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Food for the Lambs; or, Helps for Young Christians   By: (1861-1933)

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Author of "Christian Conduct," "The Gospel Day," etc.

"Feed my lambs." Bible .

Reprinted 1980


There is much more I should like to write, but I do not think a large book is accepted by the general reader as readily as a smaller one. So lest this grows to too great a size, I have concluded to close it with what I now have written. The selections I have made from other writers are "Spiritual Declension," "Seek First the Kingdom of God," "Stirring the Eagle's Nest," "The Little Foxes," "On Dress," "Victory," and the poems "The Solitary Way," "Sometime," and the closing.

I pray that the sayings of this little volume will animate many a soul to a higher, nobler, holier life. Although it is written to young Christians, it may do some good to older saints. I hope it will. I commit it to the public with no other motive than to do good.


Federalsburg, Md., Sept. 15, 1904.




Feeding the Lambs

Who Are Christ's Lambs

Food for the Lambs

On Fruit Bearing

A Gazing Stock

The Will

God Our Guide

The Word Our Guide

The Spirit's Impressions

God's Providences


Seek First the Kingdom



Reverie (Poem)

A Theater

Rest of the Soul

Happiness of Life (Poem)

The Hidden Life

Consciousness of God's Presence



Love of Home


The First Love

The Little Foxes

Spiritual Declension



On Dress

The Elixir of Life

Rules for Every Day Life

A Holy Life

A Solitary Way (Poem)

Stirring the Eagle's Nest

Some Things You Should Not Do


Means for Growth

Lay Hold of Eternal Life

Crucifixion of Self

Love Not the World

Have a Care (Poem)


The Guardian Angel

Fledging the Wings

Some Time (Poem)

The Precious Ointment

The Tree of Life


Nearer to Thee (Poem)


Closing Exhortation


Out upon the sea of human life sails many a bark. But, alas! how few are sailing tranquil waters. Ascend with me to some solitary height and let us take a view of the innumerable human crafts as they sail out upon life's broad ocean. Many are being tossed to and fro upon the angry billows. Hope is almost gone. As they look forward into the distance all is dark and uncertain. In the early days of their voyage all was peaceful. They looked out over the broad expanse and saw only calm, contented waters, and hope beamed bright. They fancied themselves anchoring, in a ripe old age, in a beautiful haven of rest somewhere behind the setting sun. But they sailed only in the strength of human art. Storms unexpected arose, and winds adverse beat upon them.

The high, wild, angry billows threaten their destruction, and they despair of ever entering their fancied golden port. Above the blackness of the raging storm there is extended a delivering hand, but they see it not. Their eyes are not upward; they are upon the turbulent waves. Oh, how sad! How pellucid would have been the waters and how serene in glory their voyage, if they had embarked in the strength of Him who at their request would have said to the angry waves, "Peace, be still," and all would have been at rest.

Yonder in the distance we see gay, glittering crafts sailing about in a state of unrest. Some are sailing out upon the sea of worldly pleasure in search of happiness. See them rush wildly about. Yonder they seem to see bright, golden waters and hope that true pleasures are to be found there. But, alas! just beneath the surface all is dark and murky and bitter. Some are sailing out upon the highways of worldly fame and honor, others upon the wild stream of worldly riches, all searching for rest and finding none. See the surging, tossing mass of human barks and hear their wail of disappointment as the sweet, golden waters turn to bitter wormwood and gall... Continue reading book >>

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