Sermons


„He who testifies to these things says, „Surely I am coming soon.“ Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!“ Rev. 22:20.

When our Lord was going away, He said He would quickly come again; yet knowing that by „quickly“ He did not mean what would be at first sight understood by the word, He added, „suddenly,“ or „as a thief.“ „Lo, I am coming like a thief! Blessed is he who is awake, keeping his garments…!“ [Rev. 16:15.] Had His coming been soon, in our sense of the word, it could not well have been sudden.

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„Whatever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.“ – Eccles. 9:10.

Solomon’s advice that we should do whatever our hand findeth to do with our might, naturally directs our thoughts to that great work in which all others are included, which will outlive all other works, and for which alone we really are placed here below—the salvation of our souls. And the consideration of this great work, which must be done with all our might, and completed before the grave, whither we go, presents itself to our minds with especial force

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PPS Vol. 5, 24 „Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.“ Ephes. 6:10.

We know that there are great multitudes of professed Christians, who, alas! have actually turned from God with a deliberate will and purpose, and, in consequence, are at present strangers to the grace of God; though they do not know, or do not care about this. But a vast number of Christians, half of the whole number at least, are in other circumstances. They have not thrown themselves out of a state of grace, nor have they to repent and turn to God, in the sense in which those must, who have allowed themselves in wilful transgression, after the knowledge of the truth has been imparted to them. Numbers there are in all ranks of life, who, having good parents and advisers, or safe homes, or religious pursuits, or being without strong feelings and passions, or for whatever reason, cannot be supposed to have put off from them the garment of divine grace, and deserted to the ranks of the enemy.

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We know, my brethren, that in the natural world nothing is superfluous, nothing incomplete, nothing independent; but part answers to part, and all details combine to form one mighty whole. Order and harmony are among the first perfections which we discern in this visible creation; and the more we examine into it, the more widely and minutely they are found to belong to it.

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Sermon 4 (Subjects of the Day)

30th October 1842

„O tarry thou the Lord’s leisure; be strong, and He shall comfort thine heart; and put thou thy trust in the Lord.“ Ps. 27:16.

No state is more dreary than that of the repentant sinner, when first he understands where he is, and begins to turn his thoughts towards his Great Master whom he has offended. Of course it is tempered with comfort and hope, as are all acts of duty; and on the retrospect, far from being distressing to dwell upon, it will be even pleasant. But at the time it is a most dreary state. A man finds that he has a great work to do, and does not know how to do it, or even what it is, and his impatience and restlessness are as great as his conscious ignorance; indeed, he is restless because he is ignorant. There is great danger of his taking wrong steps,

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IMG_0646_(640_x_480) Sermon 18. (Septuagesima.)

„Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.“ 1 Cor. 9:24.

Nothing is more clearly brought out in Scripture, or more remarkable in itself than this, that in every age, out of the whole number of persons blessed with the means of grace, few only have duly availed them of this great benefit. So certain, so uniform is the fact, that it is almost stated as a doctrine. „Many are called, few are chosen.“ Again, „Strive to enter in at the strait gate; for many, I say unto you, shall seek to enter in, and shall not be able.“ And again, „Wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat … Strait is the gate,

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„Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all consolation. Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we also may be able to comfort those who are in any distress, by the exhortation wherewith we also are exhorted by God.“ 2 Cor. i. 3, 4.

There is no one who has loved the world so well, as He who made it. None has so understood the human heart, and human nature, and human society in its diversified forms, none has so tenderly entered into and measured the greatness and littleness of man, his doings and sufferings, his circumstances and his fortunes, none has felt such profound compassion for his ignorance and guilt, his present rebellion and his prospects hereafter, as the Omniscient. What He has actually done for us is the proof of this. „God so loved the world, as to give His Only-begotten Son.“ He loved mankind in their pollution, in spite of the abhorrence with which that pollution filled Him.

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Ain Karim „From henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.“ Luke 1: 43

Today we celebrate the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary; when the Angel Gabriel was sent to tell her that she was to be the Mother of our Lord, and when the Holy Ghost came upon her, and overshadowed her with the power of the Highest. In that great event was fulfilled her anticipation as expressed in the text. All generations have called her blessed.

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PPS II-3, 25 December 1834

„The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.“ John 1: 14.

Thus does the favoured Apostle and Evangelist announce to us that Sacred Mystery, which we this day especially commemorate, the incarnation of the Eternal Word. Thus briefly and simply does he speak as if fearing he should fail in fitting reverence. If any there was who might seem to have permission to indulge in words on this subject, it was the beloved disciple, who had heard and seen, and…

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Preaching at Oscott College, on Sunday, October 5th, 1879, from the text „They found Mary and Joseph, and the Infant lying in a manger,“

The Cardinal said: I am not going to make a long address to you, my dear boys, or say anything that you have not often heard before from your superiors, for I know well in what good hands you are, and I know that their instructions come to you with greater force than any you can have from a stranger. If I speak to you at all, it is because I have lately come from the Holy Father, and am, in some sort, his representative, and so in the years to come you may remember that you saw me today and heard me speak in his name, and remember it to your profit.

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