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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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Keep Close to Christ
       A minister of Christ was dying. He had a young sister whom he tenderly loved, and in whose welfare he felt the deepest interest. She came to pay the last visit, and receive from his lips the last words of advice. The words of a dying minister, realizing ... read more

Light for a Dark House
      Man is born to trouble--when he is born into the world of nature; and he is also born to trouble--when he is born into the world of grace. Every man has his trouble--but a Christian man has a double share. "Many are the afflictions of the righteous," but ... read more

Mixed Marriages
       "She is free to marry anyone she wishes--but he must belong to the Lord." 1 Corinthians 7:39 Young friends, do you profess Christ? If so, take care what marital connections you form. Never consent to marry any one in opposition to the plain pr ... read more

      How much is sometimes conveyed to the mind by one word, especially by one inspired word. This word, NEVERTHELESS , has often been profitable to me; for it has conveyed sweet comfort , strong encouragement , and a powerful stimulus to me. I propose therefo ... read more

Obstinacy and Folly
      "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!" Luke 13:34 Mas is a strange creature ... read more

On Desires
      "Lord, my every desire is known to You; my sighing is not hidden from You!" Psalm 38:9 I find much of my of true religion, consists in desires. I often examine myself lest I should rest short of the mark; and it is often the case that all I can f ... read more

Our Comforter
       THE COMFORTER--A DIVINE PERSON "Then Peter said: Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit...You have not lied to men--but to God." Acts 5:3-4 Everything that characterizes a person ... read more

Our Condition — God's Mercy!
      Many of the Psalms are poetic records of God's mercy towards His ancient people, calling upon them to bless and praise His most glorious name. Israel's history forms a mirror in which we see our own spiritual history. Oh for grace, so to read it, meditate ... read more

Our Father's Demand
       "A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If I am a father--where is My honor? And if I am a master, where is your fear of Me?" Malachi 1:6 A profession of the Christian religion involves solemn obligations. The Lord expects us to be ... read more

Paul's Seven Wishes
      Wishing is generally fruitless, and sometimes sinful. Resignation is generally better than wishing, and acquiescence in God's will, more so still. But it is natural to desire what we esteem to be good — and grace only regulates and sanctifies this exerc ... read more

Pleasing God
      "Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more!" 1 Thessalonians 4:1 My mind is struck with the idea. I ask, "Is it possi ... read more

Power! Power!
      We greatly need spiritual power in the present day. We abound in means of grace, in opportunities to do good, in incentives to holiness; but we are very feeble! Who that hears us pray, sees us work, or studies our characters--but must see that we are weak ... read more

       True praise includes--a grateful acknowledgment of mercies--glorifying God for his goodness--and a celebrating the excellencies of Jehovah with thankfulness. In praise we confess ourselves unworthy, indebted, and laid under great obligation for kindness ... read more

       Real prayer is the going forth of the soul to the Lord to communicate its needs, wishes, and requests. It is making known our feelings, fears, and troubles, unto our God. It is pleading with our King for life, liberty, and blessedness. It is pleading wit ... read more

Precept And Prayer
      Precepts call for prayers , for as they point out God's requirements, and call upon us for obedience; they also teach us our weakness, and our need of Divine strength. David seems to have felt this, and therefore he says, "You have commanded us to keep yo ... read more

Precious Promises for Aged Saints
      "Your shoes shall be iron and brass; and as your days — so shall your strength be!" Deuteronomy 33:25 "Do not cast me away when I am old; do not forsake me when my strength is gone!" Psalm 71:9 "Since my youth, O God, You have taught me, and to th ... read more

Precious Things from the Everlasting Hills
       "Sanctify them by the truth; Your Word is truth." John 17:17 All saving and sanctifying truth is from God. It was conceived in his heart, communicated by his Holy Spirit, and is to be found in his word. It is intended for our use, to enlighten ... read more

      "Let us go across to the outpost of those pagans," Jonathan said to his armor bearer. "Perhaps the Lord will help us, for nothing can hinder the Lord. He can win a battle whether he has many warriors or only a few!" 1 Samuel 14:6 Iseael was in di ... read more

Redeeming Love!
      "He gave Himself for us — that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous for good works." Titus 2:14 The first and second advent of Christ are frequently presented to our notice together in the New Testa ... read more

      RELIGION is a term which is used by different people in a very different sense; and men are reckoned religious by very different rules. If a man goes to a place of worship, attends to certain religious duties, and abstains from certain flagrant sins--he i ... read more

Remember the Lord
      Nehemiah 4:14 Nehemiah 4:14 NIV 14 After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons ... read more

Secure Christ for Your Friend
      A Christian was dying. The things of time were fast fading from his view. Eternity, with all its glorious realities, was just bursting upon him. He had tried once more the foundation on which he was resting--and found it solid rock. He had peace in his he ... read more

Seven Solemn Subjects!
       1. SIN is the object of the believer's hatred, and the daily cause of grief; he feels it working within him, and discovers it in all he performs. Every thought, word, and action, is defiled by it--and he groans being burdened with it. He is delivered f ... read more

Strangers And Pilgrims!
      "All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth!" Hebrews 11:13 Every bel ... read more

The Believer's Portion!
      "You are my portion, O Lord!" Psalm 119:57 Many people are proud of their possessions, and boast of their wealth; yet their possessions are very limited, and their wealth has wings, and may at any time flee away! A Christian may not be proud — but ... read more

The Better Land
       The Border Land "The time has come for my departure. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me ... read more

The Bitterness Of Sin!
      "Your ways and your deeds have procured these things unto you! This is your wickedness — it is bitter, because it reaches unto your heart!" Jeremiah 4:18 Sin is the most dark subject that can engage our attention — but we have become so familiar wi ... read more

The Children of God
       It is the honor and happiness of some to be thus related to the Lord; "born again not of corruptible seed--but of incorruptible, which lives and abides forever." The Holy Spirit quickens them to feel their malady and misery, and enlightens them to see th ... read more

The Christian's Preservative
       It is a melancholy truth, which every day's experience corroborates, that the seed of every evil still lurks in our fallen nature, and is ready to break out into action if an opportunity presents itself; and, notwithstanding the promises made in the goo ... read more

The Complaint
      ( James Smith , 1864) "O my God, my soul is cast down within me !" Psalm 42:6 And why are you cast down? "My heart is burdened with a sense of my short-comings. Every holy duty I perform is so imperfect. Every good purpose I form is so soon fru ... read more

The Elect of God
       "For He chose us in Him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in His sight." Ephesians 1:4 How surprising the grace, how astonishing the fact--that sinners, enemies to God, and children of wrath--should be elect of God! ... read more

The Fame of Jesus
       Yes, Jesus is indeed famous; his fame is spread through the ranks of angels, the hosts of devils, the carnal multitude, and especially in his church. His love for poor sinners, and the grace displayed in his conduct toward them, entitles him to ... read more

The Fearful Destiny!
       The sinners in Zion are terrified! Terror has surprised the hypocrites! "Who can live with this devouring fire?" they cry. "Who can survive these everlasting burnings?" Isaiah 33:14 The threatenings of God are solemn things. They are called fort ... read more

The Greatest Loss
      Some time ago, two friends met in Gloucester market, and entered into conversation. The one was somewhat cast down, and began to tell a long mournful tale of losses he had experienced. The other heard him patiently for a time, and then said, "But you have ... read more

The Lamb's Book of Life
       The Lord Jesus Christ is often represented in sacred Scripture by the figure of a LAMB, either to set forth the mildness, patience, and loveliness of his nature; or the design of his incarnation, which was that he might offer himself as a sacrifice to Go ... read more

The Matter Cleared Up!
      I had been passing through a series of trials--had been exercised with bitter disappointments, and was plied with powerful temptations. Gloom rested on the spirit, discontent was working in the mind, and the whole body was in a very irritable state. Every ... read more

The Name of Jesus
       "You are to name Him Jesus--because He will save His people from their sins!" Matthew 1:21 There is a savor and sweetness in all the names of Immanuel, but there is something peculiarly sweet, harmonious and precious in this of 'Jesus'. It conve ... read more

The Need of the Times
       "So Ahab mustered the troops of the 232 commanders. Then he called out the rest of the army of Israel, some 7,000 men. About noontime, as Ben-hadad and the thirty-two allied kings were still in their tents drinking themselves into a stupor, the troops of ... read more

The One Mediator!
      "There is one Mediator between God and men — the man Christ Jesus." 1 Timothy 2:5 The mediation of Christ is the glory of the gospel! No one has seen the glory of the method of grace — who has not distinctly, clearly, and spiritually seen the natur ... read more

The Person and Work of Christ
      What a wonderful person is my glorious Lord! One with Jehovah the Father--and one with me; possessing all that is peculiar to Godhead--and all that is essential to manhood. Equal with the Father, having attribute for attribute, perfection for perfection; ... read more

The Physician!
      "Those who are whole do not need a physician — but those who are sick." Matthew 9:12 When the Lord Jesus was upon earth, he spent much of his time among the common people . He was often found visiting and teaching those who were considered great sinn ... read more

The Power of Christ
      "The Lord Jesus Christ, who is able even to subdue all things unto himself" Philippians 3:20-21 There is nothing that we need so much as power. The Lord has been teaching us this for a considerable time. We have plenty of means--but without power ... read more

The Proper Aim of a Christian's Life
      "Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God , as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more!" 1 Thessalonians 4:1 "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do — do it ... read more

The Restless Bed
      What is sown now — will be reaped in eternity. Eternal life is the free gift of a gracious God. Eternal punishment is the just wages of eternal sin. We deserve Hell now — but we may escape it by fleeing to Jesus. If we refuse to do so — the ... read more

The Righteous Man's Privilege
      "For surely, O Lord, you bless the righteous! You surround them with your favor as with a shield!" Psalm 5:12 When we read the Psalms of David we are constantly struck with the manner in which he sighs for, and seeks close, sensible, and heart-af ... read more

The Savior's Demand
      "Do you love Me?" John 21:17 WHO is it that makes such a demand upon me, and inquires after my love? It is Jesus, the sinner's Friend--the glorious Savior. Love You! Yes, Lord, you know that I love you? The great desire of my soul, and c ... read more

The Stimulus
      "I will bless you!" Genesis 13:2 God had called Abram to perform a difficult duty. He was required to leave his country and his kindred, and to go to an unknown land, simply because God bade him do so. This required a simple faith, and a strong s ... read more

The True Christian
       The true Christian is born from above, partakes of the divine nature, and is taught by the Holy Spirit. He knows himself to be a vile, corrupt, and polluted sinner. He has felt condemned, confessed the justice of God in his expected doom--and sought pard ... read more

The True Light
      "A light to enlighten the Gentiles." Luke 2:32 The whole world once had the knowledge of God--but as the Gentiles did not like to retain the knowledge of God--God gave them over to a mind void of judgment, and so they became vain in their imagina ... read more

The True Remedy
      Nothing is so important when the body is badly diseased — as to procure and apply the right remedy in good time. For lack of this, many have suffered long, and at length died . It was not because there was no remedy — but because they did not know it; ... read more

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