• Francis Covell Sermons

    Seven Troubles And Untouched

    How true every child of God finds the Word of God to be! As soon as our first parents broke the law by eating of the forbidden fruit, God said, "Cursed is the ground for thy sake: in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the clays of thy life;" and there is not one of the children of God now in heaven but what proved this to be true, and we daily prove the same thing. Now, besides being afflicted with temporal troubles, in common with the rest of mankind, the child of God has troubles which are no troubles to the world. God has made sin to be a trouble to those that fear Him, and they never can be at rest until…

  • George Cowell

    The Floating Axe Head

    The prophet Elisha and his disciple were dwelling in Gilgal, when it became evident to the sons of the prophet that owing to their increasing numbers they must move to a more convenient spot. A proposition was therefore made, that they should go unto Jordan; and the prophet’s consent having been granted, they push on to this part. Upon arriving they find it well studded with trees, that it becomes necessary to level a number of them, that they may extend the space for their habitations, as well as employ the timber for their construction. And as one was felling a beam his axe head fell into the water, when he cried and said, Alas, master, for it was borrowed. But Elisha, nothing daunted by…

  • Richard Hale

    The Word Given, And The World’s Hatred

    “I have given unto them Thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.”—John 17:4 These words form part of an address from the Lord Jesus Christ to His Divine Father, and it must be obvious that the persons He speaks of are not all men generally. By referring to the first part of this chapter, we shall find that the persons of whom our Lord speaks in the text, and the whole way through the chapter, were the Father's gift to Him. In the second verse He says, "Thou hast given Him power over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as Thou hast given Him";…

  • Peter Meney's Scripture Meditations

    Christ Our Hiding Place

    Once again we are bound to confess the majesty and beauty of Isaiah’s vision of the Messiah and the spiritual clarity with which he discerned Christ’s coming and His gospel kingdom. We remember that these prophecies were intended both as a warning of coming judgment and a promise of grace and salvation. Isaiah rebuked Judah and Israel for their wickedness but also re-enforced the longstanding Messianic prophecies. Despite imminent national calamity a remnant would be saved out of which the Messiah would come for the saving of His people. Behold, a king The opening ‘Behold’ draws special attention to the promise of the coming king. This is King Jesus. Only our blessed Saviour Jesus Christ can satisfy and fulfil the accomplishments described. Earthly kings, such…