Here is a gold mine for the preacher, the teacher and the father and mother in the home who have it in mind to inculcate sound teaching, based upon the Word of God, so that the boys and girls of the congregations, Sunday-Schools and households may be thoroughly rooted and grounded in the essentials of the Christian faith. There are many volumes in this series of short addresses and they cover the entire range of the holy scriptures, from genesis to revelation. The material gathered here is fresh and varied and there is just enough of it to furnish the groundwork of the preacher's sermon, the Sunday school teacher's talk and the parent's reading and comment. Contents: God's Gifts And Ours. The Man Whom Nobody Missed. The Secret Of Strength. O.H.M.S. Two Saints Of God.
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CHILDREN'S GREAT BIBLE TEXTS
THE BOOK OF CHRONICLES
God's Gifts And Ours.
The Man Whom Nobody Missed.
The Secret Of Strength.
Two Saints Of God.
The Book Of Chronicles, J. Hastings
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All things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee. — 1 Chron. xxix. 14.
This is a verse of a hymn that was sung at a gift service about a thousand years before Jesus came to earth.
King David had gathered together all the princes and rulers and great men of the kingdom to ask them for offerings to build a House for God. He himself had given very generously, and when he asked for gifts from the people they brought such splendid presents of gold, and silver, and brass, and iron, and precious stones that the king's heart was overflowing with thankfulness. Now you know that when David was very glad, or very sorry, or very sad, he made a song about it. And so, on this occasion, he sang a hymn of thanksgiving to God for all His good gifts. And while he was singing he felt that he couldn't give God anything that God hadn't given him already. Riches, and honour, and strength, and the power to give — all came from God, and he could only give Him back His own.
1. Now you have brought God presents to-day, presents that are going to make some of His less fortunate children happy. And those are presents that God loves very much, the presents that will give joy to somebody who is sick, or poor, or lonely, or sad. But I want you to remember that you wouldn't have had these presents to give, that you wouldn't have had anything at all, if God hadn't first given it to you.
God is constantly giving us presents. He gives us life, He gives us health, He gives us our home. He gives us parents, and brothers, and sisters, and friends. He has given us this beautiful world to live in, and the beautiful thing in it. He gives us food to eat, and sleep to refresh us. He gives us books to make us wise, and toys to make us glad. He gives us good desires, and kind thoughts, and noble ambitions. Best of all He has given His own Son to live for us and to die for us. So we cannot give God anything that He hasn't given us already.
2. But don't run away with the idea that God thinks any the less of our gifts because we give Him back His own. I wonder how many of you get a Saturday penny. Well, suppose you didn't spend that penny on sweets, and suppose you added a few more Saturday pennies to it and bought your father a present, do you think he would value the present less because he had given you the pennies first of all? You know that that is absurd. You know that he would treasure that present far above many grander ones, because he would think of the love and the self-denial that it stood for.
God is far more loving, far more understanding than any earthly father, and He loves to have our little gifts.
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