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Feeding Sheep or Amusing Goats? - Published on April 18, 2021
...    An evil is in the ‘professed’ camp of the Lord, so gross in its impudence, that the most shortsighted Christian can hardly fail to notice it. During the past few years this evil has developed at an alarming rate. It has worked like leaven until the whole lump ferments!     The devil has seldom done a more clever thing, than hinting to the Church that part of their mission is to provide entertainment for the people, with a view to winning them. From speaking...
Charles Spurgeon
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Lord, To Whom Shall We Go? - Published on April 18, 2021
...Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. - John 6:68     As it was with Peter and the rest of the disciples, so it is with all sensible sinners, and true believers, who see there is no other to go to for life and salvation, but Christ; not to the law of Moses, which accuses, curses, and condemns, and by which there is neither life nor righteousness; nor to any creature, or creature-performance, for there is a curse on him that tr...
John Gill
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Sin Will Not Have Dominion Over You - Published on April 18, 2021
...For sin shall not have dominion over you… - Rom 6:4     It has dominion over God’s people in a state of unregeneracy: and after conversion it is still in them, and has great power oftentimes to hinder that which is good, and to effect that which is evil; it entices and ensnares, and brings into captivity, and seems as though it would regain its dominion, and reign again, but it shall not. This is not a precept, exhortation, or admonition, as before, though some read it ...
John Gill
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Two Lessons Taught By Esau - Published on April 18, 2021
...    The birthright which Esau despised and sold for a morsel of meat (Hebrews 12:16) was not the natural inheritance of his father but, all of the promises of God in the coming redeemer. To him, it was just spiritual folklore and superstitious tradition. While the concept of such things may have a moral good and offer some future comfort to the dying, he could not see their immediate value. (Genesis 25:32) He saw more value in a bowl of red stew than he did in the gospel of Gods’...
Darvin Pruitt
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So Walk Ye in Him - Published on April 18, 2021
...    How often I hear the foolish criticisms of men talking about the old hypocrites down at the church. They won’t join in our rallies, participate in our demonstrations, or join in our protests. We are actively engaged to reform our society and yet they stand idle with no concern. We post the Ten Commandments on a sign in our parking lot but we never hear the old hypocrite mention them. I suppose to natural eyes we do seem a paradox and perhaps even a bit hypocritical. “Bu...
Darvin Pruitt
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And They Came to Elim - Published on April 18, 2021
...“And they came to Elim, where were twelve wells of water, and threescore and ten palm trees; and they encamped there by the waters.” - Exodus 15:27     A great wilderness lay between Israel and Canaan; a vast unfriendly, harsh land that stretched out before them across which they could not survive without the presence and power of God. This wilderness is in figure a picture of this world. What they experienced physically all believers experience spiritually. Spiritu...
Darvin Pruitt
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Christ and Him Crucified - Published on April 18, 2021
...For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified - I Corinthians 2:2     The apostle Paul declared to a heathen world, and a church being led astray by foolish pride and worldly wisdom, that he preached Christ and Him crucified. The gospel is a person. He was a person in eternity, as the Son of God, the second person of the Godhead. He was appointed as a mediator and surety of an everlasting covenant and as such stood as a person. In every ...
Darvin Pruitt
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Counting the Cost - Published on April 18, 2021
...    Nothing is clearer to me in the scriptures than the total inability of fallen men to do anything spiritual. He must be born again and given what he could never produce of himself. These facts alone ought to convince me that the Lord is not here telling me to take inventory to see if I have in myself what it takes to be a disciple of Christ. When he tells us to count the cost of the tower and consult as to our power to overcome greater odds it is not to muster in ourselves what is n...
Darvin Pruitt
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Five Things Only a Believer Can Do - Published on April 18, 2021
...For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. - Ephesians 2:10     All of the good works declared in this verse of Holy Scripture are the good works of faith. They are marvelous, supernatural works which manifest the power and presence of God in those who are enabled to do them. By these works the believer is set apart from all those pretenders of the faith; the believer’s faith being justi...
Darvin Pruitt
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The Awfulness of Sin - Published on April 11, 2021
...    It is impossible for us to fully set forth the vileness and filthiness of sin.  How indescribably horrible and awful every sin is to our holy God.  Solomon said, “Fools make a mock at sin” (Proverbs 14:9).  Fools are unregenerated people, those who are graceless and Christless.  They speak lightly of and take pleasure in their sins.  Some suggest an expanded translation of the verse should read, “fools make a mock of sin and the offering f...
Jim Byrd
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Desiring to be Rich - Published on April 9, 2021
...    The way to heaven is strait and narrow, and Satan is an unwearied adversary, in disputing every inch of the way. You will be much despised and cast out for Christ's sake, and nothing will offend more than separating yourself as much as possible from carnal people. It is 'the life' which condemns the professing world.      When the world sees you unmoved by the riches and the pleasures which it so much adores; when you are led by the Spirit "to cou...
William Tiptaft
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It Was Good For Me to Be Afflicted - Published on April 9, 2021
..."Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word." - Psalm 119:67 "It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes." -  Psalm 119:71     The children of God almost always flourish more in trials and difficulties, than in the sunshine of health and prosperity. "I know, O LORD, that thy judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me." -&nbs...
William Tiptaft
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Forget About Good Works - Published on April 8, 2021
..."Hearken, O daughter, and consider, and incline thine ear; forget also thine own people, and thy father's house;"  - Psa 45:10     Faith is very fragile and needs to hear the command: “Forget your father’s house.” Something inside of us strongly compels us to keep trying to earn God’s approval. We look for good works, in which we can place our trust and which will bring us praise. We want to show God what we have done and say, “See, I...
Martin Luther
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These Difficulties! - Published on April 8, 2021
..."From all your idols will I cleanse you." - Ezekiel 36:25     When there are no crosses, temptations, or trials, a man is sure to go out after and cleave to idols. It matters not what experience he has had. If once he ceases to be plagued and tried, he will be setting up his household gods in the secret chambers of his heart. Profit or pleasure, self-indulgence or self-gratification, will surely, in one form or another, engross his thoughts, and st...
J.C. Philpot
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No Fear! - Published on April 8, 2021
..."There is no fear of God before their eyes." - Romans 3:18     Those who have every reason to fear as to their eternal state before God, have for the most part, no fear at all. They are secure, and free from doubt and fear. The depths of human hypocrisy— the dreadful lengths to which profession may go—the deceit of the carnal heart—the snares spread for the unwary feet—the fearful danger of being deceived at the last—these traps and ...
J.C. Philpot
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Our Infirmities - Published on April 8, 2021
..."For we don't have a high priest who can't be touched with the feeling of our infirmities." - Hebrews 4:15     The child of God, spiritually taught and convinced, is deeply sensible of his infirmities. Yes, that he is encompassed with infirmities—that he is nothing else but infirmities. And therefore the great High Priest to whom he comes as a burdened sinner—to whom he has recourse in the depth of his extremity—and at whose feet he falls ove...
J.C. Philpot
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Letter of Resignation : From the Church of England - Published on April 8, 2021
...    March 28, 1835.     Mr. Provost:     I beg leave to resign the Fellowship of Worcester College, to which I was elected in the year 1826. This step I am compelled to take because I can no longer with a good conscience continue a Minister or a Member of the Established Church.     After great and numerous trials of mind, I am, as I trust, led by the hand of God thus to separate myself from that corrupt and worldly system, called the Church of En...
J.C. Philpot
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God Delights in Mercy! - Published on April 7, 2021
..."Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy." - Micah 7:18     God delighteth in mercy. It is not drawn from him unwillingly; it is not forced out of him even by importunity; it is not dragged out of his heart by the cries of his family; but he delights in it as being his darling attribute, the very pleasure of God being in sh...
J.C. Philpot
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All Sheep Have a Home! - Published on April 7, 2021
..."Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?"  Mat 16:24-26 (KJV)     Lately, I've been thinking of a grou...
Brandan Kraft
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He Hath Poured Out His Soul - Published on April 7, 2021
..."He hath poured out his soul unto death." - Isaiah 53:12      My soul! from the garden to the cross, follow Jesus. Behold him apprehended and hurried away, both to judgment and to death. He who struck to the ground the band that came to take him, might surely, by the same breath of his mouth, have struck them to hell, and prevented his being apprehended by them. But one of the sweetest and most blessed parts of Jesus's redemption of his people, consisted in t...
Robert Hawker
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