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Monthly Archives: September 2012

“This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” (1 John 1:5) ——————– Without question, there is no proclamation from God Almighty to sinful man that declares anything apart form Christ and Him crucified. Christ who alone pleases the Father is Light. He is essentially the Light, robed in wisdom, understanding and honour. In… Read More

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.” (Romans 1:16-17) ——————– Paul the apostle declares (by divine revelation) that he is not ashamed of the… Read More

There is sometimes in men’s minds a kind of confusion in this matter. They are in a certain path, from which they want to be extricated; they are under a trial, from which they want to be delivered; they call upon the Lord to deliver them; and they ask some manifestation of Himself; some going forth of His hand, some divine leading which they are to follow. But the Lord may be… Read More

Who has not found, in the first approaches of God to his soul, in the first dealings of the blessed Spirit with his conscience, great mountains and hills in the way? Some of these are from natural, but not for that less trying, quarters. How our relatives and friends oppose, perhaps persecute us; how our temporal interests often stand in the way of our conscience, and how, as was particularly my own… Read More

In the beginning of my experience in the things of God, which is now more than twenty-nine years ago, I had this truth impressed upon my conscience, as I have reason to believe, very powerfully and very distinctly, by the finger of God — that I could know nothing, but by divine teaching; have nothing, but by divine giving; and be nothing, but by divine making. And this truth thus impressed upon… Read More

“I have stuck unto thy testimonies: O LORD, put me not to shame.” (Psalm 119:31) ——————– I know by soul experience that sticking to God’s testimonies has kept me from many errors. When I have been placed, years back, before my mind was established in the truth, in circumstances of great trial; when I have seen dear friends fall around me, on the right hand and on the left, some into one… Read More

“I have stuck unto thy testimonies: O LORD, put me not to shame.” (Psalm 119:31) ——————– I know by soul experience that sticking to God’s testimonies has kept me from many errors. When I have been placed, years back, before my mind was established in the truth, in circumstances of great trial; when I have seen dear friends fall around me, on the right hand and on the left, some into one… Read More

“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” (2 Corinthians 11:3) ——————- The basis of all security in salvation is found in the person of Christ Jesus. Any thought or motive apart from Him and His finished work (by His fulfillment of God’s eternal covenant) is to depart from the hope of… Read More

The religious professor receives doctrines because he sees them in the Bible. The believer not only sees them in the Book, but he feels them in his heart, put there by the Holy Spirit. The believer gets at truth through trouble. He arrives at the banquet of mercy through sharp pangs of hunger. He lays hold of the robe of righteousness chilled by nakedness. He comes to the cross because he is… Read More

Peace without truth is a false peace! Unity without the gospel of Christ is a worthless unity. Let us never be ensnared by those who advocate a peace and unity without Christ’s righteousness and atoning blood. There was no one who loved peace and unity more than the Apostle Paul; yet when he saw the Apostle Peter act contrary to REDEMPTION BY GRACE (Galatians 2:11), Paul withstood him to his face and… Read More

That God is able in His mercy, grace, and wisdom to make a way for our sins to be laid on a substitute and the guilty sinner to go free is the greatest glory of His nature that He has seen fit to reveal. “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!” (Romans 11:33) By… Read More

To the Lord Jesus His bride shall forever be altogether lovely for her robe is woven gloriously of His imputed righteousness. How fair is her look of love toward Him with the eye of faith that He has imparted. How sensitive is she to His message of substitution in the preaching of His mighty work of redemption. How wonderfully she speaks of Him with a mouth that now evidences a new heart…. Read More

“Thou hast ravished my heart, my sister, my spouse…” (Song of Solomon 4:9) ——————– Indescribably precious is the love of Christ for His bride – the believer. We know that is true because it is based totally on His Word (John 15:9). When the Living Word Himself (Christ) speaks, it melts (by the Holy Ghost) the renewed heart of a believer. When Christ here proclaims to His bride, “Thou hast ravished my… Read More

“I am black, but comely, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon.” (Song of Solomon 1:5) ——————– The bride of Christ knows something of her nature. She knows that in her (apart from Christ) dwells no good thing. She knows that she is prone to wander and is susceptible to every evil temptation. She sees herself as black and undesirable because of the stench… Read More

“The song of songs, which is Solomon’s.” (Song of Solomon 1:1) ——————– Christ is the totality of all that is good, lovely, and right. Concerning his goodness, there is no boundary. He is the Good Shepherd, the Good Master, and the Good Word of God. Concerning His loveliness, He is the Rose of Sharon, the Lily of the Valley, the Bright and Morning Star. In all that is right, He is the… Read More

“…I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.” (Psalm 40:1) ——————– Without Christ, true Godly patience is incomprehensible. When by grace the sinner is shown by the Spirit his utter dependence on the all-sufficient Christ, he begins to understand the inadequacy of his patience. He knows that he will never attain a patience wrought by an unwavering faith and an absolute trust in God’s good… Read More

“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:7) ——————– To speak of fighting as being “good” seems at first to be a contradiction of terms. Fighting is often associated with grief, hurt, and misery. Considering the pitiful state of man by birth, any battle against sin and our spiritual bondage is good. It is good because: It is of God –… Read More

There is a promise from God’s word that all believers will be tried in the furnace of adversity. “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” (2 Timothy 3:2) This trial is always for the good of God’s saints and is an evidence of their sonship (Hebrews 12:8). To see the good in these afflictions is a work of God’s grace and with that good toward Christ’s… Read More

“I have overthrown some of you, as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and ye were as a firebrand plucked out of the burning: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD. Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel: and because I will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy God, O Israel.” (Amos 4:11-12) ——————– There is nothing more bent on final destruction than a man with… Read More

“The labour of the foolish wearieth every one of them, because he knoweth not how to go to the city.” (Ecclesiastes 10:15) ——————– Men today boast of great accomplishments for the kingdom of God. Church leaders announce with great pride the number of recent baptisms, “rededications” and the size of the “church” budget. Lacking the Spirit of God in their hearts, they travel a wide road, “working” and “suffering” many things for… Read More

“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19) ——————– Men by nature possess endless desires. Our desire for emotional stimulation causes us to lust with our eyes, our flesh, and for the pride of life. However, though men have many desires, their needs can only be met in Christ, for without Christ: 1) We have no sin-bearer. 2) We have no… Read More

Love…love for Christ, His honour, His person, His glory, and love for his people (for His sake) is the test of a man’s every action. There are many truths being set forth within the church today which give good advice, but if true love (imparted by the Spirit of God) is not the motivation of the speaker’s heart, then the words are nothing but tinkling cymbals and sounding brass. God’s sheep cannot… Read More

“And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.” (Genesis 5:5) ——————– As I read an obituary column, I never cease to be amazed at how quickly the life of a man is summed up. What seems should take volumes to recap (that is, a man’s life) is simply reduced to three words – “and he died.” Rich and poor, young and old are all… Read More

The account of David and Goliath has been a favorite children’s Bible story. Here a young man in the face of danger, armed with only a sling and five smooth stones, defeats a monument of resistance. I am sure that the story’s practical application has been taught in many a sincere Bible class. But, we must reveal the Gospel truths behind the story for it to be profitable to the sinner. David,… Read More

A believer knows one truth that gives him great comfort and freedom — that truth is Christ (John 14:6). Everything, when compared to Him, is obscure and false. Men may vainly proclaim great “truths,” but when these truths are viewed in the perfect light of the person of Christ, they are shown to be mere lies! Do we want to pay heed to the fabricated truths of man wherein no spiritual security… Read More

There were cities of refuge strategically placed on each side of the Jordan River whereby a manslayer might find haven until his case could be heard. A man finding himself to be guilty of the death of another (ignorantly or accidentally) had one hope of survival — he must get to the city of refuge. The highway which led to each city had to be prepared by the priest to assure unobstructed… Read More

If men could be justified by perfectly keeping God’s Law, they would have something about which to boast. The Scripture clearly sets forth though that by the deeds of the Law shall no man be justified. Does this mean that believers are then without law? Is there a mentality within a true believer that says, “I shall sin lawlessly that grace may abound?” Absolutely not! Believers are not lawless. Faith, a working… Read More

“Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood…” (Romans 3:25) ——————– Men have always tried to earn peace. Pagan belief was that the gods must be appeased before peace and prosperity would again reign in the land. If human or animal sacrifice had to be made, this was but a small price to pay for the desired calm. Someone was offended and someone had done the… Read More

The natural mind assumes that every professor of religion is a true believer. While men may exercise amiable traits that lend themselves to kindness, sincerity, honesty, and spirituality, there is one mark that is indisputable — love for the brethren. Men may love others for various reasons, but it takes a new heart to love another believer simply because of the other believer’s love for Christ. Every false religious reason for loving… Read More

There is a sense in which skills, techniques or abilities can be taught. Natural application of systematic logic reasons that if enough information is set forth, understanding will result and abilities will freely spring forth from the heart. This thinking, though logical to the fickle human mind, does not apply when dealing with the things of the Spirit of God (1 Corinthians 2:14). In truth, faithful ministers expound precept upon precept, line… Read More

“Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.” (John 5:39) ——————– The Scriptures are the final witness concerning the deity of Christ. Above the written word there is no appeal, no higher authority, no further revelation. With the revealed knowledge that Christ Himself is set forth in the Scriptures, let us with diligence search Him out, as a hunter tracks… Read More

When considering Almighty God’s salvation, one can with assurance rest in the fact that He never changes (Malachi 3:6). Men of carnal reasoning may think spiritual life to be obtained by different means, but holy Scripture declares this thinking to be false (Ephesians 2:8). The depth of blessed salvation shall never in this life be known, but there are three truths concerning this great salvation that are always certain: 1) God providentially… Read More

This is an audio sermon by Marvin Stalnaker titled: “Christ Our Substitute” The scripture text that brother Marvin is preaching from is Jonah 2, and the audio is 29 minutes long.

“Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.” (Ephesians 5:1-2) ——————– How blessed is the assembly of believers that yearns to follow after God Almighty. Imparted faith, which gives sight to formerly spiritually blind eyes, causes God’s dear children to view Him with just… Read More

The whole purpose of man and his existence is the glory of God. A sinner, who dies in rebellion against God Almighty’s Law, will be found guilty to the glory and honor of God’s Justice. A sinner, on the other hand, redeemed from the power of sin, pardoned through Christ’s blood, and justified by Christ’s imputed righteousness, will be declared blameless to the glory of God’s grace. By Marvin Stalnaker

“Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.” (Acts 26:28) ——————– “Almost persuaded” … what a pitifully revealing thought. Man, who by nature resides in a dungheap of rebellion, foolishly contemplates that he has almost decided to grasp hold of life. For a man to think that he has almost been persuaded to be a Christian exposes the blindness of an unregenerate heart. A Christian’s eyes have… Read More

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” (Psalm 133:1) ——————– Brethren dwelling in unity with brethren is a good and pleasant thing. Believers ought to behold and consider the marvel of that oneness. The goodness of that binding finds its source in God Almighty Who is good. How pleasant to a renewed mind when observing the grace of God that has granted a peace… Read More

It is gloriously honoring to the Triune God for His people to be sanctified (set apart unto holiness) through the truth concerning Christ (Who is truth Himself — John 14:6). The Father, Who sanctified a people in eternal election (Jude 1), the Son, Who sanctified the elect with His own blood (Hebrews 13:12), and the Spirit Who sanctifies the redeemed through obedience of the truth, has wrought a work of sanctification that… Read More

“I would seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause.” (Job 5:8) ——————– Eliphaz (unbeknownst to him, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit) had spoken of committing a cause unto God. Committing our cause to Christ requires a Spirit-given knowledge and rest in certain truths: First, God Almighty “doeth great and unsearchable things” (Job 5:9). These things, concerning the creative, providential, and redemptive work of a holy God… Read More

“So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.” (Romans 8:8-9) ——————– What Child of promise is there, one truly born from above, that has not the desire to please the God Who… Read More

“A Psalm. O sing unto the LORD a new song; for he hath done marvellous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory.” (Psalm 98:1) ——————– To sing a new song of the marvelous things that Almighty God has done requires a new heart. The old heart of rebellion sees no beauty in the everlasting covenant, ordered in all things and sure (2 Samuel 23:5), but David… Read More

“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” (2 Corinthians 11:3) ——————- The basis of all security in salvation is found in the person of Christ Jesus. Any thought or motive apart from Him and His finished work (by His fulfillment of God’s eternal covenant) is to depart from the hope of… Read More

“As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.” (John 10:15-16) ——————– The heart of the glorious gospel of Christ is His blessed substitution for His sheep. Christ, the Lamb… Read More

Matthew 27:15 Now at that feast the governor was wont to release unto the people a prisoner, whom they would. Matthew 27:16 And they had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas. Matthew 27:17 Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them, Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ? Matthew 27:18 For he knew that for envy they had delivered him. Matthew 27:19… Read More

“So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea: and the sea ceased from her raging.” (Jonah 1:15) ——————– Jonah was a man bent on fleeing from the source of all mercy (as all men are by nature). The howling wind of Divine Judgment that follows the rebel cries for justice and will not abate without complete satisfaction. In the pitiful state of total spiritual darkness, the hater of… Read More

For a believer, the sting of death and victory of the grave is removed by the faithful gaze upon Christ as God’s salvation. Faith, that grace granted to all Christ’s sheep, is the spiritual eyes to behold Him in His glorious person. Excellent in righteousness, able and willing in sacrifice, and altogether precious in the Father’s sight — what more does this world hold for a believer? A child of promise walks… Read More

“This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” (1 John 1:5) ——————– Without question, there is no proclamation from God Almighty to sinful man that declares anything apart form Christ and Him crucified. Christ who alone pleases the Father is Light. He is essentially the Light, robed in wisdom, understanding and honour. In… Read More

Of all utterances made concerning sinful man, there is one that stands alone in the security of a sinner’s hope … He “whose heart the Lord opened.” This heart, which is a cesspool of iniquity, will hear and generally acknowledge the message of the Gospel, but not until God Almighty in power through the preaching of Christ opens (lays bare) that heart to hear spiritually, will that sinner attend (embrace) the message… Read More

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.” (Romans 1:16-17) ——————– Paul the apostle declares (by divine revelation) that he is not ashamed of the… Read More

“…I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.” (Psalm 40:1) ——————– Without Christ, true Godly patience is incomprehensible. When by grace the sinner is shown by the Spirit his utter dependence on the all-sufficient Christ, he begins to understand the inadequacy of his patience. He knows that he will never attain a patience wrought by an unwavering faith and an absolute trust in God’s good… Read More

“Deliver me from all my transgressions…” (Psalm 39:8) ——————– For an enlightened son of Adam, the longing of his renewed heart is for deliverance from that which is his nature — SIN! He longs not only for deliverance from daily temptation, but also from that final curse which will usher in everlasting damnation to those without Christ as their Substitute. This is a paradox, for with his mind he longs for deliverance… Read More

“When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled…” (John 11:33) ——————– Unbelievers, both during His presence on earth and today, usually perceive Christ as a man, or maybe a god-man, whose whole purpose was to offer sympathy to frail sinners. He is seen as one Who, although gravely concerned with man’s sin, was unable to feel the… Read More

“Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world.” (John 11:9) ——————- Divine proclamation established the day and the night and their purpose. Twelve hours of light were allotted for the work of day, and twelve dark hours of night were allotted for rest and reflection on the events of the day. In… Read More

I dare say, that, in such an auditory as this, a number of Arminians are present. I fear, that all our public assemblies have too many of them. Perhaps, however, even these people, idolaters as they are, may be apt to blame, and, indeed, with justice, the absurdity of those who worship idols of silver and gold, the work of men’s hands. But let me ask: If it be so very absurd,… Read More

Fashionable as the doctrine of legal, conditional justification is, we may say to every individual who embraces it, “There is one that accuseth (condemns) you, even Moses, in whom you trust,” and that very law on which you rest (John 5:45): for its language is, “He that breaketh me only in one point is guilty of all:” (James 2:10), and, “Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are… Read More

If anything can awake astonishment, and inflame our gratitude, it must be that mystery of love, God manifested in our nature, and made man, to bleed and die for our salvation. That He should condescend to be sold for thirty shekels of silver; to be apprehended and condemned as a malefactor; to be crowned with piercing thorns; to be scourged at the bloody pillar; to bear His cross; to be numbered with… Read More

Did the Spirit of God ever convince you of sin? Do you see yourself liable to the curse of the law, and the just vengeance of God, for the innate depravity of your nature, and the transgressions of your life? Do you come to Christ humbled and self-condemned: sensible that unless you are clothed with the merits of Him our Elder Brother, you are ruined and undone, and can never stand with… Read More

“Try me, O God, and search the ground of my heart: prove me and examine my thoughts. Look well if there be any wickedness in me, any root of bitterness yet undiscovered; and lead me in the way everlasting. Show me the true state of my soul. Bring me out from every false refuge. Strip off every deceitful covering, every covering that is not of Thy Spirit. Forbid that the anchor of… Read More

“Our God is in the heavens: He hath done whatsoever He hath pleased. Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands.” (Psalm 115:3-4) ——————– Let me ask: if it be so very absurd to worship the work of other men’s hands, what must it be to worship the work of our own hands? Perhaps, you may say, “God forbid that I should do so.” Nevertheless, let me tell you,… Read More

Blessed be God, our salvation is a finished work! It neither needs, nor will admit of supplement. And here, let us remember, when we talk of a finished salvation, we mean that complete and infallibly effectual redemption accomplished by the propitiatory merit of Christ’s own personal obedience, and of Christ’s own personal sufferings, both one and the other of which have that infinite perfection of atoning and justifying efficacy. Every individual of… Read More

I most humbly commit my soul to Almighty God, Whom I honour, and have long experienced to be my ever gracious and infinitely merciful Father. Nor have I the least doubt of my election, justification and eternal happiness through the riches of His everlasting and unchangeable kindness to me in Christ Jesus, His co-equal Son, my only, my assured and my all-sufficient Saviour; washed in Whose propitiatory blood (the blood that satisfied… Read More

Every religion except one puts upon you doing something in order to recommend yourself to God. It is only the religion of Christ (which runs counter to all the rest by affirming that we are saved and called with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to the Father’s own purpose and grace) which was not sold out to us on certain conditions to be fulfilled by ourselves, but… Read More

“Are you afraid of the consequences of death, and what will come after? Throw yourself upon God, in Christ, and you are safe. Christ’s righteousness is law-proof, death-proof, and judgment-proof.” [Augustus Toplady]

“The whole creation, from the seraph down to the indivisible atom, ministers to the Supreme Will, and is under the special observation, government, and direction of the Omnipotent Mind – who sees all, Himself unseen; who upholds all, Himself unsustained; who guides all, Himself guided by none; and who changes all, Himself unchanged.” [Augustus Toplady]

Do you really believe that when Christ died, that he died for every man on the earth? If you do you have some really big explaining to do. How are you going to justify God for not saving everyone if Christ died for them? How will you explain to those in hell why they are not saved if Christ died for them? When the Lord Jesus Christ died, His death was a… Read More

The best friend you can have on this earth is one who will tell you the truth. One who will not help make you comfortable in a refuge of lies. One who speaks the truth to you in love. One who will continue to do so though you may not appreciate his doing so. May I be such a friend that the blood of others be not on my hands. By Don… Read More

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness. (Matthew 23:27) Satan’s master plan is to get man religious without Christ. He would rather you be WHITEWASHED than WASHED WHITE in the blood of the Lamb. White washing will not save! I must be washed white in the BLOOD OF… 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) ——————– There is only one message that agrees and fully satisfies all that is written in the Law and the prophets. That message and that message alone, reveals Almighty God to be just and the… Read More

SALVATION is as free as a look. Christ says, “Look unto me and be ye saved!” (Isaiah 45:22). Without performance! Without payment! Without preparation! LOOK TO CHRIST AND LIVE! “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.” (Isaiah 45:22) “And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth… Read More

If I measure a crooked wall with a perfect plumb line, it reveals the crookedness of the wall, but does not remove it. If I take out a bright light on a dark night, it reveals to me all the pitfalls and hindrances, but it does not remove them. Now the plumb line and the lamp do not create the evils which they point out. They neither create nor remove, but simply… Read More

Every discontented heart is a proud heart. Instead of being angry with Providence for not making us greater than we are; the meanest (lowest) person of us all, if he rightly knew himself and God, would fall low at His footstool and adore Him for condescending to bestow any thought upon us whatever. As I once heard a valuable person remark, “God is often better to us than our fears; and always… Read More

God’s righteousness is received by trusting in His Son. It is not a righteousness which we earn but a righteousness which we receive as a gift. The means of receiving it is faith, which is a gift of God. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:” (Ephesians 2:8) God imputes that righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ to every person… Read More

If you are under the load of sin, burdened down by your guilt, and troubled over your relationship with the Holy God of Heaven, may I give you this advice? SEEK THE LORD! Seek Christ believingly, earnestly, sincerely, only, and early! SEEK HIM NOW! “But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.”… Read More

Mark 4:3 Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow: Mark 4:4 And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up. Mark 4:5 And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth: Mark 4:6 But when the sun was up,… Read More

“…And lost his own soul.” (Mark 8:36) ——————– No man can describe the loss of the soul as he should. No man can paint this dreadful picture in true colours. You and I will never fully understand what it means to lose one’s soul until we pass through the valley of death and wake up in eternity. Then, and not until then, shall we know the value of the soul. The value… Read More

“Thy People Shall Be Willing In The Day of Thy Power.” (Psalm 110:3) ——————– God’s elect worship and serve Him with willing hearts. We willingly believe, willingly worship, willingly give, and willingly do what we can for the glory of God. It is God Who, by effectual grace, makes us willing; but we are willing servants of the Most High God! Any worship, service, or gifts offered to God that is not… Read More

“Loosed from the law” (Romans 7:2) ——————– Like the woman whose husband has died is “loosed from the law of her husband” (Romans 7:2), so the believer, having been crucified with Christ, has been “loosed from the law” by the sacrifice of Christ. The Son of God fulfilled the righteous demands of God’s holy law for us by his obedience in life. He satisfied the justice of God revealed in the law… Read More

Most of us don’t know God well enough to trust Him. Are you persuaded that God has complete control in reference to the things which excite our anxiety? Are you persuaded that He will use this control in the best way as far as we are concerned? If I am to cast my cares on Him, I must know Him to be my Father; I must know Him to be my Friend;… Read More

All my salvation — sin pardoned, my person justified and accepted in all the acceptability of His person, washed from all impurity, put among the children of God with an “I will and thou shalt,” and “kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation” (1 Peter 1:5) — is of the Lord. “The secret of the Lord is with them that fear Him”, and His covenant is to make them… Read More

Before we can worship God in peace of conscience and liberty of heart, we must know, upon authority of God’s Word and by the power of God’s Spirit, that the entire question of sin has been forever settled by the blood of a divine sin offering. All of God’s claims and all our necessities as ruined, guilty sinners have been forever answered. This gives us peace; and in the enjoyment of that… Read More

It is hard to say which is worst — the atheist who says, “There is no God” or the religionist who maintains that God cannot do as He pleases. Since all men by nature have stony hearts, all the threatenings in the world will do no good; the stony heart of natural man must be pierced by THE POWER OF GOD in order to be tender! One with a tender heart desires… Read More

“Look every man on the things of others.” (Philippians 2:4) ——————– The failure of most preachers is traced not to the fact that they do not have a pastor’s head, voice, and energy, but they do not have a pastor’s heart! The failure of most church members and professing christians to be a blessing to family, friends, and outsiders is not that you do not have the proper doctrine, the proper moral… Read More

“For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.” (I Corinthians 1:21) ——————– What did the philosophy of Greece do for its disciples? It made them ignorant worshipers of an “unknown God” (Acts 17:23). The inscription on their altar published to the universe their ignorance and shame. How can I know God? Where… Read More

Noah went into the ark BEFORE ONE DROP OF WATER FELL! If he had waited until the rain commenced, he would have been joined by thousands of false converts. True faith believes the promises of God and the warnings of God BEFORE they come to pass. A refuge built or entered during the storm is usually forsaken when the sun shines. Be wary of those who seek the Lord when their flesh… Read More

I can appreciate the ability of the learned botanist to give me the scientific names of the rose, the origin of it, the various types of roses, how and where they grow, and the number of petals, thorns, and leaves to expect on a genuine rose; but too often those who become overly entangled in these things somehow lose the most important things – the beauty and fragrance of the rose! I… Read More