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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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The Difference in Ministers - Published on July 12, 2004
...Most people see no difference in sermons by religious ministers or theologians versus preachers of the gospel of grace, particularly when the text of the scriptures is the same. Is there a difference? Yes, and there are three primary reasons. First, the COMMISSION, which is performed by the anointment of the Holy Spirit on those pre-ordained by God to deliver His Word, that is, preachers of the gospel of grace. The commission to religious ministers and theologians is conferred through self-deve...
George Barker
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Christ, Lord Over All - Published on July 12, 2004
...     In the New Testament, calling upon Jesus as Lord was and is the same thing as calling upon God as Lord. Now if this be true, and it is true, there are two implications that follow. The first implication of the reality and the exclusiveness and the inclusiveness of Christ's Lordship in which He brooks no rival - in which He is absolutely unique - and this is serious for everyone who hears me now - is that the Lord Jesus Christ demands total, absolute surrender, He demands ...
Rolfe Barnard
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The Law is Not of Faith - Published on July 12, 2004
...So, says Paul, those who are justified in the sight of God (that is, the just) 'live' by virtue of their faith. This tells us that faith is the basis of their acceptance with God and their escape from divine judgment. There is no other way. Where does it leave those who seek justification through the law? Nowhere, replies the apostle, for "The law is not of faith (3:12). This is an important statement, for it demonstrates once again that faith and obedience to the law are mutually exclusive....
Edgar Andrews
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Life Without The Law - Published on July 12, 2004
...'Brethren', pleads the apostle, 'I urge you to become as I am, for I am as you are' (4:12). The italicized words are not present in the original, having been inserted by the translators to provide the sense. In this case, however, the added words may actually confuse the meaning of the verse. A better rendering is given by Hendriksen: 'I urge you to become as I am, for I became as you were [that is, without law].' We cannot be dogmatic, but Paul seems to be saying something along the following l...
Edgar Andrews
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Idolatry - Published on July 12, 2004
...     SINCE the true God reveals himself only in Christ any system which does not hold Christ central to its worship and teaching is false religion or idolatry. This includes much that passes for Christianity, but which centers on man rather than Christ. Those who elevate men as dignitaries in the church; who make human 'priests' or 'saints' the intermediaries between man and God; whose prime purpose is to satisfy man's desire for 'health, wealth and happine...
Edgar Andrews
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Ruled by Law or Led By Spirit? : Galatians 5:18 - Published on July 12, 2004
...We might think that, by this time, Paul has left behind him the debate about the law and moved on to the quite different subject of practical holiness. Certainly, Galatians is often read as if this were the case. But if this were so, it would be impossible to explain the verse that now follows: 'But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law' (5:18). Here the apostle defines the relationship of the believer to the law in the context, not of justification, but of personal holiness. W...
Edgar Andrews
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Arminianism : The Road to Rome! - Published on July 12, 2004
...Whose Voice Do You Hear?      "My sheep, saith Christ, hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me; and I give unto them eternal life, and they shall never perish." O, most worthy Scriptures! which ought to compel us to have a faithful remembrance, and to note the tenor thereof; which is, the sheep of Christ shall never perish.      "Doth Christ mean part of his elect, or all, think you? I do hold, and affirm, and also faithfully believe,...
Augustus Toplady
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The Sinner's Prayer - Published on July 12, 2004
..."Try me, O God, and search the ground of my heart: prove me and examine my thoughts. Look well if there be any wickedness in me, any root of bitterness yet undiscovered; and lead me in the way everlasting. Show me the true state of my soul. Bring me out from every false refuge. Strip off every deceitful covering, every covering that is not of Thy Spirit. Forbid that the anchor of my hope should be cast, or the house of my dependence built, on any but Christ, the Rock of Ages. Forbid that I ...
Augustus Toplady
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The "god" of Arminianism - Published on July 12, 2004
...I dare say, that, in such an auditory as this, a number of Arminians are present. I fear, that all our public assemblies have too many of them. Perhaps, however, even these people, idolaters as they are, may be apt to blame, and, indeed, with justice, the absurdity of those who worship idols of silver and gold, the work of men's hands. But let me ask: If it be so very absurd, to worship the work of other men's hands what must it be, to worship the works of our own hands? Perhaps, you may say, "G...
Augustus Toplady
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What will be Your Song? - Published on July 12, 2004
...    What do you think your song will be when you come to heaven? Blessed be God, that he gave me free-will; and blessed be my own dear self, that I made a good use of it? O no, no! Such a song as that was never heard in heaven yet, nor ever will, while God is God, and heaven is heaven. Look into the Book of Revelation, and there you will find the employ of the blessed, and the strains which they sing. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying, "Thou art worthy, for Thou was...
Augustus Toplady
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