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The Believer's Rule of Life - Published on July 17, 2020
...    I left the pulpit one night and a fellow asked me, “Do you believe the law to be a believer’s rule of life?” He seemed surprised when I told him I did not.       His very next question was, “How do you know how to live?”     I told him immediately that I lived just as the Apostle Paul, “The life that I now live, I live by the faith of the Son of God” (Galatians 2:20). This was the rule...
Bruce Crabtree
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The Believer's Eternal Union - Published on July 17, 2020
...    The believer’s eternal union with Christ is a subject that few seem to grasp, though it is written as with a sunbeam upon the pages of Holy Scripture. We are “Accepted in the Beloved,” and have been from eternity. That union of our souls with our Savior was made by the triune God Himself before the world began, and can never be dissolved or even altered. The Lord God sees us in His Son, as one with His Son, and as His Son, because we really are in His Son, as...
Don Fortner
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When All Hell Breaks Loose - Published on July 14, 2020
...    There are times when all hell breaks loose. My husband died, my wife left me, my kid got killed in a car wreck, I lost my job, or any number of things we experience.  And our world falls apart, our foundations get shaken to their core.      In those times we find out what we're made of, what we really believe, where our hope lies. Our hearts get exposed.     My sister lived in a suburb of San Francisco when the big earthquake came (remember i...
Bobby Capps
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Missed the Pain, Missed the Dance - Published on July 14, 2020
...“I could’ve missed the pain but I’d have had to miss the dance.” - Garth Brooks     Was thinking abt what are called archetypal sayings... sayings that people resonate with and don’t even know exactly why... but they do.      What Garth said strikes the right cord because we all know that pain deepens us, it makes us stronger, better.      None of us want it, unless we’re sick.      But we all ...
Bobby Capps
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I Can't Mess It Up! - Published on July 12, 2020
...    A dear friend was talking about how blessed the gospel of Christ's grace was.  I can't remember all the details we talked about.  I suppose we talked about electing love and redeeming grace and how the Lord in tender mercy called us out of darkness with a call we could not resist, and has kept us till that very day, and refused to let us go.  When saints get to talking about spiritual things they often talk about such subjects as these.  When our discuss...
Bruce Crabtree
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May We Always Be Reminded - Published on July 12, 2020
..."And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers." - Acts 2:42     If we have true fellowship with one another, it is because we worship the true and living God together (1 John 1:3).  If we truly break bread together, it is because we are made of the same bread and body (1 Cor 10:17).  If we truly pray together, it is because Christ has made us of one accord (Acts 1:14).  It is a gre...
Kevin Thacker
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Humble and Obedient - Published on July 12, 2020
...    His death was by free consent.  He that is hanged is accursed of God.  Crucifixion was such a humiliating death.  It was reserved for the scum of the earth, reserved for those who had been forsaken by God and man.  He was mocked, cursed, spit upon, scourged by men, smitten and forsaken of God.  He freely and willingly, without reluctance, gave of Himself.  Scripture teaches that neither God nor man forced Him.  He humbled Himself and became obedie...
Scott Richardson
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Too Many and Too Much - Published on July 12, 2020
...    We have entirely too many fears for a people to whom the Lord has said:  "Fear thou not, for I am with thee; be not dismayed, for I am thy God; I will strengthen thee, yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness" (Isa. 41:10).     We have far too many doubts and fears concerning God's mercy, love, and grace for a people to whom the Lord has said, "Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out . . . I give unto th...
Henry Mahan
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Doctrine vs. Experience - Published on July 12, 2020
...    If you make doctrine the main thing, you are very likely to grow narrow-minded.     If you make your own experience the main thing, you will become gloomy and critical of others.     If you make ordinances the main thing, you will be apt to grow merely formal.     But you can never make too much of the living Christ Jesus.     Remember that all things else are for His sake.  Doctrines and ordinances are the planets,...
Charles Spurgeon
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No Place for Controversy - Published on July 12, 2020
...    The pulpit's real issue is this:   Christ, and Him crucified.     Men, whose eyes are fixed on Christ, do not argue.  They do not love controversy, whose hearts are touched with Him.  They do not look for issues and sticky theological problems who are busy knowing and showing Christ.  Those whose interest is singularly Christ have little difficulty settling all matters and quickly in His Word.       The problem they see is...
Henry Mahan
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Death, The Price of Freedom - Published on July 12, 2020
...    Some of our young people, it's sad to say neither know, nor seem to care, what the price of freedom can cost. I read a letter Abraham Lincoln wrote to a mother who had five sons killed in the civil war. This is what he wrote: Dear Madam I have been shown in the files of the war department a statement of the adjutant general of Massachusetts that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously in the field of battle.  I feel how weak and fruitless must be any...
Bruce Crabtree
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How to Avoid Times of Depression - Published on July 9, 2020
...But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. - Jude 1:20-21     Someone asked, "How can I avoid these times of depression, indifference, and bad attitude toward others?" First, there is no perfection in the flesh! While we do not approve of our infirmities, failures, evil thoughts, or backslidings, we are, neverthele...
Henry Mahan
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My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less - Published on July 8, 2020
...My hope is built on nothing less Than Jesus Christ, my righteousness; I dare not trust the sweetest frame, But wholly lean on Jesus’ name. On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; All other ground is sinking sand, All other ground is sinking sand. When darkness veils His lovely face, I rest on His unchanging grace; In every high and stormy gale, My anchor holds within the veil. On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; All other ground is sinking sand, All other ground is sinking s...
Edward Mote
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We Are His Workmanship - Published on July 8, 2020
...“…for we are His workmanship." - Ephesians 2:10     What a relief this is for the religious man who has struggled to make something of himself!  From our youth and through our lives we are told we should make something of ourselves, and I suppose that is good advice for the things pertaining to this life.  But it is a fruitless and even deadly endeavor in spiritual things.  And this applies with equal force to the believer, for his flesh will co...
Joe Terrell
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Cheap Grace - Published on July 7, 2020
...    "Cheap grace" is an expression, coined by Lordship legalists. The truth is it's not only cheap, it is totally free for us, poor in spirit, destitute sinners, otherwise we would never ever be able to buy it, seeing we don't have what it takes to purchase God's everlasting favor......
Renat Ilyasov
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Travelers in a Strange Land - Published on July 1, 2020
...    Have you ever lived out of this country? We lived in a foreign country for over 25 years. We lived there. Paid bills there. Had friends there. Had our children there. But all that time, our citizenship was here in this country. We knew that though we went through heartaches, trials, troubles, and conflicts, we were going to leave and come back to this country. It was not our home. Not legally nor emotionally.     We were bound by the laws of that country. But there&nbs...
Milton Howard
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Spurgeon's First Words at the Metropolitan Tabernacle - Published on July 1, 2020
...    I would propose that the subject of the ministry of this house, as long as this platform shall stand, and as long as this house shall be frequented by worshippers, shall be the person of Jesus Christ. I am never ashamed to avow myself a Calvinist, although I claim to be rather a Calvinist according to Calvin, than after the modern debased fashion. I do not hesitate to take the name of Baptist. You have there (pointing to the baptistery) substantial evidence that I am not asham...
Charles Spurgeon
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Do We Have Confidence in God’s Grace? - Published on June 30, 2020
...    Do we really have confidence in the grace of God?  If we do, we will be satisfied with His grace and His grace alone.  If we have confidence in His grace, we will not try to offer up anything of our own as a reason for God to bless us. If we have confidence in His grace, we will rest secure that, whatever happens in this life, God will preserve us blameless for the next life.  If we have confidence in His grace, we will not try to build a church with fleshy enticemen...
Joe Terrell
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Simply to Thy Cross I Cling - Published on June 30, 2020
...    Calvinism, or the Doctrines of Grace otherwise known as TULIP, is the Gospel.   The doctrine of Imputed Righteousness is the Gospel.  But these are simply fuller expressions of the Gospel.  One does not need to understand all the implications of the Gospel in order to believe the Gospel.  All that's needed for saving faith is for one to recognize that one needs cleansing from sin, and that one needs only to turn from striving to resting in Chr...
Brandan Kraft
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I Am the Worst! - Published on June 30, 2020
...    The following is an excerpt from Philpot's letter to a church which desired him to come as their pastor: "I am less than the least of all God's people." - Ephesians 3:8 "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the worst." - 1 Timothy 1:15     Many are foolishly apt to think that a minister is more spiritual than anyone else.  But I am daily more and more sensible of the desperate wickedness of my deceitful h...
J.C. Philpot
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