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Monthly Archives: August 2011

Righteousness imputed! This makes the person beautiful in God’s sight, because it makes him just. Sinner, this must be your title. This is your title to bliss. This must be your perfection, and if you have any desire after Christ, may I say this to you. Do entreat the Lord to reveal in you the righteousness of Christ, for true salvation, vital godliness, is more than a matter of idea. There must… Read More

I am like your flowers, getting apace into an autumn state. The Lord grant I may find the declension of vigour, which I must soon expect to feel, balanced by a ripeness in judgment and experience as you speak. If it be so with me, it is in a great measure hidden from me. To be sure, I have had more proofs of an evil nature and deceitful heart than I could… Read More

Sermons of a Seceder, by William Tiptaft; Hardback, with lovely coloured front; 222 pages; Published by Gospel Standard Trust Publications. All the extant sermons of William Tiptaft, the friend of J. C. Philpot, together a brief biography. William Tiptaft (1803-1864), close friend of J.C. Philpot, and fellow seceder from the Church of England, needs no introduction to our readers. We were more impressed when we first read the life of Tiptaft than… Read More

Contemplations on the God of Israel – By William Huntington; paperback; 183 pages; Published by Gospel Mission Books. —————————— Lovers of Huntington will warmly welcome this book. Really it is Huntington at his best: he is dealing with the best of subjects and this, not among his controversial writings but in gracious letters to a close friend. Contemplations on the God of Israel consists of nineteen letters written to Jenkin Jenkins. Jenkins,… Read More

Christ in the Book of Zechariah, by B.A. Ramsbottom; Paperback; 78 pages; Published by Gospel Standard Trust Publications. An exposition of the prophecies concerning the Lord Jesus in the book of Zechariah, written in an easily understandable style. Some have believed that there is more of Christ in the Book of Zechariah than in any other part of the Old Testament. It certainly contains prophesies of: Christ coming in lowliness – His… Read More

There are some difficulties in the way. One difficulty is this: An honest conscience, an instructed heart is so sensible of the ease with which one may be deceived by one’s own heart, as to feel it a great hindrance; and yet it helps. We may be searching and trying, weighing and testing, looking for a repentance that we do not feel, a broken heart which we have not got, faith which… Read More

“Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:3) “The unity of the Spirit” signifies that secret bond of divine union which knits together all the living members of Christ’s mystical body, not only to Him as their risen Head, but to each other also by virtue of the same indwelling Spirit. It is, therefore, not a mere unity of opinion, of church membership, of outward… Read More

My friends, do you love to hear Christ lifted up and exalted as your all and in all? If you do you are willing to be made less than nothing and vanity in yourselves. Professors of religion, generally, do not like to be thus humbled; they love to have something to do, in whole or in part, to recommend themselves to God. But the Lord’s salvation is not a mixture of grace… 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) This glorious gospel, is the gospel of the imputation of sin to a suitable sinless person, the Saviour. In this epistle it is said, God “hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew not sin.” (2 Corinthians 5:21) There was a complete transference,… Read More

This glorious gospel, is the gospel of the imputation of sin to a suitable sinless person, the Saviour. In this epistle it is said, God “hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew not sin.” (2 Corinthians 5:21) There was a complete transference, a mutual transference; the transferring of guilt to the Saviour, and the transferring of His righteousness to the sinner; “that we might be made the righteousness of… Read More

“Election”! O! That blessed truth has been and still is dearer to me than life; and the way and manner of its revelation and application to my soul in deep bondage and distress, has been marvelous indeed. “Though God’s election is a truth Small comfort there I see, Till I am told by God’s own mouth, That He has chosen me.” I trust I can say that He has chosen me; for… Read More

“An able minister of the New Testament” is one that has received the spirit of promise, one that has felt and enjoyed the truths, blessings, and promises, of the gospel in his own heart, and so tells to others what God has done for his soul. He has the Spirit, and is a minister of the Spirit. He is a partaker of grace, and a good steward of it. He is pardoned… Read More

Redemption work belongeth to our anointed Priest, and He only could effect it. The priests under the law required the redemption price to be brought to them by the people, but our Priest, in the similitude of Melchisedec, brings the price to them, and pays it for them; hence the apostle was commissioned to say to the elect of God, “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things,… Read More

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled: “The Father Hears the Son” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is John 11:41-42 and the audio is 40 minutes long.

Are You Walking in Darkness? As a child of the light walking in darkness — go and tell Jesus. The path of the believer, though it be the only sunny path in life, is often shaded and dreary. There are spiritual despondencies and mental depressions peculiar to the divine life of a Christian. If the “Sun of Righteousness” had His periods of obscuration, His temporary eclipse when His whole soul was enshrouded… Read More

Is justice God’s essence? Is it so interwoven with His being, that an unjust God, cannot be truly God? Now justice sternly asks, that every debt be fully paid, and no demand be set aside? The cross shows God in all the majesty of unsullied justice – in severity, which yields no right. He there exacts each due. The sad transgressions of the chosen race are countless in number – boundless in… Read More

Today, and it has happened in the past aswell, “there is nothing new under the sun” there are men who are speculating and extravalating and going in all kinds of different directions on this subject which they cannot back up with the Scriptures. And many of them, they want to say “well it was by more than what it says”. Christ was made sin by a legal act of imputation. This word… Read More

“Be anxious for nothing.” (Philippians 4:6) Wrrying is as definitely forbidden as theft. This needs to be carefully pondered and definitely realized by us, so that we do not excuse it as an innocent “infirmity.” The more we are convicted of the sinfulness of anxiety, the sooner are we likely to perceive that it is most dishonoring to God, and “strive against” it (Hebrews 12:4). But how are we to “strive against”… Read More

As it is eminently desirable to have clear views upon every subject which we attempt to consider in the momentous things of God, and this from the very outset, that we may make straight paths for our feet, let us first examine the Scriptural meaning of the word “grace”. I need not tell you how again and again it meets our eye in every page of the New Testament. By “grace,” then,… Read More

The sovereignty of God What do we mean by this expression? We mean the supremacy of God, the kingship of God, the godhood of God. To say that God is sovereign is to declare that God is God. To say that God is sovereign is to declare that “He does as He pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back His hand or… Read More

“But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing of himself alone and not in another. For every man shall bear his own burden,” (Galatians 6:4-5) THE work mentioned in my text is not the works of the law. No, no, no; for the Scripture says, “By the works of the law shall no flesh living be justified.” But the work here mentioned is faith. Hence we… Read More

The great eulogium of those whom Paul mentions in Hebrews 11 is that they died in the faith. They had their fears, faintings, failings, conflicts and trials, like us; but they overcame by the blood of the Lamb and the Word of His testimony. Now they are with Him, whom they loved unseen. To Him be all the praise! For themselves they have no more to say than that He loved them… Read More

The electing and rejecting God is Supreme. Such is the plain teaching of Scripture. To deny the sovereign character of elective grace is to deny that God is God. It is to maintain that of the two, God and man, man is the stronger, and thus the factor that shapes God’s choice. This is indeed the lie that constitutes the premise, the supporting pillar, of the average sermon to which our church-going… Read More

“And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing; and he doeth according to, his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou!” (Daniel 4:35) These words were spoken by a great and mighty king who certainly had been one of the most proud and ostentatious monarchs that ever governed a kingdom,… 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 David 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

This is an a radio interview with brother David J. Engelsma titled: “Divorce and Remarriage” David Engelsma teaches faithfully from the Word of God that marriage is a lifelong bond, broken only by death (Romans 7:1-4; 1 Corinthians 7:39). This radio interview is 83 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by David J. Engelsma titled: “Pitching His Tent Towards Sodom” The scripture text that brother David is preaching from is Genesis 13, and the audio is 45 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by David J. Engelsma titled: “The Lifelong Bond of Marriage” The scripture texts that brother David is preaching from are 1st Corinthians 7:1-17, and 1st Corinthians 7:39-40, and the audio is 63 minutes long. Sermon Outline: 1) Marriage is a bond for life. 2) All remarriage is forbidden by the Word of God, while the spouse is alive. 3) Christians must marry in the Lord.

There is no other way for sinners to be justified from the curse of the law in the sight of God than by the imputation of righteousness performed by and residing in the lord Jesus Christ. NOTHING COULD BE CLEARER…it is not personal righteousness by which we are justified, nor is it infused righteousness, but it is imputed righteousness. When christ was made sin it was not by an infusion of depravity…. Read More

“These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” (1 John 5:13) I find that I have preached from this verse before in this hall, but I have no recollection of the occasion, and as the words have been much on my… Read More

“Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the LORD hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant. And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the… Read More

The Bible that is all the rage today is The Living Bible. It is available in many different forms and editions, e.g., Reach Out, The Greatest is Love, The Way, Living Letters, etc. But they are all the same Bible. The Living Bible is Kenneth Taylor’s paraphrase of Scripture, published by Tyndale House, distributed widely by the World Home Bible League, and on sale everywhere. It is at once the worst and… Read More

“I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.” This is first in the Christian creed. It is very simple: the Christian knows God as Creator and, therefore the truth about the origin of the world and himself by faith—by faith only. Implied is that this knowledge of God as Creator is derived from Scripture, especially from the outstanding revelation of God as Creator in Genesis l and 2…. 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

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

The evil by Reformed churches of unbiblical divorce and of the remarriage is 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… Read More

I heard of a man who during the Great Depression lost his job, his wife, his home, and his fortune. He hung on tightly to the one thing he did have left – his faith. One day he stopped to watch some men doing stonework on a church. One of the workers was chiselling a triangular piece of stone. He asked the worker: “What are you going to do with that?” The… Read More

A minister visiting the island of Sicily was caught in a sudden fierce thunderstorm. He entered the first cottage he could reach to get out of the heavy rain. He was kindly welcomed by the mother of the family of four children. After introducing himself, and asking several questions, the minister asked the woman if she was afraid in this terrible storm. The thunder was very loud and the lightning flashed often…. Read More

It is very significant to notice how important the influence for good or bad a wife had, in the Bible. Eve’s advice to Adam brought the completion of the ruin of the fall of man; Job’s wife suggested that he curse God and die; Haman’s wife, Zeresh, had the discernment to prophecy of the imminent fall of her husband although she had suggested building the gallows for Mordecai; The stronger faith of… Read More

“The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.” (Psalm 14:2-3) Deep down, there is a little spark of goodness in everyone. If people’s educational and economic environments were more opportunistic, people would be better. Right? Wrong! The… Read More

“…I am purposed that my mouth shall not transgress.” (Psalm 17:3) David here had a holy resolve. Perhaps he had been stung by the words of others or had himself seen from his own lips what damage an ill-used tongue can cause. Regardless, he was purposed and determined not to sin with his mouth. That is a daily battle for us all. Do you have any holy purposes? While on one hand,… Read More

“Hold up my goings in Thy paths, that my footsteps slip not.” (Psalm 17:5) How needful and appropriate is this prayer of David’s. The need for it is imperative because of the liability of falling that is real with each of us. Our footsteps are capable of slipping, sometimes when we do not even realize it. We are subject to venturing off the path that the Lord has for us to walk…. Read More

“O continue thy lovingkindness unto them that know thee; and thy righteousness to the upright in heart.” (Psalm 36:10) ‘Keep it coming, Lord!’ is the sentiment of David. He desired for God to prolong, endure, and sustain the loving grace and mercy that He so generously gives. Is David being greedy or inappropriate in such a request? No. It doesn’t come from an unthankful and sinfully demanding heart. It comes from a… Read More

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

We are living in a time when many women are not satisfied with their lot in life. Many have found no real happiness in being ordinary mothers, wives, and housekeepers. They want freedom, liberation and equality with men. Some have even united to form a vocal minority called the Women’s Liberation Movement. This group is also known as the New Feminists. What is the woman’s role in life? It would seem few… Read More

There is the sad subject of modern, effeminate men. Not only have women revolted against God’s authority, so have men. And assuredly these things are related, for if men are out of their God-ordained places in society, so must the women be. ‘Effeminate’ is a very descriptive word for ‘men’ today, as it means, “having unsuitable feminine qualities, unmanly, marked by weakness and love of ease.” (Webster’s) This being true, we have… Read More

Hebrews 1:3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; What is God saying here? Christ is the irradiation of God’s glory. The Mediator’s relation to the Godhead is like that of the daylight rays to the… Read More

Esau, who sold his birthright for a mess of pottage. Judas, who sold the Lord Jesus for thirty pieces of silver. The man who gains the whole world, but loses his own soul.

1) Since most films contain sinful elements, involve drama, and are shown in undesirable environments, watching films is worldly. “And be not conformed to this world.” (Romans 12:2) 2) It has pleased the Lord to use His Word and not entertaining films to convert sinners. “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” (Romans 10:17) 3) The Lord Jesus does not desire to be pitied. “But Jesus… Read More

Precious Bible, what a treasure! Blessed be the Lord, I can see that my acceptance and perseverance do not depend upon my frames or feelings, but upon the power, compassion, care and faithfulness of Him, who in the midst of all the changes to which we are exposed in this wilderness state, is unchangeably the same yesterday, today and forever. O what a horrid wretch was I when on board the Harwich,… Read More

“But one of the soldiers pierced His side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.” (John 19:34) John here evidently refers to what his own eyes saw as Jesus hung on the cross. He therefore declares in the passage before us, “This is He that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because… Read More

Mercies of a Covenant God, by John Warburton; Hardback; 255 pages; Published by Gospel Standard Trust Publications. —————————— The subject of this remarkable autobiography needs no introduction or commendation from our feeble pen, for his name and this gracious account of the Lord’s dealings with him have become familiar with us and, we believe, exceedingly endeared to those who desire to know that same covenant God, and to experience in a little… Read More

“So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, He was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.” (Mark 16:19) The right hand of God means the right hand of power, of dominion, of authority and of acceptance. When our blessed Lord went back to the courts of bliss, and the gates of heaven lifted up their heads, and the everlasting doors were lifted up, and the… Read More

FAITH – “Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth Him that begat loveth also him that is begotten of Him.” (1 John 5:1) PURITY – “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.” (1 John 3:9) LOVE – “We know that we have passed from death… Read More

Do you remember what the Pharisees did to the blind man? They cast him out of the synagogue. What a terrible thing to do! They were supposed to be teachers and shepherds of the people. Is this how a shepherd would treat one of his sheep? No, indeed not! From the dealings of the Pharisees with the blind man, Jesus taught the people the great difference between false shepherds and the Good… Read More

1 Corinthians 11:16 But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God. Essentially when Paul here says that “if any man seem be contentious we have no such custom, neither the churches of God”, he is meaning that we have no such custom of contending against this truth. He isn’t referring to the practice of head coverings as the ‘custom’, but the contention,… Read More

What hath the gospel preached with the Holy Ghost, sent down from heaven into your souls, taught you? Hath it taught you your sinnership? Hath it taught you that you must anchor on Christ alone, without works? Hath it taught you to inquire of God whether you are a sheep or a goat; an elect soul, or a reprobate one; a vessel of wrath, or a vessel of mercy; eternally justified, or… Read More

The final perseverance of the saints may be concluded from the purposes and decrees of God; which are infrustrable, and are always accomplished; “The Lord of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it?” (Isaiah 14:27) Or make it void, and of no effect? And “his hand is stretched out”, to execute his purposes, “and who shall turn it back” (Isaiah 14:27) from doing the thing he is resolved on? As he… Read More

These maxims are certainly true and indisputable: (1) That nothing in time can be the cause of what was done in eternity. To believe, to do good works, and persevere in them are acts in time, and so cannot be causes of election, which was done in eternity. And (2) That nothing out of God can be the cause of any decree or will in him. He is no passive Being, to… Read More

The preaching of Christ is much more than making frequent use of His name in our discourses, or even talking of His wondrous love and work for sinners. The preaching of Jesus Christ is first and foremost the magnifying of His unique person, and making known of who He is – the God-man. Second, it is the opening up of His mediatorial office in which He serves as Prophet, Priest and Potentate…. Read More

Modern Bible Versions, by David J. Engelsma Paperback; —————————— This booklet deals ably, concisely and scripturally with an extremely fundamental issue that face the church today. David Englesma examines the errors that have led to and appear in alternative translations to the King James Authorized Version of the Bible. He graciously defends our Bible in such a manner that our young friends in particular, who may be tempted to use other versions,… Read More

God so loved the World, by Professor Homer C. Hoeksema; Paperback; ———————————- This nicely presented booklet deals ably, concisely and scripturally with one a fundamental issue that the church faces today. Professor Hoeksema ably exposes and denounces the false doctrine of universal redemption. By comparing scripture with scripture he demonstrates that John 3:16, so often quoted by Arminian teachers to support free will, both wholly supports and is wholly supported by the… Read More

Try the Spirits by David J. Englesma; Paperback: 42 pages: —————————— This booklet sets out to expose the errors of the Pentecostal and Charismatic movements from a scriptural and reformed position. This fine work deals with the matter of the Pentecostal errors, it is a clear exposure of the dangers and deceits inherent in this movement. The author rightly contends for the sober, effectual work of the Spirit in revealing Christ as… Read More

Conversion refers to the coming of a regenerated child of God to the conscious realization and manifestation of the spiritual life that was given to him in regeneration. Conversion manifests itself in faith, repentance and spiritual growth. Regeneration is accomplished by the Holy Spirit alone. Conversion is brought about by the gospel, the Bible and writings which are based on the Bible. Only regenerated persons are converted. People who have not been… Read More

Ephesians 2:4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Ephesians 2:5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) The doctrine laid down by the apostle is that God loved His people even when they were dead in sins. Now when we consider what is involved in being dead in sins, when we take… Read More

In 1st Kings chapter 13 we read of a strange story which is wedged in between the sin of Jeroboam, of making two golden calves, and the death of the son of Jeroboam, who is actually the only one of the house of Jeroboam who was saved. This story in 1st Kings 13 begs for a spiritual interpretation, for by itself it ads no redeeming value to either the history of the… Read More

John chapter 17 is usually called the High Priestly Prayer of the Lord Jesus, but actually it could also be called “The Lord’s Prayer”, and what is usually called the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:9-13 is actually “The Sinner’s Prayer.” Let us read John 17:1-10 to learn the context, That They Might Know Thee (John 17:1-10, Matthew 6:9-13, John 3:19, 1 John 5:20) John 17:1 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up… Read More

Free Grace, Free Will and the Free Offer, by J.H. Gosden; Pamphlet; 35 pages; Published by the Huntingtonian Press. ———————— Free grace, free will and the free offer examined in the light of scripture. The principle part of this book is taken from the 1941 Gospel Standard. In it Gosden refutes the charge old Hyper-Calvanism levelled at those who deny the false doctrine of the free offer of grace. Furthermore he demonstrates… Read More

The Things Most Surely Believed Among Us (Gadsby’s Catechism), by William Gadsby; Pamphlet; 24 pages; Published by The Gospel Standard Trust Publications. This is “Gadsby’s catechism,” published in his early days as God’s servant at Manchester. William Gadsby published his catechism to be a help to children in understanding the truth. Like all catechisms, this asks questions and then gives the answer – the idea being that the children should learn both… Read More

The death of sin could not be accomplished except by the death of Christ Jesus our Savior, and His death could not happen except all the sins of His people be laid upon Him (Isaiah 53:6). Since all of the sins of His people met upon the Savior, and He did in fact die under the curse of the broken law, then our sins had to die with Him; and when He… Read More

Evangelism and the Reformed Faith, by David J. Engelsma; Booklet; 24 pages; This booklet exposes false evangelism and shows what true evangelism is – the preaching of the everlasting gospel. Concerning popular, free will “evangelism” we read: “With this kind of evangelism the Reformed Faith is incompatible; of such evangelism, it is a sworn foe. A Reformed preacher would not dare to engage in evangelism of this kind. He would not, because… Read More

The Life of Arthur W. Pink, by Iain H. Murray; Hardback; 350 pages; Published by The Banner of Truth Trust. ——————– This is a much enlarged edition of the 1981 The Life of Arthur W. Pink, well written and beautifully produced. When we reviewed the original book, we wrote: “This is a book which would have been much better never published.” Though we have enjoyed reading this new publication, after careful thought… Read More

On April 19th, 1778, on attempting to speak, his hoarseness became so extreme that he was obliged to descend from the pulpit after naming his text. After the above day he preached only four times, and each time was looked upon as his last. When it was generally believed he was dead, or so near death as to be past the power of speaking or writing, John Wesley or some of his… Read More

It has been reported in several newspapers recently, that scientists believe that after all their scepticism about the accuracy of the early part of God’s Word, it could have been actually true that the Red Sea divided before Moses, as recorded in Exodus. They have modelled certain climatic conditions which, if they were to be repeated, would result in a separation of the waters at the Red Sea. What are we to… Read More

This remarkable beast is often called “The Ship of the Desert” because for many centuries it was the only way of transport across the vast deserts of Arabia and Africa. Almost certainly the wise men in Matthew 2 would have travelled on camels to Bethlehem to see the infant Lord Jesus Christ. The camel has been ideally created by God for the harsh desert climate. Its extra long eyelashes keep the sand… Read More

They have a common saying in the Weald of Kent, when the daughter of a farmer is married. If it be enquired what portion the father gave, the answer is: “He gave not much money; but is always sending them something – there is always something from the farmhouse.” Then the observation usually is: “Aye, her’s is a hand-basket portion, which is generally the best; for there is no end to that.”… Read More

The Wisdom of God (Genesis 12:1-3, Galatians 3:16) From the time of creation, in Genesis 1:1, until God has completed His purpose, in Revelation 22:21, God has been, and is building a beautiful harmonious structure that we have called, “The Wisdom of God”. Why does this structure, or building, bear this name? It does, because God spoke, and the universe came into being. This is how God created and this is how… Read More

In 1st Kings chapter 13 we read of a strange story which is wedged in between the sin of Jeroboam, of making two golden calves, and the death of the son of Jeroboam, who is actually the only one of the house of Jeroboam who was saved. This story in 1st Kings 13 begs for a spiritual interpretation, for by itself it ads no redeeming value to either the history of the… Read More

“O Zion, that bringest good tidings, thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!” (Isaiah 40:9) That Divine person is come that was promised, prophesied, and expected – even EMMANUEL, God with us, God in our nature, God manifest in the flesh, God our Saviour; and who,… Read More

The Wisdom of God (Proverbs 3:19, 1 Corinthians 1:18, 1 Corinthians 1:21, 1 Peter 4:13, Romans 9:22) “The LORD in wisdom hath founded the earth.” (Proverbs 3:19) What is ultimately the penalty for sin? It is Hell! It is the process of dying which lasts for an eternity in the Lake of Fire. Was the concept of Hell also an element of God’s plan He had before the foundation of the world?… Read More

A man whose job meant that he had to travel far from his home during the course of two weeks, stayed at the homes of two friends, both of which had teenage children. In the first home he noticed that whenever the children were asked to do anything, almost without exception they obeyed and cheerfully did what was required of them. A happy atmosphere pervaded and rarely did the parents have to… Read More

“All that the Father giveth Me shall come to Me; him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out.” (John 6:37) “All,” not one, or two, or ten, or a million only, but “all.” And observe wherefore? They are the Father’s gift to Jesus, and therefore they must come. He said elsewhere, “that I should give eternal life to as many as Thou hast given Me” (John 17:2). Hence,… Read More

There were seen, in a Manchester street, a crowd of lads, who were engaged in a fight amongst themselves. All of a sudden, a man came striding out of one of the houses nearby and went right to the centre of the fight, hauled outjust one lad and took him to his house to deal with him, leaving the others to carry on with their quarrel. Why did this man do this?… Read More

While thinking about where to begin, my thoughts were directed to God who is the beginning of all things. The Bible tells us that “…He is before all things, and by Him all things consist.” (Colossians 1:17) God has no beginning and He will never have an end. He always was and He always will be. He is the first and the last. Only God can be both first and last. Adam… Read More

A young mother was on her death bed and realizing her end was not far away called her young son to her and addressed him as follows: “James, I want you to be known from now on as James the Third.” After his mother’s death, he kept her wish and was known by this name among his friends. Whether they inquired whether it was because he was of royal descent or for… Read More

“Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree.” (Galatians 3:13) Here Christ stands with all the curse of a broken law charged upon Him, as the sinner’s Surety; yea, as the curse itself. And consequently, as in the doing of this, He takes it from His people; they are redeemed from… Read More

This is a question which has faced many parents with young children, especially when at school. They may have been asked to draw a picture of some incident in the life of the Lord Jesus Christ, or to take part in a Nativity play. What answer do we give to our children and also to those [deceived men and women] who see no wrong in this? The deep reservations about pictures of… Read More

On one occasion Christmas Evans employed a man to sell his old horse for him at a horse fair. After a time he called to see what was happening, and found that the bargain was almost completed. “Is this your horse, Mr Evans?” said the purchaser. “Certainly it is,” he replied. “What is his age sir?” “Twenty-three years.” “But this man tells me he is only fifteen!” “He is certainly twenty-three, for… Read More

No doubt, you will have heard preachers mention, in their sermons, the sovereignty of God, and perhaps wondered what they mean. The term “sovereignty” tells us that God has a right to do as He will, and is answerable to none other. Whatever He does is for His own honour and glory, and for the good of His people. There are many examples in the Word of God, but just to take… Read More

The story is told of a minister who treated Christmas Evans most unkindly. Soon afterwards this minister was charged with a crime and taken to court. On the day of the trial Christmas Evans went aside in secret and pleased with God that his old foe might be upheld, and his name cleared. With what delight did he hear the news that he had been acquited. He was with a company of… Read More

missionary doctor was on his rounds in a remote African village, trying to relieve the suffering of many who were undernourished and ill in other ways. Whilst he was working there, he saw a man in the village with a large wound in his forehead, which was badly infected. He called the man over to him and said that his wound was serious and was in need of immediate treatment. No matter… Read More

A fisher, who stands upon the shore and plunges his net into the sea at large, is not so frantic as to think of catching all the fishes in the sea, though he casts the net indiscriminately. So when a Christian minister spreads the gospel net, he preaches to all that come within the sphere of his address; not with the expectation of catching all, but of catching as many as God… Read More

We live in a day of religious fancies. Ideal saints and theoretical Christians are found on every hand. “Rejoicing novices” abound; but “groaning veterans” are thinly strewn in these days of godless profession. To all the elect of God, but despised of men, a sympathizing Saviour says, “Ye are they that have continued with Me in all My temptations” (Luke 22:28). The seven times’ heated furnace and the surging flood, the scorching… Read More