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He Must Increase, But I Must Decrease - Published on December 11, 2021
...Then a question from John's disciples arose with the Jews about purification. And they came to John and said to him, Rabbi, He who was with you beyond Jordan, to whom you bore witness, behold, He baptizes, and all come to Him! And John answered and said, A man can receive nothing unless it is given to him from Heaven. You yourselves bear witness to me that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before Him. He who has the bride is the bridegroom, but the...
Brandan Kraft
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Our Immutable God! - Published on December 10, 2021
..."For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed." - Malachi 3:6     This verse right here may be one of the most important in the entirety of Scripture.  Surely a whole doctrine cannot be built on this one passage, but it summarizes that which we observe again and again by our God throughout all of the Scriptures.  HE is the Lord, and He changes not.  And this passage gives me such great comfort and joy that words cannot descr...
Brandan Kraft
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Fear Not! Be Comforted - Published on December 9, 2021
...“Lo, I am with you alway, even to the end of the world. Amen.” - Matthew 28:20     The Lord is with me all the time.  He'll be with me today.  He'll be with me tomorrow.  Indeed, He will even be with me until the end of the world as we know it.  And I'll get to spend an eternity with Him in Heaven as well.  He's there to comfort me when I'm sorrowful.  He'll be there to illuminate my life during my dark times.  ...
Brandan Kraft
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Christ's School of Grace - Published on December 8, 2021
..."He opened their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures"  - Luke 24:45     Christ not only opens up the Scriptures for those of us that believe, but He also opens up our understanding of them.  Many people can open up their bible, but only one person alone can open up the understanding that must accompany it.  The Lord has given us many preachers and sermons that can bring the scriptures to our minds, but only Christ can open ou...
Brandan Kraft
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Doing the Work of God - Published on December 8, 2021
...    I frequently hear people say, “I want to do the work that God would have me to do”, or “I want to serve the Lord, and do his will.” Those are truly noble desires. I wish sincerely that all men truly had such desires. But after expressing such desires, I see those same people attempting (And usually their “attempts” are not very great!) to live by the law. They think that if they live by the principles laid down in the law, which they cannot do, t...
Don Fortner
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Religion and Attitude - Published on December 7, 2021
...    If my religion does not make me gracious, forgiving, peaceable, submissive, loving, and easy to get along with, I am sure that my religion has made me miss Christ....
Frank Tate
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Thank God He Has Veiled the Future - Published on December 3, 2021
..."Since no man knows the future, who can tell him what is to come?" - Ecclesiastes 8:7     God's purposes have all their seasons of fulfillment. His judgments each have their time of visitation. Mapped out in clear perspective, your every dispensation was fixed from everlasting in the eternal mind of God. Your sunny seasons, and your cloudy days; sorrow and pain, anxiety and lack, your every loss of property or friends — all was designed before you eve...
Louis George Mylne
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There is a Reason - Published on December 1, 2021
...For every pain we must bear For every sorrow, every care, There is a reason! For every falsehood that is said, For every tear that is shed, There is a reason! For every grief, for every trial, For every weary, lonely mile, There is a reason! For every sickness that is ours, For all the brokenhearted hours, There is a reason! For every trouble that we meet, For every time we see defeat, There is a reason! For every day we are oppressed, For every problem, every test, Th...
Unlisted
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Getting Older - Published on November 29, 2021
..."The hoary head is a crown of glory,if it be found in the way of righteousness" - Proverbs 16:31     Let us correct our attitude toward getting older.  Believers must not allow the carnal thinking of this world to form our opinions and attitudes.  The reason so much emphasis is placed on youth , physical strength and beauty, riches and possession, is because this is all that the worldling has, and when these are gone, all is gone!  Actually, age,...
Unlisted
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Happy Thanksgiving! - Published on November 22, 2021
..."Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."  - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18     As you sit down this week with your friends and family around presumably a turkey dinner with gravy and all the fixings, be sure to remember and give thanks to our God for His eternal love, favor, and mercy in Christ.  When you gather with your friends and families this coming Thursday, don...
Brandan Kraft
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Sincere but Sincerely Wrong - Published on November 21, 2021
...    It is greatly to be feared that there are multitudes in Christendom who verily imagine and sincerely believe that they are among the saved, yet who are total strangers to a work of divine grace in their hearts.      It is one thing to have clear intellectual conceptions of God's truth, it is quite another matter to have a personal, real heart acquaintance with it.      It is one thing to believe that sin is the awful thing that the Bible says...
Arthur W. Pink
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By the Same Light - Published on November 19, 2021
..."And we know that the son of God is come and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true."  - 1 John 5:20     By nature the will is perverse and rebellious, and the affections alienated from God: the primary cause of these disorders lies in the darkness of the understanding. Here then the change begins. The Spirit of God enlightens the understanding, by which the sinner perceives things to be as they are represented in the word of God; tha...
John Newton
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Come Down - Published on November 11, 2021
...And going out from there, Jesus withdrew to the parts of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a woman of Canaan coming out of these borders cried to Him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is grievously vexed with a demon. But He did not answer her a word. And His disciples came and begged Him, saying, Send her away, for she cries after us. But He answered and said, I am not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Then she came and wors...
Don Fortner
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Some People Use Pepper Instead - Published on November 7, 2021
..."Out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks." - Matthew 12:34     Hence we must get our heart right, if we would speak words that are Christlike. A bitter heart cannot give out sweet words — nor can an impure heart speak wholesome, pure words.     Most people talk too much, they chatter on forever. Silence is far better than idle, sinful, or foolish speech.     We have suggesti...
J.R. Miller
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Chances and Opportunities - Published on November 1, 2021
...And I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all. For man also knoweth not his time: as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare; so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon them.  - Ecclesiastes 9:11-12  ...
Mike McInnis
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A Loving Husband - Published on November 1, 2021
...“Husbands love your wives even as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for it” (Ephesians 5:22-33).     It is easy to submit to someone who loves you sacrificially. For a man to insist that his wife submit to his authority without earning her respect by putting her needs before his own, can only cause resentment. The Lord proved His love for His wife by giving Himself for her. He always speaks kindly to her. He is always tender and patient with her. He reminds...
Greg Elmquist
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The Things Most Surely Believed Among Us - Published on November 1, 2021
...    So that no doubt may exist among us, our readers, or those who hear us, I am going to attempt to set before a concise statement as to what we believe. In all such statements there may be a need of explanation on some minor points so we make no claim as to these statements being exhaustive.     I am taking the title from the first chapter of Luke, the last part of that verse because these truths "are most surely believed among us."     The Scriptu...
Earl Cochran
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I Will Not Judge a Person to be Spiritually Dead - Published on October 25, 2021
...    I will not judge a person to be spiritually dead whom I have judged formerly to have had spiritual life, though I see him at present in a swoon (faint) as to all evidences of the spiritual life. And the reason why I will not judge him so is this — because if you judge a person dead, you neglect him, you leave him; but if you judge him in a swoon,(faint) though never so dangerous, you use all means for the retrieving of his life....
John Owen
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The Christian's Heart is Open to Those Who Differ - Published on October 19, 2021
...I thank my God... Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints. - Philem. 4-5     A Christian ... knows he is frail; and therefore dares not be censorious.  As a member of society, he is just, punctual in the discharge of every relative duty, faithful to his engagements and promises, rendering to all their dues, obedient to lawful authority, and acting to all men according to the golden rule, of doing as he would be don...
John Newton
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Why is Patience Needed? - Published on October 18, 2021
..."For you have need of patience, that, after you have done the will of God, you might receive the promise." - Hebrews 10:36     Why is patience needed? Because if we are the Lord's people, we are sure to have many trials. The Lord sends us afflictions that he may give us the grace of patience to bear them. But O, what a rebellious heart do we carry in our bosom! What perverseness, peevishness, and self-will dwell in us! How soon our temper is stirred up, and our ...
J.C. Philpot
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