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James Smith

James Smith (1802 - 1862)

Listen to freely downloadable audio sermons by the speaker James Smith in mp3 format. James Smith and was a predecessor of Charles Spurgeon atNew Park Street Chapel in London from 1841-1850. He also ministered with great blessing in Cheltenham. His devotional, The Believer's Daily Remembrancer, subtitled Pastor's Morning andEvening Visit, was very popular in its own day, and has received anew lease of life through recent republication.

My object has always been to keep Christ constantly before the eye, and to enforce the precepts of the Divine word on the Lord's people — by the consideration of what Christ is to them, and has done for them — that so the love of Christ may constrain them to every good word, and every good work.

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A Birthday Meditation
       How great has been the mercy of my God to me--a poor, worthless, ill-deserving worm! I trace his goodness from my birth to the present moment. I was born in a land of gospel light--when I might have been born in heathen darkness. I was ... read more

A Child Is In The Well!
      My brother sometimes sends me a subject for my pen , and a letter just received from him contains the following account: "A child is in the well! A child is in the well! " It is now more than fifty years since I heard that cry. It was a terrible scream ... read more

A Curious Meditation
      As I was walking out for exercise in the fields one morning, having been pleading with God to give me some profitable subject for meditation --I suddenly fell into this train of thought, which I afterwards wrote down; and, as it may interest and profit so ... read more

A Kind Inquiry
       "Joab said to Amasa, 'Are you in health, my brother?' Then Joab took Amasa by the beard with his right hand to kiss him. Amasa was not on his guard against the dagger in Joab's hand, and Joab plunged it into his belly, and his intestines spilled out on t ... read more

A Memorable Day
      What Christian, in looking back, cannot call to mind some memorable days in his history? I can recall many. I consider the day of my natural birth a memorable day; but of that, of course, I know nothing--but from others. But there is another day, and anot ... read more

A New Year's Address
      James Smith, New Park Street Church, London, 1849 "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever!" Hebrews 13:8 Everything around us is changing and fast passing away! Nothing appears settled or secure! The old year has fled a ... read more

A Question for Professors
       "Do you have a father?" Genesis 44:19 Standing at my window one day, while the cholera was raging in London, I saw two corpses carried by, followed by one little child, walking alone next the coffins, with a few neighbors behind. That child was ... read more

A Review
      It is sometimes profitable to look back , and see what we were , and what we were likely to be — if the Lord had left us alone. Nor is it less profitable at times to look around and within , and dwell awhile upon what the Lord has done for us. It is als ... read more

A Vessel of Mercy
      "That God might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, whom he prepared in advance for glory, even us whom he has called, not of the Jews only--but also of the Gentiles." Romans 9:23, 24 The Holy Spirit has employed a variety ... read more

A Word to the Unconverted
       My dear fellow-sinner, I feel deeply concerned for your present and everlasting welfare; and with that feeling I write these lines for you. You have an immortal soul--it can never die, or cease to exist--it must live forever! You are at present in a ... read more

Abide With Me
      "Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine — neither can you, unless you abide in Me." John 15:4 Union with Christ is one of the greatest privileges of the believer; and to be one with Christ i ... read more

Abundance of Grace
       "Abundant grace." 2 Corinthians 4:15 "The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly." 1 Timothy 1:14 Grace IN God is the loving tendency of his nature to pity the miserable, pardon the guilty, and bless the unworthy. It is the ... read more

Almost Gone!
      "But as for me — my feet were almost gone! My steps had well near slipped!" Psalm 73:2 Asaph appears, in his own mind, to have been going over the history of the Lord's people in general, and of some of them in particular; tracing out the Lord's deal ... read more

An All-sufficient Savior
       A poor Christian had been brought to the gates of death by disease of the heart--but, contrary to all expectation, he rallied, and was once more able to attend to his secular duties, and enjoy his Christian privileges. Just at this time his wife was sei ... read more

An Antidote
       The dispensations of divine providence are confessedly trying--and they are intended to be trying! God intends to try our faith, our patience, and our submission to his will. At times we forget this, and then we misunderstand God's design, are ready to ... read more

An Appeal to Reason and Faith
      By Elihu, God asks Job: "Should I do just as you imagine--ought I to consult your whims? Should it be according to your mind?" Job 34:33 Poor Job found his trial too great for his patience, and he complained, he fretted himself, he reflected badl ... read more

An Exhortation and Caution
       "Be doers of the word, and not hearers only--deceiving your own selves." James 1:22 "To him that knows to do good, and does it not--to him it is sin." James 4:17 The Word of God is intended to be our daily counselor, guide, and friend. ... read more

An Offensive Question!
      "Look!" the man exclaimed. "I told you once. Didn't you listen? Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become His disciples, too? " Then they cursed him and said, "You are His disciple — but we are disciples of Moses!" John 9:27-28 This ... read more

Appearance and Reality
      We are all too much taken up with appearances. We do not look beneath the surface as we should. A title, a grand equipage, a good name, large property, a splendid house, fine dress, or popular applause--attract our attention, win our admiration, and even ... read more

Are You Anxious about Your Soul?
      "John," said a gentleman the other day to a laboring man, "Are you anxious about your soul?" The speaker knew the value of the soul, and had secured the salvation of his own--by faith in Christ. Being saved himself, he was anxious that others should be sa ... read more

Are You Safe for Eternity?
      "Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves!" 2 Corinthians 13:5 There is much spurious religion in the world. Many pass for Christians--who are not. This fact places professors in solemn circumstances. When there is ... read more

Asa's Prayer
      Then Asa cried to the Lord his God and said, "Lord, there is no one like you to help the powerless against the mighty. Help us, O Lord our God, for we rest on You, and in Your name we go against this multitude. O LORD, You are our God; do not let man prev ... read more

Be Still
       "Be still--and know that I am God!" Psalm 46:10 This most precious Psalm has been a source of blessing to many of the Lord's people. It is in general the language of one deeply taught of God, living in close communion with God, and therefore ... read more

Christ All In All!
      When the Holy Spirit works in our hearts as the glorifier of Jesus — he always lays us in the dust and endears the Savior to our souls. We are then sure to get some fresh views of him, and he is in our estimation divinely sweet and glorious. Then we des ... read more

Christ Precious
       "Unto you therefore who believe--He is precious!" 1 Peter 2:7 To the spiritual mind, there is a charm in the very name of Jesus; and when graciously assisted by the presence of the Holy Comforter, we immediately conceive of something sweet, glo ... read more

Christ Precious
       "Unto you therefore who believe--He is precious!" 1 Peter 2:7 To the spiritual mind, there is a charm in the very name of Jesus; and when graciously assisted by the presence of the Holy Comforter, we immediately conceive of something sweet, glor ... read more

Christian Liberty
      "The liberty that we have in Christ Jesus" Galatians 2:4 No man by nature is free. He may boast of the freedom of his will, but it is biased by evil principles which rule his heart. He may talk loudly of his independence--but he is the slave of h ... read more

Cling to the Cross
       The cross of Christ represents his perfect work. On the cross he finished the work the Father had given him to do. Here he finished the atonement for transgression, here he expiated sin, and here he brought in an everlasting righteousness, for all who t ... read more

Comfort For Christians
      The Love God Has for Us! "And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love." 1 John 4:16 The sweeter the truth — the more backward we often are to receive and believe it. Therefore it must be presented to us again and again. What is ... read more

Communion with God
      The fruitful source of my misery is distance from my God; my happiness and peace spring from his presence; and yet how willing I seem to live at a sensible distance from him. Frequently Satan suggests, and my heart seems to believe, that it is vain to dra ... read more

      "This is what the Lord Almighty says: Consider your ways!" Haggai 1:7 God commands you to consider--and you cannot neglect to do so, but you sin. Your circumstances require it of you--and you cannot neglect to do so, but you must be losers thereb ... read more

David Recovered All
       "So Achish gave David the town of Ziklag," 1 Samuel 27:6 "Three days later, when David and his men arrived home at their town of Ziklag, they found that the Amalekites had made a raid into the Negev and Ziklag; they had crushed Ziklag and burn ... read more

Delighting in God!
      "Delight yourself in the Lord — and He shall give you the desires of your heart!" Psalm 37:4 Delighting in worldly things — effectually prevents our delighting in God . Therefore it is often the case, that the Lord strips us of these things, or inc ... read more

Divine Chastening
       "You shall also consider in your heart, that, as a man chastens his son--so the Lord your God chastens you." Deuteronomy 8:5 Punishment flows from justice--chastening flows from love. The former is inflicted by the judge, the latter is adminis ... read more

Fear And Folly
      "And Adam said: I heard your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself!" Genesis 3:10 Sin is the source of both fear and folly . Sin produces guilt ; guilt fills with fear ; and fear betrays into folly . Every ... read more

Fellowship with God
      First. Fellowship supposes knowledge. There can be no fellowship with God, without a knowledge of God. The gospel brings the true knowledge of God to men, and under the teaching of the Holy Spirit, we receive into our hearts the knowledge of Jehovah in Je ... read more

Follow Me
      "Follow Me!" John 21:19 "They follow the Lamb wherever He goes!" Revelation 14:4 He who would be found in good company--must accept the Savior's invitation, and follow him. He calls us to him, as the Author of eternal salvation, and invi ... read more

Full Confidence in Jesus
      A death-bed is a great revealer. What will do for life and health--will not often do for a sick bed and a dying hour. Many people have a religion which will satisfy them while external things go tolerably well with them--but if called to pass through the ... read more

God Leading His People Through The Wilderness
      How much we have to be thankful for. How many reasons we have to praise God. No wonder that the Lord's people of old, so frequently commemorated the Lord's mercy; for everything short of Hell — is mercy! Everything he did for them, or conferred upon the ... read more

God's Remedy for Man's Malady
       "From the sole of your foot to the top of your head, no spot is uninjured--but wounds and bruises and putrefying sores! They have not been cleansed or bandaged or soothed with oil." Isaiah 1:6 The whole race of mankind, in consequence of the f ... read more

God's Special Treasure!
      "For you are a holy people, who belong to the Lord your God. Of all the people on earth, the Lord your God has chosen you to be his own special treasure!" Deuteronomy 7:6 By nature all people are alike. Descended from one parent, partaking of one and t ... read more

God, the Portion of His People
      "I will be a Father unto you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty." 2 Corinthians 6:18 Tried Christian, you are not an orphan! You have a Father! God, in all the glory of his nature and perfections, is your Father! He h ... read more

Grace for the Humble
      "He gives us more grace. God opposes the proud--but gives grace to the humble." James 4:6 We have no humility by nature. There may be a softness of disposition, and a readiness to yield to others--but there is no true humility. That is a fruit of ... read more

Heaven upon Earth
      "As the days of heaven upon the earth." Deuteronomy 40:21 Few things are more important than truth. Nothing is so important as the truth of God. It is our light, our map, and our food, through the whole journey. In the context, Moses is giving di ... read more

How Shall I Honor Jesus Today?
      Awaking from a comfortable night's rest, strengthened and refreshed in body, before rushing into the business of the world, a few moments may be spared to ask a necessary question, How shall I honor Jesus today? That we should aim to honor the Savior, I s ... read more

I Expect Great Things Then
       "In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with Me that you also may be where I am!" John 14:2 ... read more

Is it Time?
      The Lord Jesus says, "Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness." The best things--should be sought first. The most important things--should be secured first. It is time for you to think seriously. Eternity stamps a seriousness on every ... read more

Israel's Need — and God's Mercy
      Life is but a journey — a journey from the present fleeting world, to the eternal world. "By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could trave ... read more

Jesus, the Resurrection and the Life
      Many circumstances connected with the recent war, were deeply affecting. Many a godly soldier fell in the battle field; no doubt, many had fellowship with the God of peace, while surrounded by all the horrors of war. Many incidents of a touching character ... read more

Job's Inquiry
       "How many iniquities and sins have I committed?" Job 13:23 What a solemn question for a sinner to ask! Who can answer it? Alas, who of us can say, I have lived one waking hour without sin? We have sinned every day, every hour, every minute. From ... read more

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