Brethren, The Time is Short!

(James Smith, “Refreshment for the Savior’s Flock at Eventide!” 1871) “Brethren, the time is short!” 1 Corinthians 7:29 Our time below is brief and uncertain–and therefore very precious. Let us employ it, so as to improve it. Let us live for God and eternity! The time is short–oh, who can tell How short his time […]

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Sighing For Jesus

(James Smith, “Sighing for Jesus!” 1858) “As the deer pants for streams of water–so my soul pants for you, O God! My soul thirsts for God, for the living God! When can I go and meet with God?” Psalm 42:1-2 I have just been reading of the last days of a true believer, and his […]

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24 Hours in Hell

(James Smith, “ANTIDOTES!” 1858) “Why should any living man complain?” Lamentations 3:39 Occasionally, I am tempted to complain of my hard lot–and think myself harshly dealt with. Ingratitude rises and works in my heart. This always makes me wretched. I then find it profitable to look down into Hell–and realize its horrors and agonies as […]

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The Journey of Life

(James Smith, “Fellowship with God” 1849) “Cast all your care on Him–because He cares about you!” 1 Peter 5:7 “You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in Your bottle. You have recorded each one in Your book.” Psalm 56:8 Jehovah is deeply interested in the welfare of all His […]

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What Answer Can You Give?

(James Smith’s autobiography, “Marvelous Mercy!” 1862) On the last day of this year, I wrote in my diary as follows: “Through the richest mercy, I am now brought to the close of another year, let me therefore ask you, my soul–What are your improvements this past year? Is Christ more precious? Do His work, righteousness, […]

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A Portrait of a Sinner

(James Smith, “The Physician!” 1855. This one is longer — but choice!) “Those who are whole do not need a physician — but those who are sick!” Matthew 9:12 The world is one vast hospital. Jesus is the only physician in it; He has healed thousands, He will heal thousands more. But multitudes reject Him; […]

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Waiting to be Saved

James Smith, 1861 via Grace Gems Troubles have a tendency to wean us from the world, to weary us of life, and make us long for the better land. In the buoyancy of youth, amidst the pleasures of manhood, when all things go well with us, we have few aspirations after that city which has […]

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My Sin…My Cross…My Punishment

(James Smith, “Christ Exalted, Saints Comforted, and Sinners Directed” 1855) “Jesus came to take away our sins!” 1 John 3:5 Here notice the purpose and end of His coming: “To take away our sins!” Our sins were committed against Himself. They deserved His everlasting displeasure. They called aloud for His vengeance to awake and punish […]

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Shall You Murder This Child?

(James Smith, “The Love of Christ! The Fullness, Freeness, and Immutability of the Savior’s Grace Displayed!”) “Herod is going to search for the child to kill Him!” Matthew 2:13 Christ, our Wondrous Lover met with sorry reception in our guilty, ungrateful world! At first He was denied a dwelling–but soon it was determined to deprive […]

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