The Bible the Best Companion

Ashton Oxenden

There are many books which may be read with profit in the days of sickness. But there is one Book better than them all. I mean God's own Book, the Bible. Other books are from men: this is from God.

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By | February 21st, 2018|Affliction, Herald, Meditations|

Difficulties in Prayer

Ashton Oxenden

When we are in health, and especially if we are much taken up with worldly business, we are apt to imagine that the days of sickness are especially favorable to prayer. Is this the case? In some respects it is.

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By | February 7th, 2018|Affliction, Christian Life, Herald|

Workers Who Are Under Great Difficulties

Charles H. Spurgeon

Let me inspirit you in the face of assailants. The forces ranged against you might be stumbling-blocks to fools, but they shall only prove a stimulus to men. One day your honour shall be the greater and your reward shall be the higher because of these adverse elements. Therefore, be brave and fear not, but advance in the strength of God.

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By | January 31st, 2018|Affliction, Christian Life, Herald|

How Affliction Should Be Received

Ashton Oxenden

Some receive affliction as if they deserved a different treatment from God. They murmur at it. It chafes and irritates them. Like "a bullock unaccustomed to the yoke," they will not bend their neck. This must be wrong; for shall we receive good at the hands of God, and not evil? If chastisement is our portion, must it not be well for us?

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By | January 26th, 2018|Affliction, Christian Life, Herald|

God’s Purpose in Afflicting You

Ashton Oxenden

You are convinced, I hope, that God chastens purposely and lovingly. Affliction comes from Him; and He afflicts, not as a stern Judge, but as a Father and a Friend.

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By | January 11th, 2018|Affliction, Christian Life, Herald|

God’s Purpose in Sending Sickness

Ashton Oxenden

"Affliction does not come forth from the dust, neither does trouble spring forth out of the ground! " Job 5:6

God has seen fit to stop you in the midst of your busy life, and to lay you aside for a while. It is not by chance that His afflicting hand has fallen upon you. It is not at random that He has chastened you.

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By | January 4th, 2018|Affliction, Christian Life, Herald|

Beware of Murmuring Under Affliction

J.C. Ryle

Every sickness and sorrow is a gracious message from God, and is meant to call us nearer to Him. Let us pray that we may learn the lesson that each affliction is appointed to convey.

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By | September 29th, 2017|Affliction, Christian Life, Herald|

When the Weary, Seeking Rest

Horatius Bonar

When the weary, seeking rest,
To Thy goodness flee;
Hear then in love, O Lord, the cry
In Heav’n, Thy dwelling place on high.

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By | June 27th, 2017|Affliction, Christian Life, Gospel, Herald|

As You Grieve, Consider What Jesus Gained

Albert N. Martin

If truth will disciple us even in our grieving (Phil. 4:8), we must think more of what Jesus has gained by this death than upon what we have lost. At the moment the soul of a Christian is separated from the body, the divine purpose of His own sacrifice is fulfilled, the desire of God’s heart is satisfied, and holy joy is accomplished.

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By | June 2nd, 2017|Affliction, Christ, Christian Life, Herald|

How Shall I Grieve?

Albert N. Martin

God holds His children responsible for the control of their thoughts at all times. Two texts of Scripture clearly establish this first principle. “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things” (Phil. 4:8).

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By | June 2nd, 2017|Affliction, Christian Life, Herald|