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Goodwill

“the good will of Him that dwelleth in the bush” -Moses “with good will doing service as to the Lord!” -Paul “on earth peace, in men good will” -The Heavenly Host Christian, recovering from the set-back caused him by following Mr. Worldly-Wiseman’s counsel, went on once more in The Way with haste, heeding no one. […]

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A Preview of Pilgrim’s Progress

Pilgrim’s Progress was written while John Bunyan was imprisoned for preaching in England and was originally published in 1678. See related articles in this issue: “Living a Pilgrim’s Life” and “The Antithesis and Witnessing.” CONTENTS of Pilgrim’s Progress Author’s Apology for His Book PART I The First Stage. Christian’s deplorable condition—Evangelist directs him—Obstinate and Pliable—Slough of Despond—Worldly Wiseman—Mount […]

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The Land of Beulah

…thy land Beulah…(Isa. 62:4) The pilgrims, Christian and Hopeful, after they got over the trial of Enchanted Ground, entered into the country of Beulah, the pilgrim way to the Heavenly City lying directly through this country. Here no problem of air pollution exists, the atmosphere being very sweet and pleasant. Here the continued singing of […]

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Standfast

“Stand fast in the faith” – I Cor. 16:13 How do you do that – stand fast in the faith? You begin, as did this man, by taking a much simpler stance, on your knees. But he was no longer a neophyte when discovered in such a position. Near the end of his journey, being […]

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Valiant-for-Truth

They are not Valiant-for-the-truth upon the earth. (Jer. 9:3) A superficial glance at the man would write him off as a flashy swashbuckler. He does wear well the dashing swords­man’s hat of the times, is covered with a steel breastplate, topped with a tough, hard leather jacket, and stands with a naked sword in his […]

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Ready-to-Halt

I am Ready to Halt – David (Ps. 38:17) This man is a pattern of every Chris­tian. He was a Mephibosheth, lame on both his feet, and that not merely from childhood, but from birth! In one re­spect, he is a picture of every man, in­capable of doing any good and inclined to all evil. […]

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Great-Heart

God gave him largeness of heart. —I Kings 4:29. This man goes past lions, through the Valleys of Humiliation and the Shadow of death, gets victory over the slain bodies of the Giants Grim, Maul, Slay-good and Despair, to conduct safely pilgrims on their way to the City of Righteousness. He is out-fitted with the […]

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The Shepherd’s Boy

It was a steep way down into the Valley of Humiliation, but Great-heart, guiding Piety and Christiana, encouraged them not to be so afraid of this valley, as there was nothing to hurt them. In fact, it is a fruitful vale, and, although some are hardly beset in this place, it is of the best […]

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Dr. Skill

Christiana’s eldest son, Matthew, took sick one day, adding to the burdens of his widowed mother. Matthew’s father was no more there to watch over and warn his son against the temptations of young manhood. It was not easy for Christiana to be both father and mother to her son. Actually, she doted on him, […]

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Mrs. Timorous – And Our Friendly Visits

Secret had gotten her started. Christiana now with her children is packing up for the heavenly Jerusalem. She will be car­rying in her bosom an epistle from the King, gold letter edition, its pages faintly emitting fragrances of the best perfumes (Song 1:3). She and her children read this golden book daily. Their aim is […]

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