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Monthly Archives: December 2009

When people ask me why I preach the righteousness of Christ so much, I answer it is because God must be glorified, Christ must be exalted, all boasting must be excluded in ourselves, and we must be encouraged to persevere and obey with the absolute certainties of God’s grace. Nothing else will accomplish all this but the preaching of Christ and His righteousness as the only ground of the whole of salvation…. Read More

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Now is the Accepted Time” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is 2nd Corinthians 6:1-2 and the audio is 55 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “She Did Not Perish” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Hebrews 11:31 and the audio is 51 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Labourers For The Vineyard” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Matthew 20:1 and the audio is 51 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Planting in the Vineyard” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Matthew 20:2-4 and the audio is 46 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled: “God of All Grace” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is 1 Peter 5:10, and the audio is 51 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “The Lord Will Come” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Isaiah 40:10 and the audio is 47 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Greatly Beloved” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Daniel 10:19 and the audio is 46 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “The Vision” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Habakkuk 2:2-3 and the audio is 50 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Serve The Lord” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Joshua 24:14 and the audio is 46 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “The Son of God” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Matthew 14:33 and the audio is 43 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Justified By Grace” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Romans 3:24-26 and the audio is 50 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon titled “What Do You Savor?” The scripture text is from Mark 8:27-38 and the audio is 41 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon titled “Finding Rest in The Yolk of Christ” The scripture text is from Matthew 11:28-30 and the audio is 26 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon titled “Believing on The Lord Jesus Christ” The scripture text is from Acts 16:25-34 and the audio is 35 minutes long.

The preservation of the saints is the teaching of the Holy Scriptures that all whom the Father elected eternally and all whom Jesus redeemed with His own blood and all whom the Holy Spirit irresistibly calls to salvation will be surely kept by God’s power in faith. And they shall be brought to eternal glory in heaven. We can put it in these words: The soul that on Jesus has leaned for… Read More

Our meditation from the word of God today is found in John 6:37: “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” They were not coming to Jesus. They had seen Jesus and His mighty miracles. They had heard His gracious words. And, yet, they believed not. Standing before them in John 6 was the true Bread of… Read More

Our meditation from the word of God is taken from Jesus’ words in John 6:44, “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.” In those words, Jesus Christ speaks to us of the truth of irresistible grace. Irresistible grace is the teaching of the Bible that all whom God has chosen eternally, and all for… Read More

Today we consider the biblical truth of total depravity. We will do so from our Lord’s words found in John 15:5, “For without me ye can do nothing.” We see from the last verse of John 14 that our Lord Jesus and His disciples have now left the upper room where they had gathered to eat the last Passover and they had begun a midnight walk across the city of Jerusalem, up… Read More

This is an audio message by Carl Haak titled: “Total Depravity” The scripture text that brother Carl is teaching from is John 15:5, and the audio is 18 minutes long.

Salvation from sin through Jesus Christ is entirely of God’s grace. This is something that Jonah learned when he was in the belly of a whale. We read in Jonah 2:9, Jonah’s confession: “Salvation is of the Lord.” Salvation in its plan, that is, in its eternal election; in its accomplishment, in the actual payment for sin upon the cross; in its application, the giving of this salvation into the human heart;… Read More

This is an audio message by Carl Haak titled “Limited Atonement” The scripture text that brother Carl is teaching from is John 10:15 and the audio is 20 minutes long.

“Therefore in all things it behooved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.” (Hebrews 2:17) God gave the persons of the elect into the hands of his dear Son, as Jacob committed Benjamin into the hands of Judah; and as Judah accepted Benjamin, so Christ accepted the… Read More

“Therefore in all things it behooved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.” (Hebrews 2:17) God gave the persons of the elect into the hands of his dear Son, as Jacob committed Benjamin into the hands of Judah; and as Judah accepted Benjamin, so Christ accepted the… Read More

Luke 6:46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? Luke 6:47 Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will show you to whom he is like: Luke 6:48 He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house,… Read More

“Therefore in all things it behooved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.” (Hebrews 2:17) God gave the persons of the elect into the hands of his dear Son, as Jacob committed Benjamin into the hands of Judah; and as Judah accepted Benjamin, so Christ accepted the… Read More

Romans 4:25 [Christ] was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification. Romans 5:9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. Romans 5:18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. In these passages the… Read More

Romans 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Romans 8:30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. Here we see the matter of justification as is it viewed in God’s eternal mind and… Read More

The Bible is clear and adamant that in the matter of the justification of a sinner before God, our works and efforts to keep the law, deeds of law, anything proceeding from our personal character and conduct, even the work of the Holy Spirit in us, must be totally excluded from the ground of justification (Romans 3:19-20). The work of the Holy Spirit in a person is as necessary in salvation as… Read More

To understand the significance of justification by faith alone for the every day life of the believer, it is first necessary to know what sets it apart from every other aspect of salvation. What is it that makes justification the heart of the gospel, the main hinge upon which religion turns, and the article upon which the church stands or falls? If you suppose the reason is that justification most clearly reveals… Read More

Because justification is by grace alone through faith alone, there is peace with God (Romans 5:1). This is not just peace, but wonderful peace with God. Between God and us there is fundamental agreement and subsequent good will. This peace is not something I will have or might have, but it is something I have now. The present possession of this blessed peace is experienced in the way of remembering that we… Read More

What is justification? Herman Hoeksema defined it as an act of the grace of God, whereby He imputes, puts on the legal account of one who is guilty and condemned but elect His perfect righteousness in Christ, acquitting him of all his guilt and punishment on the grounds of the merit of Christ’s work, and giving to this sinner the right to eternal life. Justification is a part of salvation from sin… Read More

Preached At Galeed Chapel, Brighton, on Lord’s day evening, August 5th, 1923 – By J.K. Popham ________________________________ “Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us. Unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus, throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20-21) ________________________________ There is a rule to which I must draw your… Read More

“Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people.” (Psalm 3:8) ——————– When a righteous God and a ruined sinner meet on a blood-splattered platform, all is settled once and for all, settled in such a way as to perfectly honor and glorify God and eternally save the sinner. The only proper meeting place between God and man is the point where grace and righteousness meet and perfectly harmonize. Nothing… Read More

Preached to the church at Choteau, Montana – In the year 2009 – By Michael Pickett. ——————– With the Lord’s help I will venture to speak to you this morning from the epistle of Paul to the Ephesians chapter two and verses six and seven. “And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the… Read More

I remember when I was quite young spiritually, and I had to take a stand, and it was very hard. I felt the reproach, and I felt it keenly, and the bitterness of it. All my companions were going out, and I had to refuse to go with them. I was in Rochdale that day, and I was going quite close to John Kershaw’s chapel, when this word came: “Choosing rather to… Read More

A king of the ancient kingdom of Syracuse once asked one of his wisest men, Simondes, the question: “What is God?” He asked for a day to think over his answer. But the next day he returned and asked for an extension of two more days, and then four more days and eventually eight more days! The king was getting rather exasperated and impatiently asked why he needed so much time: to… Read More

Lying slander is one of the foulest sins on earth, seeking as it does to destroy man’s character, injure his usefulness to others, separate him from his friends and crush him beneath an unjust burden.

Some while ago, a gamekeeper was walking through part of the estate for which he was responsible, when he heard the moaning of a dog. He turned aside and found a dog with its leg trapped in a snare. When he first tried to approach the dog to free it, he was met with snarls and vicious growls. But notwithstanding the hostile dog, he managed at length to release its leg, whereupon… Read More

This is an important New Testament word, and is found six times in the epistles. The first part of the word is “medi” which means between or middle. A number of other words have the same origin. For example: when we say someone is of medium height we mean they are middle-sized, not tall or short. The media is a word to describe the means by which communications are sent between people…. Read More

Jesus affirmed the reality (historicity) of the following people and events, often the targets of most sceptical and liberal mockery: Matthew 19:3-6, Mark 10:5-9 – God created Adam and Eve as the first man and woman, “from the beginning of the creation;” and this was the basis for marriage. Luke 11:51 – Abel. Matthew 24:37-39; Luke 17:26-27 – Noah and the Flood. John 8:56-58 – Abraham. Matthew 10:15; Matthew 11:23-24; Luke 10:12… Read More

Good works are works of obedience done by true believers. Such works are good, not because they are perfect, for even our “good works” fall short of God’s perfect holiness and righteousness. They are good, not because they make up any part of the righteousness by which we are justified before God. This is only by the work of Christ on the cross. They are good for the following reasons: (1) Strictly… Read More

1 Corinthians 1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: 1 Corinthians 1:31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. Consider how God the Father chose the elect in Christ, having covenanted with Him in eternity past to be their Representative so as to establish as a Substitute for… Read More

This is an audio sermon titled “The Sermon On The Mount – Introduction” The scripture text is from Matthew 5 and the audio is 44 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon titled “Blessed of God – Part 1” The scripture text is from Matthew 5:1-12 and the audio is 48 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon titled “Blessed of God – Part 2” The scripture text is from Matthew 5:4 and the audio is 53 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon titled “Blessed of God – Part 3” The scripture text is from Matthew 5:5-6 and the audio is 48 minutes long.