Hot Potatoes With Jackets On - Part 2, # 2
All live Churches want revivals.
All dead Churches need them.
Many are looking for opportunity, they are all around you. Why not embrace them? They are in your reach.
George Washington said, "a reasoning being would lose his reason in an attempt to account for the great phenomenon of nature, had he not a Supreme Being to refer to." And well has it been said that if there had been no God, "mankind would have been obliged to have imagined one."
The Scriptures abound in warnings to the Church that she should keep herself in constant readiness for the coming of the Bridegroom, for when God's clock strikes the hour, the heavenly Bridegroom will come for His Bride.
Charity is the greatest of all virtues, yet it is one we know but little about, but with a sufficient amount of it in our hearts, our souls become aflame with the task of world evangelism.
Strife between labor and capital continues with lawlessness practiced by both groups. From a moral point of view, the nation is staggering like a drunken man. Since the repeal of the prohibition amendment, many are using this as a spree-period with but a low standard set for manhood and womanhood when it comes to the standard of morals.
In this day of possibilities and perplexities, the world has yet to see what God can do, and He has placed in the hands of a faithful few the key of prayer by which we may unlock this extraordinary situation. Brethren, to you knees and on to victory!
Gifts and talents are valuable, but cannot take the place of the fruit of the Spirit. We should hear fruit, more fruit, and then much fruit.
Of all human privileges, none is so sublime and none so great as the fact that we who are lost in night's darkest night, may be found saved and become partakers of His divine nature, be adopted into His family, and by spiritual birth, become one of His household.
You displayed your littleness in that squabble when it got out on you that you were hurt because of not being elected to that office.
Oh, the power in the sacred name of Jesus. Take it with you where ever you go. It dispels gloom, strengthens the fainting heart, restores the famishing, and supplies needs, whether it be temporal need or spiritual refreshment. By calling on His name we can become equal to the emergency.
The Bible is not a book on science, geology, or astronomy, but it is a book giving information pertaining to the present and future life. It is a book on religion. It is the history of humanity and the story of God's love for a world fallen in sin. It gives us a choice of two destinies, telling us of the country from whence we came and to where we are going. It sets forth two Christian principles showing us how to live right and the fearful consequences if we do not. This should be both our rule of faith and practice. But as we follow its guidance and precepts, it will stir our emotional nature and give us a conscience void of offense toward God and man. It is authority on questions for both this life and the next. The young should read it to know how to live, the old to know how to die, the ignorant for wisdom, the learned for humility, the poor for help, and let all read it for information pertaining to salvation, for it is the book for all classes and conditions of men. I urge all to read it both for authority and for information. Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, and practice it to be holy.
There are sad memories in the lives of most of us, we find hard to forget, let us not dig them up and brood over them, but let them remain in the grave of forgetfulness; let us live in the present and hope for the future and go forward trusting Him who has promised us grace according to our days.
Jesus did not lay down a set of rules for living, as He knew that rules would sometime be out of date. But He did give us certain eternal principles that never grow old. Such as love, service, duty to each other, and duty to God. Nothing should keep us from fulfilling these to the best of our knowledge and ability. Our one business is to stand unflinchingly for truth. As the conflict is on, we should meet the attacks of the enemy uncompromisingly and stand unmovable; but our one aim should be progress in grace as we go toward our final destination and our Heavenly home.
We should take courage, look up and find comfort in meditation on a glorious future. Let us look beyond war and blood-shed; look to Him who brings peace to the sin-troubled soul, yes, look to a house of many mansions. When He shall appear, we shall be like Him.
The Almighty can give you wisdom enough to be wise, humility enough to be humble, and grace enough to be a saint.
There are many who in the beginning of their religious career were bright, promising, and spiritual,k but today they are formal and spiritually dead just because of inactivity. Nothing will freeze us out and sap our spiritual life any quicker than inactivity in Christian service, and our Christian service must include our devotional exercises as well as Christian service to others.
The question is frequently asked, "Will the Holiness Churches succeed? They will in proportion as the old line of churches fail, and when we aw a holiness church fail God, He will raise up another holiness church to take its place.
Let us have too much religion and too much common sense to waste our time on non-essentials and denominational difference. But let us preach and live the truth, press the battle and win souls.
Someone has said that an honest man is the noblest work of God. In this world of greed and graft, rascality, and dishonesty, it is a last benediction to find an honest man. You may be honest and have no salvation but if you have salvation, you will be honest!
~W. B. Dunkum~
(continued with # 3)