The Woman of the Shattered Romances—The Woman of Sychar*

Bibliology
Guest Writer Clovis G Chappell

“Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst, for the water that I will give him will be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:14).

Look, will you, at this picture (John 4:4-26). There sits a Man in the strength and buoyancy of young manhood. He is only thirty or thereabouts. About Him is the atmosphere of vigor and vitality that belong to the springtime of life. But today He is a bit tired. There is a droop in His shoulders. His feet and sandals are dusty. His garment is travel stained. He has been journeying all morning on foot. And now at the noon hour He is resting. Continue reading

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Going Visiting—Jonathan*

Bibliology
Guest Writer Clovis G Chappell

“And Jonathan, Saul’s son, arose and went to David into the wood and strengthened his hand in God” (1 Samuel 23:16).

“Going visiting” is a commonplace occurrence. Oftentimes our visits are trivial and unimportant. But there are other times when our visits take on a profound significance. There are times when they mark a crisis. There are times when they set in motion influences that tell on the entire future of those whom we visit. There are times when they mean the making or the marring of a human soul. Continue reading

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Love’s Longing—Paul*

Bibliology
Guest Writer Clovis G Chappell

“That I may know Him … and the fellowship of His sufferings”
(Philippians 3:10).

Or “I long to share in His sufferings” (Weymouth). Paul is here leading us into the innermost sanctuary of his heart. He is revealing to us the supreme passion of his life. He is letting us know what is his one great ambition. “I long,” he says. And knowing what a mighty man he was, we lean eagerly forward that we may hear the word that comes from his lips. For we are keen to know what is the dearest desire of this brave heart. Continue reading

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The Romance of Faith—Peter*

Bibliology
Guest Writer Clovis G Chappell

“Lord, if it’s You, bid me come to You on the water” (Matthew 14:28).

I could not tell you how many times I have read this fascinating story. I have turned to it again and again. But in spite of its familiarity it always grips me. I can never read it thoughtfully without a thrill. I can never expose my soul to the vital truth of it without being helped and made a little bit more hopeful and, I trust, a little bit better. Continue reading

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The Great Refusal—Jonah*

Bibliology
Guest Writer Clovis G Chappell

“But Jonah rose up to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord”
(Jonah 1:3).

There is doubtless not another book in the literature of the world that has suffered more at the hands of men than the Book of Jonah. It has been tortured by its enemies and “wounded in the house of its friends” (cf Zechariah 13:6). We have been so prone to give our attention to the nonessential in the book rather than the essential. We have had such keen eyes for the seemingly ridiculous and the bizarre. Continue reading

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The Missing Man—Thomas*

Bibliology
Guest Writer Clovis G Chappell

“Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came” (John 20:24).

Did you notice the name of this man who was missing? Who was it when the little company met after the Crucifixion that was not there? There was a man expected who failed to come. Who was this man? When the little company gathered in the upper room behind closed doors, there was one chair that was vacant. Who should have occupied that chair? Continue reading

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Clovis G Chappell—Methodist Minister

Ecclesiology

“Laughter and tears are the warp and woof of life. If you leave them out of preaching, you are leaving out life itself.” ~Clovis G Chappell

Clovis G Chappell was born not far from the Natchez Trace Parkway, south of Nashville, in an unincorporated village, Flatwoods, Tennessee. At the time of his birth, 8 January 1882, Queen Victoria was still on the throne of England, Chester A Arthur was the American President, Charles H Spurgeon was still pastoring Metropolitan Tabernacle London, Dwight L Moody was still training students at his schools in Northfield, Massachusetts, and the “shouting” Methodists, in their heyday, had almost Christianized the country. If you were a Christian, it was a wonderful day to be alive! Continue reading

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