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May We Always Be Reminded - Published on July 12, 2020
..."And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers." - Acts 2:42     If we have true fellowship with one another, it is because we worship the true and living God together (1 John 1:3).  If we truly break bread together, it is because we are made of the same bread and body (1 Cor 10:17).  If we truly pray together, it is because Christ has made us of one accord (Acts 1:14).  It is a gre...
Kevin Thacker
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Humble and Obedient - Published on July 12, 2020
...    His death was by free consent.  He that is hanged is accursed of God.  Crucifixion was such a humiliating death.  It was reserved for the scum of the earth, reserved for those who had been forsaken by God and man.  He was mocked, cursed, spit upon, scourged by men, smitten and forsaken of God.  He freely and willingly, without reluctance, gave of Himself.  Scripture teaches that neither God nor man forced Him.  He humbled Himself and became obedie...
Scott Richardson
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Too Many and Too Much - Published on July 12, 2020
...    We have entirely too many fears for a people to whom the Lord has said:  "Fear thou not, for I am with thee; be not dismayed, for I am thy God; I will strengthen thee, yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness" (Isa. 41:10).     We have far too many doubts and fears concerning God's mercy, love, and grace for a people to whom the Lord has said, "Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out . . . I give unto th...
Henry Mahan
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Doctrine vs. Experience - Published on July 12, 2020
...    If you make doctrine the main thing, you are very likely to grow narrow-minded.     If you make your own experience the main thing, you will become gloomy and critical of others.     If you make ordinances the main thing, you will be apt to grow merely formal.     But you can never make too much of the living Christ Jesus.     Remember that all things else are for His sake.  Doctrines and ordinances are the planets,...
Charles Spurgeon
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No Place for Controversy - Published on July 12, 2020
...    The pulpit's real issue is this:   Christ, and Him crucified.     Men, whose eyes are fixed on Christ, do not argue.  They do not love controversy, whose hearts are touched with Him.  They do not look for issues and sticky theological problems who are busy knowing and showing Christ.  Those whose interest is singularly Christ have little difficulty settling all matters and quickly in His Word.       The problem they see is...
Henry Mahan
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Death, The Price of Freedom - Published on July 12, 2020
...    Some of our young people, it's sad to say neither know, nor seem to care, what the price of freedom can cost. I read a letter Abraham Lincoln wrote to a mother who had five sons killed in the civil war. This is what he wrote: Dear Madam I have been shown in the files of the war department a statement of the adjutant general of Massachusetts that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously in the field of battle.  I feel how weak and fruitless must be any...
Bruce Crabtree
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How to Avoid Times of Depression - Published on July 9, 2020
...But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. - Jude 1:20-21     Someone asked, "How can I avoid these times of depression, indifference, and bad attitude toward others?" First, there is no perfection in the flesh! While we do not approve of our infirmities, failures, evil thoughts, or backslidings, we are, neverthele...
Henry Mahan
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My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less - Published on July 8, 2020
...My hope is built on nothing less Than Jesus Christ, my righteousness; I dare not trust the sweetest frame, But wholly lean on Jesus’ name. On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; All other ground is sinking sand, All other ground is sinking sand. When darkness veils His lovely face, I rest on His unchanging grace; In every high and stormy gale, My anchor holds within the veil. On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; All other ground is sinking sand, All other ground is sinking s...
Edward Mote
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We Are His Workmanship - Published on July 8, 2020
...“…for we are His workmanship." - Ephesians 2:10     What a relief this is for the religious man who has struggled to make something of himself!  From our youth and through our lives we are told we should make something of ourselves, and I suppose that is good advice for the things pertaining to this life.  But it is a fruitless and even deadly endeavor in spiritual things.  And this applies with equal force to the believer, for his flesh will co...
Joe Terrell
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Cheap Grace - Published on July 7, 2020
...    "Cheap grace" is an expression, coined by Lordship legalists. The truth is it's not only cheap, it is totally free for us, poor in spirit, destitute sinners, otherwise we would never ever be able to buy it, seeing we don't have what it takes to purchase God's everlasting favor......
Renat Ilyasov
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Travelers in a Strange Land - Published on July 1, 2020
...    Have you ever lived out of this country? We lived in a foreign country for over 25 years. We lived there. Paid bills there. Had friends there. Had our children there. But all that time, our citizenship was here in this country. We knew that though we went through heartaches, trials, troubles, and conflicts, we were going to leave and come back to this country. It was not our home. Not legally nor emotionally.     We were bound by the laws of that country. But there&nbs...
Milton Howard
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Spurgeon's First Words at the Metropolitan Tabernacle - Published on July 1, 2020
...    I would propose that the subject of the ministry of this house, as long as this platform shall stand, and as long as this house shall be frequented by worshippers, shall be the person of Jesus Christ. I am never ashamed to avow myself a Calvinist, although I claim to be rather a Calvinist according to Calvin, than after the modern debased fashion. I do not hesitate to take the name of Baptist. You have there (pointing to the baptistery) substantial evidence that I am not asham...
Charles Spurgeon
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Do We Have Confidence in God’s Grace? - Published on June 30, 2020
...    Do we really have confidence in the grace of God?  If we do, we will be satisfied with His grace and His grace alone.  If we have confidence in His grace, we will not try to offer up anything of our own as a reason for God to bless us. If we have confidence in His grace, we will rest secure that, whatever happens in this life, God will preserve us blameless for the next life.  If we have confidence in His grace, we will not try to build a church with fleshy enticemen...
Joe Terrell
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Simply to Thy Cross I Cling - Published on June 30, 2020
...    Calvinism, or the Doctrines of Grace otherwise known as TULIP, is the Gospel.   The doctrine of Imputed Righteousness is the Gospel.  But these are simply fuller expressions of the Gospel.  One does not need to understand all the implications of the Gospel in order to believe the Gospel.  All that's needed for saving faith is for one to recognize that one needs cleansing from sin, and that one needs only to turn from striving to resting in Chr...
Brandan Kraft
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I Am the Worst! - Published on June 30, 2020
...    The following is an excerpt from Philpot's letter to a church which desired him to come as their pastor: "I am less than the least of all God's people." - Ephesians 3:8 "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the worst." - 1 Timothy 1:15     Many are foolishly apt to think that a minister is more spiritual than anyone else.  But I am daily more and more sensible of the desperate wickedness of my deceitful h...
J.C. Philpot
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Apt to Judge - Published on June 29, 2020
...    We are apt to judge of providential dispensations, as an ignorant person would of a half finished picture; but stay till the imperfect draft is finished, and it will appear beautiful....
Augustus Toplady
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The Operation of God - Published on June 29, 2020
...“Buried with Him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with Him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised Him from the dead.” - Colossians 2:12     You who believe the gospel know that you were the patient who was unable to effect a spiritual cure for your malady of sin. It was the almighty God who wrought a work within you; He is the great Physician of sin-sick souls. What a glorious Surgeon He is and what abilities He has! Note...
Jim Byrd
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A New Creature - Published on June 29, 2020
...    The Apostle said, “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature” (2 Corinthians 5:17). The grace of God and love for Christ throbs in a man’s pulse. It looks out of his eyes; it lights up his countenance; it softens his touch; it mellows his voice; it bows his head; it bends his knee; it opens his hand; it curbs his tongue; it humbles his heart; it orders his steps; it gives him a hearing ear, a forgiving spirit and a lasting peace. Who, but G...
Henry Mahan
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Nothing But Vanity - Published on June 29, 2020
...“Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” - Colossians 3:2 “The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. Vanity of vanities, all is vanity, saith the preacher.”  - Ecclesiastes 1:1-2     Everything upon earth, as viewed by the eyes of the Majesty of heaven—is base and paltry.  Earth is, after all, nothing but a huge clod of dust, and as such, as insignificant in t...
J.C. Philpot
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The Insidious Rise of High Grace Predestinarian Neo-Gnosticism - Published on June 29, 2020
...    The Gospel as it is expressed in the doctrines of Sovereign Grace, otherwise known as TULIP or "Calvinism" has brought such joy to my heart, there are times that I find myself barely able to contain myself.  To have assurance that I am one of those precious elect for which Christ shed His blood, and that there is a love that has been shed abroad in my heart (Rom 5:5), it brings me much needed peace. There have been many ups and downs in my spiritual journey. &nb...
Brandan Kraft
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