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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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I forced myself, therefore, and offered
      I forced myself, therefore, and offered a burnt‑offering. Sam. xiii. 12. THIS was wholly outside Saul's province. Samuel had engaged to arrive within the seven days: they had nearly expired, and still there were no signs of the prophet; ... read more

I hate him; for he never prophesied
      I hate him; for he never prophesied good unto me, but always evil. 2 Chron. xviii. 7. THIS was a very naive confession. Of course, Micaiah could not speak good of Ahab, whose life was diametrically opposed to all that was God‑like and hol ... read more

I have also given thee that which
      I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked. 1 Kings iii. 13. THE understanding heart was Solomon's supreme request, and it was given him before the morning light had broken over Jerusalem. But God did exceeding abundantly beyond wh ... read more

I have commanded the ravens . .
      I have commanded the ravens . . . a widow women . . . there. 1 Kings xvii. 4, 9. WE must be where God desires. ‑‑ Elijah spoke of himself as always standing before the Lord God of Israel. He deemed himself as much a courtier in the ... read more

I have found the book of the law in the
      I have found the book of the law in the house of the Lord. 2 Chon. xxxiv. 15, 18. IT is supposed that this was the Book of Deuteronomy; though we have no sympathy whatever with a modern notion with respect to its discovery. In our judgment that ... read more

I have hallowed this house
      I have hallowed this house which thou hast built. 1 Kings ix. 3. MAN builds; God hallows. This co‑operation between man and God pervades all life. Man performs the outward and mechanical; God the inward and spiritual. Paul plants, Apollos ... read more

I have poured out my soul before the Lord
      I have poured out my soul before the Lord.1 Sam. i. 15. HANNAH'S soul was fall of complaint and grief, which flowed over into her face and made it sorrowful. But when she had poured out her soul before the Lord, emptying out all its bitterness, t ... read more

I know that my Redeemer liveth.
      I know that my Redeemer liveth. Job xix. 25. THOSE words express the deepest and most radiant conviction of believing hearts. "He lives, the great Redeemer lives!" Man did his worst; the nail, the cross, the spear, were bitter; but He liveth! De ... read more

I was at ease, and He brake me asunder.
      I was at ease, and He brake me asunder. Job xvi. 12 (R.V.). THE other day, it was the Lord's Day morning, two sparrows fell from the leads of my church into the vestry, which has a lofty glass skylight. As soon as they had recovered from their as ... read more

I was strengthened, as the hand of
      I was strengthened, as the hand of the Lord my God was upon me. Ezra vii. 28. IT was no small work that the good Ezra had undertaken. To lead a great expedition across the inhospitable desert; to convoy the sacred vessels and a large treasure o ... read more

I was the king's cupbearer.
      I was the king's cupbearer. Neh. i. 11. THE post was an important one. It gave its occupant the opportunity of coming into close contact with the king; it implied a character of unusual trustworthiness, since Oriental despots were very afraid of ... read more

I will give thee riches.
      I will give thee riches. 2 Chron. 1. 11, 12. SOLOMON had chosen wisdom and knowledge that he might honour God in the sight of his people. And in return God honoured him, and supplemented his choice with abundant wealth. This reminds one of the ... read more

If there be with him a messenger,
      If there be with him a messenger, an interpreter. Job xxxiii. 23. GOD is greater than man, and by his love seeks to hold man back from his purpose. Sometimes He comes in the visions of the night; sometimes in pain and sickness. But we are too d ... read more

If thou return to the Almighty.
      If thou return to the Almighty. Job xxii. 23. THESE words introduce a most exquisite picture of the blessings consequent on return to God. They do not fit the case of Job, to whom they were addressed, because he had not left God; and they sound st ... read more

If thou wert pure and upright, surely now
      If thou wert pure and upright, surely now he would awake for thee. Job viii. 6. SO Bildad spoke, suggesting that Job was not pure and upright, since God did not appear to deliver him. The premises from which he argued were that God always deliv ... read more

In Him
      THE sponge, as it expands in its native seas, is in the clear warm water; and the water is in it. Thus there is a double In-ness between the Lord and the soul that loves Him. He is in the believer, as the sap is in the vine, and the spirit of energetic li ... read more

In the plain of Jordan did
      In the plain of Jordan did the king cast them. 1 Kings vii. 46. THE Apostle tells us to obey from the heart that mould or form of doctrine to which we were delivered (Rom. vi. 17). What a mould is to the metal which is wrought into various form ... read more

In the Secret of His Presence
      IN ONE SENSE God is always near us. He is not an Absentee, needing to be brought down from the heavens or up from the deep. He is nigh at hand. His Being pervades all being. Every world, that floats like an islet in the ocean of space, is filled with sign ... read more

Indwelling of Christ
      God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly ... read more

Intimate Communion with Christ
      We may know Him personally, intimately, face to face. Christ does not live back in the centuries, nor amid the clouds of heaven: He is near us, with us, compassing our path and our lying down, and acquainted with all our ways. But we cannot know Him in t ... read more

Is it peace, Jehu? And he answered,
      Is it peace, Jehu? And he answered, What peace? 2 Kings ix. 22. WE all want peace. Of every telegraph messenger, as he puts the buff‑coloured envelope into our hands, we ask almost instinctively, Is it peace? If there is a rumour of war, ... read more

It was not found.
      It was not found. Neh. vii. 64. CERTAIN claimed the maintenance of the priests, and were challenged to show their name in the register of the priestly line. In all likelihood they were descended from the sons of Aaron, but through marriage outside ... read more

It went evil with his house.
      It went evil with his house. 1 Chron. vii. 23. IT is an old‑world tale, and those tears have long since been wiped away. What led to the death of so many of the stalwart sons of Ephraim is not quite clear; but apparently they made a raid fro ... read more

Job opened his mouth, and cursed his day.
      Job opened his mouth, and cursed his day. Job iii. 1. THAT is, the day of his birth. Probably there have been hours in the majority of lives in which men have wished that they had never been born. When they have stood beside the wreck of all earth ... read more

Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned
      Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned and renounced God in their hearts. Job i. 5 (R.V.). TIMES of festivity are always full of temptation. The loins are relaxed, the girdle of the soul is loosed. Amid the general hilarity and the passin ... read more

Jotham became mighty, because he
      Jotham became mighty, because he ordered his ways. 2 Chron. xxvii. 6 (R.V.). THERE is a lower sense in which this holds good in daily and business life. You can hardly imagine a really successful man being untidy and disorderly. Method is the l ... read more

      Matthew 7:1-12 There is abundant need for a right and sound judgment, illumined by the Spirit of truth; but there is a world of difference between it and the censorious and critical opinions which we are apt to form and utter about others. Human nature i ... read more

Justification by Faith
      For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the Scripture say? "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness" (Romans 4:2-3). "Though justification costs us nothing but ... read more

King Ahaz sent to Urijah the fashion of the
      King Ahaz sent to Urijah the fashion of the alter and the pattern of it. 2 Kings xvi. 10. THE fashion of this world passeth away like a fleeting dream; or like the panorama of clouds that constitutes a pavilion of the setting sun, but which, wh ... read more

Knowest thou?
      Knowest thou? Job xxxix. 1. THE catechism of this chapter is designed to convince man of his ignorance. How little he knows of nature! Even though centuries of investigation and research have passed, there are still many questions which baffle us. ... read more

Largeness of heart.
      Largeness of heart. 1 Kings iv. 29. WE must all admit that our soul is too narrow. It holds too little, knows too little, is deficient in willpower, and, above all, in capacity of love; and when we are called to run in the way of God's commandmen ... read more

Let the shadow return backward ten degrees.
      Let the shadow return backward ten degrees. 2 Kings xx. 10. IT is impossible for us to understand how this could be. The shadow of the declining day waxes ever longer, and only a miracle could change its appearance on the dial. It may suggest some ... read more

Let us behave ourselves valiantly for our people,
      Let us behave ourselves valiantly for our people, and for the cities of our God. 1 Chron. xix. 13. THOSE were days in which rough soldiers, like Joab, did not hesitate to speak freely of God to their companions in arms. It is a sorry thing that ... read more

Let us build with you.
      Let us build with you. Ezra iv. 2. AT first the world does its best to intimidate the Church; then it asks to be permitted to join with it. A most subtle temptation this. The child of God is greatly inclined to yield; the proposal seems so harmles ... read more

Let us fetch the Ark of the Covenant of the Lord
      Let us fetch the Ark of the Covenant of the Lord. 1 Sam. iv. 3. ISRAEL had been defeated with great loss. Their only hope of being able to hold their own against the Philistines and the people of the land was in the protection and help vouchsafed ... read more

Like unto Josiah was there
      Like unto Josiah was there no king before him. 2 Kings xxiii. 25. THIS chapter is a marvellous record of cleansing and purging. We are led from one item to another of drastic reform. Nothing was spared that savoured of idolatry. Priests and alt ... read more

Like unto the flesh of a little child.
      Like unto the flesh of a little child. 2 Kings v. 14. IS there any fabric woven on the loom of time to be compared in perfect beauty to the flesh of a little child, on which, as yet, no scar or blemish can be traced? So sweet, so pure, so clean. I ... read more

      Let us then understand why men are cast away. I take the first case, that of Esau. He comes in from hunting. He is born to the birthright. The birthright includes the power of standing between God and the clan, speaking to God for men. He is famished. Yo ... read more

Living The Life Of Jesus
      As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me (John 6:57) An eastern prince was accustomed to retire for an hour every morning to a certain chamber in his palace, which was carefully reserve ... read more

Lord, there is none beside
      Lord, there is none beside Thee to help. 2 Chron. xiv. 11 (R.V.) REMIND God of his entire responsibility. ‑‑ "There is none beside thee to help." The odds against Asa were enormous. There were a million of men in arms against him, ... read more

Love: On God's Side
      GOD'S LOVE FLOWS TO US THROUGH THE CHANNEL OF THE BELOVED. (Ephesians 1:6) We must not think that the Father loves us because our Saviour interposed between his wrath and us, and made Him love us. To think this is heresy indeed. We cannot separate betwee ... read more

Love: On Our Side
      IN ITS deepest sense love is the perquisite of Christianity. There is something like it, in germ, at least, outside the school of Christ; just as wild flowers on the hedgerows recall the rich splendour of the hothouse. But in all such there are flaws, tra ... read more

Loving-kindness Better than Life
      The holy apostle, whose earliest lessons of the love of God were conned as he leaned on the bosom of Christ, tells us, in words deep and simple as some translucent lake, that "we have known and believed the love that God hath to us." They are wonderful wo ... read more

      "Give me a possession of a burying-place with you; that I may bury my dead out of my sight." -- Genesis 23:4. "And Abraham buried Sarah, his wife, in the cave of the field of Machpelah, before Mamre." -- Genesis 23:19. When Abraham came down the slo ... read more

Man in Christ
      CHRIST is the ideal man. Once, in the course of the ages, the plant of human nature seemed to bear a perfect flower of stainless purity and ineffable loveliness. The black touch of the world's sin could not befoul it. The storms that swept over it might s ... read more

      "This Melchizedec, King of Salem, priest of the Most High God." -- Hebrews 7:1. Christ is here! The passage is fragrant with the ointment of His name. Our hands drop with myrrh, and our fingers with sweet-smelling myrrh, as we lay them upon the handles ... read more

Men see not the bright light which
      Men see not the bright light which is in the clouds. Job xxxvii. 21. THE world owes much of its beauty to cloudland. The unchanging blue of the Italian sky hardly compensates for the changefulness and glory of the clouds. Clouds also are the ci ... read more

Mine integrity.
      Mine integrity. Job xxxi. 6. INTEGRITY is from the Latin word integrita, wholeness. It means whole‑heartedness. It is interesting in this chapter to see what, in Job's estimation, it involved. v.1. Purity in the look. v.7. Cleanliness ... read more

My righteousness I hold fast, and
      My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let go. Job xxvii. 6. JOB had an ideal and clung to it. Have you such? A vision of what you may be, and, by the grace of God, will aim at being. Bishop Westcott says: ‑‑ "The vision of the ... read more

Naboth's Vineyard
      In a room of the palace, Ahab, king of Israel, lies upon his couch with his face toward the wall, refusing to eat. What has taken place? Has disaster befallen the royal arms? Have the priests of Baal been again massacred? Is his royal consort dead? No, th ... read more

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