Signs of the Times

[Dr. D. H. Kress, in Signs of the Times, Mountain View, Calif., Oct. 9, 1923]

Luke, the disciple who was known as "the beloved physician," in referring to apostolic and Pentecostal days, when miracles were wrought and the sick were healed, says that they "took their food with gladness and singleness of heart, praising God." The Apostle Paul places the duty of thankfulness upon the very broadest foundation. "In every thing give thanks," he says, "for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." The gospel of Jesus Christ is designed to give "the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness." The gospel is the real remedy for all diseases that are based upon a morbid state of mind. ... It is the Spirit of God that brings comfort, peace, and happiness. ... How may a cheerful, thankful mental state be maintained? There is only one way; that is, by the recognition of God in His providences. "Blessed [or happy] are the pure in heart: for they shall see God." ... All experiences and circumstances are God's agencies, whereby good is brought to those who trust in Him.

November 24, 1923

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