from the Editor
Many Christians fail greatly in praising
God. They know that heaven is a place of all praise, and they seem
to want to keep all their praising of God until they get there. But God is to be praised here and now, every day and in all
One preacher used to say, “A line of praise is worth
a page of prayer.” Perhaps he exaggerated; but he wanted to stir up
people to praise God. Have you ever noticed that the early Psalms
are filled with prayer, but in the last four Psalms prayer seems almost forgotten and the theme is all praise to
In the book of Habakkuk 3:17-18 we read of the great
loss and affliction the prophet endured. He responds by saying,
“Yet will I rejoice in the lord, I will joy in the God of my
This reminds us of the little Welsh girl's father,
who was a Christian, had died. Her mother was weeping uncontrollably, “What shall I do?” she cried. The little
girl asked, “What's the matter, Mother?” The mother cried, “Oh, what shall I do? Your father is dead and I don't know what to do.”
The child replied meekly, “Mother, praise the Lord.”
The mother felt reproved; she went away and tried to thank the
Lord. She realised that she still had the Lord to care for her, she
still had her child to care for. The Lord had been good to her for
many years and promised never to leave or forsake her, so she tried to thank Him for His goodness, and then was
greatly comforted. “Praise is a soul in flower.” Thomas Watson. “Praise is comely
for the upright.” Psalm 33:1.
Rowland Hill (1744-1833) was an English preacher. He
was particularly gifted to wisely explain God's truth and to reprove those things which were
wrong. Here is a few of his wise
On one occasion he visited Ireland and when returning home the ship was nearly
wrecked. The Captain of the ship swore continually. Mr Hill wisely checked his swearing: “Captain, let us have fair
play. You must not have all the swearing yourself. It's my turn next. You must
not swear again till I am quite done.” This wise rebuke
had the desired effect. The Captain never swore again on the
Christ's dwelling place:
A man who believed that he was well informed on prophecy visited Mr. Hill to convince him
that Christ would come and live in Jerusalem to rule the world.
“Do you know, Sir, the name of the street in which he will live?” asked Mr. Hill. “Why do you ask that question?” the man replied. “Because His personal
presence at Jerusalem will do me no good, unless I am with Him.” The man soon gave up the attempt to convince Mr.
Cure for temper: Speaking to people who were troubled with bad tempers, Mr. Hill recommended that they place
the chapter on love (1st Corinthians 13) between their bread and butter at breakfast-time – and
they would find the benefit of it during the whole day.
Noisy preachers:Mr. Hill greatly disliked those proud, noisy preachers, who preached empty sermons. “These
sermons remind me of a hail storm on roof tiles, - they make a great deal of noise, but produce no good
impression.” He also said, “I don't like those mighty fine preachers, who so beautifully round off all their
sentences, that they are sure to roll off the sinner's conscience.”
Cleanliness: Mr. Hill would often say; “I love the remark, 'Cleanliness is next to godliness,' and I
don't know how godliness and filthiness can dwell together.”
The Blood of the Lamb:
was to be sprinkled upon the side door posts and above it, not upon the
threshold or door step. Christ's blood is not to be trampled
upon, but to be a security and
SIX SHORT RULES FOR YOUNG
older believers too.
Rowland Hill (1744-1833)
neglect daily private prayer; and when you pray, remember that God is present and that he hears your
prayers. “He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek
Him.” Hebrews 11:6.
Never neglect daily private Bible-reading; and when you read, remember that God is speaking to you, and that you are to
believe and act upon what he says. I believe that all backsliding
begins with neglect of these two rules. “Search the
scriptures” John 5:39.
Never let a day pass without trying to do something for Jesus. Every night reflect on
what Jesus has done for you, and then ask yourself, “What am I doing for Him?” Matthew 5:16.
If ever you are in doubt as to a thing being right or wrong; go to your room, and
kneel down and ask God's blessing upon it. If you cannot do this, it
Never take your Christianity from Christians, or argue that because such and such
people do a certain thing, therefore you may do the same. You are to
ask yourself, 'How would Christ act in my place?' And strive to follow
Never believe what you feel, if it contradicts God's Word. Ask yourself, “Can what I feel be true if God's Word says it is not?” If God's
Word is true, then believe God and make your own heart a liar. “Let
God be true, but every man a liar.” Romans 3:4. “He that believeth not, hath made Him a liar: because he believeth not the record
that God has gave of His Son.” 1 John 5:10.
Unbeliever reproved: A man who did not believe the Bible saw a young girl reading her Bible. He
rudely said, “Why are you wasting your time reading that rubbish? Surely you don't believe that a whale swallowed Jonah?” “Is that in the
Bible?” she asked. “Yes it is,” “Then,” she said, “I believe it.” “It's not true.” he replied.
“Then,” said the girl, “when I go to heaven I will ask Jonah.” “And supposing he is not there, what
then?” “Then you can ask him.” she
Afflictions are for our good:
Often Christians wish that they
had no affliction and that they could help others to be delivered from theirs as
A man was watching a young butterfly trying to
extract itself out of its cocoon. It struggled and twisted itself
and seemed to be in great pain and distress, so he decided to help the little creature. He snipped some of the
fine threads which held the insect, and soon it broke free. But the
butterfly was always a cripple, it could not fly or walk properly. Trying to help the butterfly had prevented
its complete development.
Often trying experiences seem hard and cruel and we
would like to cut ourselves completely free from them. However,
this would mean that we would not go through those experiences which are needful for Christian growth and
maturity – we would be lame and weak Christians all our life.
Being Biblical: A father agreed to lend his car to
his teenage son for six weeks if he studied hard, read his Bible
and had his hair cut. The son studied hard, read his Bible, but
not his hair cut. He said to his father, “People, like Samson,
in the Bible had long hair, so I think it will stay long.” “But
did you notice”, replied the father, “that all those people with long hair, walked everywhere they
Good Motto: Do all the good you can in the world, and make as little noise about it as
How do we know the Bible is
The Bible claims to be the word of God and the
truth. While we accept that by faith, knowing that God would never
deceive us in any way. There are however, a number of things which
may re-assure us that it is God's word.
It reveals things which the greatest minds of men could never
fathom. It tells us who God is and His great nature. Wise men have
tried to discover what God really was like, but their ideas were foolish. In Athens they had an inscription “To the unknown God.”The Bible alone reveals
the creation of the world. Only an Almighty God could create the world and all things. Other ideas of men about
the formation of the world are foolish and unreasonable That
which is made requires a Maker – which is God.
The Bible describes the true nature of
man. It does not flatter and hide the sins of good
men. It alone tells us where sin came from and why it is in the
heart of every man, woman and child.
It tells us of the holiness of God, that He hates all
sin. The gods of
ancient nations were said to be more evil than human beings.
It tells us of the perfect law of God. No man has been able to produce laws like the Ten Commandments – so precise
and just for all men.
The Bible alone tells us of the way of salvation
which is by free grace. Every other idea of salvation claims that
we must earn and pay for our own salvation, but the Bible tells us that Christ has paid our debt, therefore
forgiveness and mercy is a free gift to us.
The Bible cannot be understood by unsaved and natural
men; only the Holy Spirit make it known to us, therefore it must be of God.
Many of the prophecies of the Bible have come to pass
even to the smallest matter. The words which Jesus said on the cross were foretold over 700 years
before. The destruction and overthrow of cities, such as Babylon,
Nineveh and Tyre were foretold long before it happened to them.
An old farmer
Thomas Murray was a farm-labourer from his
boyhood. When he was forty-two years old he had an opportunity of
buying a farm for himself in Ireland. Thomas worked hard on his
farm and became prosperous. But he had no thoughts about God or the
life to come.
When he was seventy-five years old, he became ill and
had to stay in bed; this sickness made him very irritable and angry because he was so used to working, now he
could do nothing.
A young girl who lived on the next farm, heard that
Thomas was sick and unhappy, so she decided to lend him a book which she had received as a prize at the local
Sunday School. She thought that he might be unhappy because he had
nothing to read. So she went to the old man's house and offered to
lend him her book. Thomas accepted the book and promised to read it – just to please the little
As he began to read the book, he became aware of
unusual feelings – not from his old age or eyesight, but he felt his heart stirred and what he read touched his
heart. As he read he prayed and
wept. The Holy Spirit had begun to work in his
heart. He realised that he was not prepared to die, that he had
lived without God, that he was a sinner and he was not forgiven.
He read the book again and again even though it
convicted him and also told him of the way of salvation. Eventually
the light of God's grace broke in upon his soul and he was saved.
Now the Bible that he had completely neglected was read and treasured.
When the little girl had heard that Thomas was well
again, she called for her book, but he was unwilling to give it back. She was quite upset and went to her
minister and told him her story. The minister quickly realised what had happened and promised to give her
another copy of the book. He then visited Thomas and found as he
thought – Thomas was a new man in Christ. He was still reading the book. Thomas only lived for a short time afterwards, but he had turned form his evil
ways and continually rejoiced in Christ; he also urged others to
forsake evil and turn to the Lord.
How God supplied a
A group of people in a small church collected clothes
and items for an orphanage in China. The goods were placed into
wooden crates and shipped to the children. A carpenter had the job
building and securely nailing the crates.
On one occasion he had just completed packing the
cases and on his way home he reached into his shirt pocked to find his glasses and found that they were
missing. When he thought about where they could be, he realised
that they must have fallen unnoticed into the crate he had nailed.
These glasses were brand new. He had just bought them that
morning. He was quite upset about the thought of having to pay for
a new pair of glasses, especially as he had a number of children and the family was quite
Several months later, the Director of the orphanage
came home on furlough. He wanted to visit the various
churches that had supported them, so he came to speak at the carpenter's church. The Director began by thanking them for their faithful support for the
orphanage, “But most of all,” he said, “I must thank you for the glasses you sent last year. You see some rebels
swept through the orphanage destroying everything, including my glasses. I was in a desperate position, I had no way of replacing my glasses; I was
unable to see very well; I experienced headaches every day, so the workers prayed much about this need. Then your
crate arrived and when we removed the lid, we found a pair of glasses. The Director continued, “When I tried on the glasses, it was as if they were
custom made for me!”
The people listened to this story, happy that the
glasses had been wonderfully supplied, but they thought that he must have confused their church for another one,
because there were no glasses among the items they had sent. But
the carpenter knew what had happened; he was overcome with joy and amazement of how the Lord had used his
accidental loss to supply the need of one of His servants in another country. The Lord has promised to supply all our needs.
Smile a-while - fishy jokes!
What is a howling baby whale often
called? A little blubber.
How do you help a deaf fisherman? Give him a herring aid.
How do you communicate with a fish? Drop it a line.
What kind of fish moves best on ice? A skate.
What kind of fish can be found in a bird
cage? A perch.
Where do fish usually wash? In a river basin.
If fish lived on land, which country would they
Why are fish-mongers often very mean? Because their job makes
Why won't goldfish watch TV? Because they might get hooked.
What's stranger than seeing a cat
fish? Seeing a goldfish bowl.
Boastful fisherman: “I never saw such a fish!” “I
you.” replied his friend.
Confused order, 'A shark and chips, and make it
A boy was asked, “How many fish have you
caught?” “Oh. I couldn't count them” “Why, you haven't caught any”
“No, that's why I can't count them”
Customer: “Do you serve crabs in this
dump?” Waiter: “Yes, we do; what will you
Customer: “I'll have some oyster -not too small -not
too salty -not too fat -not hot.” Waiter: “Yes, sir, with or
Using the first letter of each name, find the name of
Who said, “I have slain a man to my
Who erected a pillar to himself in his own
Who was the lawyer of whom Paul wrote to
Who said to his brother, “We have found the
Who suggested throwing his brother into a
Which King of Judah became a
Who said, “For mine eyes have seen Thy
A miner taught about
Samuel Hughes grew up in a rough mining village in
Shropshire, England. When several mines were opened up, over five
hundred people flocked to find work in them. This was in a rough,
hilly part of the country; houses were very poor, and there were no shops or other conveniences. The people were rough and ungodly.
However a man visited to preach once a month and God
worked in some peoples' hearts and they built a place of worship. While Samuel and his sister Martha were young,
they heard very little about the Lord. Their mother taught them the
Lord's prayer and some hymns.
When Samuel was eighteen, his father died and his
mother died soon after. For a few years Samuel lived an evil life,
and had no thoughts about the things of God. When he was twenty
two, Samuel was convicted over his sins and decided to attend the church. In one sermon he heard something he could not understand; the preacher said
that our salvation comes all from God Himself and not from us.
He decided to search for himself whether this was
true. He was amazed to read in Romans 9:15, “I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and will have
compassion on whom I will have compassion.” He thought this is not
fair. He said to his wife, “It's no use my trying.” He argued against what the Bible said and was very offended. Then he looked again at the chapter and read, “Nay, but, O man, who art thou
that repliest (argues) against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?” Romans 9:20.
Now he felt helpless, lost and ruined, and realised
that unless the Lord had mercy on him he was certainly lost. He
became so troubled that he did not want to eat and became very thin. No one could comfort him and he was filled
with gloom and often began to weep as he walked to work.
At last he read Romans chapter 10. It seemed to speak directly to him; “The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth
and in thy heart: that if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and shalt believe in thine heart that
God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” Now he was lost for words to describe the richness,
sweetness and comfort that entered his poor soul. His burden was taken away and he seemed like a man loosed from
prison. He now was certain that salvation was all of the Lord.
Strange to say, Samuel's sister Martha had a very
similar experience. She heard a preacher say that, “unless our
names are written in the book of life before the foundation of the world, we are none of His.” These words struck as a dagger to her heart. She went home wringing her hands almost in despair, thinking, “If that is
true, I am lost.”
She asked her brother Samuel, who said it was true
and showed her Revelation 20:15. She replied, “Then there is no hope for me.” He replied, “Why? That does not prove you are lost. We do not belong to the
Lord nor are saved by our righteousness.”
She was filled with hard and angry thoughts against
God because He had not put salvation within our own power and goodness. For a long time she thought about
this matter and argued against God, but then the more distressed and troubled she became. She had no one to talk to and kept these thoughts to
Then she remembered the same verses which reproved
Samuel, “Nay, but O man, who are thou that repliest against God?.”
this made her mind quieter, but she felt that there was only destruction for her. However, one day, some lovely verses of God's mercy came to remembrance, such
as, “I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
Matthew 9:13 She fell on her knees and called on the name of the
Lord; Hope now flooded her heart and the Lord gave her assurance
that she was saved by His grace and forgiven. Her whole life was
changed from that day forward.
She now rejoiced that the Lord had chosen her and
saved her by His grace. She realised that if it was left to her to
earn her salvation she could never do it. That all her best deeds
were tainted with sin and so salvation must be all of God. She read
that He had chosen us in Christ before the foundation of the world, (Ephesians 1:4) and so the book of life must
have been written before the world began.
People have become more and more determined to break
the Lord's Day by pleasing themselves or working rather than worshipping God.
For many years people kept the Lord's Day holy, but
gradually people became more bold to spend the day for their pleasure, but sometimes God's displeasure was shown
In the late 19th century a man began to
build a pleasure boat which he was determined to use on the Lord's Day. The local minister called on him and spoke to him about his
intentions. “I am afraid ,” said the minister, “that your boat will
prove to be a Sabbath Breaker.”
The man did not appreciate the minister's words and
replied scornfully, “Yes it will; that's just the name I will give to my boat. I've been wondering what to call
her. I thank you for your suggestion of a name The boat shall be called 'The Sabbath Breaker'.
The boat was soon completed and launched on the
Lord's Day, and named 'The Sabbath Breaker'. People cheered loudly
as the boat was launched.
The first pleasure trip was scheduled for the next
Lord's Day and an invitation was given to those who wished to sail on the first trip. The boat set sail fully loaded with people who were excited and
happy. The boat had only sailed about four hours when it was struck
with a sudden and fierce wind and high waves which caused the boat to capsize. There was a complete panic on board, but sadly everyone perished among whom
were forty young people.
God has often shown His anger toward those who
disregard His Day and do not keep it holy. “Remember the Sabbath
Day, to keep it holy.” Exodus 20:8.