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       Robert Murray McCheyne
       1813-1843
      
       Robert Murray McCheyne was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, May 21, 1813. He taught himself the Greek alphabet at the age of four. He later distinguished himself as a student of Edinburgh University.
      
       McCheyne became pastor of St. Peter's Church of Dundee, Scotland (Presbyterian), in 1836, after being licensed to preach by the Presbytery of Annan on July 1, 1835. At age 24, he became a member of a mission of inquiry to study the best means of evangelizing the Jews, and visited Palestine for this purpose. While there, he became ill and devoted much of his time to praying for his flock.
      
       And, the famous revival in Dundee began in his church under the ministry of William C. Burns. It continued under McCheyne. The whole city was moved. No less than 39 prayer meetings were held weekly in connection with this church, of which five were carried on wholly by children.
      
       McCheyne died of typhus March 25, 1843. He is buried in the churchyard of St. Peter's. His monument contains the words: "...who died in the thirtieth year of his age and the seventh of his ministry, walking closely with God, an example of the believers in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity, he ceased not day and night to labor and watch for souls, and was honored by his Lord to draw many wanderers out of darkness and to the path of life."
      
       One of the most notable characteristics of the man was the holy consistency of his daily walk. He has been called "one of the loveliest specimens of the Spirit's workmanship." The secret of this was his habitual dependence upon the Spirit of God.


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Affliction brings out graces that cannot be seen in a time of health. It is the treading of the grapes that brings out the sweet juices of the vine; so it is affliction that draws forth submission, weanedness from the world, and complete rest in God. Use afflictions while you have them.

    Topics: Affliction, Health
    Source: Comfort in Sorrow

Affliction shows the power of Christ's blood, when it gives peace in an hour of trouble, when it can make happy in sickness, poverty, persecution and death. Do not be surprised if you suffer, but glorify God.

    Topics: Affliction, Peace, Happiness
    Source: Comfort in Sorrow

Your afflictions may only prove that you are more immediately under the Father's hand. There is no time that the patient is such an object of tender interest to the surgeon, as when he is bleeding beneath his knife. So you may be sure if you are suffering from the hand of a reconciled God, that His eye is all the more bent on you.

    Topics: Affliction

When old companions, old lusts, and sins crowd in upon you, and when you feel that you are ready to sink, what can save you, sinking sinner? This alone - I have a high priest in heaven, and he can support in the hour of affliction. This alone can give you peace - I have a high priest in heaven. When you are dying - when friends can do you no good - when sins rise up like spectres around your bed - what can give you peace? This - "I have a high priest in heaven"

    Topics: Affliction, Jesus, Peace

Learn that urgency in prayer does not so much consist in vehement pleading, as in vehement believing. He that believes most the love and power of Jesus will obtain the most in prayer.

    Topics: Believing, Prayer
    Source: Comfort in Sorrow

Christ frequently gives us the desires of our heart, though not at the peculiar time we desired, but a better time.

    Topics: Blessings
    Source: Comfort in Sorrow

God will either give you what you ask, or something far better.

    Topics: Blessings

The Christian is a person who makes it easy for others to believe in God.

    Topics: Christians

Remember you are God's sword -- His instrument -- I trust a chosen vessel unto Him to bear His name. In great measure, according to the purity and perfections of the instrument will be the success.

    Topics: Christians

The loving and much loved wife is satisfied with the love of her husband; his smile is her joy, she cares little for any other. So, if you have come to Christ, thy Maker is thine husband - His free love to you is all you need, and all you can care for - there is no cloud between you and God - there is no veil between you and the Father; you have access to Him who is the fountain of happiness - what have you to do any more with idols? Oh! if your heart swims in the rays of God's love, like a little mote swimming in the sunbeam, you will have no room in your heart for idols.

    Topics: Contentment, Jesus

We do not know the value of Christ, if we will not cleave to Him unto death!

    Topics: Death
    Source: Comfort in Sorrow

If I could hear Christ praying for me in the next room, I would not fear a million enemies. Yet distance makes no difference. He is praying for me.

    Topics: Enemies

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