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Monthly Archives: December 2020

“And the LORD said unto Moses, Go on before the people, and take with thee of the elders of Israel; and thy rod, wherewith thou smotest the river, take in thine hand, and go. Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight… Read More

The hanging of mistletoe during the heathen festival of what is now known as Christmas comes from an ancient legend from Northern Europe. The “sun god” known as Balder was represented as so attractive, fair, and great that the other “gods” made a promise never to hurt him. They supposedly placed a spell on everything in order to protect him. Arrows, poisons, and swords could not kill him. However, when the “gods”… Read More

“And thou shalt set the altar of gold for the incense before the ark of the testimony.” (Exodus 4:5) Dear friends, we invite your attention to this study on the Golden Incense Altar, to the position it occupied, and to Him of whom it so beautifully and sweetly speaks. The incense altar stood in the Holy Place, that place which is called: in the 9th chapter of Hebrews, the “first tabernacle”, and which must… Read More

“Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not. They are upright… Read More

“And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying, Take Aaron and his sons with him, and the garments and the anointing oil, and a bullock for the sin offering, and two rams, and a basket of unleavened bread.” (Leviticus 8:1-2) There is a Divine reason for the order in which the opening books of the Bible are placed, – Genesis, Exodus and Leviticus:To gain an intelligent grasp of their history and of their meaning,… Read More

Scorpions represent false teachers and devils. The workers in the kingdom of Satan. They bring false doctrines that lead to damnation. They do not bring the pure water of the Word of God, for they corrupt it. They are hirelings who scatter the flock and lead their blind followers in to the pit with them (Matthew 15:14; John 10:12-13; John 12:14). (Deuteronomy 8:15) “Who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein… Read More

“The gospel of the grace of God.” (Acts 20:24) What does the word “gospel” signify? Gospel is a good old Anglo-Saxon word, sprung from that pure Anglo-Saxon stock which forms the bulk, as well as the most expressive and precious portion of our noble language, of that language of which the daily lengthening line is gone throughout all the earth, and its words to the end of the world, our mother tongue, in… Read More

“She shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21) I stand before you this evening either as a servant of Christ or as a servant of the devil. I must be one or the other, for he that is not with Christ is against Him (Matthew 12:30); and, “Woe is unto me if I preach not the Gospel” (1st Corinthians… Read More

“Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling.” (Jude 1:24) Jude here concludes with this gracious doxology. Do you feel your need to be kept?  None are safe but those who are kept by God’s power. Let us look for a moment at the need of keeping. I feel to need keeping, in the first place, because of myself. O the capability of sin in my nature! I have been… Read More

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). To glorify God is the highest ambition of angels. The brightest seraph before the throne has no higher aim, no greater happiness, than to bring glory to His name. And yet a poor sinner on earth may glorify God as much, and in some way more, than the brightest… Read More

“If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth” (Mark 9:23). This chapter begins with an account of the transfiguration. There was the presence of Moses and Elias glorified, and the voice in their presence: “This is My beloved Son: hear Him.” What He has to say, the interpretation He puts on the law and the prophets, the mind of Christ in them – that is what we have to hear. For… Read More

“Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us” (Luke 1:78). What is meant by the expression “dayspring”? By “dayspring” is meant the day-dawn, the herald of the rising sun, the change from darkness to light, the first approach of morn; in one word, the spring of the day. But what is this “dayspring” spiritually? It is the intimation of the rising of the Sun of righteousness. It is not the… Read More

“And patience of hope.” (1st Thessalonians 1:3) The grace of hope is that third grace in living union with faith and love in the heart of God’s people, as “an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil”(Hebrews 6:19). But what does hope take its rise from? Testimonies from God; evidences of interest in the love and blood of the Lamb; manifestations of mercy to the… Read More

“And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”(1st Corinthians 6:11) My brethren, these words have been encouraging to the most profligate. If the blood-thirsty Manasseh, Mary Magdalene, and the persecuting Saul were made fit for heaven, who can tell where a work of grace may be wrought? The… Read More

“He hath known My name” (Psalm 91:14).  This leads the child of God to love – to love God – to set a love upon Him. And we see the cause. “Because God first loved us.” Therefore it was we were brought to set our love upon Him. Yes, we do not love we know not what! When Paul went to Athens what did he see? An altar with this inscription: “TO THE UNKNOWN GOD” (Acts 17:23.)… Read More

The Scriptural doctrine of God’s existing as One and Three, presented for the consideration of brethren: That God is One appears manifest from every page of God’s revelation; but I shall here content myself with quoting some of the those texts in which He has more positively taught that He is to be acknowledged and worshipped as one and only as one God. The 1st command in the Decalogue is in point. “Thou shalt have… Read More

“Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.” (Psalm 119:90) Perhaps Jeremiah said it best, when he said, “It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23). At best, our faithfulness is inconsistent and terribly deficient – “for in many things we offend all.” (James 3:2). Oh, but… Read More

“The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream; and he that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully. What is the chaff to the wheat? saith the LORD.“ (Jeremiah 23:28) What are the dreams of the deluded when weighed in the balances with the faithful proclamation of God’s truth? They are nothing. They are vanity, and less than vanity. Compromising God’s truth to retain one’s status quo,… Read More

“And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day.” (Joshua 10:13) “Fear before him, all the earth: the world also shall be stable, that it be not moved.” (1st Chronicles 16:30) “The LORD reigneth,… Read More

“And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.” (Genesis 1:6-7) “Behold, the heaven and the heaven of heavens is the LORD’s thy God, the earth also, with all that therein is.”… Read More

“And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which (were) above the firmament: and it was so.” (Genesis 1:6-7) “And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and… Read More

“God is known in her palaces of refuge.” (Psalm 48:3) These palaces are all the ordinances of God. We see in Rehoboam how God will smite for all that independence of Him in all directions (2nd Chronicles 12:1); thinking we have wisdom enough to manage for ourselves. God will punish this sorely. But if we are led to watch and lament and deplore, He will surely return in mercy. When He gives… Read More

(Genesis 2:17) “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” (Genesis 6:5) “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” (Job 14:4) “Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean?… Read More

(Psalm 65:4) “Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple.” (Psalm 110:3) “Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth.” (John 6:37) “All that the Father giveth… Read More

(Job 17:9) “The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.” (Psalm 1:3) “And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” (Psalm 23:1) “A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. (Psalm 23:2) He… Read More

Limited Atonement (Isaiah 53:8) “He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. (Isaiah 53:9) And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. (Isaiah 53:10) Yet… Read More

Unconditional Election (Psalm 65:4) “Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple.” (Psalm 105:6) “O ye seed of Abraham his servant, ye children of Jacob his chosen.” (Matthew 24:24) “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders;… Read More

The 144,000 are spoken of in two places in the New Testament: We find them the first time in Revelation 7 and the second in Revelation 14. In Revelation 14 they are shown to us to be those who have been “redeemed” from the earth. They are those, we read in Revelation 14, who are chaste. In verse 4 of the same chapter God says: “They are they which were not defiled with women, for… Read More

“According to the word that I covenanted with you when ye came out of Egypt, so My Spirit remaineth among you; fear ye not.” (Haggai 2:5) ——————– On reading through the Book of Ezra, there is a discovery of the needs-be for Haggai to have spoken this word. There we read of the return from captivity and the commencement of the rebuilding of the Temple. It had been sadly desolated; its walls… Read More

“Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with Thee, which frameth mischief by a law?” (Psalm 94:20) ——————– When the people of God fall into temptation, beware how you touch them; for God who hears their mournful cries will raise them up. The psalmist says “Blessed is the man whom Thou chastenest, O Lord, and teachest him out of Thy law.” We cannot know the love of God but by means of… Read More

The blessed Christ is “the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth;” (Romans 10:4;) and, under deep depression of spirit, real faith will be vehemently struggling after the enjoyment of this truth, and the soul will be feelingly crying, “O to be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is… Read More

“Who can understand his errors? Cleanse Thou me from secret faults.” (Psalm 19:12) ——————– The Spirit is grieved by self-will, pride, conceit, and any tendency to a self-righteous spirit; and if these are not quelled, we shall have a furnace ten times hotter then we have had. In the furnace we are brought to feel we need mercy; and nothing will subdue these things but a sense of God’s mercy. This will… Read More

“The LORD hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee; send thee help from the sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of Zion.” (Psalm 20:1-2) ——————– This salvation God appoints “for walls and bulwarks” (Isaiah 26:1); and I feel it’s power when I draw nigh to Him with many fears and confessions, and He assures me that He is my Friend and will never leave… Read More

“Where, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of Him in peace, without spot, and blameless.” (2nd Peter 3: 14) ——————– For if we expect to get any spiritual good in any of other way, we shall be disappointed. We must show that it is the work of the Spirit by steadiness and uniformity, not all religion today, and the next day saying, “We… Read More

Excerpts of a sermon preached at Abingdon, December 25th, 1829 – By William Tiptaft. ——————– “She shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21) ——————– I stand before you this evening either as a servant of Christ or as a servant of the devil. I must be one or the other, for he that is not with… Read More

“Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth… Read More

“Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while he have the light, lest darkness come a upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth. While he have light, believe in the light” (John 12:35-36) ——————– Walk with godly simplicity as little children. If the LORD shows you any danger, be sure you watch against that, stand off for it as far as you can,… Read More

“For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous; but the way of the ungodly shall perish.” (Psalm 1:6) ——————– “The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath His way in the whirlwind and in the storm.… His fury is poured out the fire.” (Nahum 1:3-6) ——————– Now, not to enter into many things, in a word they are… Read More

“O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs, let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice; for sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely.” (Song of Solomon 2:14) —————————— I expect some of you feel, as I certainly feel myself, that this Song of songs is too great for us to intrude into it. But we would approach the Word of God with reverence. There… Read More

The Baptism of Christ, which is His own proper and Spiritual and only ministration, is that by which all true Christians are Baptized into fellowship with Him, and oneness with Him; and so becomes wholly washed in the New creature, or New man, or Baptized into the very Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, of which that Baptism administered in gifts, or the Holy Ghost by the Apostles, more visibly… Read More

“Cast me not away from Thy presence, and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.” (Psalm 51:11) —————————— There is nothing more terrible to a child of God then to think of being cast away from Christ’s presence. It was sin which brought these dreadful fears on David, and which caused Adam to back-sliding, that he might show to us how bitter a thing he found sin to be. He was made… Read More