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Monthly Archives: June 2008

“Our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction.” (1 Thessalonians 1:5) Most men’s religion is nothing else but ‘a round of forms’. Some have their ‘doings’. Some have their ‘doctrines’. And others have their ‘duties’. And when the one has performed his doings, the other learned his doctrines, and the third discharged his duties — why, he is as… Read More

“My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass.” (Deuteronomy 32:2) The dew falls imperceptibly. No man can see it fall. Yet its effects are visible in the morning. So it is with the blessing of God upon His Word. It penetrates the heart without noise; it sinks deep into the conscience… Read More

Preached at North Street Chapel, Stamford, on March 17, 1861, by J. C. Philpot And he said unto me, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Corinthians 12:9) The servants of God are often much tried by slanders being cast upon their character, or suspicions… Read More

Preached at Zoar Chapel, London, on July 26, 1846, by J. C. Philpot “Call unto me, and I will answer thee; and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” (Jeremiah 33:3) These words were spoken by the Lord unto the prophet Jeremiah under peculiar circumstances. We read in the first verse of this chapter, “Moreover the word of the Lord came unto Jeremiah the second time, while he was… Read More

You are probably all familiar with the 400-meter relay. When you see the Olympic Games on your television sets, you can see again the 400-meter relay team, which consists of 4 people who run a distance of 100 meters each. And when they have finished their portion of the race, they PASS a BATON to the next person in their team, until all 4 people have run their stretch of 100 meters,… Read More

Hebrews 1:5 “…I Will be to Him a Father, and He shall be to Me a Son.” We begin this study by looking at 1 Chronicles 17:1-5. In the previous two chapters you can read the history of how David had brought the Ark of the Covenant to a tent that he had set up in Jerusalem. Now, in chapter 17, David is thinking about building a Temple for the Ark of… Read More

Ephesians chapter 1 is so rich with information about the Gospel, it is so wonderful to read. · Four Petitions (Ephesians 1:15-23, Matthew 28:1, Ephesians 1:4) Ephesians 1:15 Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Ephesians 1:16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; Ephesians 1:17 That the God of our Lord Jesus… Read More

We are looking at the record in the Bible of “the incarnation”; how God the Son, the second Person of the triune God, took on a human body and manifested Himself to us as the Lord Jesus Christ. In Luke, we read about the birth of the Lord Jesus in Bethlehem, and we see that Mary laid Him in a manger, which is an animal feeding trough. It shows how God the… Read More

In Genesis 3 we read about the evil deed of Adam and Eve by eating of the fruit of the “Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil”. It was an evil deed because they knew what God had said, and they did not believe God, their Maker, but instead they believed the evil spirit, which indwelt the serpent. Did Adam and Eve know that there was a spirit indwelling the talking… Read More

“He withdraweth not His eyes from the righteous; but with kings are they on the throne; yea, He doth establish them for ever, and they are exalted.” (Job 36:7) IN looking at any portion of this book of Job, where any one of the speakers is dealing out his judgment or opinion upon a subject, it is well for us to note whose judgment or opinion is given, that of man or… Read More

Preached in Grove Chapel, Camberwell, 1877 – By Thomas Bradbury _________________________________________________________________ “And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow. And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that Thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that Thine hand might be with me, and that Thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may… Read More

“And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow. And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that Thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that Thine hand might be with me, and that Thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.”… Read More

To whom has God addressed this Epistle to the Hebrews? This Epistle, or this letter (that is what the word Epistle means, it is a letter) this letter is addressed to the Hebrews. Who are the Hebrews? Are they the Jews in Jerusalem? Are they the blood descendants of Abraham? If that would be true, then we can forget about this letter that God wrote to those Jews. He did not write… Read More

It is with a heavy heart that I am beginning on this chapter, Matthew 23. As you know, this is a chapter filled with tirades against the scribes and Pharisees. It is so condemning and it brings with it so many negative feelings. However, once we dig into this chapter we find that it is not really different from the other chapters in the Gospel of Matthew, and the Gospel presented in… Read More

There are three important parables in Matthew 21 that I do not want us to miss. The first one is the story of the fig tree. Let us first put this story in the proper historical perspective. As you know, Matthew was a tax collector, or today we would call him an accountant. Therefore Matthew has written the events in the life of Jesus not chronologically, but he has them systematically arranged… Read More

The Lord’s Appearing to His Own (John 20:1-23, 1:11) When I say “His own” we must have a proper understanding of this expression “His own”. Nowhere in the Bible do we read that “His own” should be interpreted as the nation of Israel. For example, we read in John 1:11, “He came unto His own, and His own received Him not”. This does not refer to the nation of Israel but to… 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

2nd Kings 24:8 says that “Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when he began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem three months.”, but 2nd Chronicles 36:9 says that “Jehoiachin was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned three months and ten days in Jerusalem: and he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD.” How do we reconcile the two? The Bible, of course, doesn’t… Read More

Eternal Life Do you know the true God? Not the god of the imagination of men, but the God who is described in the Bible? Do you know Him with an intimate knowledge so that you love Him and serve Him? This is a very important question. The Bible teaches us that eternal life is knowing God and His Son Jesus Christ. Jesus says, “And this is life eternal, that they might… Read More

Mercies of a Covenant God – By John Warburton; Hardback; 255 pages; Published by Gospel Standard Trust Publications. ———————— We are thankful for this so gracious, so God-honouring a book, displaying, as it does, in a very lively manner, the sovereign love of God the Father in election, the efficacy of the blood of God the Son, with which He purchased the church, and the mercy of God the Holy Ghost in… Read More

‘Reprobation asserted’ was published in 1674, two years after John Bunyan was released from prison. This book contains alot of heresy so from the very start I am going to say there will be nothing positive to say about this book. As we shall read, Mr Bunyan clearly did not believe that the difference between salvation and damnation was the work of Jesus Christ alone, for the christ he preached died the… Read More

This is an audio sermon titled “What was imputed to Abraham?” The scripture text is from Romans 4:1-25 and the audio is 32 minutes long.

Last week we started in Matthew 24, and we saw how it ties in with the message the Lord gave in Matthew 23. We saw how the words in Matthew 24:2, “Not one stone upon another” relate to the same words found in Luke 19:44 and that these words refer to the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD. We also saw that in the words of Matthew 24:3 are stated three questions:… Read More

This is an audio sermon by Alfred J. Chompff titled “The Faithful Mercies of David” The scripture text that brother Alfred is preaching from is Isaiah 55:3 and the audio is 50 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Alfred J. Chompff titled: “Then The End Shall Come” The scripture text that brother Alfred is preaching from is Matthew 24:5-14, and the audio is 53 minutes long.

Mark Driscoll says that Jesus lusted after women and wanted to sleep with his female disciples. “If you’re tempted to these sorts of things — including sexual sin — some of you say, “Now Mark, Jesus wasn’t sexually tempted.” Well, of course he was — 30 something year old single man who had women who adored him. You don’t think he ever wanted the comfort of a woman? You don’t think he… Read More

Is it the desire of your inmost soul that Christ should be glorified by you? Then forget not the grand, luminous truth of the Bible, that He is the Saviour of sinners, and of sinners as sinners; that in the great matter of the soul’s salvation, He recognizes nothing of worthiness in the creature, and that whatever human merit is brought to Him with a view of commending the case to His… Read More

“Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin [is] a reproach to any people.” (Proverbs 14:34) Whenever we see verses like this, we could speak much of how nations ought to seek out and find just, fair, and honest leaders and judges. We could speak of how nations ought to adopt and enforce fair laws, take care of the poor and down-trodden, as well as many other just, equitable, and merciful actions. These are… Read More

“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.” (Proverbs 12:15) In the Bible, a fool is one who fails to recognize, seek, trust, worship, serve, and listen to God as He reveals Himself in the glorious Person and finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ. A fool will not listen to God’s Word because he thinks he knows better than God…. Read More

“In my own life, I occasionally receive prophetic dreams, where God tells me about people and circumstances in the future that ultimately come to pass just like God said. Occasionally, just a few occasions, I’ve had God audibly speak to me. As far as I know, I’ve never been visited by an angel. But I do, and we do believe, in these kinds of supernatural, miraculous ways that God specially reveals.” (Mark… Read More

“Who’s the happiest christian preacher out there? I’ll give you an example his name is Joel Osteen…He is my christian brother, I do believe that…And I’ll tell you what doesn’t bother me about the guy. It doesn’t bother me that he’s got a big church, it doesn’t bother me that that he is on the radio, it doesn’t bother me that he is on the tv it doesn’t bother me that he… Read More

In Revelation 1 we have here a description of Christ’s appearance to the Apostle John. This was more than 60 years after the Lord Jesus bodily ascended into heaven. As you know, the Lord Jesus received His glorified body when He returned to heaven. But did He appear to John in His glorified body? Absolutely not! Christ brought a message to John, and His appearance was adjusted to convey this message. For… Read More

The meaning of the word “Revelation” is “the uncovering of something that was hidden”. What did God uncover when He disclosed the prophecy that is called “The Revelation of John”? God lifted the tip of the veil covering “the mysteries of the Kingdom of God”. This Reminds me of the words of 1 Corinthians 2:9, where we read, 1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear… Read More

Among all the precious things of God there is not one so precious, so inestimable, so influential, as the precious blood of Christ. All salvation, all purity, all peace, all holiness, all hope, all heaven, is bound up in the atoning blood of Immanuel. There is no acceptance for the sinner, no cleansing for the guilty, no pardon for the penitent, no sanctification for the believer, but in the vicarious sacrifice of… Read More

Isaiah 55:6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Isaiah 55:7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. Isaiah 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith… Read More

The readers of this address, and indeed the whole world at large, may be distributed into two kinds of people: those who are travelling to Canaan, and those who are going the direct contrary way. There are but two roads: the broad, which leadeth to destruction, and the narrow, which opens into life. Travellers all mankind are; and travellers at a very swift rate. The grand point is, Where are you travelling… Read More

“Make haste, my Beloved; and be Thou like to a roe, or to a young hart on the mountains of spices.” (Song of Solomon 8:14) Every serious and sensible Christian considers the Song of Solomon as a storehouse of inward religion and a treasury of holy experiences. In no part of the Scriptures is the work of the blessed Spirit on the souls of men more strikingly and more exactly delineated. If… Read More

Ask almost any man, “Whether he hopes to be saved eternally?” He will answer in the affirmative. But enquire again, “On what foundation he rests his hope?” Here too many are sadly divided. The Pelagian hopes to get to heaven by a moral life and a good use of his natural powers. The Arminian by a jumble of grace and free-will, human works, and the merits of Christ. The Deist by an… Read More

There is another and a peculiar snare of the world to which the saints of God are exposed; and because many have fallen into it, and not a few have in consequence greatly embittered their happiness, stained their profession and dishonoured God, we would briefly, and in this connection, touch upon it with all tenderness and affection. We allude to the formation of matrimonial alliances between the saints of God and the… Read More

How diligently should they scrutinize their motives, who think of entering the ministry; for thousands have abused this Divine institution through love of ease, desire for authority and reputation, or love of money – and brought upon themselves “greater damnation” (James 3:1). Thousands have invaded the pastoral office in an unauthorized manner, to fleece sheep rather than feed them, robbing Christ of His honor and starving His people. Solemn beyond words is… Read More

This is an audio sermon by Alfred J. Chompff titled “The Bride For His Son” The scripture text that brother Alfred is preaching from is Genesis 24:4 and the audio is 52 minutes long.

Are YOU saved by grace through faith? The Word of God is not merely presenting some objective doctrine. It doesn’t say salvation is by grace through faith; and it is the gift of God. Listen, “by grace are YE saved…” Does God say that to you? Have you been chosen in Christ, reconciled to God by His death, united to Him by faith? Let me ask you this: “Are you a sinner?”… Read More

“Concerning his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who was made of the seed of David, according to the flesh, hut declared to he the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.” (Romans 1:3-4) That Jesus Christ is of the seed of David, according to the flesh, few will deny except deists; but that he is the Eternal Son of God, many have… Read More

This is an audio sermon by Alfred J. Chompff titled “The Gnostics” The scripture text that brother Alfred is preaching from is Galatians 3:16 and the audio is 47 minutes long.

Setting Forth The Doctrines of Grace In Salvation 2 Samuel 7:12-16 And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever. I will be his father, and he shall… Read More

Romans 11:24 For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature (Gentiles), and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree (Israel): how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be graffed into their own olive tree? Here is indeed an odd thing! Paul uses the example of grafting to explain how some Gentiles are saved along with some Jews – they… Read More

There is another and a peculiar snare of the world to which the saints of God are exposed; and because many have fallen into it, and not a few have in consequence greatly embittered their happiness, stained their profession and dishonoured God, we would briefly, and in this connection, touch upon it with all tenderness and affection. We allude to the formation of matrimonial alliances between the saints of God and the… Read More

“Make haste, my Beloved; and be Thou like to a roe, or to a young hart on the mountains of spices.” (Song of Solomon 8:14) Every serious and sensible Christian considers the Song of Solomon as a storehouse of inward religion and a treasury of holy experiences. In no part of the Scriptures is the work of the blessed Spirit on the souls of men more strikingly and more exactly delineated. If… Read More