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Monthly Archives: September 2009

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Life Eternal” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is John 17:1-3 and the audio is 55 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “The Hour is Come” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is John 17:1-3 and the audio is 51 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled: “Our Gospel” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is 1 Thessalonians 1:5, and the audio is 51 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled: “Have Mercy” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Psalm 51:1, and the audio is 42 minutes long.

In a day when many people are living in open sexual sin, either living together without marriage, or living with another person’s wife or divorcing and remarrying at will, it is time to consider what the LORD says about this subject. We are to follow the Word of God, not our opinions, or what appears right and convenient to us. 1. All marriages are ordained of God. God joins a man and… Read More

We have been grieved by the opposition received to the stand we have sought to take on the sanctity of marriage and that marriage is for life, “till death do us part.” We feel that one of the grevious things today is the careless attitude of marriage. In fact, during the last two years, at the beginning of each wedding we have taken, we have sought to emphasize this – as a… Read More

Apart from a friendship with Jesus Christ the closest friendship we can know on this earth is that between a husband and wife. Therefore we need to be of one mind in the things of God. The scriptures teach us, “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” (Amos 3:3) This is true of any friendship not just marriage. Also the Holy Spirit instructs us: 1 Corinthians 6:15 Know ye not that… Read More

I trust the following scriptures will help you regarding the doctrine of marriage. The original institution Genesis 2:18 And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. Genesis 2:19 And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what… Read More

This is an audio sermon titled “A Famine To Be Feared” The scripture text is from Amos 8:11 and the audio is 26 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon titled: “Are There Few That Be Saved?” The scripture text is from Luke 13:23 and the audio is 26 minutes long. Brother Henry Mahan is the speaker.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “A Stumbling Stone” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Romans 9:33 and the audio is 51 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Asked Not Counsel” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Joshua 9:14 and the audio is 45 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled: “My Loving Kindness” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Psalm 89:30-34, and the audio is 50 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled: “Visiting with the Rod” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Psalm 89:30-34, and the audio is 54 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Deceit” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Joshua 9:14 and the audio is 44 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled: “The Love of God” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is 2 Thessalonians 3:5, and the audio is 52 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Entering In” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10 and the audio is 49 minutes long.

The autobiography of Isaac Lewis (1823-1896), for over twenty years pastor at Staplehurst, in the county of Kent, England. I was born in the parish of Burnham, in the county of Essex, August 13th, 1823. I was born of gracious parents. My mother died when I was about eight years old, and I was then left to the care of my sister, who was married and kept my father’s house. My father… Read More

The experience of Edward Blackstock (1791-1852) The name of my father was Samuel Blackstock. He was a native of Scotland, born near Dumfries in 1752. When a young man, he and his youngest brother removed to Halifax, in Yorkshire. He married Elizabeth Ogden, of Denholme, Bradford. After their marriage my parents went to reside at Manchester, where my father became a master cotton-spinner; that trade was then in its infancy. The two… Read More

God tells us that His people are accepted in Christ. If we are without Christ, then we have nothing that God will accept; because His people are accepted in Christ. God has said that no man can come unto the Father but by Christ; therefore if we are without Christ we have no ground upon which we can approach unto God. Christ says: “I am the Way, the Truth, the Life.”; and… Read More

A Real Christian in the apostle Paul’s account, is a new creature. He is God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus. And Jesus tells you how dead souls are quickened. Mark His words: they come with a double seal, to show their weight and certainty: “verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that… Read More

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Manifold Grace” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is 1 Peter 4:10 and the audio is 44 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Jesus Not Committed” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is John 2:23-25 and the audio is 53 minutes long.

We believe the Scriptures teach that all of those for whom Jesus died shall be brought to the knowledge of the truth, and not one shall be lost. “For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of Him that sent me, And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which He hath given me I should lose nothing, but should… Read More

The elect of God, as well as all others, are by nature dead; they are dead in sin, living without any spiritual life;, and to be carnally minded is death: they are without any affection for God, motion towards Him, delight in Him or in His service; and they are dead in law, being condemned in Adam, for judgment by one offence came upon all men to condemnation; and they are under… Read More

January 30th, 1830 Dear Brother, Since I last wrote, I have preached in Abingdon Great Church, on Christmas evening, the only night in the year that it is lighted. I preached the truth, I trust, to a very crowded congregation, supposed to be (sitting and standing, who were able to get in) about 5,000 people. I pleased the believers, but very much displeased the carnally-minded, who were never so puzzled and confounded… Read More

March 16, 1830 My dear Brother, I am happy to say that the sermon has been blessed by God in this neighbourhood, and consequently has made a very great stir. I received a letter from a poor man at some distance, thanking me for printing the sermon, as it has been a comfort to his soul and to others. Of course I shall have neither the praise of the unbelievers, nor their… Read More

April 30, 1830 My dear Brother, My sermon seems to be received among you much in the same manner as I expected. Nature is the same in Rutland as in Berks. I rejoice to say that the doctrines which I preach receive the very testimony which the gospel always did, and always will. You will find that scarcely three respectable people will speak well of it, and very few of the poor…. Read More

June 9, 1830 My dear Brother, I rejoice to say that the Lord still continues to bless the word preached by me. As He is pleased to lead me into deeper mysteries of His blessed gospel, I can more fully show forth the errors of false authors and ministers, which consequently causes me to be more hated and despised by a false professing world. There has been a book published called “The… Read More

June 9, 1830 My dear Deborah, I am rejoiced to think that you are so far humbled as to look to Christ alone for the salvation of your soul. You will find if you possess the Spirit of Christ that you will be despised and condemned by all in whose heart Satan reigns. But what does the Scripture say for your consolation? “Rejoice … and leap for joy.” (Luke 6:23) “..For the… Read More

July 12, 1830 My dear Sister, I am truly rejoiced that the Lord has given you an inquiring mind. You will not be distressed when I say that I have discovered that your views of salvation by free grace are by no means clear, as your letter plainly evinces; for in speaking of some of your relations you say, “I wish they would fix their minds above this world.” This expression shows… Read More

September 3, 1830 My dear Brother, I intend (D.V.) to be at Oakham on the 14th or 15th, but I hope to be with you on the 14th by the Leicester coach, as I intend to return that way the following week, for I cannot conveniently be absent from so large a parish any longer. But you will be quite willing to part from a troubler of Israel in a few days…. Read More

October 28th, 1830 My dear Brother, I arrived safely at Sutton on the Saturday afternoon. I saw Mr. de Merveilleux, and had a little conversation with him. I believe him to be a lover of gospel truth, and I hope that you will call upon him when you go to Stamford. I met a few friends at his house, and spoke a few words to them. They seemed very desirous to hear,… Read More

December, 1830 My dear Brother, I was pleased with your remarks upon religion in your last letter. As the Lord has been pleased to reveal to you a little of the light of the glorious gospel, a corresponding practice will necessarily follow, for a lively faith is known, as a good tree is known – by its fruit. It is an inestimable blessing to be taught the value of God’s word, so… Read More

January 8, 1831 My dear Brother, I am very anxious to hear how the work of grace is going on in your hearts, whether you prove all things and hold fast that which is good. 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… Read More

March 14th, 1831 My dear Brother, I feel much obliged to you for your last letter, and am rejoiced to find that you are desirous of knowing more of Christ. You have much to contend with in various ways from the world, the flesh, and the devil. 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… Read More

May 2nd, 1831 My dear Brother, I was very glad to hear by your last letter that your wife has safely delivered another son; and I hope that he will prove a blessing to you both. God’s mercies have been great and manifold towards you in this life, and I pray that they may not prove snares. The children of God almost always flourish more in trials and difficulties than in the… Read More

June 11th, 1831 My dear Brother, You will not be surprised at the proceedings of Bulteel and myself, as I informed you in my last what our intentions were. We arrived in Somerset on the 16th of May, and have almost every evening since been preaching, one or both of us, in church, chapel, or the open air. We have, almost in every instance, asked for the church, and if refused, preached… Read More

July 27th, 1831 My dear Brother, Through the mercy and goodness of God, I am again quietly settled at Sutton after my two months’ tour in the West of England. I arrived on Friday, July 15th, and left Bulteel with his wife and child in Devon, for I could not conscientiously leave my own flock any longer; for during my absence they were left almost without food, as I could not get… Read More

September 5th, 1831 My dear Brother, I was delighted with your letter which I received last Saturday, as it gave me good reason to believe the Lord has begun a good work in another of our relatives. Time will make it manifest. I would be sorry to discourage it in the least, “but by their fruits you shall know them.” Though it is not convenient for me to visit Rutland this autumn,… Read More

October 25th, 1831 My dear Brother, I am very much obliged to you and Deborah for your joint letter; it rejoiced my heart to hear that some found it good to their souls to hear me; and those poor creatures that rebelled against it were also confirming the truth; for though Christ is precious to some, He is a stone of stumbling unto others. It is a very high honor to be… Read More

November 16th, 1831 My dear Brother, I am rather disappointed at not having received a letter in answer to my last. As I have now been led to act in that which I have long talked about, I feel assured you will be glad to hear some of the particulars. My former letter, however, will prevent any surprise at the important step I have taken. After frequent prayer to God and deep… Read More

November 29th, 1831 My dear Brother, I went to London last week, and resigned my living; and I hope that my ‘letter of resignation’ containing my reasons will be published tomorrow. I have bought a small piece of land at Abingdon to build a chapel on, for I feel constrained to remain in this neighborhood, as nearly all my hearers are very poor, and would not be able to pay a minister… Read More

December 30th, 1831 My dear Brother, I trust that I shall not covet a single farthing from a poor laborer, so that his children would be deprived of bread. Much covetousness lurks in our evil nature. From the prophet to the priest they all went after it in former days; and as it was then, so it is now. I have taken possession of my lodgings. I slept there last night for… Read More

February 25th, 1832 My dear Brother, Since I last wrote to you I have been actively engaged in preaching God’s word; but not without giving offence, for I find the cross has not ceased. I preached at Reading about a month ago in a large chapel, and it was very crowded; and, this last week I have been to see Mr. Hitchcock, of Devises, who seceded about six years ago from the… Read More

May 4th, 1832 My dear Brother, I am going on much as usual, giving offence to many, and pleasing a few. I have many invitations to preach; but I am not much inclined to leave Abingdon for the present. I have great numbers of hearers, so that my chapel is not large enough, although it will seat 500, and many can stand in the aisles, but many cannot even enter the door,… Read More

July 6th, 1832 My dear Brother, Since I last wrote to you, I have been preaching in various places, many of considerable size, and to large concourses of people. One of the effects of the bishop’s threatened interference has been that he has been an excellent ‘trumpeter’ for me; and the newspapers, still continuing to make their remarks upon me, cause many to come and hear ‘the babbler’ out of curiosity. What… Read More

August 15th, 1832 My dear Brother, I shall be glad to hear how the Lord is pleased to manifest Himself among you at Oakham. Real religion is so contrary to a mere profession, that you must expect much reproach and scorn for contending for it. But there is much speculative religion in the present day. Many are well able to judge of the general and gross darkness which prevails, and contend for… Read More

August 27th, 1832 My dear Brother, My chapel, hitherto, continues to be very crowded. Yesterday it was particularly so both times. Today I have had Mr. M. and his wife to drink tea with me. He is the vicar of a large parish about seven miles from here. He asked me if I had ever been ‘incarcerated with insanity’. He had been told it for a fact; and though he said he… Read More

September 8th, 1832 My dear Brother, I, without a post’s delay, send you an answer to your last kind letter. I am pleased with many things contained in it; but you and I have learned but little as yet in the school of Christ. I am glad to find you are still hopeful in the Lord’s cause. You will, before long, have many difficulties and obstacles cast in your way. I hope… Read More

September 20th, 1832 My dear brother, Grace, mercy, and peace be multiplied unto you abundantly through Christ Jesus our Lord. I rejoice to hear that you are counted worthy to suffer in some degree in the cause of Christ. It is a circumstance that so seldom occurs, that I have stronger reasons to believe that you are a partaker of the grace of God. The general religion of the present day is… Read More

October 16th, 1832 My dear Brother, Tomorrow morning I am going to visit an intimate friend a few miles from hence, who is to drive me to Cheltenham to preach there on Thursday evening. We are engaged to dine with Dr. Foot, a physician there, who is “a speckled bird” like yourself. Cheltenham is a place of great profession; there is one chapel that will admit men of truth, in which I… Read More

January 15th, 1833 My dear Brother, Through persuasion and entreaty, I remained one week longer at Brighton than I expected to do. But the Lord was pleased to bless the word to my soul, and to the souls of others, so I felt constrained to remain. In passing through London, I preached twice, and the latter time was for the benefit of the Aged Pilgrims’ Friend Society. I preached in Abrahams’ Chapel,… Read More

June 27th, 1833 My dear Brother, As you express the desire of several that I should visit you again as soon as possible, I intend being at Oakham as early in July as I conveniently can, and shall be with you to speak, if the Lord will, on the 14th in the Riding School. The time seems short since I was with you. I am of Cole’s opinion in his “New Birth,”… Read More

September 11th, 1833 My dear Brother, I am glad to hear that your meetings are well attended. You will need encouragement, in one way or other, to keep you together meeting in the name of the Lord, for the right way is uphill, and some will be continually growing faint and weary. My soul was much refreshed and encouraged when I was in Wilts, about ten days ago, by finding that the… Read More

December 5th, 1833 My dear Brother, Now that you have a chapel, I hope God will consecrate it with his presence. The Lord has conferred a great honor upon you and your sisters in using you as instruments in opening a place for the preaching of the everlasting gospel, and many would like to serve you as the heifers, which drew the ark of God. They will say to you, “We know… Read More

December 16th, 1833 My dear Brother, “Man devises his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” In your last you said, “I trust that you will have a call in this direction, when the alteration is made in the chapel.” Now it has so occurred since I wrote to you, that my Wolverhampton friends have made a particular application to me to preach for them the last Lord’s day in this month… Read More

February 17th, 1834 My dear Brother, Yesterday I preached here in the morning, at Wallingford in the afternoon and evening, and had a very favorable day in my own soul. Husband baptized four. One was an old woman about 80 years old. He baptized in the mill-dam near his old church. He was low in spirits because I was not there, but the arrangement was entirely through him. I find my old… Read More

July 7th, 1834 My dear Brother, Many thanks to you for your kind letter; and as I have very lately heard from friend Gadsby, I now write to say when you may expect him. It is his intention to be one night at Uppingham, I imagine from invitation; consequently, he purposes being at Leicester on Monday, August 18th, on Tuesday at Oakham. In answer to this letter, you will let me know… Read More

April 6th, 1835 My dear Brother, I thank you for your kind letter, and, though I have little to communicate worth postage, I imagine that you may be expecting a letter from me in answer. I am glad to find you tried and harassed in mind. If there were no law in your conscience, there would be no working up of all manner of evil desires; and if there be no humility,… Read More

August 24th, 1835 My dear Brother, Through mercy, I continue until this moment professing the name of the Lord Jesus; but not without difficulties, and trials, and temptations, and many fears whether I shall endure unto the end. Sometimes I think it will be well with me, and I shall endure unto the end. I meet with a share of the reproach and contempt cast upon the truth, and I believe God… Read More

February 1st, 1836 My dear Brother, I have been hoping for some days to receive a letter from Oakham; but hope deferred makes the heart sick, so I write that I may have an answer. Through mercy, I arrived safely at Abingdon again, and have been going on much as usual. I find that sin is a powerful enemy within me, and keeps me from preaching perfection in the flesh. I am… Read More

April 15th, 1836 My dear Brother, Whatever charge they may bring against me, they cannot say that I am guilty of heaping up riches, while God’s children are in such painful and trying straits. I find myself too ignorant and sinful a creature to be a preacher of the gospel; and I wonder that God blesses me in any way. I would like to be more holy and heavenly-minded, and to enjoy… Read More

April 28th, 1837 My dear Brother, I beg to acknowledge the receipt of your kind letter, with thanks, together with its contents. You may, perhaps, not be expecting another application for money before I visit Oakham; but I have so many opportunities of assisting in real distress, without even seeking objects of great poverty, that I soon find my purse empty. I trust that you do not suppose I spend much of… Read More

August 4th, 1837 My dear Brother, “Like people, like priest.” Every one wants to be encouraged either in a false or true religion. Some like to be built up in empty notions, and others to have their hearts well searched, and their thoughts tried, that they may have the testimony in their conscience that they are true men of God; but the halt, and the lame, and afflicted will meet with the… Read More

March 2nd, 1838 My dear Brother, I feel very dead, sinful, and unfit for a pulpit; and it seems a great mercy indeed that my preaching does not altogether fall to the ground. I know not, at times, what use my preaching is; but the Lord can bless by whom He will bless; and if His presence and power are with me, all my enemies within and without cannot prevent good being… Read More

March 29th, 1838 My dear Brother, I preached at Worcester on the 9th on my way to Wolverhampton; and as I found it a fine large city full of ministers—and darkness. I made a few plain remarks that seemed to stir up some of the people in favor of me and some against me. Some having heard me satisfactorily, and being very anxious for me to preach again, I consented to preach… Read More

June 8th, 1838 My dear Brother, Through mercy I arrived here safely from Brighton, and felt myself better for two or three weeks after illness; but on the 1st of this month, I was seized again with colic, but not so painful as at Brighton. Nevertheless, I have not been out of doors since, except for a short walk this morning. I find this sickness profitable to my soul. It has, I… Read More

April 18th, 1838 My dear Brother, I was glad to receive the kind letter which you and your better half sent me; and I wish you would write more upon spiritual things; but we find that our hearts cleave so close to the dust that we cannot enter with any life and power into heavenly subjects. It seems a great mercy that we do not deny them, for hope will spring up,… Read More

July 18th, 1838 My dear Brother, I feel myself a very poor preacher. The work tries my mind and body; and the last two Lord’s days, when I said, after the morning sermon, that Mr. Kay would preach the other time, I felt as a horse would, that had his harness taken off after a journey. I find that religion is uphill work; and the more I try to rise, the more… Read More

August 19th, 1839 My dear Brother, Through mercy, I arrived safely here on Wednesday evening, the 7th. I had, upon the whole, a favorable journey, and felt myself but little fatigued by it. I preached once on Lord’s day, the 11th. Very many came to hear; so also yesterday; and some professed to hear with much profit. It has been reported several times, far and wide, that I was dead; and also… Read More

November 13th, 1839 My dear Brother, Since I wrote to friend P., I have not suffered from any further attacks; and, through mercy, I may say that I have but little pain, and take my walks as usual. I find the exertion of preaching earnestly, a little trying; so I still continue to speak but once on a Lord’s day. J. Kay was absent nearly ten weeks, and I spent the time… Read More

February 5th, 1840 My dear Brother, I hope and trust I am rather better than when I last wrote. I find that my walks are beneficial to my health, and I now generally take two or three daily, according to your opinion and advice. I scarcely ever take anything to drink except tea, and water; and I think very little good is done by fermented liquors, although some so strongly recommend me… Read More

January 30th, 1843 My dear Sister, I was glad to hear that you are about to follow the Lord Jesus Christ through the ordinance of believer’s baptism. May your soul be much blessed in it. Many find it only a shell; but I believe some are so favored as to find a kernel within the shell, in the Lord’s presence being manifested on the occasion. Whoever may slight and despite it, we… Read More

December 13, 1845 My dear Friend, I like to receive letters, but I do not like writing the answers. However, we shall find through life one thing must be set over against another; there is no separating the bitters and sweets, the joys and the sorrows, and the sweetest pleasures and severest pains. All things are to work together for good for those called by grace, and surely trials, afflictions and chastisements… Read More

April 20th, 1847 My dear Deborah, . . . You have lived long enough to see that a Christian is not to be long without trials and troubles, much less a minister. If a minister has a conscience worth having, he is sure to have trouble; and if he has not a conscience worth having, he had better be a shoe-shine. There are no blessings like spiritual blessings; but how little do… Read More

January 8, 1856 Dear Friend, Your kind letter was duly received bringing “good tidings.” I am glad to receive such blessed testimonies of the Lord’s loving-kindness; for it confirms those who have been favored in a similar manner, that the hearts of others are filled with gratitude, when the Lord appears for them, and sets their souls at liberty. You have known adversity before prosperity. “I will rejoice in Your mercy, for… Read More

July 12, 1864 My dear Philpot, You will be glad to hear that my soul has been greatly blessed. It was a blessing similar to the one I enjoyed at Oakham, last October 15th. “Thus far my God has led me on, and made His truth and mercy known.” The friends were anxious that my soul should be blessed in my new house. Friend H. had been praying that my soul might… Read More

In the attributes of God and in various graces of the Spirit, comparative and contrasting attributes and graces are often paired together. Our God is a God of mercy, and a God of wrath. He is love, and possesses a perfect hatred (Psalm 139:22). So also, in the graces which a child of God experiences, where faith is; so is trust; where regeneration is, conversion follows; where true evangelical repentance is, so… 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

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

We believe the Scriptures teach that all of those for whom Jesus died shall be brought to the knowledge of the truth, and not one shall be lost. “For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of Him that sent me, And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which He hath given me I should lose nothing, but should… Read More

Among the peoples called “Baptists” many issues conflict in a manner to produce great diversity. Obviously, there is an unbridgeable gap between the doctrinal views of the Predestinarians and the theory of absolute freewillism held by most modern Baptists. Since the entirety of this magazine is predestinarian in contrast to that general theory, there is no need for a specific article refuting the whole scheme of freewillism. Predestinarian Baptists hold to both… Read More

Since we attempted to prove by the Scriptures the “Total Depravity”, one may ask the question: Since man by nature does not seek after the Lord, why does God save any? All we can say is that it pleased the Lord to save whom He will out of the fallen race, and leave the rest to perish. “(For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that… Read More

“And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on Him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy… Read More

Much can and has been argued about the various aspects of the sovereignty of God. A new-born infant knows very little of this world in the first few months or years of its existence. Yet from birth the child learns of light, love, security, and trust. It also rapidly learns the many discomforts of Providence and the many disappointments and chastisements of loving parents. Prior to its birth, the child knows only… 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

The elect of God do believe in the truth in due time. “As many as were ordained to eternal life believed.” (Acts 13:48) This Scripture proves that ALL of the elect shall believe the truth. The Lord blesses His people, or the elect, with repentance. “The goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance.” (Romans 2:4) “Him hath God exalted with His right hand to be a Prince and a Savior, for to… Read More

Does unregenerated man have the ability to seek after God and to do that which is acceptable and well pleasing in the sight of the Lord? By nature, does man desire to seek after righteousness or does he desire to travel in the ways of the world? What caused Moses to desire to suffer affliction with the children of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season? “By… Read More

Romans 2:5 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thy-self wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; Romans 2:6 who will render to every man according to his deeds: Romans 2:7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: Romans 2:8 But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the… Read More

“Draw me, we will run after thee” (Song of Solomon 1:4) “Come to Jesus. Come just as you are! Jesus is waiting! You must, indeed, you can come this very night,” purred the “evangelist.” Jesus therefore answered and said: “No man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of My Father “ (John 6:65). “Jesus said that “he that cometh to me,” replied the evangelist, “I will in no… Read More

I believe the Scriptures teach that all power is of God (Romans 13:1) and no man is able to resist the grace of God, and all the elect will believe and rejoice in the truth in due time. “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” (John 6:37) Let us consider this expression: “All that the Father… Read More