If you find yourself getting very miserly, begin to scatter, like a wealthy farmer in New York state I heard of. Let us put to good use the talents God has given us. If so, pass in; but if not, admittance will be inexorably refused. Set yourselves free from the clogging weight of earthly things, and you will soon rise heavenward. He had to tell his father all about it. “Sunday.” “Don’t you know whether it is good or bad?” “I don’t believe in roots; they are of no account. The doctor asked him if he had lost any dear friend in his own country, or any position of importance, or what it was that was weighing on his mind. He had a son. I always intended to become a Christian some day, but I thought I had plenty of time, and put it off.” When the gray dawn of morning broke, behold! It might do for women, but not for him! Said he: “Oh, Mr. Moody, it has been the most wretched day in my life.” When He enlists a man in His service, He shows him the dark side; He lets him know that he must live a life of self-denial. “Bless the Lord, I am so full of joy!”          With the shadow of Thy wing.’, I said, ‘Boys, put down your rifles; we will go home.’ I couldn’t kill you after that.’. “Now, which would you rather be, boys, the rich man or Lazarus?” A true Christian is wretched where there is no fellowship, and an unregenerate man is not at ease where there are only Christians. When the meeting broke up, just a little of the prejudice had worn away. I said to her after it was all over: If a man gets drunk and goes out and breaks his leg, so that it must be amputated, God will forgive him if he asks it, but he will have to hop around on one leg all his life. Both had to strip alike and put on the regimental uniform. Pastor Kirk emphasized the sinfulness of man and man’s inability to save himself. “If I had known that a bunch of flowers would do so much good, I would have sent some from home.” “Hypocrite! One day, he said, while he stood there, a little boy came up to him and said: As the coin of the realm has always been found to buy the amount of its face-value, so the prophecies and promises of Scripture have yielded their face value to those who have taken the pains to prove them. It was full of statues of gods. I am not going to stay here, I am going home.’ He said, ‘Don’t make a fool of yourself. If a boy should come down the aisle, bringing a good pail full of clear water and a dipper, we would soon find out who was thirsty. When they took him out, he was broken and mangled, and had only two or three minutes of life left in him. Within three months the whole thing smashed up, and one of them was converted shortly after. If you want to show kindness to a person, show it to him while you are living. Shall it be with the saints and martyrs and prophets, or in the dark caverns of hell, amidst blackness and darkness forever? D. L. Moody 1837-1899 A Voice from the Philadelphian Church Age: by Dwight Lyman Moody Reformatted by Katie Stewart. That bedridden saint had not much trouble with doubts; he was too full of the grace of God. “If I am one of the elect, I will be saved, and if I ain’t, I won’t. Lift them up toward God and heaven. D.L. He offers eternal life in the kingdom of God. Suppose I should send my little boy, five years old, to school to-morrow morning, and when he came home in the afternoon, say to him: Weary, heavy-laden, But they couldn’t make those sailors believe it, and they didn’t dare to go into port, although they were out of water. “I hope so.” They hear the flames roar as they come along, they see death coming toward them, but they do not fear, they do not tremble, because the fire has swept over the place where they are, and there is no danger. “I have been near You for ten years. I have heard people say, “Well, if ever I am converted, it won’t be in a Methodist church; you won’t catch me there.” I never knew a man say that but, at last, if converted at all, it was in a Methodist church. “What day is to-morrow?” When President Lincoln signed the proclamation of emancipation, copies of it were sent to all points along the Northern line, where they were posted. Make haste to be wise; for “how shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation?”. “Well, you’ve got dirty again.” I heard of a rich man who was asked to make a contribution on behalf of some charitable object. You will find little dirty, barefooted children who will get a string of shavings, put it round their necks, and strut down the street as if they were wearing golden beads. If we have that in our churches, there will be new life. “How are you going to keep me out?” I asked. He didn’t want to believe it. Once when I was traveling to a city there was a lady in the car with me. Their voice was like the air—there wasn’t any power back of it; they trusted in their eloquence and their fine speeches. I couldn’t be seen with such a dirty little boy.” Jesus Christ makes no mistake of that kind. “Put it down,” said I; “many a man thinks more of tobacco than he does of God. I thought, Oh, if I could only have the gift of speech like some men! They thought they would be back in ninety days; but the war lasted four years, and cost about half a million of lives. A man will say, “Wife, did I read that chapter?” “Yes,” replied the priest, “I could say that.” Will you not do it now? He looked around, and although he did not know the face he thought that he recognized the voice. I knew an old lady that marked in the margin of her Bible, opposite the promises, T. P.; T. for “tried,” and P. for “proven.” What we want is to try the Bible and see if it is not true. I beg of you don’t make a fool of yourself by getting up and going out.’ But I said, ‘I have been making a fool of myself all of my life.’ ” The father was quite grieved and shocked. “Well,” said the lady, “perhaps you came prejudiced.” The closest tie on earth is a mother’s love for her child. Let us not give heed to gloomy and discouraging remarks. It was to be a gateway to death and to hell, one of the worst places in Chicago. Rock of Ages, cleft for me, One day she could not have bought five dollars’ worth of anything; the next day she could go and buy a thousand dollar’s worth of whatever she wanted. There is a father over there who wouldn’t swear for all the world before his children, but sometimes he gets provoked in his business and swears before he knows it. So he straightened every bone and muscle in him, and he said he could not do it. The teacher readily put down “gold,” and they all comprehended it, for all had run to that country in hope of finding it. John kept on writing. And so it is with heaven; if your treasure is on before you, you’ll be wanting to follow it; you’ll be glad to be on the road thither as soon as possible. Dinner-time came, and he hadn’t picked up the book. In all I found five or six different fastenings. A certain John Bacon, once a famous sculptor, left an inscription to be placed on his tomb in Westminster Abbey: I would not have won it if it had not been for you.” The truth was—he did not want to. Will you not decide now? This it is to receive the Kingdom of God as a little child—to come to Jesus in our helplessness, and say: “Lord Jesus, wash me!” “Clothe me!” “Feed me!” “Carry me!” “Save me, Lord, or I perish.”—Rains-ford. He could not remember his death, he had no recollection of his funeral, but he recollected his father one winter night taking a little chip, and with his pocket-knife whittling out a little cross, and with the tears in his eyes he held up that cross, telling how God in His infinite love sent His Son down here to redeem us, and how He had died on the cross for us. It is fitting that Bible Support would be the one to bring back for the multitudes of Bible-believing Christians the life of D. L. Moody, who won a … Because that’s me!” One said: “The Bible says that Balaam’s ass spoke. “Oh,” was the reply, “we must go to market.”. The religion that has no fire is like painted fire. Thank God for such a man! Moody’s View of the Bible D.L. “Ah, I just take him to Calvary, and I show him Christ, and I point out those wounds in His hands and feet and side, and say, ‘Doesn’t He love me?’ and the fact is, he got such a scare there eighteen hundred years ago that he cannot stand it; he leaves me every time.” Whilst endeavoring to bring him to Christ, I quoted this verse to him: “Him that cometh unto me I will in no wise cast out.” I know a man who used to be the terror of his neighborhood. Ashamed of his mother that loved him and toiled for him, and bore so much hardship for him! What would you think of a man who seemed very happy to-day and full of joy, and couldn’t tell you what made him so? And so it is with us. Many a man will sell his reputation, his home, his wife, his children, everything he has, for rum. The father lived a few years, but his life was as bitter as gall, and then went down to his grave in sorrow. My friends, what are you going to do with Him? I never saw that audience again. There I first found Christ, and I have often said since: Finally an old man with beautiful white hair got up to speak, and his face literally shone. It does not matter, for if God has decreed you are going to die, you will; if He hasn’t, you will get better. Eager eyes were watching and strong arms manned the life-boat. His father was a confirmed drunkard, and his mother took in washing to educate her four children. Where there is life you will find something out of order. I have never been invited to a saloon since. In one of the tenement houses in New York City a doctor was sent for. “What are you thinking about, my son?” replied the agitated father. When you come to its gates, the guardian angels will refer to the book of life to see if your name is there. It costs them too much. “There is that miserable old hymn again,” he said; “what a fool I am for coming!” When the Spirit of God lays hold of a man, he does a good many things he did not intend to do. There is a fable of an old lantern in a shed, which began to boast because it had heard its master say he didn’t know what he would ever do without it. Well, the mother took the work up with this boy. I don’t know that the minister even noticed me, unless it was when I was asleep in the gallery, and he had some one wake me up. I felt very homesick and miserable, and about midnight, when everything was very still, I was beginning to feel very weary and thought that I would comfort myself by praying and singing a hymn. A story has gone the round of the American press that made a great impression upon me as a father. “I am dead,” was the reply. It is too late!” If you were to pay ever so little, it would not be a gift. And so when God chastens us let us kiss the rod and draw as near to Him as we can. Satan bids, and he offers that which he cannot give. But if I were to say, “Yes, I have lost a dollar,” why, then, I might expect him to help me to find it. “The life of Christianity,” says Luther, “consists of personal pronouns. This was her eldest son, and I thought that he was going to redeem the whole family. In all departments of life you find that men are very anxious for a revival in the things that concern them most. I remember when I was a boy in Northfield, right near the old red schoolhouse there was an apple-tree that bore the earliest apples of any tree in town. I tried, but I couldn’t make them. He made promises to Abraham, Jacob, Moses, Joshua, and the others, and did He not fulfill them? She confessed that she tried to starve the child; but it lingered on. There are a good many persons that are going on without any foundation; they have no faith. I said to a man one day: There are two who are bidding for your soul and mine—the Lord Jesus and Satan. Then it thought, “It is only a tick at a time,” and went on. He offers a seat in His mansions. He has led your son the other way.” There would be just as much reason in that as in the way that people talk about the Bible. They offered him a good deal of money; but they were strangers to him, and he would not go. “Many conversions here?” Who, then, are there? “Yes, sah; it says forty miles to Liberty.” “Wednesday.” “If I were introduced into a room where a large number of parcels were stored up, and I was told that there was something good for me, I should begin to look for that which had my name upon it, and when I came upon a parcel and I saw in pretty big letters, ‘It is not for you,’ I should leave it alone. “Yes,” I said, “you can go to the theater just as much as you like if you are a real, true Christian, and can go with His blessing.” Then I found there was a bar, and then I found a night-lock. Some time ago, in an inquiry meeting, I said to a young miss who said that she could not love God, that it was very hard for her to love Him: He was a noted miser, but he was converted. And yet this was one of your modern philosophers.’. At last he came to this conclusion. “Young men,” he said, “you do not talk like sons of the King. Good-bye, Lord Jesus Christ!” A leading surgeon I heard of, when he has a bad wound to dress, or a broken limb to set, tells the patient: References | After I had reached the hotel where I was to stay, and had got comfortable quarters, she came, and said: We shall condemn ourselves, and we shall stand before God speechless. During the last days of the Civil War, when many men were deserting the Southern flag, Secretary Stanton sent out a notice from the war department that no more refugees should be taken into the Union army. If they see a man, perhaps a near relative, going right down to ruin, going rapidly, they never think of speaking to him about his sinful course and of seeking to win him to Christ. So when the music ceased he turned around and asked the man if he had not been in the Civil War. “Now,” said I, “suppose we put down some of the heavenly treasures. A dying man can believe. Settle it now, my friends, once for all. He will make you an heir of His kingdom, if you will accept the gift of salvation. My friend found that he knew every one of his sheep by their failings. While he was sleeping his child had wandered over the precipice. The latter scolded the people, and when he got home, asked the old minister how he had done. “Mother, I thank you for making me go to the house of God when I didn’t want to go.”. Just look right at me, and jump.” The father died, and the boy went on from bad to worse until he was arrested for murder. A young man who comes home night after night drunk, and when his mother remonstrates, curses her gray hairs, and kills her by inches, is the blackest kind of a murderer.”. Bear in mind God is a God of equity; God is a God of justice. At last he went back, tightened his girdle about his loins, took up two little lambs, and put one inside his frock, and another inside his bosom. So there is a scarlet thread running all through the Bible—the whole book points to Christ. “Take me away, take me away; I don’t want to be here without mother.” When all had given this answer, he solemnly repeated this text, “The Son of Man cometh at an hour when ye think not.”. You know there are some people who mock at religious meetings, and say that religion drives people mad. God blessed it to the saving of my soul. He would not take my word for it; but one look at the glass was enough; he saw it for himself. It is the easiest thing in the world to become a Christian, and it is also the most difficult. He accepted Christ, and that man came to the station when I was coming away and blessed me for coming to that place. Dear friend, make sure that you do not miss eternal life at last. A cup of water given in His name is accepted as given to Himself. He is all the time going out of His way to find the lost. Moody, I understand all about that theater business now. Presently, when the surgeon touches another spot, “Ouch!” says the man. If a farmer neglects to plant in the springtime, he can never recover the lost opportunity; no more can you, if you neglect yours. But he could not; it still kept coming back. History is full of these things. Once, before his conversion, he so outraged an Italian shoe salesmen with a prank, that the man chased him with a sharp knife, clearly intending to kill him. “Can you tell what is on that sign-post?” He went off to bed, but could not sleep; it seemed as if the very pillow kept whispering the word, “Come! Can you buy it? “Oh, papa, will you take me to see the bears in Lincoln Park?” And the first thing he states in the declaration to these Corinthians is this: 'Christ died for our sins according to … So it is in the Christian life—only one step at a time. 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