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Love Fulfills The Law

2011 June 17

While preaching through the book of 1st Timothy, we came to this dynamic statement of the apostle Paul to Timothy: "Now the end of the commandment is charity...". Charity is the highest form of love and Paul's statement means that charity is the most important thing in our personal lives, as well as the Christian Church. It also means that genuine charity will fulfill every commandment and that is why it is so important. This is a magnificent statement. But what does it mean and how does it apply to our lives?

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Love Fulfills The Law

2011 February 04

While preaching through the book of 1st Timothy, we came to this dynamic statement of the apostle Paul to Timothy: "Now the end of the commandment is charity…". Charity is the highest form of love and Paul‘s statement means that charity is the most important thing in our personal lives, as well as the Christian Church. It also means that genuine charity will fulfill every commandment and that is why it is so important. This is a magnificent statement. But what does it mean and how does it apply to our lives?

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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 Unspeakable Gift

2007 March 19

"Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift"- 2 Corinthians 9:15 As Paul encouraged the Corinthian church to take up a collection for the poor saints, he could find no greater encouragement than to compare their giving to what God had given them for their redemption. He turned their attention to Christ, the unspeakable gift of God. Paul was saying to them, "God loved you so much that He gave His only begotten Son for you. Consider this gift as you take up your ...

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A New Year's Promise

2007 March 05

"But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus"- Philippians 4:19 The Philippian church was special to the apostle Paul. In this epistle he refers to them as "my brethren dearly beloved and long for, my joy and crown." One of the reasons he loved them so much was because of their care for him. When he was in prison they sent to his needs, a gift at the hand of Epaphroditus that he referred to as "an odour of a ...

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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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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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Casting Stones

2007 January 15

CASTING STONES "So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her."-John 8:7 Our message today revolves around our Lord as He displays His sovereign mercy, and grace. Sinners love mercy. Mercy means that we did not receive the punishment we justly deserved. Sinners also love grace.

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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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But God meant it unto good

2006 May 07

"But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive." Genesis 50:20 When all was said and done, Joseph was not ignorant concerning God's sovereignty and His providential dealings in his life. Though, to us, God's dealings with Joseph seem quite severe we see that God had a purpose in Joseph's afflictions. As the story goes, he was thrown in to a pit by his own brothers; sold by them to the Ishmalite traders; sold by the trades for profit as a slave for Potipher; falsely accused by Potifer's wife; thrown into p ...

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And such were some of you

2006 April 30

"Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God."- 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 I stand in awe of God's unchanging love for His people. Not only do I stand in awe of His love, but also of His faithful ...

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A GLORIOUS DECLARATION

2006 April 23

"Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification"- Romans 4:25 Spring is a beautiful time of the year. As we drive through our neighborhoods we see the Dogwood, the Azaleas, the Tulips and the beautiful colors of God's creation. In the spring it seems that even the birds sing special anthems to our glorious creator. When we observe the budding flower and the rising stalk on which the colored bud is perched a declaration is made: something beneath the earth that was dead and dormant rose declaring its life. In one sense, t ...

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AMAZING GRACE

2006 April 16

"For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth" Romans 9:11 What a great blessing we have before us today. God displays His everlasting love to save His people from their sins, not by works, but by His sovereign grace. The example the apostle uses to display God's distinguishing grace are meted out in Old Testament types and shadows by two brothers, Jacob and Esau. According to Paul, before these two children were born, God chose Jacob. I have heard some say tha ...

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THE LOVE OF CHRIST

2006 April 09

"to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God." There is the story of a young girl who began a lengthy novel only to put it back on her shelf because it seemed boring. One night, she went on a blind date and met the most fascinating man she had ever known. She fell in love with him immediately. The night just flew by and when she returned to her home all she could think about was him! His name seemed familiar though, and the next day she picked ...

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Naomi's God

2006 April 02

In his work entitled, "All the women of the Bible", Dr. Herbert Lockyer wrote: "Christianity, as we are to see, brought full emancipation to womanhood, and wherever Christ is recognized as Saviour and His truth is obeyed, woman is esteemed as man's loved companion, confidant and, in many ways, his better half. Through the centuries the social and legal status of woman has fluctuated. In times of fierce persecution they suffered much. Where heathenism still reigns, the life and lot of women are far from the freedom and joy the experience where Christianity is recognized. From the 18th

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THE PRUNED VINE

2006 March 19

Hebrews 12:11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. Let the Christian never forget that suffering is a part of their salvation. It is as much a part of it as our quickening and conversion, for it produces the same fruits. Let us never forget that the pruned vine is greatly loved by the Husbandman. He has given more attention to it than all the other plants in His garden. His eye is most upon it for He expects t ...

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A FAITHFUL SAYING

2006 March 05

"This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief"- 1 Timothy 1:15 Though we have heard of those who have claimed perfection, who have lived above sin all of their lives, we prefer Paul's faithful saying: Jesus came into the world to save sinners. Of all the things that Paul has written, the Christian can identify with these words for every genuine Christian has been made to feel this way. By these words, Paul claimed to be the worst of Christians. His life was marred by the grossest of er ...

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THE SHEPHERDS VOICE

2006 February 26

"My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me"-John 10:27 In the eastern hill country there was no sound more comforting to sheep than the shepherd's voice. If we were to observe the flock as they fed upon the verdant meadows, we would see a head rise here and there to catch a glimpse of the shepherd. Every few moments, we would hear a bleat echo through the canyons as one of the fold communicated to the others: "All is well. The shepherd is near, his rod and staff I see in the distance." Just knowing that the shepherd's eye was upon them, brought comfort to the helpl ...

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THE SECURITY OF THE SAINTS

2006 January 29

While reading about the persecution of Christians in a bygone era, we came across a gruesome account of one of the most atrocious and hateful crimes committed against them. According to the writer, the enemies of the Christian Church would torture their victims with such painful methods that they would, with their tongues, deny their faith and the Lord who bought them. This was their enemy's method of, supposedly, sending them, forever, to hell. The Apostle Paul was familiar with some of these methods. Prior to his regeneration and conversion he committed essentially the same torments to Chris ...

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RESTORATION

2006 January 22

[25] And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you. Joel 2:25 Our message today centers around one of the great and wonderful promises of God to His people: "I will restore". Who, but God, could make such a promise? Who, but God, can restore people's lives back that have been torn apart by sin, neglect and bad choices? Though His people had bowed before the false gods of that day and spent their money and time for the pleasures the world had to offer, their God was calling upon them ...

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FORGETTING!

2006 January 15

As the New Year approaches we are reminded of the Apostle Paul's words to the Philippians: "forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." These words stand as great reminders to all Christians to live for the day, not for the past. Paul was not lingering in the past. His vision was upon the future. Paul was not saying, nor are we, that we should forget good memories and fond times with our family and loved ones. Certainly these are treasures we may all p ...

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Secret Sins

2006 January 08

"for by the law is the knowledge of sin."- Romans 3:20 Behold how ignorant the apostle shows humanity to be when it comes to sin. Mankind is ignorant of it unless God gives him a law to reveal sin. Just as highways are marked with speed limit signs to warn travelers of their bounds of safety, so God has done with His laws. There are not given from an unloving Father to keep His children from fun. They are protection from those things that the tempter uses to destroy. We hear much from the world today as to what sin really is. "As long you love Jesus you are a Christian and heaven is your home ...

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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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July 2005

2005 July 01

JULY, 2005 From the pastor Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. As we see the turmoil in the world in which we live, let us rejoice in the fact that every day brings us only closer to the coming or our great King. What a sacred haven the Church provides for us as we turn aside from the cares and distractions of life and gather with the Saints of God around the throne of the Lamb. What a blessing indeed, to have such a great God to call upon when we are in need. So, here are some thought on "THE GOD TO WHOM WE PRAY" As Christians, we have many reasons t ...

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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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PHOS

2005 April 16

"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 There is the story of a young man who lived long ago in Greece who loved to play in the rain. One day, as he was enjoying a midsummer shower, a lightning bolt suddenly split the dark sky striking the boy to the earth. The noise was so loud it attra ...

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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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TOUCHED

2005 March 12

"For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin."- Hebrews 4:15 The Christian has great reason to rejoice, even in the midst of fiery trials. Whatever their difficulty may be, they have a kinsman redeemer who has been touched by their suffering. He knows only too well the stroke of this world and can understand the pain because He walked the same path and was tempted in every point that any Christian may suffer. Though there are many religions in the world, only the ...

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THE GOD TO WHOM WE PRAY

2005 March 05

As Christians, we have many reasons to rejoice. One of the greatest is the God to whom we pray. Unlike Allah, our God is not capricious, changing his mind from moment to moment. His children are well known, chosen from the foundation of the world, predestinated to be conformed to the image of His dear Son and He boldly declares, "I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed." As the Christian prays, they approach a throne of grace, not a throne of works or merit. Who could get good enough to merit the favors of a perfect and Holy God? All merit is in their ...

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THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

2005 February 26

"Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness"- Ephesians 6:14 Listed among the Christian armament we find another indispensable piece which every Christian should earnestly covet: the breastplate of righteousness. How does the Christian obtain this breastplate of righteousness, or, how does a person become righteous in the first place? There is only one way: by God's grace. We can not become righteous by reciting scriptures, by ordinances of the church, by praying holy prayers or by kneeling on the prayer bench. God mu ...

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A word for the reverend

2005 February 19

"He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name."- Psalm 111:9 The peculiar word, reverend, is used only one time in scripture. The common man does not need to understand Greek or Hebrew to recognize that this title belongs not to man, but to God Himself: He alone is Holy. How is it that professors of religion have usurped this divine title and the people love to have it so? Could it be because they have taken upon themselves the title, "saviour", which belongs to Jesus only? There i ...

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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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THE HELMET OF SALVATION

2005 January 29

"And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God"-Ephesians 6:17 The knowledge of salvation, how we are saved, that we are included in the redemptive work of Christ upon the cross and the hope that one day we will be with Jesus is one of the greatest pieces of armor the Christian can wear! To have the blessed hope and assurance of the scriptures that one day we will dwell in a better place, where sorrow, cares and sin can not reach us and that we will never have to say good bye to a loved one gives strength in the hottest battle, during the greatest dis ...

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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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A MATTER OF PRIORITY

2004 May 13

33But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33 Among the many things that Jesus taught in His sermon on the mount, He taught His disciples that His kingdom must have priority in their lives. From our earliest existence, many of us have heard similar words from parents and peers, "you need to go to church". Until we understand these words of Christ, the reasons for such counsel have seemed vague ...

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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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My Prayers

2004 April 29

"Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:"-Ephesians 1:15-17. Prayer has been described as the highest activity of the soul. It is worship in and of itself. Prayer tells on us because when we empty our hearts unto God we find what was really in there! If we are full of ourselves, tha ...

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#15NEWS

2004 April 22

"Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift"- 2 Corinthians 9:15 Undefinable by the mortal tongue the gift was given. From heaven to earth, from glory to a sin cursed world, the gift would descend. Without tinsel or ribbon, no gift has ever graced the halls of humanity as the gift of the Christ child. The gift was not for pomp or show, the king was not invited, lowly shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flocks by night, they would witness the gift, a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in a lowly ma ...

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THE LOVE OF CHRIST, WHICH PASSETH KNOWLEDGE

2004 April 08

"And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God"- Ephes. 3:19 Surely, the love of our Lord passes the comprehension of mortals. As the old song goes: "The love of God is greater far, than tongue or pen can ever tell; it goes beyond the highest star, and reaches to the lowest hell. When years of time shall pass away, and earthly thrones and kingdoms fall, when men, who here refuse to pray, on rocks and hills and mountains call, God's love so sure, shall still endure, all measureless and strong." We forget that we are fall ...

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April 2004

2004 April 01

HARMONY NEWSLETTER April 2004 From the pastor Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Harmony Chu ...

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BAPTISM, THE ANSWER OF A GOOD CONSCIENCE

2004 March 25

"The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ" 1 Peter 3:21 Through the centuries, the ordinance of Baptism has been misrepresented as to its purpose and benefit in the New Testament Church. It was during the 1800's, that Spurgeon preached his great sermon against "Baptismal Regeneration" which sermon is still available today in the reprinted sermons of this great preacher. Simply, and we must add, Biblically put, baptism is "the answer ...

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BAPTISM: A BELIEVER'S CONFESSION

2004 March 11

"And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God."-Acts 8:37 Though the evangelist, Philip, desired to baptize, there was a solemn "if" in his interrogation of the Eunuch's heart. It was what he looked for in the man, or, to say it another way, it was his answer from God that he was to administer the ordinance. A firm belief in the person of Jesus Christ was the divine prerequisite for every New Testament baptism. We find it at Pentecost when their ...

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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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THOU HAST ENLARGED ME

2004 February 19

"Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer."-Psalm 4:1 Many were the distresses of the sweet psalmist of Israel. Though David was greatly loved of God, his life was full of trials. Saul, the king of his people, his brother in the faith, sought his life, hunting him like a wild animal. Satan was always at his heels, tempting him with the lust of the flesh and the pride of life as we read of his failings with Bathsheba and numbering Israel. Absalom, his own son, rose up against him. So it is with t ...

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STRENGTHENED WITH MIGHT

2004 February 12

"That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man"-Ephesians 3:16 Our message comes to you today from the floor of a Roman prison where we find the apostle on bended knees praying for the Ephesian Church. Though he was in prison, he was not an idle Christian. His pen and his prayers were active, focused upon God and His people. As we read this prayer it seems almost convoluted. Paul is the one in prison, yet, we find him praying that the Ephesians would be strengthened. We might write our church and say, "Please ...

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A Prayer for the Church

2004 February 05

"Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ"-Ephesians 1:2 Of the many petitions the apostle could have placed before the throne of grace, this prayer adorns the opening comments of each of his letters to the churches. At first glance, we might read these words as glibly as the salutation of a letter yet, as we consider the request, we find these words to be fraught with wisdom and much more than words to fill up the page. Of all the treasures in the Father's hand, Paul asked for grace and peace. Grace simply means unmerited ...

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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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October 2003

2003 October 01

OCTOBER, 2003 From the pastor Dear friends and Church family, greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. If you have attended our worship service over the last month, you have noticed that my heart has been greatly stirred for our people. In one sense, I feel I have been called to preach all over again. The whole counsel of God has been neglected by many of our people and many wonderful truths are being ignored. I remember a sermon that I delivered to our Church, before I was ordained, and a visitor came up to me after the services and said, "You have just preache ...

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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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THUS FAR

2003 April 16

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 are here today and that we have made it……"thus far". It is good to reflect upon this truth, for if our Lord has been with us in the past, he will not desert us today, tomorrow or in the years to come. When David wrote of the Lord's abiding presence, he said, "Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine h ...

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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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When we see God's wonderful grace

2003 March 19

Our thoughts today are centered around a prayer of David as he expresses his gratitude for the Lord's mercy and kindness towards his house, "Then went king David in, and sat before the Lord, and he said, Who am I, O Lord God? And what is my house, that thou hast brought me hitherto?"(II Samuel 7:18) As David spake thus to his Lord, he was not asking who he was in regard to his person, but rather who he was that the God of glory would take notice of him and bless him thus. His speech concerned the lowliness of his character. As a country song once went, "W ...

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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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COMFORTERS

2003 March 05

"…that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God"-2 Corinthians 1:4 Today, we find the apostle comforting the Church at Corinth with the same comfort he had received of God. To reach out and comfort a brother or sister in Christ is one of the greatest marks of Christianity. To comfort another, we must have empathy, even pity for those who are distressed. I remember a little girl falling on the ice one cold, winter morning as we waited for the school bus. She came from a very poor family and was sad ...

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MAKE HASTE, O GOD, TO DELIVER ME

2003 February 26

Psalms 70
Many were David's persecutors. They lurked in secret places, constantly looking for a slip of the tongue, an improper gesture, a wrong move or any thing that might bring a reproach upon his stewardship. We, as David, are not exempt from those who would seek our hurt. As Christians, we should know that Satan, can not stand those who honor our Lord Jesus Christ, his sworn enemy. So, he constantly hunts for the precious soul, to defame and cast down. Let our language be as David's, "Make haste, O God, to deliver me; make haste to help me, O Lord. Let them be a ...

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THE FAITHFULNESS OF GOD

2003 February 19

One of the greatest comforts in the believer's heart is the knowledge of their Lord's faithfulness. When it seems that the Lord has forgotten us and that our prayers go no higher than our heads, it is of great consolation to remember the words that Paul gave as encouragement to his Hebrew brethren that God had spoken long ago: "I will never leave thee nor forsake thee." Faithfulness is the backbone of anything good: a marriage, being a parent, an employee, a church member, even being an American citizen. Without faithfulness, things, good things, are broken down and are always less ...

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Who hath saved us

2003 February 12

"…God; Who hath saved us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began"-II Timothy 1:9 Are you saved? If you are then who saved you? Did the preacher save you? Did a particular message save you? Were you saved by ceremonies and traditions? In his affectionate letter to Timothy, Paul did not claim his personal salvation to any of these, nor did he claim to have saved Timothy. He gave the honor and glory to the only savior of sinners: "God, who hath saved us". The word "us" is v ...

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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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PRECIOUS DEATH

2003 January 22

"Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints"- Psalms 116:15
There are many precious things in the world. Their being precious is owing to their rarity and worth. If we were to dig diamonds in our yards who would wear them on their fingers or give them as tokens of love? And if gold grew on trees it would be worth little for exchange. So, things being scarce, become precious in our sight. The bible sets things aright concerning what is truly precious. Though we ha ...

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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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#160 GRACE: FRUSTRATED OR AMAZING

2002 July 23

"I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain"-GALATIANS 2:21 John Newton had it right, grace is amazing. It is a total contradiction to the human mind that a holy, righteous, perfect God would take notice of man, love them, send His own beloved Son to die for them, and that He would want to spend eternity with them in paradise. Surely, this is amazing. Yet, it gets even more amazing. These sinners did nothing to deserve this grace. Man will do someth ...

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#156 HAVE I EVER SEEN A CHRISTIAN

2002 July 16

There is the story of the little boy who asked his father what a Christian was. After the father had given his explanation his little boy looked up into his face and asked, "Father, have I ever seen a Christian?" The question pierced the father's heart as we would imagine, but the illustration is good and serves as an exercise of our own conscience as fathers. And though Father's Day is past, these words are an excerpt from our sermon last Sunday and we felt them to be important enough to share with every father today. To be a father is a high calling of God which carries with it ...

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#158 HOW LONG

2002 July 02

"How long wilt thou forget me, O LORD? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me? How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? how long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?-Psalm ...

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#159 HE IS ABLE

2002 June 25

"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 An able man is always the best man for the most difficult task. When it is fourth down and one yard to go, let us give the ball to the man who has proved his ability to blast through the line. When there are only a few seconds on the clock and a three pointer will win the game, let the player who has proved his ability take the last shot. The anchor man must be sure footed and able ...

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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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#162 A WAY OF ESCAPE

2002 June 11

"There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it"-I Corinthians 10:13 If you have lived very long, you have faced some temptations in your life. Trials and tests they are, strewn along the pathway of life. Though there are more kinds of temptations and tests than man can number, they come in two basic categories. One test comes ...

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#163 FOLLOWING JESUS

2002 June 04

"Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ"-1 Corinthians 11:1 Paul would have his Corinthian brethren follow him as he followed Christ. To be a follower in this passage means to imitate or to act and behave like Jesus. In a nutshell, that is genuine Christianity. Some might say, "I know that I can not be just like Jesus. Why try to be something or do something that I know is beyond my ability?" I have a lot of fond memories of grade school. We had some wonderful teachers in our little school at Donaldson, Arkansas. Our fourth grade teach, Mrs. Herri ...

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#164 No Fear

2002 May 28

"There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love"-1 John 4:18 There are two kinds of fear. There is a terrible fear, a fear of some horrible thing happening to us. Then, there is also a reverential fear, a proper fear, a respectful fear tempered with knowledge with an eye upon someone or something that will mete out justice for offences. To further illustrate these two kinds of fear we might compare September, 11th of last year to the ...

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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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#167 ENCOURAGEMENT FOR MARRIAGE

2002 May 07

One of my favorite preachers once said, "A man who says he never had a fight with his wife will lie about other things to." Surely, it is a challenge for two sinners to live together under the same roof for years and foster an atmosphere of peace and harmony. Yet, this is God's design and we should not be totally discouraged if disagreements arise from time to time. God is interested in every marriage. Whatever we do, we do it not only for self, for children, for family, but also to honor the Lord Jesus Christ. That is why the old prophet said: " ... .take heed to your spirit, an ...

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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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COME BEFORE HIS PRESENCE WITH SINGING

2002 April 16

"Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing"-Psalm 100:1,2 Music has a profound influence upon the soul. It affects our emotions, our feelings and has the power to change our mood in a heartbeat. Just by adding music to the score of a movie, producers can dictate how the audience should feel about a particular scene. A song can take us back in time to people and places long forgotten. Music can lift us up and it can bring us down. Yet, there are di ...

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ENCOURAGEMENT FOR THE BEREAVED

2002 April 09

One of the greatest sorrows known to God's children is the loss of a loved one from this life. Today, let us consider some of the great promises our Lord has given His children for encouragement during the times of such great loss. In his letter to the Thessalonians, Paul wrote, "But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as other which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him"(4:13,14). Many times, we forget the purpose of Jesus' ...

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FORGET NOT ALL HIS BENEFITS

2002 April 02

Today we would pose a question to all: "Is there a benefit in serving God: is there a benefit in going to God's house; is there a benefit in reading His word; is there a benefit in prayer; in private devotions; to Christian living?" How do you feel about it? What is your opinion? We pose the question not to condemn those who would answer in the negative. Rather, we pose the question as an encouragement to those who feel in their hearts that there is a benefit in serving God for there are times of wonder and amazement when we notice as Job did that, "The tabernacles of robbers prosper ...

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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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COME THOU WITH US, AND WE WILL DO THEE GOOD

2002 March 19

One of the greatest joys in life is sharing the things most dear to our hearts with people we love. To the Christian, it is the Lord, His house and the fellowship of the saints. Grateful, thankful, excited about God's presence among his people, full of love for the Lord, Moses wanted to share his experience with others. To his brother in law, Hobab, he would say, "We are journeying unto the place of which the LORD said, I will give it ...

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EVIDENCE

2002 March 12

The Lord's people love evidence of their calling. A prayer answered or a genuine experience with the Lord serve as "handfuls of purpose" to increase our strength and revive our hope for tomorrow. Our Lord has also been gracious to provide many evidences of our calling in sacred writ. Sprinkled amidst the numerous verses of scripture, the Lord has given abundant proofs of our calling that serve to be just as dynamic as prayer answered or miracles observed. Sometimes, they are so simply stated, we might overlook the evidence. One of the most powerful is John 3:16, "For God so loved the ...

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REMEMBRANCE

2002 March 05

One of the most difficult tasks of the ministry is the funeral service. As Paul wrote, "Who is sufficient for these things". We find our words shallow and our efforts weak as we try to comfort the families of those who have lost precious loved ones from the shores of this life. Who can say all that needs to be said? What man can reach the soul and calm the troubles waters? During these services I have noticed the crowds of those who have met to remember and honor their loved one at the last service performed in their name. One thing that I have noticed is that those who loved the most draw ...

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Where Is Mother

2002 February 19

Laura Ingalls Wilder said, "The older we grow the more precious become the recollections of our childhood days, especially our memories of mother. Her love and care halo her memory with brighter radiance, for we have discovered that nowhere else in the world is such loving self-sacrifice to be found; her counsels and instructions appeal to us with greater force than when we received them because our knowledge of the world and our experience of life have proved their worth. Dearer even than mother's teachings are little, personal memories of her, different in each case but essentially the sa ...

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THE TELLER

2002 February 12

"He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names"-Psalms 147:4 How great is our Lord, who telleth the number of the stars. As man sends out his cameras to discover new stars, the Lord watches with perfect knowledge of their number and placement. I have heard of people who have attempted to count the stars but all attempts have been in vain. Only He who created them knows that number. Surely, this contrast should provide a glimpse of God's knowledge and wisdom compared to man's . As man vainly tries to discover every nook and cranny of the universe, the Lord kn ...

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CONSIDER THE MIRACLE

2002 January 29

"For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened"-Mark 6:52. Today, our message centers around the spiritual subject of miracles. I say spiritual, because that is what a miracle is. It has to do with Jesus Christ. A miracle is a Holy Hand in an unholy world. It is when the Lord performs or achieves something that man can not do; when He reaches in and ...

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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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THE GREATEST GIFT

2002 January 08

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Ephes. 2:8 Many valuable gifts have graced the halls of time. The queen of Sheba brought Solomon 120 talents of gold as well as precious stones. Empires have been given and even powers bestowed upon indiv ...

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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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October 2001

2001 October 01

October, 2001 From the pastor Greetings in the name or our Lord Jesus Christ. I am writing this newsletter from our new study!!!! It is a beautiful addition to our facility and looks as though it was always a part of the building. A lot of work went into this project and I want to thank everyone who contributed their time, labor and expenses to further this project along. As the church and friends began to give, we discovered we not only had the funds to complete the project, but to furnish it as well with desk, chairs, book cases and a copy machine. I have en ...

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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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#140 SPIRITUAL MATURITY

2001 July 09

Look inside a home and find the child that is obedient, willing to help out around the house and respectful to the parent and there you will find a beautiful grace which we would call maturity. Go to the classroom and observe, note the children that are attentive, eager to learn and respectful of their teacher and you will find maturity. Visit the workplace, see those that are busy with their daily routines, find those that are diligent in their tasks, cheerful, considerate of others around them, interested in doing a good job and you will once again find the gentle grace of < ...

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#139 ALL THINGS

2001 July 02

Last week, as I was sitting on my deer stand, I enjoyed one of those rare displays of God's beautiful creation. As I gazed across the cut-over there were millions of downy white seeds floating across the opening. For three hours, this spectacle gave the appearance of gigantic snowflakes as the warm southern wind lifted the seeds from their stalks and sent them spiraling northward to land in some remote corner of the woods and fields. The setting sun shone through my entertainment adding the final touches to the backdrop of God's beautiful picture. This was something that I knew I could not ...

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July 2001

2001 July 01

HARMONY NEWSLETTER July 2001 From the pastor Greetings in the name of our great Lord Jesus Christ. We have much to be thankful for. Our annual meeting was very blessed. I have received several letters and phone calls from ministers and visitors expressing the blessing they received at the meeting. We enjoyed visitors from our sister churches, friends and family in the immediate area, as well as brothers and sisters from several states. Every sermon seemed to be blessed. During the meeting I observed children asking preachers questions, I saw people ...

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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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#137 GIVING THANKS

2001 June 18

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday it is good that we give thanks to God for our many blessings. In the days of the Old Testament, lovers and worshipers of God gave thanks by offering up the firstfruits of their crops to Him that blessed their harvest. Today, let us offer up the "fruit" of our lips as we pause to thank the Lord for the bounty of another day. "Giving thanks" is a mental attitude. By the writings of the apostles we are encouraged to catch it and keep it by practicing it. Our holiday suggests it to a nation. Not only does giving thanks render praise unto t ...

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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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#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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#133 FOCUSED

2001 May 21

"And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem"-Luke 9:5 Our Lord led a very focused life. His purpose was always before Him. Even as a child He would say, "I must be about my Father's business." He came to redeem His people from their sins and nothing moved Him from His purpose till the atonement was made and the captives set free. To be focused means that we have a goal in life, a God honoring purpose and that we are moving towards that purpose in a determined way. As our Lord's face was "stedfastly set to ...

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#132 HUMILITY

2001 May 14

"And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross"-Philippians 2:8 Of all the Christian graces that are pleasing to our heavenly Father, humility would be found at the top of the list. Much is written about the subject in scripture, yet it is the grace that is hardest for us to attain. The Lord Jesus Christ is the ultimate example of humility. During this great time of distress in our nation I am sure that President Bush has looked at the figures ...

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#131 ENCOURAGEMENT TO GO ON

2001 May 07

"And Abraham stood up from before his dead, and spake unto the sons of Heth ... And Abraham stood up, and bowed himself to the people of the land, even to the children of Heth ... .And after this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of Machpelah before Mamre: the same is Hebron in the land of Canaan"-Genesis 23:3,7,19 I know Abraham was loath to leave the cave at Machpelah where his precious Sarah was buried. Many were the years of their pilgrimage together as husband and wife. Sarah was the mother of his beloved son, Isaac, and had been his faithful companion in ...

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#129 PERSPECTIVE (Part 2)

2001 April 23

Last week, we tried to focus our attention upon God in the midst of our terrors: what is His perspective of it all? It would be easy for us to go back to business as usual. After all, the stock market is coming back, petroleum prices and interest rates are down and the horrors of September, 11th are becoming one of those well remembered scars that have marred the pages of history as they interrupted our busy schedules. But for me, the voice was too loud, too close and the cry too urgent to pass by without a solemn inquiry from the most High: is there something amiss in our gr ...

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April 2001

2001 April 01

APRIL 2001 From the pastor We have enjoyed good attendance by our membership during the winter months. Even though the weather has been bad, our people have shown a faithful commitment to God's house. I am also thankful for the many visitors we are having. I appreciate the evangelistic efforts of our membership as they have invited friends and relatives to worship with us. It was Andrew, Peter's brother, who brought Peter, the man who would preach the great sermon at Pentecost, to see Jesus. He said, "We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ. A ...

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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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#123 The Spiritual Leader of the Home

2001 March 12

"And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land y ...

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#122 FUNERAL SERVICES: BOB HUSKEY

2001 March 05

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead"-1 Peter 1:3 Many years ago, a battle was fought, the greatest battle that has ever occurred since the world began. The captain of one army evaluated his enemy, a great opposing force. He looked at his own army and knew there was no chance for his army to win. It would be like sending little children to fight giants or matching swords and spears against a nuclear arsenal. So, one day, unknow ...

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#121 A FATHER'S ANSWER

2001 February 26

Many are the answers that a father must give. Some are difficult. Some will challenge us to find "acceptable words" that will not only instruct, but will convict the conscience as well. I was recently blessed to hear a father give a heartrending answer to a well beloved son who asked his dad the following question: "Dad, what is so wrong with tattoos and body piercing." Here was his reply. "Son, you know that I love you. You are special gif ...

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#120 THE PRAYER OF THE AGED BELIEVER

2001 February 19

"Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, forsake me not;"-Psalm71:18a We take our text today from the 71st division of the Psalms, referred to by many as "The Prayer of the Aged Believer". Much is said today about the youth, yet, in the midst of tutoring our young we can make the grave mistake of forgetting the backbone of our churches, those faithful ones who have witnessed many seasons in God's house: the "old and grayheaded." It seems to be a universal thought among the young that the hoary head has it ...

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#119 Rejoicing with Christ (part 3)

2001 February 12

"In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou has hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight"-Luke 10:21 Last week we concluded our article by asking how a person comes to know God and His Son and what is the difference between those to whom He has been revealed. We hear many things of Jesus Christ today. Though some will deny that He actually existed, presenting His pers ...

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#117 REJOICING WITH CHRIST (part 1)

2001 January 29

"In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou has hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight"-Luke 10:21 Though we may search the scriptures diligently, there will be few occasions we find the man of sorrows, acquainted with grief in the posture of rejoicing. As the beautiful rainbow pierces the dark sky be ...

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#115 THE CHRISTIAN'S INNER CONFLICT

2001 January 15

"For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I ... .O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord"- Romans 7:15,24,25 Have you ever tried to live up to the law only to find that you can't? Have you found yourself trying to get good enough to merit the blessings of heaven only to realize that if you were given a thousand lifetimes you coul ...

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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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January 2001

2001 January 01

JANUARY 2001 From the pastor Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. For quite some time I have wanted to communicate with our church, visitors and friends by way of a pastoral letter. I hope it will serve as an encouragement to you all as well as a catalyst to keep us all of one heart and mind as we serve the Lord. A new year, as well as a new millennium is upon us. It seemed a fitting time to remember past blessings as well as a time to consider some new years resolutions. The first Sunday of this year, I began a series of messages entitled, "New Yea ...

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#113 UNTO THEE, O GOD, DO WE GIVE THANKS

2000 November 11

"Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, unto thee do we give thanks: for that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare"-Psalm 75:1 Many years ago, a relative of mine received a wonderful gift. His college tuition was paid by an unknown source. Though he had several ideas concerning the source of ...

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#109 BROKEN FENCES

2000 October 14

"For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ"-John 1:17 Moses stood in a precarious position: he stood between God and His people. His job was unpopular: he must give God' ...

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#108 Innocent Blood

2000 October 07

"These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood>> More

#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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#105 HOW OUR THINKING AFFECTS US

2000 September 16

"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things

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#104 Seeking God's Face (Part 3)

2000 September 09

"When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee,Thy face,Lord, will I seek"-Psalms 27-8 Seeking God's face is a most rewarding experience. According to the writer of Hebrews, "he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him"-11:6. Diligence is the key. That means that there is a craving for God's presence which sets the soul to searching. In every pursuit, diligence has its rewards. Athletes who are diligent in their tra ...

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#103 SEEKING GOD'S FACE (Part 2)

2000 September 02

"When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee,Thy face,Lord, will I seek"-Psalms 27-8 Here we find David in a most profitable venture: he is seeking God's face. Seeking is a active pursuit. It requires patience; diligence; integrity; sincerity; and desire. It seems that we seek Him most when we have the greatest needs. Yet, it is a comfort to know that He encourages us to do so. But how is such a thing done? How may we seek the ...

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#102 Seeking God's Face (Part 1)

2000 August 26

"When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee,Thy face,Lord, will I seek"-Psalms 27-8 If your heart has been stirred to seek after God you are in good company. Josiah, while he was yet young began to seek after God; Job said, "Oh that I knew where I might find Him"; Solomon wrote, "I will seek him whom my soul loveth"; Ezra prepared his heart to seek the law of the Lord; and Jehoshaphat set himself to seek the Lord. Great blessings were foun ...

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#101 THE CROSS OF CHRIST

2000 August 19

"Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross"-Colossians 2:4 Do you have areas in your life that you are ashamed of, areas you wish were not there: sins committed; words spoken; moments wasted in vanity and pride? If you do there is great comfort to be found at the cross of Christ. It was there that Satan received his deadly blow; the place where One suffered ...

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#100 CONSIDERING

2000 August 12

"The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider"-Isaiah 1:3 Isaiah was called to prophesy against God's people in a very sad time. They no longer considered Him. To consider means to understand, to exercise the mind towards. Though the ox had a mind to consider his owner and his gentle commands; the ass considered the storehouse of provisions that were found in the master's crib; God's people no longer exercised their mind towards th ...

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# 99 A PLAIN PATH

2000 August 05

"Teach me thy way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies"-Psalm 27:11 Here we find David in a fervent posture of prayer. It seems that many decisions are before him and his mind is uncertain as to which way to turn; which road to take; which option to choose. This circumstance we will all find ourselves in from time to time. It may be yours today. Let David's prayer become our own. The first thing we notice about this petiti ...

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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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#92 Come Apart as Rest a While

2000 June 17

"And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat"-Mark 6:31 Tuesday was a beautiful day. The sun was shining, the birds were singing and there was a crispness in the air which reminded me of fall. A couple of the brethren and myself had met that morning to enjoy a time of fellowship and get a little R & R around the golf course. We ha ...

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#91 THE FAITH OF OUR FATHERS (part 5)

2000 June 10

"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 As we continue our study in faith's hall of fame, we find that men are not the only ones that God calls upon to exercise faith. Many faithful women have graced the halls of time with their uncompromising love for God. Several we will discover in this chapter of faith. Today, let us consider the faith of Sar ...

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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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#85 OUR VICTORY IN CHRIST

2000 April 29

"O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is

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#84 A HAPPY OCCASION

2000 April 22

"I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord"-Psalm 122:1 I can not think of a better occasion than the one David has before us. This beautiful expression of his love for the Lord's house is found in one of the short 'Psalms of degrees'. There are fifteen Psalms of degrees and they were thought to have been sung by Israel as they journeyed toward the temple in anxious anticipation of meeting Jehovah in worship. Today, let us i ...

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#83 IN THE VALLEY

2000 April 15

"And Isaac's servants digged in the valley, and found there a well of springing water"-Genesis 26:19 Wells of springing water are seldom found on the mountain top. We must descend into the valley. Such we will find in our spiritual exercises. Though we all love the mountain top experiences, we cannot live there, the air is too thin. I have met those who claim they dwell there all the time. But I can not claim such an experience. Through much digging some water may be found upon the mountain, but "springing wat ...

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#82 PLEADING THE PROMISES

2000 April 08

"Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope. This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me"-Psalm 119:49-50 Here we find the psalmist in the posture of prayer. From his language we find that his soul has been severely afflicted by something or someone. But in the midst of his afflict ...

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#80 THE LITTLE FOXES, THAT SPOIL THE VINES

2000 March 25

"Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes"-Song of Solomon 2:15 The church of Christ is a noble vine. It is the place where noble fruit is born, the tender grapes of God's spirit: "love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance". Since this is a love song, we should know that the fruit the vine bears is in proportion to the love they have for their great husbandman, Chri ...

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#79 SALVATION

2000 March 18

"Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved"-Acts 4:12 When we speak of salvation, we speak of Christ, for in Him we find salvation in every form and fashion. The very name, Jesus, means Saviour: one who delivers; one who saves. Whether we look for salvation from the evils of this present life, or salvation from the eternal consequences of sin, Jesus should be sought very dil ...

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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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#77 THE PURSUIT OF HOLINESS

2000 March 04

"But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy"-1 Peter 1:15-16
The desire to do better, the pursuit of holiness, is an evidence of grace. I believe this holy desire is found in the bosom of ...

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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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#75 How we are born again

2000 February 19

"The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit"-John 3:8 Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews, has come to Jesus by night making his confession, "We know that thou art a teacher come from God." He came at night, fearing his privileged position among his Jewish brethren. He preferred his seat in the synagogue above fellowship with Christ. But a confused teacher we find him to be concerning how we ar ...

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#74 Making Melody in Your Heart

2000 February 12

"Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord"-Ephesians 5:19
The singing of "spiritual songs" is a vital part of the worship service. It is not a prelude for the sermon, nor did God design it as a time allotted for the gathering of the congregation. It is not a time that God winks at. It is worship in and o ...

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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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#20 Skillful Living

2000 January 12

"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven"-Eccles.3:1. Again, we draw from the catalogue of Solomon's wisdom as he observes life "under the heaven." Solomon had learned that wisdom is more than knowledge. He had learned that wisdom was using the knowledge that God had given him properly, at the right time, and at the right season; knowing when to do what. This is 'skillful living'. The word "purpose" carries with it the thought of 'desires and passions', those we will experience as we sojourn "under the heaven". T ...

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#68 NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS

2000 January 01

"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 One of the great themes of the Bible is starting over. To begin afresh with a heartfelt desire to do better is a most profitable endeavor. It is one of the most wonderful opportunities that God's grace affords the believer. It is by H ...

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#18 The Counsel of a Friend

1999 December 29

"Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel" – Proverbs 27:9 When the dark day of adversity nocks a our door there is nothing better than he hearty counsel of a friend. Solomon has compared this sweet cordial to that of a special fragrance that brings back precious memories, causing the heart to rejoice. While some have suggested that in the day of ...

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#17 A Word for Our Youth

1999 December 22

"Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth" -Ecclesiastes 12:1. Remembering is a challenge for each of us every day. I usually carry a pocket full of notes to remind me of my daily obligations. Many times I forget to look at those very notes. It seems that we are prone to remember the things that do us the most harm, the things that we should forget, and forget the things that would do us the most good, those things that would bring us joy. In computer terms, each day we should purge our hard drive of harmfu ...

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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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#15 The Gift

1999 December 13

"Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift"- 2 Corinthians 9:15 Undefinable by the mortal tongue the gift was given. From heaven to earth, from glory to a sin cursed world, the gift would descend. Without tinsel or ribbon, no gift has ever graced the halls of humanity as the gift of the Christ child. The gift was not for pomp or show, the king was not invited, lowly shepherds abiding in the fiel ...

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#66 A CHILD IS GIVEN

1999 December 08

"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace"-Isaiah 9:6 It is the time of the year that many hearts have been opened to confer a gift or two upon the objects of their lo ...

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#14 In the Beginning (continued)

1999 December 06

It is possible for one to be a creationist concerning nature, but an evolutionist when it comes to spiritual things. It is by faith that we see God as the sovereign creator of both worlds: the natural and the spiritual. When God created man, He did not ask man's opinion. Adam was passive when God formed him from the dust of the earth and breathed the breath of life into his nostrils. God needed no assistance. All of nature was passive. The birds, the fish, the earth, there was none of it. God spake and it was done. But what about regeneration, the new birth, when one of Adam's ra ...

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#65 WHEN JESUS RETURNS

1999 December 01

"For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up togethe ...

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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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#59 THE HUNGRY AND THIRSTY ARE HAPPY

1999 October 15

"Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled."-Mat 5:6 In the first three Beatitudes we are called upon to witness the heart exercises of those who have been awakened by the Spirit of God. First, there is a sense of need, a realization of sin and emptiness. Second, there is a judging of s ...

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#57 THE MOURNFUL ARE HAPPY

1999 October 01

"Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted"-Matthew 5:4 The second of our "Beatitudes" will take us a step further in our relationship with Christ. In our initial experience our eyes were opened as our loving Father faithfully exposed our self-righteousness and sin. We found ourselves poor sinners in need of Christ's riches. But our loving Father does not leave us in such a condition…we must grow. Here we find a second pronouncement of bl ...

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#54 ALL THINGS

1999 September 08

"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose"-Romans 8:28 I love the things that work together for our good. The sinner may draw great comfort from them because they are unlike the shifting things of this world, things that are prone to change and decay. The things that Paul here enumerates are security and serenity to the sinner. They strengthen our faith and our hope. They ...

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#53 THAT GOOD PART

1999 September 01

" ... .Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her"-Luke 10:42
Today, our thoughts are centered around a special visit our Lord made to the home of some of His friends. It was the home of Mary and Martha. These were the two sisters of Lazarus, that same Lazarus that Jesus called forth from the tomb. It was Mary that washed His feet with her tears, w ...

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#52 WORK OUT YOUR OWN SALVATION

1999 August 22

"Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure"- Philippians 2:12-13. From prison, Paul writes this affectionate epistle to his beloved breth ...

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#50 BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD

1999 August 08

"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 According to the Bible, a lot went on before this world was spoken into existence. Before man; before creation; before God manifested himself to man; God was involved in His mighty plan of redemption. According to Paul, God marked out a people to dwell with Him in glory "before the foundation of ...

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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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#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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#45 The Power of the Tongue

1999 July 01

" A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled. Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof."-Prov. 18:20-21 Every word that proceeds forth from the mouth is a seed sown in the world in which we live. Our harvest will be according to that in which we sow. It may be poisonous or wholesome, for the Lord of the harvest will carefully wat ...

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#44 From Law to Grace

1999 June 22

"But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter"-Romans 7:6 A Pharisee of the Pharisees, Paul knew what it was like to worship under the old law service. But in Romans, chapter 7, he gives his experience of coming from law to grace. And what was it that brought about this change? He met Jesus! Under the law service, Paul had seen the prie ...

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#43 Our need of Grace

1999 June 15

"The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen."- Revelation 22:21 While the Old Testament ends with the word "curse", what comfort we find in the closing words of the New, "The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen." It so pleased God to end the divine cannon of scripture with a short prayer which means so much to us: our need of God's grace. As John's petition still lingers for us before God's throne, let us examine our perso ...

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#42 Encouragement

1999 June 08

"And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God" 1 Samuel 30:6 Here we find one of the greatest battles of David's life; a battle that every Christian will face: a battle against discouragement. David's plight is not so different from our own, for we, as David, face many discouraging circums ...

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#40 A Closer Walk with the Lord

1999 May 22

"How many are mine iniquities and sins? make me to know my transgression and my sin"-Job 13:23 Even in the midst of his great trial, Job would seek a closer walk with God. If his suffering was due to sin, Job was honest about it, he wanted to know. And here we learn from a faithful brother as to how we, too, might walk closer to the Lord. We must approach One who knows our own hearts better than we do and ask, "How many are mine iniquities and sins? make ...

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#37 The Peculiar Work of the Comforter

1999 May 01

"Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment"-John 16:7-8 The scene we have before us is a dear one. Jesus is giving his apostles their last instruction before He will be crucified. He is reminding them that His departure is "expedi ...

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#35 Mothers, The Heart of the Home

1999 April 08

"Wherefore it came to pass, when the time was come about after Hannah had conceived, that she bare a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, Because I have asked him of the Lord"-1 Samuel 1:20 It is at this time of the year that we focus our attention to that special person in our life that has meant so much to us all: our mother. We all have but one. While the Bible does not mention mother's day, it does say a lot about mothers and we find no greater e ...

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#33 Your Adversary

1999 April 01

"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour"-1 Peter 5:8 Have you considered your "adversary"? He doesn't want you to. He doesn't want you to know that he really exists. He would have you go merrily on your way, while he walks about, lurking in the shadows, destroying families and lives. If you love the Lord, I can assure you that he has his eye upon your and yours. He has sized y ...

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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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#30 THY FIRST LOVE

1999 March 08

"Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love"- Revelation 2:4 Perhaps the pastor of the Church at Ephesus thought things were "in order" at the Church he served until one day he received an epistle from John written to all seven of the Churches in his area........and he read these words: "nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love." It would not have been such an awesome ...

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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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#26 Accepted in the Beloved

1999 February 08

"To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved"- Ephes. 1:6 Legends have it, that centuries ago there stood a great city by the name of Troy. The city was surrounded by impregnable walls. For ten years the mighty Greek warriors assailed the city to no avail. Finally, one Odysseus ordered his men to build a great wooden horse, large enough to contain several of his most valiant men. Late one night, the great hors ...

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#24 A Word to the Father

1999 January 22

"And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord"-Ephesians 6:4 One of the greatest responsibilities placed upon a man's shoulders is that of becoming a father. When these little ones come into the world, our first response is joy, mingled with a little fear, for before us lies a lifetime commitment. Every man should consider this responsibility solemnly before he brings a child into this wo ...

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#23 The Importance of Hope

1999 January 15

"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen"-Hebrews 11:1. God has supplied his children with many beautiful graces. One of the most important of these is "Hope". While the world has its definition for hope, the hope that God promises is far better. The hope of the world is based upon conjecture. "Perhaps" or "maybe" are terms that describe the way most people use the word hope today. But the "hope" that God supplies ...

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#22 The Testimony of a Grandfather

1999 January 08

"By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff"-Hebrews 11:21 The last words of a dying man are not easily forgotten, especially when they come from a loving parent or grandparent. Among the Hebrews, the blessing, in the form of a prayer, was frequently the last earthly experience between children and parents. The purpose: "That it might be more attended to and regarded, and more strongly impressed upon the mind." We have known of some who used ...

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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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Encouragement

1996 August 01

AUGUST 1996 ENCOURAGEMENT "And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God" -I Samuel 30:6 >> More

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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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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My Heart's Desire

1994 November 01

NOVEMBER 1994 My Heart's Desire "Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved" -Romans 10:1 As we read the words to our text we receive great insight into the very heart of this beloved apostle. In this verse of scripture Paul bears his soul unto his brethren at Rome. Paul's desire was that his people, the Jewish nation, cou ...

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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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Law and Grace

1994 March 01

MARCH 1994
LAW & GRACE You may examine every form of religion, every system of belief, every denomination of people and study every prescription that man ha ...

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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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The Cross of Christ

1993 December 01

DECEMBER, 1993 THE CROSS OF CHRIST >> More

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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Zeal Without knowledge

1993 October 01

OCTOBER, 1993 ZEAL WITHOUT KNOWLEDGE "THEY HAVE A ZEAL OF GOD, BUT NOT ACCORDING TO KNOWLEDGE." -ROMANS 10:2b Within the heart of this epistle to the Romans, the Apostle Paul reveals his heart's desire for God's people among the Jewish nation "my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved." Paul was very affectionate toward his Jewish ki ...

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Where is your Trust?

1993 August 08

AUGUST, 1993 Where is your Trust? Is God suspect in our lives? You may find this question somewhat ridiculous but we all have to be honest about it. Do we really trust our lives with God? Will He treat us right? >> More

Where is your Trust

1993 August 01

AUGUST, 1993 WHERE IS YOUR TRUST?
"TRUST IN THE LORD WITH ALL THINE HEART; AND LEAN NOT UNTO THINE OWN UNDERSTANDING. IN ALL THY WAYS ACKNOWLEDGE HIM, AND HE SHALL DIRECT THY PATHS" -PROVERBS 2:5-6
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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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The Apostolical Benediction

1993 April 01

THE APOSTOLICAL BENEDICTION "Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ" -Ephesians 1:2
If you shaped a prayer for the church, placed it on the bowstring of ...

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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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