Posts for doctrine

Born Again - The Doctrine of Effectual Calling

2013 February 25

Born Again - the Doctrine of Effectual Calling by Elder Michael L. Gowans (Lexington Primitive Baptist Church, Lexington, KY) who was kind enough to read it into Audio Book format. This is an excellent work explaining the Primitive Baptist understanding of this essential Christian doctrine.

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Predestination and the Bible

2011 February 20

Predestination is a subject that receives a lot of criticism from people who should know better. They are supposedly Christians, and say they believe the Bible, but there are certain parts of it they condemn like the plague. I am thankful the medical profession does not slander their findings as roughly as some Christians slander their book. Predestination is a biblical term, used in scripture to describe the Holy work of a sovereign God. Surely, it should be believed, respected, and embraced by every person who claims to love God, and His Holy Word.

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Election and the Bible

2011 February 16

C.H. Spurgeon, the great preacher in the 1800's said, "There is a natural hatred in the human heart against the doctrine of election." As much as it is taught in the Bible we wonder why more Christians do not embrace it … and believe it. Perhaps the reason is because it dethrones man, and his free will, and places Christ, and His will, as the only hope for sinners. The doctrine of election is taught in many ways in the Bible. For instance, it was God that elected Abraham to be the father of a great nation.

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Birthmarks of the Infant Church -- Part 4: Continuing Stedfastly in Prayers

2010 September 06

The prayers of the saints are necessary individually and corporately. Many blessings are missed through our failure to embrace and practice Jesus's example in prayer to the Father.

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Birthmarks of the Infant Church -- Part 3: The Breaking of Bread

2010 September 06

The importance of the communion table

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Birthmarks of the Infant Church -- Part 2: The Fellowship of the Saints

2010 September 06

Fellowship was an integral part of the New Testament Church in its very awakening

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Birthmarks of the Infant Church -- Part 1: The Apostles' Doctrine

2010 September 06

The pattern of the New Testament Church as given by Christ to the apostles.

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Predestination and the Bible

2010 August 22

Predestination is a biblical term, used in scripture to describe the Holy work of a sovereign God. Surely, it should be believed, respected, and embraced by every person who claims to love God, and His Holy Word.

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The Esteem Which The Churches Owe to the Ministers

2007 October 01

We are happy to provide the text of the sermon as well below as published is a booklet Br. Phelan has: Copy of Sermon On The Esteem which The Churches owe to their Ministers Preached by William Crabtree At The Particular Baptist Chapel, Halifax, on August 6, 1760

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The Word

2007 March 12

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not."- John 1:1-5 How simple, yet how profound are the opening words of John's gospel! John uses simple words that may be understood by childre ...

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TULIP: PERSEVERANCE OF THE SAINTS

2007 February 26

"TULIP" Through the centuries, some of the doctrines of God's grace have been set forth by the acronym "TULIP", which stands for Total Depravity Unconditional Election Limited Atonement Irresistible Grace Perseverance of the Saints "PERSEVERANCE OF THE SAINTS"

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TULIP: IRRESISTIBLE GRACE

2007 February 19

Through the centuries, some of the doctrines of God's grace have been set forth by the acronym "TULIP", which stands for Total Depravity Unconditional Election Limited Atonement Irresistible Grace Perseverance of the Saints "IRRESISTIBLE GRACE" In our last article we considered the doctrine of "Limited Atonement" whe ...

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TULIP - LIMITED ATONEMENT

2007 February 12

Through the centuries, some of the doctrines of God's grace have been set forth by the acronym "TULIP", which stands for Total Depravity Unconditional Election Limited Atonement Irresistible Grace >> More

TULIP - UNCONDITIONAL ELECTION

2007 February 05

Through the centuries, some of the doctrines of God's grace have been set forth by the acronym "TULIP", which stands for Total Depravity Unconditional Election Limited Atonement Irresistible Grace Perseverance of the Saints "Unconditional Election" Last week we gave a brief account of "Total Depravity". This biblical ...

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TULIP - TOTAL DEPRAVITY

2007 January 29

Total Depravity Unconditional Election Limited Atonement Irresistible Grace Perseverance of the Saints Over the next few weeks, we want to share these glorious truths with our readers. We will start today with: "Total Depravity" What do we mean when we say that mankind is "totally depraved?" Webster defines the word ...

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LAODICEA--The Lukewarm Church

2007 January 22

"So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth." (Revelation 3:16) Churches have doctrines--but they also have temperatures! If a church is alive, Jesus is present, and He is aware of them both. While doctrine is most important, other things factor in to our Lord's analysis of a church's condition. Laodicea didn't seem to have a problem with their doctrine. Nor is there any mention of reprobates or unconverted people in their midst. Yet, Jesus was just as angry with these as He was with some of the other churches mentioned. He was ...

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Memoir: Joe Cox

2007 January 01

Given to Pastor: 3/02 My great grandmother was a Primitive Baptist and died at age 93 in 1919. Only her oldest daughter became a member of Primitive Baptist faith. One son became a Methodist minister of renown in Mississippi and Arkansas…1890's to 1930's. He was a graduate of Emory U. My grandmother and one sister and three brothers became Southern Baptists. The main thing I remember was them talking about all day meeting, and how tired they (children) were at days end. Also, laughing about shape note singing and foot washing. Somewhere along the way great-grand m ...

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August 2006

2006 August 01

August, 2006 From the pastor Dear friends, it has been about a year since we published our last newsletter. We have been so busy with other projects that we have not found the time to send the newsletter out. We have been very blessed with new members over the last year. Since our last newsletter Donaldson has rejoiced to receive the following members: Brother Marcus Harvey, Brother Jeff Lindsey and Sister Barbara Spurgeon by letter. We rejoiced to receive Brother Dillon Ledbetter, Sister Mandy Ledbetter, Sister Wynn Welch, Brother Donald Shaffer, Sister Angela Lindsey ...

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THE PREACHING OF THE CROSS

2006 May 14

"For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God"-1 Corinthians 1:18 We have heard some say that they detest Christianity because it is a bloody, messy religion with its cross and suffering. Their abhorrence of Christ's blood and His suffering is a witness that separates all of humanity: those who view the cross as foolishness and those who view the cross as the power of God. This was Paul's line in the sand, his measuring rod, his litmus test as to those who were truly saved. Thus he wrote to the church at Corinth, "For th ...

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FALSE PROPHETS - part 1

2006 February 19

"But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not."-2 Peter 2:1-3 We've all heard the proverbial adage: "You wouldn't know it if you saw it", or, ...

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FALSE PROPHETS - part 2

2006 February 12

"But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not."-2 Peter 2:1-3 Last week we observed some of the marks of the false prophets that Peter warned ...

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FALSE PROPHETS - part 3

2006 February 05

"But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not."-2 Peter 2:1-3 Our third mark of the false prophet is perhaps the most prominent of them all. T ...

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July 2005

2005 July 08

JULY, 2005 From the pastor Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. I hope our letter finds you rejoicing in the Lord and thankful for His abundant grace. I appreciate the love that has been shown by our church towards the victims of the recent hurricanes. When we learned of the evacuees that were sheltered at the Recreation Center in Arkadelphia, our church responded in a very loving way. They got together and prepared a meal for the victims. We were expecting to be responsible for one meal every week, but the crowd diminished and the hospital and other faciliti ...

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THE HEM OF HIS GARMENT

2005 April 30

"And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any, Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched"-Luke 8:43-44 Every miracle that our Lord performed has a special spiritual lesson for His people. This one is no different. If we are familiar with the story, we will find ourselves just as this Syro-Phoenician woman before she found Jesus. Her disease is a figure of our sin that will not go away. It continues to haunt us day by day and we are loathsome not ...

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JACOB'S DISCOVERY

2005 April 23

"And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not"- Genesis 28:16
Here we find Jacob, fleeing from his brother, Esau, in a waste howling wilderness. He has left the comforts of his home, a loving mother and a wise father as he makes his bed under the starry skies with only a rock for a pillow. As he sleeps, he sees in a vision, a ladder reaching up to the stars with angels ascending and descending upon it. He realizes that thi ...

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THE GIRDLE OF TRUTH

2005 April 02

"Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness"-Ephesians 6:14 Last week we considered the Christian battle and the fact that every Christian will be engaged by the enemy. Thus, the Lord has provided His people with Holy armour sufficient for the evil day. This Ephesian letter is one of Paul's prison epistles. As he looked upon his keeper, the Roman soldier, Paul considered the Christian soldier and attributed a spiritual connotation to each piece of the soldier's armour. The first piece of armour the apostle mentions is the g ...

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April 2005

2005 April 01

APRIL, 2005 From the pastor Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. In the last newsletter we talked about New Year's Resolutions. Mine was to take a special interest in the young people of our church. I have personally met with them three times and felt each meeting to be a special blessing for us all. I gave them the opportunity to write down any questions they might have concerning God and His word. Their subjects varied, from creation to baptism. The most requested subject was, How do I know I am saved and what to do about it? I appreciate the parents suppor ...

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SIGNS OF HIS RETURN

2005 March 26

The world has just witnessed what has been described as the most horrible natural disaster in history. What a comfort it is for us to know that Jesus Christ is still ruling in the armies of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth. Surely, as we view the terrible scenes of those who are suffering it should cause us to be very thankful for the blessings around us. This disaster is very indicative of our Lord's words in Luke, 21:25, when He described what may very well be the sign of His return: "And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth d ...

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FEET SHOD WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE

2005 February 12

"And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;"- Ephesians 6:15 The third piece of armor the apostle encourages the Christian to wear has to do with our feet or how we are walking. An old song in a hymnbook has a verse predicated upon this scripture that illustrates the full meaning of Paul's thought. It says, "Let us walk in the light of the gospel divine." It is one thing to know doctrine, to know truth, yet, quite another thing to walk accordingly. The shoe might seem to be a seemingly unimportant piece of armor ...

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January 2005

2005 January 01

JANUARY, 2005 From the pastor The coming of a New Year affords us all the opportunity to approach 2005 with great hope and anticipation. I have asked every member to make at least one New Year's resolution concerning their walk with Jesus Christ. Whether it is to be more faithful to God's house, to sing louder, to pray more consistently or to be faithful to God's word, it is certainly an endeavor worthy of our attention. I have heard it said that sharing our resolutions with family and friends helps us to be faithful to them. I announced to our church that my New Year' ...

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October 2004

2004 October 01

October, 2004 From the pastor Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Since the time of our last newsletter, we have enjoyed the fellowship of our South Arkansas Association. The meeting was held at Sardis Primitive Baptist Church and the brethren did a wonderful job in hosting the meeting. The singing was beautiful and the preaching was very spiritual and uplifting. I was able to attend most of the meeting and was very encouraged, not only by the able preaching that we were blessed to hear, but also by the variety of messages: the whole counsel of God was expo ...

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July 2004

2004 July 01

JULY, 2004 From the pastor Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. I have been greatly encouraged by the attendance over the last few months. Some of our members have come in and lost their seats! We thank the Lord for this increase and I encourage each one to continue to invite and bring others to God's house. What is happening at DONALDSON Since the time of our last newsletter we have added a Sunday night service. I have been greatly encouraged by the interest our church has shown towards these services. Each meeting has been well attended. E ...

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THREE THAT BEAR RECORD

2004 May 27

"For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one"-1 John 5:7 The doctrine of the trinity has always been believed and preached in the Christian Church as we can tell by the writing of our beloved John. The oldest confessions of the Christian faith emphatically declare a belief in the trinity, and most importantly, we find it declared from Genesis to Revelation. It sheds light not only on our personal experience with God, but also reveals the roles that the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit play in our salvation. This orthod ...

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AS DEAR CHILDREN

2004 May 20

"Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children"-Ephesians 5:1 In his letter to the Ephesian Church, we find some of the apostles most endearing pleas for Christian living. The order of the epistle is significant. The first three chapters are primarily doctrinal. Concerning these chapters, one scholar called them "The profoundest thing ever written. He sounds the heights and depths of truth." The last three chapters are practical, dealing with the Christian's behavior. The significance of this is noteworthy. First, Paul reminds them of the blessings they have received by God ...

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MINISTER TO ONE ANOTHER

2004 May 06

"As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God"- 1 Peter 4:10 Among the many gifts that Christ has vested in His church, we find the gift of ministering to others in every list. Simply put, ministry means serving: doing something for someone else expecting nothing in return. According to Peter, every member has received this particular gift who is a real Christian. Thus, every believer has a least one gift that has been specially given to them by the Lord to serve in God's house and beyond. Man ...

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SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS

2004 March 04

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love"-Ephesians 1:3,4 A thankful heart is always acceptable unto our Lord. The Christian has great reason to be thankful. He is the recipient of "all spiritual blessings". Though all blessings from our heavenly Father could be placed in the category of spiritual, the blessings Paul speaks of here are not tempor ...

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January 2004

2004 January 08

JANUARY, 2004 From the pastor Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. As we approach the New Year, let us be thankful for the Lord's blessings this past year and pray for His guidance in the days to come. We have been greatly blessed at Harmony Church. I have been encouraged by the good attendance we have seen over the past few months, as well as the increase in the number of families that are staying for lunch. We read in Acts 2:46 where the first Christians continued, "daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their ...

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July 2003

2003 July 01

July, 2003 From the pastor Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Since our last newsletter, the war against Iraq has ended and many of our troops have come home. Let us remember to thank our Lord for this blessing, by ending this war quickly with few casualties. On Wednesday, June 18th, an article appeared in the paper which is worthy of notice. It seems that the plaintiff in the historical Roe vs. Wade abortion case filed for a motion to overturn the landmark verdict which passed in 1973. Norma McCorvey publicly identified herself as Jane Roe in 198 ...

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LOVEST THOU ME-John 21:15

2003 April 23

Today we focus our attention to a most heart searching question concerning our love for Jesus. As our Lord questioned the heart of the apostle, let Him equally question ours today. Try to imagine that Jesus is sitting next to you and has spoken the same words to you as He did to Peter: "Lovest thou me?" Peter was of the highest office in the church. The question was not to a nominal follower of Christ. It is indeed a question for us all. Those who have sacrificed much are not exempt from the question for Peter had "Left all" to follow Jesus. Even the most zealous are subject to the ...

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April 2003

2003 April 01

April 2003 From the pastor Greetings in the name or our Lord Jesus Christ. The time of our annual meeting is rapidly approaching. Let us all be in prayer that the Lord will bless our meeting with the power of His Spirit. Our meeting will begin Friday night, April 11th, with supper at 5:30, singing about 7:00 and preaching at 7:30. We will have services Saturday night at the same time and the meeting will conclude with our Sunday morning service followe ...

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ELECT ACCORDING TO THE FOREKNOWLEDGE OF GOD

2003 March 12

"Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father ... "-I Peter 1:2 Today, we hope to encourage God's people in the same way that Peter encouraged and strengthened the scattered strangers of his day. Though they were persecuted, and could have thought that God had forgotten them, Peter reminds them they are of God's elect. Peter had found great comfort in this glorious doctrine, so he comforts his brethren with the same comfort he had enjoyed in being a member of a chosen and redeemed family. He could find no words mor ...

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THE FATHERHOOD OF GOD

2003 January 29

"After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven…"-Matthew 6:9 What a blessed invitation we have before us today. The Creator of heaven and earth encourages His children to talk to Him and to ask for their needs. This invitation to come before our heavenly Father is well noted in William Bradbury's song, "Sweet Hour of Prayer" with these words: "And since He bids me seek His face, Believe His word, and trust His grace, I'll cast on Him my every care And wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer!" ...

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January 2003

2003 January 01

January, 2003 From the pastor Greetings in the name or our Lord Jesus Christ. Another year has come and gone and as we approach 2003, it is a blessing to know that our Lord will be with us in the new year. There is a song in our book which begins with these words, "Thus far the Lord has led me on, thus far his power prolongs my day." As we approach the new year, I find these words to be of great comfort for if our eyes are open, we know it is by the Lord's mercy and grace that we have made it "thus far". It is g ...

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October 2002

2002 October 01

OCTOBER, 2002 From the Pastor Greetings in the name or our Lord Jesus Christ. On September 1, Harmony Church rejoiced to receive Darren Burroughs by confession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. His baptism was on that day. We are thankful for the Lord adding to His Church at Donaldson. I encourage our whole membership to pray that the Lord will send others among us who will rejoice in a risen Lord. What is happening at DONALDSON Presently, we are continuing our study in the book of 1 Corinthians. I appreciate the opportunity to study this book and ...

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#161 Walking with Jesus

2002 June 18

"And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus…Jesus himself drew near, and went with them-Luke 24:13-15 Today our mind is focused on the distinct effort our Lord made to be with two lonely travelers on their way to Emmaus. Since He was, and is, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, He could have been anywhere He wanted to be. He could have been in Caesar's castle, on the Caribbean or just visiting with a few angels. But He chose to be with two confused travelers on their walk to Emmaus. Is not God's electing grace b ...

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#165 REMEMBERING JESUS

2002 May 21

"Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me" We have all heard stories of people who have been rescued from burning buildings or snatched from twisted and burning heaps of wreckage along the interstate by some brave and caring individual. It seems that the hearts and souls of those who were rescued were knit to their savior, as Jonathan's soul was knit to David's, when he slew Israel's giant enemy. In many cases, some sense of appreciation or gratitude for life seems to move the wo ...

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LOVEST THOU ME-John 21:15

2002 April 23

Today we focus our attention to a most heart searching question concerning our love for Jesus. As our Lord questioned the heart of the apostle, let Him equally question ours today. Try to imagine that Jesus is sitting next to you and has spoken the same words to you as He did to Peter: "Lovest thou me?" Peter was of the highest office in the church. The question was not to a nominal follower of Christ. It is indeed a question for us all. Those who have sacrificed much are not exempt from the question for Peter had "Left all" to follow Jesus. Even the most zealous are subject to the ...

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April 2002

2002 April 01

APRIL, 2002 From the pastor Greetings in the name or our Lord Jesus Christ. We come to you with a thankful heart for God's blessings upon us. We have several new members and the Lord's presence is felt among us. I encourage each member to pray that the Lord will continue to add to our little flock and enable us to minister to their needs. These blessings followed our messages on ministering to one another as we learned that every member is a minister. I believe the Lord is well pleased when He observes members becoming more like Jesus Christ as they minister to one anot ...

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Is doctrine that important? (part 1)

2002 January 22

"And the scribes and chief priests heard it, and sought how they might destroy him: for they feared him, because all the people was astonished at his doctrine"-Mark 11:18 When we worship the Lord Jesus Christ, is doctrine important? Apparently it was to Jesus. He taught doctrine. It was from His life and teaching that the apostles learned doctrine and taught it to the infant church. When Jesus came, the doctrine of God's people had become so shifted, so vague, th ...

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Is Doctrine Important (part 2)

2002 January 15

"Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners"- I Cor 15:33 Over the centuries, this 15th chapter of I Corinthians has been respected as one of the most important chapters in all of the bible by preachers, pastors and teachers of God's word. The reason is because it contains the bedrock of all that Christians believe: the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. This doctrine is important bec ...

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January 2002

2002 January 01

January, 2002 From the pastor Greetings in the name or our Lord Jesus Christ. Since the time of our last newsletter we have had some wonderful services at Harmony Church. We have been blessed, not only with faithful attendance by our membership, but also with many visitors over the last few months. We are thankful for the many new faces that God has sent our way and we hope we will minister to their needs by both word and deed. I am thankful for the love that is manifested at our church. Surely, it is a reflection of Christ. I personally encourage each member to ...

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#141 MINISTERING TO OTHERS

2001 July 16

It is at this time of year that many hearts are turned to the birth of Christ. Tokens of love are passed from heart to heart as we enjoy the season of giving. As we grow older, we learn that the greatest joy of this season is seeing others enjoy whatever we have chosen as our person love token. Giving is one of the greatest examples of discipleship. The Bible depicts giving as ministering to others. A hand to touch the lonely, a smile to warm the heart, a kind word, a cup of coffee, a morsel of food for the needy are all found in the list of ministering to others. What joy Jesus must have e ...

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#138 KEEP ME FROM EVIL

2001 June 25

Jabez was "more honourable than his brethren". As we read the words of his prayer In 1 Chronicles, 4, we gain a glimpse of his honor. We feel to know much about the man, his character and his vision from the words that ascended from his lips as he approached the most High. Among those we find a noble petition: "Keep me from evil." It is wise to ask the Lord to keep us from evil. Without the hand of God we are no match for Satan. He will sift us as wheat and bring much pain into our lives. Is it not evil that causes so much pain in our world? That was the reason of Jabez's pe ...

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#136 GOOD MEDICINE

2001 June 11

As you enter the door of my study at Harmony Church, you will find a plaque that displays the wise words of Solomon:"A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones"-Proverbs 17:22. This is one of my favorite scriptures because it reminds me of an attitude, a posture that should be displayed in the house of God, and among God's people in general. It reminds me of what people around me need, even when I do not feel merry myself and that this medicine needs to be dispensed in abundance because it is good for God's people. Consider with me "Good Medicine". ...

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#135 THE IMPORTANCE OF THE CHURCH

2001 June 04

"But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth"-1 Timothy 3:15 Truth is a rare commodity in the modern marketplace. Whether we speak of history, religion, politics, science, or even medicine we will find conflicting sentiments. When we finally find some answers that are supported by substantial evidence we find peace in our hearts, for our search is over and the problem at hand is solved. There is a place of peace, a place for spiritual searching to end, th ...

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#134 PETER'S EXPLANATION OF ELECTION

2001 May 28

"Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied"-1Peter 1:2 FOREKNOWLEDGE When the Apostle Peter explained election, he did not begin with the sinner, he began with God. Peter uses the word "foreknowledge" as he explains election. That means that God foreknew His people before they knew Him; before they were born. That was before there were any denominational barriers ...

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#125 ETERNAL LOVE

2001 March 26

"For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord"-Romans 8:38,39 It is a great blessing for Christians to know and understand the eternal love that God has for His people. Surely this was Paul's opinion as he gave the church at Rome a long list of impossibilities that might cause one to think that God had q ...

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#116 THE PEARL OF GREAT PRICE

2001 January 22

"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it"-Matthew 13:45-46
While there are many blessings to be enjoyed in the Lord's kingd ...

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#114 THE 3 O'S OF GOD

2001 January 08

Everyone knows that the fundamentals of our secular education involve three basic subjects: reading, writing and arithmetic. A basic understanding of these principles provides a solid platform for most every other subject. Concerning God, there are three fundamental attributes of His divine person from which we may build a solid platform for our doctrine and practice. These are: Omnipresence, Omnipotence, and Omniscience. OMNIPRESENCE Omnipresence means that God is everywhere present and nowhere absent. It means that God not only exists eternally, it also means th ...

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#112 REST FOR THE SOUL

2000 November 04

"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls"-Matthew 11:28,29 Before us we have a glorious invitation, not for a physical rest, but more importantly, a spiritual rest. To find rest, we must have peace and here we find great consolation, our invitation is from the Prince of Peace. Let us begin b ...

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#107 COMFORTS FOUND ON A LATE FLIGHT

2000 September 30

A few weeks ago, while preaching in the state of Georgia, I was returning home Saturday night in time to preach at my home church on Sunday morning. As I approached the ticket counter I discovered that the plane was held up due to weather and we might not make our connecting flight. I thought of Paul, and how many times his trips were delayed, not due to plane connections, but due to shipwreck, stonings, beatings and all manner of persecutions. I found great comfort in knowing that even though preachers could be hindered from preaching at a desired place, God would not allow circumstances ...

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#98 THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE MOST SURELY

2000 July 29

"Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us"-Luke 1:1 We conclude our exposition of "those things which are most surely believed among us" with a brief view of the glorious doctrine which concerns the preservation of the Saints. This doctrine highlights the fact that all of the elect of God shall be kept by God and shall be eternally saved; though they may walk in ...

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#97THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE MOST SURELY

2000 July 22

"Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us"-Luke 1:1 Irresistible grace is most surely one of the things believed among the Saints in every age. Grace is simply unmerited favor; blessings bestowed upon the undeserving. Irresistible means that the objects of God's grace are completely passive in the blessings and benefits bestowed. It must be that way ...

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#96 THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE MOST SURELY

2000 July 15

"Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us"-Luke 1:1 The doctrine of limited atonement is also found among the doctrines of those things most surely believed among us. When we say limited, we do not mean that God is limited, nor are we saying that the mediatorial work of Christ upon the cross was incomplete. Limited atonement means that the atonement of Chr ...

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#95 THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE MOST SURELY

2000 July 08

"Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us"-Luke 1:1 The doctrine of total depravity is another of those things which are most surely believed among us. This doctrine teaches the total inability of man, not born of the Spirit, to do anything good or acceptable in the sight of God. While the humanistic view of man will present every man with a little good in him, a ...

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#94 THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE MOST SURELY

2000 July 01

"Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those thing which are most surely believed among us"-Luke 1:1 Among those things most surely believed among us, we will find the doctrine of predestination listed among the beautiful doctrines of God's grace. C.H. Spurgeon once said, "I question whether we have preached the whole counsel of God, unless predestination with all its solemnity and sureness be continually declar ...

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#93 THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE MOST SURELY BELIEVED AMONG US

2000 June 24

"Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those thing which are most surely believed among us"-Luke 1:1 A few weeks ago, I began a series of messages entitled, "The things most surely believed among us." I began with the doctrines of grace. Our first message was on the great subject of election, taught by the apostles and handed down through the ages in scripture. The first thing we noticed about election i ...

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#87 THE FAITH OF OUR FATHERS

2000 May 13

"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report"-Hebrews 11:1,2 Faith is a powerful weapon. It is a part of the Christian armor. Paul refers to it as the "Shield of faith". As the warrior would hold his shield before him as he advanced in battle, the Christian holds his faith ever before him as he marches though this world. Simply put, faith is believing that God will do what He ...

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#78 THE OLDEST HERESY AMONG CHRISTIANS

2000 March 11

"And certain men which came down from Judea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved"-Acts 15:1 In Acts 15, we find the apostles disputing over one of the oldest heresies among believers: salvation by works. The false apostles had disturbed the flock and taught them, "Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved"-Acts 15:1. This is a dangerous doctrine. It split ...

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#76 The Sovereignty of God

2000 February 26

And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an eve ...

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#72 DISCIPLESHIP, A NOBLE PROFESSION

2000 January 29

"So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple"-Luke 14:33 Being a disciple of Christ is the most noble profession that a person may ascribe unto. In God's eyes, it is more important that being a famous movie star, a successful athlete, a corporate executive, a millionaire, a pr ...

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#70 New Year's Resolutions (Part 3)

2000 January 15

"Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil"- I Thessalonians 5:16-22 The Apostle further calls upon us to "Prove all things". This means to "try" or "examine" what has been preached. Is it truth or "cunningly devised fables"? Is what has been preached the wisdom of God or the wisdom of man? Did it come ...

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#16 A Thankful Heart

1999 December 20

"Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift"- 2 Corinthians 9:15 Paul's epistles abound not only with doctrine and practice, but also with thanksgiving unto God. In his epistles, Paul uses the word "thanks" 24 times; "thank" 11 times; "thanksgiving" 7 times; and "thankful" 2 times. Thrice beaten with rods, stoned once, in stripes above measure, in prisons frequent, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in weariness and painfulnes, in hunger and thirst, in cold and nakedness(2 Cor. 11:23-27), Paul remained posi ...

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#64 The Mathematics of Grace

1999 November 22

"Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven" –Matthew 18:21-22 These words of Jesus reflect something that seems to be drifting from our vocabulary, a kind of math that is not new, but ancient as the Godhead, treasured up in the person of Christ: it is the mathematics of grace. Gr ...

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#62 THE PEACEMAKERS ARE HAPPY

1999 November 08

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God." In His seventh Beatitude, Jesus approaches a level of Christian maturity that not every disciple will achieve. Here we are called upon to place the cause of Christ first in our lives. "What I want" and "How I feel" must be replaced by "What is best for the cause." Here we become willing to die to self for the cause of Christ and the prosperity of His kingdom. Such is the attitude ...

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#58 THE MEEK ARE HAPPY

1999 October 08

THE MEEK ARE HAPPY "Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth"-Matthew 5:5 The third of our "Beatitudes" is very suggestive. Here, our Lord is teaching His disciples the change that should be observed in a true disciple. He first made them poor, by showing them their sin which was followed by a mourning over them. Some may never grow beyond the first "Beatitude", choosing rather to justify sin with friends and the world. But if ...

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#56 The Poor are Happy

1999 September 22

"Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven"-Matthew 5:3 Jesus begins His great sermon on the mount with eight pronouncements of blessings. These describe and identify His followers in every age. They are many times referred to as the "Beatitudes". He begins each of His "Beatitudes" with the word "Blessed" which ...

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$48 THE BLESSINGS OF CONTINUING

1999 July 22

"And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers"-Acts 2:42 To begin something is one thing, but to be faithful to continue in it is another matter. While Baptism and a confession of our faith in Jesus Christ is a great act of faith, we know that this is just the beginning. We would not discourage those whose hearts have been stirred to follow Christ. But those who have enlisted in His army ...

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#47 WHAT THINK YE OF CHRIST

1999 July 15

"What think ye of Christ?"-Matthew 22:42 With just one short question we discover the fountainhead of all theology. Surely, this is the greatest question that has ever been put before the minds of men. And from our answer we will discover much about ourselves: "What think ye of Christ?" Today, we will explore this great question of Christ under three headings: (1) Thinking; (2) How our thinking affects us; (3) The greatest question. Jesus is not only interested in our actions, He is also interested in our th ...

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#46 THE UNSEARCHABLE RICHES OF CHRIST

1999 July 08

"Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ"Ephesians 3:8 Paul counted it a great honor and privilege to preach "The unsearchable riches of Christ." This was the foc ...

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#36 THE PEARL OF GREAT PRICE

1999 April 22

"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it"-Matthew 13:45-46
While there are many blessings to be enjoyed in the Lord's kingd ...

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#32 It is Written Again

1999 March 22

"Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God"-Matthew 4:7 Our message today centers around one of the greatest battle scenes in history. This battle is not fought with bombs and missiles. It is fought with a weapon more powerful than all of these, the most powerful weapon found upon the face of the earth: "the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God". The battle is between the Son of God and our arch-enemy, Satan ...

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#31 Walk About Zion

1999 March 15

"Walk about Zion, and go round about her: tell the towers thereof. Mark ye well her bulwarks, consider her palaces; that ye may tell it to the generation following" Psalm 48:12-13 One of the greatest blessings that we may enjoy in the church of Jesus Christ is the grand and glorious doctrine that He gave us. As cities are known by their stately structures, so the church by her stately doctrines. The Psalmist encourages us to "Walk about Zion, and go round ...

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#28 He Hath Chosen Us

1999 February 22

"According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love"- Ephesians 1:4 There is no scripture in all of the New Testament that sinners will find more comfort in than the first chapter of Ephesians. It is a hiding place, a city of refuge for the afflicted soul. And one does not have to be a theologian to understand the simple truths that Paul sets before the believing Ephesians. These simple truths plac ...

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#27 Candles

1999 February 15

"Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven"-Matthew 5:14-16 In His sermon on the mount, Jesus used one little word to describe what His disciples were to be. Simple were His word ...

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#21 The Testimony of a Christian Grandmother

1999 January 01

"When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also"- 2 Timothy 1:5 Some time ago, this true testimony was shared in a local church by a sixty year old man of faith: "When I was a small child an older lady in the community was concerned about the spiritual welfare of my brother and me. This kind lady would come to our house on Sunday mornings, wake us up, wash our faces, get us dressed and take us to ch ...

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Thou Hast Left Thy First Love

1996 October 01

October 1996 THOU HAST LEFT THY FIRST LOVE "Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love" -Revelation 2:4 Perhaps the minister of the church at Ephesus thought things were "in order" at the church he served until one day he received a ...

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A Friend that Sticks

1996 September 01

SEPTEMBER 1996 A FRIEND THAT STICKS It is indeed true, one that desires friends must be friendly to others and he that hath the most friends, has been friendly to many. There may be those who would boast in the many friends ...

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Two Kinds of Wisdom

1996 July 01

JULY 1996
TWO KINDS OF WISDOM "And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained ...

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The Sin Debt is Paid

1996 June 01

JUNE 1996 THE SIN DEBT IS PAID "Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect?" -Romans 8:33 These words echo from the pen of the Apostle Paul like a trumpet blast in the day of ...

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Continuing in Prayers

1996 May 01

MAY 1996 CONTINUING IN PRAYERS "And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers" -Acts 2:42
As we have studied this verse of scripture, we have noticed some notable birthmarks of the infant church. We have noticed that they were a people who believed a particular doctrine and a ...

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The Bread of Life

1996 April 01

APRIL 1996
THE BREAD OF LIFE In our last two issues of the pastoral letter we observed two distinguishing birthmarks of the New Testament church in its very awakening. We considered the "Apostles' Doctrine" and "The Fellowship of the Saints". But in this verse of scripture we find another identifying mar ...

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The Fellowship of the Saints

1996 March 01

MARCH 1995 The Fellowship of the Saints "And they continued stedfastly in th ...

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The Apostles' Doctrine

1996 February 01

FEBRUARY 1995
The Apostles' Doctrine "And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers" -Acts 2:42
In just one verse of scripture, the Holy Ghost has moved Luke to record four identifying marks of the New Testament church in its infancy. All four of these marks identify fundamental areas of practice ...

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Every Good and Perfect Gift

1994 December 01

DECEMBER 1994 Every Good and Perfect Gift "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." -James 1:17 As the people of our country celebrate the holiday season, many gifts will be given and received. As hard as we may try to choose just the perfect gifts for ...

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We Are His Witnesses (Part 2)

1994 October 01

OCTOBER 1994 WE ARE HIS WITNESSES (Part 2) "And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him." -Acts 5:32 In our last article we considered Peter and the other apostles as they faithfully witnessed the resurrection and doctrine of Jesus Christ. But we should be careful to observe the second witness our text supplies: "And so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them tha ...

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We are His Witnesses (Part 1)

1994 September 01

SEPTEMBER 1994 WE ARE HIS WITNESSES (part 1) "And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him." -Acts 5:32 >> More

He hath Chosen Us

1994 August 01

AUGUST 1994 HE HATH CHOSEN US "According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love" -Ephes. 1:4

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Stand Fast and Hold the Traditions

1994 July 01

JULY 1994
STAND FAST AND HOLD THE TRADITIONS I remember visiting a particular church many years ago and after several meetings I asked one ...

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Anger Resteth in the Bosom of Fools

1994 June 01

JUNE 1994 ANGER RESTETH IN THE BOSOM OF FOOLS

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Lord, Teach Us to Pray

1994 April 01

APRIL 1994 LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY "And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples." ...

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The Active and Passive Inheritance of God's Children

1994 February 01

PASTOR FEBRUARY 1994 "THE ACTIVE AND PASSIVE INHERITANCE OF GOD'S CHILDREN" Over the centuries, divines have enjoyed preaching and teaching the Biblical subject of inheritance to God's people. As we read the many scriptural passages that deal with the subject of inheritance there seems to be areas in which the scriptures disagree or do not compliment one another. One reason is because some scriptures deal with that part of our inheritance which lies beyond this life while there are other scrip ...

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My Counsellors

1993 November 01

NOVEMBER, 1993 MY COUNSELLORS "THY TESTIMONIES ALSO ARE MY DELIGHT AND MY COUNSELLORS."
-PSALMS 119:24
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Salvation (Part 2)

1993 July 01

SALVATION (Part 2) "For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. To the weak became I as weak, that I might gai ...

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Salvation (Part 1)

1993 June 01

SALVATION (Part 1) "For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. To the weak became I as weak, that I mi ...

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Stay at the Alter, The Promise Will Come

1993 May 01

STAY AT THE ALTER, THE PROMISE WILL COME It had been ...

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Conversion

1993 January 01

CONVERSION "The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple" -Psalm 19:7

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Children in the Church

1992 December 01

CHILDREN IN THE CHURCH Have you noticed that the one-hundred and twenty-seventh psalm begins with the Lord building the house and concludes with the ...

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Grandparents: The Testimony of the Aged

1992 October 01

GRANDPARENTS: THE TESTIMONY OF THE AGED "By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joesph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff"" - Hebrews 11:21 >> More