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Hyper-Calvinism Doesn't Mean Hyper-Jerkism - Published on January 13, 2022
...    Around twenty years ago, I discovered the deep truths of the Sovereignty of God.  When I was in my mid twenties, I came to believe that God was absolutely sovereign.  I loved the endless implications of an absolutely sovereign God and I scoured the Scriptures and other theological books for a deeper understanding of what I perceived to be the truth.  What I came to believe was mockingly referred to as "hyper-calvinism" by the r...
Brandan Kraft
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Talking to a Dead Man - Published on January 6, 2022
...    I can attempt to lay the guilt of the law on a dead man — but he will not feel the burden and run to Christ, unless God gives him life.     I can shoot the barbed arrows of the truth of the Gospel into a dead man’s chest — but he will not flinch nor shed a tear and cry out to God for mercy, unless God gives him life.     I can try to comfort a dead man with the salvation accomplished by our Lord Jesus Christ — bu...
Kevin Thacker
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The Believer’s Rule of Life - Published on January 5, 2022
...    I left the pulpit one night and a fellow asked me, “Do you believe ‘the law’ to be a believer’s rule of life?” He seemed surprised when I told him I did not. His very next question was, “How do you know how to live?” I told him immediately that I lived just as the Apostle Paul, “The life that I now life, I live by the faith of the Son of God” (Gal. 2:20). This was the rule of life for Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and Abel and all ot...
Bruce Crabtree
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Never Be Disappointed - Published on January 4, 2022
..."The LORD does whatever pleases Him — in the heavens and on the earth, in the seas and all their depths!" - Psalm 135:6     My Dear Betsy,     How vain are all things here below!  "Vanity of vanities!" says the preacher. And you, and I, and your mamma, may say so likewise; for we all counted upon seeing you last Sunday. We listened at the door — and peeped out of the window — but no Betsy came! Now we will venture to exp...
John Newton
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He Will Carry Us Home - Published on January 1, 2022
...And even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you. - Isa 46:4     The year is very old, and here is a promise for our aged friends; yes, and for us all, as age creeps over us. Let us live long enough, and we shall all have hoar hairs; therefore we may as well enjoy this promise by the foresight of faith.     When we grow old our God will still be the I AM, abiding evermore t...
Charles Spurgeon
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Self-Righteousness Can Feed Upon Doctrine as Well as Works - Published on December 24, 2021
...    There is a principle of self, which disposes us to despise those who differ from us; and we are often under its influence, when we think we are only shewing a becoming zeal in the cause of God.     I readily believe that the leading points of Arminianism spring from, and are nourished by, the pride of the human heart; but I should be glad if the reverse was always true; and that to embrace what are called the Calvinistic doctrines was an infallible token of a humble mi...
John Newton
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Talking Smack About Me? - Published on December 15, 2021
...    To those of you who like to talk smack about me online, I want you to know that there are much more worse things  about me than you will ever say to others about me....
Brandan Kraft
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Profession vs. Possession - Published on December 15, 2021
...He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. - Matthew 16:15-17     A lot of folks have made it their business to study doctrine, contend for it, maintain a zeal for it, and even defend it.  They are religious professors, b...
Brandan Kraft
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Comfort Found in the All Things - Published on December 14, 2021
...And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. - Romans 8:28, (NASB)     When I search the scriptures with my handy bible software for the phrase "all things", two hundred and three (203) results are returned!  The Scriptures have A LOT to say about the “all things.”   The word “all” is a very important word.  Webster’s dictionary d...
Brandan Kraft
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Jesus and Emmanual - Published on December 14, 2021
...“Thou shalt call His name JESUS: for He shall save His people from their sins.”  “They shall call His name Emmanuel, which being interpreted, God with us.”  - Mat 1:21; Mat 1:23     In our day we give names to our children which have no particular meaning.  We generally name them after a special relative or some person for whom we have high regard, but still, as a general rule, children are not given names which have significant mea...
Jim Byrd
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The Last Words of James Guthrie : June 1, 1661 - Published on December 14, 2021
...Editor's Note: These are the last words of the Scottish Preacher, James Guthrie.  He spoke them from the scaffold where he was beheaded for preaching the gospel. For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. - 2 Timothy 1:12     I am come here to lay down my life this day, and I bless God, I die no...
James Guthrie
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There is No Danger from Which the Lord Cannot Rescue His People - Published on December 14, 2021
...    How grateful ought Christians to be who live in a land of liberty!  What a blessing it is to have the exercise of their religion secured to them by the laws of the state! If any of them are so ill-informed as not to be impressed with the value of this privilege, let them think of the Jews in the time of Esther—let them think of the state of Christians in this country in ages past, and in some other countries at the present moment. What a wretched thing it is to live...
Alexander Carson
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The Importance of Public Worship - Published on December 13, 2021
...“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” - Hebrews 10:25     It is the place where the Lord said that He would meet together with His people, even if only two or three where gathered to meet in His name. We do not have this promise sitting at home. Private worship is good, public worship is better.     It is the place where the sheep ...
John Chapman
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Prayer Arithmetic - Published on December 13, 2021
...And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they...
Brandan Kraft
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He Must Increase, But I Must Decrease - Published on December 11, 2021
...Then a question from John's disciples arose with the Jews about purification. And they came to John and said to him, Rabbi, He who was with you beyond Jordan, to whom you bore witness, behold, He baptizes, and all come to Him! And John answered and said, A man can receive nothing unless it is given to him from Heaven. You yourselves bear witness to me that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before Him. He who has the bride is the bridegroom, but the...
Brandan Kraft
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Our Immutable God! - Published on December 10, 2021
..."For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed." - Malachi 3:6     This verse right here may be one of the most important in the entirety of Scripture.  Surely a whole doctrine cannot be built on this one passage, but it summarizes that which we observe again and again by our God throughout all of the Scriptures.  HE is the Lord, and He changes not.  And this passage gives me such great comfort and joy that words cannot descr...
Brandan Kraft
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Fear Not! Be Comforted - Published on December 9, 2021
...“Lo, I am with you alway, even to the end of the world. Amen.” - Matthew 28:20     The Lord is with me all the time.  He'll be with me today.  He'll be with me tomorrow.  Indeed, He will even be with me until the end of the world as we know it.  And I'll get to spend an eternity with Him in Heaven as well.  He's there to comfort me when I'm sorrowful.  He'll be there to illuminate my life during my dark times.  ...
Brandan Kraft
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Christ's School of Grace - Published on December 8, 2021
..."He opened their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures"  - Luke 24:45     Christ not only opens up the Scriptures for those of us that believe, but He also opens up our understanding of them.  Many people can open up their bible, but only one person alone can open up the understanding that must accompany it.  The Lord has given us many preachers and sermons that can bring the scriptures to our minds, but only Christ can open ou...
Brandan Kraft
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Doing the Work of God - Published on December 8, 2021
...    I frequently hear people say, “I want to do the work that God would have me to do”, or “I want to serve the Lord, and do his will.” Those are truly noble desires. I wish sincerely that all men truly had such desires. But after expressing such desires, I see those same people attempting (And usually their “attempts” are not very great!) to live by the law. They think that if they live by the principles laid down in the law, which they cannot do, t...
Don Fortner
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Religion and Attitude - Published on December 7, 2021
...    If my religion does not make me gracious, forgiving, peaceable, submissive, loving, and easy to get along with, I am sure that my religion has made me miss Christ....
Frank Tate
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