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Monthly Archives: April 2012

This is an audio sermon by Scott Richardson titled: “Jesus – The Bread of Life” The scripture text that brother Scott is preaching from is John 6:32, and the audio is 58 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Scott Richardson titled: “Come To Him” The scripture text that brother Scott is preaching from is John 6:35-40 and the audio is 81 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Scott Richardson titled: “The LORD Is My Shepherd” The scripture text that brother Scott is preaching from is Psalm 23:1-5 and the audio is 45 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Scott Richardson titled: “Charity” The scripture text that brother Scott is preaching from is 1st Corinthians 13:1-8 and the audio is 50 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Scott Richardson titled: “Blessed Are Those That Die In The Lord” The scripture text that brother Scott is preaching from is John 17:24 and the audio is 54 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Scott Richardson titled: “Christ – Our Example” The scripture text that brother Scott is preaching from is 1st Peter 2:21 and the audio is 38 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Scott Richardson titled: “The Transfiguration of The Lord” The scripture text that brother Scott is preaching from is Matthew 17:1 and the audio is 53 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Scott Richardson titled: “That Your Joy May Be Full” The scripture text that brother Scott is preaching from is 1st John 1:4 and the audio is 32 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Scott Richardson titled: “The Good Fight of Faith” The scripture text that brother Scott is preaching from is 1st Timothy 6:5 and the audio is 55 minutes long.

“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21) Our only hope of salvation is the Lord Jesus Christ. Salvation is in Christ alone, in Christ completely, and in Christ only. In fact, He is God’s salvation (Luke 2:30). You cannot be saved without Him; and you cannot be saved if you try to mix your… Read More

We rejoice in Christ Jesus and His accomplished work of redemption. By His substitutionary death, He finished the work the Father gave Him: secured the forgiveness of His people, made an end of our sins, made reconciliation for our iniquities and brought in everlasting righteousness (Daniel 9:24). Christ did not try to save sinners by His death; He did not die with the hope that somebody might add their faith to His… Read More

If God treated you the same as you treat others, what would your condition be? If God forgave you in the same measure of your forgiveness of others, would all your sins be gone? If God accepted you the same as you accept others, would you be accepted before His throne? If God judged you by the same standard as you judge others, would you be justified? By Donald Bell

There is no doubt in my mind that the majority of you when first seeing this question, immediately answered yes. Here is another question; “what does a Christian believe”? They all believe the same fundamental truths don’t they, “They shall all be taught of God” (John 6:44-45)? There is one book (the Bible), One God, One Saviour, One Way, One Faith, so Christians agree on ALL these blessed truths. The Scriptures are… Read More

Did the Israelites feed on the sacrifice when it was slain? So do we, spiritually, on Christ. Believers are united to Him in one Spirit, and partake of the benefits of His death, through which they live a spiritual life of grace on earth, and shall live a life of glory in heaven. This subject plainly points out the great end which our Lord had in view, in suffering and dying for… Read More

If there is one great battering ram to pride it is this, who makes you to differ from another? Is there anything that you have that you did not receive? Do you have faith? Have you a new heart, a new nature? Do you have a heart that loves God, that bows and submits to and feels its need of Christ? A heart that loves the brethren? If you received these graces,… Read More

This is an audio sermon by Scott Richardson titled: “Believe on the Name of The Son of God” The scripture text that brother Scott is preaching from is John 1:5-13, and the audio is 31 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Scott Richardson titled: “Christ – The Light of The World” The scripture text that brother Scott is preaching from is John 8:12 and the audio is 52 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Scott Richardson titled: “The Magnitude of Adam’s Sin” The scripture text that brother Scott is preaching from is Genesis 3:7-21, and the audio is 38 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Scott Richardson titled: “The Twelve Apostles Sent Forth To Preach” The scripture text that brother Scott is preaching from is Matthew 10:5 and the audio is 39 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Scott Richardson titled: “Not of Works of Righteousness” The scripture text that brother Scott is preaching from is Titus 1:2 and the audio is 49 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Scott Richardson titled: “This is a Faithful Saying” The scripture text that brother Scott is preaching from is Titus 3:8 and the audio is 30 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Scott Richardson titled: “Hearing With The Heart” The scripture text that brother Scott is preaching from is John 5:24 and the audio is 43 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Scott Richardson titled: “A Man Named Philip” The scripture text that brother Scott is preaching from is John 1:34-43 and the audio is 28 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Scott Richardson titled: “Jarius’ Daughter Restored Unto Life” The scripture text that brother Scott is preaching from is Mark 5:35 and the audio is 31 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Scott Richardson titled: “There is None Righteous” The scripture text that brother Scott is preaching from is Romans 3:10 and the audio is 44 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Scott Richardson titled: “God Speaks Through The Word” The scripture text that brother Scott is preaching from is Hebrews 12:12 and the audio is 48 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Scott Richardson titled: “Our Great Saviour” The scripture text that brother Scott is preaching from is Song of Solomon 5:9 and the audio is 36 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Scott Richardson titled: “Reckon Yourselves To Be Dead To Sin” The scripture text that brother Scott is preaching from is Romans 6:11-12 and the audio is 56 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Scott Richardson titled: “The Second Creation – Part 1” The scripture text that brother Scott is preaching from is Genesis 1:1-5, and the audio is 52 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Scott Richardson titled: “The Second Creation – Part 2” The scripture text that brother Scott is preaching from is Genesis 1:1-5, and the audio is 45 minutes long.

“He who… preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached” (2 Corinthians 11:4) The Jesus of Free-Willism, unlike the Jesus of gospel preachers, does not possess the love of God. Preachers of Free-Willism assert God loves everyone in exactly the same way. They therefore indiscriminately tell their hearers what no gospel preacher in Scriptures ever said: “Smile, God loves you.” And they preach what no gospel preacher in Scriptures every preached: “God… Read More

“Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you — unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried,… Read More

Here is a word from God that should brighten the day for you – “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is everyone that hangeth on a tree.” (Galatians 3:13). When the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, hung upon the cross, he was made to be a curse, an object of Divine wrath and Judgment, so… Read More

“Put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 13:14) What does it mean to put on the Lord Jesus? It doesn’t mean that we can put Him on, and take him off as putting on and taking off clothes. It means that we are to arm ourselves, arm our minds with Christ. We are to arm our minds with the whole person of Christ, as God and sinless humanity. Arm our minds… Read More

Fathers, see that you pay more attention to the souls of your children than to their bodies. We do not mean that the body is to be neglected; but the soul must be considered as the superior part, and the body merely as its servant. Many fathers are extremely attentive to the bodies of their children, their health, their beauty, etc. but seem entirely to forget that they have a soul. If… Read More

The Wise Man (Ecclesiastes 8:1-7, Romans 9:16, Jeremiah 6:14, Jeremiah 8:11, Genesis 22:17-18) strong>”Be not hasty to go out of his sight: stand not in an evil thing; for he doeth whatsoever pleaseth him.” (Ecclesiastes 8:3) If we have to discuss the negative side of “not standing in the evil thing”, then it stands to reason that we must also discuss the positive side “The good thing in which we have to… Read More

Hezekiah removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut down the groves, and brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had made: for in those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it. he called it, “A PIECE OF BRASS”. (2 Kings 18:4) I am confident that the religious, superstitious Israelites were horrified when King Hezekiah destroyed their sacred symbol (which they worshipped – the serpent of… Read More

There are two vital things the Holy Spirit reveals to all whom He brings to faith in Christ Jesus. 1. He will reveal our NEED OF CHRIST! “I need Thee, precious Jesus, for I am full of sin, My soul is dark and gloomy, My heart is dead within; I need the cleansing fountain, where I can always flee, The blood of Christ most precious, The Sinner’s perfect plea.” 2. He will… Read More

Here is the testimony of an elderly believer, whose age had begun to take its toll on her memory. She had once known much of the Bible by heart. Eventually, only one precious bit stayed with her, “I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day.” By and by part of that slipped its hold, and… Read More

Many years ago a young man delivered a sermon in a Welsh chapel. After he finished the sermon, he remarked to an old gentlemen, “What did you think of my sermon? My friend, it took me a long time to prepare it.” “I’m sure that it did,” said the old man, “but it was still a poor sermon.” “Was my delivery poor, or were my illustrations poorly applied?” “Oh no,” said the… Read More

“But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.” (I Corinthians 1:30) According to the Scriptures, those who are in Christ Jesus our Lord by divine election, certainly have no reason to boast nor to brag. It is not because of any merit or righteousness found in them, but simply by His sovereign choice, “but of Him are ye… Read More

“He who… preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached” (2 Corinthians 11:4) The Jesus of Free-Willism, unlike the Jesus of gospel preachers, does not possess the love of God. Preachers of Free-Willism assert God loves everyone in exactly the same way. They therefore indiscriminately tell their hearers what no gospel preacher in Scriptures ever said: “Smile, God loves you.” And they preach what no gospel preacher in Scriptures every preached: “God… Read More

Does your preacher often address men and women with this statement: “won’t you let God do this or that?” It doesn’t sound very God-like does it? There is a tract I have seen called “God’s Simple Plan of Salvation.” On the backside of that little tract were the words, “Please! Let God save you this very moment!” I cannot understand how anyone who has given any serious time and attention to the… Read More

God, in Christ, chose a great host of Adam’s race to salvation before the foundation of the world. He did this according to the good pleasure of His own will and for His own glory (Ephesians 1:4-6). Those whom God before had chosen had no merit – nothing to commend themselves to God, but were dead in trespasses and sins (II Timothy 2:9, Ephesians 2:1). Jesus Christ came in the flesh; joined… Read More

Here are some terms I constantly use in preaching the gospel. They are terms by which the works of God’s grace are presented to us in Holy Scripture, either verbally or by unmistakable examples or illustrations. They are Bible words, words that every confessing believer ought to know. Did you know they were in the Bible? Election – Predestination – Redemption – Regeneration – Providence Election Election is God’s sovereign, eternal choice… Read More

Modern day religion makes the eternal God a pathetic failure! Preachers everywhere tell us that God is trying to save multitudes who are not saved. They tell us that God wants to do many things for us and with us that we will not let Him do. We are told that Christ died for all the people of the world in an attempt to redeem and save all men; but that all… Read More

Here is a word from God that should brighten the day for you – “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is everyone that hangeth on a tree.” (Galatians 3:13). When the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, hung upon the cross, he was made to be a curse, an object of Divine wrath and Judgment, so… Read More

“Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you — unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried,… Read More

I’m truly sorry for people who are being lied to by preachers who compromise the truth of God, speak smooth things, brag on the flesh, make God a doddering old grandfather and the Lord Jesus Christ a failing, fumbling, faltering pretender who sure does wish that everybody liked Him. Here is where we are today. A true preacher can tell the people who God is, and that the Lord Jesus Christ is… Read More

“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 natural… 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

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

This is an audio sermon by Scott Richardson titled: “The LORD Reigneth” The scripture text that brother Scott is preaching from is Psalm 97:1, and the audio is 48 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Scott Richardson titled: “Let Not Your Hearts Be Troubled” The scripture text that brother Scott is preaching from is John 14:1, and the audio is 60 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Scott Richardson titled: “The Risen Lord” The scripture text that brother Scott is preaching from is Matthew 28:1-20 and the audio is 52 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Scott Richardson titled: “Is There Anything Too Hard For God?” The scripture text that brother Scott is preaching from is Jeremiah 32:26-27 and the audio is 46 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Scott Richardson titled: “I Am The Son of God” The scripture text that brother Scott is preaching from is Matthew 27:38-43, and the audio is 36 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Scott Richardson titled: “Jacob Was Left Alone” The scripture text that brother Scott is preaching from is Genesis 32:24 and the audio is 50 minutes long.

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 the false accusations against His impeccable character was even precious in… 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… 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… 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)…. Read More

“Come let us reason together, saith the Lord.” (Isaiah 1:18) Most men and women want a religion that does not require them to think or reason! I have observed that the great mass of mankind would rather not deal with great issues of faith and life, such as, “How can God be just and justify the ungodly?” Or, “What think ye of Christ, whose Son is He?” Or, “Who maketh thee to… Read More

Having religion is one thing, but knowing and walking with Christ is different! Having religion the world understands and tolerates. But free grace the world neither understands, nor tolerates! Any two religious errors can walk together, and permit them both to exist! But the truth of God’s grace cannot exist with error – for one always must go! By Henry Mahan

I believe I know a little of the grief that Paul felt when he wrote, “Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world.” I don’t know very much about Demas, but I know that Paul believed that Demas loved Christ, loved the Gospel, and would continue in the faith of Christ until God called him home. But Demas allowed someone or something to come between him and the Lord, revealing that… 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

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

“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

“By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff.” (Hebrews 11:21) “The just shall live by faith,” and it is by this same faith that the just shall sleep in Christ. Jacob’s faith, which was a fruit of the Spirit of God, was keenly bright during the final hours before his spirit departed his earthly body. Jacob’s physical… Read More

“…Lovest thou me?” (John 21:16) Simon Peter’s affirmative response to this heart-searching question would be evidenced by one thing — feeding Christ’s lambs! Two other times, the Lord questioned Peter regarding his love and both times Peter’s favorable answer was followed by the unwavering command “feed my sheep.” The heart of God’s spokesman is revealed and his mouth will proclaim that which he loves — Christ. The food of the sheep is… Read More

“Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy.” (Jude 1:24) If a person tries to consider all the blessings ever bestowed upon a sinner, then that “blessed salvation” of the Holy God rings eternally as the greatest. The blessed truth of His Word shining into my heart, causing me to know Him Who is true… Read More

In Matthew 16:17-39 Christ’s time was at hand. There had been instances when men sought to take him, but “His time was not yet.” From the foundation of the world all that the Father had purposed was condensed into this moment. The honor of God Almighty to redeem his people was at hand, and soon the Lord of Glory would lay down his life for all that the Father had given Him…. Read More

Seeing the Lord Jesus Christ in types causes the heart of a believer to burn with praise as they view the one who has secured their salvation. No place in the Word of God is a more beautiful picture found of mercy than in the story of Mephibosheth. David, who has been established by God Almighty, as King remembers a covenant that he made with Jonathan, one he loved as he loved… Read More

The reason that a child of God can maintain an air of complete peace, even as he sees his own helplessness, is because he knows that all is well. He is not concerned that there is some area of uncertainty that has not been covered under Christ’s atoning blood. The words “It is finished” (John 19:20) covers a broader scope than this finite mind can comprehend, but gives me the assurance that… Read More

Before there was time, God is. The eternal present is an attribute of God Almighty. “I AM THAT I AM” (Exodus 3:14) God the Father, God the Son, and the God Holy Ghost are one; one in character and purpose. God has a purpose (Romans 8:28). God has purposed to save all that he has chosen in His Son before the foundation of the world. The blessed Father has purposed to redeem… Read More

“Grace” has a sweet sound to a believer. It is a sound of hope, satisfaction, rest, and peace with a holy God. It thrills the heart of one that God has given the understanding to be able to say with a heart conviction, “by the grace of God I am what I am.” (I Corinthians 15:10). Since all this comes to pass only by the incarnate activity of Christ, we may say… Read More

“Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.” (I Peter 5:5) Pride is a groundless thing. We have reasons for almost everything, but we have no reason to be proud. Pride should be unnatural to us, for we have nothing to be proud of. Our CREATION ought… Read More

“And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take of the water of life freely.” (Revelation 22:17) Those that love and preach the message of God’s sovereign saving grace in Christ alone are often accused of not believing “whosoever will, let him take of the water of life freely”. I say, how can… 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

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

Any man or woman who claims continual, uninterrupted joy, rest, and peace in this world is either not telling the truth or has no connection with reality! True joy, rest, and peace are things we enjoy in Christ IN THE MIDST of troubles, afflictions, and infirmities. Paul’s exhortation was “rejoice in the Lord.” When I am conscious of my weakness, failures, and sins, I rejoice in Christ, my righteousness. When I am… 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… Read More

“It is GOOD for me that I have been AFFLICTED, that I MIGHT LEARN Thy ways.” (Psalm 119:71) —————————— God’s ways and God’s Word are best learned by experience and in time of trouble. When our Lord is pleased to lay His hand heavily upon us, we do not soon forget the lessons learned. When the Lord singles out a believer or a church for special affliction and adversity, it is not… 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 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

One thing almost completely missing in the church today is biblical church discipline. It is an almost unheard of for anyone to be excommunicated from the church, except for gross sin (they are not always disciplined even for that). People who live unchristian lives are allowed to remain in the church as members. Unbelievers serve in church offices. Ministers are allowed to preach anything and everything, no matter how unbiblical it may… Read More

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want” (Psalm 23:1) 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:… 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

“My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me.” (Psalm 22:1) These words spoken by David in his distress and trouble were prophetic of the suffering and affliction of Christ at the hand of God the Father at the cross – Matthew 27:46. Christ addresses His Father as a man, enduring that spiritual separation that belongs to sinners. He was obedient in all things to His Father, and loved of the Father…. Read More

“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7) The Cross’s Prescription Have you ever asked yourself what it means truly to be happy? We mean, now, TRULY full of joy! Do you know it? Is it your experience?… Read More

The fact is, there simply is no lost tribe of Israel. That is something concocted by critics of the Bible. What they say is that when the Syrians destroyed the northern nation of Israel, which comprised ten of twelve tribes, those ten tribes were taken away and so they were somehow lost. However, the remnants from those ten tribes did join with the two tribes did join with the two tribes to… Read More