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Monthly Archives: February 2011

This is an audio sermon by Alfred J. Chompff titled: “Summary of the Seven Land Purchases” The scripture text that brother Alfred is preaching from is Matthew 27:10, and the audio is 53 minutes long.

“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

Our blessed Lord Jesus Christ wants all young people to go into marriage as virgins. For the peace and happiness of all young people who love Christ, we bring this message of God’s word: God wants you to remain virgins before marriage. The violation of this is fornication. In both Proverbs 5 and 7, as well as I Corinthians 6, the warning against fornication is directed to the young men of the… Read More

What could be more important for a body than a head? What a monstrosity to have a body running around without a head! That is how important a place a husband has in a marriage. It is possible, of course, that God takes a husband away from a family through death or some other way, and the wife must raise the children or live alone. But the experience the wife has living… Read More

If we were tempted to change the message of the Bible at any point today because of the change of cultural norms and standards, it would be the message that stands at the head of this article. The National Organization for Women (N.O.W.) does not rally for husbands to stop loving their wives. The women’s movement challenge’s the Bible’s calling for women to be subject to their husbands. Culture says, “Women are… Read More

This is an audio sermon by David J. Engelsma titled: “The Patience of Job” The scripture text that brother David is preaching from is Job 19:25-27, and the audio is 49 minutes long. In this sermon Prof. Engelsma teaches us about the secret of Job’s patience and the reason for his patience. I have to say that this was probably the most comforting and encouraging sermon I have heard on the subject… Read More

There is a religious teaching about sex in marriage that says that the only purpose of sex in marriage is for procreation – for bringing forth children – and that all other uses of this gift of God are sinful and not to be practiced by the Christian. We take exception with this teaching. We oppose its teaching on the basis of the Bible. We believe that this teaching harms God’s people… Read More

There has never been such an insidious attack on the family as the attack being launched on the family’s children. Not the upbringing of the children, although that is a problem, too, but the birth and place of children in the family are under attack. How are we to view children? Are they only a nuisance? Are they a blessing? A curse? Today, increasingly, there is pressure on couples not to have… Read More

If children are God’s heritage, how does God want them raised, so that when they are old, they will not depart form His way? This is a question that burdens the heart of every godly parent, and sometimes causes pious mothers to wring their hands in fear. “Am I really doing this right? Or am I going about it all wrong?” This is an important question because we understand the significance of… Read More

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “The Bridegroom” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is John 3:29 and the audio is 48 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Little Faith” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Matthew 8:26 and the audio is 44 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Blessed Samaritan” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Luke 10:29-42 and the audio is 54 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled: “Blessed Eyes” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Luke 10:23-28, and the audio is 46 minutes long.

Foundations are shaking here, too; but not only because children are being disobedient to their parents. This is true, too. Children seem to disobey everyone in authority, teachers as well as parents. Since the beginning of time, rebellious and disobedient children have been a problem. What is new in the 80’s and 90’s (and today) is the startling blatancy, openness, and popularity of that disobedience. Not only are children rebelling as always,… Read More

A farther indication of the corrupted state of the heart of natural man is that Christ states that if a person divorces, he/she cannot remarry yet all kind of excuses are used by those not converted to re-marry. With this said, if the divorced person remarries then clearly there is added proof that a hard heart is evident. Proof Verses that prohibit remarriage while both spouses are still alive. 1. Mark 10:9-12… Read More

“Tithing” in the New Testament Church. The holy meaning of the tithe is a tenth, not 10% of your work earnings. The number 10 has a biblical and spiritual meaning of “completeness.” The “tithe” was associated intimately with the Old Testament ceremional law pointing directly towards the blessed Messiah, God incarnated, being the perfect sacrifical Lamb offered up for the sins of His people (Matt. 1:21; John 17:9). Jesus’ death on the… Read More

“Blessed is every one that feareth the Lord, that walketh in His ways. For thou shall eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.” (Psalm 128:1-2) Blessed is every one that walketh in His ways. Not that walketh in our ways, but in His. We cannot by nature comprehend His way, that Jesus Christ came to save sinners, and not the righteous. We… Read More

“Lord, how long wilt Thou look on…” (Psalm 35:17) The Lord does look on all the affairs of men. In the judgments around us we see that He does look on. Many of us are hampered and tied in many ways. David prays: “Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink.” Now in our troubles we shuffle about, and do not come to the point; but if we could… Read More

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Prayer for Deliverance” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Genesis 32:9-12 and the audio is 49 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Patience of the Saints” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Revelation 14:12 and the audio is 56 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Alfred J. Chompff titled: “Akeldama” The scripture text that brother Alfred is preaching from is Matthew 27:1-10, and the audio is 54 minutes long.

The seventh land purchase that we read about in the Word of God occurred when Judas Iscariot committed suicide. And even though this may be a dreadful event in our sight, we should keep in mind that we should not have our focus on Judas Iscariot, but on the Lord Jesus Christ, for the Gospel was written to glorify Christ, not Judas. We will read here about “Akeldama, the Field of Blood”…. Read More

The seventh land purchase that we read about in the Word of God occurred when Judas Iscariot committed suicide. And even though this may be a dreadful event in our sight, we should keep in mind that we should not have our focus on Judas Iscariot, but on the Lord Jesus Christ, for the Gospel was written to glorify Christ, not Judas. We will read here about “Akeldama, the Field of Blood”…. Read More

We have been solicited, by one of what is called the Society of Friends, who is, we believe, a reader of our work, to insert the following. The design of it is to carry conviction to the mind, of the horrors of war, and the awful responsibility attached to those engaged in it; and if it be made the means of accomplishing this, the end will be answered. John and William Gadsby… Read More

My dear Friend, I take up my pen to write you some account of the last days of our dear departed friend and brother, John M’Kenzie, believing that to you and many of the readers of the Gospel Standard it will be interesting. As you are fully aware of the nature of his complaint, (bleeding from the lungs,) I shall confine myself to his last attack; and to a few gleanings of… Read More

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Faith, The Evidence” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Hebrews 11:1 and the audio is 52 minutes long.

“…If God be For Us, Who Can Be Against Us?” (Romans 8:31) This part of the verse in Romans 8:31 crosses my mind more frequently, I suppose, than most other Scriptures. It is a pleasant theme for meditation. From whence this loving kindness commenced, is a surprising and pleasant source of meditation. In my youth, I, and every one I knew put great emphasis upon John 3:16: “For God so loved the… Read More

“…If God be For Us, Who Can Be Against Us?” (Romans 8:31) This part of the verse in Romans 8:31 crosses my mind more frequently, I suppose, than most other Scriptures. It is a pleasant theme for meditation. From whence this loving kindness commenced, is a surprising and pleasant source of meditation. In my youth, I, and every one I knew put great emphasis upon John 3:16: “For God so loved the… Read More

We do not believe that the Son of God laid down His precious life a sacrifice for the sins of the non-elect, but for His sheep. We believe His sacrifice was of a substutionary character, that the sins which were laid upon Him by God (Isaiah 3) and which He undertook to bear and for which He suffered the unmitigated penalty of the outraged justice of God in a broken law, were… Read More

This is an audio sermon titled: “The Deity and Eternal Sonship of Christ” The scripture text is from Hebrews 1:4-8, and the audio is 32 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon titled: “Did God Really Hate Esau?” The scripture text is from Romans 9:13, and the audio is 34 minutes long.

“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. If we go to the beginning of the chapter where the… Read More

An Antinomian, in the sight of God, is one who holds the truth in unrighteousness; who has gospel notions in his head, but no grace in his heart. He is one that makes a profession of Christ Jesus, but was never purged by his blood, renewed by his Spirit, nor saved by his power. With him carnal ease passes for gospel peace; a natural assent of the mind for faith; insensibility for… Read More

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Shall Not The Judge Do Right?” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Genesis 18:23-25 and the audio is 46 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon titled: “Divinely Inspired Scripture” The scripture text is from 2nd Timothy 3:13-17, and the audio is 45 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Alfred J. Chompff titled: “A False Balance and A Just Weight” The scripture text that brother Alfred is preaching from is Proverbs 11:1, and the audio is 59 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Alfred J. Chompff titled: “A Burial Place For Sarah” The scripture text that brother Alfred is preaching from is Genesis 23:2, and the audio is 52 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Alfred J. Chompff titled: “Jacob’s Land Purchase” The scripture text that brother Alfred is preaching from is Genesis 33:19, and the audio is 52 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Alfred J. Chompff titled: “A Land Purchase For Ruth” The scripture text that brother Alfred is preaching from is Ruth 4:9, and the audio is 54 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Alfred J. Chompff titled: “A Threshing Floor For The LORD” The scripture text that brother Alfred is preaching from is 1st Chronicles 21:22, and the audio is 53 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Alfred J. Chompff titled: “A Land Purchase For Pharaoh” The scripture text that brother Alfred is preaching from is Genesis 41:45, and the audio is 53 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Alfred J. Chompff titled: “A Land Purchase For Pharaoh” The scripture text that brother Alfred is preaching from is Genesis 47:23, and the audio is 55 minutes long.

My dear Friend, Mrs. Peake. We have been both, and still are, in the furnace of affliction, and it is this whereby we learn to sympathize with those who are afflicted. The blessed Lord Himself, as the great High Priest over the house of God had to learn sympathy with His afflicted people by being Himself “a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief;” and there is no other way whereby we… Read More

My dear Friend, Mrs. Pinnell. I was very sorry to hear through a letter, received today from Mr. Tiptaft, that my dear friend Mr. Pinnell did not improve in health so much as his friends could desire; but I was very much pleased to hear through the same channel that he is very happy in his mind, and bore his illness with much submission and patience, and was otherwise favoured in his… Read More

My dear friend, William Brown, The Lord has hitherto appeared for you in opening doors for you to preach, and giving you acceptance among His people. This must very much relieve your mind, and convince you that you are not yet thrown over the wall, like a weed plucked out of the bed of a garden, which is perhaps one of the most painful feelings that a minister, as a minister, can… Read More

Dear friend, You are no doubt expecting a line from me in reply to your last kind letter, wishing me to come over to B. some time in the summer, to obtain a collection for the Aged Pilgrims’ Friend Society. I am sorry however to say that I cannot make any engagement of the kind, for it has pleased the Lord to lay upon me His afflicting hand, and to lay me… Read More

My Dear Friend, Mr. Godwin. Through mercy, I hope I can say I am progressing in health, and, for the first time since the end of November, went today out of my garden-gate, and took a turn up and down the Terrace. I feel also stronger in walking than I expected I would after my long confinement, and I hope now, with God’s blessing, if I get no relapse that I may… Read More

My dear friend, John Grace. I received your parcel quite safely, and much prize Miss V.’s kind present. Have the kindness, when you see her, to present her with my Christian regards and thanks. I have no doubt I shall find it very useful as a book of reference, and a good companion to his invaluable commentary. The advantage of such books is that they lead us to the Scriptures, the fountain-head… Read More

My dear Mr. Tips. I am glad that the Lord was pleased to give you and your friend a favourable voyage home, and that you found your dear wife and family in the enjoyment of that greatest of all temporal mercies. It gives me pleasure also to learn from your friendly and affectionate letter, that you bear in remembrance the days which you spent at my house. There is no bond like… Read More

My dear friend, Mrs. Pinnell. I much regret that I shall not be able this time to accept your kind invitation to come to Westwell, as I must reach home by August 10th. I would otherwise have had much pleasure in once more visiting you all, and renewing our friendship and spiritual communion. The time of the year naturally reminds you of that solemn scene which I witnessed when poor John passed… Read More

My dear Friend Mr. Tanner, I have been glad that you have been able in some measure to overcome the restraint which you have felt, I think I may say without reason, in writing to or conversing with me. I am sure there is no reason why you should feel it, though I believe there may be something in my natural manner which prevents people whom I really esteem and love from… Read More

My dear friend, John Grace I am much obliged to Mr ____ for his kind message. I have always held him in honour for his steadfast maintenance of sound doctrine. If we view religion as a body, may we not say that the doctrines of the Gospel are the bones, experience the flesh, and the blessed Spirit the life of both bones and flesh? The doctrines of the Gospel support all sound… Read More

My dear friend, Joseph Tanner. You will not expect me to write you a long letter, but will be waiting to learn whether I object to preaching in the Temperance Hall, instead of your little chapel. As a rule I generally feel more comfortable when I speak to the people in their usual place of worship, as a strange place and a mixed congregation often seem to rob me of that life… Read More

My dear friend, Joseph Parry. I need not tell you what a trial and exercise of mind this affliction has given me, and how sorry I have been to be obliged to disappoint the people at Bath and Leicester. It would be a very gladdening sight to see men raised up by the power and grace of God, able to preach the Gospel with the Holy Spirit sent down from heaven. But… Read More

My dear William Tiptaft. I have reason to hope that my illness last winter was blessed to me, and to others through me; for I certainly had more life and feeling in my soul, and I believe in my ministry, as the fruit of it. But though we prize spiritual blessings above all others, yet our coward flesh shrinks from the trial of affliction through which the blessing comes. God however has… Read More

My dear friend, John Grace, Trials, sufferings, afflictions, vexations, and disappointments are our appointed lot; and though grievous to the flesh, yet when they are sanctified to the soul’s good, are made to be some of our choicest blessings. But when we are in the furnace, we rarely see what benefit it is producing, or what profit is likely to arise to ourselves or to others out of it. Our coward flesh… Read More

Dear friend, “Love is of God, and he who loves is born of God”; nor is there any sweeter feeling in a Christian’s bosom than to love the Lord and the Lord’s people, because they belong to Him, and because he sees the mind and image of Christ in them. The Lord knows that I have many bitter enemies, therefore He has given me, by way of recompense, many warm and attached… Read More

My dear friend, Joseph Tanner. I hope that by this time both you and your dear wife are in some measure reconciled to the departure of your dear son to a foreign shore, and are enabled in some measure to see the Lord’s hand in it. Time has a wonderful effect in healing grief and soothing sorrow, at least where that sorrow does not arise from sin and guilt; for that is… Read More

My dear Mr. Tyrrell. I am obliged to you for your kind letter, and your liberal offer to take twenty copies of a sermon from Isaiah 17:10, 11, if I could bring it out in a similar way to Winter before Harvest. My time is so much occupied with The Gospel Standard, and a little work which I hope soon to bring out upon The Eternal Sonship of our Blessed Lord, that… Read More

My dear friend, Joseph Parry. You will probably have seen by The Gospel Standard that I have been in some measure restored from my late illness; but it is a great trial to me, and no doubt to the people also, that I should be so weak and tender; for it makes my preaching so uncertain, and has such a tendency to scatter the congregation. Were I in the full enjoyment of… Read More

My dear friend, John Grace, The Address (Gospel Standard) too requires some thought and labor, as not only must it be in great degree original, that is to say, not a repetition of former addresses, but in some way adapted to the readers of the work. It is more easy to see how such things should be done, or to criticize them after they are done, than to do them. The difficulty… Read More

Dear Friends I am glad to find that you are enabled still to hang together as a few people that are united in the love and fear of the Lord; and though you may be despised of men, it is far better to have the witness of God in your heart, than to enjoy all the smiles of mortals. I consider it a favour that God is pleased to make use of… Read More

My dear Friend, Mr. Parry. You will be desirous, I have no doubt, to hear how I am this severe weather. I may well call it severe, for we have not had a winter for some years during which the thermometer has been so low; and at present there does not seem much prospect of an alteration. I am thankful, then, to say, that though I feel the cold, yet I am… Read More

My dear Friend, Joseph Tanner. I have sometimes wished that it had pleased the Lord to take me to Himself thirty years ago, when I was laid aside with a serious illness, from which indeed I have never fully recovered. How many sins and sorrows I would have been spared! But such was not God’s will; and if He has been pleased to make any use of me by tongue or pen… Read More

Dear Mr. Jacob. I was sorry to learn from your letter that the Lord has been pleased to visit you and your family with such heavy strokes. [Mr. Jacob lost a son and two daughters by scarlet fever.] There are few things more heart-rending to a parent than to have his children torn from him by death; but we see that this was the appointed lot of some of God’s most eminent… Read More

My dear Friend, Mr. Grace. I am sure that the friends at Oakham will have great pleasure in receiving the word of grace and truth from your lips, and may the God of all grace come with you there to bless your own soul, both out of the pulpit and in it, and to make the word a blessing to His people. There are remarkable instances sometimes of the Lord’s special grace… Read More

My dear Friend, Mr. Grace. We shall be happy to see you to dine with us, and I hope we may have the sweet presence of the Lord in our mutual communication. There is a meeting together for the better and a meeting together for the worse, and usually when it is not for the one it is for the other. There is such a thing as carnalising each other’s mind, and… Read More

My dear Friend, Mr. Tanner. I have no doubt that you have been expecting for some time an answer to your kind and affectionate letter. Indeed, my own conscience has not been slow in reminding me of my neglect. But in this, as in many other instances, to will has been present with me, but how to perform that which was good I found not. You are well aware how much occupied… Read More

My dear Tiptaft, It is not often that you have been at Allington at this season of the year. I hope that these warm sunny days, and the green leaves spreading themselves over the trees, are emblems of a better season, and represent the springing up of life and feeling in your soul and in your ministry in Wilts. Winter is no pleasant season either for body or soul, and though I… Read More

My dear Friend, Mrs. Peake, I think I never came to London weaker in body and soul than this time. I much dreaded yesterday, and would have almost written to Mr. Brown to take my place. But I never found the promise more true, “As your day, so shall your strength be,” for I was brought through most comfortably in body and soul, and preached to a large and most attentive congregation… Read More

My dear Friend, Mr. Tanner, Once more am I in this great metropolis, being, through infinite and most undeserved mercy, spared to proclaim again salvation by grace in Gower Street pulpit. It is about twenty-five years since I first opened my mouth in London, and I have but once or twice since then failed to come up every year; but I think I never in all those years so much felt my… Read More

My dear Friend, Thomas Godwin. Being as usual almost overwhelmed with work, I can only send you a few lines, in order to obviate any mistake about my engagement for Leicester. I have sent word to the Standard that I am engaged there for September 15th and 22nd, and that you will be here (D.V.) the first of those Lord’s days (15th), and at Oakham on the 22nd. I would be glad… Read More

My dear Friend, Joseph Tanner. I certainly have been much favored this summer with a measure of health and strength in going about to preach the Gospel; and I have found not only natural strength given according to my day, but I trust also my spiritual needs supplied, both for myself and the people, out of the fullness that is in Christ. But now I seem drooping, not being so well in… Read More

My dear Friend, Mr. Crake, The obituary, concerning which you have written to me in your usual kind and affectionate way, has just been forwarded to me. When I first cast my eye over it I thought it would do for the wrapper, but when I came to examine it a little more carefully, and especially when I read the closing scene, I felt that the body of the work was a… Read More

My dear Friend, Thomas Godwin, It is a good thing that spiritual union does not depend upon letter-writing, though one is always glad to receive a few lines from those with whom we are united in heart and spirit. It is some time since I have either heard from or written to you, but our union remains the same, as being, I trust, based upon a better foundation than pen and ink…. Read More

My dear Friend, Joseph Tanner, Our coward flesh shrinks from every affliction and trial, and even though we may have proved in times past that there has been a blessing couched in them, yet our heart murmurs and frets under the weight of the cross. But the Lord, like a wise parent, does not consult us as to where, when, or how He may lay on the chastising stroke. It is best… Read More

Dear Friend, Mr. Hoadley. I am glad that you still bear in affectionate remembrance, and I trust in some measure in soul profit, what I was enabled to deliver in your hearing at Gower Street Chapel. I always think that it is a sign of hearing to profit when there is an abiding of the word in the heart. Our blessed Lord says, “Abide in me and I in you;” and again,… Read More

“From a child thou hast known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” (2nd Timothy 3:15) “When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.” (2nd Timothy 1:5) Who can estimate the influence of a godly mother? Here… 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

“…he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only.” (Luke 8:50) It was my intention to write no more upon Scripture texts, having many of my writings by me; but our ways are not God’s ways, nor our thoughts God’s thoughts; therefore, as providence has put it in my way, and the above text this morning came on my mind, I hope that the Lord will lead me on in an experimental way… Read More

“Ho, everyone that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.” (Isaiah 55:1) The prophet Isaiah is called by some the evangelical prophet; and indeed he was led by the Holy Spirit to treat wonderfully about the Lord Jesus Christ and his finished work, from the manger to the cross; so that… 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

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