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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.

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

“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

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.

“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

“Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” (Amos 3:3) ——————– There was a time, child of God, when the world held in your heart the chief place. It was not so in God’s heart. You and he were therefore at variance. But now, through grace, you are brought to make eternity your chief concern. You and God are agreed there; for in the mind of God eternity as much outweighs time… Read More

“Blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.” (Matthew 11:6) ——————– What is the feeling of your heart toward Jesus? What is the solemn desire of your soul? That He would come and make your heart His abode? That He would visit your soul with the light of His countenance? That He would sprinkle His blood upon your conscience? That He would make Himself very near, very dear, and very… Read More

“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength.” (Isaiah 40:31) ——————– How different the religion of a living soul is from the religion of a dead professor! The religion of a dead professor begins in self, and ends in self; begins in his own wisdom, and ends in his own folly; begins in his own strength, and ends in his own weakness; begins in his own righteousness, and ends… 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 was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.” (Romans 7:9) ——————– The Apostle describes in his own case how men are affected toward the law before it enters as a condemning sentence into their heart. “I was alive without the law once.” The law was hanging over him as a condemning sentence, as a minister of death, as a messenger of wrath, as… Read More

“We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren.” (I John 3:14) ——————– The Lord’s people in their early days have a measure of heavenly love. Love [is] manifested in them [for] God’s word, God’s people, God’s servants, and God’s truth. There is in them, in their weakest and tenderest days, a separation from the world, a casting-in of their lot amongst the people of God,… 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

“If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:26-27) ——————– There is no middle path to heaven — there is no intermediate state between hell and heaven; no purgatory for that numerous… Read More

If salvation implies a previous state from which it is a deliverance, then I say that it is childish folly to talk of being saved if we know nothing experimentally of what we are saved from. All doctrines, notions, forms, creeds, ordinances and ceremonies short of this manifested salvation are as the dust of the balance, and as the driven stubble before the wind. What, for instance, is election, except it be… 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

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

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

“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

“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

“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

“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

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

I admire and love the grace of God; and the longer I live, the more do I love and admire it. My sins, my corruptions, my infirmities make me feel my deep and daily need of it; and as its freeness, fulness, suitability and inexpressible blessedness are more and more opened up to my heart and conscience, so do I more and more cleave to and delight in it. What, in fact,… Read More

“Remember me, O Lord, with the favour that thou bearest unto thy people: O visit me with thy salvation.” (Psalm 106:4) ——————– How is a man brought and taught to want to be “visited with” God’s salvation? He must know something first of condemnation. Salvation only suits the condemned. “The Son of man came to seek and to save that which was lost;” (Matthew 18:11) and therefore salvation only suits the lost…. 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

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

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

“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

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

“The desire of our soul is to thy Name, and to the remembrance of thee.” (Isaiah 26:8) ——————– How sweet and expressive is the phrase, “The desire of our soul”! How it seems to carry our feelings with it! How it seems to describe the longings and utterings of a soul into which God has breathed the spirit of grace and mercy! “The desire of our soul” – the breathing of our… Read More

As long as we are in this flesh, we will have misunderstandings among us, unpleasantness, and even injustices; we will feel that our rights have been violated and others have been wrong in what they have said and done. What is to be our attitude? It is to be twofold: “FORBEARING one another and FORGIVING one another.” (Colossians 3:13) To FORBEAR is to control our emotions, surrendering our rights for the time… Read More

“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

Do you really believe that when Christ died, that he died for every man on the planet? 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

“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

“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

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

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

“How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” (Hebrews 9:14) ———————— Both the enemies of Christ such as the Pharisees and some who would be His friends have referred to Christ as a “sinner,” even the “greatest sinner.” We know that the scriptures teach that Christ as our Surety assumed… 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

“…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 providence…. 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

“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

“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 sting… 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

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