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Monthly Archives: April 2007

This is an audio sermon titled: “Christ, The Greater Glory of God” The scripture text is from Hebrews 1:1-3 and the audio is 28 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon titled: “Christ is Better Than Angels” The scripture text is from Hebrews 1:4-14 and the audio is 31 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon titled: “Our Great Salvation” The scripture text is from Hebrews 2:1-4 and the audio is 27 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon titled: “We See Jesus” The scripture text is from Hebrews 2:5-10 and the audio is 27 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon titled: “For Whom Did Christ Die?” The scripture text is from Hebrews 2:10-13 and the audio is 27 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon titled: “The Fear of Death Removed” The scripture text is from Hebrews 2:14-18 and the audio is 27 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon titled: “Consider Christ Jesus” The scripture text is from Hebrews 3:1-6 and the audio is 27 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon titled: “The Sin of Unbelief” The scripture text is from Hebrews 3:7-14 and the audio is 27 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon titled: “Our Confidence in Christ” The scripture text is from Hebrews 3:4-19 and the audio is 27 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon titled: “Christ, Our Rest” The scripture text is from Hebrews 4:1-11 and the audio is 28 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon titled: “Our Great High Priest” The scripture text is from Hebrews 4:12-16 and the audio is 27 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon titled: “Our Qualified High Priest” The scripture text is from Hebrews 1:1-10 and the audio is 27 minutes long.

Believers sometimes ask for more faith and stronger faith. We must pray to God as faith is His gift to us through the Lord Jesus Christ. We must, however, realize that God does not give faith mystically, magically, or without means. The means of faith in its growth and continuance is the Word of God – “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). To… Read More

Just before the death of actor W. C. Fields, a friend visited Fields’ hospital room and was surprised to find him thumbing through a Bible. Asked what he was doing with a Bible, Fields replied, “I’m looking for loopholes.” Men often look for loopholes in the law to avoid paying taxes or to side-step the penalty of a law they have broken, but when it comes to salvation and passing the test… Read More

Oh, forget every thing that seems worthy in you, or done by you; and let all your triumphing and glorying be in the free grace of God, in Christ, and look upon yourselves only in that and all things coming to you, receive as flowing from that fountain only. And if you have more ability than others in doing, let it not come into your thoughts as an inducement to think better… Read More

“But by the grace of God, I am what I am” 1 Corinthians 15:10 —————————— Brethren, that which distinguishes us from the world can be summed up in one word – GRACE! Now it is certain that most people who claim to know and love the grace of God do not know the reality of it, but that does not alter the fact that we who truly believe and rest in Christ… Read More

“Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3 So who then are the “poor in spirit”? They are those who have been brought, by the life giving power of God the Holy Spirit, to know of their spiritual poverty – to know that they have nothing to pay, nothing to merit or earn them anything before God. They have been convinced of sin by the… Read More

“Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to Him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.” (Romans 7:4) One of the great and gracious results of our union with Christ by faith is “that we should bring forth fruit unto God” (Romans 7:4). Notice, it is NOT that… Read More

“But ye have obeyed from the heart” (Romans 6:17) This obedience is the obedience of faith in Christ and repentance of dead works that comes by the sovereign power of the Holy Spirit in the new birth. The “heart” is the mind, affections, and the will. It is the very center being of a person. This obedience from the heart is more than intellectual knowledge and outward form. As the heart is… Read More

“But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me: Thou art my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God.” (Psalm 40:17) One who seeks to justify doubts concerning his own salvation may reason like this – “I don’t doubt the power of the blood of Christ to cleanse me from all my sins, but I do doubt my own interest in it.” My friends, you have… Read More

An excerpt from, “The Life of Faith” by William Romaine (1714-1795) —————————— The Gospel, in the power of the Holy Spirit, uncovers unto a sinner the way of salvation contrived in the covenant of grace, and manifests to him what the ever blessed Trinity had therein purposed, and what in the fulness of time was accomplished. That all the perfections of the Godhead might be infinitely and everlastingly glorified, the Father covenanted… Read More

“Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.” (Isaiah 55:1) —————————— Many of you may have heard or read the acronym of the word “GRACE” which goes like this: G (God’s) R (Riches) A (At) C (Christ’s) E (Expense). Redemption, even salvation itself, costs us nothing. The price… Read More

God’s grace is sufficient (more than enough) to save all His people in and by the Lord Jesus Christ. God’s grace is sufficient to redeem all His people in and by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ and justify them completely based on His righteousness alone. God’s grace is sufficient to regenerate and convert all His people in and by the Lord Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit… Read More

“If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” (Colossians 3:1-3) We have all heard it said that some people are “so heavenly minded they are no earthly good.” Those who use religion or… Read More

This is an audio sermon titled: “The Word of Righteousness” The scripture text is from Hebrews 5:11-14 and the audio is 27 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon titled: “Going To Perfection” The scripture text is from Hebrews 6:1-3 and the audio is 27 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon titled: “Once Saved – Always Saved” The scripture text is from Hebrews 6:4-9 and the audio is 28 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon titled: “A Strong Consolation” The scripture text is from Hebrews 6:10-20 and the audio is 28 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon titled: “Christ, Our Eternal High Priest” The scripture text is from Hebrews 7:1-16 and the audio is 28 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon titled: “Christ, Our Able High Priest” The scripture text is from Hebrews 7:17-28 and the audio is 28 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon titled: “The Sum of All Grace” The scripture text is from Hebrews 8:1-6 and the audio is 28 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon titled: “The New Covenant” The scripture text is from Hebrews 8:7-13 and the audio is 28 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon titled: “Christ in The Conscience” The scripture text is from Hebrews 9:1-14 and the audio is 28 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon titled: “Saved By The Blood” The scripture text is from Hebrews 9:13-38 and the audio is 28 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon titled: “Christ, Our One Sacrifice” The scripture text is fromHebrews 10:1-10, and the audio is 28 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon titled “The Finished Work of Christ” The scripture text is from Hebrews 10:9-18 and the audio is 28 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon titled “Boldness In The Holiest” The scripture text is from Hebrews 10:19-22 and the audio is 28 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon titled “Faith, Hope and Love” The scripture text is from Hebrews 10:22-25 and the audio is 28 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon titled “The Just Shall Live By Faith” The scripture text is from Hebrews 10:26-39 and the audio is 26 minutes long.

Isaiah 41:8 But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend. Who is God speaking to in this chapter? To begin with God is speaking to the islands, which is a reference to the islands in the Mediterranean. But in a broader sense, God is speaking to all the nations of the then known world which were grouped around the Mediterranean Sea. What was… Read More

Job said, “Behold, I go forward, but He is not there; I go backward, but I cannot perceive Him.” (Job 23:8) “I GO FORWARD.” Frequently believers are overtaken with this fault; and in saying this, I speak for myself. We come to the conclusion that because God has given to us a sweet revelation of Himself and His word, therefore He is bound to reveal Himself, empower us, and crown our efforts… Read More

Solomon wrote God: “hath made every thing beautiful in His time: also He hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11) Setting “the world in their heart” means that God has implanted in the heart of each person an awareness of eternity, that this life is not the end. Some spend their lives… Read More

This is an audio sermon titled “Living by Faith – Part 1” The scripture text is from Hebrews 10:38 and the audio is 37 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon titled “Living By Faith – Part 2” The scripture text is from Hebrews 10:38 and the audio is 41 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon titled “The Nature of Faith” The scripture text is from Hebrews 11:1-6 and the audio is 25 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon titled “Living and Dying in Christ” The scripture text is from Hebrews 11:7-16 and the audio is 27 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon titled “Covenant Promises & Faith” The scripture text is from Hebrews 11:17-29 and the audio is 27 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon titled “A Good Report Through Christ” The scripture text is from Hebrews 11:30-40 and the audio is 28 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon titled “Looking Unto Jesus” The scripture is from Hebrews 12:1-3 and the audio is 27 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon titled “God’s Loving Discipline” The scripture text is from Hebrews 12:4-17 and the audio is 27 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon titled “A Story of Two Mountains” The scripture text is from Hebrews 12:18-29 and the audio is 27 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon titled “Established With Grace” The scripture text is from Hebrews 13:1-13 and the audio is 26 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon titled “Sacrifices Unto God” The scripture text is from Hebrews 13:14-25 and the audio is 27 minutes long.

Memoir and Sermons of James Bourne; Hardback; 220 pages; Published by and obtainable from The Huntingtonian Press, 72A Upper Northam Road, Hedge End, Southampton, Hants. SO30 4EB. ————— James Bourne (1773-1854) was one of that remarkable group of people connected with the Gilpins and Sukey Harley and others at Hertford and Pulverbach. The old accounts of these godly people have been deeply valued, and in more recent times their memory has been… Read More

A Goodly Heritage – By J.A. Watts and G.D. Buss; Hardback; 80 pages. Published by Gospel Standard Trust Publications. —————————— For many years our friend and oldest deacon, Mr. John Watts, has been burdened about our Articles of Faith – believing that their value has not been properly appreciated, and that they have often been misunderstood. Over the years he has made notes and written down his observations, which recently have come… Read More

Great is Thy Faithfulness: 200 years of God’s Goodness at Chippenham; compiled by G.D. Buss; Paperback; 123 pages. Published by The Old Baptist Chapel, Chippenham. —————————————- It is a wonderful thing for any church to be maintained in the truth for two hundred years. Also, we feel how good it is when such occasions are recognised. Joshua was divinely commanded to erect a memorial when Jordan was crossed that future generations might… Read More

Unanswered Prayer – By G.D. Buss Paperback; 60 pages; Published by Gospel Standard Trust Publications. ——————————— The problem of unanswered prayer is one that has deeply tried God’s people in all ages, especially when they have truly felt blessed with a spirit of prayer. This is a deep mystery. Surprisingly, very little seems to have been written on this subject. We feel that this little book by the Editor of the Friendly… Read More

Christian husbands are bidden (Ephesians 5:25-33) to love their wives. The whole of the exhortation is somewhat too long to quote fully, but we will give one verse: “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the Church, and gave Himself for it” (Ephesians 5:25). Now look at the foundation of this exhortation. Why should a Christian husband, according to this precept, love his wife? Because it is his duty, or… Read More

Christian husbands are bidden (Ephesians 5:25-33) to love their wives. The whole of the exhortation is somewhat too long to quote fully, but we will give one verse: “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the Church, and gave Himself for it” (Ephesians 5:25). Now look at the foundation of this exhortation. Why should a Christian husband, according to this precept, love his wife? Because it is his duty, or… Read More

“And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.” (Matthew 21:9) ____________________________________ The word “Hosanna” means literally, “Save us now,” or, “Save, I beseech thee.” It is a Syriac word, and was the form of acclamation used among the Jews. It was probably used in the celebration of their… Read More

Romans 7:4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God. Romans 7:5 For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death. ____________________________________… Read More

As from the cross flows all salvation, so from the cross flows all sanctification. What have not men done, to make themselves holy; and by this means render themselves, as they have thought, acceptable to God! What tortures of body, what fastings, scourgings, self-imposed penances to sanctify their sinful nature, and conform their rebellious flesh to the holiness demanded by the law! And with what success? They have landed either in self-righteousness… Read More

The “self” sins are self-righteousness, self-pity, self-sufficiency, self-admiration, self-love, and I’m sure there are others. They dwell too deep within us and are too much a part of our fallen sinful human natures to come to our attention till the light of God in Christ is focused upon them. How can we avoid these sins? We cannot avoid them perfectly in this life, but by seeking and following the Lord Jesus Christ… Read More

Rebuke should always be administered in love. Never wash a disobedient child’s face in acid. Some people would burn down a house to get rid of a mouse. The smallest fault is treated as a great crime; and often a very fine brother is cut off from fellowship and bad feelings are continued, when a gentle word would have accomplished the work much more effectively.

“Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts.” (Proverbs 31:6) The wise mother of king Lemuel gave her son gracious directions when she spoke these words. It is when we begin to feel the misery into which we have been cast by sin, and thus become ready to perish, and of heavy hearts, that the pure wine of gospel grace is… Read More

What is His work? The work which the Father gave Him to do; the work covenanted from before the world began; the work that shall crown Him with glory and honor for ever and ever; the work of fulfilling, of magnifying, and of honoring the holy law of God; the work of satisfying it and of sheathing the sword of inflexible justice in His own heart; the work of vanquishing the powers… Read More

“And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.” (Genesis 7:1) God’s call to Noah and his family to enter the ark was: (1) THE CALL OF GRACE – “And the LORD said unto Noah” – The first thing said of Noah in the Bible is “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the… Read More

“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” (Romans 8:14) To be “led by the Spirit of God” is to be led to Christ for all salvation, righteousness and eternal life. It is to be led in sorrow over sin and repentance, not so as to despair without hope, but to find peace, comfort and rest in Christ whose blood cleanses us from… Read More

In this article I want to take a good look at the Adversary of the church. Of course you know who our Adversary is. It is the Devil, also called Satan. But let us first look at: The Sovereignty of God (Proverbs 25:2) Did God create Satan? Well, if God did not create Satan, then who did? Could there have been another force at work outside of God, creating Satan and all… Read More

Question: What is the unpardonable sin? Answer: The unpardonable sin was a sin committed by scribes who belonged to the church that Jesus attended. These scribes believed that Jesus was under the power of Satan rather than under the power of God. Jesus says in Matthew 12:31:Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be… Read More

“Forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before.” (Philippians 3:13) 1. Forgetting my days of rebellion and unbelief is best for me, and everyone else! People sometimes want to erect “monuments to the meanness”. If we must recall the past, let it be with shame, not levity. 2. Forgetting my profession in false religion! And my attempts to produce a righteousness before God. 3. Forgetting… Read More

Salvation is as free as a look. Christ says, “Look unto me and be ye saved!” (Isaiah 45:22). Without performance, payment, nor preparation. Look to Christ and live! [Scott Richardson]

Listen and watch as Joseph Smith describes translating a lost book of Abraham from an Egyptian papyrus scroll he purchased from a traveling antiquities dealer.

Mr. Beebe: – In a former letter I requested your views on the absolute predestination of all things. I asked for information, and for nothing else; but I will excuse you for not answering me, for I know that I am not worthy of notice, but I am a poor unworthy worm of the dust. Your unworthy friend. R.S. ——————————————————————————– Reply. – We assure our friend R.S. that our apparent neglect of… Read More

John Wesley, A Biography Author: Stephen Tomkins Oxford: Lion Publishing, 2003, paperback, 208 pages. ——————– In 24 short chapters, Stephen Tomkins has given us an interesting and readable life of the heretic, John Wesley (1703-1791). This book is all the more valuable because it was written by one who is sympathetic to Wesley and his “gospel” of man’s free will. Wesley was a remarkable man by any standards, “a man of rare… Read More

Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but he who does the will of my Father in Heaven. Many will say to me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name, cast out demons in your name, and done many wonders in your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you who practice… Read More

Thus truly was he “brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he opens not his mouth.” (Isaiah 53:7). What heart can conceive, what tongue express what his holy soul endured when “the Lord laid upon him the iniquities of us all”? In the garden of Gethsemane, what a load of guilt, what a weight of sin, what an intolerable burden of the… Read More

The Scriptures distinctly teaches us that we are not justified by the law nor is the law a rule of life. That which can only curse can never justify and that which can only kill can never be a rule of life (Romans 3.20). Both the Jews who had received the law and the Gentiles who had never had the law were now to be saved through grace (Acts 15:11). Not only… Read More

By John Kershaw It will be seen from the following narration that when I first heard of “election” I was upon “Old Covenant” ground. One Sunday evening I went with my father and my mother’s brother to the Independent meeting place in Rochdale to hear Mr. Roby of Manchester [the minister under whose preaching John Warburton was blessed]. As we returned home, these two old pilgrims were wonderfully pleased with the sermon,… Read More

Preached in Rochdale Road Chapel, Manchester, 1862 – By John Kershaw ———————————————- “Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” (John 1:13) The immediate connection in which these words stand is as follows: Our Lord Jesus Christ, the promised Messiah, “came unto his own, and his own received him not.” By “his own” we are to understand the… Read More

Preached in Manchester, England – February 9th, 1840 – By William Gadsby —————————— “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long-suffering to us-ward; not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9) —————————— To add to, or diminish from, the Word of God is a crime, though much employed in the frivolities of the world; and the… Read More

By William Gadsby A Letter to Rev. Edward Smyth Note: The cause of the appearance of this work was a controversy which took place between Mr. Smyth, of St. Luke’s Church, and Mr. Roby, then minister of the Independent Chapel, Grosvenor Street, Manchester. Mr. Smyth wrote a work entitled, “Paul against Calvin,” to which Mr. Roby replied, and this work was issued as a further task for Mr. Smyth. The only answer… Read More

By John Kershaw On one occasion I was invited to preach at Keighley during the holidays in Whit-week. A friend was to meet me with a horse, on the road between Keighley and Halifax. One of my friends lending me a horse for two days, the man had the pleasure of riding back on the horse he brought for me. Before I left my bedroom in the morning, according to my usual… Read More

The hope of Arminianism seems to me to differ much from the hope of the gospel, because it allows that Christ died for all men. But Christ declares that the gates which lead to destruction receive the greatest number, (Matthew 7:13). Therefore, if the former be true, some are in hell for whom Christ died; in which case there must have been a deficiency in the price the Surety paid, or else… Read More

The Disciples Are Astonished (Matthew 19:10-12) The Lord Jesus explained to the Pharisees that they cannot put away their wives for any reason they have invented, but that the only exception for a legitimate divorce is when the wife has committed fornication. And when divorce has taken place both parties should stay single, or be reconciled. This new teaching of Jesus caused great consternation among His disciples. Matthew 19:10 His disciples say… Read More

Using the New International Version Bible (NIV), answer the following questions. Do not rely on your memory. As the Bible is the final authority, you must take the answer from the NIV Bible verse (Not from footnotes but from the text. Footnotes are not the Bible). 1. Fill in the missing words in Matthew 5:44. “Love your enemies, ________ them that curse you, _____________ to them that hate you, and pray for… Read More

Are You There, God? – by Agusta Harting It was early spring, 1966. I was lying in the emergency room of a Pittsburgh, PA hospital. I looked up at my husband, Dan, and said, “Honey, I think we should be baptized into that church.” The Mormon missionaries had been teaching us now for a few months and I had been feeling a big ‘tug-o-war’ within me about consenting to their continual “baptism… Read More