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Monthly Archives: July 2011

A carrier in a large Yorkshire town heard his carter one day swearing dreadfully at his horses. The carrier was a man who feared God, and he was shcoked to hear the terrible oaths that resounded through the yard. He went up to the young man who was just setting off with his cart, and kindly expostulated with him on the enormity of his sin, and then added: “But if you will… Read More

In 2 Corinthians 12:2, Paul describes an experience of being “…caught up to the Third Heaven.” You may wonder, what or where the Third Heaven is? The First Heaven includes the entire atmosphere ehich surrounds the earth. We know of it by the air, clouds, wind and weather which are found in it. The Second heaven includes the region of space beyond the atmosphere, and includes the sun, moon and stars. This… Read More

Do not be carried away by the deceiving statement that the Bible “contains” the Word of God. Reflect on it. A container is different from what it contains; it holds something which itself is not. We say the Bible IS the Word of God. He gave it. He spoke it. It is infallible. Men will be judged by it. It is the last appeal. It is God’s very and immediate Word. By… Read More

It has been confidently asserted, by some modern members of the Romish communion, that the story, concerning pope Joan, is a mere fiction, invented by Protestants to blacken the infallible Church. In opposition to which insinuation, I here insert the following extract, copied, verbatim, by my own hand, from that scarce and curious old book, entitled, The Nuremburgh Chronicle: which was printed at Nuremburgh, in the year of our Lord 1493; in… Read More

It has been confidently asserted, by some modern members of the Romish communion, that the story, concerning pope Joan, is a mere fiction, invented by Protestants to blacken the infallible Church. In opposition to which insinuation, I here insert the following extract, copied, verbatim, by my own hand, from that scarce and curious old book, entitled, The Nuremburgh Chronicle: which was printed at Nuremburgh, in the year of our Lord 1493; in… Read More

“They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches; none of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him. For the redemption of the soul is precious, and it ceaseth forever.” (Psalm 49:6-8) It is so easy to trust in material wealth. It appears to give us security and to some, it appears to be a source of… Read More

“And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not steadfast with God.” (Psalm 78:8) The Lord was recalling through the Psalmist Asaph the backslidings of Israel. God had set them apart and blessed them like no other nation on earth. Yet, they had an infamous history of turning away from God. May we learn from and… Read More

“And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not steadfast with God.” (Psalm 78:8) The Lord was recalling through the Psalmist Asaph the backslidings of Israel. God had set them apart and blessed them like no other nation on earth. Yet, they had an infamous history of turning away from God. May we learn from and… Read More

“I will make thy name to be remembered in all generations: therefore shall the people praise thee forever and ever.” (Psalm 45:17) This psalm is a Messianic one, referring to Jesus Christ. This particular verse, the last in the psalm, is a promise from God the Father to God the Son. The promise guarantees that Christ will be remembered and praised in every generation, that praise and glory will always be given… Read More

Heartache In my pastorate the most heart-breaking experience I have is to witness parents losing children to rebellion. I have seen parents lose children in death, oh how we hurt then. But little compares to the grief of parents whose children reject them and the Lord. They probably leave the house at age 18, anxious to get away from the parents who gave them life. Perhaps they marry an unbeliever. They spurn… Read More

Are YOU saved by grace through faith? The Word of God is not merely presenting some objective doctrine. It doesn’t say salvation is by grace through faith; and it is the gift of God. Listen, “by grace are YE saved…” Does God say that to you? Have you been chosen in Christ, reconciled to God by His death, united to Him by faith? Let me ask you this: “Are you a sinner?”… Read More

We must emphasize that election is absolutely sovereign. By this we mean that God is the Lord of salvation, and that the ground and motive of His choosing some unto salvation must not be sought in man, but in God alone. Election is of grace, not of works. It is necessary to mark this with special emphasis over against those who seek the ground of their election in the elect themselves. Granted,… Read More

The Lord is a sun: He is the Source of all light and life. To live apart from Him is death, but His fellowship is life for us. And the Lord is a shield: He protects and preserves His people from all the powers of evil that seek their destruction. He does not in this life, remove all evil and affliction from them, but He gives them grace which is sufficient unto… Read More

Inquiry Dear Sir, Will you please favour us with your answer to the following very important inquiries through the “Standard,” and you will oblige a few of the Lord’s staggering children? If a follower of Christ and a preacher of the gospel commit suicide, is there hope of eternal life for him? Does that passage, “Ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him,” have any reference to his case?… Read More

This is an audio message by Carl Haak titled “Marriage is Given by God” The scripture text that brother Carl is teaching from is Genesis 2:18-25 and the audio is 21 minutes long.

This is an audio message by Carl Haak titled “God’s Design for Marriage” The scripture text that brother Carl is teaching from is Genesis 2:24 and the audio is 22 minutes long.

This is an audio message by Carl Haak titled “God’s Rule of Conduct for Marriage” The scripture text that brother Carl is teaching from is Colossians 2:13-14 and the audio is 26 minutes long.

This is an audio message by Carl Haak titled “A Dress Code for Marriage” The scripture text that brother Carl is teaching from is Colossians 3:12-13 and the audio is 23 minutes long.

This is an audio message by Carl Haak titled “Husbands, Love as Christ” The scripture text that brother Carl is teaching from is Ephesians 5:25-27 and the audio is 23 minutes long.

So many of the Psalms of David in the Bible were written during times of deep personal distress. The Holy Spirit moved David’s heart to pen the Psalms after the hand of God had placed David under extreme pressure, a pressure out of which his soul would tell God about all of his troubles and seek for God to help him. David, for sure, had his troubles. If you are acquainted with… Read More

All along their journey through a world of sin, suffering, and sorrow, the people of God are the subjects of trial, temptation and tribulation. The corruptions of our vile nature, the fierce assaults of the devil, the ways of the wicked around us, the perplexities of God’s mysterious providence, and felt spiritual weakness, all conspire to make our hearts disconsolate, and cause us to sigh and cry. But God is never at… Read More

“Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, Thou that leadest Joseph like a flock; Thou that dwellest between the cherubims, shine forth.” (Psalm 80:1) “Thou that dwellest between the cherubims” is referring to the mercy seat that God ordered to be made in the Tabernacle and Temple of the Old Testament. The mercy seat was where God promised to meet with the priests. In order to be holy and acceptable, the mercy seat… Read More

“They that trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion which cannot be removed, but abideth forever. As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the LORD is round about His people from henceforth even forever.” (Psalm 125:1-2) Oh, the strength and stability of a life of faith! The reason for such strength and steadfastness is not in the person who exercises faith, but the God in whom they place their… Read More

Throughout his life, controversy followed this man whom many consider a champion of the Doctrine of the Trinity. Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria, was sent into exile on five occasions, but his legacy of standing for the truth, against heresy and error, remains as a great benefit to the Church of our day. This first session takes us from the early days of Athanasius life to the remarkable and dramatic death of one… Read More

Hounded and harassed by his opponents, on numerous occasions fleeing for his life, Athanasius stood fast in his belief that the Lord Jesus and the Holy Spirit were ‘of the same essence’ as The Father, and therefore equally Divine.

While the views of the Arminians did not include the error of a well-meant offer of the gospel as such, their general teachings were very much like those of well-meant offer defenders. The defenders of the well-meant gospel offer in the Reformed tradition appeal to the Canons in support of their view with an irony that cannot be overlooked. The Arminians taught that fallen man’s will is free. The defenders of the… Read More

Some defenders of common grace define common grace as God’s attitude of favor towards His creation. No Reformed man would ever disagree with this assertion. God made this world; He upholds it and governs it by His power. God has determined to save His creation through the atonement of Christ. God loves His world, looks on it with favor, and sends out His Spirit into the creation to renew it. There is,… Read More

Those who hold to common grace teach that the favor and grace of God towards a person can be seen in the possession of material and physical gifts. Wealth is equated with God’s favor and health is equated with God’s love. God shows His favor towards all and His enduring love to all men by giving them material and physical abundance. This view is very commonly held throughout the church world, by… Read More

It ought to be obvious that earthly good things, though given by a good God, cannot, in themselves, be indications of God’s favor, for God also sends poverty, starvation, cancer and death. On what grounds ought we to say, therefore, that earthly well-being is to be explained as evidences of favor, and yet deny that poverty and suffering are evidences of anger, hostility and hatred? (Herman Hanko – Are Riches a Blessing?… Read More

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Preached To The Poor” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Matthew 11:5-6 and the audio is 48 minutes long.

It is very evident that God gave to David many talents as well as the greatest of all gifts: grace, which sanctified those talents for use by God in his life. He was not only skilled as a shepherd, as a marksman with his sling, but also he could play the harp. Now to really play a musical instrument is not just to make a noise. It is often said of a… Read More

This is an audio sermon by Herman Hoeksema titled “God’s Attitude Toward Sin and the Sinner” The scripture texts that brother Herman is preaching from are Ephesians 2:3, Romans 1:18 and Romans 5:12 and the audio is 53 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Herman Hoeksema titled “Labour not for the Meat which Perisheth” The scripture text that brother Herman is preaching from is Luke 6:27 and the audio is 53 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Herman Hoeksema titled “Israel Dwelling Alone” The scripture text that brother Herman is preaching from is Deuteronomy 33:28 and the audio is 53 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Herman Hoeksema titled “A Lesson in Faith in the Risen Lord” The scripture text that brother Herman is preaching from is Luke 24:25-27 and the audio is 56 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Herman Hoeksema titled “The Murder of the Church” The scripture text that brother Herman is preaching from is Revelation 11:7-10 and the audio is 51 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Riches of Grace” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Ephesians 2:7 and the audio is 51 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Overcoming the World” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is 1st John 5:5-6 and the audio is 55 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Herman Hoeksema titled “What Must I Do To Be Saved?” The scripture text that brother Herman is preaching from is Acts 16:30-31 and the audio is 53 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Herman Hoeksema titled “The Offense of the Gospel” The scripture text that brother Herman is preaching from is Matthew 16:21-23 and the audio is 60 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Herman Hoeksema titled “The Comfort of Belonging to Jesus” The scripture text that brother Herman is preaching from is Isaiah 40 and the audio is 48 minutes long.