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False Shepherds of Subtle Deception - Published on May 23, 2022
...    But there is another class of false shepherds of a totally different stamp, who are great zealots for the precepts of God's Word, and the ordinances of His house, but whose object is secretly to infuse a spirit of self-righteousness, to lead the people up to what they call holiness, as though holiness were something to be attained by diligent cultivation; and thus they draw them aside from lying as poor miserable sinners at the foot of the cross and bring them to lean upon some...
J.C. Philpot
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You Have No Ground for Boasting - Published on April 7, 2022
...For who regards you as superior? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it? - 1 Cor 4:7     He not only chose you before you chose Him (John 15:16), and loved you before you had any love for Him (1 John 4:19), but acted upon you before you acted toward Him.     He had to speak the quickening word before you could come forth from your spiritual grave (John 11:43),   open your blind ey...
Arthur W. Pink
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The Most Ridiculous Pride of All - Published on March 26, 2022
...Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. - 1 Timothy 1:13     Years ago, my pastor often spoke this thought, “I can understand why people have pride of face and pride of place; and I have seen many examples of people with pride of race.  What I cannot understand at all is pride of grace.”  In truth, there is no good reason for pride in any man.  But pride of ...
Joe Terrell
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All Things are Ordained of God - Published on March 23, 2022
...    All things are ordained of God and are settled by Him, according to His wise and holy predestination.  Whatever happens here happens not by chance, but according to the counsel of the Most High!  The acts and deeds of men below, though left wholly to their own wills, are the counterpart of that which is written in the purpose of heaven....
Charles Spurgeon
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I Am a Riddle to Myself - Published on March 14, 2022
...    Dear friend,     Wickedness prevails and increases in our city to a dreadful degree! Our streets are filled with the sons of Belial, who neither fear God, nor regard man. I wish my heart was more affected with what my eyes see and my ears hear every day!  I am often ready to fear lest the Lord should show His displeasure in some dreadful way!     And surely, if He were strict to mark all that is amiss, I myself would tremble!  Oh, were He to plea...
John Newton
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Our Highest Wishes Shall be Crowned and Exceeded! - Published on March 11, 2022
...    Our most enlarged ideas of our future glory are faint and imperfect.  Who can describe or conceive the happiness of Heaven?  It will be as unlike as possible, to this wilderness of sin and sorrow where we are now confined.  Here on earth we are in a warfare, but then we shall enter into perfect rest. We now cry out, "O that I had wings like a dove! For then would I flee away and be at REST!" (Psalm 55:6)     Heaven will be a rest from all SIN. ...
John Newton
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Do Not Be Surprised - Published on March 10, 2022
..."Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you." - John 14:17     The world — that is, the world dead in sin, and the world dead in profession, men destitute of the life and power of God--must have something that it can see. And, as heavenly things can only be seen by heavenly eyes, they cannot receive the things which are invisible.   &n...
J.C. Philpot
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Repentance - Published on March 6, 2022
...And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house, Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. - Acts 20:20-21     "Repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ" always go hand in hand.  You cannot have one without the other.  This is the only way that sinners obtain eternal salvati...
Don Fortner
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Idling Life Away Like an Idiot - Published on March 5, 2022
..."Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." - 2 Corinthians 5:17      When one is spiritually reborn, he sees at one and the same moment . . .       God, and self,       justice, and guilt,       power, and helplessness,       a holy law, and a broken commandment,       eternity, and time,      ...
J.C. Philpot
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Preserved in Christ - Published on January 19, 2022
...To them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ - Jude 1:1     How wonderful it is to know that God's elect and chosen people are preserved in Christ.  Not just after they come to believe the truth by the Holy Spirit as it is presented in the Gospel, but even before they come to believe.  They have been joined together with Christ from eternity as they were given to Him in eternity.  Before they were born, or ever lived a life o...
Brandan Kraft
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Humility - Published on January 14, 2022
..."I served the Lord with great humility and with tears" - Acts 20:19     Without humility there is no salvation (Psalm 34:18; 51:17; Isaiah 66:2; Matthew 5:3-5; 18:34; Philippians 3:3).     No man can serve or glorify God in this world without this God-given "humbleness of mind" (Colossians 3:12). Anything done for Christ must be done with humility (Matthew 6:3, 5, 16, 33).     Humility is not an act, but an attitude of the heart. ...
Don Fortner
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Bees and Wasps - Published on January 13, 2022
...    Every Christian who is not a bee is a wasp. The most quarrelsome persons are the most useless, and they who are the most happy and peaceable, are generally those who are doing most for Christ. We are not saved by working, but by grace, but because we are saved, we desire to be the instruments of bringing others to Jesus....
Charles Spurgeon
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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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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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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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