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Monthly Archives: October 2011

Labour unions exist in the workplace because it is the labour unions which are trying to get better working conditions or a better salary for the employees for the company. That is called collective bargaining. But the problem for the believer, if they become a member of the labour union is when the labour union finally decides that they cannot come to an agreement with the company and they decide to strike…. Read More

“Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.” (Jude 1:9) In this verse Jude refers us to something that was obviously a matter of common knowledge in the early church. In our day, that which Jude refers to here has become a matter of great debate and confusion because men… Read More

“But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace.” (1 Corinthians 7:15) We have to read this verse very carefully. First of all we know that God has already established very clearly that there cannot be divorce. And if there is divorce there cannot be remarriage. “What therefore God hath joined together, let not… Read More

“Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?” (Psalm 139:21) Ah, the spirit of the age is a deadly spirit. A man may now almost profess anything so long as he is sincere; and so long as his conduct is moderately straight, nothing must be said, nothing. O may we care for God’s honour more than for anything… Read More

When the solemn and blessed subject of Divine foreordination is expounded, when God’s eternal choice of certain ones to be conformed to the image of His Son is set forth, the Enemy sends along some man to argue that election is based upon the foreknowledge of God, and this “foreknowledge” is interpreted to mean that God foresaw certain ones would be more pliable than others, that they would respond more readily to… Read More

“If Christ died for the whole human race, the damned in hell might get up and say the same, ‘He gave Himself for me, and yet I am damned. So what’s the use of Paul making so much fuss about that? He gave Himself for me, but that has not kept me out of hell. So something else must have saved Paul and he does not know it.’ But no. Christ died… Read More

“So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God.” (Romans 7:25) ——————– It is known by sad experience, to all that love the Almighty, that the carnal mind is enmity against God. And it is the application of the law that discovers this; for the law working wrath in the soul, and ministering nothing but death to it, stirs up this enmity; this Paul calls the reviving of sin… Read More

1 Corinthians 3:21 Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours; 1 Corinthians 3:22 Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours; 1 Corinthians 3:23 And ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s. And “the world,” is that ours too? What! the world? May a child of God stand upon London Bridge and… Read More

It is a very significant circumstance, and no less sad than significant, that the very words “holy” and “holiness” seem almost lost out of the churches of truth. If the correctness of this assertion be doubted, let us appeal to our readers’ own experience, and ask them how often in the course of a year do they hear the words in the mouth of the ministers of truth under whom they usually… Read More

It has been falsely and unkindly stated that the [so-called by the religious world] “High Calvinists” had little or no concern for their fellow-men around them. No one showed deeper concern for the suffering masses than William Gadsby – so that he was greatly admired and even loved by those who did not believe his doctrines. Is there any minister who has Gadsby’s influence today? It may seem strange that it was… Read More

“There is a difference between you living in sin, and sin living in you. Sin lives in a child of God, and plagues and harasses him continually, but he does not live in it. He hates it and abhors it.” (William Gadsby – The Resurrection)

“For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell.” (Colossians 1:19) “For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.” (Colossians 2:9) —————————— What can be more suitable for such poor, empty creatures as you and I than One who is fullness itself? I shall briefly take these words up. I. As it respects his Godhead. II. As God-man. III. That His fullness is for the poor… Read More

Paul, the great apostle of the Gentiles, and not a whit behind the chiefest of the apostles, in whom the grace of God was abundant with faith and love that is in Christ Jesus, declares that he was not sufficient of himself to think anything as of himself, but that his sufficiency was of God; and it is one grand and evident mark of real grace to keep us self-emptied; yes, it… Read More

A Letter by John Rusk __________________________________ Dear Friend, Grace, mercy, and peace be with thee. I received yours, dated July 1st, and have now sat down in order to answer it. Were I to consider my fitness, I should not put pen to paper. Paul, the great apostle of the Gentiles, and not a whit behind the chiefest of the apostles, in whom the grace of God was abundant with faith and… Read More

“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting: and let all the people say, Amen. Hallelujah!” (Psalm 106:48) Is it possible, beloved, that we can begin the first Sabbath of the new year with any language more cheering, gratifying and comforting to our souls, or glorifying to God, than this? If we were to take review of the year – let me say years – that are past, and… Read More

Christ came to take away our sins, to roll off our curse, to unbind our chains, to open our prison house, to cancel our debt; in a word, to give us the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. Is not this joy? Where can we find a joy so real, so deep, so pure, so lasting? There is every element of joy; deep, ecstatic,… Read More

It does appear that most teachers think there should be a distinction made between the sheep and goats, but does it not appear that the greatest part of preachers, in this day, are attempting to give to the goats what belongs to the sheep, and to the sheep what belongs to the goats? For when on the one hand they address the unconverted, they tell them that it is their duty to… Read More

“Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.” (1 Peter 2:24) Did Christ in bearing our sins become sinful himself? God forbid! He died “THE JUST” for the unjust, I Peter 3:18. 2 Corinthians 5:21 declares “He was made sin,” it does not say he was made a sinner or… 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

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled: “Not of this World” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is John 17:12-16 and the audio is 39 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled: “Living Godly” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is 2 Timothy 3:12 and the audio is 54 minutes long.

Today, and it has happened in the past as well, “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… Read More

“Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.” (Jude 1:9) In this verse Jude refers us to something that was obviously a matter of common knowledge in the early church. In our day, that which Jude refers to here has become a matter of great debate and confusion because men… Read More

“And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived..” (Numbers 21:9) —————————— Behold God’s method – simple, yet mighty; one only, yet sufficient for each case. The prince, the poor, must seek the selfsame remedy. The mightiest intellect – the most expanded mind – the most… Read More

“Those He predestined, He also called; and those He called, He also justified; and those He justified, He also glorified.” (Romans 8:30) —————————— The justified sinner stands the closest to God of any created being in the universe. Nearer to the throne of the Eternal, he cannot stand. What marvelous love! Who will dare assert that salvation is not, from first to last of free, sovereign grace? Let your eye pierce the… Read More

Before we speak something in person or on the telephone or write something about someone, let us ask three questions: 1) Is it true? 2) Is it necessary to mention it? 3) Is it helpful? Then we will not be backbiters, slanderers or malicious or idle gossips. “Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.” (Psalm 141:3) By Martyn McGeown

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled: “Praying For His Own” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is John 17:9-12 and the audio is 39 minutes long.

“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… 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… 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

This is an audio sermon by Alfred J. Chompff titled: “The Penalty For Sin” The scripture text that brother Alfred is preaching from is Revelation 14:9-11, and the audio is 48 minutes long.

“If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness.” (Matthew 6:23) Christ has before him a man destitute of the life of regeneration. There is natural light in this man, for he sees rationally. He is, therefore, enlightened. The seed of the Word fell also in his heart. He may even have received the Word with joy. That which may be known of God in the… Read More

“It is God that worketh in us both to will and to do of His good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:13) So I have found by soul experience, that when the LORD has gone before me, I could follow; and when He has held me up, I could stand; when He has given me faith, I could believe; when He bears witness with my spirit that I am His, I can say, “Abba, Father;”… Read More

“And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived..” (Numbers 21:9) Behold God’s method – simple, yet mighty; one only, yet sufficient for each case. The prince, the poor, must seek the selfsame remedy. The mightiest intellect – the most expanded mind – the most inventive… Read More

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled: “Converted as Little Children” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Matthew 18:3, and the audio is 45 minutes long.

The Glory of God (John 17:1-5, John 1:14, Psalm 19:1-3, Romans 1:18-20) John 17:1 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: John 17:2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. John 17:3 And this is… Read More

John 10:1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. John 10:2 But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. John 10:3 To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them… Read More

O believer, think of thy privileges and of thy security. Thou art not under the tyranny of a carnal priesthood, whose assumed office is yielded up tomorrow with their breath, but under the ever-living priesthood in Melchisedec’s similitude, which secures to thee life everlasting in thy living covenant Head, independent of all interference or assistance from the carnal priesthood. “Now, of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We… Read More

There was, in the nature of salvation an accomplishment of victories that none but Jesus could perform and therefore, it was written concerning Him that He was to spoil, and did spoil, principalities and powers, and to make a show of them openly. He was to bruise the old serpent’s head, and He did it effectually; and he will never forget the bruise. He was to conquer and vanquish, and destroy death,… Read More

“Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant and was made in the likeness of men.” (Philippians 2:6-7) The humanity of our blessed Lord was actual flesh and blood from the moment of its conception, a perfect human body, to which was united a perfect human soul ~ both… 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

This Book is the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers. Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding; its histories are true, and its decisions are immutable. Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, practice it to be holy. It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you. It… Read More

Because God is holy, acceptance with Him on the ground of creature-doings is utterly impossible. A fallen creature could sooner create a world than produce that which would meet the approval of infinite Purity. Can darkness dwell with Light? Can the Immaculate One take pleasure with “filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6)? The best that sinful man brings forth is defiled. A corrupt tree cannot bear good fruit. God would deny Himself, vilify His… 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

To redeem poor sinners, Jesus came down from heaven, put on the rags of our mortality, agonized, bled, died. Jesus is made His people’s substitute, burden-bearer, sin-remover, guilt-sustainer. Their debt is placed to His account. His riches pay the full amount. Sin is removed from the sinner, and placed on the Sinless! Their curse is rolled on Him, and He endures it, until no more remains! God deals with Jesus as the… 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

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 Lord Jesus Christ “hath done great things for us, whereof we are glad” (Psalm 126:3). And what has He done? In the first place, beloved, let us direct our attention to His covenant engagements. My mind feels solemnly awed as I reflect upon the subject before we enter upon it. The covenant engagement of the immortal Word! Never was such an engagement entered upon before. What was it? Christ engaged in… Read More

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Pressing Toward the Mark” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Philippians 3:13 and the audio is 45 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Alfred J. Chompff titled: “I Have Glorified Thee” The scripture text that brother Alfred is preaching from is John 17:4, and the audio is 44 minutes long.

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

The Glory of God (John 17:1-5, John 1:14, Psalm 19:1-3, Romans 1:18-20) John 17:1 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: John 17:2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. John 17:3 And this is… Read More

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Prayer For Disciples” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is John 17:6-8 and the audio is 46 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled: “The First Commandment” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Mark 12:28-31 and the audio is 53 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “The Second Commandment” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Mark 12:29-31 and the audio is 54 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Victory Over Death” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Isaiah 25:6-8 and the audio is 53 minutes long.

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

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

This is an audio sermon by Alfred J. Chompff titled: “The Adversary” The scripture text that brother Alfred is preaching from is Isaiah 27:1, and the audio is 53 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Alfred J. Chompff titled: “The Penalty For Sin” The scripture text that brother Alfred is preaching from is Revelation 14:9-11, and the audio is 48 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Rodney Kleyn titled: “The Commandment Against Slander and Back Biting” The scriptures that brother Rodney is preaching from are James 3; Romans 3:9-18 and Leviticus 19:16, and the audio is 47 minutes long.

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

My hearers, salvation is in and by Christ alone! Dependence must be nowhere else! It is wholly in Him–it will not do to depend partly on Christ and partly on our own works! O! No. He is the one only, Saviour; and He is also our dependence–see Zechariah 2:5, “For I, saith the Lord, will be unto her a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midst… Read More

“For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of One shall many be made righteous.” (Romans 5:19) That is, as all in Adam were made sinners, so all in Christ are made righteous. “As in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” (1 Cornthians 15:22) Who are made alive? All in Christ! That 15th chapter of 1 Corinthians is a marvelous… Read More

Before we speak something in person or on the telephone or write something about someone, let us ask three questions: 1) Is it true? 2) Is it necessary to mention it? 3) Is it helpful? Then we will not be backbiters, slanderers or malicious or idle gossips. “Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.” (Psalm 141:3) By Martyn McGeown

“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

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “A Feast From The Lord” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Isaiah 25:6-8 and the audio is 51 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Treasure in Heaven” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Matthew 6:19-21 and the audio is 49 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon titled: “The Church – What is it?” The scripture text is from Ephesians 5:25-27 and the audio is 73 minutes long.