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Monthly Archives: October 2012

Leviticus 18:21,24,30 – “And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech (sun-god) … Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you … Therefore shall ye keep mine ordinance, that ye commit not any one of these abominable customs, which were committed before you, and that ye defile not yourselves therein…”… Read More

“Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen…for the customs of the people are vain.” (Jeremiah 10:1-3) ——————– Christmas is coming! Quite so; but what is “Christmas”? Does not the very term itself denote its source — “Christ-mass”? Thus it is of Roman origin, brought over from paganism. But, says someone, Christmas is the time when we commemorate the Saviour’s birth. It is? And who authorized such commemoration? Certainly… 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

“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 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

“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

“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

“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

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

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

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

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. By Augustus Toplady

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

Unless the Spirit of God crosses my path and gives me an understanding of the preciousness of Christ and the glory of His blessed Gospel and creates within me a new heart, giving me a knowledge of Who He is, I will be forever lost. Unless Christ intervenes, He will never be any more to me than someone else recorded in history who walked this earth. When the gospel is preached it… Read More

“But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace.” (1 Corinthians 7:15) that is, to follow him and, press to live with him if he have deserted her. But does he say anything about or sanction her marrying again? Where does he say that desertion dissolves the marriage tie? On the contrary, in the… Read More

This is an audio sermon by Jim Byrd titled: “Worshipping The Beast’s Image” The scripture text that brother Jim is preaching from is Revelation 16:2, and the audio is 39 minutes long.

Christian Marriage and Divorce – By Leslie S.B. Hyde; Paperback; 45 pages; Published by Gospel Standard Trust Publications. ——————- The emphasis in Christian Marriage and Divorce is on the authority of the Holy Bible. For too long people have put forward their own opinion or have attempted to fit Scripture in with their pre-conceived opinions. Considerable time is spent on the wedding service itself and the solemn vows that are made by… Read More

When reading Paul’s First Epistle to the Corinthians, it is important to observe: to whom the Epistle was written — to those at Corinth “with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours”; by whom it was written— the Apostle Paul and “Sosthenes our brother.” The Epistle was a reply to one already received — “now concerning the things whereof ye wrote… Read More

A letter from William Gadsby to Henry Fowler, preacher of the gospel at Gower Street Chapel, London. Brother Henry Fowler died five months later. ——————- My dear Brother – I was truly sorry to hear of your affliction, and I do hope by this time you are better. O my dear brother, what poor dying worms we are, and what a wretched wilderness this is! But adored be the name of our… Read More

“And be found in Him…” (Philippians 3.9) Poor panting, groaning, sin-sick soul, On Jesus cast thy care; He will thy every grief condole. And save thee from despair. Look for yourself – where’er you will, Except in Christ your Head – You’ll find yourself a rebel still, Nor one good work can plead. Should you with diligence and care Examine duty’s ground, Or faith, or penitence, or prayer, Still you are guilty… Read More

The apostle Paul calls our earthly bodies a tabernacle, which is a portable dwelling, set up, taken down, and removed, just as it pleaseth the owner of it to do. This tabernacle, as it now stands, is not to continue, because of the misery which attends the inhabitants of it in its present state. For we that are in it do groan, being burdened. There is in it the plague of leprosy… 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

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

“If the Son makes you free, ye shall be free indeed.” (John 8:36) ——————– Much we talk of freedom in our day; much is our mind perplexed about it; but how little is said, and how little we think of the freedom in the text. Freedom in this life concerning temporal matters will benefit us little compared with the freedom which the Son of God gives to his children. The former endureth… 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

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

“For ye have need of patience.” (Hebrews 10:36) ——————– Moses believed God had raised him up to deliver Israel; so when he saw the Egyptian smiting the Israelite (being a strong and important man), he thought the time and place seemed favourable to him. But God’s time had not come. Moses must have more patience, wisdom, and humility. The Lord sent him forty years to the desert to QUALIFY him for HIS… 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 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

“…neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.” (Acts 2:27) ——————– If He had not been God, He certainly would have seen corruption, as well as other creatures have done; and that He was raised from the dead is not owing to His being man, but to His being God – “…being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit” (1 Peter 3:8). His flesh was raised… Read More

This is an audio sermon by Don Bell titled: “Three Necessary Questions” The scripture text that brother Don is preaching from is John 21:14-17 and the audio is 35 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Don Bell titled: “The New Birth” The scripture text that brother Don is preaching from is John 3:1-8 and the audio is 33 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Don Bell titled: “World – It’s Meaning In John 3:16” The scripture text that brother Don is preaching from is John 3:16 and the audio is 44 minutes long.

“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

This is an audio sermon by Don Bell titled: “I Never Knew You” The scripture text that brother Don is preaching from is Matthew 7:21-23 and the audio is 35 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Don Bell titled: “Our LORD’s Tender Pity” The scripture text that brother Don is preaching from is Psalm 103:13-14 and the audio is 50 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Don Bell titled: “Five Lessons From David’s Fall” The scripture text that brother Don is preaching from is 2nd Samuel 12:1-4 and the audio is 39 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Don Bell titled: “Beware of False Prophets” The scripture text that brother Don is preaching from is Matthew 7:15-20, and the audio is 40 minutes long.