Walter Brown – Walk Humbly with thy God

We are to “walk humbly with thy God, (Micah 6: 8)”.  Never was the word more needed than today, when pride and ambition are even exalted as virtues.  We are to bind on humility, and, again, we are reminded of Him–our Lord and Teacher–who humbled Himself as no other ever did or could, and presents Himself as our glorious Model.  He ever glorified God in His lowly pathway here, and His word to us is, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest to your souls.”  There is truly rest and joy in following Him.

(W M Brown, Words of Grace and Comfort 1951)

Golden Nugget Number 318

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J N Darby – The Perfectness of the Love of the Saviour

Were we lying in death?  He puts himself into it.  Did we deserve the cup of wrath?  He takes and drinks it.  Was all the power of Satan against us?  He goes into it and breaks i

 

I find then the perfectness of the love of the Saviour.  His rejection only served as a means of expressing His love still further.  Mark the reality of this expression as meeting all our case.  Were we lying in death?  He puts himself into it.  Did we deserve the cup of wrath?  He takes and drinks it.  Was all the power of Satan against us?  He goes into it and breaks it.  Christ does not say, You come to Me properly, and then I will help you.  No; He comes down into it all; He does not seek to escape;  He does not turn away from the insults and violence of men, but, through them all, He offers Himself without spot to God.

 (J N Darby, CW vol. 31 p148-9)

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Christ’s Name

… or mine?

                                                                                                                 Chapters 3 and 4 (of Acts) show us the character of the apostles’ testimony; that is, that they were not engaged with their own reputations, but with Christ’s name. What marked the Christian unity was that His name was to be great instead of our name.  Wherever you find a man, be he Christian or not, who has his own name before him, he is Babylonish; he is virtually a Babel-builder. But

James Taylor Sr (1870-1953)

what marks the apostles is Christ’s name- “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.”  Peter said he had neither gold nor silver, and he had no reputation, but Jesus of Nazareth had a name of renown.  Peter boldly states in chapter 4 that there is none other “name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”  That is what marked Peter and John in their testimony.  Now, Satan was against that name. The injunction of the religious leaders in chapter 4 was not simply that they should not hold certain doctrines, but that they should not teach or preach in that name. But the divine intention is to maintain that name.

(J Taylor NS vol. 3 page 171.  Suggested by an English subscriber)

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 Comment:

A few years ago, my wife and I were on vacation in Quebec City and took the boat over the St Lawrence.  We got talking to a fellow Christian who told us how well his church was doing and what he was doing to improve it, then gave us his business card – it said ‘John Smith* – Professional Church Planter’. That made me think of his priorities

  1. Himself
  2. His church – whatever sect it was
  3. Jesus

If  ‘me’ or ‘my church’ means more to me than Jesus, I think there is a problem.

* Not his real name

 

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George Cutting: Souls need a Message, not a Sermon

A Word to Preachers

Pray more about souls than about sermons, and always be more concerned to get a message from the Lord than to have a subject.  Since my health precluded me from preaching, I have listened to many preachers; I have heard many subjects, well prepared, ably-handled and quite scriptural, but I have often listened in vain for the message.  It is that which is used of God.  Therefore, wait much on God for the message!

Then the Lord put forth his hand and touched my mouth.  And the Lord said unto me, Behold I have put my words in thy mouth.  Jeremiah 1: 9.

George Cutting
(1843-1934)

George Cutting (1843-1934) – well known for his tracts including Safety, Certainty and Enjoyment

Golden Nugget Number 312 

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Brian Deck – The Faintest Prayer . . .

The faintest prayer touches the heart that guides the hands that rule the universe.

The faintest prayer enters the ear and touches the heart that guides the hands that rule the universe.

– Attributed to Brian Deck, Motueka New Zealand (1912-1991)

Also by Brian Deck

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Percy Hardwick – A Throne that Stands

Percy Hardwick

There is a great throne…a great control above everything national and international.  Jesus is on the Father’s throne and things are controlled from there, and the throne stands.  It does not totter.  Thrones on earth totter and fall, but not there.  John says, “A throne stood in the heaven.”  It stoodSo we can be occupied with God…God has control and that is a great help to us whatever our difficulties, whatever our limitations…We are to have the supremacy of God in our hearts

(P H Hardwick,  Whangarei, NZ, 1947)  

Percy H. Hardwick was local in West Hampstead, London. He was son of the well-known Harland Hardwick.  Professionally he was headmaster of a school.  Kingson Bible Trust has published four volumes of his ministry.  Approx 1890-1962

Golden Nugget Number 307

 

C A Coates – Jesus, the Blessed Vessel of Divine Grace.

The One who was there! (on the cross). Think of Jesus, the blessed Vessel of divine grace…He was God’s salvation for sinful men

 

Charles Coates

Think of the One who was there! (on the cross). Think of Jesus, the blessed Vessel of divine grace…He was God’s salvation for sinful men; the One anointed to preach glad tidings to the poor; the One who said that He came not to call the righteous but sinners to repentance! He was indeed the Creditor, but here to announce a frank forgiveness to all His debtors! The Samaritan freely expending divine wealth and resources in compassion on the misery of man ruined by sin and Satan! The One who told of the great supper of grace, and of the blessed inviting and compelling of divine love! The Shepherd who would go after the sheep which was lost until He found it! The One who as the Vessel of all the grace of heaven told of the joy of God in receiving a repenting prodigal! The One who by the grace of God tasted death so that the river of that grace might flow forth for worldwide blessing through a channel of divine righteousness.

Golden Nugget Number 305

(C A Coates, Letters, pp384-5)

Just a thought.  This morning (our time) I was at what they call the South Pacific Zoom Reading.  Jeremy from Auckland set the reading on, on various scriptures on sight.  One was Bartimeus (Mark 10).  He said ‘It was a greater thought that the Creator of the Universe could stop in mercy to give sight to a blind beggar, than that the sun could stop for a day.’

 

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C H Mackintosh – God’s Large Loving Heart

God enters into all our little trials and sorrows, conflicts and exercises, as if He had nothing else to think of.

 

C.H.Mackintosh

He enters into all our little trials and sorrows, conflicts and exercises, as if He had nothing else to think of.  Each one has the undivided attention and sympathy of that large loving heart, in all that may arise in our passage through this scene of trial and sorrow.  He has gone through it all.  He knows, as we say, every step of the road.  We can discern His blessed footprints all across the desert; and look up to the opened heavens and see Him, a glorified Man, but the same Jesus who was down here upon earth — His circumstances changed, but not His tender, loving, sympathising heart; “The same yesterday, today, and for ever”.

Golden Nugget Number 297

(C H Mackintosh)

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Arthur House – An Ambassador Bound with a Chain

But, I would have you know brethren, that the circumstances in which I am have turned out rather to the furtherance of the glad tidings.

 

Now a word as to Philippians. Paul is writing to the saints at Philippi from prison an ambassador bound with a chain.  He, as we all know, had moved in service amongst the saints in the fullest way, more than any other servant or apostle of his day.  Now he is in prison, the bondman of Jesus Christ.  Nevertheless, he may have reflected in prison over the Spirit’s voice to him when moving up to Jerusalem, also the known feelings of the brethren as to it. But the Scripture read is full of the greatest encouragement that, even in these restricted circumstances Paul says, “But, I would have you know brethren, that the circumstances in which I am have turned out rather to the furtherance of the glad tidings.”  Again in 2 Timothy 2: 9 he says, ”in which I suffer even unto bonds as an evil-doer but the word of God is not bound.”  Therefore, we are to recognize with Paul that no external limitation can hamper or hinder the development and prosperity of the work of God.

At the end of the book of the Acts it is stated that Paul remained two whole years in Rome “in his own hired lodging, and received all who came to him, preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching the things concerning the Lord Jesus Christ, with all freedom unhinderedly.”  We may feel very concerned that those who may be specially used of the Lord are not now able to move about as heretofore, but any movement on our side to interfere with the limitations the Lord is permitting may have very serious consequences.

(Arthur House, Auckland, N.Z., 1941  “Words of Grace and Comfort”  Suggested by an American subscriber)

Golden Nugget Number 295

 

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W Johnson – Luke 10 – He took Him to an Inn – We have an Inn here; we have a Home there

Then he took him to an inn.  The moment a man is converted this world is turned into an inn to him.  We have an inn here; we have a home there

 

William Johnson (1850-1921)

Then he took him to an inn.  The moment a man is converted this world is turned into an inn to him.  We have an inn here; we have a home there.  If I were staying at an inn in this place, you might ask me how I was getting on.  How do you like your quarters?  Oh, I should say it is a very good stopping place but I’m hoping to be at home soon.  We are going to be off directly.  “He brought him to an inn”.  He made a stranger of him.

Do you know who the host is? The Holy Ghost.  The Lord said just as He was going away, speaking of the Father, “He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever”.  Every Christian is committed to the care of the Holy Ghost.

And what next?  “Whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again I will repay thee”.  I am coming back to fetch him.  The man was cured, carried, cared for and called for.

Thank God for the last.  The precious Saviour, the Son of God is coming to fetch us.  Christ shall do it all.  I am not looking to die.  I may fall asleep, but I’m not looking for that, but for the One who has cured me, carried me, cared for me and will call for me.

How many of you would like him to come to night?  Would like to hear his voice?  Every Christian on the earth will be caught up.  “The dead in Christ shall rise first, then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them” –  a glorious company –  “to meet the Lord in the air”.

 

(W Johnson,  Addresses and other Ministry, pp225-6)

Golden Nugget Number 292

 

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