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Monthly Archives: June 2012

“Blessed be the God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with ALL spiritual blessings in heavenly places IN CHRIST.” (Ephesians 1:3) The Holy Spirit uses this phrase over and over again – “IN CHRIST”. The whole of the word of God is to reveal to us the Lord Jesus and His accomplished salvation. The whole of God’s word is to teach us what we – the people… Read More

Multitudes attend (what men call) “church services” all over the world. Many go because it is a habit, others go believing it will save them. Many go because it makes them feel better about themselves, like the Pharisee who “thanked God he wasn’t as other men”. But why do we, you and I, attend? What are our reasons? What is our motive? 1 – We gather together to hear the Gospel of… Read More

One of our greatest privileges is to give – to support the gospel, to give of our substance to those less fortunate than ourselves. “I have showed you all things, how that so laboring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said. ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” (Acts 20:35) By Donald Bell

We know the natural man “receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them”. (1 Corinthians 2:14) In 1 Peter 1:23 it says there are two seeds, a birth and flesh. One seed is “corruptible”, the other is “incorruptible”. What happens to the soul that is born again by the incorruptible seed of God? Does he have a new nature? Has… Read More

Faith brings God into the scene. Therefore, it knows absolutely nothing of difficulty; it laughs at impossibilities. In the judgment of faith, God is the answer to every question; He is the salvation to every difficulty. Unbelief says, how can such things be? Unbelief is full of flaws; but faith has one great answer to ten thousand hows, and that answer is God Almighty. By Scott Richardson

While visiting somewhere recently a lady from our congregation said the preacher announced his subject, it was; “God needs your help”. She told her husband, “no God doesn’t need our help, we need His”. Naturally they left. Who is in need, God or us? Who needs help, God or us? Who is helpless, God or us? You and I are tossed about by many things and are often moved by situations, and… Read More

2 Timothy 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 Timothy 3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 2 Timothy 3:3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 2 Timothy 3:4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; ——————– Love is a word… Read More

For every one who shall not confess that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh, is antichrist: and whosoever shall not confess the testimony of the Cross, is of the devil; and whosoever shall pervert the oracles of the Lord to his own lusts and say that there is neither resurrection nor judgment, that man is the firstborn of Satan. Wherefore let us forsake the vain doing of the many and their… Read More

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” (Romans 3:23) some may not be as profane as others, but “all have sinned”! You may be a fine mother, a loving daughter, chaste and very moral, receiving praise from all who know you but…if you have not received Christ by faith, and His righteousness has not been charged to your account you are no better off before God than… Read More

Nothing a soul does in this world honors God more than to BELIEVE HIM. God says, “For by it (faith) the elders obtained a good report” (Hebrews 11:2). Again, “But without faith it is impossible to please him” (Hebrews 11:6). Our Lord told the woman of Canaan whose daughter was vexed with a devil that she had great faith. The other side of the coin is this – to not believe God… Read More

“If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus.” (Ephesians 4:21) I have noticed in my dealing with men that when it comes to things that are important to them they go to someone who has information for the help they need. If they have car trouble they go to a mechanic. If they have financial needs they go to a… Read More

The Word of God declares that “The children being not yet born, neither having done good or evil Jacob have I loved, Esau have I hated, that the PURPOSE OF GOD according to election might stand” (Romans 9:11). Man, who makes a god in his own image, when he hears this blessed truth says, “That is not fair, God is unrighteous to treat people this way”. But God answers, “I will have… 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

“But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets…” (Acts 24:14) _______________________________________ Someone recently referred to our congregation as a cult saying, “They don’t believe like most churches. They have this weird view of God as sovereign in everything, even to the point of saying that… Read More

When the Gospel is preached, there are two things always taking place (even though most are unaware of it). Some are being prepared for glory, others are being hardened. Some are being brought to the light, some are left sitting in darkness. Some see Christ and His glory; others see no beauty about Him. Some who hear the Gospel have their hearts made tender toward sin; others have their hearts hardened in… Read More

“And be found In Him…” (Philippians 3:9) When the Apostle talked about being found in Christ he described himself as at one time being without Christ. How did he know what it was to not be found in Christ? He at one time was looking to his own righteousness, trusting in the deeds of his flesh. After being smitten down on the Damascus road, after having seen the Glory of Christ, after… Read More

When we become Christians, it is very natural for us to say to ourselves, “We don’t want to be second – rate, or half – hearted Christians, or prove to be like the Laodicean professors, neither hot or cold, or like those of whom the apostle John wrote, “They went out from us, but they were not of us,” We all said we had a holy ambition to bring forth fruit to… Read More

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6) Everything about our Lord Jesus is wonderful. Here the prophet says; “His name shall be called wonderful”. We sing that chorus; “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, there is just something about that name”…. Read More

“That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing.” (Colossians 1:10) The first thoughts most of us have when we read, “walk worthy,” or “pleasing the Lord” is I must start living better, or I can’t possibly walk in such a way as will please the Lord. Both are wrong thoughts, they both are based upon works, and a false humility. So preacher how then can I walk in such… Read More

“For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (I Corinthians 6:20) How deep, how dreadful, of what awful magnitude, of how black a dye, of how ingrained a stamp must sin be, to need such an atonement – no less than the blood of Him who was the Son of God – to put it away. What a slave to… Read More

Some of our dear friends have been through some severe trials, and others are now suffering in heart and body. All of us wish to witness a good confession and maintain an attitude and conversation which will help and inspire others and glorify our Lord. But pain is pain. The loss of a dear child or mate is overwhelming, and we are still in this body of flesh. Therefore, let it be… Read More

“I will feed my flock.” (Ezekiel 34:15) The only real food of the soul must be of God’s own appointing, preparing, and communicating. You can never deceive a hungry child. You may give it a plaything but still it cries. It may serve for a few minutes; but the pains of hunger are not to be removed by a doll. A toy horse will not allay the cravings after the mother’s breast…. Read More

True mourning for sin has a distinct and constant reference to the Lord Jesus. If I hate sin because I am exposed, I have not repented; I merely regret that I have been found out. If I hate sin because of judgment and hell, I have not repented; I merely regret that God is just. But if I see sin as a hateful offense against my Lord, and I see my sin… Read More

This is an audio sermon by Scott Richardson titled “What Does The Burnt Offering Mean?” The scripture text that brother Scott is preaching from is Leviticus 1:1-4 and the audio is 43 minutes long.

I quoted this verse backwards to what it actually says, “We walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7). Why I put this verse this way is because we sometimes walk by sight and not faith. We are often overwhelmed by life, things pile one upon another, and we LOOK at these troubles instead of the God who sent them. When we walk by sight all we see is vanity, and… Read More

As we have opportunity to preach or to witness to someone, it is not God honouring to tell them that God loves them and Christ died for them. The word of God and our Lord Jesus Christ gives us what we are to say, “except ye believe I Am He ye shall die in your sins” (John 8:24). “He that believeth on the Son of God hath life; he that believeth not… Read More

“Blessed be the God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with ALL spiritual blessings in heavenly places IN CHRIST.” (Ephesians 1:3) The Holy Spirit uses this phrase over and over again – “IN CHRIST”. The whole of the word of God is to reveal to us the Lord Jesus and His accomplished salvation. The whole of God’s word is to teach us what we – the people… Read More

“Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?” (Psalm 85:6) When the religious world talks about revival they mean an emotional series of meetings that will win souls and get backslidden church members to rededicate their lives to an impotent Jesus. But the psalmist prays and asks the Lord; “Wilt thou not revive us again?” I believe we desperately need for God to revive us…to stir up… Read More

“Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10) The God of the bible is out of fashion in His own world. He is ridiculed, jokes are popular about him and His Son. He has been reduced to slogans and billboards and bumper stickers. His name has become a good luck charm, an insurance policy and whatever… Read More

“God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God.” (Psalm 62:11) The power of God is that ability and strength, by which He can bring to pass whatsoever He pleases. It is His power that gives life and action to what He has purposed from the foundation of the world. How vain would the will of God be without power to carry it out? Without His power… Read More

The enemies of the free and sovereign grace of God claim that those of us, who believe and preach it, take away sinful man’s responsibility. We believe that he is totally unable apart from Divine Grace to do anything good in the sight of God that he is unable apart from being born again to do anything spiritual towards God. Though we believe and preach man’s spiritual and moral inability to save… Read More

“Blessed be the God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with ALL spiritual blessings in heavenly places IN CHRIST.” (Ephesians 1:3) The Holy Spirit uses this phrase over and over again – “IN CHRIST”. The whole of the word of God is to reveal to us the Lord Jesus and His accomplished salvation. The whole of God’s word is to teach us what we – the people… Read More

The most precious gift of all is to be remembered of God. “God remembered NOAH,” (Genesis 8:1). “God remembered ABRAHAM,” (Genesis 19:29). “God remembered His covenant with ABRAHAM, ISAAC, and JACOB,” (Exodus 2:24). And none of us can forget the prayer of the dying thief, “Lord, remember me,” (Luke 23:43). All such pleaders shall not be forgotten of Him. By Thomas Bradbury

When a person stands before a mirror, he sees three things–the mirror, himself, and other things which are in the room. When I sincerely look by faith into the scriptures, I see many things, but primarily three things. (1) I see the LORD JESUS CHRIST, for He verily is the WORD OF GOD. It is of Him, from Him, and to His glory that it is written. “To Him give all the… Read More

Does God love everyone in the world? Modern day religion says that He does. Men like to think that He does. But what does the Word of God say? Does God really love all people? This is what God says in Romans 9:13? “Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.” (Romans 9:13) Language could not be more emphatically clear. God never loved Esau at all; but He always did love… Read More

Have you ever stopped to consider what the god of this age is like? How he is presented to eternity bound souls? A popular way of trying to get someone “saved” is to say “now if you make a move, god will make a move”. It seems to me as if those who do this are telling souls that their god is playing checkers and that whoever makes the best move wins… Read More

“A half truth masquerading as the whole truth becomes a complete untruth” There is a desperate need to recover the Gospel! The gospel of man’s natural inability to believe, God’s electing grace in Christ being the cause of salvation and, of Christ dying only for the elect, those whom He calls his sheep. The Gospel of the Holy Spirit calling and regenerating those for whom Christ’s died and, those called will persevere… Read More

Here are five truths we hold to and believe with all our heart. Total Depravity, Unconditional Election, Limited Atonement, Irresistible Grace, and Perseverance of the saints. What these blessed truths of God’s Word do is attribute all the salvation of a sinner to God alone – therefore God gets all the Glory. To tell a sinner that God wants to save him, yet He can’t because the sinner won’t let him, is… Read More

“For we have not a high priest who cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” (Hebrews 4:15) Our gracious Lord experienced temptation in every shape and form, for the word of truth declares that “in all points he was tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” I wish to speak very cautiously upon this subject, for… Read More

A brother in the Lord Jesus was in a shelter the other day and saw a sign in the office that said; “I am God and I am here to solve your problems.” This is all that God is to the majority of people. How can this be? B ecause this is the way those who occupy the pulpits present him. God is made to be all things to all people. Whatever… Read More

Lots of people search the Scriptures. But not all of them search therein for the same thing. The Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ declares that all who “search the Scriptures” should find that “these are they which testify of Me” (John 5:39). Seekers of Him find this to be true, for they find Him in “all the Scriptures” (Luke 24:27; Luke 24:44). On the other hand, seekers of other things search the… Read More

This is an audio sermon by Scott Richardson titled: “The Omnipotence of God” The scripture text that brother Scott is preaching from is Isaiah 40:12 and the audio is 33 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Scott Richardson titled: “The Lord Hath Done Great Things For Us” The scripture text that brother Scott is preaching from is Psalm 126:2, and the audio is 44 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Scott Richardson titled: “A Rebellious People” The scripture text that brother Scott is preaching from is Isaiah 65:1 and the audio is 37 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Scott Richardson titled: “The One Who Is Worthy” The scripture text that brother Scott is preaching from is Revelation 4:11 and the audio is 30 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Scott Richardson titled: “Many Are The Afflictions of The Saints” The scripture text that brother Scott is preaching from is Isaiah 49:3, and the audio is 33 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Scott Richardson titled: “Man Hates The Sovereignty of God” The scripture text that brother Scott is preaching from is Romans 9:11, and the audio is 47 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Scott Richardson titled: “The Perfect Man – Christ Jesus” The scripture text that brother Scott is preaching from is Psalm 37:35, and the audio is 26 minutes long.

“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

“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