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Monthly Archives: August 2009

The middle and latter end of the last century was a remarkable period. A chain of ministers, commencing with Whitefield, and embracing in its links Toplady, Berridge, Newton, Romaine, Huntington, and Hawker, extends itself down to our degenerate days. However differing in gifts, all these men were evidently taught by the same Spirit, and preached the same gospel. Toplady, like a lamp fed with spirit, flamed forth, blazed, and died, from shortness… Read More

For a sound, consistent, scriptural exposition of the word of God, no commentary, we believe, in any language can be compared with Dr. Gill’s. There may be commentaries on individual books of Scripture, which may surpass Dr. Gill’s in depth of research and fullness of exposition: and the great work from which Poole compiled his Synopsis may be more suitable to scholars and divines, as bringing together into one focus all the… Read More

Thomas Hardy, in one of his excellent letters, makes the following remark, “The best Christians I meet with are generally Huntingtonians.” This witness is true. There is, or as we must now say there was, for so few of them are left, a depth and clearness of experience, a savor and a sweetness, a rich, tender, feeling, unctuous utterance, a discrimination between law and gospel, letter and spirit, form and power, a… Read More

When the Lord called to Himself the soul of our dear friend, William Gadsby, with truth it might be said, “There is a great man fallen this day in Israel” (2 Sam. 3:38). We believe we are but speaking in full unison with the feelings and sentiments of the living family of God in this country when we say that, taking him all in all, we have lost in Mr. Gadsby the… Read More

Who that knows anything of the wondrous doings and dealings of the Lord in providence and grace can say that miracles have ceased? It is true that the croaking raven no longer brings bread and flesh, morning and evening to an Elijah by the brook Cherith; nor does the palsied leave his bed, or the dead come out of his grave, as in the days when Jesus walked here below. But wonders… Read More

Acts 10:1 Ver. 1. There was a certain man in Caesarea,…. This was the Caesarea formerly called Strato’s tower, not Caesarea Philippi; for the former, and not the latter, lay near Joppa: called Cornelius; which was a Roman name, and he himself was a Roman or an Italian: a centurion of the band called the Italian band; which consisted of soldiers collected out of Italy, from whence the band took its name,… Read More

Isaiah 40:15 Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing. Isaiah 40:17 All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity.

Since I deeply feel the need of the presence and guiding Spirit of God, my prayer is that the Lord may bless me to answer your questions: “Do you believe that an elder, either you or I both having been duly ordained to the ministry by a presbytery of Old School Baptists, have a right to go preach, without affiliation, to people of that Old Baptist persuasion, who are NOT in what… Read More

In these last days it has pleased the Lord to withhold His Spirit in “demonstration and power” both from the ministry and from the hearers. Churches have dwindled in a born again membership and spiritual worship, until there are few who even mention the Lord’s name publicly; the deacons in old times were “full of the Holy Spirit,” but very rarely now can they be called upon to offer prayer, and still… Read More

John 3:1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The Jews were the people whom God was pleased to reveal Himself through in the first century. God chose the Jews during this time when Jesus walked the earth to be the group through whom God’s Word would come and through whom the Lord Jesus would come – through the earthly lineage as a man –… Read More

John 3:2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. Nicodemus, a teacher himself of the Jews, came to Jesus by night. Many believe he came to Jesus by night so he would not been seen by the religious leaders of that day;… Read More

We will continue our study on “The Born Again Experience” looking in John 3:5. But first, let’s review our passage thus far. In John 3:1-4 a religious leader of his day Nicodemus is talking to Jesus, and Jesus tells Nicodemus that he must be born again. So the main message of our complete text (John 3:1-8) is concerning being born again. We studied this in John 3:3. Now let’s look at John… Read More

John 3:6 “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is Spirit.” Jesus is speaking here and He is dividing the whole human race into two and only two classes: 1) those who have been born of the flesh; and 2) those who have been born of the Spirit. All human beings have been born of the flesh – meaning they have been… Read More

“Marvel not that I said unto thee, ye must be born again.” John 3:7 Jesus tells Nicodemus not to marvel (be surprised) that ye must be born again. Nicodemus should have known from Old Testament scriptures of the new birth which we looked at in previous verses, but I’ll repeat here: Ezekiel 36:24 For I will take you from among the heathen (those in false religion/the lost and dying world), and gather… Read More

John 3:8 “The wind bloweth it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.” Jesus here likens the work of the Holy Spirit to the wind: we can’t see the wind, but we see it’s effects. This is the also how the Holy Spirit works: we can’t see the Holy Spirit, but… Read More

This is an audio sermon titled “The Gospel That Saves” The scripture text is from 1st Corinthians 9:16 and the audio is 28 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Eyes & Ears” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Matthew 13:16 and the audio is 53 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “A Leper Healed” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Luke 17:19 and the audio is 47 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Self Denial” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Matthew 16:24 and the audio is 57 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Kingdom of Grace” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Hebrews 12:28-29 and the audio is 49 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “The Loving God” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Psalm 42:2 and the audio is 53 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Thoughts Towards Us” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Psalm 40:5 and the audio is 56 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled: “Words of Eternal Life” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is John 6:68 and the audio is 46 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled: “My Word Shall Prosper” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Isaiah 55:11, and the audio is 57 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “My Father’s Business” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Luke 2:49 and the audio is 53 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Be Sober” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is 1 Peter 1:13 and the audio is 43 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “The Word of God” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is 1 Thessalonians 2:13-14 and the audio is 55 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “An Afflicted People” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Zephaniah 3:12 and the audio is 49 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Building Up” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Jude 20-21 and the audio is 43 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Springs of Water” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Judges 1:15 and the audio is 53 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled: “The Inward Work” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Romans 2:28-29, and the audio is 51 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Fear and Obey” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Isaiah 50:10 and the audio is 53 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “A Sharp Two-Edged Sword” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Revelation 1:16 and the audio is 49 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “The Door” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is John 10:9 and the audio is 52 minutes long.

“And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power.” I Corinthians 2:4 The Lord blesses His ministers to preach by the inspiration of the Spirit of God. The different gifts are measured out as it pleases the Lord. “But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:7)… Read More

“And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power.” I Corinthians 2:4 The Lord blesses His ministers to preach by the inspiration of the Spirit of God. The different gifts are measured out as it pleases the Lord. “But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:7)… Read More

“In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; but (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.” (I Timothy 2:9-10) From the beginning of creation, God created man and “male and female created He them.” (Genesis 1:27) In specifically creating them differently, He gave them different forms and roles. This is made plain in… Read More

“In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; but (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.” (I Timothy 2:9-10) From the beginning of creation, God created man and “male and female created He them.” (Genesis 1:27) In specifically creating them differently, He gave them different forms and roles. This is made plain in… Read More

“And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, by our father Isaac; (for the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of Him that calleth;) It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger. As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.”… Read More

“And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, by our father Isaac; (for the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of Him that calleth;) It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger. As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.”… Read More

“There is no truer sign nor more alarming symptom of the decline of vital godliness than the want of love and union among those who profess the truth. If love to the brethren marks the dawn of spiritual life, the decay of that love most certainly denotes its decline. A house divided against itself cannot stand. A besieged city, if torn with internal faction, must fall before the enemy. Peace in the… Read More

“There is no truer sign nor more alarming symptom of the decline of vital godliness than the want of love and union among those who profess the truth. If love to the brethren marks the dawn of spiritual life, the decay of that love most certainly denotes its decline. A house divided against itself cannot stand. A besieged city, if torn with internal faction, must fall before the enemy. Peace in the… Read More

“And I saw no temple therein.” (Revelation 21:22) We have read this morning from the inspired record a striking description of the city of God; the city of which we have heard, and read, and sung from our earliest childhood; but we have heard that it was far away above the skies; we have sung that it is among the stars; we have read in popular religious fiction that it is the… Read More

“And I saw no temple therein.” (Revelation 21:22) We have read this morning from the inspired record a striking description of the city of God; the city of which we have heard, and read, and sung from our earliest childhood; but we have heard that it was far away above the skies; we have sung that it is among the stars; we have read in popular religious fiction that it is the… Read More

I realize, first of all, that this article may offend some, yet I hope my writing (if I am enabled by the Spirit) will not be weak and just pleasing to the natural flesh of those whom God has decreed for me to contact. God’s message from His Word is personal, and oftentimes, sharp and convicting. I desire that God would be pleased to bring tears of concern and repentance to all… Read More

Since an objective of this magazine is to defend the Cause of God and Truth as articulated by the Predestinarian Old School Baptists; and since a great number of readers have never heard of these people, then we trust none will be too offended with us if we do just that defend our faith in points of difference. A phenomenon we often experience is: a number of individuals speak and write critically… Read More

“Man’s goings are of the Lord: how can a man then understand his own way?” (Proverbs 20:24) Some may attempt to use this Scripture to justify oneself for his wickedness, wrong doings, etc. Or one may use this text as a shield or cloke for his faughts, sins, etc. But a quickened child of God understands the admonition, “As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as… Read More

“Man’s goings are of the Lord: how can a man then understand his own way?” (Proverbs 20:24) Some may attempt to use this Scripture to justify oneself for his wickedness, wrong doings, etc. Or one may use this text as a shield or cloke for his faughts, sins, etc. But a quickened child of God understands the admonition, “As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as… Read More

“Blessed are the peacemakers; for they shall be called the children of God” (Matthew 5:9) It is wonderful to consider that the Lord blesses one to be a peacemaker. When one is blessed to that extent, he feels that peace within his soul. He is blessed with the indwelling Spirit of God within himself. “ . . . he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.” (John 16:14) The… Read More

“Blessed are the peacemakers; for they shall be called the children of God” (Matthew 5:9) It is wonderful to consider that the Lord blesses one to be a peacemaker. When one is blessed to that extent, he feels that peace within his soul. He is blessed with the indwelling Spirit of God within himself. “ . . . he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.” (John 16:14) The… Read More