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Monthly Archives: December 2010

We preach sovereign election not only because it is revealed in God’s Word, exhibiting man’s total depravity and inability, but because it exalts a sovereign God in His Trinity of Persons. It reveals the magnitude of His kingdom and defines who are the objects of the Father’s everlasting love, the travail of the Redeemer’s soul, and the objects of the Spirit’s concern and care. Within election’s hallowed bounds the whole seed royal… Read More

The longer I live, the more I feel that if there was one thing left undone, if the devil were not conquered, sin not expiated, justice not satisfied, the law not honored and magnified, death not overcome, and every burden carried, I should not have a ray of hope. I see and feel now that if one hair breath is left for me to do to merit heaven, or bring as a… Read More

How may we know that any doctrine is the true grace of God? I answer: – If it humbles the creature and excludes all boasting. – If it provides for the honor of God’s holy law and justice. – If it is a solid and sure ground of strong consolation to the believer. – If it is a doctrine according to holiness. By John Brine, 1750

For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities but was in all points tempted like as we are yet without sin. (Hebrews 4:15) Was the Lord Jesus tempted like I am? How can that be? He was pure, spotless, and holy; but I am full of corruption from the crown of my head to the soles of my feet. The Lord of life… Read More

Every declaration of God to the sinner is on the principle of grace and gift, not an offer, which implies there is some capability in man to make use of the benefit offered. The offer of salvation is a denial of man’s total depravity as born in Adam’s fall, and “dead in trespasses and sins”; it ignores the Gospel truth of the new birth and puts in its place man’s acceptance of… Read More

All Christians, even the most eminent servants of God, have their bad and dark seasons – when the life of God seems sunk to so low an ebb as to be hardly visible – so hidden is the stream by the mud-banks of their fallen nature. By these very dark and dead seasons, the people of God are instructed. They see and feel what ‘the flesh’ really is – how alienated from… Read More

“And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls…” (Revelation 17:4) Here again we see that the counterfeit church herself must also be clothed with the spiritual raiment of the one true Church. If one is to mimic another, it is logical that they would masquerade in appearance and in mannerism of the one they are imitating. By being arrayed in purple… Read More

True repentance is not merely pressed, squeezed, or extorted by the workings and violent struggles of guilt and wrath, fear and torment; but it flows out under the sin-pardoning operations of the spirit of love, accompanied with the blood of atonement, attended with a believing view of Christ, and of interest in him, and of God’s appearing well pleased and reconciled in Jesus, shining upon us in his blessed face, accepting us… Read More

WILLIAM GADSBY was born in the village of Attleborough, Warwickshire, about Jan. 3rd, 1773. As his parents were poor, he had little or no education. When 13, he was apprenticed to a ribbon weaver, but was subsequently compelled to leave that trade, in consequence of a tenderness of the chest; and he then became a stocking weaver. In 1790, he went to see men hung, and the horrid spectacle had such an… Read More

John Piper says: the earth is billions of years old if it wants to be, whatever science says it is, it is!

Preached at Brighton, England, 1856 – by John Vinall. __________________________________ “I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine.” (Songs 6:3) __________________________________ This song sets forth the love, union, and communion between Christ and his church. There must be union before there is any communion. The song is written in the way of dialogue, Christ and his church conversing sweetly with each other; and the third parties introduced are the daughters of… Read More

Preached at Brighton, England, 1843 – By John Vinall ______________________________________ “Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit, so shall ye be my disciples. As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.” (John 15:8-9) ______________________________________ You will find that in this chapter Christ most sweetly sets forth the union between himself and his church. “I am the true vine, and my Father… Read More

Preached at Brighton, England, 1851 – By John Vinall ——————————— “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us; like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.” (Psalm 103:12-14) ——————————— THIS is a sweet and precious Psalm of David. It is very similar to Psalm… Read More

Preached at Brighton, England, 1856 – by John Vinall —————————————- “Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; and walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.” (Ephesians 5:2) —————————————- This is a very sweet and blessed Epistle, as also is that to the Philippians. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God.”… Read More

Where men will not regard a faithful ministry it is a sign that the Lord is not with them, let their outward deportment be what it may. The beauty and strength of a people consists in preserving that tender union one with another, and with Christ as the living Head. If it pleases God to give his blessing, his presence, and to prosper his cause in any place, it will be displayed… Read More

Vessels of Mercy (Romans 9:23, Ephesians 1:18, Psalm 119:89, Revelation 13:8, Romans 6:22) Romans 9:23 And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory, What will God do? And what has God done? God will “make known the riches of His glory” on those people whom He calls the vessels of mercy. God will make known to them… Read More

The Remnant from the Gentiles and the Remnant from the Jews (Hosea 1:10, Hosea 2:23, Romans 9:25-28, Isaiah 10:21-23) Let me refresh your memory on how the Old Testament and the New Testament intertwine at this point. In Hosea 2:23 God mentioned the names of two of the children of Hosea, who are representing two groups of people, Lo-Ruhamah or “No Mercy”, representing the physical children of Israel, and Lo-Ammi or “Not… Read More

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Where is He?” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Matthew 2:2 and the audio is 50 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Seeing The Day of Christ” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is John 8:56 and the audio is 50 minutes long.

“Look upon me, and be merciful unto me.” (Psalm 119:132) When shall we ever get beyond the need of God’s mercy? We feel our need of continual mercy as our sins abound, as our guilt is felt, as our corruption works, as our conscience is burdened, as the iniquities of our heart are laid bare, as our hearts are opened up in the Spirit’s light. We need mercy for every adulterous look;… Read More

What does righteousness mean? What does it mean to be righteous? To be righteous means to be right with God. In other words, it means to be right in God’s eyes as measured by the standard of God’s holy Law, which is summarized in Exodus 20 and in Deuteronomy 5. To pursue righteousness means to actively seek to become right with God by doing something that pleases God. Is this something that… Read More

My dear Friend, Mr. Crake, I am much obliged to you for the very interesting letter of Mr. M___ which you have kindly sent me. I have read it with much pleasure and interest, and would much like to insert it in the Gospel Standard, if Mr. M___ has no objection. I have not yet been able to look over the obituary sent me at the same time, but shall hope to… Read More

My dear Friend, Mr. Grace, My time this evening is limited, and I can therefore only send you a few lines to express my affectionate sympathy with you in your trials and afflictions, and my hope that at evening time there will be light. It is indeed truly distressing to see those who are near and dear to us fading like a leaf, and to have daily before the eyes such a… Read More

My dear Friend, William Brown. I think that your obituary of Mr. Crouch will be read with much pleasure and interest in the forthcoming Standard. When I was younger in years and more favoured in health, I used sometimes to preach for him at Pell Green, but we never had much conversation upon the things of God. I have indeed rarely met with a gracious man and minister who seemed more bound… Read More

My dear Friend, Mr. Godwin, I just drop you a line before I start for Oakham, as you will perhaps want to make your arrangements (D.V.) for the coming year. If the Lord gives me health and strength I am likely to be out from home a good deal next year. . . . I received a letter the other day from the deacon of a church at —, giving a dreadful… Read More

My dear friend, Mr. Tips, I am truly sorry to hear from your kind and affectionate letter that you have been and still are sick. The Lord, my dear friend, has seen good to take this way of afflicting you, and to lay upon you His chastising rod. It must have been a very great trial both for yourself and your dear wife; but I am truly glad to find that the… Read More

The title of this article is: “A Prophet Like Unto Me”, or “A Prophet like unto Moses”. Obviously, this is referring to the Lord Jesus Christ. Obviously, the Lord Jesus Christ does not resemble Moses in all aspects, because Moses is just a man and Christ is Almighty God. We read Acts 3:22 For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of… Read More

In Hebrews 10:19-22 We find there encouraging words for those who have been saved. Hebrews 10:19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, Hebrews 10:20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; Hebrews 10:21 And having an high priest over the house of God; Hebrews 10:22 Let us draw near with… Read More

My dear Friend, An unknown friend in Australia has sent me a little money to distribute among the poor and needy of the Lord’s family; and as you have come upon my mind, I send you herewith a P.O. order for £2 as a part of the spoil. The difficulty with me is how to distribute the money in the best possible way; for I know so many of the Lord’s people… Read More

My dear Friend, John Grace, I sincerely desire to sympathize with you and Mrs. Grace in the trying affliction and painful bereavement which you have just sustained, in the removal of your beloved daughter. From what you have named of her experience, particularly toward the last, I think there is every ground for a good hope that she was among the number of those favoured souls who were redeemed by the blood… Read More

My dear Friend, Joseph Parry. I believe that the Address (Gospel Standard) is generally very well liked. If I may be a judge of my own composition, I have written better and worse; I therefore consider it about an average; but if I may say so, I think it is written in a good spirit. One thing I am very sure of—that whether it be preaching or writing, I have no power… Read More

My dear Friend and Brother in one Common Hope, Mr. Leigh, I would be very glad if I could give you any counsel upon the point concerning which you have written to me; but I have no doubt that you have long proved, as I have had to do, that in all matters connected with the things of God, “vain is the help of man.” Nor do I know, for the most… Read More

Dear Friend, Mr. Hoadley. Amid all my labors for the profit of the church of God, the various trials and temptations with which I am exercised, and the numerous enemies, internal and external, against whom I have to contend, it is a sweet satisfaction to find that the Lord is pleased to bless to any of His people what I send forth in His holy name. However the Lord’s people may differ… Read More

My dear Friend, Joseph Parry. I am glad to find that in your illness you have not been altogether left of the gracious Lord. It is but rarely that we can see at the time itself, what benefit there is to spring out of sickness and affliction. Our coward flesh cries out for ease, we want to get better, and dread being worse; and as illness usually fluctuates, we are raised up… Read More

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

Preached At Galeed Chapel, Brighton, on Lord’s day evening March 26th, 1922 – By James Popham _______________________________ “Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free, but Christ is all and in all.” (Colossians 3:11) _______________________________ It is to be much observed that in a chapter of exhortation this great and all-comprehensive statement of doctrine should be made. It is to be observed that the Holy… Read More

A Golden Cup In Her Hand Revelation 17:4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: Why did God specify that this symbolic woman-harlot has a golden cup in her hand? The term “Golden Cup” is used only twice in the Bible, here in Revelation 17:4… Read More

Revelation 18:1 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. Revelation 18:2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. Revelation 18:3 For all nations have… Read More

“The Lord is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked.” (Nahum 1:3) God will not acquit the wicked. This is a clear statement of the strict and perfect justice of God. God not only has a just and holy hatred for sin, but He also will judge it accordingly. God’s justice is perfect, not tainted and flawed like that of fallen men. Every sin,… Read More

“For I, saith the Lord, will be unto her a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midst of her.” (Zechariah 2:5) God’s promise to Zechariah is applied to His church and people today. It has always been a harsh reality that God’s people have steadfast and committed enemies. Satan is the instigator of all these. We see opposition on many fronts today — an increasingly dark… Read More

Mark 10:28 Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee. Mark 10:29 And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s, Mark 10:30 But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and… Read More

What is the meaning of the washing away of our sins? When were our sins washed away? Well, there was only one day in all of history that our sins were washed away, and that was when the Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross of Calvary at about 3 O’clock in the afternoon. That was the only time in history that any sins were washed away. Mark 10:35 And James and… Read More

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled: “Hunger and Thirst” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Matthew 5:6, and the audio is 51 minutes long.

Question: “Some Christians won’t touch alcohol, whilst others imbibe a little. Who is right?” The issue of abstinence from alcoholic beverages or the proper use of them is a perpetual one in the church. It really ought not to be, for Scripture is actually very clear on the subject. Teetotallers are of two kinds. Some refuse to touch alcoholic drinks of any kind out of Christian liberty. For one reason or another,… Read More

Question: “Some Christians won’t touch alcohol, whilst others imbibe a little. Who is right?” The issue of abstinence from alcoholic beverages or the proper use of them is a perpetual one in the church. It really ought not to be, for Scripture is actually very clear on the subject. Teetotallers are of two kinds. Some refuse to touch alcoholic drinks of any kind out of Christian liberty. For one reason or another,… Read More

“Now the man out of whom the devils were departed besought Him that he might be with Him: but Jesus sent him away, saying, Return to thine own house, and show how great things God hath done unto thee. And he went his way and published throughout the whole city how great things Jesus had done unto him.” (Luke 8:38-39) The initial request of this man whom we call “The Wild Gadarene”… Read More

“And He said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.” (Luke 12:15) Often we hear statements like, “He has really done well in life” or “She has really gone far in life!” In the world’s eyes, “well” and “going far” are often determined by a lucrative career, standard of living, or other similar attainments. Human nature… Read More

“And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.” (Luke 15:20) This is the parable of the prodigal. Jesus told it in the presence of two different kinds of people. The first group was known sinners, who were apparently seeking the help of Christ. The second group… Read More

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Receiving The Word of God” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is 1st Thessalonians 2:13 and the audio is 54 minutes long.