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Monthly Archives: January 2013

My dear friend Time and circumstances did not permit me on Tuesday evening, when I saw you at Barrowden, to do anything more than merely acknowledge the receipt of your letter. I take this opportunity, therefore, to write a few lines in answer to it. I am exceedingly sorry that this fresh root of bitterness has sprung up to trouble us; but I feel glad that it did not originate in me…. Read More

My dear friend, Isaac Harrison I am glad that I did not go to Leicester this last visit in vain. I felt encouraged by the good attendance all the times I preached, and the great attention shown by the people. I felt also some little liberty, and had ground to hope that the Lord was with me of a truth. I believe I can say I delivered my conscience, whether men would… Read More

My dear friend, Isaac Harrison I purpose, if the Lord wills, to leave Oakham for Leicester on Tuesday morning by the coach, and intend to bring my wife and little girl with me. We think of getting down at the turnpike at Belgrave, as I did before, but as I have to preach that evening we shall sleep at the chapel-house. I have been but poorly since I came home, and was… Read More

My dear friend, Isaac Harrison I am sorry that I shall not be able to be with you on Lord’s-day, April 21st. I am sorry it should happen so; but I cannot leave my people here wholly unprovided for. You may expect me, however, (D.V.) for the 14th; and it is my present intention to go on the Friday afternoon previous by Pettifer’s coach. I wish I could have had the pleasure… Read More

My dear Sir, Few greater afflictions can befall the people of God than the removal of a faithful and beloved pastor. It generally happens, if he has been long going in and out before them, at his decease the candlestick is removed with him; I fear that this may prove to be the case at _____ with the spiritual hearers of the late Mr. _____. Affection and respect cannot be transferred to… Read More

My dear friend, Thomas Godwin I am glad you did not stand upon ceremony with me, and wait until I answered your first letter. I seem slower at writing letters than ever. Unless the heart indites a good matter the tongue is not the pen of a ready writer; and my heart just now seems to be inditing (“boiling or bubbling up,” margin Psalm 45:1) anything and everything but a good matter…. Read More

My dear friend, Thomas Godwin I think sometimes that no one professing to fear the Lord can be more tempted, tried, and exercised, than I am with sin. Unbelief, infidelity, and blasphemy, obscenity, and powerful lusts, are continually worrying my poor soul. At times, I feel quite cut up and cut down with the power and prevalence of these monsters. When entangled and cast down by these sins I have cried to… Read More

My dear friend, Beecher I was glad to read your experimental letter, as I have many trials and temptations, both as regards myself and the ministry; and a word of encouragement is now and then desirable. No one can know the mighty power of sin and the horrible love that there is to it in our carnal mind unless he has been beset by some temptation, and that at times night and… Read More

“Blessed are they that mourn; for they shall be comforted.” (Matthew 5:4) ——————– Not all kinds of mourners are here intended; for there is the sorrow of the world, which worketh death and produces nothing but sin, misery and rebellion against God. Some mourn because they cannot increase in riches, honours and pleasures; but there is no blessing promised to them. The mourners which God has pronounced blessed are such as mourn… Read More

“And they sung a new song, saying, THOU ART WORTHY to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for THOU WAST SLAIN, and THOU HAST REDEEMED US TO GOD BY THY BLOOD out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation.” (Revelation 5:9) ——————– THE WORK OF REDEMPTION IS A GREAT WORK because of Who planned and purposed it. The Lord God determined to redeem a people for Himself… Read More

“Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.” (Revelation 5:12) ——————– John saw the Lord Jesus Christ as the Lamb slain; as the Lamb in the midst of the throne; as the Lion prevailing; as the Root of David; as the exalted sovereign of all; and everlasting. What John saw concerning him is far beyond our full comprehension,… Read More

“For he that is dead is freed from sin.” (Romans 6:7) ——————– The elect of God, as well as all others, are by nature dead; they are dead in sin, living without any spiritual life;, and to be carnally minded is death: they are without any affection for God, motion towards Him, delight in Him or in His service; and they are dead in law, being condemned in Adam, for judgment by… Read More

“Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” (Matthew 11:29) ——————– The salvation of a sinner required that the most High Himself (Christ) be brought to the point of being the most low. From the height of all glory, the precious Son became a man. What an act of condescension was displayed in the Word… Read More

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.” (Jeremiah 29:11-12) ——————– God Almighty, who has thoughts of peace and not evil toward His people, has promised that His people shall call upon Him, pray… Read More

“And in that day thou shalt say, O LORD, I will praise thee: though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me. Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.” (Isaiah 12:2) ——————–… Read More

The believer has the TRUTH of God’s word as his whole hope and absolute assurance: 1) He is absolutely sure that God the Father chose him, in Christ, unto salvation before the foundation of the world. (Ephesians 1) 2) He is absolutely sure that Christ came into this world to live perfectly (as a man) before the holy law of God. (John 1) 3) He is absolutely sure that the perfect life… Read More

“For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.” (1 John 5:7) ——————– The believer takes comfort in knowng that whatsoever God Almighty has purposed to do, He will complete it. An enlightened sinner knows (by faith) that before the world was spoken into existence by the Lord Jesus Christ, the Father, Son, and Spirit, entered into an eternal… Read More

“For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.” (1st Thessalonians 5:2) ——————– A true believer does not desire to know more than God Almighty wants him to know. While others expend countless hours studying world events, trying to somehow connect them to the return of Christ (some to the point of naming the exact date), and then making those events to be… Read More

“That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:31) ——————– Who deserves the glory in the redemption of sinners? The world believes that man has the right to choose or reject God’s plan for every single individual, and if a man by his own free will chooses to receive Christ as his personal saviour, and becomes a Christian, Jesus should get the glory… 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) ——————– By and large, the more a man begins to see of the awesome holiness and gracious goodness of God Almighty, the more that man wants to close his mouth and behold Christ. Many have thought outward noise is the proof of inward peace, but often that outward… Read More

“Let him take his rod away from me, and let not his fear terrify me: then would I speak, and not fear him; but it is not so with me.” (Job 9:34-35) _________________________________ It is a shameful thing for a child to talk back (answer or question) a parent. We observe with displeasure the rude behavior of that disrespectful one. This is the reason for the rod of correction that drives rebellion… Read More

It is with great reluctance that I bring forward any matters relating to myself; and yet to disarm (if possible) enemies, and to afford some explanation to friends, I have thought it best to publish the following correspondence. It relates to the publication of my portrait—a circumstance most repugnant to my feelings, and a matter to me of unmixed annoyance and regret. J. C. Philpot. ——————– My dear friend If I may… Read More

My dear friend, John Grace I am much obliged to you for your kind and affectionate letter, and for the unpublished letter by Huntington which it contained. It is a very acceptable gift for the Standard, and I will (D.V.) take an early opportunity of getting it inserted. I feel with you that no man’s writings (always excepting our favourite Hart’s hymns) seem to possess the savour, unction, and power of Huntington’s…. Read More

My dear friend, Thomas Godwin I hope I may say I am, through mercy, mending somewhat under the treatment I am passing through here. The doctors give me encouragement to believe that I shall eventually recover; but they say it will be a work of time, and that I must give up all ideas of preaching for a considerable period. I think they consider me in a very critical state, and that… Read More

My dear friend, Thomas Godwin Knowing that I am poorly, you will not expect a long letter from me. Still I will (D.V.) try and write a few lines. As regards my health, I am much the same; if anything, perhaps, a little better. But all serious afflictions of the lungs are in themselves so perilous, as well as uncertain, that I cannot say much about my health. My mind much fluctuates… Read More

My dear friend, Thomas Godwin I hope I may say I am gradually mending. Still, it is very slow; indeed, scarcely perceptible, and the time of year is against me. The inflammation, I hope, is slowly subsiding, but until that is fully removed I cannot recover strength, nor can I preach without danger of bringing it on again. It tries my mind to be thus laid aside in many ways. I hope… Read More

My dear friend, Thomas Godwin I was truly sorry to learn that you had been so seriously ill; but at the same time was equally glad to hear you were better. . . . In the autumn of 1822 I had, when a youth at College, a most severe attack of inflammation of the lungs. Indeed, the physician said that few survived so severe an attack; but I soon got round again… Read More

My dear friend, Thomas Godwin I have been very poorly with the influenza, and, indeed, kept my bed nearly four days. I am now, through mercy, better, but still tender against the cold. . . In my illness I seemed to have little else but the workings of my most miserable self, with little power to read, or pray, or think upon anything spiritual or divine. Oh what a poor, helpless, miserable… Read More

My dear friend, John Grace I hope that by this time you are fully recovered from your fall, and have had additional proof that, if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without your heavenly Father, much less the body of John Grace. How much better, my dear friend, to fall from a scaffold, and break a couple of ribs, than fall into sin and break all your bones! There is no… Read More

My dear friend, Thomas Godwin If I delay much longer to write you will think I have fulfilled the old saying, “Out of sight out of mind,” or that something has occurred, as illness, to prevent me. I am glad, however, to say that neither of these causes has prevented; for, as regards the former, I can say, I never felt a better union with you since we first knew one another;… Read More

Dear Friend I shall be very glad to have any or all of the late Mr. Gadsby’s letters which you can furnish me with. They generally contain much of the fullness and sweetness of the gospel, and in most cases are well backed with such views of and glimpses at man’s deeply and dreadfully fallen nature as prove him to have been well and experimentally acquainted with both sides of the question…. Read More

My dear friend, Thomas Godwin When I tell you that my poor sister, Mrs. Watts, is dead, you will not be surprised at the paper on which I write. She departed on Lord’s-day morning about 8:30. She was a great sufferer both in body and mind, believing herself to be a reprobate and filled with condemnation and despair. We have, however, some hope that her poor soul is not lost, as three… Read More

“He hath not beheld iniquity in Jacob.” (Numbers 23:21) ——————– To say that Almighty God does not behold iniquity in the sense of His omniscience would be a slight against His character. For of a truth, He does see the falling short even of those for whom Christ has shed His precious blood. What a just God does not see (in His people) is their sin under His justice and law. Christ,… Read More

“We have a little sister, and she hath no breasts: what shall we do for our sister in the day when she shall be spoken for?” (Song of Solomon 8:8) ——————– As the Lord Jesus has sheep that are yet to be called by His spirit unto salvation (John 10:16), the bride of Christ has a sister yet to be called (or revealed to be what God Almighty has said she is)…. Read More

One hardly has to look long before finding a place where a group of people consistently meets as they say, “in the name of God.” With all the different doctrines being set forth, how does one know where the truth (Christ Himself) is really being set forth? It has been rightly said that but for God’s grace one will not know and the vast majority of sincere “church-goers” will eventually find themselves… Read More

The carnal heart is easily satisfied with ritual, form, music, or any other stimuli that feeds the emotion. While we would never doubt that it is impossible to be separated from our emotions, we must always remember that our emotions are effected constantly by our environment and that only by God’s grace is a child of promise kept from being dominated by his emotions. True worship is a matter of the renewed… Read More

My dear George Isbell I am truly glad to learn that my dear mother and sister have been supported under this heavy trial and affliction; and I hope they may still find that as their day so is their strength. It is a great mercy to be supported in and under the first outbreak of trouble when the heart is too full to find relief in giving vent to its feelings. The… Read More

My dear friend, Thomas Godwin I hope I may say I am better. I preached here last Lord’s-day morning, and went up and prayed in the meeting in the afternoon, and did not seem much fatigued by the exertion. As all tell me how much better I am looking, I cannot help believing what they say. I think, too, that I am getting flesh on my bones, which is perhaps more favourable… Read More

My dear friend, Joseph Parry I hope I may say I am through mercy better in health. I have partially resumed the work of the ministry, having commenced to preach once on the Lord’s-day. I seemed shut up and embarrassed the first Lord’s-day that I spoke here; but had somewhat more life, liberty, and feeling at Oakham. I seemed favoured with a little of the spirit of prayer while going there by… Read More

My dear friend, Thomas Godwin. I am much as I was in health, and do not seem to gain much strength at present. I still continue to preach once on the Lord’s-day, and for the last three weeks have also spoken here on Thursday evenings. The friends at Oakham all seemed to hear well on Lord’s-day. The day was fine, the congregation large, and I was enabled a little to speak on… Read More

My dear friend, Thomas Godwin I believe you have long found, by painful experience, that it is impossible to do anything according to the word and will of God without trouble before, in, or after. To serve God in any way is a bitter-sweet. Sometimes conscience, sometimes Satan, sometimes the world, sometimes an evil heart, sometimes foe, and sometimes friend cause trouble. If we are let alone to have our own way,… Read More

My dear friend, Thomas Godwin We arrived here safely, through mercy, on Tuesday evening, and found my mother looking pretty well. Friend D. is supplying at the chapel, but is not very well attended. I was there last evening, but there were very few hearers. Truth is pretty much fallen in the streets, as regards these three towns, with a population more than eighty thousand. It seems strange that there should be… Read More

My dear friend, Thomas Godwin It is a mercy amid all one’s coldness, deadness, and hardness sometimes to feel a little revival, and to be blessed in speaking of the Lord’s people. It encourages us to go on in spite of all opposition within and without. I think more of the value and blessedness of the preached gospel than I once did. It often stirs up prayer, shows where we have been… Read More

My dear friend, Joseph Parry You will be very sorry to hear that our poor friend M’Kenzie is dangerously ill. He broke a blood vessel on Saturday last, and brought up much blood, and had a return of the same on Monday. The doctor says it is from the lungs, which makes it all the more dangerous. He may not be immediately removed; but I would greatly fear the ultimate event, as… Read More

My dear Tiptaft I consider poor Mrs. C.’s case a very trying one, and one very difficult indeed to pronounce any decided opinion upon. Say, for instance, that we gave it as our decided advice that she should stay away from chapel; that would seem shunning the cross. Say, that we advised her still to go, and she should lose her life in consequence, painful reflections might be cast upon us. Such… Read More

My dear friend, Thomas Godwin We were well attended at Leicester. Many, I am told, could not get into the chapel in the evening. I hope it was a good day, as I had a spirit of prayer on the Saturday, and a text came with some sweetness to my mind; and I had some liberty and sweetness in speaking. There is quite a spirit of hearing there. I baptized here the… Read More

Everyone likes to receive glad tidings. But not every thing that is proclaimed to be good news is so great. Sometimes what seems to be good news is not so good when the results are in. This is especially true in religion. False religion has an incredible ability to present a damnable lie (salvation by works) in the guise of truth and the multitudes gladly receive it. The fact is that there… Read More

There are four vital questions set forth in the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ that we all will have to deal with and answer, both now and when we are brought before the bar of truth, when this life is over. Universally, mankind refuses to recognize and deal with these humbling truths because the answers are not that which is agreeable to the flesh. Man deals with these issues now by… Read More

My dear friend, Joseph Parry I reached home safely, through mercy, on the Friday, to dinner, and found my dear wife and little family pretty well. I preached at Wellingborough Thursday evening, 24th. If “like priest like people,” be a true saying, I would fear there was not much life, power, or feeling in the congregation; and I felt but little in my own soul. My words seemed to rebound upon me… Read More

Preachers today are licensed and ordained by “the church”; men of old were ordained and sent by God. Preachers today go forth armed with degrees and credentials; men of old went forth anointed by the Holy Spirit. Preachers are questioned by committees and hired to preach what the church believes; men of old came preaching “Thus saith the Lord”. Preachers today give themselves to programs, visitation, and church business; men of old… Read More

There are three fundamental, irrefutable, absolute truths (not to the exclusion of any truth) plainly and boldly revealed in the Word of God that are essential to the honour and glory of God in the preaching of the Gospel and the salvation of the elect. Upon these truths all else stands. Without them all falls. These are so plain and simple that even I can understand them. May God help me to… Read More

My dear friend, Thomas Godwin It seems that troubles and trials still await me, and what is to be their end or outcome, I know not. I was thinking the other day that either Satan must hate me very much, or that there must be something in me very wrong, for many seem to rise up against me. And having so much besides in me which causes condemnation and fear, and the… Read More

It is only when our Lord in grace and mercy takes away our imaginary strength that we truly look to Him and trust Him. This we do not learn in creeds and confessions of faith. This we are taught by Him in personal relationship in the experience of grace. I only find hope in Him when there is no hope anywhere else. It is easy to learn correct doctrine, but faith, hope,… Read More

My dear friend, Thomas Godwin We had a church-meeting here, on Lord’s-day, and received two candidates for baptism. They were both well received, being well known to the friends and hearers almost ever since I came to Oakham; but one gave a blessed testimony, being now in the sweet enjoyment of the love of God, so that she could speak of the Lord having blessed her soul not once or twice, but… Read More

My dear friend, Thomas Godwin I never came to London more unwillingly. I left Oakham very poorly, and weak in body and tried in mind, and called myself a thousand fools to have made the engagement. But hitherto the Lord has helped me, and I hope the poor and the needy may have reaped some little benefit from my trials and exercises. I hope the Lord was with me on Lord’s-day, and… Read More

My dear friend, Thomas Godwin I believe on the main points of experimental truth and vital godliness we see eye to eye, and feel heart to heart, and this makes us cleave to each other in affection and esteem. I am quite sick of the generality of Calvinistic professors, and I believe we may read their charter in Ezekiel 34 — especially the ministers. But I leave them. Time and circumstances will… Read More

My dear friend, Thomas Godwin I was so poorly on Saturday night, and coughed so much during the night, that I almost despaired of being able to preach at all. I was sharply tried, for as I seemed to see the Lord’s hand so plainly in my going to Lakenheath, it would have been very trying and mysterious if I could not preach, and I knew it would not only be a… Read More

My dear Mr. Beecher From various causes I have not been able to attend earlier to your kind and friendly letter. I think sometimes that Satan, seeing the Lord has blessed my ministry, is doing all he can to overthrow it. The doctrine and the experience cannot be overthrown; and therefore attempts are being made to overthrow the author. And what more ready way than to say that he borrows what he… Read More

The child of God must face all the afflictions that is common to the whole human race. We are not immune to family, health, financial and social problems. We all have been and will again be confronted with many hard and difficult situations. When God saves us we do not move on to EASY STREET. We then begin to fight the hardest battle that will ever be waged by anyone other than… Read More

My dear Friend, Joseph Parry, It is a mercy that where the Lord has begun a good work He will carry it on, and bring it to perfection. If it were not so, what hope could there be for such poor, dark, dead wretches, who can no more revive themselves, than they can quicken their own souls? And when we have no trials or temptations, or at least not heavy ones, how… Read More

“Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” (Colossians 1:26-27) ——————– The Mystery. The Mystery. Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and generations, which is now made manifest to… Read More

My dear Friend, Thomas Godwin My (lack of writing), I can assure you, has not arisen from lack of friendship and affection. Since I have had so many enemies and so many ‘treacherous friends’, I have only more valued and cleaved to my few real friends. But writing is to me a great burden generally, and thus I keep putting it off until at last conscience compels me to make the attempt…. Read More

My dear Friend, Thomas Godwin You must not measure my feelings towards you by the frequency of my letters. Letter-writing to me is usually quite a task; unless there is something which I much wish to communicate, I go to it as a schoolboy to his homework. But I have felt for the last few days desirous to drop you a few lines. I hope on the whole we had a pretty… Read More

My dear Friend, Thomas Godwin Before the February number of The Gospel Standard came out, I saw that I had laid myself open to attack upon the point which you so kindly and faithfully name, and sent a partial correction to the office; but the letter being delayed to the morning mail, the Standard was already on the printing machine. My meaning was, that the body of Christ was not natural in… Read More

My dear Friend, Thomas Godwin I am glad you are coming our way, but am sorry your stay will be so short. It generally takes a little time before we get into the marrow of anything. The bone, you know, lies pretty deep in the flesh, and the marrow deeper still. We need an evening together, and a little oil on the heart and tongue, such as we had, I hope, once… Read More

My dear Friend, Thomas Godwin I would have answered your kind and friendly letter before, had not my time been so much occupied. I have been down to Stoke, to pay the last mark of respect and affection to my poor dear mother. She died early on Thursday morning, the 13th. I left home on Monday, slept at Exeter that night, and reached Stoke Tuesday evening. I found Mrs. Isbell better than… Read More

My dear Friend, Thomas Godwin It was my intention (D.V.) to write to you today, even if your kind letter had not met me here on Saturday. I feel for you in your troubles, especially in one which I know presses you sore. My dear friend, most of us have to learn Micah 7:4-5, in painful experience. It is bitter work, especially where there is soul union. I do hope the Lord… Read More

My dear Duncan Mathieson I have indeed reason to bless the Lord for the way in which in His mysterious providence and grace He has condescended to spread and bless my little productions. And this because I have never attempted to spread them myself, and have no pecuniary interest in them. It is indeed mysterious that they should have reached your remote district, and especially so that your first knowledge of them… Read More

My dear Friend, Mr. Godwin I think sometimes when I am gone and carnal feelings buried in my grave, my writings and sermons will be more understood than they are now; and I hope I have a place in the hearts and affections of some of God’s people. You may depend upon it there are some of the right sort of people at Oakham and Stamford. I felt once at the ordinance… Read More

My dear Friend, Miss Richmond I hope, if the Lord wills, and health and strength be given, to speak a little at Stadham on Thursday evening, the 23rd, on my way home. If your sister at Sutton Courtney would do me the kindness of meeting us with her sociable at the station, we could spend an hour or two with her before proceeding to Stadham; and I think Mrs. Philpot would like… Read More

My dear Friend, Mr. Godwin You seem favoured with two great blessings — health of body and health of soul. Such blessings are they, that without them life is not life. I wish you may long enjoy both, and be made a blessing for many years to the Church of God. I am, through mercy, better. I preached at Oakham in the morning last Lord’s-day, and spoke in the afternoon from the… Read More

“Chosen” – Sermon preached by Michael Pickett at Old Paths Chapel, Choteau, Montana, USA – 2008. ——————– Before ever the world was made, God chose a people for His praise. This truth is denied by most, yet the bible cannot be overturned, only those that have ears to hear will hear. ——————– As the Lord may be graciously pleased to help us, I would ask you to turn with me to Paul’s… Read More

“Revealed Unto Babes” – Sermon preached by Michael Pickett at Old Paths Chapel, Choteau, Montana, USA – 2011. ——————– The truths of the gospel hidden from the wise of this world, but revealed unto babes in Christ. ——————– “At that time Jesus answered and said, “I thank Thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because Thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes…. Read More

What strange methods God sometimes employs in teaching His Children much needed lessons! This has recently been the writer’s experience. I have been approached by a “university” to accept from them a degree of “D. D.” Asking for time to be given so that I might prayerfully seek from God, through His written word, a knowledge of His will, fuller light came than was expected. I had very serious doubt’s as to… Read More

We, too often I fear, find ourselves looking inward or to THINGS for assurance. We are never encouraged by our Lord to do so. Christ said, Look unto me. To look anywhere else other than to Christ is folly and sin. Of that we are assured by the Word of God, which testifies of Christ and salvation in Him. By Tommy Robbins

I know that nothing we can do or say will alter the purpose of God. Those whom He has chosen in His blessed Son will be saved with an everlasting salvation. God the Father purposed it. God the Son purchased it. God the Spirit executes it. This gives us great comfort and assurance. However, He has given His people a desire, motivated by love, to be instrumentally used of God, in the… Read More

There is every reason for the child of God to rejoice. We live in a world and a body that daily reaps the result of the ravages of sin, but not to despair. Are you sick in body? — Then rejoice in the Lord! Is there trouble in the family? — Then rejoice in the Lord! Are you tired, weary, weak, heavy-laden with life itself — then rejoice in the Lord! Our… Read More

I have found that even the saints are prone to dwell too much upon things that discourage. At least this is my experience. It is good to be able to confide in one another and talk about the things that trouble us. But it is not good to let our burdens and difficulties become a load that we always carry and a burden that we always place upon the brethren. If we… Read More

The child of God (the true child of God), like every professor of Christianity, is continually looking for assurance. The mere professor of Christ who is not a possession of Christ, looks for assurance in all the wrong places. He looks to the flesh. He looks to his experiences, his feelings, his faithfulness, his longevity in religion, his knowledge of the Bible, his knowledge of doctrine, and at every thing and in… Read More

“Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?”(1 Corinthians 1:12-13) ——————– This passage in 1 Corinthians 1, oft quoted, is I feel often taken out of context. Some would say we shouldn’t follow a man, based on… Read More

We live in days of great social change. Rapid change. Hardly a month seems to pass when some new law isn’t passed, or some movement appears to triumph in a further attempt to overthrow God’s order. In the last 50 years we’ve seen great changes in the fickle populace’s thinking regarding social and class order, the roles of the sexes, the place of marriage and the family in society, among many other… Read More

This is an audio sermon by Henry Mahan titled: “The Reward of Faith” The scripture text that brother Henry is preaching from is Matthew 19:16-30 and the audio is 45 minutes long.

The Lord Jesus spoke of His hatred of the deeds and doctrine of the “nicolaitans” (Revelation 2:6, Revelation 2:15). These “nicolaitans” were an ungodly group who sought to infiltrate the churches of Ephesus and Pergamos. They represent a prevailing problem for all true Gospel assemblies throughout the last days. The only thing within the text to show us who they were is the meaning of the word it-self. “Nicolaitan” is a compound… Read More

Preached to the church at Choteau, Montana, USA – In the year 2008 – By Michael Pickett. ——————– As the Lord may be graciously pleased to help us, I would ask you to turn to the second epistle general of Peter chapter one and verses 19 through 21. “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in… Read More

This is an audio sermon by Don Bell titled: “Will I Have Stars In My Crown?” The scripture text that brother Don is preaching from is Matthew 20:1-16 and the audio is 40 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Henry Mahan titled: “What About Rewards In Heaven?” The scripture text that brother Henry is preaching from is Matthew 20:12, and the audio is 27 minutes long.