C.H. Mackintosh

Prayer and the Prayer Meeting

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Part 4

The more deeply we ponder the subject which has been for some time engaging our attention, and the more we consider the state of the entire Church of God, the more convinced we are of the urgent need of a thorough awakening every where in reference to the question of prayer. We cannot—nor do we desire to—shut our eyes to the fact that deadness, coldness, and barrenness seem, as a rule, to characterise our prayer-meetings. No doubt we may find here and there a pleasing exception, but spea...

What Should I Read? - A Question for the Times

The question which forms the heading of this paper is one of real weight and practical importance. There is much more involved in it than we might want to admit. It is a common saying, "Show me your company and I will tell you what you are." It may, with equal truth, be said, "Show me your library and I will tell where you are. " Our reading may be taken as the great indicator of our moral, intellectual and spiritual condition. Our books are our mental and spiritual food, the material on whi...

A Workman's Motto

"Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord" (I Cor. 15:58). Here we have an uncommonly fine motto for the Christian workman, and every Christian ought to be a workman. It presents a most valuable balance for the heart. We have immovable stability linked with unceasing activity. This is of the utmost importance. There are some of us who are such sticklers for what...

Inside the Veil, Outside the Camp

"Having, therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,...let us draw near..." Hebrews 10:9-16. The power of our path—of our walk in this world is the understanding, through the Holy Ghost, of our identification with Christ in all our ways, and our being set in the world to manifest Him, not merely to know that we have salvation, and the purging of our consciences through His most precious blood. The testimony of a Christian bears this character, he is...

How to Study Scripture

It is a very difficult for anyone to attempt to prescribe for another the proper method of studying Scripture. The infinite depths of Holy Scripture, like the exhaustless resources that are in God and the moral glories of the Person of Christ, are only unfolded to faith and need. This makes it so very simple. It is not cleverness or intellectual power we need, but the simplicity of a little child. The One who composed the Holy Scriptures must open our understandings to receive their precious...

Jonathan

1 Samuel 18:1-4 "And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David: and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.... Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul. And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was upon him, and gave it to David, and his garments, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle." What an exquisite picture we have here! A picture of love stripping...

4. The Authority

A very few words will suffice to set forth, in the last place, "the authority" on which the assembly is gathered. It is the word of God alone. The charter of the assembly is the eternal word of the living and true God. It is not the traditions, the doctrines, nor the commandments of men. A passage of scripture, to which we have more than once referred in the progress of this paper, contains at once the standard round which the assembly is gathered, the power by which it is gathered, and the ...

Hiss of the Serpent

There is a remarkable contrast between God's testimony in Eden and His message to men now. Then, when all around was life, God spoke of death. Now, when all around is death, God speaks of life. Then the word was, "In the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." Now the word is, "He that believeth on Me hath everlasting life." In Eden the enemy sought to make void God's testimony as to the result of eating the fruit. Now he seeks to make void God's testimony as to the result o...

Isolation

...to combine a narrow path with a wide heart It is one of our great difficulties at the present moment—indeed it has ever been a difficulty—to combine a narrow path with a wide heart. There is very much on all sides tending to produce isolation. We cannot deny it. Links of human friendship seem so fragile; so many things crop up to shake confidence; so many things which one cannot possibly sanction, that the path becomes more and more isolated. All this is unquestionably true. But...
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