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Let Us Pray

2012 September 15

“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.” (Psalms 19:14)

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

2010 September 06

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

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The Esteem Which The Churches Owe to the Ministers

2007 October 01

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

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The Word

2007 March 12

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

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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 - LIMITED ATONEMENT

2007 February 12

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

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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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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But God meant it unto good

2006 May 07

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

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And such were some of you

2006 April 30

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

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THE LOVE OF CHRIST

2006 April 09

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

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WHICH WAS THE GREATEST MIRACLE?

2006 March 12

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

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FORGETTING!

2006 January 15

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

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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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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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WALKING CIRCUMSPECTLY

2005 March 19

"See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil"- Ephesians 5:15-16 There is a song which has recently gained popularity by Josh Groban and Angie Stone titled Prayer. It begins with these words:
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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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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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My Prayers

2004 April 29

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

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THE SAINT'S EVERLASTING REST

2004 April 15

"And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels"- 2 Thessalonians 1:7 "The seventeenth century Puritan, Richard Baxter had a thriving ministry in Kidderminster. When he arrived, scarcely one house on any street maintained family religion. By the time he left, he could say that scarcely could on house on any street be found where hymns were not sung and prayers offered every evening. He was a godly man of uncommon talents and piety. But Baxter was also a very ...

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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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THOU HAST ENLARGED ME

2004 February 19

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

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STRENGTHENED WITH MIGHT

2004 February 12

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

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A Prayer for the Church

2004 February 05

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

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THE GIFT OF GOD

2004 January 29

"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast"-Ephesians 2:8,9 Salvation is the gift of God, paid for, not by merit or creature works, but by our Lord Jesus Christ. He alone receives the glory for the salvation of His people. Should the slave complain in that he has been made free by another? We have heard some say they believe salvation is "the gift of God", yet, in the same breath they say the sinner must reach out and take it. They speak of man's responsibility and his free will. Yet, we must ask ...

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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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HE WENT A LITTLE FARTHER

2003 April 09

"And He went a little farther, and fell on His face, and prayed."- Matthew 26:39 Today, I share with you a selection from "Morning and Evening". This is a devotional book, containing short, but instructive articles by the late Charles H. Spurgeon. This book is still in print and contains a morning and evening devotional for every day of the year as the title suggests. Here are his thoughts on our Lord's garden prayer. "There are several instructive features in our Saviour's prayer in His hour of trial. It was lonely prayer. He withdrew even from His three favoured dis ...

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ONLY TRUST HIM

2003 April 02

"They that trust in the Lord shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever"-Psalm 125:1 It is difficult for us to trust in the Lord, to put our lives, our hopes, our fears and our labors in the hands of another. Yet, there is a great peace given to those who do so: they cannot be removed. This does not mean that we should not pray for a desired end, nor does it mean that we should sit on the stool of do nothing. David fought the Philistines, but he prayed. The apostles trusted in the Lord, yet they were busy in their righteous endeavors to serve the Lord and ...

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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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THE SECRET PLACE

2003 March 26

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

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When we see God's wonderful grace

2003 March 19

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

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MAKE HASTE, O GOD, TO DELIVER ME

2003 February 26

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

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THE FAITHFULNESS OF GOD

2003 February 19

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

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THE FATHERHOOD OF GOD

2003 January 29

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

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PRECIOUS DEATH

2003 January 22

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

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January 2003

2003 January 01

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

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October 2002

2002 October 01

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

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#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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#158 HOW LONG

2002 July 02

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

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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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#163 FOLLOWING JESUS

2002 June 04

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

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FORGET NOT ALL HIS BENEFITS

2002 April 02

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

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April 2002

2002 April 01

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

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COME THOU WITH US, AND WE WILL DO THEE GOOD

2002 March 19

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

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EVIDENCE

2002 March 12

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

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GOD'S TEMPLE

2002 February 05

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

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CONSIDER THE MIRACLE

2002 January 29

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

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January 2002

2002 January 01

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

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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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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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#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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#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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#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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#127 I HAVE PRAYED

2001 April 09

This week, we witnessed the most horrific act of terrorism this country has ever known, the destruction of the World Trade Center and the an attempt to destroy the Pentagon and who knows what other targets. Even in our little town, it seemed like pandemonium as people raced to the gas stations in fear of what tomorrow might bring. In the midst of chaos it is a great comfort for us to remember that Jesus Christ sits at the right hand of God the Father and is still in control of all things. In the panic of it all I observed something very interesting: people on CNN were actually talking abou ...

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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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#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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#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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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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#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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#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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#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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#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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#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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#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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#68 NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS

2000 January 01

"Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil"- I Thessalonians 5:16-22 One of the great themes of the Bible is starting over. To begin afresh with a heartfelt desire to do better is a most profitable endeavor. It is one of the most wonderful opportunities that God's grace affords the believer. It is by H ...

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#18 The Counsel of a Friend

1999 December 29

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

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#62 THE PEACEMAKERS ARE HAPPY

1999 November 08

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

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#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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#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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#53 THAT GOOD PART

1999 September 01

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

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#52 WORK OUT YOUR OWN SALVATION

1999 August 22

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

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#50 BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD

1999 August 08

"According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we Should be holy and without blame before him in love"-Ephesians 1:4 According to the Bible, a lot went on before this world was spoken into existence. Before man; before creation; before God manifested himself to man; God was involved in His mighty plan of redemption. According to Paul, God marked out a people to dwell with Him in glory "before the foundation of ...

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$48 THE BLESSINGS OF CONTINUING

1999 July 22

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

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#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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#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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#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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#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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#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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#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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A Friend that Sticks

1996 September 01

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

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Encouragement

1996 August 01

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

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 Fellowship of the Saints

1996 March 01

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

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The Apostles' Doctrine

1996 February 01

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

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Every Good and Perfect Gift

1994 December 01

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

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My Heart's Desire

1994 November 01

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

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We Are His Witnesses (Part 2)

1994 October 01

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

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Stand Fast and Hold the Traditions

1994 July 01

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

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Anger Resteth in the Bosom of Fools

1994 June 01

JUNE 1994 ANGER RESTETH IN THE BOSOM OF FOOLS

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Lord, Teach Us to Pray

1994 April 01

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

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Zeal Without knowledge

1993 October 01

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

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Salvation (Part 1)

1993 June 01

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

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Stay at the Alter, The Promise Will Come

1993 May 01

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

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The Apostolical Benediction

1993 April 01

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

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Conversion

1993 January 01

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

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I believe in Angels

1992 November 01

MAY 1994
I BELIEVE IN ANGELS "Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind" Col 2:18.

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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