Monthly Archives: March 2012
There is not a shred of biblical evidence whatsoever that Mary, the mother of the Lord Jesus, remained a perpetual virgin. Holy Scripture confirms very clearly that Mary was a virgin at the time of the conception of the Lord Jesus, but certainly, this was not a life-long condition. Matthew 1:25 is the clearest text which proves that Mary and Joseph did indeed have sexual relations after the birth of Christ, for… Read More
This is an audio sermon by Scott Richardson titled: “Lovest Thou Me?” The scripture text that brother Scott is preaching from is: John 1:7 and the audio is 39 minutes long.
This is an audio sermon by Scott Richardson titled “The Redeemer” The scripture text that brother Scott is preaching from is Revelation 5:5-7 and the audio is 30 minutes long.
The doctrine of Baptismal Regeneration is the blasphemous and most certainly damnable doctrine that holds that the person baptised is or can be regenerated in, by or through water baptism, much less, if possible, by infant sprinkling. The word of God never supports such a heresy instead we read marvelous verses showing clearly the truth of how God regenerates the sinner by his sovereign will. John 1:13 Which were born, not of… Read More
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2nd Corinthians 5:17) If any person is in Christ, not in religion, in a church, or in moral reformation, but in Christ, by faith in Christ, by a new birth wrought in the soul by the Spirit of God, in Christ through electing love, redeeming grace and a living… Read More
Some people use ‘the return of our Lord’ to promote fear in the hearts of their hearers, or to promote zeal and works among the indifferent, or to encourage the careless to faithfulness. But the coming of the Lord Jesus is like the return home of a beloved husband, father, or son who has been away; one who is dearly loved, who has never been forgotten for a moment; whose coming is… Read More
When a person believes and receives our Lord Jesus Christ, he is at that moment (in God’s sight) as if he had never sinned at all. I will go a step further than this! When we receive our Lord, we are in a much better position then if we had never sinned at all. For if we had never sinned, we would trust our own righteousness and we would be subject to… Read More
The question that comes up repeatedly is this: Who Is Antichrist? In this present study I would like to give you a fairly complete picture of who Antichrist really is. In Revelation 11:7 we read about the beast that comes out of the Bottomless Pit and since this beast needs no introduction we understand that this is Antichrist, who shall make war with the saints and shall overcome them. Let us begin… Read More
Within Genesis chapter 10 and 11 we find two parentheses that tie together in a few words the story of Nimrod and the Tower of Babel. This is interesting stuff, and this is what we shall look at in this study as we see the first manifestation in the Word of God of Antichrist. Two Parentheses (Genesis 10:1-12) Genesis 10:1 Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham,… Read More
“The LORD will give grace and glory.” (Psalm 84:11) Wherever the Lord gives grace, He in and with that grace gives glory. We,therefore, read, “Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called; and whom he called, them he also justified; and whom he justified, them healso glorified.” (Romans 8:30) Thus he has already made them, even while on earth, partakers of His glory; and this by making them partakers of His… Read More
John the Baptist, in Matthew 3:11, said that “I baptize with water, but He that is greater than I shall come after me and shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire.” And then we read that there’s only one baptism. By the Holy Spirit we are baptized into one body. And in Mark 16:16 we find that it says, “He that believes and is baptized shall be saved.” Does… Read More
2nd Kings 24:8 says that “Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when he began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem three months.”, but 2nd Chronicles 36:9 says that “Jehoiachin was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned three months and ten days in Jerusalem: and he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD.” How do we reconcile the two? The Bible, of course, doesn’t… Read More
The grand controversy between corrupt nature and the Almighty is, who shall have the glory of salvation, God or the creature. The pride of man says – “The glory of salvation is due to me, for I can save myself.” But Jehovah takes the glory of salvation to Himself, and says, “I will have all the glory thereof: for it is by My sovereign and efficacious grace that men are saved.” Thus… Read More
When I consider the absolute independency of God, and the necessary total dependence of all created things on Him, their first cause, I cannot help standing astonished at the pride of impotent, degenerate man, who is so prone to consider himself as a being possessed of sovereign freedom, and invested with a power of self-salvation, able, he imagines, to counteract the designs even of infinite wisdom, and to defeat the agency of… Read More
“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus…” (Romans 8:1) We here touch a vital and profound truth. Rich and accumulative as the passages are which offer their aid in its elucidation, we despair of conveying to other than a mind experimentally acquainted with the truth itself, anything like an adequate representation of the imposing magnitude and glory of the condition. To be in Christ may really… Read More
Take the doctrines of grace isolated from the Person of Christ; they are scattered limbs. There is no beauty in them alone. But view the truth of the Gospel in connection with the Person and work of the Son of God, what a heavenly light, what a divine glory is cast upon every truth connected with His sacred Person, atoning blood, finished work, and dying love! This is the way to receive… Read More
This is an audio sermon by Scott Richardson titled: “My Peace I Give Unto You” The scripture text that brother Scott is preaching from is John 14:27, and the audio is 49 minutes long.
This is an audio sermon by Scott Richardson titled: “We Are Called To Believe” The scripture text that brother Scott is preaching from is Romans 4:20-25 and the audio is 28 minutes long.
This is an audio sermon by Scott Richardson titled: “What is a Sinner?” The scripture text that brother Scott is preaching from is 1st Peter 3:18 and the audio is 47 minutes long.
This is an audio sermon by Scott Richardson titled: “The Cities of Refuge” The scripture text that brother Scott is preaching from is Numbers 35:9 and the audio is 44 minutes long.
This is an audio sermon by Scott Richardson titled: “The Dangers Our Souls Are In” The scripture text that brother Scott is preaching from is Matthew 10:27, and the audio is 40 minutes long.
Have you ever slipped on ice? Before you hit the ground, you know you are in for a painful fall, and there is not one thing you can do to prevent it. Have you ever felt like you slipped and fell into sin? It happens so quickly, and you could feel yourself falling? David said, “When I said, my foot slippeth: thy mercy O Lord, held me up” (Psalm 94:18). What a… Read More
We see so little true commitment, so much indifference, and so few dedicated people in today’s religious world that we may be prone to accept this attitude as normal. But it is not so! David wrote in Psalm 147:18, “He sendeth out His word and MELTETH THEM.” Paul wrote in Romans 8:6, “To be carnally minded is death; but to be SPIRITUALLY MINDED is life and peace.” If God is pleased to… Read More
To receive Christ as our Lord is to bow to HIS WILL. To walk with Christ is to walk with Him, “Who worketh all things after the counsel of HIS OWN WILL” (Ephesians 1:11). To plan my day is to say, “If the Lord WILL, we shall do this” (James 4:15). To pray is to ask anything according to HIS WILL. By Henry Mahan
Christ is not valued nor His grace appreciated until men have a genuine knowledge of their misery, helplessness, and lost condition because of sin. When sin is sin indeed, then grace is grace indeed, and Christ is Christ indeed. If men have a superficial sense of sin, they have a superficial faith in Christ. I introduced a sermon with an excellent question asked by a friend: “If a person is truly saved… Read More
I wonder, if when we preach to others or witness, does the love of God come through? I wonder if when we write of the glorious doctrines of God’s grace, does the love, compassion, and heart of God show forth, or harshness, vengeance, and judgment? I wonder, if in our preaching and witnessing, do those to whom we witness detect not only a belief in what we are saying, but a love… Read More
“For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin.” (Psalm 38:18) Let not these words stagger the faith of the believer in considering them as spoken by Christ. As the sinner’s Surety, He was truly made sin for His people, so the Scripture declares, yea, also a curse for them. Hence, in the eye of the law, Christ and His seed are one (Galatians 3:13; II Corinthians 5:21)…. Read More
Contending for the truth against the errors of modern religion is the duty of God’s servants. I hope our spirit is one of genuine love to all the chosen of God; but today’s rule of charity which requires us to keep silent on certain points in order to avoid controversy, I utterly despise. It is treason to the Lord Jesus to be silent on any point where He has spoken and the… Read More
“Forget injustices and neglect, but never forget a kindness, nor an act of love.” I saw this on a wall. The author, whoever he may be, touched my heart and caused me to pray, “Lord, oh help me to do just that!” Help me to actually, absolutely blot out of my mind all unpleasantries, every bad disagreement, and remember only the good times, the kind words, and the acts of love. Let… Read More
“That they all may be one; as thou Father, art in me, and I in Thee, that they also may be one in us.” (John 17:21) I know that there is a oneness between the Father and the Son in nature, essence, power, and purpose which transcends any kind of union among men. But our Lord prays that “all believers may be one; as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in… Read More
A local church is a body of brothers and sisters in Christ. We are one family. One life is ours, one love is ours, and one objective (to know more of and to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, and to be found in His righteousness) is ours. This is the comfort and strength of all, that we are all one with Christ in God’s sight. We cannot properly minister the Gospel of… Read More
To believe God is no small thing! It is the evidence of a heart reconciled unto God. It is the proof of our being weaned from our own works and deeds. It is a clear sign of the true conviction of sin; it is honoring to Christ, our only Redeemer; it is the essence of true worship; and it is the root of sincere obedience! The person who believes God in spite… Read More
Our Lord Jesus has given us freedom to come into the presence of God! Freedom as Priests of God to offer sacrifices of praise, thanksgiving, and worship. Freedom from fear of judgment or death. Do not allow anyone to entangle you with a system of works, duties, or deed in order to obtain favor with God. 1. God will not accept us because we do anything! We are “accepted in the beloved.”… Read More
This is an audio sermon by Scott Richardson titled: “Rejoice In The Lord” The scripture text that brother Scott is preaching from is Philippians 4:4, and the audio is 51 minutes long.
This is an audio sermon by Scott Richardson titled: “David’s Petition To The LORD” The scripture text that brother Scott is preaching from is Psalm 71, and the audio is 38 minutes long.
This is an audio sermon by Scott Richardson titled: “Enemies of God” The scripture text that brother Scott is preaching from is Genesis 1:27-28 and the audio is 43 minutes long.
This is an audio sermon by Scott Richardson titled: “Be Ye Followers of Me” The scripture text that brother Scott is preaching from is Philippians 3:17, and the audio is 32 minutes long.
This is an audio sermon by Scott Richardson titled: “What God Requires” The scripture text that brother Scott is preaching from is Matthew 3:13-15 and the audio is 49 minutes long.
This is an audio sermon by Scott Richardson titled: “The Struggle Within” The scripture text that brother Scott is preaching from is Romans 8:1 and the audio is 36 minutes long.
This is an audio sermon by Scott Richardson titled: “Of God Are Ye In Christ” The scripture text that brother Scott is preaching from is 1st Corinthians 1:25-31, and the audio is 49 minutes long.
This is an audio sermon by Scott Richardson titled: “The Second Person of The Godhead” The scripture text that brother Scott is preaching from is 1st Timothy 3:16 and the audio is 29 minutes long.
This is an audio sermon by Scott Richardson titled: “For They Are Thine” The scripture text that brother Scott is preaching from is John 17:9-10 and the audio is 48 minutes long.
“For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.” (Luke 14:11) —————————— This is a mystery that natural men do not understand, only those who have been touched first in regeneration by God (1 Corinthians 2:7-14). In the natural world the way up is up, but in the spiritual world the way up is down. “He that humbleth himself shall be exalted.” (Luke 14:11) In the… Read More
What a person believes that our Lord Jesus ACTUALLY ACCOMPLISHED at Calvary will determine (in that person’s mind) for whom Christ suffered and died! The Scriptures say, “He PUT AWAY SIN by the sacrifice of Himself,” (Hebrews 9:26). “By Himself HE PURGED our sins,” (Hebrews 1:3). “WE ARE SANCTIFIED through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ ONCE FOR ALL,” Hebrews 10:10. “The blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, CLEANSETH US… Read More
There is a question I would like to ask you. It is a most serious question, it is a telling question. Would you be courteous enough to answer? It is this: What is God’s justification for accepting you, and allowing you to be in His presence eternally? Here is the problem, the Eternal, Sovereign, Immutable God of heaven and earth will not allow sin to be in His presence. He will only… Read More
Abraham was a friend of God, chosen of God one to whom God revealed his will. When The Lord was going to Sodom to destroy it He revealed His purpose to Abraham: “And the Lord said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do; seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? For I KNOW HIM, that… Read More
This is an audio sermon by Scott Richardson titled: “Two Aspects of The Lamb” The scripture text that brother Scott is preaching from is Exodus 12:6-7, and the audio is 37 minutes long.
This is an audio sermon by Scott Richardson titled: “The Plague Upon Pharaoh” The scripture text that brother Scott is preaching from is Exodus 11:1, and the audio is 52 minutes long.
This is an audio sermon by Scott Richardson titled “For Whom Is Salvation Meant? – Part 1” The scripture text that brother Scott is preaching from is 1st Timothy 1:15 and the audio is 49 minutes long.
This is an audio sermon by Scott Richardson titled “For Whom Is Salvation Meant? – Part 2” The scripture text that brother Scott is preaching from is 1st Timothy 1:15 and the audio is 29 minutes long.
Who chose whom? When was this choice made? Why did God choose us? How did God choose us? Does the Bible teach election? That is an easy question to answer…Yes. The word “elect” or “election” is found 23 times in the New Testament alone. You cannot be honest with the Word of God and deny the Bible teaches it. Now, for a bigger question to consider: What does election mean? The word… Read More
To redeem poor sinners, Jesus came down from heaven, put on the rags of our mortality, agonized, bled, and died. Jesus is made His people’s substitute, burden-bearer, sin-remover, and 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… Read More
“Noah planted a vineyard: and he drank of the wine, and was drunk; and he was naked in his tent.” (Genesis 9:20-21) Some condition for Noah, the only righteous man, the preacher of righteousness, to be found in! BUT WHAT IS MAN? Look at him where you will, and you see only failure–in the garden of paradise, he fails; in the church, he fails; he fails everywhere and in all things. His… Read More
1 Corinthians 7:10 And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband: 1 Corinthians 7:11 But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife. 1 Corinthians 7:12 But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and… Read More
This is an audio message by Carl Haak titled: “The Return of The King” The scripture text that brother Carl is teaching from is Matthew 25:31, and the audio is 19 minutes long.
This is an audio message by Carl Haak titled: “The Daughters of Sarah” The scripture text that brother Carl is teaching from is 1st Peter 3:3-6, and the audio is 20 minutes long.
This is an audio message by Herman Hanko titled: “Bible Translations” The scripture text that brother Herman is teaching from is 2nd Timothy 3:16-17 and the audio is 77 minutes long.
This is an audio message by Carl Haak titled: “Total Depravity” The scripture text that brother Carl is teaching from is John 15:5, and the audio is 18 minutes long.
This is an audio message by Carl Haak titled: “Limited Atonement” The scripture text that brother Carl is teaching from is John 10:15, and the audio is 20 minutes long.
This is an audio message by Carl Haak titled: “Strengthen Each Other’s Hand In God” The scripture text that brother Carl is teaching from is 1st Samuel 23:16-18, and the audio is 16 minutes long.
This is an audio message by Carl Haak titled: “Jesus is my Saviour” The scripture text that brother Carl is teaching from is Matthew 1:21, and the audio is 22 minutes long.
This is an audio message by Carl Haak titled: “Freedom” The scripture text that brother Carl is teaching from is Romans 8:2, and the audio is 25 minutes long.
“Unto you therefore which believe, he is precious.” (1 Peter 2:7) 1. The Lord Jesus Christ is precious in His essence. (John 1:1) 2. His condescension was precious, for not only was a child born, but a son was given. (Isaiah 9:6) 3. The life of Christ was precious in thought, word, and deed and always the delight of His Father to behold. (Matthew 3:17) 4. Christ’s apprehension by wicked hands and… Read More
In Psalm 17:15 there is the following prayer: “As for me, I will behold Thy face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied when I awake with thy likeness.” David’s prayer there differs from the prayer that men of the world would make. David says, concerning those men, that their portion, their desire, that which they live for, is only in terms of the earthly, in terms of this present world. But, by… Read More
“And it was told king David, saying, The LORD hath blessed the house of Obededom, and all that pertaineth unto him, because of the ark of God. So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obededom into the city of David with gladness. And it was so, that when they that bare the ark of the LORD had gone six paces, he sacrificed oxen and fatlings.”… Read More
“And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.” (Luke 22:31-32) The renewed mind of a believer is soothed by these words of Christ, his Intercessor. Without these comforting words the believer would live in constant fear, knowing that Satan seeks to… Read More
“And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house.” (Luke 19:5) From all eternity the predestinating decree of God Almighty has and will cause the steps of all Christ’s sheep to cross paths with the Gospel. Christ had come to the place, that particular place, where divine mercy must… Read More
We cannot say too often that marriage is to be the picture of Christ and the church, meaning that we, as husbands and wives, must mirror God’s covenant bond with us in our marriages. We do not want our marriage to lie, to leave the wrong impression. But we want it to leave the correct impression of what it means that Christ loves the church. Jesus said, “Let your light so shine… Read More
“But I am poor and sorrowful: let thy salvation, O God, set me up on high. I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.” (Psalm 69:29-30) How do we magnify the God of our salvation? Do we do that with singing? Yes. That is why it is very important to sing, and always from the heart. Do we magnify God by telling others of… Read More
God intends marriage to be the picture of Christ and the church. God has created marriage to be a model, to be a mirror, of something that is dear to Him, of what He calls His covenant, a covenant that He has made in the blood of His dear Son with His people in Jesus Christ. As God loves His bride, the church of Jesus Christ, so a husband is to love… Read More
There are two foundational truths concerning marriage, two truths upon which marriage stands. We must sink the roots of our faith deep into these two truths. The first is that marriage is God’s doing. It is God’s institution. When you are married, God did that. God united you in a covenant of marriage — one man, one woman — until death. We learn from Genesis 2 that God made man, and God… Read More
The truth of marriage is urgent—urgent especially for us in this generation, where God’s works and God’s institutions are held in contempt by the world of unbelief, and in which God calls us as the disciples of Jesus Christ to hear and to receive His living Word. We see from Genesis 2 that marriage is God’s doing. That is, it is God’s institution. It is God’s institution because, first of all, it… Read More
The truth of marriage is always urgent. Always the truth of marriage needs to be preached and taught. There has never been a generation that held marriage highly enough. There has never been a generation that honored marriage as the holy institution of God. How much more is that the case with our present generation? There is a deep chasm between the biblical truth of marriage and the world’s view of marriage…. Read More
How do Christian married people treat each other in their marriage? What is the rule of conduct for them? Do they judge how they shall behave toward their spouse on the basis of how their spouse behaves toward them? Do they say, “Well, if that’s the way he is, I’ll be this way”? Or, “Well, when she does this, then I’ll think about showing some consideration”? No! The Bible says that that… Read More
Do you possess the assurance of salvation? Does that assurance grow to be a firm foundation for your entire life? If you do not have the assurance of personal salvation in Jesus Christ, why not? Is it because you, as a child of God, are slothful? Have you fallen into an inconsistent, sinful walk of life? Can you testify today to your own heart’s satisfaction of the safety of your souls now… Read More
God has given to us the Scriptures in their entirety to set before us our duty in all of its vast character. For this reason Jesus said in Matthew 4:4, “Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceedeth from the mouth of God.” Yet, God has also given in the Scriptures some very brief, penetrating exhortations which sum our entire life and duty as believers; statements which… Read More
Do you have the habit of private, regular prayer? I am not asking if your prayers are perfect, whether or not at times you are negligent. But I am asking this: Do you have regular times each day for private, personal prayer? I know that you have habits – habits of sleeping, eating, personal hygiene, the time that you go to work, take your shower, shave. Do you have regular, set, planned… Read More
“Grace reigns through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 5:21) The grace that saves the sinner is not mere pity and sentiment such as we find in the creature. The grace that saves sinners is established on the principles of an honoured law and a satisfied justice (Romans 3:23-26). Grace does not ignore the law nor set aside its requirements. No! It establishes the law (Romans 3:31). Grace… Read More
The subject which we will consider today is the single, most important truth of God for you to know. Absolutely everything else in your life and every other possible concern you might have today fades into insignificance before this subject. The subject will speak of the only possibility for your soul to stand before God. It will answer the most basic question of human life. There is but one basic question that… Read More
The title of this article, as you find it above, refers to the suffering of the anointed Son of God upon the cross for the sins of God’s elect, so that they should not perish but have everlasting life. Children, the word “passion” means suffering. The word “suffering,” as we use it now, does not refer to the suffering inflicted upon Jesus by the hand of men, a suffering then that He… Read More
When we look into the Word of God concerning thankfulness, then a great deal of soberness has to enter into our hearts. Soberness because, looking into the Word of God, we discover how little we know about thanksgiving and how little we express gratitude to God. Looking over this past year, which is crowned with His faithfulness and love and goodness, we can blush over how little we prayed and thanked Him…. Read More
That God would do good and show mercy unto rebel and vile sinners is the wonder on which the saints are going to muse throughout all eternity. God has shown mercy unto sinners, sinners which were chosen by His mercy, sinners who believe through the power of His mercy. God has shown mercy unto sinners. The faithful preaching of the gospel always has in it this note, a note of wonder and… Read More
For someone to say to us, “But I will remember you,” conveys that we are held in the heart of love in that person. What a wonderful thing it is for a mother to say when a daughter is going forth onto the sea of life and is going to confront many difficulties and trials, “But I will remember you in my prayers.” What a wonderful thing for a boy or young… Read More
The truth of the Bible that we declare in this article today is found in the prophecy of Jeremiah 50:20. There we read these words of the living God: “In those days, and in that time, saith the LORD, the iniquity of Israel shall be sought for, and there shall be none; and the sins of Judah, and they shall not be found: for I will pardon them whom I reserve.” God… Read More
Most, if not all of you, who are reading this article have had the opportunity of gaining some acquaintance with the Old and New Testament Scriptures. More, you have probably had the opportunity of hearing the gospel preached to you, the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ. You have books, perhaps, at home which expound and apply the gospel of Jesus Christ. But now, if I were to ask you to… Read More
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) This is perhaps the most oft-quoted, and least understood verse in the Bible. This verse is used by many to teach that God loves all men the same, has provided salvation for all men the same, and it is up to man to do something… Read More
Our message today is taken from the Word of God in Matthew 6:6: “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.” Prayer is both the greatest blessing that God has given to us and also the most difficult spiritual activity that God has called us… Read More
What is the mark of a genuine faith and conversion? One of the most important marks of a genuine faith and conversion in Jesus Christ will be prayer, that you practice prayer in your life. The Christian life is a life of prayer. Prayer is communion with God. Prayer stands at the core of a genuine Christian life. Prayer is the breath of a Christian life. It is not a luxury. It… Read More
Today I speak to you on the truth of Providence. Providence is the biblical doctrine of God’s care for the world He made, and God’s directing the world and everything that is in it after His eternal plan to attain the end that He determined. Providence is God’s actual bringing about in the world what He has willed. We read in Ephesians 1:9, “Having made known unto us the mystery of his… Read More
What is heaven? In this article we are going to give the biblical answer to that important question. Those who are familiar with Old Testament Scriptures will remember the story of the visit of the queen of Sheba with Solomon. The queen of Sheba had heard of Solomon’s greatness and glory and wisdom. Her subjects had tried to give her an idea of what it was like. They spoke vividly and strongly… Read More
Where is your citizenship? No, I am not asking if you are a naturalized citizen of this country. I am not asking if you are African, French, German. According to the Bible, there are only two citizenships: that of the world, and that of heaven; the kingdom of darkness, and the kingdom of light. In which of these do you hold citizenship? To which one of these do you belong? If you… Read More
I know of no other text in the Bible that so clearly and pointedly focuses on the heart of what true religion is and on the heart of what a Christian is than the one that we find in 2 Corinthians 5:17 and 18, “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” Let us place ourselves beside that… Read More
Do you love Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and as the Lord of your life? Consider my question carefully. Do you love the person Jesus Christ as your Saviour and Lord? I did not ask you, Do you love His Word, His truth, His church, His people? Yes, all of these things are important, for in His Word He reveals Himself. In the truth He teaches us. In the church He lives…. Read More
Until two or three hundred years ago, virtually everyone claiming to belong to the church believed that the Scripture is the Word of God. True, the Roman Catholic Church, denying that the Bible could be understood by common people, insisted that it should not be given them in their own language. But even then, it never questioned that Scripture was the Word of God. Only in recent centuries has the Bible come… Read More
“Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the Lord.” (Leviticus 19:28) “They shall not make baldness upon their head, neither shall they shave off the corner of their beard, nor make any cuttings in their flesh.” (Leviticus 21:5) The question which accompanied these texts reads: “Recently I was asked if it was OK for believers to have themselves tattooed…. Read More
Because justification is by grace alone through faith alone, there is peace with God (Romans 5:1). This is not just peace, but wonderful peace with God. Between God and us there is fundamental agreement and subsequent good will. This peace is not something I will have or might have, but it is something I have now. The present possession of this blessed peace is experienced in the way of remembering that we… Read More
What is justification? Herman Hoeksema defined it as an act of the grace of God, whereby He imputes, puts on the legal account of one who is guilty and condemned but elect His perfect righteousness in Christ, acquitting him of all his guilt and punishment on the grounds of the merit of Christ’s work, and giving to this sinner the right to eternal life. Justification is a part of salvation from sin… Read More
Can you conceive of a more sobering truth than hell? The Bible teaches that hell is everlasting torment of body and soul in the lake of fire which is prepared for the devil and all who do not repent. There are many who say that the judgment of hell, of everlasting penalty for sin, is so enormous, so horrible a thought, that they could not conceive of a God who is capable… Read More
Let us begin today with a question: Have you ever wanted God to speak to you? In a moment of desperation or heavy discouragement, have you ever said, “O Lord, if only You would speak to me; if only I could hear Your voice; if only You would talk to me and not be silent”? It may have been when cancer was found in your body. Or when your child’s health was… Read More
All believers have an unashamed conviction that the Word of God is the power to work faith and holiness. There are many so called Christian churches and many Christian organizations which no longer make that unashamed confession. There are some who deny the inspiration and the authority of the Bible; they do not believe that the Bible is, word for word, the Word of God without error. They point to supposed errors… Read More
Today I would like to talk to you about work, about your job. The Bible has a lot to say about work. Work, for the child of God, is not simply a necessary evil, but a calling from God. We read in 1 Corinthians 7:24: “let every man abide in the calling wherewith he is called.” That means that God is pleased to provide for us and support us through the work… Read More
“The wisdom that is from above.” (James 3:17) You can be sure that when our attitudes and words create strife, confusion and division, it is not the wisdom of God. Where wise men and women worship, there is love, peace and unity. The wisdom which is from God is PURE! When the heart entertains pure and good thoughts of others, the mouth speaks accordingly. It is PEACEABLE. “If it be possible, as… Read More
Every year the church of Jesus Christ celebrates a great work of Jesus performed in her behalf. Perhaps you missed it. It is what we call the ascension of Jesus Christ into heaven. Apart from faith in God, perhaps one would judge the ascension of Jesus Christ into heaven as a very sad event. The Bible teaches us that forty days after He arose from the dead, Jesus Christ, in the presence… Read More
Is there life after death? Is this life all that there is? Is the grave simply the end? The Word of God gives the clear and truthful answer to those questions. “For it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” (Hebrews 9:27) “Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.” (Ecclesiastes 12:7) Anyone who… Read More
1. Outward form is preaching, prayer, and doing! Inward worship is love, reverence and faith. 2. Outward form is a duty sometime! Worship is an attitude all the time. 3. Outward form can be counterfeited. True worship can never be counterfeited. 4. Outward form speaks of the Redeemer’s power! Worship rejoices in the Redeemer’s person. 5. Outward form serves God. Worship walks and talks with God. 6. Outward form is imitation. Worship… Read More
Today I would like to talk to you about the faithful friend, the friend who sticks closer than any brother. The Scriptures speak much to us about friendship. The subject of friendship is given a high priority in the Bible. We are warned, for instance, of the evil of friendships with the world (James 4:4). He who will be the friend of the world is the enemy of God. Further, the Bible… Read More
“Forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before.” (Philippians 3:13) 1. Forgetting my days of rebellion and unbelief is best for me, and everyone else! People sometimes want to erect “monuments to the meanness”. If we must recall the past, let it be with shame, not levity. 2. Forgetting my profession in false religion! And my attempts to produce a righteousness before God. 3. Forgetting… Read More
The highest blessing that the Bible presents to us is that we might have communion with God, that we sinners are received through Jesus Christ into God’s fellowship. That is the highest blessing that the Bible knows. We read in 1 John 1:3, “And truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.” Yet, how dull our appreciation of this great and wonderful truth can be, and how… Read More