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A Sermon Preached By John Booth At Providence Chapel, Croydon, On Sunday Morning, November 20th, 1904.

“The street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.”—Daniel 9:25

There is no doubt at all that Daniel prayed to God on behalf of Jerusalem. It is always a trying time to God’s people when they see Zion in a low place. Daniel was constrained to pour out his heart to God. While he was breathing out his prayer to the Lord, the Lord sends a man Gabriel to him about the time of the evening oblation. Among other things spoken by the angel was our text: “The street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.” If you wish to see the fulfilment of these words read Nehemiah 4, which we have just had as our lesson. You will see there about the building of the wall of Jerusalem, and that it was done in troublous times.

We find in Nehemiah 1 that he prayed and fasted and made supplication to God. There is one thing I observe here; Nehemiah looked very mournful when he went in to the king, whose cup-bearer he was, and the king noticed his sad countenance. He was not naturally a…

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A Sermon Preached By John Booth At Providence Chapel, Croydon, On Sunday Evening, November 29th, 1903.

“Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.”—Acts 26:28

The charge preferred against Paul was, as we read in Acts 21:28: “This is the man that teacheth all men everywhere against the people, and the law, and this place (i.e., the Temple): and further brought Greeks also into the Temple, and hath polluted this holy place.” So they said he taught against the law, against the Temple, and against the rules of the Temple. It is certain that Paul taught everywhere the received fulfilment of all these things, that Christ was the Substance of them. Paul had been a Pharisee; he had belonged to that straitest sect until he was called by grace, and shown by God Himself that all this natural religion was but an…

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Children Of Light

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A Sermon Preached By John Booth At Providence Chapel, Croydon, On February 15th, 1903.

“That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world.”—Philippians 2:15

I suppose we may speak of Divine evidences proving regeneration as of a twofold nature: 1. Internal, those that are felt. 2. External, those that are seen. As the external can be counterfeited, it is best to take the internal first. We may weep (and I love a soft heart), but Esau wept. We may have much zeal for the truth and God’s cause, as Jehu had; but let us not take it as an evidence of grace. We may walk softly when God’s judgments are before us, as Ahab did; this is not an evidence of divine life. We may figiht God’s battles; Saul did, but it was no proof of grace. We may ask the Lord’s people to pray for us, as Simon Magus did; but that was no evidence of grace. It is better to decide by internal evidences. We do not judge so much by what we see outwardly, unless we see something decidedly bad; then we must judge people as the Saviour said, “by their fruits.”

When we first meet with a stranger who makes a profession of religion, we like to talk to him and find out a little of his inward life before we can judge of him. If we see a…

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A Never-Failing Seed

15 Nov 2020, by

It is quite possible that every one of us here firmly believes that “a seed shall serve Him”; and because of that we have been exercised as to the advisability of taking this text. We want something to feed upon; we want to find the water of life, we want to find manna in the wilderness. We know that God can make His doctrines hidden manna and strong meat, and the wine of the gospel to our souls. We want establishing in right doctrines; we need the savour and grace of the doctrines.

I will tell you one reason why I am taking this text to-night. Since I have been in this town, I have been reading the life of Mr. Covell. It is just twenty-three years ago to-day since your late pastor was translated from this life to the life above. Notwithstanding that God took away an able minister and removed your under-shepherd, there is still a seed here; “a seed shall serve Him.”

Peter says there are two things testified of by the prophets—the sufferings of Christ and the…

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