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What Would it Take? - Published on September 7, 2021
...    Over the years I have with deep regrets watched a number of people leave the gospel.  I confess that the departure of some of them from the gospel of God's grace always makes me think of Christ's words to the disciples on one occasion, "Will ye also go away?"  Will I?  Will you?     The gospel of the grace of God in Christ is the most precious thing in the world.  It is like a rare, one-of-a-kind jewel not to be found on every stre...
Gary Shepard
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Look Every Man on the Things of Others - Published on September 7, 2021
...Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. - Philippians 2:4     The failure of most preachers is traced not to the fact that they do not have a pastor's head, voice, and energy, but they do not have a pastor's heart! The failure of most church members and professing christians to be a blessing to family, friends, and outsiders is not that you do not have the proper doctrine, the proper moral integrity and enthusiasm for the truth, bu...
Scott Richardson
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Vessels of Mercy - Published on September 7, 2021
...    As a vessel by the scent thereof tells what liquor is in it, so should our mouths smell continually of that mercy wherewith our hearts have been refreshed: for we are called vessels of mercy....
William Cowper
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With All Lowliness - Published on September 7, 2021
...With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love. - Eph 4: 2     If I am somebody special, as religion would have folks believe, and you can't spell church without me, then I will expect to be treated like the dignitary that I am (Matt. 23:6). If I am overlooked or neglected in some way, I will quickly be offended, and will be quick to make it known.     But if I am nothing, you will have a hard time offending me. If all tha...
Chris Cunningham
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Dying to Self - Published on September 7, 2021
..."If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself…" - Matthew 16:24     When you are forgotten, or neglected, or purposely set at naught, and you don't sting and hurt with the insult or the oversight, but your heart is happy, being counted worthy to suffer for Christ, THAT IS DYING TO SELF.     When your good is evil spoken of, when your wishes are crossed, your advice disregarded, your opinions ridiculed, and you refuse to let anger rise ...
Bruce Crabtree
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He Followed Me Fully - Published on September 7, 2021
...But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it. - Numbers 14:24     God said concerning Caleb, "He followed me fully." Oh, for grace to imitate this man Caleb. To trust Christ completely! To lean on Him wholly! To follow Him fully! Regardless of cost or consequences! There is no other way to follow Christ. To follow Him partially is worse t...
Todd Nibert
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A Testimony - Published on September 7, 2021
...    I would tell you how it is with me if I could; at the best, it would be an inconsistent account. I am what I would not, and would what I cannot. I rejoice and mourn; I stand fast and am thrown down in the same moment. I am both rich and poor; I can do nothing; yet, I can do all things. I live by a miracle. I am opposed beyond my strength, yet I am not overpowered. I gain when I lose, and I often am a loser by my gains. IN A WORD, I AM A SINNER! A vile one; but a sinner believing in...
John Newton
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As He Sees Fit to Use Us - Published on September 7, 2021
...    We are not desirous of honor, esteem, and applause from men, for "we are what we are by the grace of God."  God can take away what we have as easily as He gave it.  We do not despise and provoke one another with our piety; nor do we want to appear to be wiser, richer in grace, nor more gifted than others; for we are less than the least of the saints.  Nor do we envy the gifts, abilities, or grace of another.  God will enlighten us, equip us, and bless ...
Henry Mahan
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The Substitute for Self - Published on September 7, 2021
...    The substitute for self is the Lord Jesus Christ Who has come into the place of self, filling up its room. In turning from self, we do not leave ourselves without an object to live for or to die for. We get One infinitely more worthy than we possessed before — the Son of God....
Horatius Bonar
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True Conversion - Published on September 7, 2021
...    When the Word of God converts a person, it takes away from him his despair but not his repentance.     True conversion gives a man pardon but does not make him presumptuous.     True conversion gives a man security but does not allow him to leave off being watchful.     True conversion gives a man perfect rest but does not stop his progress (growth).     True conversion gives a man strength and holiness, but it never lets him boas...
Charles Spurgeon
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We Shall Die with No Stones in Our Hands! - Published on September 7, 2021
...    When the children of God see, hear, and are confronted with the "damnable heresies" of false prophets (2 Peter 2), they should have thoughts of pity and compassion, both for the deceivers and the deceived. And when these pitiful, perishing religionists will not receive us, nor our doctrine, nor our sovereign and gracious Lord, it is not ours to seek their personal destruction, to call down fire upon their heads.  That is not the spirit and attitude of the saints (Luk...
Bruce Crabtree
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Confessing Christ - Published on September 7, 2021
...   Confessing Christ is the whole of a person's life, revealing outwardly what God has worked inwardly. It is the confession by word, act, deed, and attitude, what God, by His Spirit, has created within our hearts. "One tree is not a forest," it has been said. So one public act is not a confession of Christ....
Henry Mahan
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Three Things I've Learned - Published on September 7, 2021
...There are three things I have learned, yet I find myself needing to be reminded of:  When I make the glory of God my foremost concern, it doesn't seem to matter if I have little or much of this world. I am content (I Tim. 6:6). When I make the worship of Christ my ultimate attraction, I begin to feel a disconnection from this world and its beauties. I have found with Miss Lemmel that, "The things of earth grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace"...
Bruce Crabtree
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Song of Praise - Published on September 7, 2021
...    Song of Praise for the marvellous deliverance of our Sovereign King, WILLIAM, with the church, and whole kingdom, from the hellish plot, discovered, February 1696 1 No change of time shall ever shock Our firm affections, Lord to Thee; For Thou hast always been a Rock, A Fortress and Defence to me. 2 Our KING preserved is, O God, By Thy own hand and mighty pow’r; Thou shield’st him when he is abroad, At home to him a lasting tow’r. 3 The chariot of t...
Benjamin Keach
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Jelly-Fish Christianity - Published on September 7, 2021
...    The consequences of this widespread dislike to distinct biblical doctrine are very serious. Whether we like it or not, it is an epidemic which is doing great harm, and especially among young people. It creates, fosters, and keeps up an immense amount of instability in religion. It produces what I must venture to call, if I may coin the phrase, a 'jelly-fish' Christianity in the land — that is, a Christianity without bone, or muscle, or po...
J.C. Ryle
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A Rare Creature! - Published on September 7, 2021
..."I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that He considered me faithful, appointing me to His service." - 1 Timothy 1:12      A faithful preacher is a rare creature; and, like a diamond, as precious as he is rare!     If you always enjoy his sermons, that minister is not a faithful steward. He who gives out nothing but sweets is not acting wisely.     It is the duty of the Christian pastor, if he would make ...
Charles Spurgeon
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The Grace of Tolerance - Published on September 6, 2021
...Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. - Matthew 5:38-39      There are at least two motives which should be sufficient to lead us to cultivate the grace of forbearance. One is that no insult can do us harm — unless we allow it to irritate us. If we endure even the sorest words, as Jesus endured His wrongs...
J.R. Miller
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The Light of the World - Published on September 6, 2021
...No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light.  - Luke 11:33     What is the sign that God expects from us for the evidencing of our faith — that serious practice of that religion which we profess to believe — but a readiness to entertain all divine truths, when brought to us in their proper evidence?     The Jews had the light with all ...
Matthew Henry
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Know Thyself - Published on September 6, 2021
...    But perhaps you despise riches and pleasure, and therefore place wisdom in the knowledge of books: but it is possible for you to tell the numbers of the stars, and call them all by their names, and yet be mere fools; learned men are not always wise; nay, our common learning, so much cried up, makes men only so many accomplished fools; to keep you therefore no longer in suspense, and withal to humble you, I will send you to a heathen to school, to learn what true wisdom is: ‘K...
George Whitefield
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The Almost Christians - Published on September 6, 2021
...    An almost Christian is one of the most hurtful creatures in the world; he is a wolf in sheep's clothing: he is one of those false prophets, our blessed Lord bids us beware of in his sermon on the mount, who would persuade men, that the way to heaven is broader than it really is; and thereby, as it was observed before, “enter not into the kingdom of God themselves, and those that are entering in they hinder.” These, these are the men that turn the world into a luke-w...
George Whitefield
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