Signs of the Times

[Rev. Charles Brown, in the Freethinker, London, England, Feb. 18, 1923]

You read of old that the spirit of the Lord came upon men. Why not now? We should all have done a great deal more and better work if we had remembered and believed in the fullness of Christ. . . . "Thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things." The resources of God are inexhaustible in quantity and variety. . . . Because there has been a spring, there will be a summer and a golden autumn. I am not to go on my way fearing that I shall fail and fizzle out at last—so I keep near to Christ. "The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger." . . . The secret of immortal freshness and power is the living Christ and the immediate and constant contact of the obedient soul with Him. . . . "Ask, and ye shall receive." There the word is again. Once again it is God's great desire to bestow. To give is His joy. "God so loved . . . that he gave . . . that whosoever believeth . . . should . . . have . . ." You may venture. You have received grace to help. It is always there. The memory of past receivings should draw or drive us to His feet again saying, Because Thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of Thy wings will I rejoice. He hath delivered. He doth deliver; therefore in Him we trust that He will still deliver.

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May 5, 1923

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