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Monthly Archives: January 2011

All God’s people, sooner or later, are brought to this point – to see that God has a ‘people,’ a ‘peculiar people,’ a people separate from the world, a people whom He has ‘formed for Himself that they should show forth His praise.’ Election, sooner or later, is rivetted in the hearts of God’s people. And a man that lives and dies in enmity against this blessed doctrine, lives and dies in… Read More

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. (2 Corinthians 5:21) Christ our Lord had no sin, knew no sin and did no sin. He was perfect before the law of God (I Peter 2:22; Hebrews 4:15). Our sins were reckoned to him. He was identified and numbered with the transgressors and, though he personally… Read More

“Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree.” (1 Peter 2:24) ____________________________________ I was told, an hour ago, that it was madness for me to attempt to go into my pulpit. “Well, then,” I said, “I will be mad; I will go once more, at all events;” and this portion was so sweet, so savoury to my own spirit, that if I can only talk to… Read More

Delivered in Grove Chapel, Camberwell, 1851 – By Joseph Irons ________________________ “Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree.” (1 Peter 2:24) ________________________ I was told, an hour ago, that it was madness for me to attempt to go into my pulpit. “Well, then,” I said, “I will be mad; I will go once more, at all events;” and this portion was so sweet, so savoury… Read More

Preached At Galeed Chapel, Brighton, 1922 – By J.K. Popham _________________________________ “For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious.” (2 Corinthians 3:11) _________________________________ There are some very remarkable and blessed truths set forth in this chapter, and before entering upon the great text which I have ventured to read I would like to draw your attention to one or two verses which precede it…. Read More

“Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.” (2 Corinthians 7:10) These two kinds of repentance are to be carefully distinguished from each other; though they are often sadly confounded. Cain, Esau, Saul, Ahab, Judas, all repented. But their repentance was the remorse of natural conscience, not the godly sorrow of a broken heart and a contrite spirit. They trembled before God as… Read More

A JUDAS may have the sop — the outward privileges of baptism, the Lord’s supper, Church-membership, etc.; but like John, to lean on Christ’s bosom, is the gospel ordinance posture in which we should hear, pray, and perform all duties. Nothing but lying on the bosom of Christ will dissolve hardness of heart, and make thee mourn kindly for sin, and humble thee indeed, and make thy soul cordial to Christ, yea,… Read More

“In the Lord shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory.” (Isaiah 14:24-25) It is only the dying of that Just One for us who are unjust, that can bring us to God (I Peter 3:18). He, who knew no sin, was made sin for us, that we, who were nothing but sin, might be made the righteousness of God in him (2 Corinthians 5:21). Christ is the Father’s… Read More

The outstanding quality of marriage is that it is an absolutely unbreakable union or bond. That is not a popular truth, but it belongs to a faithful witness and a faithful pilgrim life to state and to live that uncompromisingly and boldly. Marriage is a bond of intimacy between one man and one woman which is for life, and which has for its purpose the revelation of the salvation of the Church… Read More

1) The Biblical teachings concerning marriage are plain and easy to understand, but impossible to observe except by the grace of God. According to Ephesians 5:22-33 and other passages, marriage is a picture of Christ and His bride, the church. The calling of husbands is to love their wives just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for it. Wives are to submit to their own husbands just as the church… Read More

The ethical scandal in evangelical and Reformed churches today is unbiblical divorce and the remarriage that almost certainly follows. By “scandal,” I do not only mean iniquitous conduct that blatantly violates the clear command of Holy Scripture. But I refer to behavior that gives occasion to the ungodly to mock and reject the gospel and that causes many to stumble into sin and perish everlastingly. It is scandal such as Jesus had… Read More

Satan is bent on destroying marriage, because in doing so he thinks he can work great destruction upon God’s church. The devil is trying to destroy God first of all. Knowing that he cannot, he now turns his fury upon the church of God. It is his purpose to destroy the church by working confusion and disorder in the church in order to turn her out of the way of faith and… Read More

The evil by Reformed churches of unbiblical divorce and of the remarriageis widespread. Many churches quietly tolerate this great wickedness against God and the neighbor. Many others openly defend it. Various factors contribute. A significant factor is the churches’ conformity to the world. In these last days, the churches become worldly, as Christ forewarned. Therefore, lawlessness increases both among the membership and on the part of the institute itself. “And because lawlessness… Read More

I Corinthians 7:15 does not teach that the desertion of a believer by his unbelieving mate dissolves the marriage and frees the believer to marry another. The notion that such is the meaning of the passage rests upon a misunderstanding of the words, “is not under bondage in such cases”. Men read the phrase as though it were, “is not (any longer) bound (namely, to the deserting mate) in such cases.” To… Read More

There are three books which, if a man will read and study, he can dispense with most others. 1. The book of Providence – and this he reads to good purpose, when he sees written down line by line the providential dealings of God with him, and a ray of Divine light gilds every line. 2. The Word of God – and this he reads to profit, when the blessed Spirit applies… Read More

All that Jesus is and has, all that He says and does is precious and glorious. His miracles of mercy, while here below; His words so full of grace, wisdom, and truth; His going about doing good; His sweet example of patience, meekness and submission; His sufferings and sorrows in the garden and on the cross; His spotless holiness and purity; His tender compassion to poor lost sinners; His atoning blood and… Read More

Substance of a sermon preached – September 29th, 1811 – By William Huntington. _______________________________________________ “When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the Lord will hear them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them.” (Isaiah 41:17) DEAR Friends: Without any introduction, I shall come to my text. A poor man, first is one that is, as we say, over head… Read More

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “The Law – Our Schoolmaster” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Galatians 3:23-29 and the audio is 53 minutes long.

For one who is acquainted with Scripture the importance of the subject of this pamphlet, the Gospel, will be self-evident. The subject is of the greatest import in itself, and not merely in the light of the consideration that there always was and still is a good deal of misunderstanding with regard to the question what is the gospel and how it ought to be preached. Just a few references from the… Read More

Among the evil tendencies of our age that are destructive to the church of Christ and subversive of sound doctrine, I consider the rapidly growing practice of hawking Jesus and the spiritual blessings of salvation one of the most sinister. Salvation-hucksters, pretending to be profoundly concerned with the salvation of sinners, traverse our land, know how to draw the masses in gigantic evangelistic or revival meetings by their emotional preaching, frequently of… Read More

My path has been, and is, one mainly of trial and temptation, a tempter so subtle, and so many crosses and snares in which my feet are continually caught and entangled. All here on earth, is labour and sorrow. Our own sins, and the sins of others, will always make it a scene of trouble. Oh, you hideous monster, sin! What a mighty power it has–a power which grace alone can subdue…. Read More

What a world it is of sin and sorrow! How everything serves to remind us that we are all passing away! I feel for you in your trials and afflictions, so various, painful, and multiplied. But dare I wish you free from what the all-wise, all-gracious Lord lays upon you? Could He not in a moment remove them all? Our Father sees fit in His wisdom and mercy to afflict His children,… Read More

A study of John 20:11-18 The fact of the resurrection of Christ, and all that is connected with it, on the morning of the third day, is viewed in the gospel of John, from the viewpoint of Mary Magdalene. It is Mary Magdalene, according to the gospel of John, that went to the sepulchre. The other women are not even mentioned. Although we know that there were others that accompanied Mary, they… Read More

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “The Glory of God Seen” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Isaiah 60:1-3 and the audio is 54 minutes long.

All God’s people, sooner or later, are brought to this point – to see that God has a ‘people,’ a ‘peculiar people,’ a people separate from the world, a people whom He has ‘formed for Himself that they should show forth His praise.’ Election, sooner or later, is rivetted in the hearts of God’s people. And a man that lives and dies in enmity against this blessed doctrine, lives and dies in… Read More

I do and am constantly maintaining both privately and publicly as far as ever the Lord has enabled me the wonders, the glories, the beauties and the preciousness of love. And yet I must be branded as being a man that is an enemy to love. But if by love, these people who brand me as an enemy of love mean that I ought to unite with Arians and Socinians who deny… Read More

Man’s goings are of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way? (Proverbs 20:24) Another year has almost passed. That is a statement that carries great significance. It means that for a year the whole world has hastened from the alpha to the omega; and the end is near. It means too that we have sped ahead on the line that runs to our death; and that end also… Read More

“Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.” (Psalm 63:3) ——————– To give thanks is the highest expression of the Christian’s life. It certainly means that we see God’s name and God’s glory and God’s goodness in the things that pertain to our experience, whether it be as individuals, as families, or as a congregation. Therefore to give thanks means to praise. It is impossible to give thanks… Read More

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “I Wisdom” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Proverbs 8:12-20 and the audio is 50 minutes long.

“I see that you are very religious in every way.” (Acts 17:22) True religion is what the world does not want–nor does true religion want the world. The two are as separate as Christ and Belial. But some religion the world must have! And as it will not have, and cannot have the true–it will and must have the false. Worldly religion cannot exist without an order of men to teach it… Read More

I am quite sick of modern religion–it is such a mixture, such a medley, such a compromise. I find much, indeed, of this religion in my own heart, for it suits the flesh well–but I would not have it so, and grieve it should be so. The religion which I want is that of the Holy Spirit. I know nothing but what He teaches me. I feel nothing but what He works… Read More

Standing at the cross of our adorable Lord, we see the law thoroughly fulfilled, its curse fully endured, its penalties wholly removed, sin eternally put away, the justice of God amply satisfied, all His perfections gloriously harmonized, His holy will perfectly obeyed, reconciliation completely effected, redemption graciously accomplished, and the church everlastingly saved! At the cross we see sin in its blackest colours, and holiness in its fairest beauties. At the cross… Read More

This is an audio sermon by Henry Mahan titled: “I Am Holier Than Thou” The scripture text that brother Henry is preaching from is Isaiah 65:5, and the audio is 38 minutes long.

I am so glad that God is the God of all comfort When I get downhearted and find myself in deep distress The God of all comfort gives me rest He speaks and the sound of His voice is so sweet Like a shelter in the rock He’s a lasting retreat He always knows what I am in need of He brings peace to my soul Just like a morning dove Friends… Read More

“A man’s free will cannot cure him even of the toothache, or a sore finger; and yet he madly thinks it is in its power to cure his soul.” (Augustus Toplady)

“They go and set up free-will with the heathen philosophers and say that a man’s free will is the cause why God chooseth and not another, contrary to all scriptures.” (William Tyndale)

For he hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. (2 Corinthians 5:21) Christ our Lord had no sin, knew no sin and did no sin. He was perfect before the law of God (I Peter 2:22; Hebrews 4:15). Our sins were reckoned to him. He was identified and numbered with the transgressors and, though he personally… Read More

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. (2 Corinthians 5:21) Christ our Lord had no sin, knew no sin and did no sin. He was perfect before the law of God (I Peter 2:22; Hebrews 4:15). Our sins were reckoned to him. He was identified and numbered with the transgressors and, though he personally… Read More

“Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.” (2 Corinthians 7:10) These two kinds of repentance are to be carefully distinguished from each other; though they are often sadly confounded. Cain, Esau, Saul, Ahab, Judas, all repented. But their repentance was the remorse of natural conscience, not the godly sorrow of a broken heart and a contrite spirit. They trembled before God as… Read More

“Men of Athens, I notice that you are very religious, for as I was walking along I saw your many altars. And one of them had this inscription on it — TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.” (Acts 17:22-23) Man has been called, and perhaps with some truth, a religious animal. Religion of some kind, at any rate, seems almost indispensable to his very existence—for from the most civilized nation, to the most barbarous… Read More

This is an audio sermon titled “What is a New Creature?” The scripture text is from 2nd Corinthians 5:17 and the audio is 42 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “The Chapter of Christ” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Proverbs 8:1-12 and the audio is 48 minutes long.

Three Pictures (1st Peter 2:9-10, Ephesians 1:4, Revelation 1:6, Hebrews 4:14, Romans 5:10) 1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light: 1 Peter 2:10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not… Read More

Family prayer should be constantly attended to. The worship of God ought to be maintained in all the families of the saints. It cannot but be thought a duty incumbent on matters of families, to pray with, and for their children and servants, whom providence has put under their care and inspection; a faithful attendance hereon may, at least, strike their minds with an awe of God, and lay such a check… Read More

“It was meet that we should make merry and be glad, for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again, and was lost and is found.” (Luke 15:32) THIS parable, like all parables, has one particular end, or lesson, to set before us. You will never be able to make parables equal in every point, but you will find, as led by the Spirit, that each parable has one special lesson,… Read More

Preached At Galeed Chapel, Brighton, 1920 – By J.K. Popham _________________________________________ “And when He is come He will reprove the world of sin and of righteousness and of judgment.” (John 16:8) The context follows thus: “Of sin because they believe not on Me; of righteousness because I go to My Father and ye see Me no more; of judgment because the prince of this world is judged.” It is clear from the… Read More

Preached At Galeed Chapel, Brighton, 1920 – By J.K. Popham _____________________________________ “He shall glorify Me, for He shall receive of Mine and shall show it unto you.” (John 16:14) When an architect is about to erect a building he makes provision in his plans for the foundation. He makes provision according to the building he is to erect. If it be but a cottage, a footing will do; if it be a… Read More

Preached At Galeed Chapel, Brighton, 1891 – By J.K. Popham ______________________________ “And the Pharisees and scribes murmured saying, This Man receiveth sinners and eateth with them.” (Luke 15:2) That which was Christ’s reproach in the eyes of the Pharisees and scribes is His glory in the eyes and hearts of His people, and it is their mercy and salvation. How suitable is the Person of Jesus Christ, and how it pleases the… Read More

Preached at Galeed Chapel, Brighton, 1922 – By J.K. Popham _________________________________________ “That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death.” (Philippians 3:10) There was a mighty hunger in the heart of Paul. There was one bread only to satisfy that hunger, namely Christ, and that hunger gave direction to his thoughts, to his prayers, to his pursuits. No… Read More