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Going Home - Published on June 28, 2022
...Note:  This article is the final chapter in Don Fortner's Book, "Going Home."       Recently, I read a sermon by a Scottish preacher named Andrew Gray. He lived from 1633-1656, leaving this world when he was only 23 years old. He was only a very young man when he preached the sermon. The title of his message was 'Returning to Zion'. I cannot tell you when I have read a message that was more delightful, or of a greater blessing to my soul. It was so ...
Don Fortner
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Don't Cover the Altar with Your Tears - Published on June 27, 2022
...And this have ye done again, covering the altar of the LORD with tears, with weeping, and with crying out, insomuch that he regardeth not the offering any more, or receiveth it with good will at your hand. - Malachi 2:13     When we come to the Lord in repentance and faith, our only confidence that we have is that God alone is faithful to His covenant promises.  We don't deserve any mercy or grace because we have confessed our sins.  Indeed, our confession ...
Brandan Kraft
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Distinction Between Eternity and Time Illustrated - Published on June 26, 2022
...    Time is transitory presence in contrast to eternity which is abiding presence. Since time presently coexists with eternity, man who is a creature of time has difficulty differentiating between them. The puritans spoke of eternity as an “eternal duration.” Duration, however, can be measured; but eternity is immeasurable. The dictionary defines “duration” as continuance in time or the length of time during which something continues or exists. Eternity cannot b...
W.E. Best
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An Eternal Perspective on Justification - Published on June 9, 2022
...Note:  This booklet is based on an article that I originally wrote in 2006.  Introduction     The Doctrine of God’s justification of His people in Christ from Eternity is such a wonderful doctrine and it brings such joy to my soul.  I first was introduced to the doctrine with John Gill’s writings, Don Fortner's preaching, Todd Nibert’s preaching, and Dr George Ella’s book John Gill and Justification from Eternity: A...
Brandan Kraft
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Is Grace Common? - Published on June 7, 2022
...    Is Grace Common?  What is Grace?  Does God love everyone?     Those of the free will persuasion will most undoubtedly answer that last question in the affirmative, that yes indeed, Grace is common to all men.  They will affirm that God loves everyone - so much so that he sent His only begotten son to live and die for everybody who will ever live.  They will quote John 3:16 ad nauseam thinking it makes their case for them.  But their argume...
Brandan Kraft
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The Importance of Properly Limiting the Atonement - Published on January 16, 2022
...    When it comes to Christ and the doctine of salvation of men across the entire spectrum of Christianity, whether it be Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodox, Lutheranism, the many varieties of Calvinistic and Arminian sects, this salvation is limited in some sense by the various doctrines that are maintained.  This is a surprising proposition that many have not yet come to grips with, but it's entirely true.  Everyone almost always limits the atonement in some way.  ...
Brandan Kraft
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Come Down - Published on November 11, 2021
...And going out from there, Jesus withdrew to the parts of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a woman of Canaan coming out of these borders cried to Him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is grievously vexed with a demon. But He did not answer her a word. And His disciples came and begged Him, saying, Send her away, for she cries after us. But He answered and said, I am not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Then she came and wors...
Don Fortner
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Chances and Opportunities - Published on November 1, 2021
...And I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all. For man also knoweth not his time: as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare; so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon them.  - Ecclesiastes 9:11-12  ...
Mike McInnis
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What's the Difference? : 1 Cor. 4:7 - Published on September 4, 2021
...    A gospel preacher friend of mine was asked a few years ago, "What's the difference between what you preach and what is being preached in churches that preach another message? -- and, if what you're preaching is true, how do I know that it's true?" My friend's response was a good one because he said, "but for the grace of God, you won't know the difference. You will find some churches preaching a message that sounds good to you, and you may settle ...
Marvin Stalnaker
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The Message of Old - Published on September 4, 2021
...    Many religious organizations proudly advertise their services as "contemporary". Their true message is, "we deal with topics that are relevant for today's world." These religious organizations unashamedly proclaim, "Tell us what you want, and that's what you'll get. We will meet your needs". This tactic is nothing more than an attempt to be all things to all men in order that the masses might be drawn in. These congregations major on issues...
Marvin Stalnaker
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The Kind of Preaching that Will Bring Revival - Published on September 4, 2021
...   In general it may be said that every revival to date has been marked by the preaching of God's Sovereign Grace in Christ! Paul preached after this fashion and planted churches everywhere. Augustine came near to saving the Roman Church for the truth by such preaching. Calvin drove a wide wedge in Europe and the world with such preaching, and Spurgeon stood England on its head for two generations with the preaching of the Sovereign Grace of God.    This kind of preach...
Rolfe Barnard
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Predestination - Published on September 4, 2021
...    Predestination. Just the word appears intimidating. It is perhaps one of the most difficult concepts in all of Christian doctrine because it appears on the surface to rob humans of their most precious treasure: their autonomy. Although the doctrine challenges our notions of self-determination, it is ultimately what separates Christians from humanists, who proclaim that the fate of the world is ours to decide. The past, they say, has been fired in the kiln of history and cannot be a...
Chuck Swindoll
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The Impotency of the Human Will - Published on September 4, 2021
...    Does it lie within the province of man's will to accept or reject the Lord Jesus as Saviour? Granted that the Gospel is preached to the sinner, that the Holy Spirit convicts him of his lost condition, does it, in the final analysis, lie within the power of his own will to resist or yield himself up to God? The answer to this question defines our conception of human depravity. That man is a fallen creature all professing Christians will allow, but what many of them mean by "...
Arthur W. Pink
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Divine Comfort - Published on September 3, 2021
...    The Beatitudes supply a Divine description of those who are the subjects and citizens of Christ's spiritual kingdom. They give us a moral portrait of those who have been born again, and with its several features we should honestly and diligently compare our hearts and lives. It is on the second Beatitude, which I feel led to speak tonight. "Blessed are those who mourn--for they shall be comforted." Matthew 5:4     Now it is obvious that Christ d...
Arthur W. Pink
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Calvinism is the Gospel! And Nothing Else! - Published on September 1, 2021
...    The late lamented Mr. Denham has put, at the foot of his portrait, a most admirable text, "Salvation is of the Lord." That is just an epitome of Calvinism; it is the sum and substance of it. If anyone should ask me what I mean by a Calvinist, I should reply, "He is one who says, Salvation is of the Lord." I cannot find in Scripture any other doctrine than this. It is the essence of the Bible. "He only is my rock and my salvation." Tell me anything cont...
Charles Spurgeon
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The Great Deception - Published on September 1, 2021
...    One of the most popular beliefs of the day is that God loves everybody, and the very fact that it is so popular with all classes ought to be enough to arouse the suspicions of those who are subject to the Word of Truth.     God's love towards all His creatures is the favorite tenet of Universalists, Unitarians, Theosophists, Christian Scientists, Spiritualists, Russellites, etc.... So widely has this dogma been proclaimed, and so comforting it is to the heart which...
Arthur W. Pink
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Are You Truly an Arminian? - Published on August 30, 2021
...Editor's Note: This message is directed toward those who claim to be Arminians.  Spurgeon's point is the Arminian is usually woefully inconsistent and may actually believe the true Gospel contrary to their professed beliefs, which is why they don't pray anything like the prayer below.  Spurgeon was much more generous to the Arminian than other theologians, for which he still gathers a great deal of impatient criticism today from those who are very zealous to ...
Charles Spurgeon
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Gospel Distinctives - Published on August 30, 2021
...    I know that the things we believe and preach, place us in direct conflict with the religious world around us. That really shouldn't surprise us. When our Lord Jesus told the religious leaders of his day the things I am about to tell you, they started grabbing rocks to stone him to death. So we must never be surprised when lost religionists get upset with us for preaching the gospel. Here are four things which place us in direct conflict with the entire religious world-- ...
Don Fortner
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When Are God's People Justified in His Sight? - Published on July 2, 2021
...    Obviously, this article concerns the issue of the timing of the justification of sinners before God, and this automatically concerns the timing of the imputation of the sins of God’s elect to Christ as well as the imputation of Christ’s righteousness to God’s elect. God justifies His people upon the ground of Christ’s righteousness which He has imputed to them. Let me make it clear at the outset that I have never considered the issue of the timing of justifi...
Bill Parker
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What the Law Cannot Do - Published on April 19, 2021
...    The Word of God tells us that the law of God was given to shut our mouths and pronounce us guilty before God of indescribable wickedness (Romans 3:19).  It was not given, however, as a means of justifying the sinner or sanctifying the child of God. The Law cannot save a sinner.  There is no question but what the law of God must be honored before anyone could be saved, but it cannot be honored by any sinner.  “By the deeds of the law there shall no fl...
Jim Byrd
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