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PREFACE.

The series of volumes, of which this is the first, is entitled Suggestive Illustrations, because its object is quite as much to suggest other illustrations as to furnish material ready for use. It is not only sifted wheat gathered into the granary for daily consumption, but seed-grain for another and larger harvest.

We often think best while hearing or reading the thoughts of others whose words are fruitful in suggestions, and a'e to the mind what spring sunshine and shadows are to the seeds dormant within the soil.

This series has had a double origin. In the first place it has grown out of my own personal experience. There are certain subjects that I never see with perfect clearness and satisfaction till I see some corresponding illustration in Nature; *' which is, as it were, its double." Almost everything in Nature has its counterpart in the spiritual world. Mrs. Browning sings,

"Earth's crammed with heaven, And every common bush afire with God."

Nature seems to have been created with a purpose to express in visible and concrete forms the spiritual truths we most need in our daily lives. A very large number of our words expressing unseen things are metaphors drawn from physical nature.

"Every-day life," H. Burton says, " to those who have ears to hear, is full of tropes, metaphors, and parables. Take up the commonest words of daily speech, and put them to your ear, and they will sing like shells from the sea. There are whole poems in them, epics, idyls of every sort."

Hence it is natural that what small success I have had as a preacher or teacher, or writer for teachers, has come largely by means of a certain kind of illustrations; not stories, for those I seldom use, but illustrations which illumine a subject as a light within a cathedral illumines the windows, while dull and vague to the outside observer, become, to one within, pictures exquisitely beautiful in form and color.

In this respect as well as in others, Suggestive Illustrations differs so far as I am acquainted, from all other volumes which seek to illustrate the books of the New Testament.

In the second place this series may be called "Chips from the Teacher's Workshop." For the illustrations have been gathered and sifted during all my life as student, pastor, teacher in the Sunday-school, and writer for teachers. It is the summing up of my whole life in this department. May you

"read between the written lines The finer grace of unfulfilled designs."

This book is intended fo be especially helpful to those who lead prayer meetings, particularly the members of Christian Endeavor Societies and Epworth Leagues, to Sunday-school teachers who desire further illustrations than can be found in Select Notes and the other Helps; to pastors and to parents who gather their children for Scripture reading and prayer.

AUBURNDALE, MASS.,

September, 1897.

INDEX.

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ABOU ben Adhem. ......

Battle field of the heart, Victories on. 58
Accompaniments, not causes........ 95 Bearing the burdens of the future.
Actors on fire...................... 377. (Poem)..................
Africans and the mirror ........ .. 37 Beatitudes in Gospel and in Revela-
Alabaster boxes of sympathy .......

418 tion................ :
All these added ; Medical science.... 135 Beatitudes, relation one to another,..
Alpaca, The ; Neither sheep nor Beautiful snow...
goat.......

406 Bell and the clapper ..........
Ambition, Deadly ..................

316 | Bell and its mould ...
Ancestry, Choosing from ......

Bell and the flute .....
Ancient shield only a pot-lid ..... 04 Bell of the angels. (Poem).......
Angelic deliverance. (Poem).

“ Beyond the Dreams of Avarice.".
Angels in the kitchen........

26 | Binghamton water-works .........
Angels ministering. ......

58 | Birds devouring seeds in Syria......
Animals choosing a king ; The test.. 31 Birds, How God cares for them ...
Answers to prayer. ..............

359 Birds, Lessons from..............
Anxieties in Christian lands........ 130 Birds scenting prey ; Crimean war...
Apple in a bottle. ..... ... 333 | Black coal in the sunlight...
Apostles made out of common men.. 201 | Blessed ............
Arbitrary tests....

141 Blind Bartimeus. (Poem)..
Archangels aid to an ant............ 112

112 | Blind boy's experience.. .
Argon ....................... 234, 403 Blind, Compensations for the....
Argus' eyes......

Blind leading the blind.......
Ariosto's story......

300 Blind man and his lantern ......
Aristotle's fancy of one seeing the Blind men ; many in Palestine
sun for first time ...

Blindness, Mental....
Aristotle, Fancy of..

Bloodless Sportsman, The.......
Aromatic clay....................

191 | Bog or brook.
Artificial bee, The....

372 Bonar's, Dr., dream ..........
“As it is in heaven." (Poem).. 112 | Brain, Our double ....
Ask and receive .............. 153 | Branches strewn ; Historic examples.
As little children................... 315 Bright eyes and dark eyes......... ... 199
Assistant teacher, The............

375 Broken vase, The.................
As the wild waters rest ......

227 Brooklyn bridge, Tests of .........
" Aut Cæsar, aut pullus."........... 314 Bruce's heart .......
A wonderful thought. (Poem)...... 208 Buddha, Temptation of...........
Axe at root of the trees............. 39 Building the tombs of the prophets..

Bulstrode Wheelock..........
BAD eye factory.......

Bunyan's Christian, saving his life ..
Ballad of the trees. (Lanier)....... Burden is light.......
Banished kings, The........

Burning Tyndale's testaments.......
Bank of England tests .........
Baptism by John...................

Calls for healing in the East.......
Baptize with the Holy Ghost...... Cape of Storms, to Cape of Good
Barley loaves, Five. (Poem) ....... Hope..........

Casket of promises....
Bar-room changed into parlor....... 435 Casting garn

Casting garments before the Lord...
Barter, A foolish....

Catalysis....
Bartholdi's statue of Liberty ....... Cathedral windows ..............
Bas-relief in Verona covered with Cesarem vehis.........

mastic .......................... 94' City of False Pleasure...........

soli, rancy 01 ...............

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Clay, The plastic. (Poem)......... 332 Deafness to certain sounds...... 246
Cleansing a church. ........

355 Deafness, Peculiar kind of ..
Clock, Non-interference with .. 151 Deafness, Moral ....
Comforted ............

Debt of 10,000 talents...

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Chalmer's Kilmany experience... Debtors in Palestine ........ ... 324
Changes in natural objects ........ 307 Debtors, Roman........... ... 325
Change to be wrought in our bodies.. Delayed blessings office ......
Character, Two sides to............. 141 Delays are not denials. ........
Check, A, as a promise. ............ 360

Deliverance, Two ways of ........
Children and the church............

Demoniacs, modern examples......
Children brought to Jesus. (Poem). 330 Depression from ill-health .....
Children, Caring for the. (Poem).. 332 Desert, The, and rain........ ..... 121
Children joining the church......... Despise not little ones............
Children's voices............... ..

Devil, A personal....
Chloroform, Two experiences under. 434 Devil' sowing tares. (Picture).......

... 252
Choir Invisible, The .............. 352 | Disappointed pray-er ....

ray-er.............. 149
Christ fulfilling the law .......

Disciples rebuking the mothers.....
Christ fulfilling nature ...

Discouraged workers, Examples of..
Christ the light of the world, Pict Diseases," Different kinds, cured by
ure of..................

62 Jesus ...................
Christianity and healing.....

Dispersion of light.
Christianity, Progress of ..

Dispersion of light, Persecution.....
Churches, Three kinds of ...

Disturbance as a sign of life .......
Cleansing the temple, A type ....... Doing God's will ..

... III
Climbing the treasure mountain..

Doing no harm ................... 411
Cobwebs, Sweeping away the..... Door was shut. (In India).... 25
Cologne cathedral windows. ........ 266 Dreading the future. (J. Foster's ex-
Comma for a hyphen ..

perience( ........
Common people, Transformation of

Dream of Pilate's wife ........ 437
Compensations .................

Drop of ink in book................ 435
Compound interest. ......

74

Durer's little passion ............... 427
Concealed snakes in Africa ....... 29 Dust on your glasses .....
Confession .........

200 Dying words of Alfred Cookma
Conscience entangled with the stom-

(Poem)...

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Conversions, Early...

336 EATING together.....
Correggio's picture of the Christ-child

17 Eddystone light-house.

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Contract with Satan ...

.. 302 Effects of a revival in the Baltimore
Convictions, Imperfect, Herod.... 271

prison.....
Count Arnaldos. (Poem).......

Electric calls..... ............ 146
Courage, True ....................

Elixir of life...................;

15
Covenant of salt....

Emperor of China, Way prepared for 31
Cow of Isis..........

Emptying by filling..
Cranmer, Recanting ......... 318 | Enemies aid a good cause ........

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Crimean war, begun by a zinc-patch. 93 Enemies, How to destroy..

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Criminals, Origin of ............... 332 Enemies, Love for. (Poem)..... ..... 101
Cromwell and the silver apostles.. Enough of something ........
Cross, The symbol of love..

Enthusiasm, Stones crying out.
Cross, Ways of bearing ...........

Epitaph, An.............
Crown hung over a precipice. .... Escaping responsibility.......
Curse on the fig-tree .........

Eugene Aram, Dream of...
Cuthbert's way out. (Poem)..... Eulogies of the dead. ......

Evil thoughts....
DAILY bread.

Exchange, A foolish...
Dante on Transfiguration......... Excess of good, evil......
Dark day, The ....

| Expectation of a deliverer. (Virgil,
Date of Christ's birth.

Socrates, Plato, Confucius, Zoroas-
Dawn of the new kingdom .......

ter ........

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Dead prayer office, The .......... 148 Exporting religion........

279
Defeats that are victories ........... 444
444 Expression of feeling............... 210

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Defend actively, not passively....... 435 | Expression, Power of...

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