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Christ, the Believer's Portion - Published on July 12, 2004
...No object is so suitable and adequate to the heart as He is. He is a portion that punctually, exactly, and directly suits the condition of the soul, that suits the desires of the soul; the necessities of the soul, the wants of the soul, the longings of the soul, and the prayers of the soul. The soul can crave nothing, nor wish for nothing, but what is to be found in this Portion. Here is light to enlighten the soul, wisdom to counsel the soul, power to support the soul, goodness to supply th...
Thomas Brooks
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The Object of Our Faith - Published on July 12, 2004
...The person of Christ is the object of faith. It is Christ in the promises that faith deals with. The promise is but the shell, Christ is the kernel; the promise is but the casket, Christ is the jewel in it; the promise is but the field, Christ is the treasure that is hid in that field; the promise is a ring of gold, Christ is the pearl in that ring; and upon this sparkling, shining pearl, faith delights most to look Faith hath two hands, and with both she lays earnest and fast hold on King Jesus...
Thomas Brooks
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He Hath Found it So - Published on July 12, 2004
...A man that hath that experimental knowledge that accompanies salvation, will from experience tell you, that sin is the greatest evil in the world, for he hath found it so, Rom. 7; that Christ is the one thing necessary, for he hath found Him so, Psalm 27:4; that the favor of God is better than life, for he hath found it so, Psalm 63:3; that only pardoning mercy makes a man happy, for he hath found it so, Psalm 32:1,2; that a wounded spirit is such a burden that none can bear, for he hath found i...
Thomas Brooks
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Thoughts on Prayer - Published on July 12, 2004
...God looks not at the elegancy of your prayers, to see how neat they are; nor yet at the geometry of your prayers, to see how long they are; nor yet at the arithmetic of your prayers, to see how many they are; nor yet at the music of your prayers, nor yet at the sweetness of your voice, nor yet at the logic of your prayers; but at the sincerity of your prayers, how hearty they are. There is no prayer acknowledged, approved, accepted, recorded, or rewarded by God, but that wherein the heart is sin...
Thomas Brooks
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Complete in Him - Published on July 12, 2004
..."Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth," Romans 10:4 The obedience required by the law He has given, the satisfaction for sin, which it demanded, He has presented on behalf of His Church and people. Each one is brought by the Holy Ghost to confess: "In the Lord have I righteousness and strength," Isaiah 45:24. The Word declares, for the comfort of all who hunger and thirst after righteousness, "In the Lord shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and sh...
Thomas Bradbury
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The Name of God - Published on July 12, 2004
...The Name of God is the manifestation of His gracious character, covenant relationship, and glorious perfections. Look at it as revealed to Moses' heart, and sounded in his ears, "The LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, f'orgiving iniquity arid transgression and sin, and that will bv no means clear the guilty" (Ex. 34:6-7). The Name of God is the unfolding of His love, grace, mercy, pity, and compassion in the ...
Thomas Bradbury
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Adam - A Type of Christ - Published on July 12, 2004
..."I love my wife." Nowhere do we see the love of Christ to His church set forth so fully as in the case of Adam's love to Eve. He was the figure of the Coming One-the Last Adam. The popular notion is that Eve beguiled Adam. Eve did nothing of the kind. Satan beguiled her by throwing the dust of fleshly expectancy in her eyes and allured her into transgression against, and distance from, God. The Holy Ghost tells us plainly that "Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the trans...
Thomas Bradbury
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Blessings or a Curse? - Published on July 12, 2004
...     How often have we heard someone talk about being blessed of the Lord? Or some false preacher says, "God has a blessing for you today!"      Most generally, when people consider their blessings, they start counting temporal things; their money, health, size of their house, a prosperous business or job, etc. But the scriptures say, "We look not at the things which are seen, but at things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temp...
Don Bell
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The Only Thing That Will Last - Published on July 12, 2004
...     While driving through town the other day, I saw a church sign that read, "Only one life, 'twill soon be past, only what's done for Christ will last." You and I have heard this Saying for years. And it seems like a good saying. But is it really? No! It's true, "Only one life, 'twill soon be past." Our days are a shadow, a vapor that appears for a moment, then is gone. David, the sweet psalmist of Israel prayed that the Lord would make him to...
Don Bell
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John Bunyan on Prayer - Published on July 12, 2004
...     When John Bunyan stepped into the pulpit to preach his last message on August 21, 1688, he bowed his head to pray. Prayer with Mr. Bunyan was very real; and when he would pray, he always asked himself, "to what end, O my soul, art thou retired to this place? To converse with the Lord in prayer? Is He present? Will He hear thee? Is He merciful; will He help thee? Is thy business concerning the welfare of thy soul? What words wilt thou use to move His compassion?" ...
John Bunyan
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That I may Win Christ : Phil. 3:8 - Published on July 12, 2004
...     What does it mean to WIN CHRIST? It doesn't mean that we can win His favor, or win His blessings by some act that we do, nor does it mean that we can win His special attention and get Him to do something special for us because we have done something to receive special treatment from Him. That can't possibly be what it means; for that is earning not winning Christ. You may say, "Well, preacher, if it doesn't mean these things, what does it mean?"  ...
Don Bell
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The Savor of Christ : II Cor. 2:14-16 - Published on July 12, 2004
...     The apostle gave thanks unto God because as he preached Christ, God always made him to triumph and made manifest the savor (spread abroad the knowledge of Christ) as the savor of a sacrifice. This savor is unto God a sweet savor of Christ in them that are saved. The preaching of Christ is a savor of life and death, and as Christ is preached, he is life to them who believe, receive, bow to, and rejoice in Him as their only pleas and righteousness before God.     &...
Don Bell
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What do You Believe? - Published on July 12, 2004
...     Here is a summary of blessed Bible truths they are incontrovertible. These Bible truths give Believers a strong and blessed assurance of their hope in Christ. Do you believe them? Have you ever been confronted with them? The Scriptures are the inerrant, infallible, verbally inspired word of God. Not only are they words about God, they are the very words of God. They are His means of revealing Himself and His will to mankind (II Tim. 3:16). God is Absolutely S...
Don Bell
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How Can God Be Approached? - Published on July 12, 2004
...     It is common among men to believe that God can be approached and understood in many different ways. Some believe that a god of nature can be found in nature. It is true that God is Creator and sustainer of all creation, "The heavens declare his glory, the firmament shows His handiwork" (Ps. 19:1). But nature cannot nor does not reveal how sin can be put away, nor how God can be a Just God and a Saviour.      The Lord Jesus told Thomas, "I am t...
Don Bell
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It's a Pity - Published on July 12, 2004
...     One old writer said, "The 'god' of this age no more resembles the 'God' of the bible than the flickering of a candle resembles the sun." It is a pity that the "god" preached from the average pulpit has no power to save, no ability to do anything for anyone, whose purpose is frustrated. Let me illustrate how god is presented to the majority of church-goers:      "Now 'god' wants to save you if you will let Him....
Don Bell
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Is it Fair? - Published on July 12, 2004
...     The bible teaches that God chose a people and that He gave those people to His Son. It also teaches that He came into the world to live and die for those people. The Bible doesn't teach anywhere that Christ died for everyone. Whenever this truth is proclaimed, we hear this cry. "It's not fair for God not to give everyone the same chance, to not make the death and blood of Christ 'available' for everyone!" Salvation is not based upon fairness or chanc...
Don Bell
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Five Glorious Truths - Published on July 12, 2004
...     Anyone who has ever read their bible knows that, "The gospel is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth" (Rom. 1:16). As a preacher of the gospel of the free and sovereign grace of God, I maintain that the gospel cannot be, nor is it preached, without certain truths being proclaimed.      There are five bible truths that must be presented to the minds of men. Where these bible truths are not present, the gospel is not preached. T...
Don Bell
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Free and Sovereign Grace - Published on July 12, 2004
...     In the matter of salvation we must go to the Word of God. There is no other source to tell us of God, man, sin, Christ, and salvation. The word "Grace is of the utmost importance, the scriptures are full of this word "Grace"; 38 times in the Old Testament and 115 times in the New Testament.      Moses was interested in knowing if he had found "Grace in the sight of the Lord." Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. Grace is what th...
Don Bell
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Taken For Granted - Published on July 12, 2004
...     People are accustomed to taking things for granted, I believe everyone will agree with that statement.      When we are reminded of this we feel guilty and promise ourselves that we will stop taking things for granted, especially the important things such as, family, health, freedom, a good job, etc. But there is an area where people take things for granted that is dangerous and the consequences are eternal. It is their religion! They never question whether ...
Don Bell
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Christ is All : Colossians 3:11 - Published on July 12, 2004
...     He is the first cause and the last end of all things; in election" salvation, redemption, calling, righteousness, regeneration, and glorification. He is all in the salvation of His people. Salvation is of the Lord. He is all in election; we are chosen in Him, He is the Elect (Isaiah 42:1). He is all in redemption; He obtained it with Hs own blood (Heb. 9:12). Christ is all in our calling; He called us with a holy calling (2 Tim. 2:9). Jesus Christ is all our righteousnes...
Don Bell
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