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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 - UNCONDITIONAL ELECTION

2007 February 05

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

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TULIP - TOTAL DEPRAVITY

2007 January 29

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

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LAODICEA--The Lukewarm Church

2007 January 22

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

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Memoir: Joe Cox

2007 January 01

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

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August 2006

2006 August 01

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

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THE 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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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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THE CHRISTIAN BATTLE or STANDING IN THE EVIL DAY

2005 April 09

"Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." If you are a Christian, you will be put to the test. You will face the evil day. Satan knows you have enlisted in the King's army and he will march his garrison of imps right up to the town of mansoul and seek to enter and destroy you at your weakest point. Thus, the apostle has encouraged us to put on the "whole" armou ...

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THE GIRDLE OF TRUTH

2005 April 02

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

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April 2005

2005 April 01

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

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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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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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...baptized for the dead?

2004 June 03

"Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead?"- 1 Corinthians 15:29 There were some confused Christians at Corinth. Some had been led to believe that there was no resurrection of the dead. Many arguments the apostle places before them, showing not only the infallible proofs of His resurrection, but also what it would mean to them if Jesus had not risen. He tells them that preaching would be in vain if Christ is not risen, for what hope is there in a dead king. He reminds them that their faith would be in vain f ...

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AS DEAR CHILDREN

2004 May 20

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

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MINISTER TO ONE ANOTHER

2004 May 06

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

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#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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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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THE DEAD SPEAKING

2004 January 22

"By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh"- Hebrews 11:4 Christian, what will be said of you after you are gone? That man was a great sportsman. That woman could tell a good joke. They were the life of the party. Whatever our case, we come to the sober conclusion that the dead do speak long after they have departed this life and what is said should be the concern of every honest Christian. It is a great advantage to have families to look up to. T ...

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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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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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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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#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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July 2002

2002 July 01

JULY, 2002 From the pastor Greetings in the name or our Lord Jesus Christ. We are thankful for the good attendance we are experiencing at Harmony Church as well as the many visitors that the Lord has sent our way. I appreciate the hospitality our membership has shown our guests. When I talk to our visitors, they always tell me how warm and friendly our people are to them. I believe that the testimony of the local Church is greatly impacted by the kindness the membership shows to its guests. As Paul wrote, "Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have e ...

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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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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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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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Is Doctrine Important (part 2)

2002 January 15

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

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January 2002

2002 January 01

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

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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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#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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#135 THE IMPORTANCE OF THE CHURCH

2001 June 04

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

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#134 PETER'S EXPLANATION OF ELECTION

2001 May 28

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

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#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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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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#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
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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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#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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#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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#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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#19 Knowledge and the Church

2000 January 05

"And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yea, he gave good heed, and sought out, and set in order many proverbs"- Eccles. 12:9 Ecclesiastes, the book from which our passage is found, means "one who calls people out; a gatherer of the people". The purpose of the calling out, or gathering together, was to impart knowledge, Godly knowledge. This is a church scene. That is why Solomon refers to himself as "the preacher". He taught the people knowledge. The whole book o ...

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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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#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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#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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#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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#13 In the Beginning (continued)

1999 November 29

How is man supposed to understand that "God created the heaven and the earth"? Is he expected to comprehend this declaration through data collected by sophisticated satellites; by the astronomer's telescope; by NASA's discoveries; by statistical data compiled by modern computers; by the archaeologist's spade; or by the intelligence of educated men? No. In fact, none of these methods will ever bring any information before mankind that will enable him to believe the simple statement, "God created the heaven and the earth". God did not bury His mighty works of creation in an avalanche of con ...

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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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#12 In the Beginning (continued)

1999 November 19

"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth"-GENESIS 1:1 Evolution, or the false science of evolving, comes from the word "evolve" which claims that the universe has slowly, over a process of millions or billions of years, been unfolding from a state of disorder to a state of order. But God, and the believer's textbook declares that the earth, the universe, man and all of His creation is not evolving, but rather "waxing old", degenerating, reeling and rocking from a state of peace and order to a predicted ...

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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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#11 In the Beginning (continued)

1999 November 12

"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth"-GENESIS 1:1 About 5,000 years ago, the greatest catastrophic event this world has ever experienced occurred. This one event affected the climate, the vegetation, the habitat and the strata of the whole surface of the earth. This event was, of course, the great flood. Denied by many scientists, the great flood has left indelible imprints upon every section of the world. It is the only logical explanation to the marine fossils found at the tops of the ...

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#10 In the Beginning (continued)

1999 November 05

OPPOSITIONS OF SCIENCE "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth"-GENESIS 1:1 Another area in which false science disagrees with the Bible is in the area of genetics. The whole theory of evolution revolves around this science. It will stand or fall upon this science alone. If modern man evolved from lower life forms then they are genetically linked. But the first chapter of the Bible reveals some laws of genetics that diametrically oppose the false theory of evolution and these la ...

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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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#9 In The Beginning (continued)

1999 October 29

OPPOSITIONS OF SCIENCE "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth"-GENESIS 1:1 Dinosaurs, dinosaurs, and more dinosaurs. It seems they are everywhere. In books, on television, in the movies. Theories about when they roamed the earth, how they lived and why they became extinct have intrigued both adults and children for centuries. But have you ever heard anyone talk about dinosaurs that actually saw one of these great creatures? When my children began to ask me about dinosaurs I ...

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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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#8 In the Beginning (continued)

1999 October 20

OPPOSITIONS OF SCIENCE "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth"-GENESIS 1:1 Another area in which many scientists disagree, not only with the Bible, but also with one another, is the age of the earth. Have you noticed their discrepancies? One dinosaur book will say that the earth is several millions of years old, another will say billions. Why can they not agree? Because they really do not know. But God does. He was the only living being present when He spoke it into existence. I'm sur ...

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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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#7 In the Beginning (continued)

1999 October 13

OPPOSITIONS OF SCIENCE "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth"-GENESIS 1:1 Scientific evidence, when accurately observed and presented, will always agree with the Genesis account of creation. But there is a branch of science that has always been dangerous to Christianity. While it claims to be in opposition to Genesis 1:1, Paul says that it is not opposition at all but rather, "falsely so called", because all true science must agree with the Creator of all things. Paul wrote to Timoth ...

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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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#6 In the Beginning (continued)

1999 October 06

CREATED FOR GOD'S PURPOSE "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth"-GENESIS 1:1 Why did God create the heaven and the earth? Why are we here and what is our purpose? In Revelation 4:11, John writes, "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created." In one short statement, John not only declares the Lord as the creator of all things, but he also shares with us the purpose of His creative wor ...

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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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#4 In the Beginning (continued)

1999 September 19

"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth"-GENESIS 1:1 Genesis 1:1 is also one of the deepest theological statements in all of the Bible. The first verse of the Bible declares that God is self existent. In other words, He has no beginning or end...He has always been. This, in itself, is mind boggling to earthly creatures who live in a world marked with time. Therefore, "In the beginning" does not declare the beginning of God, but rather, the beginning of God's creation: the beginning of time. God ...

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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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#3 In the Beginning (continued)

1999 September 12

"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth"-GENESIS 1:1 Genesis 1:1 not only declares God as Creator, it is also a statement which places all of humanity accountable to God for their actions: it involves morality. In a nutshell, this is the heart of the issue: morality. Satan knows that if he can flatter man into thinking he has discovered evolution, and if this theory is placed in the minds of men, they will sooner or later begin to act like the creatures they think th ...

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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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#2 In the Beginning (continued)

1999 September 05

"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth"-GENESIS 1:1 Satan's attempts to challenge Genesis 1:1 is not a challenge of modern science or even from the enlightened philosophers of the 1900's. As Solomon said, "There is no new thing under the sun." In Acts 17, almost 2000 years ago, Paul encountered "certain philosophers" at Athens who are referred to as the "Epicureans". This was one of their schools of modern philosophy who followed the teachings of one Epicurus. Do you know what that taught at this mod ...

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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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#1 In the Beginning (continued)

1999 August 29

"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth"-GENESIS 1:1 When someone asks me where they should begin their study of the scriptures, I have learned from experience to tell them: " In the beginning of the Book; at Genesis 1:1." The reason I emphasize "from experience" is because I have learned that any person who is unwilling to acknowledge God as an all-wise and sovereign Creator will have little success with the rest of the Book. They may as well close it and stop there if they are unwilling to believe the first verse of His book. B ...

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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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#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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#41 Stay at the Altar, Blessing will Come

1999 June 01

"But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John"-Luke 1:13 It had been about four-hundred years since the ink had dried from Malachi's pen. It had been that long since the voice of a true prophet had been heard in the streets. There was no open vision; no verbal instruction from Jehovah: the heavens were brass. The priests had corrupted themselves, ...

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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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#39 I Believe in Angels (part 2)

1999 May 15

"For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit: but the Pharisees confess both"-Acts 23:8 Inhabitants of a spiritual realm, unobserved by the natural eye, except when they desire to be seen and heard, we will find our angel friends. In that unseen world, they are busy creatures delivering messages, assisting God's people in battles, and supporting and strengthening the hands of those who labor for God. Jacob obse ...

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#38 I Believe in Angels (part 1)

1999 May 08

"For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit: but the Pharisees confess both"-Acts 23:8 Do you believe in angels? If you do, I want to tell you that you are in good company. The apostle Paul, a Pharisee, divided the council of Pharisees and Sadducees over the question of angels and the resurrection. Knowing that the Sadducees did not believe in either, Paul reasoned and said: "For the Sadducees say that there is no resur ...

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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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#34 The Goodness of the Lord

1999 April 15

"I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living"-Psalm 27:13 Faintness of heart is a co ...

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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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#32 It is Written Again

1999 March 22

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

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#31 Walk About Zion

1999 March 15

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

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#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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#29 The Name of the Lord

1999 March 01

"The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe"- Proverbs 18:10 Solomon observed the name of the Lord as a strong tower, a place of comfort; a place of deliverance; and a place of safety. He saw it as a place where one could ascend, and from its many parapets, view the surrounding world and yet be safe from the world. Since God is so great, it is impossible for us to know everything there is to know about Him. But by way of word picture, His glorious works and attributes are displayed by ...

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#28 He Hath Chosen Us

1999 February 22

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

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#27 Candles

1999 February 15

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

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#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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#25 Riches and Faith

1999 February 01

"For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich"- 2 Cor. 8:9 The false prophet will tell us that faith and riches go hand in hand. If we have enough faith, we will have enough money. If we can't pay our bills, and live as we would like, it has nothing to do with our slothfulness, or our extravagant spending. It is just a personal problem with our religi ...

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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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#21 The Testimony of a Christian Grandmother

1999 January 01

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

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Thou Hast Left Thy First Love

1996 October 01

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

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Continuing in Prayers

1996 May 01

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

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The Bread of Life

1996 April 01

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

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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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Lord, Teach Us to Pray

1994 April 01

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

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The Active and Passive Inheritance of God's Children

1994 February 01

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

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My Counsellors

1993 November 01

NOVEMBER, 1993 MY COUNSELLORS "THY TESTIMONIES ALSO ARE MY DELIGHT AND MY COUNSELLORS."
-PSALMS 119:24
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Salvation (Part 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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Grandparents: The Testimony of the Aged

1992 October 01

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