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Monthly Archives: February 2009

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled: “Now Mine Eye Seeth Thee” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Job 42:4-6, and the audio is 40 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Alfred J. Chompff titled: “The Green Tree and The Dry Tree” The scripture text that brother Alfred is preaching from is Luke 23:31, and the audio is 52 minutes long.

“…The dead are raised…” (Matthew 11:5) The “dead” are those who by nature are dead in sin. These dead are raised up when life from God visits their souls. They are raised up to faith in Jesus, raised up to hope in his name, raised up to a sense of his dying love to their souls, raised up from doubt and fear, raised up from the depths of despondency, to look unto… Read More

The Gospel of God’s grace in Christ Jesus is not a thing to be proved, but truth to be believed. It is not submitted to our reasoning powers as a subject for critical examination. The gospel is a MESSAGE FROM GOD, addressed to the conscience, feelings, and affections. For this reason, men fond of argument and proving everything by strictly logical deduction generally make very poor preachers. In the Scriptures, God does… Read More

“I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence.” (Isaiah 62:6) The prophet begins this chapter with much zeal to show the Lord’s peculiar care over his afflicted people. “For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as… Read More

“When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.” (Psalm 126:1) This then is the word we must first look at; it implies something we have to expect and wait for, when will this good thing be done for us, this turning of our captivity? Now many think this “turning” means getting clean out, as they say, so as to never get bound again; but it… Read More

“As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him.” (Colossians 2:6) ———— To walk in Christ as we received him is to retain the sense of our need of him, as when we felt the Day Spring from on high first visited us, and the terrors of the Lord made us afraid. O how plainly and feelingly did we then feel the need of a Saviour. Then… Read More

“By grace ye are saved.” (Ephesians 2:5) What a wonderful mercy it is to an enlightened sinner to hear what the Apostle says, “By grace ye are saved.” Men under the conviction of sin and the discovery of God’s justice and holiness often feel themselves utterly hopeless, and whatever men may say to them about amending their lives, it leaves them in more despair than before, being made to feel with all… Read More

There were seven recorded utterances of the Lord Jesus just before He died. As you may already know, the number seven is the number that indicates “perfection”. But the number seven is also the number of “Rest” in a finished work. God created the heavens and the earth in six days, and He rested the seventh day. Today we will look at the seventh saying of the Lord Jesus indicating that He… Read More

This is an audio sermon titled “Words of Preparation – Part 1” The scripture text is from Matthew 25:1-13 and the audio is 40 minutes long.

Question 1: Who is the only self-existent Being? Answer: God is the only self-existent Being. Exodus 3:14 Psalm 90:2 Isaiah 45:5 Isaiah 45:22 John 8:58 Question 2: Ought everyone to believe that there is a God? Answer: Everyone ought to believe that there is a God, and it is their great sin and folly who do not. Psalm 9:17 Ecclesiastes 12:13 Mark 16:16 John 8:24 John 16:8-9 2 Thessalonians 2:11-12. Question 3:… Read More

This is an audio sermon titled “Words of Preparation – Part 2” The scripture text is from Matthew 25:1-13 and the audio is 41 minutes long.

Daughters of Jerusalem (Luke 23:26-33, Zechariah 9:9, Romans 2:28-29) Luke 23:26 And as they led him away, they laid hold upon one Simon, a Cyrenian, coming out of the country, and on him they laid the cross, that he might bear it after Jesus. Luke 23:27 And there followed him a great company of people, and of women, which also bewailed and lamented him. Luke 23:28 But Jesus turning unto them said,… Read More

What a mockery is a mere profession of religion which costs a man nothing! There is no more true religion than what is felt, known, and experienced in the soul. Real religion will find its way to the heart, and its effect will be manifest in the life. When the Lord has taken a poor sinner in hand He will never leave him, but will surely purge away his dross and tin…. Read More

God’s children need much humbling and stripping; and frequently a “furnace”, to take away the dross which gathers so very fast. “I have refined you but not in the way silver is refined. Rather, I have refined you in the furnace of suffering.” (Isaiah 48:10) By William Tiptaft

“That there should be some fire even after this life is not incredible, and it can be inquired into and either be discovered or left hidden whether some of the faithful may be saved, some more slowly and some more quickly in the greater or lesser degree in which they loved the good things that perish, through a certain purgatorial fire” (Handbook on Faith, Hope, and Charity 18:69 [A.D. 421]). “We read… Read More

“I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” (John 3:3) It seems very cutting to parents when I warn them against making children Pharisees and hypocrites. But the truth is cutting to flesh and blood, for it is sharper than any two-edged sword. We strongly oppose what the professing world calls true religion. Much of the religion of the present day, is… Read More

Before a man can preach the spirit of the gospel, his life and conduct must be according to it; and most gospel preachers fall short in this respect. It is the cross we are inclined to shun. But we shall bear it, if we are Christ’s ministers, and then our walk will be quite contrary to the world. By William Tiptaft

Let us begin today with a question: Have you ever wanted God to speak to you? In a moment of desperation or heavy discouragement, have you ever said, “O Lord, if only You would speak to me; if only I could hear Your voice; if only You would talk to me and not be silent”? It may have been when cancer was found in your body. Or when your child’s health was… Read More

Romans 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient. ————————————————————– In my explanation of verses 24 and 25 I compared the way and development of sin to a smooth and slippery road upon which the sinner slides down to destruction. He is forced down by a power which the apostle… Read More

Romans 1:24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Romans 1:25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. —————————— Introduction I can best express the main thought of this part of Romans 1, in its connection,by saying that sin… 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

In just three years since its publication in 2003, Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code became one of the most widely read books of all time. As of April 2006, it had been translated into 44 different languages, selling approximately 40 million copies and earning Brown more than £200 million. On 19 May, 2006, The Da Vinci Code film, produced by Sony Pictures, directed by Oscar winner Ron Howard and starring Tom… Read More

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness.” (Romans 1:18) Introduction My text is intended to be an added reason for the statement of the apostle in verse 16. There the apostle says: “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ. I am not ashamed to preach it, to represent it, to preach it wherever the Lord… Read More

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. Romans 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. Introduction The word of my text gives a reason for something which the… Read More

Romans 1:1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God, Romans 1:2 (which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,) Romans 1:3 concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; Romans 1:4 and declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness,… Read More

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. (Ephesians 2:8) “For!” Let us not overlook this little but significant word! For by grace are ye saved! The conjunction presents the truth here expressed as a reason for something else, an explanation of something that has been mentioned in the context. It informs us of the fact that this statement does not… Read More

1 Timothy 2:4 God our Saviour, 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 who died unsaved. In our lifetime we could see… Read More

“Marriage, The Mystery of Christ and the Church” written By David Engelsma is an excellent book and the author of this website recommends this book as a must have in order to defend the wonderful biblical truth of marriage and what God’s word has to say on this most important matter. The first review appeared in the “Protestant Reformed Theological Journal” in April 2001. The review was written by Arie denHartog. The… 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

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “A More Sure Word” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is 2 Peter 1:19-21 and the audio is 48 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon titled “The Glory of The Cross” The scripture text is from1 Corinthians 1:17-18 and the audio is 31 minutes long.

Before a man can preach the spirit of the gospel, his life and conduct must be according to it; and most gospel preachers fall short in this respect. It is the cross we are inclined to shun. But we shall bear it, if we are Christ’s ministers, and then our walk will be quite contrary to the world. By William Tiptaft

We can spend everything upon that vile monster – self! Pray for each other that the Lord may cause us to give freely for His sake; for “there is one who scatters, and yet increases.” Take my advice and have as little to do with the world as you can help. How very little we really need in this life! By William Tiptaft

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

Dear reader, Let us beware of the problems procrastination can cause in our friendships and especially our marriages. Failure to do something, and putting it off until a later date due to laziness can cause resentment in your marriage. Are you putting off doing something that needs to be done, that can be done, right now? May these bible verses help us, and cause us not to procrastinate. Proverbs 6:6 Go to… Read More

Perhaps no passage in the Word of God sets forth more precisely the calling of a child of God than the one which we find in Romans 12:1-2. We read: “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of… Read More

Can you conceive of a more sobering truth than hell? The Bible teaches that hell is everlasting torment of body and soul in the lake of fire which is prepared for the devil and all who do not repent. There are many who say that the judgment of hell, of everlasting penalty for sin, is so enormous, so horrible a thought, that they could not conceive of a God who is capable… Read More

In Psalm 17:15 there is the following prayer: “As for me, I will behold Thy face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied when I awake with thy likeness.” David’s prayer there differs from the prayer that men of the world would make. David says, concerning those men, that their portion, their desire, that which they live for, is only in terms of the earthly, in terms of this present world. But, by… Read More

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled: “One Lord” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Ephesians 4:5, and the audio is 49 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Not Cast Out” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is John 6:35-40 and the audio is 52 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Bringing The Blind” This is the first message in a 2 part series. The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Isaiah 42:6 and the audio is 49 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Bringing The Blind” This is the first message in a 2 part series. The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Isaiah 42:16 and the audio is 50 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Unjust Judge” This is the first message in a 2 part series. The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Luke 18:1-8 and the audio is 49 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Unjust Judge” This is the second message in a 2 part series. The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Luke 18:1-8 and the audio is 46 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Following The Lord” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Luke 9:57-62 and the audio is 54 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled: “Of Him, Through Him, To Him” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Isaiah 53:6-9, and the audio is 43 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Asking The Way” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Jeremiah 50:4-5 and the audio is 55 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled: “Of Him, Through Him, To Him” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Romans 11:36, and the audio is 53 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled: “Give Diligence” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is 2 Peter 1:10 and the audio is 53 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled: “The Remnant” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Isaiah 37:31 and the audio is 45 minutes long.

Most of us don’t know God well enough to trust Him. Are you persuaded that God has complete control in reference to the things which excite our anxiety? Are you persuaded that He will use this control in the best way as far as we are concerned? If I am to cast my cares on Him, I must know Him to be my Father; I must know Him to be my Friend;… Read More

The believer is perfect in Christ, but in himself is a poor, feeble creature, ever liable to fall. Oh, the blessedness of having One who can manage all his affairs for him at the right hand of the Majesty in the Heavens: One who upholds him continually by the right hand of His righteousness: One who will never let him go: One who is able to save to the uttermost: One who… 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

Based upon the Word of God, human nature, and from personal experience; I conclude that many people who attend “church services” are merely RELIGIOUS. The Lord said to a group of religious folk, “Well hath Isaiah prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written (Isaiah 29:13), this people draweth nigh unto me with their lips, but their heart is far from me” (Mark 7:6). I believe most people are religious for gain,… Read More

“No man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.” (John 10:29) Here we have final perseverance, and not just the perseverance of the Holy Trinity; it is the final perseverance of the Holy Ghost in opening the ears of the sheep; it is the perseverance of the Son in receiving all whose ears are thus opened. And it is the perseverance of the Father in keeping, through His own… Read More

“Thy People Shall Be Willing In The Day of Thy Power.” (Psalm 110:3) ——————– God’s elect worship and serve Him with willing hearts. We willingly believe, willingly worship, willingly give, and willingly do what we can for the glory of God. It is God Who, by effectual grace, makes us willing; but we are willing servants of the Most High God! Any worship, service, or gifts offered to God that is not… Read More

“Loosed from the law” (Romans 7:2) ——————– Like the woman whose husband has died is “loosed from the law of her husband” (Romans 7:2), so the believer, having been crucified with Christ, has been “loosed from the law” by the sacrifice of Christ. The Son of God fulfilled the righteous demands of God’s holy law for us by his obedience in life. He satisfied the justice of God revealed in the law… Read More

“Loosed from the law” (Romans 7:2) ——————– Like the woman whose husband has died is “loosed from the law of her husband” (Romans 7:2), so the believer, having been crucified with Christ, has been “loosed from the law” by the sacrifice of Christ. The Son of God fulfilled the righteous demands of God’s holy law for us by his obedience in life. He satisfied the justice of God revealed in the law… Read More

“…And lost his own soul.” (Mark 8:36) ——————– No man can describe the loss of the soul as he should. No man can paint this dreadful picture in true colours. You and I will never fully understand what it means to lose one’s soul until we pass through the valley of death and wake up in eternity. Then, and not until then, shall we know the value of the soul. The value… Read More

Mark 4:3 Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow: Mark 4:4 And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up. Mark 4:5 And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth: Mark 4:6 But when the sun was up,… Read More

This is an audio sermon titled: “A Parable of Preparation” The scripture text is from Matthew 25:1-13, and the audio is 44 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon titled “The Parable of The Marriage Feast” The scripture text is from Matthew 25:1-14 and the audio is 44 minutes long.

When the Lord opens your eyes wider, you will see how much worldly-mindedness there is, in one shape or other, among the professors around you. “If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” (1 John 2:15) A day will soon arrive when it will be made known how much we have spent in the gratification of our own lusts; and how little for Christ. When… Read More

The way to heaven is strait and narrow, and Satan is an unwearied adversary, in disputing every inch of the way. You will be much despised and cast out for Christ’s sake, and nothing will offend more than separating yourself as much as possible from carnal people. It is ‘the life’ which condemns the professing world. When the world sees you unmoved by the riches and the pleasures which it so much… Read More

A little plain food and plain clothing are quite good enough for our vile bodies. “After all, we didn’t bring anything with us when we came into the world, and we certainly cannot carry anything with us when we die. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content. But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that… Read More

He is not a Christian who differs only in ‘sentiment’ from the world, but in ‘practice’. By William Tiptaft

“If anyone would be My follower, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.” (Luke 9:23) The power of godliness is but little known. There is a daily cross, and you must bear it, or there will be no crown. “And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow Me cannot be My disciple.” (Luke 14:27) By William Tiptaft

Satan is a very subtle enemy, and never spreads his snare in your sight. I hope you will not be induced to value any knowledge which does not cause you to love Christ more, and to live more decidedly as a member of His kingdom. Satan does not care how much knowledge you have in your head, so long as he can keep possession of the citadel of your heart. Consequently, he… Read More

The word of God is clear what our attitude and action ought to be when we view the sins of others – “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if a man think himself to be something,… Read More

This is an audio sermon titled: “A Sad Parable of Rejection” The scripture text is from Matthew 21:33-46, and the audio is 46 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon titled “The Work of The Gospel” The scripture text is from 2 Corinthians 6:1-10 and the audio is 26 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon titled “The Heart of The Gospel” The scripture text is from 2 Corinthians 5:21 and the audio is 26 minutes long.

For God so Loved the World John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” This verse is probably the best known verse in the Bible. It may also be the most misunderstood. A False interpretation of this verse goes like this: God sent His Son Jesus into the world to provide salvation for all… Read More

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 the chains that held the prisoners were suddenly loosed. Do you… Read More

Daughters of Jerusalem (Luke 23:26-33, Zechariah 9:9, Romans 2:28-29) Luke 23:26 And as they led him away, they laid hold upon one Simon, a Cyrenian, coming out of the country, and on him they laid the cross, that he might bear it after Jesus. Luke 23:27 And there followed him a great company of people, and of women, which also bewailed and lamented him. Luke 23:28 But Jesus turning unto them said,… Read More

This is an audio sermon titled: “Condemnation and Justification” The scripture text is from Romans 5, and the audio is 36 minutes long.

We begin this study 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 Lord Jesus Christ – The Second Person Of The Holy Trinity “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.” (1 John 5:7) Errors concerning the Trinity and the distinct personality and Godhead of our Lord Jesus Christ are abundant. And where there is error regarding the Person of Christ error regarding his work will follow. We must… Read More

Paul exhorted the church at Philippi to “stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel” (Philippians 1:27). The church on earth is made up of sinners saved by the grace of God in Christ. It is the light of truth in a dark world. It is the church of the living God and the pillar and ground of truth. Our existence, our message, our… Read More

“For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another” (Galatians 5:13) The liberty of grace in Christ is not freedom to sin. It is freedom for obedience, love, and service to God and to one another. Christ set us free when He died on Calvary; when He redeemed us by His precious blood and justified us by… Read More

The subject matter that we want to look at in this study is this: Is it God’s will that many people remain spiritually deaf and blind? Is it God’s will that many people remain ignorant of the true Gospel of salvation? Is it God’s will that many people remain in the sinful state in which they were born? We want to investigate this question, because most people believe that God loves everybody… Read More

A Study on James 2:14-26 James 2:14 My brothers, what [is] the gain if anyone says he has faith, but he does not have works? Is the faith able to save him? James 2:15 But if a brother or a sister is naked and may be lacking in daily food, James 2:16 and any one of you say to them, Go in peace, be warmed and filled, but does not give them… Read More

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled: “Thy King Cometh” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Zechariah 9:9 and the audio is 55 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled: “Be of Good Cheer” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Matthew 9:2 and the audio is 36 minutes long.