The Beamond household received a package wrapped in brown paper and labeled "Poison." After the package was opened they thought it was a joke because it contained nice clothes for the children. When troubles came they had to reconsider what it meant. The moral in this story is the vanity of nice clothing and the trouble it causes. Important scripture is Matthew 5:3—"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
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Mrs. Burton was very proud of the her bedroom, "if pride of any kind or degree is allowable to a Christian." One morning she woke up and found a very big surprise. Hesba Stretton called this story "strictly true, and happened within the writer's knowledge." The moral in this story involves pride of possessions and knowing God's love no matter what a person has done. Important Scriptures are Genesis 16:13— "Thou God seest me," and 1 John 4:8—"God is love."
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Sam Franklin liked to secretly keep money hidden away. He had no faith in banks, so he kept the money at home and he would not even tell his wife. As the money grew so did his concern for it. But when his wife mistakenly disrupted his plans, the truth came out. The Biblical moral principles are "love of money," and "charitable giving."
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Disaster came to the coal mine one day when it flooded with water. Simeon, Rueben's brother, was trapped along with several other people. Rueben went into the mine to save them, but not all went as planned. This story illustrates the Biblical principle of "Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends."—John 15:13.
Paperback 4X6, 1 illustration, 108 pages. Amazon.com link; ISBN 9781941281215; Pocket Moral Stories.
Suzzanne Perrier was an outcast of the village because she was a Protestant and the village was Catholic. When her adopted daughter, Fantine, became sick the village people would not help her, because she was an immoral heathen. The village was simply living out their Christian beliefs. The Biblical morals illustrated are "religious hypocrisy," and "forgiveness."
Paperback 4X6, 2 illustrations, 54 pages. Amazon.com link; ISBN 9781941281123; Pocket Moral Stories.
Rachel Trevor was released from prison and went looking for her child, Rosy, at the workhouse. They were desolate and cold as they searched for food and work, and had no luck. A chimney sweep took them in and offered domestic employment. When they met Rachel's husband accidentally, she did not want to fall back in her old wicked ways with him, but she must be his wife. She showed unusual strength while she tried to resist evil. The story is an encouraging message of hope that God sees us in the midst of severe trials. An important quote is "Christ loves me, God loves me. Thou God seest me."
Paperback 6X9, 8 illustrations, 130 pages. Amazon.com link; ISBN 9781941281208
Spurgeon points people to their faith in God for finding joy in life. Spurgeon said "I am the subject of depressions of spirit so fearful that I hope none of you ever get to such extremes of misery as I go to, but I always get back again by this—I know I trust Christ. I have no reliance but in him, and if he falls I shall fall with him, but if he does not, I shall not. Because he lives, I shall live also, and I spring to my legs again and fight with my depression of spirit and my melancholy, and get the victory through it. So may you, and so you must, for there is no other way of escaping from it. In your most depressed seasons you are to get joy and peace through believing." The twenty-one chapters are excerpts of sermons that have to do with joy and hope in Christ. The text is updated to modern language.
Christmas Williams was well respected in his town, but he despised the new prayer meetings, psalm-singing and talk of a Savior. When Christmas' daughter, Easter, believed in Jesus as her Savior he threw her out of the house and promised never to talk with her again. She became married and had a son, but he kept his word and did not speak to them. The story continues and Christmas must be a "man of his word." When "keeping his word" becomes hypocritical, pride and reputation are seen for what they are in God's sight.
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Amos and Joanna Terry lived a simple life with their crippled child Charlotte. Amos who was a postman for 37 years, helped a vagrant child who was drowning in a stream and so he missed delivering an important piece of mail. Amos became sick and Joanna took over the mail route, and she knew something that she kept secret. Amos knew of a second secret that led to the surprise ending. This short story is about trusting in God's providence. An important verse is Matthew 10:31: "Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows."
Paperback 4X6, 62 pages. Amazon.com link; ISBN 9781941281185; Pocket Moral Stories
Spurgeon examines the nature of "free will," and uses the text John 5:40, "You will not come to me, that you might have life." He observes: "The will is well known by all to be directed by the understanding, to be moved by motives, to be guided by other parts of the soul, and to be a secondary thing." He puts forth the Calvinist doctrine that a person cannot come to Christ by their own means, but Christ must come to the person. He expounds on the nature of legal, spiritual and eternal deadness and how people are unable to overcome this by themselves. He then goes on to describe legal, spiritual and eternal life that is in Christ Jesus. The text was updated to modern language.