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F.B. Meyer

F.B. Meyer (1847 - 1929)

Read freely text sermons and articles by the speaker F.B. Meyer in text and pdf format. A contemporary and friend of D. L. Moody and A. C. Dixon, was a Baptist pastor and evangelist in England involved in ministry and inner city mission work on both sides of the Atlantic. Author of numerous religious books and articles, many of which remain in print today, he was described in an obituary as The Archbishop of the Free Churches.

Meyer was part of the Higher Life Movement and was known as a crusader against immorality. He preached against drunkenness and prostitution. He is said to have brought about the closing of hundreds of saloons and brothels. Meyer wrote over 40 books, including Christian biographies and devotional commentaries on the Bible. He, along with seven other clergymen, was also a signatory to the London Manifesto asserting that the Second Coming was imminent in 1918. His works include The Way Into the Holiest:, Expositions on the Epistle to the Hebrews (1893) ,The Secret of Guidance, Our Daily Homily and Christian Living.

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As thy servant was busy here
      As thy servant was busy here and there, he was gone. 1 Kings xx. 40. THIS was likely enough to happen on a battlefield. It would not be possible to hold your prisoner, and to busy yourself about other things at the same time. This man, in the ... read more

Asa did . . . right in the eyes
      Asa did . . . right in the eyes of the Lord, as did David his father. 1 Kings xv. 11. IT is a great thing to have such a testimony as this. We may do right in our own eyes; yet the eye of the Lord may detect evil which neither our associates no ... read more

baal. 1 Chon. viii. 33, 34.
      baal. 1 Chon. viii. 33, 34. BAAL was the idol‑god of Zidon and of many surrounding nations. This idol, representing the sun in his productive force, was worshipped with impure and scandalous rites. The introduction of this name into the appe ... read more

      Matthew 3:13-17 While John was denouncing the sins of others, he was very conscious of his own. He melted in holy humility before the one nature in which his keen eye detected no trace of impurity, and he strenuously strove to forbid the incongruity of h ... read more

      "I am the Almighty God: walk before Me, and be thou perfect." -- Genesis 17:1. Thirteen long years passed slowly on after the return of Hagar to Abraham's camp. The child Ishmael was born, and grew up in the patriarch's house -- the acknowledged heir o ... read more

Because he slew the Gibeonites.
      Because he slew the Gibeonites. 2 Sam, xxi. 1. THE Gibeonites were under the protection of a special covenant, which had been entered into between them and Joshua. That covenant was the outcome of a ruse on their part. But since it had been most ... read more

Because I bare him with sorrow.
      Because I bare him with sorrow. 1 Chron. iv. 9. THE products of sorrow have been the rarest gifts to mankind. The books, hymns, discoveries, deeds, to which men and women have been urged by sorrow, or which have been born into the world amid heart ... read more

Because the Lord loveth His people, He hath
      Because the Lord loveth His people, He hath made thee King over them. 2 Chron. ii. 11(R.V.). HOW truly might these words be addressed to our blessed Lord! Because God loved the world, He gave his only‑begotten Son, his well‑beloved, ... read more

Because thou obeyest not the voice
      Because thou obeyest not the voice of the Lord, therefore . . . 1 Sam. xxviii. 18. THUS unforgiven sin comes back to a man. We cannot explain the mysteries that lie around this incident; but it is clear that in that supreme hour of Saul's fate ... read more

Behold, an angel touched him.
      Behold, an angel touched him. 1 Kings xix. 5. IN all probability the angels often touch us when danger is near, threatening our health and life, or when foul fiends step up to us with hideous temptation. They find us out, especially when, like Eli ... read more

Behold, God is mighty, and despiseth not any.
      Behold, God is mighty, and despiseth not any. Job xxxvi. 5. WHAT entrancing assurances are contained in this and the preceding sentence! To think that in all our wayfarings through this world One that is perfect in knowledge is always with us, and ... read more

Behold, the battle was before and behind.
      Behold, the battle was before and behind. 2 Chron, xiii. 14. ABIJAH'S address is full of true and noble utterances, especially when he describes God as being the Captain of the Host; and this spirit soon permeated his people, so that when the bat ... read more

Behold, the mountain was full of horses and
      Behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha. 2 Kings vi. 17. SO it is with each of God's saints. We cannot see, because of the imperfection of mortal vision, the harnessed squadrons of fire and light; but th ... read more

Behold, there is in this city a man of God
      Behold, there is in this city a man of God. Sam. ix. 6. THERE is a street in London, near St. Paul's, which I never traverse without very peculiar feelings. It is Godliman Street. Evidently the name is a corruption of godly man. Did some saint of ... read more

Beside the Drying Brook
      We are studying the life of a man of like passions with ourselves, one who was weak where we are weak, failing where we would fail. But he stood, single-handed, against his people and stemmed the tide of idolatry and sin and turned a nation back to God. A ... read more

Blessed be the Lord thy God,
      Blessed be the Lord thy God, which delighted in thee. 1 Kings x. 9. THERE were two reasons why Solomon was on the throne. First, because of God's love to him; secondly, because of God's love to Israel. May we not address our Saviour with simi ... read more

      Matthew 5:38-48 In mentioning the second mile, our Lord refers to a well-known Eastern custom of forwarding messages by relays of forced labor. We leave our homes on a given morning, anticipating no evil. Suddenly and unexpectedly there are sounds of hor ... read more

      Matthew 7:24-29 In the Syrian summer, when the soil is baked hard by the intense heat, any spot will serve equally well as the site of a house. No one can say whether his neighbor has built well or ill-only the builder knows. But in the winter the rain f ... read more

Burdens, and What to Do with Them
      Do You keep the Sabbath? Not indeed the literal seventh-day rest, but the inner rest of which that day was the blessed type. The pause in the outward business of life was but a parable of that inner hush, which is not for one day but for all days; not for ... read more

But Mordecai bowed not.
      But Mordecai bowed not. Esther iii. 2. THERE was stern stuff in this old Jew. He was not going to prostrate himself before one so haughty and so depraved as Haman, albeit that he was the king's favourite. To be the only one in a city office that ... read more

But now it is come unto thee,
      But now it is come unto thee, and thou faintest. Job iv. 5 (R.V.). IT is much easier to counsel others in their trouble than to bear it ourselves. Full often the soul, which has poured floods of consolation on others, feels sadly in need of a t ... read more

But the thing displeased Samuel....
       But the thing displeased Samuel.... And Samuel prayed unto the Lord. 1 Sam. viii. 6. A LITTLE further down in the chapter we learn that Samuel rehearsed the words of the people unto the Lord. His prayer, to a large extent, was a rehearsal o ... read more

Canst thou bind the cluster of
      Canst thou bind the cluster of the Pleiades? Job xxxviii. 31 (R.V.). THE seven stars of the Pleiades always stand for the sweet influences of spring; Orion for the storm and tempest. In this sublime catechism, Jehovah asks Job if he has any con ... read more

Canst thou by searching find out God?
      Canst thou by searching find out God? Job xi. 7. THERE is but one answer to that question. No one can. The very angels veil their faces before the insufferable glory of his face. "The firstborn sons of light Desire in vain his ... read more

Cease not to cry unto the Lord our God
      Cease not to cry unto the Lord our God. 1 Sam. vii, 8. SAMUEL was famous for his prayers. They are repeatedly referred to in the brief record of his life. In the Psalms he is spoken of as the one "who called upon God's name." Indeed, he fought ... read more

Chosen to be porters . . appointed over the furniture; . .
      Chosen to be porters . . appointed over the furniture; . . the singers. 1 Chron. ix. 22, 29, 31, 33. WHAT a busy scene is suggested in these words! When the morning broke, it called to duty first the porters who opened the House of God; and the ... read more

      We have now dealt with the will, and have seen that our curse is the self, life. We have also learned that Jesus Christ can take the place of self. I want now to show what Jesus Christ can be, and may the Holy Spirit glorify Christ! 1Co_10:11 : 'Now all ... read more

      HERE again I Welcome, thrice welcome! The darkest, shortest days of the year are an appropriate season to select for the Yule-log, the good cheer, the home-gatherings, the presents and gifts of young and old, which Christmas brings! The Yule-log! How w ... read more

Come let us go to Gilgal, and renew
      Come let us go to Gilgal, and renew the Kingdom there. 1 Sam. xi. 14. IT is good to have days and occasions for renewing the kingdom. Already Saul had been anointed king. It was a recognised matter that he should inaugurate the days of the king ... read more

Created In Him
      CREATE is one of the great words of the Bible. It is its peculiar possession. Other religious books have their cosmogonies, and attempt to explain how all things came to be. The process of production is traced as far back as possible; but they dare not sp ... read more

Dagon was fallen upon his face to the earth
      Dagon was fallen upon his face to the earth before the Ark of the Lord. 1 Sam. v. 3. THE idols of the heathen represent demons who are their accepted gods, just as the Ark was the symbol of the presence of Jehovah. In the one case there was a m ... read more

David behaved himself wisely
      David behaved himself wisely. 1 Sam, xviii. 5, 14, 15, 30. THERE must be some strong reason for the four‑fold repetition of this phrase in so short a space. It is as though the Holy Ghost would lay very distinct stress on the Divine prudence ... read more

David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.
      David encouraged himself in the Lord his God. 1 Sam. xxx. 6. HIS God! Doubtless the chronicler heard him say repeatedly, as he was so fond of saying, "My God, my God. " "I will say unto God, my rock, why hast Thou forsaken me?" Though he had s ... read more

David tarried still at Jerusalem.
      David tarried still at Jerusalem. 2 Sam. xi. 1. AH! fatal dalliance in the arms of sensual ease! It led to David's undoing. It was the time of the year when kings generally went forth to the fight; and in earlier days David would never have thoug ... read more

David wared stronger and stronger,
      David wared stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul wared weaker. 2 Sam. iii. 1. THE war between the flesh and the Spirit is Iong, but the end is sure. As the Baptist said of Jesus, so must the flesh say of the Spirit, He must increase; I ... read more

David, the man of God.
      David, the man of God. Neh. xii. 24, 36, 37, 45, 46. HOW long the influence of David has lingered over the world, like the afterglow of a sunset! Mark the characteristic in him which laid the foundation of his supremacy over the hearts of his coun ... read more

      Phi_2:12-13 : "Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure." "Salvation." "Work out your own salvation." There is a sense in which salvation is finished. There ... read more

      Phi_2:12-13 : "Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure." "Salvation." "Work out your own salvation." There is a sense in which salvation is finished. There ... read more

Do as Thou hast said, that thy name may be
      Do as Thou hast said, that thy name may be magnified for ever. 1 Chron. xvii. 23, 24. THIS is a most blessed phase of true prayer. Many a time we ask for things which are not absolutely promised. We are not sure therefore until we have persever ... read more

Do as Thou hast said.
      Do as Thou hast said. 2 Sam. vii. 25. THIS is the voice of a childlike faith. Note what led to these words. ‑‑ Nathan had just unfolded to the king all the purposes of God's heart towards him. That He would establish his throne, de ... read more

Doth not the ear try words? and the palate
      Doth not the ear try words? and the palate tasteth its meat. Job xii. 11 (R.V.). THERE is no appeal from the verdict of our palate.We know in a moment whether a substance is sweet or bitter, palatable or disagreeable. Now, what the taste is to ... read more

Elisha, tarry here, I pray thee.
      Elisha, tarry here, I pray thee. 2 Kings ii. 2, 4, 6. THRICE Elijah spoke thus to his friend and disciple, to test him. Perseverance, tenacity of purpose, a refusal to be content with anything short of the best, are indispensable conditions for th ... read more

      It was the cherished wish of Dr. Chalmers that he should be granted a Sabbatic decade, after the six decades of work, between the sixtieth and seventieth years of life, so completing its entire week. And it was surely a natural desire on the part of one w ... read more

Every day a portion, all the days
      Every day a portion, all the days of his life 2 Kings xxv. 30 (R.V.). IS it to be supposed that the king of Babylon took more care of Jehoiachin than God will take of us? Jehoiachin had resisted his suzerain, and cost him a great expenditure of ... read more

Every man shall be put to death
      Every man shall be put to death for his own sin. 2 Kings xiv. 6. SO ran the law of Moses. It forbade the imposition of punishment on the relatives of the wrong‑doer, but it had no mercy on him. "The soul that sinneth, it shall die," was ... read more

Every one over against his house.
      Every one over against his house. Neh. iii. 28. THIS is the way to deal with the evil of this world. We are all fonder of starting schemes, forming committees, and discussing methods of work, than in setting definitely to work for ourselves. There ... read more

      BENEATH all exaggeration there is a basis of truth. When an American said that the whey which flowed from the making of a large cheese in his country was sufficient to run three sawmills; and when another affirmed that the soil of his farm was so prolific ... read more

F.B. Meyer Quotes
       Tears are the material out of which heaven weaves its brightest rainbow. Jesus Christ has bought us with His blood, but, alas, He has not had His money's worth! He paid for ALL, and He has had but a fragment of our energy, time and earnings. By an ac ... read more

Fact! Faith! Feeling!
      These three words stand for three most important factors in character and life. We all have to do with them in one form or another, but it is above all things necessary that we should place them in the right order. Most people try to put Feeling firs ... read more

      Without becoming weak in faith he contemplated his own body, now as good as dead since he was about a hundred years old, and the deadness of Sarah’s womb; yet, with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, gi ... read more

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