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Monthly Archives: January 2009

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Because I Live” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is John 14:19 and the audio is 45 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Unto You it is Given” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Mark 4:11 and the audio is 52 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Harken Unto Him” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Deuteronomy 18:15 and the audio is 46 minutes long.

In Revelation 20:11 God gave here a new vision. John said, “And I saw a great white throne”. This is a totally different place than the place where fire came down from God on all those that were deceived by the Devil. It is not a place on this earth, but it is definitely a place somewhere, since the people who stand before the Judgment throne are standing there as complete human… Read More

Let me introduce this article with a passage from Acts 16:30-31. In this chapter of Acts 16 the missionaries Paul and Silas were in Philippi, in Macedonia, where they were shamefully treated. They were stripped of their clothes, they were whipped, and they were put in prison and their feet fastened in chains. Then at midnight there was a great earthquake, which caused all the prison doors to be opened, and all… Read More

Is It God’s Will that All Men Be Saved? 1 Timothy 2:4 God our Savior, who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. “Who will have all men to be saved” Do we understand this? The title of this article is: “Is It God’s Will that All Men Be saved?” Is that really so? Clearly we can see that there are many people… Read More

In this article we will consider the first parable in Luke Chapter 15. This is the Parable of the Lost Sheep. Even though the Lord Jesus is speaking about sheep, He actually has in view people; and particularly He has in view two groups of people: The Publicans & Sinners, and the Pharisees & Scribes. Now before we interpret this parable we must first ask ourselves: “What did God say?” Luke 15:1… Read More

In the beginning of Romans 9 the Apostle Paul vents his continual sorrow for his fellow countrymen who remain in unbelief. But then he concludes this lament by stating what the Old Testament already states by implication: Romans 9:6 Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel: In other words, he says: God’s promises are not failing. God’s promises… Read More

In the beginning of Romans 9 the Apostle Paul vents his continual sorrow for his fellow countrymen who remain in unbelief. But then he concludes this lament by stating what the Old Testament already states by implication: Romans 9:6 Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel: In other words, he says: God’s promises are not failing. God’s promises… Read More

When we read the Old Testament we should ask: “How Readest Thou?” How do we read the Old Testament? We should always remember the words Jesus spoke to the two disciples going to Emmaus in Luke 24, where Jesus said: Luke 24:27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. This is how we should read the Old Testament: Always… Read More

Matthew 13 is a chapter that is filled with many parables. These are doctrines of the Kingdom disguised as parables. Why Parables? (Proverbs 28:9, Matthew 13:10-17) This thirteenth chapter of Matthew occupies both physically and spiritually a central position in the Gospel of salvation. It is located physically in the center of the Gospel according to Matthew, and it also reflects the center of God’s plan of salvation. Therefore, this is a… Read More

We begin this article in Luke 5:30. This sets the stage for verses 36-39 which we will be looking at carefully. Luke 5:30 The scribes and Pharisees murmured against his disciples, saying, Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners? Luke 5:31 And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. (That’s the Gospel: good news. That is the reason… Read More

The subject matter at hand is that of “Forgiveness”; which is God forgiving man, and man forgiving his fellow man. Of course the most important aspect of all this business of forgiving is whether forgiveness has taken place vertically, and a lesser important aspect is that of forgiving horizontally. And thus, what we want to know is in the title of this article: What is “The Evidence of Having Been Forgiven?” What… Read More

When we search the Bible, we find 120 times that God speaks about High Places. If God mentions High Places that often, we have to conclude that these must be very important places. Just before the children of Israel entered into the Promised Land, God gave them some definite instructions through Moses. God said in Numbers chapter 33: Numbers 33:50 And the LORD spake unto Moses in the plains of Moab by… Read More

This is an audio sermon titled “A Preface To A Parable of Grace” The scripture text is from Matthew 19:16-30 and the audio is 41 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon titled “The Parable of The Labourers” The scripture text is from Matthew 20:1-16 and the audio is 38 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon titled “The Parable of The Two Sons” The scripture text is from Matthew 21:23-32 and the audio is 40 minutes long.

In Revelation 20:11 God gave here a new vision. John said, “And I saw a great white throne”. This is a totally different place than the place where fire came down from God on all those that were deceived by the Devil. It is not a place on this earth, but it is definitely a place somewhere, since the people who stand before the Judgment throne are standing there as complete human… Read More

A study of Revelation 19:17-18 All the Fowls Were Filled With Their Flesh Revelation chapter 19 verse 11 begins a new vision that the Lord Jesus gave to the Apostle John. Here John saw the Lord Jesus Christ come out of heaven riding on a white horse, and all the armies which were in heaven followed Him on white horses. We need to keep in mind that this vision is recorded in… Read More

Today I want you to think about a balance; an old fashioned balance: You know, two scales hanging from a beam that is pivoting at the middle. In our High Tech society you do not see those things any more, but such balances were used for more than 3,500 years. They are called either a balance or scales, plural, because each balance had two scales, and they were used any time someone… Read More

As you may well know, there are many wicked people described in the Old Testament. How should we read and interpret these bad examples in the Old Testament? What does the Bible say about that? The Bible says: “These examples were written for our admonition”. In 1 Corinthians chapter 10, God speaks about the Children of Israel in the wilderness, after they had left the land of Egypt and were on their… Read More

Luke 24:45 “He opened their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures”. Our Lord not only opens the scriptures, He also opens our UNDERSTANDING. In opening the scriptures, He has many workers; but in opening the understanding, HE IS ALONE. Many preachers can bring the scriptures to our minds, but only our Lord can open the mind to receive and believe the scriptures. Other teachers can reach the ears; only Christ instructs… Read More

A study of 1 John 2:2 THERE is one passage more than any other which is I appealed to by those who believe in universal redemption, and which at first sight appears to teach that Christ died for the whole human race. We have therefore decided to give it a detailed examination and exposition. 1 John 2:2 “And He is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also… Read More

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Choosing Sufferings” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Hebrews 11:24-25 and the audio is 53 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Man Justified by Faith” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Galatians 2:15-16 and the audio is 49 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Drawn With The Cords of a Man” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Hosea 11:4 and the audio is 51 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Who is a God Like Unto Thee” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Micah 7:18 and the audio is 49 minutes long.

Babylon is both a woman-harlot and a city. What Does the Woman Represent? Beyond any doubt as a woman she is a symbol of the church on earth as an institution for the building up of the saints, and for the propagation of the Gospel of the Kingdom of Christ. And when I speak about “the church” we must distinguish between the invisible church consisting of all the truly saved individuals in… Read More

We have come to that section of Revelation where Satan is loosed out of the Bottomless Pit. This is the moment in time that is called: The End of the Thousand Years It is the end of the period of time that is symbolically called the 1000 years, which is nothing else than the completeness of God’s plan for the binding of Satan. At the end of this symbolic 1000 years God… Read More

A study of Revelation 20:1-3 The Binding of Satan We have come to a passage in Revelation 20 from where theologians have derived the theory of the Jewish Millennium. The Latin word Millennium means “one thousand”. It is the theory that before the end of the world comes there will be a glorious thousand years where the Jews are evangelizing the world, and almost the whole world will come to worship Christ…. Read More

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Caring For The Flock” This is the first message in a 2 part series. The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Ezekiel 34:15-16 and the audio is 47 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Caring For The Flock” This is the second message in a 2 part series. The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Exzekiel 34:15-16 and the audio is 54 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “The Voice of My Beloved” This is the first message in a 2 part series. The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Solomon 2:8-12 and the audio is 52 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “The Voice of My Beloved” This is the second message in a 2 part series. The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Song of Solomon 2:12 and the audio is 43 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “He Found Him” This is the first message in a 2 part series. The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Deuteronomy 32:10 and the audio is 42 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “He Found Him” This is the second message in a 2 part series. The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Deuteronomy 32:10 and the audio is 49 minutes long.

In this article I would like us to take a close look at the second miracle of the prophet Elisha. The first miracle was that God parted the waters of the Jordan River. The second miracle was that God healed the waters of the city of Jericho. And thus the title of this article is, “The Waters of Jericho”. At about this time the prophet Elisha had succeeded the prophet Elijah. Who… 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

“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

“For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow His steps” (1 Peter 2:21). We are not like many in religion today who preach Christ merely as an example to follow. The Lord Jesus Christ was and is a great teacher and example, but He was and is more. He is our Lord and our Redeemer — our very life. He… Read More

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7) The natural man hates even the idea of submission. He reasons that it makes him less of a person. He demands his equal rights. But he fails to see that when he lifts himself up in pride and self-righteousness and refuses to submit to the God of all grace, he is in reality submitting to the… Read More

Many people cannot reconcile the reality of God’s grace in salvation with the responsibility of believers to obey God’s Word, be careful and zealous in good works, and to strive diligently to be conformed to Christ in our character, thoughts and conduct. Some see grace as canceling out works altogether. Others see works as canceling out grace altogether. Most try to mix or confuse grace and works in salvation, but that will… Read More

“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21 What a glorious truth to learn that the very Son of God on behalf of His people settled the matter of sin and righteousness upon the cross. So absolute is the work of imputation, (the sinner’s sin to Him and Christ’s righteousness to the… Read More

Preached at Zoar Chapel, London, on July 28, 1846, by J. C. Philpot “Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them. Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools. They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God.” (Psalm 84:5-7) The time and circumstances under which this Psalm… Read More

1 Peter 3:16 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. 1 Peter 3:17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing. 1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might… 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

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

Every year the church of Jesus Christ celebrates a great work of Jesus performed in her behalf. Perhaps you missed it. It is what we call the ascension of Jesus Christ into heaven. Apart from faith in God, perhaps one would judge the ascension of Jesus Christ into heaven as a very sad event. The Bible teaches us that forty days after He arose from the dead, Jesus Christ, in the presence… Read More

All believers have an unashamed conviction that the Word of God is the power to work faith and holiness. There are many so called Christian churches and many Christian organizations which no longer make that unashamed confession. There are some who deny the inspiration and the authority of the Bible; they do not believe that the Bible is, word for word, the Word of God without error. They point to supposed errors… Read More