I recently finished the little devotional book, Jesus and the Hope of His Coming. It is a wonderful book to encourage the believer about the return of our Lord. Let me share a few quotes from the book:
Years later I had the opportunity to visit the Radio Bible Class ministry offices in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and see Dr. DeHaan's study. What impressed me the most was not his great library but a single plaque that seemed to radiate truth from his bookshelf. In large black letters, it read, PERHAPS TODAY. p. 10
No man will be anxious for Christ to come while he has everything he wants here below, and is quite satisfied with it . . . You must set loose. . . the world, or you cannot sincerely say to Jesus, "Come," and that is the very spirit of an earnest worker. Charles Spurgeon p. 19
The imminent return of our Lord is the great Bible argument for a pure, unselfish, devoted, unworldly, active life of service. R.A. Torrey p. 25
When it comes to Christ's return, there are two kinds of Christians: those who wait passively, and those who wait actively. p. 25
The Spirit of Christ is the spirit of missions, and the nearer we get to Him the more intensely missionary we become. Henry Martyn p. 26
As we earnestly seek God for revival, we must not forsake the essential tasks of the church; preaching the truth, evangelism, and a vital interest in and support for missions. Erroll Hulse p. 27
We need to hold the present with a slack hand, so as to be ready to fold our tents and take to the road if God will. Alexander MacLaren p. 27
If we are faithful to God in little things, we shall gain experience and strength that will be helpful to us in the more serious trails of life. Hudson Taylor p. 110
Many folks want to serve God, but only as advisers. Author Unknown p. 111
Dr. George W. Truett, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Dallas, tells of a prominent, unbelieving doctor in that city who regularly attended one of the church's Sunday morning services with his Christian wife. On this particular Sunday they were seated in the front row of the balcony. During the invitation the pastor grimaced as he saw a 12-year-old, mentally retarded girl go to the doctor and begin talking to him. Dr. Truett groaned, believing that this little girl - known to be an outspoken witness for Christ - would probably turn the doctor off. But a brief one stanza later, the doctor, who had been the object of many prayers, came forward to receive Christ.
As they were leaving the church that Sunday, the pastor asked the physician what it was that caused him to come forward. The doctor said, "It was what little Mille said to me. You see, she has been my patient her entire life. From birth we knew that she would be mentally retarded, but I have grown to love her and she, me. After your sermon she was so concerned for my soul, she came over and said to me, "Doctor, do you want to go to heaven with us?" I replied, "No!" Then she sadly responded, "Then you will have to go to hell." Suddenly I realized she was right. If I did not receive Jesus I would be eternally lost. I owe my conversion to Mille's gentle frankness."
Mille could never teach a Sunday school class, preach a sermon, or even give her testimony in public. But she was a bold witness for her Lord and did not hesitate to urge all she knew to accept the Savior. pp. 111-113
In the teachings of Jesus Christ the element of judgment is always brought out - it is the sign of the love of God. Oswald Chambers p. 118
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