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Monthly Archives: October 2021

“The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.” (Proverbs 15:8) There is a manifest difference made in His elect by grace and the Holy Ghost. God makes His children “upright” and inspires them with the “Spirit of grace and of supplications” (Zechariah 12:10), and in the prayer of the upright are to be noticed the following things: 1. A plain confession before God that… Read More

“And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.” (Matthew 28:5) Whatever be our state and case, if it can truly be said of us what the angel said to the wan at the sepulchre, “I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified,” we have a divine warrant to believe that “He goeth before” us “into Galilee; there… Read More

The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? (1st Corinthinas 10:16) According to the majority of churches, communion is eating crackers and drinking grape juice and they say, Jesus said to do this in remembrance of me. 1st of all, communion is only mentioned 4 times in the… Read More

No sin, that is in us, however beset or troubled in prayer, can ascend to the Father, because the Mediator, the Advocate, the interceding High Priest, is between God and us. Hence the charge, “Ask in My name.” Nor can any wrath descend from God to us because of Christ’s intercession: “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased, hear ye Him.” On this account God has sworn, “I… Read More

“O satisfy us early with Thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Make us glad according to the days wherein Thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil.” (Psalm 90:14-15) This petition is for some spiritual comfort and refreshment to their spirits, which might keep them in heart and hope of eternal salvation. Whence learn: 1. A soul sensible of wrath hath as… Read More

“Be surety for thy servant for good: let not the proud oppress me.” (Psalm 119:122) In deep conviction of need, David prays, “Be surety for thy servant for good.” The keen eye of the world may possibly not be able to affix any blot upon my outward profession; but, “If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O LORD, who shall stand?” (Psalm 130:3) The debt is continually accumulating, and the prospect of payment… Read More

My impatient expectation of finding great things all at once was disappointed. Especially I found that the earnest spiritual violence, with which I made sure of taking the kingdom of heaven by force, was not at my command, so that I too often felt as dead, hard and indifferent to all spiritual things as possible. All this, in my ignorance, I had not laid my account for, and did not understand. Therefore… Read More

“Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.” (1st Timothy 1:13) “I obtained mercy,” saith Paul. This phrase speaks forth a particular application of mercy to the receiver by the giver of it. “General mercy would not do my business, another man’s mercy would not save me; I must have it of my own, for myself; and so I got it…. Read More

“And, behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem, and said unto the reapers, The LORD be with you. And they answered him, The LORD bless thee.” (Ruth 2:4) Boaz came into his own field, he spoke to his own reapers, and wished them the best of all blessings, even the presence of the best Friend that man can have.  Here he dropped into their ears and into their hearts this gracious salutation: “The LORD… Read More

I can imagine the Day of Judgment. All are gathered before the throne of God. Those who are robed in the perfect robe of Christ’s righteousness are gathered to His right hand. The rest wait to hear His voice of condemnation, “Depart from Me!” Does anyone have anything to say? If there be one who has no sin, let him step forth and say so. Come forth, my friend, and state your… Read More

Omniscience – boundless knowledge. Omniscient – knowing all things. God only is omniscient, for He alone knoweth all things. All His intelligent creatures, whether men or angels, are greatly limited in knowledge, being finite in all their powers. Not so with God, Who is unlimited in every perfection of His, for He is the infinite one. Infiniteness cannot be measured nor bounded, and therefore God is absolutely unlimited, both in His being… Read More

Did you know that the Bible is like a library of many books? There are 66 books in all, 39 of those we call the Old Testament, written before the birth of Christ, and 27, which we call the New Testament, written about events after the birth of Christ. Did you know that although there seem to be many writers, such as, for example, Moses, David, Isaiah, Paul and Peter, yet there… Read More

“Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” (Ephesians 6:11) We have here a very great power described which we have to contend with; but yet a strength is pointed out by which we are made more than a match for it; namely, “Be strong in the Lord, and in power of His might.” (Ephesians 6:10) “Put ye on the… Read More

“Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that ye should bring forth fruit unto God. For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.” (Romans 7:4-5) It is manifestly… Read More

This is a short quiz to test the Bible knowledge of soul-winners, revivalists, people who hand out tracts and put religious handbills on windshields and screen doors, and all who equate quality of worship with quantity of activity. Also, this quiz might acquaint them with a few verses they did not know were in the Bible. Take as long as you like with this quiz, as there is no time limit. Use… Read More

Did you know there is a small weasel-like animal called an Ermine or Stoat which lives in remote northern areas of the earth. It is hunted especially for its winter coat of thick, snow-white fur, which it goes to great lengths to keep spotlessly clean. When the ermine is being hunted, the trapper find the entrance to its burrow and daub it with filth. When the ermine is spotted out in the… Read More

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” (Isaiah  41:10) There is not anyone reading this study who does not deal with the emotion of fear.  Fear is something that every one of us knows something about.  Even a little baby; one of… Read More

The “little town of Bethlehem” has had a remarkable place in the history of God’s purposes. Its very name is significant, meaning “House of Bread,” no doubt naturally gaining its name from the rich arable lands that surrounded it, of which Boaz’ fields were part (Ruth 2:3). Of course, the deeper meaning is much more important, for it was because Christ was born there, who said of Himself: “I am the Bread… Read More

“Man that is in honour, and understandeth not, is like the beasts that perish.” (Psalm 49:20) What is he saying? Let me paraphrase it. In other words, David is speaking. He is writing under Divine inspiration, which is God breathed. The LORD is speaking through him. David is saying, “A man or a woman that is held in great worldly honour, great esteem, high position with riches and wisdom in this world,… Read More

It is very significant to notice how important the influence for good or bad a wife had, in the Bible. Eve’s advice to Adam brought the completion of the ruin of the fall of man; Job’s wife suggested that he curse God and die; Haman’s wife, Zeresh, had the discernment to prophecy of the imminent fall of her although she had suggested building the gallows for Mordecai; the stronger faith of Manoah’s… Read More

A well-loved preacher in his secular calling, had an agricultural implement business which he and his father worked. Through difficult times when money was short, a court order was issued against them by one of their suppliers, to be paid by a certain date. They scratched and scraped, went without, but at last the day arrived – they were half-a-crown (12 and a half pence) short of the sum wanted. There was… Read More

Philip Henry, who was, with Matthew Henry, a famous commentator on the Holy Bible, was approached by his daughter with the news that she wanted to marry a certain young man. As the young man was not known to him, he said to her: “I don’t know where he has come from.” To which she replied: “But I know where he is going.” To another of his children, this time a son,… Read More

There is nothing more common, in an early profession of religion, than for the enemy to watch the constitutional or besetting sin, and to work upon that, and if possible in some way or other to enforce the absolute necessity of being found in the full exercise of it, covered with the name of godly fear. For instance, if I am naturally indolent, the enemy will soon impress me (but all in… Read More

One of the people rarely spoken of, when the history of the birth of Jesus is mentioned, is Anna the prophetess. Just three verses in the whole of Scripture are all we are told about this lady, but there is enough in those few words to tell us she was a true believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. In fact, there are seven things in this short account which commend Anna to… Read More

The devil once said to his demons below, Our good work is progressing entirely too slow; The true godly people stand in our way, Since they don’t believe in the show or the play. They teach that the carnival, circus and dance, The tavern and disco with all games of chance, Drinking and smoking – these things are all wrong; That Christians don’t mix with the ungodly throng. They are quick to… Read More

“Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.” (2nd Thessalonians 2:15) Paul in writing to the church at Thessalonica writes in his pastoral sense to a people whom he loves for the truth’s sake. And these epistles you will find are directed to those that love the Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity and in truth. He says in verse 13, “But… Read More

The way in which we dress, may send an important message to others, of the kind of person we wish to be. For example, people who dress in a slovenly fashion may display a “do not care” attitude, whereas others who wear showy clothing may wish to draw attention to themselves. Whether we dress modestly or otherwise, sends a message to those who see us, and may be a strong indication of… Read More

“Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.” (Genesis 2:1-2) “The LORD that made heaven and earth,” as the Psalmist titles Him, has finished all His works from the the beginning. The work of creation was complete at the… Read More

Children and young people often ask: “What will happen at the end of the world?” The Bible is very clear. One day the world will end; it will be burned up by fire. People today just do not believe this. They think the world will go on and on for ever. The argument is something like this: things have always gone on and on the same, and they will always go on… Read More

Before you join in the hordes that are accepting the Westcott and Hort Greek Text, it is important to know who and what they were. The theories of Westcott and Hort are what most of our modern translations are built upon. B. F. Westcott rose through the various offices of the Anglican church finally becoming a Bishop. He believed in the apostolic succession of the Anglican priests through the Roman Catholic succession,… Read More

Preached by brother J. K. Popham at Galeed Chapel, Brighton, on Wednesday evening, 2nd April, 1919. “The prudent man forseeth the evil and hideth himself, but the simple pass on and arepunished.” (Proverbs 22:3) There is a vein of truth and of experience in this Scripture which, if the LORD would kindly open to us, and apply to us, we should find to our edification; we should find it profitable. The way… Read More

“To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God.” (Isaiah 61:2) Our text contains one part of the ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ; and as a solemnly glorious minister of the New Testament, He was anointed by the LORD for the important work. And the two things mentioned in our text His Majesty proclaims in the Word, and in the conscience of all that He… Read More

Preached by brother J. K. Popham on Wednesday evening, 1st October – 1924. “The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.” (Proverbs 29:25) Man is naturally a sociable and a dependent creature. Society is necessary for man, even according to God’s word – “It is not good that the man should be alone” (Genesis 2:18). And relationships and positions in life bring… Read More

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee.” (Isaiah 26:3) It is common for us as true believers to want to see some evidences within ourselves of our salvation and the blessed and powerful work of the Holy Spirit within us. We want to see genuine faith in Christ, true repentance and godly sorrow over sin, love for Christ and our brethren…. Read More