.

"So as by Fire"

A woman in Scotland was determined to have nothing to do with "religion.", She threw her Bible into the fire, together with a few tracts she found in the house.
One of the tracts, a sermon by Spurgeon, fell out of the flames. She picked it up and thrust it in again. A second time it slipped down to the hearth and once more she put it back in the fire. Again her evil intention was frustrated. The third time, however, was more successful, though even then only half of the tract was consumed.
Taking up the portion that had escaped the flames she exclaimed, "Surely the Devil is in that tract, for it will not burn!"
Her curiosity was aroused. She began to read it, and it was the means of her conversion to God! Truly the portion of the sermon and the woman, too, were saved yet "so as by fire."
Possibly you think you are not as bad as this woman who threw the Bible into the fire. But if you are rejecting Christ, what is the difference?
If until now you have resisted the pleadings of the almighty God, and refused His great salvation, your case could hardly be worse. The matter of highest concern to you is the salvation of your soul. Are you saved?

Are You Converted?

What do you mean by being converted?
To be converted is to be turned, or turned about, or turned back again. What I mean by the question is, Have you turned to God? In his unconverted days a sinner has his back upon God and goes his own way on the downward road to destruction. The gospel is preached to show him his condition and his danger, to call him to judge himself, to repent, and to turn to God, for the door of repentance and salvation is open to all.
Does everyone need to be converted?
Yes! the words of the Lord Jesus are as clear as can be on that point. He has said, "Except ye be converted and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven." Matt. 18:3. The people to whom He spoke were religious. But it is not enough to be outwardly religious, or professed learners at Christ's feet. We must be inwardly renewed. As the Lord said to Nicodemus, "Ye must be born again." Being born again is the renewal which leads to the return to God. The term, Conversion, covers both the renewal and the return.
Where does conversion take place?
When the good news of the gospel is believed and tjle heart judges its folly and sin and turns to God—that moment conversion takes place. So we read of a great number who believed and turned to the Lord. (Acts 11:21). The Thessalonians "turned to God." (1 Thess. 1:9). They were converted. So Paul was sent to the Gentiles to open their eyes (to show them their need and peril) that they might turn from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God. (Acts 26:18.) When they turned, then they were converted.
Is conversion always brought about in the same way?
No! God in His goodness uses various means. We read of Lydia (who heard the gospel at the riverside prayer meeting), that the Lord opened her heart and so she received the message. In the same chapter we find an earthquake took place before the prison jailer was awakened as to his peril. The one was as quiet as a sunrise, the other was as noisy as a thunder-storm; but both were real.
Do you believe in sudden conversion?
Indeed I do. Could anything be more sudden than the conversion of Saul of Tarsus? One minute, in his hatred of Christ, he was riding in hot haste to seize the Christians of Damascus so that they might be cast into prison, and the next minute he was crying, "Lord, what wilt Thou have me to do?" The one-time opposer becomes the champion for the truth he had tried to destroy.
Is there any other sudden conversion in Scripture?
Yes! the thief on the cross is a very clear case. He left prison to be crucified. He reviled Christ when hanging by His side. Then suddenly he condemns himself as a sinner and proclaims the sinlessness of Christ and is blessed there and then, taken to be with Christ in Paradise that day.
When is the time for conversion?
Now is the time. And only now is yours in which to be converted. If you miss the tide today, you may be on the rocks of everlasting woe. Why should you delay? Do you not see your danger? Do you not know your need? Then now, just as you are, turn to God, own your sin, believe on His beloved Son, who is waiting to receive you and fill you with joy and peace in believing.

A Straight Line to Christ

Peter the Great, Emperor of Russia, when the railway was to be made between Moscow and St. Petersburg, employed a great number of engineers in making plans. He looked over many of their maps, and at last, like the practical man that he was, he said, "Here, bring me a ruler."
They brought him a ruler; he took a pencil, and, drawing a straight line, he said, "This is the way to make it; we want no other plan than one straight line."
There are a great many ways of attempting to engineer souls to Heaven, but the only one that is worth considering is this: Draw a straight line to Christ at once.
Did I hear one awakened soul say, "I should like to talk to Mr. So-and-So"? By all means talk to him, but do not stop for that. Go to Christ first.
"Oh, but I should like to talk with a good woman—a dear Christian lady." I recommend you to go to the Lord Jesus Christ at once, and see the lady afterward. There must be nobody between a soul and Christ. Go straight to Christ.
"Which way?" do you say. Look and live.
"Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved." Acts 16:31.

Nine Religions

A man said he had tried nine religions, and had even been baptized in three different faiths, but none had helped him.
I took a folder of safety matches out of my pocket, put a match in his hand, and told him to light it. "Lend me the folder," he said.
"Oh, no; do it without the folder," I replied. "Strike it on a brick or stone or anywhere else you like."
He tried to light it, but failed. I gave him more matches to try to light on anything but the proper composition on the folder. Again he failed.
Then I said, "Just like that match and its folder, God has ordained and made known His one way of salvation. By a fixed and unalterable law our precious souls can never be converted by coming into contact merely with religions, whether nine or ninety. Nothing can set the soul on fire with lasting life and light and love unless it comes in contact with the Lord Jesus Christ. It is vain to touch anything else for salvation but the Son of God. Of course those nine religions were no good to you. Here, take this folder and strike the match on it."
He did so and instantly the match was ablaze.
"Even so," I said, "The Son of God alone can quicken us into life, forgive us our sins and cleanse us from our iniquities."
Are you trying "religion" or church membership to give life to your soul? They can't do it. Let the Son of God set your soul ablaze with the light of life eternal!

Sir Walter Scott and The: Bible

No name is better known wherever Scotsmen dwell on the face of the earth than that of Sir Walter Scott. His "Waverly Novels" have found their way into every corner of the world, and been translated into most major languages, and his poems recited wherever civilized language is used. Yet though he made his name and won enduring fame by fiction, it did not even suffice for himself in his last moments. Shattered in fortune and health, he turned at last to fact—the great facts of the Word of God, of which he has well written:
Within this wondrous Volume lies
The mystery of mysteries.
Happiest they of human race
To whom their God has given grace
To read, to fear, to hope, to pray;
To lift the latch, to find the way.
And better they had ne'er been born,
That read to doubt, or read to scorn.
Lying in lovely Abbotsford during his last illness, he said to his son-in-law, Mr. Lockhart, "Bring me that Book."
"What book?" asked Mr. Lockhart.
"There is but one Book," replied the famous author. "Read to me out of the Bible."
And he was right, for whatever may seem to satisfy during life, "God and the Word of His grace" alone can satisfy in death and for eternity. "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment" (Heb. 9:27), it is well to be prepared for the day of reckoning. Works of fiction may do to spend the moments of Time; words of truth and grace alone can prepare for Eternity.

For My Neighbor

Some years ago a Christian doctor on a visit to a patient gave a little gospel tract to an elderly farmer. He sought to press upon the old man the great importance of his getting right with God at once, in view of the endless eternity which he was fast approaching.
The old man received it and the doctor's remarks in a kindly and apparently interested manner. But the next day when he called to see his patient, he was met by the old farmer and was surprised by his excitement. With the air of a man who was conscious of having made a real discovery, the farmer said, "The very thing for my neighbor! That little book, sir, you gave me yesterday was the very thing for my neighbor; it must have been written on purpose for him."
The poor man evidently thought his neighbor really needed salvation! He appeared not to have the faintest idea that he was equally in need of it. And truly this is the state of thousands of people in this day. Perhaps you, yourself, are of the class who think they see great spiritual need in others.
A preacher may say, "My sermon was the very thing for my congregation." His wife replies, "Yes, my dear, and for the one who preached it also." The listeners may say, "What a pity it is that our parson does not act up to what he preaches!"
Wives may see a great need in their husbands and husbands in their wives, parents in their children and children in their parents. Masters and mistresses see great shortcomings in their servants, and servants are no less quick to see the failures of those who employ them. All see and deplore the sins of their neighbors. But few—oh, how few—see their own guilty and lost condition!
Dear reader, face this all-important matter. Apply the infallible Word of God to your own heart. See yourself as God sees you, for unless you are born again, you are still guilty before God-a lost sinner. The Word of God declares: "The soul that sinneth, it shall die." Ezek. 18:20.
"The wages of sin is death." Rom. 6:23.

Tomorrow

"Tomorrow," he promised his conscience,
"Tomorrow I mean to believe;
Tomorrow I'll think as I ought to;
Tomorrow the Savior receive.
Tomorrow I'll sever the shackles
That hold me from heaven away;"
But ever his conscience repeated
One word and that only, "Today."
Tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow—
Thus day after day it went on,
Tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow—
Till youth like a vision was gone;
Till age and his passions had written
The message of fate on his brow;
And forth from the shadows came Death,
With the pitiless syllable "Now."
Put off your repentance until tomorrow, and you will have a day more to repent of, and a day less to repent in. "Today if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts."

Why Not You?

A man had two dogs, and he liked them to go in and out of the house freely, therefore he cut two holes in the door. When he was asked the reason for this, he answered, "The little hole is for the little dog, and the big hole is for the great dog."
Then said one, "But the little dog might have gone through the same hole as the big dog, surely."
"There now," said he, "I never thought of that!"
I want you to think of it, dear reader: the little dog can pass where the big dog has entered. If the dying thief came to Christ and was saved, why not you? If Saul of Tarsus, "the chief of sinners," found room, there is room for you. Write yourself down as black as you like, but still remember that others even blacker have been saved, and why not you?

The Time Is Short

"The time is short!" 1 Cor. 7:29. How short? Who knows? Who can tell? Not you—not I. But we I can be sure of this solemn fact: time is shorter than we think. What God by the Spirit calls "short" cannot tie made "long." No man can stretch out the span of his appointed life, and it is disastrous to attempt to evade the final issue by denial, presumption or procrastination.
How short? Man has not the answer to that question, nor is the answer to be found in the Bible. God alone is time's controller, and "our times are in His hands." That is the only possible answer. That is why the Word of God so urgently states the great truth that, "Now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation." 2 Cor. 6:2.
That is why almighty God invites: "Come now and let us reason together." Isa. 1:18.
That is why the Holy Spirit pleads in notes of solemn warning: "Today if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts." Heb. 3:15. The time is short!
It is shorter than you realize. It is too short to be wasted in sin and ruined in iniquity. But it is just long enough for your soul to turn in "repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ." Acts 20:21.
It is just long enough for that soul to say "Yes" to Jesus and to enter into the blessedness of "therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature." 2 Cor. 5:17. TIME and LIFE are far, far too short for anything less than that!

Whiter Than Snow

One winter day in Canada some children were amusing themselves during the noon hour at a country school by asking riddles. They had some good ones, but their stock soon ran out. Just as they got stuck for a new riddle, one of their school mates came back from her dinner and there was a general cry: "Mary, ask us a riddle! Ask us a riddle!"
Mary thought a moment and then asked, "What is whiter than snow?"
"My handkerchief!" cried one boy, but when he compared it to the snow, it looked quite yellow.
"Fresh whitewash!" guessed another boy, but all agreed he was wrong.
"My best dress!" ventured a small girl, but she was wrong.
"I don't believe there is anything whiter than snow!" said one of the older children indignantly.
"Yes, there is," said Mary. "There is just one thing in all the world that is whiter than snow, only one thing."
At last they all cried, "We give up. Tell us!" "A sinner washed in the blood of Jesus!"
Yes, Mary was right. There is one, and only one, thing in all the world that is whiter than snow. Think of a black-hearted sinner, a swearing, drinking, useless waster. That same man can be washed whiter than snow. All the past can be blotted out, so that God Himself says, "Their sins and iniquities will I remember no more."
As the year draws to a close, stop and take stock of how you have spent it. What has there been for God in the year that has gone? How about those deep, dark sins of the past year? How can you do better than to end this year by coming to the Savior? By trusting in His precious blood you can start the New Year with a clean sheet, all the old blotted out. Then even in the sight of God you will be whiter than snow.
"Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow." Psa. 51:7.
"The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin." 1 John 1:7.

A Young Soldier's Testimony

At one time I feared to meet God, but now all is changed. I long to see Him. What made the change? I certainly did not, by much effort and self-denial, make myself more fit to meet Him. No; as a poor sinner I came to Him and owned that I was lost without Him and wanted to know such a Savior, Who so loved me and gave Himself for me, that I might be with Him. He saved me, and now I shall never cease to praise Him!

What Is Salvation

It is not a religion to profess.
It is not a church to join.
It is not a creed to accept.
You may have all these, and yet be without the salvation of God.
Salvation is deliverance from judgment, and emancipation from sin.
It is a known and enjoyed justification from the guilt of sin.
It is freedom from the mastery of Satan, the dominion of sin, and the claims of the law.
It was for this end that Jesus came. The word first uttered by the angel on the plain of Bethlehem was, "Unto you is born a Savior, which is Christ the Lord."
It is not a helper, but a Savior, that sinners need, and it is such a Savior that God has provided. "God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved." John 3:17.
If ever you are saved at all, it must be by Jesus Christ. There is no other Savior. Neither reformation nor religion can save. Neither sacraments, prayers, nor good works can do it. "Salvation belongeth unto the Lord." Psa. 3:8.
Are you willing to be saved in this way and on these terms?
Christ is the Savior of sinners,
Christ is the Savior for me;
Long I was chained in sin's darkness,
Now by His grace I am free.
Just as I was He received me,
Seeking from judgment to flee,
Now there is no condemnation,
This is the Savior for me.

How Much Does Sin Weigh?"

An open-air preacher was telling out the old, old story when a thoughtless youth rapped out, "You tell us about the burden of sin. I feel none." Then he added flippantly, "How much does it weigh? Eighty pounds? Ten pounds?"
The preacher answered the fool according to his folly: "Tell me, if you laid a four hundred pound weight on the chest of a dead man, would he feel it?"
"No, because he is dead," answered the youth. The preacher responded, "And the man who feels no load of sin is DEAD spiritually."
The lad's remarks only proved what he was. How true is Scripture: "DEAD in trespasses and sins." (Eph. 2:1.) Do you feel the burden of your sins? If you do not, you may well feel alarmed. You are DEAD spiritually.
Picture a man lying dangerously ill. He is suffering intense pain. Suddenly the pain leaves him. He tells the doctor that he is much better. The pain has left him. He will soon be well.
The doctor shakes his head. He knows better. The sick man is doomed; he is physically dead as to feeling pain. Soon the end will come.
Is this a picture of you spiritually? You feel no concern about your guilt. You have no apprehension as to your eternal future. The situation is alarming. Wake up, before it is too late.
Possibly you already have awakened to the fact that you are a sinner and have to meet God. If so, you will be glad to know that God has anticipated your need and has provided a Savior in the Person of His Son. Listen to His words of grace: "God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Rom. 5:8.

Always Confined

"Pop" Brown lived in the southern section of the United States. The unusual thing about him is that he spent most of his life behind the bars of jails and prisons—over seventy years, in fact. Pop Brown called such places "home". Escape or release from one merely opened the way for being put into another. Again and again the story was repeated until a lifetime was gone. The opportunities and joys of freedom lost forever. He was always confined!
You say, Nothing could be worse!
But wait a minute—did you ever think about the confinement of HELL?
NOTHING COULD BE WORSE! In the Bible this place is called the "Lake of Fire", lake because of confinement; fire because of judgment. Such is the end of the road for everyone who leaves this world without the salvation of God. You and I have sinned. Hell is what we deserve. "For all have sinned." "The wages of sin is death." Rom. 3:23 & 6:23.
HERE'S GOOD NEWS: Jesus Christ died on the cross to save us from the confinement and judgment of hell. He suffered for our sins. With His own blood He paid the full price for our salvation. "Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;... He was buried,... He rose again the third day according to the scriptures." 1 Cor. 15:3 & 4.
By receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, you get freedom now: PERSONAL FREEDOM—"If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed." John 8:36.
FREEDOM FROM SIN—"Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness." Rom. 6:18.
FREEDOM FROM JUDGMENT—"No condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus... free from the law of sin and death." Rom. 8:1, 2.

True Faith

The first lesson a poor sinner has to learn is to trust in the Lord with all his heart, and not to his own understanding; to trust God not only for what he does understand, and for what is explained, but also for what he does not understand, and for what is not explained. This is faith-and such faith honors God. This is receiving the kingdom of God as a little child, who always believes that things must be right if one he loves and trusts says them and does them.
"Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven." Matt. 18:3.

That Little Word "Alone?

In 1540, in the heat of the Reformation controversies, Joachim II, Elector of Brandenburg, sent his ambassadors to a religious council at Worms. As they were leaving he said to them, "See that you bring back that little word 'Alone% do not dare to return without it."
Both parties were prepared to confess that salvation was to be received "through faith in Christ Jesus," but the Reformers added the little word "alone"—
Salvation "through faith in Jesus Christ ALONE."
And so this word became the pivot of the contendings of the Reformation period.
It may be that round this "little word" the conflict between the Spirit and our own self-righteousness is being waged. We are willing, perhaps, to trust Christ if we may add to that reliance a trust in ourselves, in our good works or in our religious emotions. But this cannot be. Christ's merits stand alone. Calvary is God's eternal witness to our ruin, as well as to the only provision of His grace for our salvation.
"To him that worketh NOT, but believeth on Him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness." Rom. 4:5.

"I Don't Feel Right"

"Yes, I do believe on Jesus, but I don't feel right." Such is the honest expression of many an anxious soul. To such let me say a few words.
A few years ago a friend and I went down into a coal mine. As we descended we experienced peculiar feelings. After we had gone down a short distance I felt precisely as though we were going upwards; and I could have been sure that such was the fact if I had not positively known that we were going downwards.
We explored the mine and returned, the cage coming down to where we were to lift us from the darkness and smut of the pit into the light and freedom of the outer world. Then my feelings were exactly reversed. I felt as though we were dropping downwards, but I KNEW that the powerful engine was bearing us upwards as fast as it could, and we soon stepped out on the ground in the open air.
Now this is somewhat similar to the experience of souls. When they are going downward at a rapid rate to the pit of everlasting despair, Satan does his best to give them happy feelings; and when they are questioned as to their salvation, their reply is, "Oh, we certainly hope to be saved! We feel quite happy!" Sad delusion! No hope is to be relied upon which is not grounded upon the sure Word of God; no happy feelings are to be trusted which are not produced by faith in the Scriptures of Truth!
But when the conscience is aroused, and the poor sinner sees himself in all his guilt before God, what a change! No flippantly expressed hope will satisfy him now; he must KNOW that there is a Savior for him. How can he know? The Word of God replies, "This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners." As the cage descended to lift us from the bottom of the coal mine, so this blessed Savior descended into this dark world to save your soul, poor sinner. As we stepped into the cage, trusting it to carry us every inch of the way, so may you trust that precious Savior who died for you; the Word which tells of Him is "faithful," and worthy of your acceptance.
"I do accept it," you say, "and trust Jesus as my Savior. Yet I feel as though I must go to hell, for I am so vile a sinner." Ah, this is Satan's work again! When you were going to hell as fast as time could carry you, he sought to make you feel as if you were going to heaven. Now, when Jesus is bearing you to glory by His mighty power, Satan would make you feel as if you must drop down to hell.
What is the cure? Let go your feelings; do not consider them; just hold fast to what you know. God's Word says, "These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; THAT YE MAY KNOW that ye HAVE eternal life." Blest knowledge! Whatever your feelings may be, God would have you know that you have eternal life. The One who died for the poor sinner upon Calvary's cross is a perfect, eternal Savior. Trust Him unwaveringly every step of the way. Meet all Satan's temptations with the words God has put into your lips; not "I feel," but "I KNOW." Sooner or later, every timid soul that has trusted Jesus will have the joy of stepping into the bright glory of God, to sing forever the praise of a faithful Savior.

Christ, Not Krishna

Into a distant region of India, where little preaching of the gospel had ever been heard, several evangelists came to sow the good seed. Their surprise was great when a young Hindu came to them and asked for a certain tract, calling it by name.
"How had he heard of it?" they asked.
He answered, "Two years ago my father went to market, three days journey from our village. There he met an old acquaintance of his who said to him: 'I have here three little books which teach a new religion.' He showed them to my father and gave him one of them.
"Upon coming home, my father sat down to read the booklet. It interested him immensely, so very much, in fact, that he became engrossed with it. After a few days he lost his appetite; whenever he read the little book, we saw tears on his cheeks. He seemed completely changed, and his face was always sad. We thought the book must be bewitched and planned to burn it and give him the ashes, mixed with water, to drink. This should drive away the evil spirits. But he guarded it as a great treasure, and we were not able to secure it.
"As my father read on and on, another great change took place with him. The tears ceased, his face looked happy and he ate again as usual; but into a temple he would not go any more.
"A few months after this my father died. As he was nearing the end we cried to him: 'Father, you are dying, you are dying! Call upon Krishna! Call upon Krishna! You are dying!'
"To our distress, his answer was: 'I have a better Name-the name of Jesus Christ. I call on Christ, not Krishna. He is the Savior of the world; on Him I have called, and to Him I go. Seek him for yourselves, my sons, for the eternal salvation of your souls. His promise is: "Him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out" ' (John 6:37)."

God?s Word Is Sure

If all the SHALLS in scripture meant PERHAPS, And all the HATHS meant simply HOPE TO HAVE,
And all the ARES depended on an IF,—I well might doubt; But, since our Savior God means what He says, and CANNOT lie, I trust His faithful Word, and KNOW that I shall surely dwell throughout eternity, With Him Whose love led Him to die for me; E'en Christ Himself.

The Coming Year

1980 lies before us. It lies before us still undarkened by a single crime, or lightened by a single act of mercy. Printers are putting into type the date of the New Year, authors are writing about it, but as yet it has not issued from the eternity of God. The first hour of its time has not struck: it is still the future; and whether we shall breathe the breath of this New Year through an hour—a day—a week—a month—is unknown except to God. Its changes, joys and sorrows are known to Him alone.
Who else can foretell the events of this coming year? No one. All is dark before us, save for one bright hope. This New Year—this very 1980—may be the great year when the Lord shall come to take all those "that are His at His coming" to be forever with Himself. What a happy, happy moment for every believer in the Lord Jesus Christ! But that same moment will be the closing of the door of opportunity to all who have heard and rejected—or just neglected—God's grace and salvation.
What will that moment mean for you? Will you be "caught up... to meet the Lord in the air"? Or will you be left behind for the judgment that will soon fall upon this scene?
Time is passing very swiftly. Today there is still salvation and pardon offered freely to all who will come; tomorrow it may be too late. "NOW is the day of salvation"—before the end of this coming year that day of salvation may close. Won't you accept God's offer of eternal life—eternal joy and peace-and accept it NOW? Then you can face the New Year confidently and unafraid, with your heart kept in "perfect peace," even though in the midst of "wars and rumors of wars." And—better still—you can look forward joyfully to the coming of the Lord for His own for He has said, "Surely I come quickly!"

The Gift, or the Wages

A group of workers were returning from a job in the country to receive their week's wages at their employer's office. An elderly man asked them, "Did you ever hear of a day when the worker will not want his wages?"
"Listen, then," went on the old man: "God speaks of such a time," and opening a well-worn Bible which he had drawn from his pocket he read the words, "The wages of sin is death."
Are you prepared for such wages? Would it not be better to accept the gift? "The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
God is ready to give you the gift even now, but if you will not accept the gift, you must receive the wages.

When Should a Sick Man Take Medicine?

A Christian doctor one day called to see an old man he had frequently visited before. Many times Dr. Strong had spoken faithfully to old John and his wife about their soul's salvation, but apparently without result.
Old John listened attentively and tacitly agreed to the truth set before him, but seemed always to avoid coming to the point.
He would willingly admit that he was a sinner—that he stood in need of God's salvation. He would even declare his intention of some day seeking the Savior. He wished to be saved, indeed, but simply to escape the punishment of hell.
He intended to prepare for heaven, but would put it off till what seemed to him "a more convenient season."
John was suffering from an attack of bronchitis. His life was not in danger, but he felt painfully weak and ill.
Dr. Strong made the necessary examination and, after promising to get some medicine ready when called for, he was about to say "goodbye" when John's wife inquired: "When must John take the medicine, sir?"
"I will put the directions on the label," replied the doctor, then, with a smile, he turned to the invalid and said: "Let me see, you are not very ill; supposing you begin to take the medicine a month from now."
"A month from now, sir?" cried both at once in astonishment.
"Yes, why not? Is that too soon?"
"Too soon! Why, sir, I may be dead then!" exclaimed John.
"That is true; but you must remember you really are not very sick yet. Still, perhaps you had better begin to take it in a week."
"But, sir," cried John in great perplexity, begging your pardon, sir, I mightn't live a week."
"Of course you may not, John; but very likely you will, and the medicine will be in the house; it will keep, and if you find yourself getting worse, you could take some. If you should feel worse tomorrow evening, you might begin then."
"Sir, I may be dead tomorrow! I hope you won't be angry with me, nor think me ungrateful to you, as you have always been so good to me; but you know, sir, I don't want to get worse; and though I'll warrant the medicine is good stuff, it'll do me no good while it's in the bottle. It does seem to me, sir, as it is going against reason to put off taking it."
"When would you propose to begin then, John?"
"Well, sir, I thought you'd tell me to begin today."
"Begin today, by all means," said Dr. Strong kindly. "I only wanted to show you how false your reasoning is, when you put off taking the medicine which the great Physician has provided for your sin-sick soul. Just think how long you have neglected the remedy He has provided. For years you have turned away from the Lord Jesus. You have said to yourself 'next week,' or 'next year,' or 'when I'm on my deathbed I will seek the Lord'—any time rather than the present.
"But God's offer is only for 'today.' I need not tell you how ready the Lord Jesus is to receive you; how His precious blood was shed for you. You have the medicine, so to speak, in your hands; but to use your own argument, it will do you no good unless you take it. It is foolish to put off the salvation of your soul even until tomorrow."
Old John's eyes were full of tears as he pressed the hand of his kind friend. "Plain speaking," he remarked to his wife; "but I reckon he's right, deary; I never saw it just that way before."
"Now... now is the day of salvation." 2 Cor. 6:2.

By-And-By

Charles Albury, the famous actor, wrote a verse which many from his day to ours could say has been their experience, too:
"I reveled underneath the moon,
I slept beneath the sun;
I lived a life of going to,
But—died with nothing done.
Yes, going to, but never doing it; halting between two opinions until too late, he "died with nothing done."
This stanza is Charles Albury's epitaph, written with his own hand, and shows that the Spirit of God had convicted him time and again, but he lived a life of going to, saying to himself, "Some day I'll accept God's salvation," but apparently never deciding for Christ.
"Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation." 2 Cor. 6:2.

Decision for Christ: What Does It Mean?

The thought of many minds seems to be that deciding for Christ only means making a firm resolution to be on His side. No doubt there is this in it; but there is much more than this. There is a firm conviction that, as to myself, my case is utterly hopeless, and that He only is to be trusted as my Savior. I decide in the light of what God is in His holiness and what I am in my sinfulness, that as a Deliverer, Christ, and Christ alone, is worthy of my confidence, and He is on my side.
I see that His welcoming "Come" is my only title to go to Him; His precious blood my only shelter from sin's just judgment; His holy name my only passport to glory, and His matchless merits my only fitness when I get there.
Have you been brought to such a decision? Then nothing can ever transpire, within you or around you, to alter that decision; no discovery of inward corruptions, no lamented fall in the hour of temptation, no subtle argument even of the arch deceiver himself can do it. Had you decided that you were personally worthy, your ways worthy of God, your feelings satisfactory to yourself, it would be different. But the fact is, that before anyone can really decide for Christ as a Savior, he must decide against himself as a sinner.
The prodigal did (Luke 15). He said, "I have sinned against heaven, and in Thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called Thy son."
The publican did (Luke 18). Hear his self-condemning cry, as smiting upon his breast he prays, "God be merciful to me a sinner."
The dying thief did (Luke 23), when he uttered his confession, "We indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds." He decided against him-self. But when he turned to the Lord and expressed the desire of his heart to be remembered by Him when He came into His kingdom, he had manifestly decided for Christ.
Even the Apostle Peter was no exception. "Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, 0 Lord," was his cry. Though he felt unfit to stay, he could not run away.
Every discovery of myself only causes me to decide more absolutely against myself as to any claim to merit God's blessing; while every day's increase of acquaintance with Christ, every fresh apprehension of His worthiness, only confirms me more in my decision for Christ.

"Reveal Thyself to Me!"

"Oh, God! if there be a God, reveal Thyself to me!" was the cry of a would-be infidel. He had written a book to try to convince a friend of his folly in believing in Christianity. Before sending it to press he sat down to read it again. Having read it, he asked himself: "Were I a believer in Christ, would such arguments upset my faith? No, they would not." Throwing himself on his knees, he cried to God: "Oh God! if there be a God, reveal Thyself to me!"
God heard; God answered; and he rose from his knees a changed man. The Savior-God, in His grace, met him and blessed him in the knowledge of Himself. Instead of publishing his book he went out into the world to tell others of the faith he had once sought to destroy. "And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent." John 17:3.
Have you made acquaintance with God? Are you at peace? "Acquaint now thyself with Him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee." Job 22:21.

The Unlocked Door

As long as men are given to stealing, safes and locks will be needed. The harder they are to unlock, the better. Yet a strange thing happened a short time ago.
A notorious thief was caught with a bunch of keys, fifty-six of them, trying to unlock a door. How many of the keys he had tried, or how long he had been trying to unlock the door, we do not know. A watchman, however, caught him at it and handed him over to the police. He was fined for malicious trespass.
BUT—he might have tried all day and all night, and for the rest of his life, to unlock that door. He could never have succeeded in his purpose for the simple reason that it was already UNLOCKED. All he had to do was to turn the handle and walk in.
This reminds us, however, of a mistake made by hundreds of thousands, no—millions—of honest people; a mistake which is absolutely fatal, not only for time but for eternity, not only for the body but for the soul. We refer to the matter of the soul's salvation. If men only realized the seriousness of sin and their lost estate before God, how anxious they would be to enter the door of salvation! Indeed, many are anxious but they make the serious mistake of thinking that the door is locked, and that they must find the key to unlock it.
Many keep scratching at the door of salvation with the key of good works. They think this will unlock the door, and insure their reaching heaven at last. But good works can never earn heaven. The Bible is plain on that point. We read that salvation is "not of works, lest any man should boast." Eph. 2:9.
The door is already unlocked. Who unlocked it? The Savior cried, "I am the Door: BY ME if any man enter in, he shall be saved." John 10:9. He did the work of salvation at the cross. He cried, "It is finished." John 19:30. The work is DONE.
Some are trying to open the door of salvation with the key of money. Was that not what Luther fought against when a friar was selling indulgences, and telling the people that at the instant their money clinked at the bottom of his alms-box the soul of their dead relative would be released from purgatory and ascend to heaven?
Money cannot buy salvation. Not all the money in the world can wipe away one sin, while "the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from ALL sin." 1 John 1:7.
All keys are useless in opening an unlocked door. The door to life eternal swings wide when approached by simple faith in the Savior. We read that "the GIFT of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Rom. 6:23. What can you do with a gift? You cannot buy it, you cannot earn it. All you can do is accept it, and give grateful thanks. Why not do so NOW?
"Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift." 2 Cor. 9:15.

You Need the Blood

At the close of a meeting recently the speaker was saying goodbye to some of his audience. Among them he shook hands with a young woman just as she was going out the door. She had attended the meetings regularly but did not appear to have received blessing. Four words were all the speaker uttered as, taking her hand, he looked her full in the face: "You need the blood." The girl was half inclined to be offended; but as she went on her homeward way, over and over again the words rang in her ear: "You need the blood."
"Many are worse than I," she thought; "but that does not change matters. I am afraid to die.
Did not the preacher say that 'all have sinned and come short of the glory of God'? I'm sure I have sinned thousands of times so that I really do need the cleansing of the blood."
Quick as lightning there flashed into her mind the words she had lately heard: "The blood of Jesus Christ His (God's) Son cleanseth us from all sin." 1 John 1:7. This was followed by the verse, "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life." John 3:36. There and then she was led by the Spirit of God to cast herself upon the Savior for cleansing and peace. She owned that she was lost and accepted His blood as full payment for her sins. She believed God's holy Word and rejoiced in His gift of eternal life.
Oh, you who have not yet proved that "the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin," prove it now! YOU NEED THE BLOOD, and only as justified by His blood can you be saved from wrath.
"God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him." Rom. 5:8,9.

Peace and Rest

There is not anything in this world like knowing that, without a single moment's notice, one is ready for the presence of God—redeemed by the precious blood of Christ! Go to Him now before it is too late!
God's grace works in our souls to give us the knowledge of our sins forgiven and enables us to be in His presence in perfect peace.

God's Way

God puts the best robe on the prodigal and makes the whole house rejoice. He does not say "My prodigal has come back!" He says, "This is my son."

The Remedy: Have You Applied It

An infidel was speaking to a Christian. His angry, sarcastic words were: "The gospel you preach has not done much good in the world. There is plenty of wickedness and suffering wherever one goes. I don't believe in your religion and won't have it."
The two walked on a little further. Presently they passed a very dirty little boy playing in the mud. Said the Christian to the infidel (who happened to be a soap manufacturer): "Your soap has not done much good in the world. See, that boy is filthy, and there is plenty of dirt in the world. I don't believe in your soap."
"But," said the soap manufacturer, "my soap is all right, if it is applied."
"Just so," replied the Christian, " 'the gospel of Christ... is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth.' All who have believed have found out the truth of these words. The trouble with you is, you have never applied the gospel to your own soul, any more than that dirty boy has applied your soap to his body."
"But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name." John 1:12.

Are You Waiting?

A young man was once awakened to cry, "What must I do to be saved?"
He went to a friend who was a professing Christian, and unburdening his mind, eagerly and earnestly besought him to tell how salvation was to be obtained.
His adviser declared that if he patiently waited, in "God's own time" he would get what he searched for.
"But how long am Ito wait?" he asked.
"I cannot answer that question," was the reply.
Months and months passed on. He "waited" and "waited" "God's time." His agony of soul increased and grew more intense.
At last he resolved to call on another friend, and seek his advice. This person told him that instead of "waiting," he ought to pray earnestly to God for pardon, and he would obtain it.
"How long am I to pray?" asked the anxious inquirer.
"You must just continue praying, and in due time you will receive it," was the reply.
He prayed earnestly, and begged God to give him salvation. For years he continued striving and agonizing in prayer to God, entreating Him to be reconciled, and imploring Him to have mercy on his soul.
Afterward he began to think that his friends had both given wrong advice, and resolved to seek the counsel of an earnest Christian and see how he had received the forgiveness of his sins.
Having told what his other friends had said, and how he had been "waiting" and "praying," this Christian pointed him to God's simple plan of salvation. He showed that all the time God had been waiting, and had been beseeching him to be reconciled, that Jesus had already taken his place, died in his stead, satisfied the law and paid his debt.
He saw his mistake, and immediately "took God at His word," and rejoiced in the liberty which the truth alone can give.
"God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Rom. 5:8.
"Be it known unto you therefore,... that through this Man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: and by Him all that believe are justified from all things." Acts 13:38, 39.

How Can I Know?

Now, some will say, "How can you know that you have everlasting life?" What does the Scripture say? "These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life." 1 John 5:13. "Unto you it is given to know." Luke 8:10.

"Mighty to Save"

Yes, our Savior-God is "mighty to save" weak and helpless sinners that have no might and no strength to save themselves. Jesus Christ the Lord is the Savior-God. Will you not submit yourself to be saved, while there is still time?
He is "mighty to save" us from our sins. "Thou shalt call His name JESUS: for He shall save His people from their sins." Matt. 1:21.
He is "mighty to save "us from that most terrible and dreaded of all foes—ourselves. "I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me." Gal. 2:20.
He is also "mighty to save" us from that subtle and dangerous enemy, the world. "God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world." Gal. 6:14.
Yes, He is "mighty to save" right through into glory, "seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them." Heb. 7:25. Believe it with all your heart, for He is truly "MIGHTY TO SAVE." Isa. 63:1.

Religion, or Christ

Some take up the cause of religion very zealously, and yet have no heart for Christ. Let us inquire of our hearts how we stand in this matter. We live in a day when many are very religious; but being religious does not save us, nor make us fit for God's presence. We must have Christ for ourselves, or we are without God and without hope in the world. Let us ask ourselves, Have I Christ for myself? "Come unto ME." Matt. 11:28.

"I Don't Believe It!"

Anthony Hall had seen long service in the Marines. He had been all over the world and had fought in many engagements, out of which he had come uninjured. Then he was pensioned and took a job as a night watchman. During the day he found time heavy on his hands, and so began to fill up the empty hours with drinking and gambling.
Anthony was so given over to the service of sin and Satan that his wife, though herself unconverted, became worried about what would become of him. If he would only go to church, she thought, he might be reformed.
To please her he went to some gospel services. There the Spirit of God convicted him of his state as a lost sinner, and so worked upon his conscience that he was in despair. He saw himself as the worst of sinners, without hope, and felt that everlasting doom must be his end.
Another old serviceman was a near neighbor. John Lawson had passed through the dangers and temptations of a soldier's life, and now, having learned that there was no peace to be found out of Christ, he came to see Anthony and to tell him of the Savior.
The old marine listened intently as his friend read out these wonderful words, "God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
Anthony was fairly astonished; he raised his brawny hand above his head, and brought it down on the table before him, saying, "I don't believe it!"
Without argument, Lawson read again, "God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever (and that means you, Anthony) believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
Again Anthony shouted, "I don't believe it," as his strong fist came down once more with a crash upon the table.
A third time the words were repeated, but they seemed incredible to the old marine. He had never heard the story of God's love, and he exclaimed with more warmth than ever, "I DON'T BELIEVE IT!"
Lawson, wise in winning souls, changed the subject. "How long were you in the service?"
"Twenty one years and fourteen days," was Anthony's prompt reply.
At this John Lawson lifted his fist, brought it down on the table, and cried, "I don't believe it!"
"Do you think I would tell you a lie?" returned Anthony angrily. “It was twenty one years and fourteen days."
"I don't believe it," answered Lawson dryly.
"Wife," cried Anthony, "bring me my discharge!"
Lawson took the paper from her hand, quietly asking the old man, "How is it that you expect me to believe the word of man, while you yourself refuse to believe the Word of God?" Again opening his Bible, he once more read John 3:16.
Anthony's eyes and heart were now opened and he joyfully exclaimed, "I see it! I believe it! I believe it! Thank God!"
From that hour these words filled his soul with joy. He at once began to tell the good news to his wife, and through God's mercy she received the blessed truth, too. Now their great joy is to read God's Word together and to tell others of God's love through that precious verse!
"For 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.

"Whosoever" Means Me!

A happy Christian workman was asked by his employer:
"How long have you been rejoicing like this?" "Six months ago," he replied. "I heard an address from the words: `Whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.' "
"I could not take it to myself then," he said, "but when I went to bed that night, I dreamed that 'whosoever' meant me.
"I got out of bed and got the Bible to see the word, and there it was, 'whosoever.'
"But you knew it was in the Bible, didn't you?"
"Yes, but I wanted to see it with my own eyes, and I've been resting on it ever since."

"Though Your Sins Be as Scarlet "

One evening a young man was walking along the street in search of pleasure, when a passerby thrust a small bit of paper into his hand. The young man took it and read, by the light of the nearest street light, the words: "Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow." A sneer passed over his handsome face as he read, and he crumpled the paper and threw it from him as he walked on.
" 'Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow' doesn't apply to me, at any rate. I
am an infidel and do not believe anything of the kind," thought he.
" 'Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.' Bother the thing, I can't get rid of it!... 'Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.' Sins? Conscience? Yes; but I acknowledge neither a future nor a God, and therefore am not responsible. What do I care to have my sins made white, to use the figure, seeing that I own no duties beyond those necessary to natural existence?
" 'Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.' I am an infidel," stamping his foot. "I don't believe in the Bible, the God of the Bible, a future existence, or anything beyond the still, dark grave; so here's for a short life and a merry one...
" 'Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.' Confound it! I wish I could get it out of my head.
" 'Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.' It is very forceful, very poetical. Certainly that Bible is a wonderful book. Granted for the sake of argument that it is true, and that a God exists, I can easily understand how religious people who believe in a life after death cling to such sentences.
" 'Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.' Admirable writing! Terse, forceful language! I wonder who wrote it. God, I suppose. God? Why, there is no God; I forgot myself. If I could only remember my principles, and how logical and well founded the arguments are which support them, I should be all right...
" 'Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.' That thing again! Will nothing put a stop to this? Here is a meeting house. I may as well turn in and see what they have to say." He entered and was shown to a seat near the door.
A solemn silence reigned. The preacher had just read the text from the pulpit, and paused a moment before repeating it. Then in a gentle voice he pronounced the words: "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool."
The anteroom of that meetinghouse was always open for a short time after the service for the reception of those whom the message of the Lord had touched. That evening, among the anxious inquirers, there was the infidel who prayed with tears, "Jesus, though my sins be dyed deeper than the deepest scarlet, do Thou make them whiter than the purest snow." And before he left the room that evening he knew his sins were forgiven and his iniquities pardoned, through the precious blood of Christ.
"Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered." Rom. 4:7.

Thoroughly Sincere

Many people say, "I don't think it matters much what religion a man professes, so long as he is thoroughly sincere!"
Just let us test the wisdom of such a notion. Your child is taken very ill, and you want the doctor. Every moment is important; you can't stop to put on your coat, but snatch up your hat and start off at a run.
You know the name of the street where the doctor lives, but have no idea where it is. Never mind that, make up for it by sincerity—run all the harder.
"Stop, friend, stop!" cries a neighbor who knows your errand. "You're going the wrong way."
"I can't stop," you reply, "I'm in too great a hurry."
"But your hurry is all lost time—you are getting further and further off."
"Never mind, I'm thoroughly sincere; look how hard I'm running."
But you never reach the doctor!
Sincerity on the wrong road means traveling faster to eternal destruction!
Jesus said: "I am the way... no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me." John 14:6.

The Sergeant's Mistake

Sergeant Kelly looked critically at the dirty rifle and then at the private who carried it. "Smith, has all my talking been wasted?" he roared. "Clean that gun and be quick about it, or it's detention in the guardhouse for you." In a few minutes Private Smith returned from his quarters with a shiny rifle for the sergeant to inspect.
"Do you mean to tell me that you have that filthy rifle clean already?" challenged Sergeant Kelly. "Impossible!"
"No, sir," meekly replied Private Smith. "You see, sir, I picked up the wrong rifle by mistake. This one is mine."
"And who owns the other one?" pressed the sergeant.
"You, sir," was the reply.
This incident from an army camp illustrates a spiritual truth that is often forgotten. Some people overlook their own sins and shortcomings but they are quick to condemn other people for their sins. Often they condemn others for the very same sins they are guilty of themselves. For instance, the pride in a person's heart is quick to detect pride in someone else. And a man who is dishonest himself is ready to condemn others for stealing.
There is an illustration of this in the Bible. King David had sinned grievously, and Nathan the prophet came and told him about a certain rich man who had wronged a poor man. David quickly condemned the rich man and pronounced judgment on him, but Nathan said to David, "Thou art the man." David had a sense of justice, but he overlooked the fact that he himself was the guilty party. So Nathan had to say to him, "Thou art the man."
We all agree that some people we know are sinners who need to be saved, but most of us are slow to believe that we ourselves are guilty and need a Savior. However, we need to be less concerned about other people's sins, and more convinced about our own.
Before a man can enter heaven, he must face the fact that he himself is a sinner, lost and on the broad and crowded road that leads down to destruction. (Matt. 7:13.) The Word of God makes it clear that this is the true condition of every unsaved person. (John 3:18, Rom. 3.) But when you believe God's Word and confess that you are a sinner, you are then at the very spot where God can save you.

Truth in the Inward Parts

It is most blessed to come to the place where we are willing to have our sins brought out to the light, in the presence of divine perfect love. If we are to be happy, it must be with God. The perfectness of the love that is in Christ makes me glad to be in the light. It shows me all that I am. It gives truth in the inward parts. Listen to the Apostle Paul's confession; "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief." 1 Tim. 1:15.
Have you had all your sins entirely out before God? They are better known to Him than they are to you. Christ has confessed my sins in the presence of a God of judgment. There is divine competency to bear our sins. We are in the dust as to ourselves, but we look up to God in the consciousness and certainty that He loves us as He loves Jesus Himself. That is the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free. Have you that faith in the Lord Jesus Christ to know that God looks at you through Him, as white as snow, because you believed that "the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin"? 1 John 1:7.
Oh, it is a blessed thing to find truth in the inward parts, and to have confidence in a divine love that is above all evil. Does the light of God's holiness make you happy or uncomfortable? Come to Him just as you are. "Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood,... to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen." Rev. 1:5,6.

Believeth?Hath

"He that BELIEVETH on the; on HATH everlasting life: and he hat believeth not the Son shall not;ee life; but the wrath of God abideth on him." John 3:36.
A poor old woman over seventy years old said when shown these living words: "How stupid I've been! There I have been a-coming and a-going, and a-trying and a-striving, and arguing and arguing. And to think it's as plain as all that, and in my own Bible, too! I've been groping in the dark these fifty years. How stupid I've been!"

"Thou God Seest Me"

It was only a rough old oyster shell, with a water-stained scrap of paper caught in it-not what most of us would keep in a place of honor in our living rooms. But there Dick-the-Diver kept it as a precious reminder of the most important day in his life.
He had lived a wicked life, with no fear of God before his eyes, until one day he was deep under water in his usual occupation of searching for lost treasure. Looking around, he said to himself: "They tell me God is everywhere. He can't be here, at the bottom of the sea."
This thought had no sooner passed through his mind than his eye was caught by something white lying at the bottom. Swimming near, he found it to be a tract, held fast by an oyster. Taking both up, he read upon the tract the words, "Thou God seest me." There and then he was convinced that, though he was at the bottom of the sea, God saw him.
He knew now that God could see him in all his sins and wretchedness, and that it was impossible to hide himself from God. What misery this produced in his soul, until he learned also that the One who searched and knew his heart was the very One who gave His Son up to die for sinners.
So he turned to God, instead of seeking to hide from him, and found that God Himself is the refuge of those who trust in Him. Soon he could say with praise and thankfulness as he looked to God, "Thou art my hiding place."
Are you conscious that the eye of God is upon you? In the din and bustle of the busy crowd, or in the quiet of your home, it is ever true: "Thou God seest me." Gen. 16:13.

A Letter

Dear Sister:
In one of your letters you write, "Father was asking about your conversion." Abounding grace is connected with that conversion. As early as twelve or thirteen years of age, God exercised my conscience about my sins, but I loved the world and would not give it up, so in spirit I said, "Go Thy way for this time." Many other times in His grace He came to me, but always got the same answer.
Coming west from Massachusetts I listened to infidel sentiments and quite accepted them. In August I went back to visit Mother, and she spoke to me about eternal things. I combated her with my infidel sentiments, and fairly closed her mouth. After this she said, "William, do you read your Bible and pray every day?"
"No!" I replied.
She said, "If you do this, my boy, you will get light," and she left the room with tears rolling down her cheeks.
Left alone in the room, the Lord made me feel how I had grieved my mother, whom I loved, and He led me to realize there was one thing I had not done, that was to read my Bible and pray every day. I made up my mind to try it, partly because I knew it would please Mother and partly to test my infidel position.
I left the room and got a Testament that I had owned when a boy, and put it into my pocket. Going to bed that night, I read the first chapter of Matthew and knelt down beside the bed to pray. I had no interest in what I read, only I remember my thought on my knees: "I would hate to have anyone catch me in this position!" However, I had taken up the matter as a test and would not be diverted from it.
This went on until about the end of the year. Then the Lord began working in my soul, making me realize I was not as good as I thought I was. I sought to make myself better, but the more I tried to make myself better, the worse I became, until I saw myself only fit for hell. Then the Lord came and showed me that trying to make myself better was the wrong principle-that faith is the principle on which peace with God is secured. Giving up doing, and resting now on God's Word, I was brought into peace that first Lord's Day in the new year. To Him be glory!
Your brother, Will

Your Lack

However deeply you may have dishonored God, remember one thing:—God is satisfied with Christ. And apart from Christ, He will never be satisfied with you.

Her Eighteenth Birthday

It was Alice's eighteenth birthday. Several presents had been given her and she took delight in looking them over again one by one, so time slipped away and it was late when she went upstairs to prepare for the meeting. She was sorry to be late on her birthday, but when she caught sight of the town clock, it was already ten minutes past eleven.
Very quietly she opened the door of the meeting room and determined to wait till they should sing before she went in. A passage from the Scripture was being read; and, as she stood within the door, closing it noiselessly, the first words she heard were, "Ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?" Luke 13:16.
The Holy Spirit sent those words of the Savior right home to the heart of that young girl standing at the door. "Whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years," she said to herself; "that is me. I am eighteen today, and I know that I am not serving God, and they say that if I am not, I must be serving Satan. If that's true, I am his slave."
She heard little that morning except these words. She saw that she had spent all her life-all those eighteen years, in which God had given her health and comfort and countless other blessings -in forgetfulness of Him. She remembered that He had often called her, and she had as often refused to listen. Yes, she saw it all now; she had been bound by Satan for eighteen years. She was bound still. How could she be "loosed"?
The meeting ended, and Alice returned home. Still those words filled her mind. She went to her room, but not now to spend her time at the mirror, or looking at her presents. Now she was on her knees before God. Earnestly she prayed: "Lord, I am bound—I'm all wrong—oh, show me what to do!"
Even as she prayed a ray of light from God's Word shone into her soul: "Ought not this woman... to be loosed?"
"That woman was loosed," she said to herself; "oh, that I might be!" God's light shone into her repentant heart, showing her that though she was a captive to sin—bound by sin for eighteen years—yet One "mighty to save" had come "to preach deliverance to the captives... to set at liberty them that are bruised." Luke 4:18.
When Jesus was on earth, He said to that poor woman, "Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity." Luke 13:12. He laid His hands on her and she was made straight, and glorified God.
How very simple and natural it all was, Alice thought; and why should He not do the same for her, and even more, now that He was in heaven? So right there and then she put her trust in Him. And though she had been bound by Satan for eighteen years, she too, was loosed that very day.
Can you imagine her joy when she realized that she was really free? The Lord Himself had said, "If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed." The Lord Jesus is the only One who can loose those chains that bind us, and He is waiting to do so for all who will come to Him and own that they are sinners and accept Him as their Savior.
"Through His name whosoever believeth in Him shall receive remission of sins." Acts 10:43.

For Seeking Souls

"Oh that I knew where I might find Him!"
Is that perhaps the burden of your troubled soul? You have wept as you thought of your sins, and prayed that you might be forgiven; but still you have no assurance that your soul is saved-you cannot say, "I have found Him," that "My Beloved is mine, and I am His."
Why is this? Is it because God does not love you? No, that cannot be, for "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. Is it then because He will not save you? Never, for God "will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth." And again, He is "not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance" 2 Peter 3:9.
The fault then is all your own. You have been occupied with yourself and your doings, trying to improve that which God has condemned, for God says, "There is none that doeth good, no, not one." Rom. 3:12. Also God says: "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works." Eph. 2:8, 9.
"How then can I be saved?" you ask. The answer is in God's Word: "Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree." 1 Peter 2:24.
And in 1 Peter 3:18 we see: "Christ... suffered for sins, the Just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God."
Yes, the debt is paid; sin has been atoned for; and just before He died He said, "It is finished." The work of redemption has all been done. God is satisfied. Then why delay? Accept Him as your Savior now, and then, like Philip of old, you will be able to say, "We have found Him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth." John 1:45.

He Said It! Luke 7:36-50

UK 7:36-50{A great sinner once came to the Lord Jesus. She stood weeping at His feet. What a blessed place for a sinner to be found!
She knew she was a sinner; the proud Pharisee knew she was a sinner; but more, God knew she was a sinner, and Jesus is God.
What brought her to that house? Surely, Simon the Pharisee had not invited her! Is she not afraid to enter unasked?
"When she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee's house,"-this was enough; this gave her boldness; this inspired her with confidence. Jesus was there. She came and "stood at His feet behind Him weeping, and began to wash His feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed His feet, and anointed them with the ointment."
But why was she not afraid of Jesus? Did He not know all her sins? Did He not know them to be MANY? He did; but listen! She hears Him say, "Her sins, which are many, are forgiven." He did not say "Her sins are too many to be forgiven;" no, no, "Her sins, which are many, are forgiven."
Perhaps she might say, "But is this really true of me? Is it of my sins He speaks, when He says they are forgiven? Mine surely are many, but are they not too many? too black? Can it possibly be my many sins that are forgiven?"
Again that blessed One speaks, but this time He turns to her; He looks straight at her; He speaks to her, and "He said unto her, THY SINS ARE FORGIVEN."
Now there can be no doubt, "Thy sins are forgiven."
What blessed words! But what had she done to deserve it? Nothing. She just simply came with all her sins to Jesus. He knew them all, and He knew they were many. He does not make light of them; He could not. To bear the heavy burden of sins was no light matter —yes, to suffer and to die for them.
Are your sins forgiven?
"Ah, I wish I could say that, but I cannot feel they are!"
And how do you suppose she knew her sins were forgiven? Was it because she felt it, or because He said it? Surely because He said it. Ah, it does not say she felt it, but "He SAID unto her, Thy sins are forgiven."
This settled everything; she had His word for it. Could that deceive her? Her feelings might change; His word never would.
She knew her sins were forgiven, because He said unto her, "Thy sins are forgiven." She felt her sins were forgiven, because she believed what He said.
Now, do you believe that your sins are forgiven? Or are you trying to feel it first? Many try to feel their sins forgiven before they will believe it, but you must believe it before you can feel it.
"By Him all that believe are justified from all things." Acts 13:39.

In Thy Youth

How wonderful of our God to warn us in our youth of the folly of finding joy and pleasure here in this sin-cursed scene. Only God has the answer. For a happy life and a fruitful pathway go to Him. "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." John 10:10. All here is "Vanity of vanities."
"Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them." Eccl. 12:1.
Yes! In your youth, the bright, fresh springtime of your life, while all is sunny before you, and while you are strong, remember your Creator. Give God your early days, your best days. How many have lamented in middle life that they did not turn to God in their youth! Confess your sin, turn to Him for salvation now and obey His call. "He saith unto them, Follow Me,... and they straightway left their nets, and followed Him." Matt. 4:19, 20.
You who are young in this world today
Have you heard that ringing call?
Are you ready to heed? Will you walk the way
That is bravest and best of all?
It is sounding down from the heights above;
It is Christ's word, "Follow Me!"
Ah, straightway answer the mighty love,
His servants and soldiers to be.

A Message of Mercy

A man stood looking into the water as a scrap of paper came floating down the stream, tossed from ripple to ripple. "I am just as helpless," said he to himself, "borne downwards by a tide which I cannot stem, and from which I cannot escape. There is no one to lift me clear of the tide of destruction as I can lift you, poor miserable scrap."
As he spoke, he caught the paper with a stick and lifted it from the water. He noticed that it was a fragment of a torn-up letter, and one word upon it attracted his attention as being in thorough keeping with his own feelings. The word was "miserable," and thus the writing read as a whole: I assure you I used to be very miserable and trust Christ Jesus only Salvation and now joy and peace.
He read the words over and over. It had been written by someone who had been, like himself, very miserable, but who had been led to trust Jesus Christ as his Savior, and so had attained to joy and peace.
"Oh that I could find the same," said this poor young man. "And yet, why should I not? Christ Jesus came to save sinners. I believe if He chose He could lift me out of the stream of evil and ruin, as I have lifted this scrap of paper. I wonder if He would be willing to save me?" And then a verse of a hymn that he had sung in better days came into his mind:
"If I trust Him to receive me,
Will He say me nay?
Not till earth and not till heaven
Pass away."
"Oh, is it true?" he cried in an agony of earnestness. "Is it true? I believe it is. When He was on earth He received sinners, and invited the heavy-laden to come unto Him, and He is the same yesterday, today, and forever! I do not deserve it, but He will receive me!"
God has many ways of reaching the human heart, and can employ the humblest and meanest of instruments. Let none doubt His willingness to save, for the Lord is "not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." 2 Peter 3:9.
Come then to Jesus Christ, trust Him as your Savior, and find in Him peace, and joy, and rest for your soul.

Christ, or Self?

I ask, "what think ye of Christ?" At this moment God knows your choice. I plead with you, let it not be SELF! Decide for Christ, and let others know it, too.

This May Be It

This may be it! This may be the last Gospel article that you will ever have the opportunity to read. This may be your last chance to read the good news that "Christ died for our sins." 1 Cor. 15:3. This could be your last, precious opportunity to read concerning Him "who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree." 1 Peter 2:24.
This may be it—the last choice that you will ever make. I do not know—I cannot tell. I hope not, I pray not; but I don't know.
This grim uncertainty as to life—it is a terrifying thing without Christ. You cannot know from one hour to another that you may not be suddenly stricken down. Death always rides with life.
Is this an old story to you... often heard but never heeded? Whose sinful fault is that? And who has continued to give you this precious lease on life that you might hear the story of God's love time and time again? Can you once again cast away the invitation: "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved"? Acts 16:31.
You may cast it away. You may forget it. BUT—this may be it! This may be the last time.
"He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy." Prov. 29:1. If this be the LAST TIME, there is NO REMEDY!
This may be it!—I do not know—I hope not—but who knows—except God?

Through the Straight Gate

Salvation is offered to all on the ground of Christ's death. Conversion, a soul turning to God, gets us through the straight gate into the narrow way. Then what a future is before us,—LIFE AND GLORY!

He Took My Whipping ' for Me

There was a certain school, among the mountains of Virginia, which no teacher could handle. The boys were so rough that the teachers resigned.
A young, gray-eyed teacher applied, and the old director scanned him, then said, "Young fellow, do you know what you are asking? An awful beatin'! Every teacher we have had for years has had to take it."
He replied, "I'll risk it."
Finally, he appeared for duty. One big fellow, Tom, whispered, "I won't need any help, I can lick him myself!"
The teacher said, "Good morning boys! We have come to conduct school, but I confess I do not know how unless you help me. Suppose we have a few rules. You tell me and I will write them on the blackboard."
One fellow yelled, "No stealing." Another yelled, "On time." Finally ten rules appeared.
"Now," said the teacher, "a law is no good unless there is a penalty attached to it. What shall we do with the one who breaks the rules?"
"Beat him across the back ten times without his coat on."
"That is pretty severe, boys. Are you ready to stand by it?" Another yell, and the teacher said, "School come to order!"
In a day or so, "Big Tom" found his dinner was stolen. Upon inquiry the thief was located—a hungry little fellow, about ten years old. The next morning the teacher announced, "We have found the thief and he must be punished according to your rule—ten stripes across the back! Jim, come up here!"
The little fellow, trembling, came up slowly with a big coat fastened up to the neck and pleaded, "Teacher, you can lick me as hard as you like, but please don't make me take my coat off."
"Take that coat off; you helped make the rules."
"Oh, teacher, don't make me!" He began to unbutton, and what did the teacher behold! Lo, the lad had no shirt on over his little bony body.
"How can I whip this child," thought he. "But I must do something if I keep this school." Everything was quiet as death. "How do you come to be without a shirt, Jim?"
He replied, "My father died and mother is very poor. I have only one shirt to my name, and she is washing that today, and I wore my brother's big coat to keep warm."
The teacher with rod in hand hesitated. Just then "Big Tom" jumped to his feet and said, "Teacher, if you don't object, I will take Jim's licking for him."
"Very well, there is a certain law that one can become a substitute for another. Are you all agreed?"
Off came Tom's coat, and after five hard strokes the rod broke! The teacher bowed his head in his hands, and thought, "How can I finish this awful task?"
Then he heard the entire school sobbing, and what did he see? Little Jim had reached up and caught Tom with both arms around his neck. "Tom, I am sorry I stole your dinner, but I was awful hungry. Tom, I'll love you till I die for taking my licking for me! Yes, I'll love you forever!"
Dear friends, we all have broken God's rules of righteousness. He says, "There is none righteous, no, not one... For all have sinned." We all deserve God's punishment—eternal judgment. Yet there is a Substitute for us. The Lord Jesus Christ bore that dreadful judgment for sinners, when He died upon the cross. "For Christ also hath suffered for sins, the Just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God." If we will receive Him as our Substitute and Savior, the judgment which has fallen upon Him will never be repeated.
"He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all." Isa. 53:5, 6.

Only a Touch! Mark 5:25-34

It was a sad case; to all appearance there was no help for her. Hopeless, and penniless, with no one to turn to in her last extremity,
SHE HEARD
of Jesus, the Great Physician, the Healer of sin-sick souls. Mixing faith with what she heard,
SHE CAME
to Jesus. Her desperate need brought her to Him, and putting faith into action,
SHE TOUCHED
His garment. Happy moment for the poor woman! She was in the personal company of Jesus, the only One who could possibly heal her body and meet the deep need of her soul. In a moment of time a change had taken place;
SHE FELT
... she was healed. She knew and realized what was done in her.
"She came in fear and trembling before Him,—
She knew her Lord had come; She felt that from Him virtue had healed her,—
The mighty deed was done.

Oh! touch the hem of His garment,
And thou, too, shalt be free;
His saving power this very hour,
Shall give new life to thee."
This is the way that the blessed Savior can meet the need of your precious soul. Not by any merit of your own can you obtain the salvation of God; it must be your sense of need that brings you to Himself, there to find, not an accuser, but One who in very truth is

Mighty to Save

Come then to this Jesus of whom you have heard; by faith touch Him, and your burden of sins will roll away; and you can then sing, with the writer of these few lines: —
O Christ, in Thee my soul hath found,
And found in Thee alone
The peace, the joy, I sought so long,
The bliss till now unknown.
Now none but Christ can satisfy,
None other name for me!
There's love, and life, and lasting joy,
Lord Jesus, found in Thee.

Four Things He Knew

"I want to tell you something, sir!" said an old man. He took me by the top button of my coat and drew me into a corner of the large hall at the Old Folk's Home.
"What is it?"
"I know four things, sir!"
"Well, what are they?"
"God is my Father; the Lord Jesus is my Savior; the Holy Ghost is my Comforter; and Heaven is my home."
Happy old man! He had more true wealth than all earth's millionaires. Blest indeed are those who can say, "My Father, my Savior, my Comforter, my Home." All that is needed for time and for eternity is wrapped up in those words.
"Therefore let no man glory in men: For all things are yours; whether... life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours; and ye are Christ's; and Christ is God's." 1 Cor. 3:21-23.

”Mother, I Dare Not Pray!"

Henry was the son of Christian parents, and so consistent was his way of life that his parents hoped that he was a Christian. At the age of nineteen he was summoned home to his father's funeral.
After they returned from the cemetery the family gathered in the evening in the room where so many pleasant hours had been spent in days gone by. There was Father's empty chair and there were the worn slippers at its foot. There was also the large family Bible from which Father had always read a chapter at bedtime.
The clock struck ten. Henry's mother looked at him. Then, pushing the Bible across the table, she said, "My son, read a chapter."
He colored slightly, but did as she asked. She then rose and looked at him, as if expecting him to lead in prayer. He understood that glance, and in an instant the full reality of his position rushed upon him. He felt—oh, how keenly!—how totally unprepared he was for it.
He hesitated one moment, then hid his face in his hands and broke forth with, "Mother, I dare not pray."
One moment more she gazed at him before she seemed to understand it all. Then, falling upon her knees, she poured forth her heart-felt prayer to God for mercy upon the child of her heart. Earnestly she pleaded that the light of divine love should shine into his soul and guide him safely on the pathway of life. Tenderly she committed him to the Savior of sinners.
Before she had ended, Henry knelt beside her. He saw himself as God saw him—a sinner, and turned to the One who died for sinners! "But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Rom. 5:8. When he arose, it was as a believer in the Lord Jesus—a saved man.

Which? Where?

An unsaved person is one who is in his sins, out of Christ, on the road to the lake of fire, ready for it, and deserving it.
A saved person is one who is out of his sins, in Christ, on the road to glory, and ready for it, though utterly undeserving of it.
Friend, which are you?
The saved are destined to spend an eternity with Jesus, the saints of God, and the angels, in the wonderful realms of ever-unfolding glory.
The unsaved are destined to spend an eternity with the devil, the demons, and the damned, in the fathomless depths of the lake of fire—there to be the everlasting food of the undying worm, and inextinguishable fuel for the quenchless flames of that awful place.
Friend, where will you spend ETERNITY? "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him." John 3:36.

Trying to Be Good

"If only we could get people to believe that the work of Christ is a finished work," exclaimed a preacher of the gospel. The Lord Jesus on the cross said, "It is finished."
All was done there to meet the claims of God about sin, and every one who simply trusts in that finished work is saved eternally. "By Him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses." Acts 13:39.
But people turn away from God's message of salvation through the work of Christ, and try, vainly, by some effort of their own to obtain forgiveness and peace.
"Yes, I am quite happy now," said a young girl who had been for some time troubled about her sins. "I came to Jesus today. I was always trying to be good before."
This dear girl had found how useless her own efforts were. Giving up trying, she took the place of a sinner before God and rested on His Word, "All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all." Isa. 53:6.
At once her soul found peace, and she could rejoice in the forgiveness of her sins.
Are you trying to obtain salvation by any efforts of your own? All has been done, and you have only to receive what God so longs to give you. "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved." Acts 16:31.

"Farr Too Easy a Way”

The simplicity of the gospel prompts many people to say that believing on the Lord Jesus Christ is "far too easy" a way to get to heaven.
Thank God, it is an "easy" way to be saved.
"Easy" for us, because the shedding of His. precious blood, the enduring of the wrath of God against our sins, the difficult work, has all been done by the Lord Jesus Christ Himself.
It was not "easy" for Him to be mocked and insulted by men.
It was not "easy" for Him to be scourged, spat upon and crucified.
It was not "easy" in the moment of His humiliation and agony to be forsaken by God.
It was not "easy" for Him to be "wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities." Isa. 53:5.
Though an easy way, it is God's only way of saving sinners, and if you are not saved in that way, you will never be saved at all.
"To him that worketh not, but believeth on Him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness." Rom. 4:5.

A Small Cause and a Far-Reaching Result

Not many years ago a scientist in Massachusetts imported to the United States some caterpillars
that interested him. He kept them in a bottle.
One day the bottle tipped over, and some of the caterpillars escaped. Unnoticed, they made their way into the garden, and in due time stocked it with gypsy moths. These moths became a plague, and the swarms produced by them have done millions of dollars of damage to the woods and orchards of New England.
How far-reaching are the results of some acts, insignificant in themselves! The tipping over of the bottle was a trivial incident, but thence resulted all the damage done by the insect pests.
People sometimes speak as if the original sin of Eve in the Garden of Eden had been a trifling matter. "Merely the eating of a piece of fruit," they call it. But from that act all the trouble in the world has resulted. Think of the wars, the crimes, the cruelties, the diseases, the loathsome vices that have filled and polluted the world. All the consequences, of that one sin! Death, too, the king of terrors, is "the wages of sin."
But after death comes the judgment; and this not because of what Adam or Eve did but because of what men themselves have done. Men will be judged, not because Adam was a sinner, but because they are sinners; not because their first parents fell into disobedience, but because they have followed in their steps and have loved sin and practiced it.
Thank God, though there is no remedy for all the calamity that sin has brought upon the world, save God's own intervention in power (which He will bring to pass when Christ comes to earth to reign in righteousness), there is a remedy, a grand and complete remedy, for the individual sinner. He may get rid of the burden of his guilt through Christ's precious blood.
"By one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned." Rom. 5:12.
"Christ Jesus: whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins." Rom. 3:24, 25.
Their Future is Safe?
Perhaps you have seen the above words on a billboard in your town, and a picture of a mother with her child in her arms. The advertisement tries to impress the reader that if the father is taken suddenly, they are provided for, and that they are happy because they know "their future is safe."
But for how long? Are we wise if we only look ahead for a few short years? What about eternity? Your days are passing quickly, and, life insurance or no life insurance, you are passing into eternity. Are you neglecting your real future by being so engrossed with the present? Remember that God calls a man a fool who is not "rich toward God" for eternity.
What can make my future—your future—safe? This: "For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that ye through His poverty might be rich." 2 Cor. 8:9.
Think—make yourself think—"Soon I must leave here!" Into eternity you must go. To make your future safe the holy Son of God left His home in glory and came into this scene of sin and sorrow. He had no place to lay His head, and finally He was nailed to a cross and laid in a borrowed tomb. To make your future safe He suffered, and bled, and died.
Now, if you will come to Him as a needy one, a helpless one, and trust His precious blood, your sins will all be "blotted out" (Isa. 44:22), forgiven" (1 John 2:12), and remembered "no more" (Heb. 10:17). Trust that blood now, just as you are, and then "your future will be safe" and you will know it is so from God's own Word, for Jesus says, "I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand." John 10:28.
"These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God." 1 John 5:13

The Red Light

It was a stormy night, about thirty years ago, and we were coming along on the Midnight Express at our top speed. As we roared around a curve I suddenly saw a red light flash right in front of us, and my heart almost stopped.
"Brakes, Bill," I shouted, "quick or we're gone!" and with all his might Bill applied the brakes while I shut off the steam and the train was brought to a dead halt. Not a second too soon either, for looming in the darkness before us we could see the wreck of a freight train that had derailed only a few yards ahead. How thankful I was that the red light was flashed that night!
But there was another night, not long after that, when I saw the red light flashing before me again. A friend of mine had been converted, and after work he came in to have a visit with me.
"Harry," he said, "do you ever think of where you will spend eternity? Do you ask yourself, as you speed along the line of life, what signal God is throwing out for you: a red stop light or a white go light?"
I never thought of it in that way before, but when I began to consider, I said to myself, "God can hold out no white light to me!" I saw the red light was being held out by the words my comrade read out of the Bible that night.
He read, "He that believeth not shall be damned" (Mark 16:16), and "How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation?" (Heb. 2:3).
I saw where I was—in fact, could not help seeing it; for there, as plain as could be, flashed God's red light before me. I pulled up that night—I don't mean reformed—but took my place as a lost sinner before God, and claimed Christ as my own and only Savior. Now I know He has saved me, and I hear Him saying, "I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish." John 10:28.
Now reader, what is your response? You are speeding along at express train speed towards eternity. If you have not been "born of God" the red light is right before you—no doubt about it. Accept Him now, and you will be able to rejoice in the knowledge that you have "redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins."
Yes, you may now enjoy a full and free salvation through faith in Christ. For "ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold... but with the precious blood of Christ." 1 Peter 1:18, 19.

Bed Afire but He Slept On

The mattress was on fire, smoke was pouring from the room, and a policeman was shaking him —but he still slept on!
Finally the policeman succeeded in awakening the man and saved him from suffocating in his sleep. The officer then put out the fire which, he said, was apparently caused by a burning cigarette.
Do you think the endangered man scolded the policeman for shaking and waking him, and possibly even frightening him with cries of "Fire! Fire!"? Of course not! But there are those who are soundly sleeping on the bed of indifference to their eternal welfare who severely criticize faithful workers who warn them of hell-fire.
If you are inclined to resent the warnings given regarding judgment and a lost eternity, stop and think that it is sincere consideration of your well-being that causes anyone to urge you to "flee from the wrath to come."
It is not pleasant to speak to anyone about hell, but faithfulness to God's Word and love to the perishing demand it.
It was the Lord Jesus Christ Himself who asked the solemn question: "How can ye escape the damnation of hell?" Matt. 23:33. Surely, if hell were not a reality and if people were not in danger of going there, He would never have taken those words upon His lips, for He is the personification of grace and truth.
It is a joy to tell out the good news that none need perish since Christ died for our sins and rose again for our justification. "For 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.
Bad News 1. "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." Rom. 3:23.
2. "So death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned." Rom. 5:12.
3. "It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment." Heb. 9:27.
Good News 1. "Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures." 1 Cor. 15:3.
2. "He was buried, and... He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures." 1 Cor. 15:4.
3. "If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." Rom. 10:9.

The Barometer

A few years ago a man realized a lifelong ambition when he bought a very fine, very expensive barometer. When the instrument was delivered, he found to his great disappointment that it seemed to be defective and the needle was stuck. It pointed to "Hurricane" and couldn't be moved.
After trying again and again to shake the needle loose, the man sat down and wrote a scorching letter to the store from which he had bought it. The next morning on his way to work he mailed the letter.
That evening he struggled homeward through wind and rain and found both the barometer and his home missing. The barometer needle had been right. The hurricane it had tried to warn its owner about had come.
How many people regard the Bible in the same way! When its warning needle points to the sure destruction of the sinner, the unbelieving reader judges the Bible to be wrong and tries to shake the accusing needle into a less condemning position, but sooner or later he will discover to his sorrow that the Bible warnings are reliable and that he must pay the awful penalty for his unbelief.
"If ye believe not that I am He, ye shall die in your sins." John 8:24.
"Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in My Father's name, they bear witness of Me." John 10:25.

Saved in a Post Office

One morning young woman, looking pale and haggard, was hurrying along to the post office. She hoped to find a letter which might have something to give rest to her troubled soul.
A cousin living at a distance had once spoken to her, warning her against professing religion without possessing Christ. This cousin had told her that if she ever became troubled about her condition before God to write and let her know, as she would be praying for her.
She had laughed at the idea then, and had replied, "It's not likely you'll get a letter from me for a while, if it has to be about that. I'm quite pleased with myself as I am."
But God has His own way of speaking to sinners and making them think of eternal things. During the past week she had been shocked by the sudden death of a young and beautiful girl for whom she was making a wedding gown. God used this incident to arouse her to a sense of her own lack of preparation for eternity.
Her sins, though not of the kind that friends and neighbors could see, became quite glaring to her and a burden to her conscience. Hell and eternal punishment was real to her now, as it is to every awakened soul.
She had become so troubled about her sins that she had written to her cousin, and was sure an answer would come. When the letter was handed to her at the post office window, so eager was she to get to its contents that, bursting open the envelope, she read her letter while still standing at the office counter. Afterward she confessed: "I was saved right there in the post office by simply believing on the Lord Jesus Christ."
That letter was full of the grace of God. It told how Christ had finished the work of redemption on Calvary; that there was nothing to do but simply to confess her need as a sinner before God and believe on Him. The letter ended with a little poem:
"Nothing, either great or small,
Nothing, sinner, no;
Jesus did it, did it all
Long, long ago.
" 'It is finished!' Yes, indeed,
Finished every jot;
Sinner, this is all you need;
Tell me, is it not?"
"That's all? That is all! Yes, yes, I see it. I know it now," the girl said out loud. The astonished post office clerk wondered what it was all about, but oblivious to her surroundings, she was seeing herself as she was in God's eyes. She let go her pride, all her own righteousness, and came as a lost and guilty sinner to Christ. She cast herself on Him and, true to His Word, He saved her. For He says, "Him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out." John 6:37.
In this way, and this way only, will He save anyone. There is no other Savior—there is no other way. "Seek ye the LORD while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near." Isa. 55:6.

Great Discoveries

When the astronomer, Galileo, discovered that the earth moved around the sun, he was laughed to scorn. The authorities of that day threatened the astronomer with death at the stake if he did not renounce his opinion. But now every child is taught that the earth goes around the sun.
When the great surgeon, Harvey, discovered the circulation of the blood from the heart to the extremities, he was ridiculed on every hand. No one doubts now that the blood circulates.
When the engineer, Watt, discovered the force of steam, the world was skeptical.
When Stephenson constructed his locomotive, and utilized the power of steam, he was sneered at as a visionary.
When Morse discovered that electricity could be transmitted through a wire, and a message could be flashed across the Atlantic in a fraction of a second, people were sure he was talking of impossibilities.
When Sir J.Y. Simpson, the great Edinburgh doctor, who is famous as the discoverer of the use of chloroform in surgery, was asked what was the greatest discovery of all that he had made, he promptly replied, "That I was a great sinner, and that Christ was a great Savior."
Have you made that greatest discovery of all? For you will make it one day—either in time or in eternity. Which? If you make that discovery in time, you may be saved, but if in eternity, it will be too late.
"Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation." 2 Cor. 6:2.

"As Good as Many Christians"

"Have you heard the new preachers, John?" asked a woman of her husband in one of the farming districts of Canada.
"No," was the emphatic reply, "and what's more, I don't intend to bother going. I have my own opinion of religion and religious people, and my conclusion is: I am as good as many Christians, and better than the most of them."
"Well, these men are different from most preachers that come around here. They claim they were sinners worthy of hell, but God has saved them by grace and now they are going to heaven, knowing their sins are all forgiven."
"Worse and worse," said John. "I think that is the greatest presumption I've heard. Now, I do think there is some sense and humility in a man saying that he'll do the best he can, and that's as far as most of them go; but to say you are saved now, and know your sins are forgiven now, and that you are sure of heaven now—that's too much presumption. I'd better go and hear them for myself."
And so it came to pass that John Steel came to attend the gospel meetings which were being held by two evangelists in the district school house. They were young men in deep earnest, speaking plain words about sin, and loving, gracious words about salvation.
Mr. Steel was struck with the fact that they based their remarks on the Bible, always quoting from the Word of God. He was convicted. His fancied righteousness, he saw, was but "filthy rags" (to use the language of Isa. 64:6) and thus, though he could measure himself favorably with his neighbors, yet he was vile in the presence of a holy God.
Weeks passed by, and John Steel missed none of the meetings, yet he was not saved. Satan frequently suggested the thought that he might better stay at home, but the anxiety of soul forced him on, and he felt he must have the certainty of his sins forgiven. One night he drove several miles to a new district where the meetings had been transferred, and almost hopelessly settled himself to listen as he had done so often.
Suddenly he aroused himself. What was that? "God loves you just as you are," said the preacher; "for 'God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved).' " Eph. 2:4, 5.
He had heard the same truth many times before, but this night it was as a new revelation-God loved Him now, and was willing and able to save him now. Christ had died for him, and without an effort he found himself looking away unto Jesus who had borne his sins on the cross. His soul was filled with joy in God, and his mouth was filled with singing at the grace that had saved him from hell.

Salvation ?A Gift

One Sunday afternoon in one of the wards of the Toronto General Hospital some visitors had finished singing and were going from bed to bed with a few words of cheer. I approached a young man who thanked me for our service of song. I asked him, "Do you know the One we have been singing and speaking about?"
"No," said the young man. "I am sorry to say that I don't."
"Then, why not?" I asked. "You surely realize the importance of becoming a Christian."
"Yes," he said, "I do; but it is of no use in my case. It is not for me."
I tried to show him that the gospel was for all, and that God was no respecter of persons. "But," he said, "it requires faith, and I have no faith. I know the Bible pretty well—I was brought up from childhood to read it. At least ten people, among them several ministers, have tried to explain it to me, and I cannot understand."
"I am going to make you a present," I said. "Will you accept it?" And taking some coins from my pocket, I selected the best looking quarter and offered it to him.
"Oh yes," said he, "I'll be glad to take it—if you want me to—but you only want to use it as an illustration, and then you will take it back again."
"Oh, no; I told you it was to be a present!"
He held out his hand and took the coin.
"Now," I said, "Have you got it?"
Again he said, "Yes, but after your illustration you will take it back and I will be without." "But, surely you do not doubt my word."
Still holding the coin in his hand he said, "No, I have no reason to doubt your word, and you said that you gave it to me."
"Now, once again, may I ask: have you got it?" "Yes, I have."
"Now, how did you get it?" I asked.
"Why, you gave it to me."
"And for what reason did I give it to you?"
"I don't know; you don't owe me anything. It must have been of your own free will."
"And you accepted it?"
"Yes."
"Now see," I replied, "Jesus offers you salvation in just the same way. It is a free gift. 'The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life.' Will you accept it?"
"Oh, I see it now! It is a gift and He doesn't take it back. Yes, I'll take it, and I'm saved! I'll always keep this coin in remembrance of this day."
Now, may I ask you a question: "Do you know this Friend, this Jesus? If not, why not?" It is "not of works, lest any man should boast." It is the free gift of God. He does not owe us anything.
"He came unto His own, and His own received Him not. But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name." John 1:11, 12.

Too Proud

The old couple had not been seen by their neighbors for several days. There was no light in the window—no answer at the door. Finally worried neighbors broke into the house and found the old man and his wife—unconscious.
They were rushed to the nearest hospital, but in spite of all that doctors and nurses could do, both died without regaining consciousness. "Starvation and exposure" were given as the cause of death by the coroner.
"I tried," said their next-door neighbor, "I tried to give them food, or money to buy fuel, but the man said they were too proud to accept help. He shut the door in my face!"
"Too proud to accept" the gift of God is the reason why numbers of people are perishing, spiritually, today.
The Lord Jesus Christ is God's "unspeakable gift." 2 Cor. 9:15.
"The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Rom. 6:23.
We are "saved through faith... the gift of God." Eph. 2:8.
Righteousness is also a gift (Rom. 5:17). These gifts cannot be bought and they cannot be earned; they must be received as a gift.
Ever since the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins and rose again, all things that pertain to life and godliness are free. "He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?" Rom. 8:32.
To be too proud to accept such gifts from such a Giver will mean a worse fate than death from starvation. It will mean an eternity in the lake of fire.
"But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name." John 1:12.

God's Way

God puts the best robe on the prodigal and makes the whole house rejoice. He does not say, "My prodigal has come back!" He says, "This My son."
Faith makes me see that God is greater than my sin—not that my sin is greater than God.
We say we must weigh and understand. No! We have to bow and believe. All is the reverse of our human thoughts. We must receive, not wait to understand.

Which Is Worse?

Evangelist Henry Moorhouse once said: "Some time ago a woman said to me, 'I cannot see that one who has broken only one of the Commandments can be as bad as another who has broken five, or another who has broken the whole ten.'
"I told her that God never gave five or ten laws; He gave only one, which consists of ten commandments. 'Just look at that watch. If you counted the wheels, you would find perhaps ten or more. Yet, if you break only one wheel, it is a broken watch and will not go.'
"Still the woman could not see it, so I said: 'Suppose you were hanging by a chain over a precipice. The chain consists of ten links. If a man took a hammer and smashed every link, where would you go?'
" 'To the bottom, of course.'
" 'But suppose only one link were broken, where would you go?'
"'That would be just as bad; I would still fall to the bottom.
"It takes just as much grace to save the 'best' people in the world as to save the vilest. Nothing but grace, through faith in Jesus Christ, can give liberty and freedom from the law of sin."
"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast." Eph. 2:8, 9.

Only Believe

Poor John lay dying. A visitor came to see him, one of the many who have religion but are strangers to Christ. She looked at him sadly, and said, "Oh, John, there is a great work to be done, and you have but little time to do it."
John sighed deeply. His days were numbered and he was too weak to do anything.
A Christian came to visit him, one who knew God's simple way of salvation. She said, "John, all the work needed for your salvation was done by Jesus on the cross, and you have nothing to do but believe and accept it."
John trusted that finished work, and was saved. How is it with you? Are you doing something yourself to obtain salvation, or are you trusting the One who has done all that work?
"Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us." Titus 3:5.

"Not of Works"

Man's heart rebels against the need of the grace of God. He thinks that in some way or other his own arm can bring salvation to him.
But how clear is the Word of God! Salvation is "Not of works, lest any man should boast." Eph. 2:9.
If by our own reformation, or goodness, or merit we could earn salvation, then we might well boast of what we had done.
But this can never be. "To him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on Him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness." Rom. 4:4, 5.
Good works, which follow salvation, do have a most important place. But they cannot earn salvation. Salvation comes first, as a gift, by the free grace of God. Then, and not till then, good works will flow from that salvation, and be known and enjoyed. The tree of salvation first: —then the fruit of good works will grow on that tree. "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us." Titus 3:5.

My All

Savior, to Thee, a sinner lost and vile,
I gladly come, Give me to know the sunshine of Thy smile, And lead me home, That so my heart and lips may loud extol Thy name and love, while endless ages roll.
Thy cross, blest Lord, has closed my sinful past
And set me free; And now on high, mid scenes of light and rest, Thyself I see.
Jesus, triumphant, vanquished death for me:
The Father's house my portion now shall be.

The Refuge

"Lord Jesus Christ!" This blessed and living name was wrung from Mary Garner's infidel lips, as she stood on the seashore watching her sister's helpless form battling with the pitiless waves of the receding tide.
Mary and her sister were spending their vacation at the beach. One day they went swimming and evidently had not paid attention to the time, for the tide, unnoticed by them, had begun to recede. Mary's sister had gone back into the water for one more swim, after all the other bathers had left. Now to her dismay she was being borne out to sea by the power of the waves.
Mary stood on the shore helplessly watching her sister when she became aware of her plight. She could not swim herself, so she dared not venture into the rolling surf. No one else was near to call on for help. As Mary stood there alone, helpless, and terror-stricken, a verse she had often heard her Christian parents quote flashed into her hard, unbelieving heart: "Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved." Acts 2:21.
Like lightning came the thought, "now I will see if there is a God." In helpless agony of mind, with no one to turn to, she cried aloud, "Lord Jesus Christ! If there is a living God, save my sister."
Almost immediately a great wave came rolling in to the shore, bearing on its crest her beloved sister, washing her up onto the sands almost at her feet. Great was her joy and thankfulness at receiving her sister back safely again, out of the jaws of death.
Her proud spirit was humbled, and she saw herself as a lost sinner in the presence of a living God. To Him she confessed the sinfulness of her infidel thoughts. She then sought and found pardon and peace through believing on the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God, who had died for her on the cross.
Oh, unbelieving reader if you only knew the love and grace in the heart of God for you, you would never turn from Him in indifference or fear. Oh, come to Him now in the day of grace and you will find Him a loving, seeking Savior, ready to pardon.
Beware of putting Him off until you meet Him as your Judge at the Great White Throne. There you will find no mercy, no hope, no time for repentance. Now you are as helplessly tossed on the waves of sin as Mary's sister was on the waves of the sea, and none but God can save you. Remember that "Whosoever [that means you] shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved."
"The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe." Prov. 18:10.

Let Go, and Let God

A little boy had climbed up to the top of a chimney stack. His position was dangerous; a bad fall seemed imminent. Realizing his danger, he cried out to a woman who happened to enter the yard. She ran and placed herself beneath the chimney and called to the child to jump into her arms.
The little child heard her call, and was sure that the woman was able to catch him; but the distance was so great! He held more tightly to the chimney top and feared to let go.
She understood his dilemma and cried to him: "Don't be afraid! Just slide down. I'll catch you."
At last the boy did let go, and fell into the strong, kind arms beneath. He was safe! While being lowered to the ground, he heard his rescuer say: "Why could you not trust me?"
This same woman had been in distress of soul and misery for several weeks. Now she thought: "Isn't this the way that I have been treating the Lord? Hasn't He been pleading with me to drop into His mighty arms? And I, in fear, have been holding onto the stack of my doubts and unbelief. Now I, too, will just let go and take Him at His Word. He says, 'Him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out.' Lord, I come!" For her the happy effect was peace-immediate and abiding peace-with God.
That is what faith does. It rests on the truth of One who cannot lie, and turns from works, feelings, and efforts of every kind, and confidently rests on what God has said.
Now, dear one, will you not follow her example? You will be in misery forever unless you "let go, and let God."
"The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms." Deut. 33:27.
Just as I am—without one plea,
But that Thy blood was shed for me,
And that Thou bidst me come to Thee:
O Lamb of God, I come! I come!

"Call His Name Jesus"

A converted Indian one day met another Indian of the same tribe. He, too, had previously professed Christianity, but now he was taking part in a snake dance festival. Asked how it came that he had returned to his old heathen practices again, his answer was brazenly frank: "Because I love my sins!"
The truth is that men are lost because "they love their sins." They cling to them and let their sins drag them down to eternal condemnation.
But "God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." That is why He sent His only begotten Son—Jesus. He came to save His people from their sins.
Friend, are you one of His people? If not, why not? If you are honest, you will have to say, like the Indian: "I love my sins." Yes, and more than that, you do not love God at all, nor His Son whose name was called JESUS, because He came to save us from our sins.
"She shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call His name JESUS: for He shall save His people from their sins." Matt. 1:21.

Is That All

A soldier in one of the military hospitals was visited by a Christian, who saw that his life was ebbing fast.
"Young man," said he, "you are soon to die; are you saved?"
"No, sir," was the earnest reply; "what shall I do?"
"Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved." Acts 16:31.
"Say that again," the soldier said after a pause. He repeated, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved."
Steadily and earnestly looking at the Christian, the soldier asked, "Is that all?"
"Yes, that is all. I can say nothing more—there is nothing more that is necessary."
Closing his eyes for a few moments, the young fellow at length opened them again, and raising his right hand, exclaimed: "Lord Jesus, I surrender."
Instantly his face lighted up with a smile.
"Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." Rom. 5:1.

Starting to Get Ready to Begin

In his striking poem: "The Common Lot," Harry Bowling says:
"What shall I think when I am called to die?
Shall I not find too soon my life has ended?
While I unheeding watched the years slip by With little done of all that I intended.
There were so many things I meant to try, So many ways by which I hoped to win; Behold, the end approaches, just as I
Was starting to get ready to begin!"
One may not be able to think when death approaches. Disease or accident may render one incapable of thinking. Many of death's victims fail to regain consciousness before leaving this scene. Hence everything of importance should be attended to before that call comes.
It will not do to tell the dark messenger, "I was just starting to get ready to begin to prepare for your call." Death will not refrain from placing his cold hand upon your body because of your unpreparedness.
"Be ye therefore READY!" Luke 12:40.
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