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God's Faithfulness to His Children

2010 August 22

God is Faithful -- “This I recall to mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.”-Lamentations 3:21-23

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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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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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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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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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WHICH WAS THE GREATEST MIRACLE?

2006 March 12

"Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk." On this notable occasion we have two worshippers, apostles of Jesus Christ, entering the temple to pray. Peter and John, friends in the faith, were doing what they had always done at the ninth hour of the day, three p.m. our time: they were going to worship. There was no television cameras planted. There was no music director to move the emotions of people. There was no program to follow. There were not even any seats for spectators to admire what they were ...

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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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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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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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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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ANGELS AROUND US

2005 January 15

"And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." –Luke 2:13-14 Today, we have before us Luke's account of the angels' herald, the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Much is said about angels in the Bible, so during this holiday season, we share some thoughts with you upon our spiritual friends, the angels around us. Angelology is a fascinating subject that has entertained the thoughts of God's people for centuries. We must be careful though, concerning the subj ...

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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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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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THE SECRET PLACE

2003 March 26

"He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty- Psalms 91:1,2 There is a place where the believer may go to find comfort and protection, a place to renew strength. It is the secret place of the most High. As the psalmist describes this secret place, he alludes to the Most Holy place, that sacred cubicle the High priest alone had access to in the time of this writing. The most prominent figure therein were the golden Cherubims, perched above the mercy seat, with glittering wings outstretched from wall to wall ...

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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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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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#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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#157 FOUNDATIONS

2002 July 09

"If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?"-Psalm 11:3 Today, our message centers around the recent decision handed down by the appellate court that their children can no longer say, "One nation under God". Thankfully, we have seen many leaders of our land rise up in protest to this attack upon God, the foundation of our great country. Though the pens of historians and journalists are doing their best to change the truth into a lie, this country was founded upon God's word, by men and women se ...

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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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KEEP YOUR NETS MENDED

2002 March 26

When Paul wrote I Corinthians, he wrote to a house divided. Corinth was plagued with many problems causing a rift among God's people. In his opening remarks, Paul beseeched the brethren to "be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgement(1:10)." The words, "perfectly joined together" were words the Corinthians well understood. They were words that referred to the mending of torn fishing nets. Paul was saying to them, "If you want to catch fish, keep your nets mended." Division is satan's greatest tool……it always has been. Since he is no mat ...

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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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LIGHT AFFLICTION

2002 February 26

"For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory"- 2 Corinthians 4:17 Afflictions come in all shapes and sizes. Physical problems, financial disasters, family problems, heartaches and depressions are all common to man. Rich and poor all meet together in the furnace of affliction, none are exempt. As the book of Job ...

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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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GOD'S TEMPLE

2002 February 05

Corinth was a city of sin. The temple of Aphrodite was there, a temple dedicated to this goddess of fertility. Over one-thousand consecrated temple prostitutes plied their trade among the inhabitants and visitors of Corinth and it was here that the Lord placed one of His churches to shine a light in the midst of the darkness. To shine their light, this church must not conform to the world. Worldly wisdom had permeated their ranks and there were those who were advocating that it really did not matter how a person lived, how they used their bodies. Fornication was the chief sin of Corinth, p ...

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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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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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#142 TOO SMALL FOR GOD

2001 July 23

Recently, a child shared a burden with his mother and she encouraged him to give it to the Lord. The reply was, "Isn't that too small to bring before God". To the child, God was so awesome, so important, so great and powerful, that surely this little matter could be of little concern to Him. To the great encouragement of the child, Peter's words were explained: "Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you"-I Peter 5:7. They were explained like this. First, the word "all" was explained: "My child, every one of us struggle with the same feelings as you have. We all ha ...

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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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#130 Perspective (part 3)

2001 April 30

Last Wednesday morning, I was eating breakfast at Oak Terrace Tea Room, when a sweet sister approached me with Bible in hand. "I am reading from Lamentations today", she said. "It reminds me of our nation". This sister saw more than many see today. Though we would not confuse God's kingdom with this great country, we must confess that there are many parallels between the weeping prophet's words to Israel of old and what is happening in our nation today. Our enemy is not without. It is not people from other countries who laugh at us and our God. Our enemy is within. It is the erosion of Bibl ...

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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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#128 PERSPECTIVE

2001 April 16

It has been over a week since the tragic events transpired in New York and Washington. Many questions are before the eyes of America today. Why? Will it happen again? If so, where? What should we do about it? How should we do it? To how many should we do it to? Why did God allow it? Were the people in the towers greater sinners than others? From liberals to conservatives, from country to country, even from the core of America we seem to have conflicting signals to many of these questions. Yet, what we really need to know is what God thinks about it all; what is He saying to us; what is God ...

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#126 No Answer

2001 April 02

"When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he was the more afraid; And went again into the judgment hall, and saith unto Jesus, Whence art thou? But Jesus gave him no answer"-John 19:8,9. No answer seems to be a hard answer as Pilate desperately seeks the true identity of the Son of God. Yet, no answer is given. Some might say, "If the eternal destiny of Pilate was based upon an immediate decision for Christ, surely Jesus missed an excellent opportunity to change this man's life forever by declaring at the top of His holy lungs: I am the Son of God; I am King of Kings: I am the Creato ...

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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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#124 WHEN I WAS IN DISTRESS

2001 March 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 Distress can come in many ways. The last part of that word is stress. Pressure, worries, fears, disappointments, heartaches sickness and fear have always been the soul hunters of God's people throughout the ages. Some come from our ow ...

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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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#118 REJOICING WITH CHRIST (part 2)

2001 February 05

"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 discovered the "wise and prudent" that Jesus here condemns to be those people who have no interest in Christ or His cross. At first, this seems like a paradox. We are to preach the cross, ye ...

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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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#116 THE PEARL OF GREAT PRICE

2001 January 22

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

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#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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#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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#112 REST FOR THE SOUL

2000 November 04

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

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#111 STORMS

2000 October 28

"And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full"-Mark 4:37 Here we find the disciples in much the same circumstance that we will find ourselves in from time to time: they were in a storm. Life is full of storms: big ones, little ones, short ones, long ones. This one was a "great storm of wind". As experienced seamen, they had done all they could do. Panic and fear gripped them. They go for the Master ...

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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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#106 A DAY OF PRAYER

2000 September 23

This last Wednesday, at the request of one of the students, I was blessed to attend the flagpole prayer service at Poyen school. Many students, faculty, parents and ministers were present as the students prayed and read some scripture. We all sang "Amazing Grace" together. One of the other ministers turned to me and said, "We don't need the music for this one" as we all lifted our voices together and sang praise to our God. One of the students was called upon to read a scripture. As she opened her Bible I wondered which one she would read. Tears came to my eyes as she read, "If my people, ...

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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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#90 THE FAITH OF OUR FATHERS (part 4)

2000 June 03

"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 Not only did Abraham's great faith enable him to obey God as he walked away from all that he knew, it altered the way he looked at life. After his conversation with God, Abraham could no longer call earth his home. He resided as a stranger, "By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange countr ...

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#89 THE FAITH OF OUR FATHERS (part 3)

2000 May 27

"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 From our faith hall or fame, we have learned from our "elders" that faith enables us to do many things. Thus far we have learned that we offer by faith; we please God by faith; faith teaches us to fear God; and today, we learn from Abraham that we obey by faith, "By faith Abraham, when he ...

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#88 THE FAITH OF OUR FATHERS (part 2)

2000 May 20

"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 Today, let us continue to learn from our "elders" as we examine other faithful men and women found in our "Faith Hall of Fame". Great encouragement may be found in this little chapter as we see how God's people, in other ages, overcame great trials by their faith in God. Let us begin with Noah, from whom we will lea ...

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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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#86 THY WORD IS SETTLED IN HEAVEN

2000 May 06

"For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven"-Psalm 119:89 What is your opinion of the Bible? Do you question its authenticity ...

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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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#81 THE NECESSITY OF PREPARATION

2000 April 01

"And five of them were wise, and five were foolish"- Matthew 25:2 The parable of the ten virgins presents a noble occasion, a wonderful opportunity. The Bridegroom is paying a special visit to His bride and her attendants. Five of them were wise: they prepared for His visit. Five of them were foolish: they had not prepared. That was their foolishness. The parable is to the bride of Christ, the church in every age. Let ...

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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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#73 THE TREASURES OF THE SNOW

2000 February 05

"Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? Or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail, which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war"-Job 38:22,23 In His treatise upon creation, God would ask Job and his friends if they had considered a gift that we all may enjoy: the "treasures of the snow." By this religious exercise, Job and his friends would find their hearts stirred and their actions rebuked as they wer ...

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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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#71 WHY JESUS CAME

2000 January 22

"And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins"-Matthew 1:21 Three glorious truths were revealed to Joseph from his angelic messenger, three certain "shalls" became wonderful words of comfort. H ...

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#70 New Year's Resolutions (Part 3)

2000 January 15

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

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#69 NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS (Part 2)

2000 January 08

"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 With his "Quench not the Spirit", the apostle here warns us of a fault that must be common among God's people. To quench the influence of the Holy Spirit is something that we are all prone to do. The thought is very suggestive. It pres ...

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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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#67 Wise Inquirers

1999 December 15

"Where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him"-Matthew 2:2 The incarnation of the Son of God was one of the greatest events in the history of the universe. One might have thought that God making His personal appearance in the form of flesh would have made a grand entrance. ...

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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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#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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#63 THE PERSECUTED ARE HAPPY

1999 November 15

"Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven"-Matthew 5:10 In His final Beatitude, Jesus describes the highest level of Christian maturity: when one is willing to be "persecuted for righteousness sake". As a General would prepare his soldiers for battle, Jesus forewarns His disciples what to expect as they followed Him. When the miracles were performed and the multitudes were fed, there were many who f ...

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#61 THE PURE IN HEART ARE HAPPY

1999 November 01

"Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God"-Matthew 5:8 In our last Beatitude, we discovered a level of maturity that not all of God's people will enjoy: we learned to be "merciful". While many experience the initial exercises of the heart, not all will bear the visible fruits of such a change. As Christ preached this sermon, He was speaking to men that would become Apostles and occupy positions of grave responsibility in the Church. They must ...

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#60 THE MERCIFUL ARE HAPPY

1999 October 22

"Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy"-Matthew 5:7 While the first four "Beatitudes" describe the initial exercises of the heart in one who has been awakened by the Spirit, the next four describe the subsequent fruit. That is grace. It begins on the inside, as God changes the heart in regeneration, and then an outward change is observed. An apple tree must undergo many changes before fruit becomes visible. While the fruit tree is young, ...

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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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#58 THE MEEK ARE HAPPY

1999 October 08

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

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#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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#56 The Poor are Happy

1999 September 22

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

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#55 LOOKING UNTO JESUS

1999 September 15

"Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for he joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God"-Hebrews 12:1,2 Here we find the apostle seeking to ...

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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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#51 Together In Unity

1999 August 15

"Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!'@-Psalms 133:1 This beautiful thought comes from David's pen as one of the "Songs of Degrees." These short psalms have been of special interest to the Lord's people throughout the ages. Some have referred to them as the "Gradual Psalms". There have been many ideas advanced as to their special title. According to some, there were fifteen steps by which the priests ascended into the temple and on each step they sang one of these fifteen ps ...

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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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#49 THOUGH HE BE NOT FAR FROM EVERY ONE OF US

1999 August 01

26And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;

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$48 THE BLESSINGS OF CONTINUING

1999 July 22

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

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#47 WHAT THINK YE OF CHRIST

1999 July 15

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

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#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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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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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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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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Lord Strength of Life

1994 January 01

JANUARY, 1994
THE LORD IS THE STRENGTH OF MY LIFE "The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid" PSALMS 27:1
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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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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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