The Supreme Question—the Philippian Jailer*

Bibliology
Guest Writer Clovis G Chappell

“What must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:30).

That question was asked by a startled jailer. He was in the middle of strange and perplexing happenings. He had seen wonderful sights. He was being shaken by unfamiliar terrors. For these terrors he sought relief. And so, he asked this infinitely wise question: “What must I do to be saved?” Continue reading

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A Case of Blues—Elijah*

Bibliology
Guest Writer Clovis G Chappell

“But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree, and requested for himself that he might die”
(1 Kings 19:4).

One day you were reading in the New Testament and you came to that surprising word from James: “Elijah was a man subject to like passions as we are” (James 5:17). And if you were reading thoughtfully, you stared at that sentence in wide-eyed amazement. And then in your heart you said, “It isn’t true. Elijah’s story doesn’t read a bit like mine.” Continue reading

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A Son of Shame—Jephthah*

Bibliology
Guest Writer Clovis G Chappell

“I have opened my mouth to the Lord, and I cannot go back” (Judges 11:35).

I like these big words. There is a ring of sterling strength in them. They have a robust masculinity that grips my heart. They are not the words of a weakling. They have absolutely no savor of softness or moral flabbiness. They are not cheap. They are high-priced words. They are words made costly by a plentiful baptism of tragedy. They are words literally soaked in blood and tears. Continue reading

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The Inquest—Pharaoh*

Bibliology
Guest Writer Clovis G Chappell

“And Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore” (Exodus 14:19).

It is rather a ghastly and gruesome sight. There they lie, the soldiers of the once proud army of Egypt. They are in all sorts of positions, these dead men. Some have their heads pillowed peacefully on their arms as if in sleep. Others have their hard faces half-buried in the sand. Others still lie prone on their backs with bits of seaweed in their hair and their sightless eyes staring in terror at nothing. Continue reading

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A Good Man—Barnabas*

Bibliology
Guest Writer Clovis G Chappell

“He was a good man” (Acts 11:24).

Doubtless you think me daring to the point of rashness to undertake to interest and edify a modern congregation by talking about a virtue so prosaic as goodness. “He was a good man.” We do not thrill when we hear that. It is not a word that quickens our pulse. We do not sit up and lean forward. We rather relax and stifle a yawn and look at our watches and wonder how soon it will be over. Continue reading

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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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