Pristine Grace

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A Scheme of Free Will, or a Covenant of Grace - Published on March 17, 2021
..."For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel God." - Acts 20:27     I question whether we have preached the whole counsel of God, unless predestination with all its solemnity and sureness be continually declared—unless election be boldly and nakedly taught as being one of truths revealed of God. It is the minister's duty, beginning from this fountain head, to trace all the other streams; dwelling on effectual calling, maintaining justific...
Charles Spurgeon
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God is Eternal - Published on March 17, 2021
..."Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding." - Job 38:4      God is an eternal God, and he knows all things as present. In God’s mind, all things are one point, not a succession of things. God’s knowledge does not depend upon the revolutions of time. His knowledge is outside of years and days. He comprehends the past and the future as one. He considers all things of eternity as one simple knowledge. God...
Stephen Charnock
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Wait Upon The Lord - Published on March 16, 2021
...“ they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength...”  - Isa. 40:31     Someone said to wait on the Lord is hard. It is not hard. It is impossible. Thank the Lord that what is impossible with man, is possible with God.  The word “renew” in this verse means; “to change” or exchange.  It is a supernatural work of grace in the heart that causes us to confess our weakness and trust Christ for His strength; to change our way...
Greg Elmquist
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Contrasting Law and Grace - Published on March 10, 2021
...Here are a some contrasts between law and grace. Law manifests what is in man - sin; Grace manifests what is in God - love;   Law demands righteousness from men; Grace brings righteousness to men;   Law sentences a living man to death; Grace brings a dead man to life;   Law speaks of what men must do for God: Grace tells of what Christ has done for men;   Law gives a knowledge of sin; Grace puts away sin;   Law brings God out to men; Grace bring...
Scott Richardson
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By Grace Are You Saved - Published on March 9, 2021
...For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.  - Ephesians 2:8     I believe no sinner is converted without his own hearty will and concurrence. But he is not willing till he is made so! Why does he at all refuse? Because he is insensible to his own state: because he knows not the evil of sin, the strictness of the law, the majesty of God whom he has offended, nor the total apostasy of his heart; because he is blind to eternit...
John Newton
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Four Lessons From a Terrible Presumption - Published on March 9, 2021
...And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, come unto him, saying, Master, we would that thou shouldest do for us whatsoever we shall desire. (36) And he said unto them, What would ye that I should do for you? (37) They said unto him, Grant unto us that we may sit, one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left hand, in thy glory. (38) But Jesus said unto them, Ye know not what ye ask: can ye drink of the cup that I drink of? and be baptized with the baptism that I a...
Don Fortner
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From One Compromising Heretic to Another - Published on March 8, 2021
...O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? - Galatians 3:1     I'm continually amazed at the many ways men find to make laws for others to live under.  I'm continually amazed how men are able to twist even the free grace of God into a law that must be obeyed in order to be saved.  You see this now amongst what I call the neo-gnostic crowd. &n...
Brandan Kraft
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How To Maintain Peace and Friendship - Published on March 7, 2021
...    The question is asked, “By what method can we maintain peace and friendship with most people?”  Now I know that there are many, many things involved here; but if it can be narrowed down to one critical point, I would say what Paul said in Titus 3:2, “Speak evil of no man.”  A man's name, reputation, and character are tender topics and ought to be handled most carefully; for an attack upon him in this area will bring retaliation.    ...
Henry Mahan
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The Difference Between Religion and Eternal Life - Published on March 6, 2021
...Religion is to know biblical facts.  Life is to know God (1 John 5:20).   Religion is to know what I believe.  Life is to know Whom I believe (2 Timothy 1:12).    Religion is to baptized into the church.  Life is to be baptized in Christ (Romans 6:3).    Religion is to be reformed.  Life is to be regenerated (John 3:3).   Religion is to be a new convert.  Life is to be a new creature in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).  ...
Henry Mahan
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What is Sin? - Published on March 1, 2021
...What is sin?     It is the glory of God not honored.     The holiness of God not reverenced.     The greatness of God not admired.     The power of God not praised.     The truth of God not sought.     The wisdom of God not esteemed.     The beauty of God not treasured.     The goodness of God not savored.     The faithfulness of God not trusted.     The commandments ...
John Piper
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From Everlasting - Published on February 27, 2021
..."Whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting" - Micah 5:2     The Lord Jesus had goings forth for his people as their representative before the throne, long before they appeared upon the stage of time. It was "from everlasting" that he signed the compact with his Father, that he would pay blood for blood, suffering for suffering, agony for agony, and death for death, in the behalf of his people; it was "from everlasting" that he gave...
Charles Spurgeon
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This World Exists for One Reason - Published on February 25, 2021
..."The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God; As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.  The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight." - Mark 1:1-3     As one year draws to a close, and another follows, one may consider, just what is time? It is merely that which delimits our sojourn in this world before passing into...
Ian Potts
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Give Heed to Your Thoughts - Published on February 24, 2021
...    The more sincere anyone is, the more he makes conscience of his thoughts, and is more observant of them and troubled about them. “Let the unrighteous man forsake his thoughts” (Isaiah 55:7). When a man’s thoughts trouble him, then he begins to be serious, and to have a conscience indeed. So David “I hate vain thoughts: but thy law do I love” (Psalm 119:113).     We think thoughts are free, and subject to no tribunal. If there is any error ...
Thomas Manton
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Glorifying the Lord - Published on February 21, 2021
...     Jehovah is glorified actively, when we give to Him the glory that is due to His holy name.  God is said to be glorified when we honor Him in His Word, His attributes, His perfections and in all His dispensations, both in nature, providence and grace.  “Whoso offereth me praise, saith Jehovah, he glorifieth me” (Psalm 50:23).  We may be said to glorify God when we give Him the credit due to God in believing Him, and especially in that record He hath ...
Robert Hawker
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How Excellent O God! - Published on February 11, 2021
...How excellent is thy loving-kindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings. - Psalm 36:7     I LOVE TO SEE and bask in the Light of God’s electing love, for Christ is God’s Elect and it was in Him that His people were chosen before they ever existed, removing all doubt about Who does the saving. (Ephesians 1:4)     I LOVE TO HEAR of Divine substitution, for it was Christ Jesus, my Lord, my Savior, and my God...
David Eddmenson
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Freely Given - Published on February 8, 2021
...    You say you are unworthy of the least of God’s mercies.  Aren’t you glad Christ is worthy and that the redemption He accomplished was for the unworthy?  You say you have no goodness or merits to claim.  Aren’t you thankful God accepts sinners based upon the goodness and merits of His Son?  You say the law affords you no hope.  Right you are, but the Gospel declares that the mercy and grace of God is freely given to sinners because of the d...
Jack Shanks
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How to Live in This World? - Published on February 5, 2021
...1.  Be honest in all your dealings with God and men.  You’ll never have to look over your shoulder with regrets. 2.  Be grateful for every kind word or deed directed toward you.  Learn to say “thank you” (and really mean it). 3.  Be respectful of others; treat them as you would have them treat you (Luke 6:31). 4. Be mindful that “every good gift and every perfect gift comes from above” (James 1:17).  Acknowledge that the Lord is go...
Jim Byrd
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We Have Been Admiring Our Vile Selves! - Published on February 4, 2021
...The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate. - Proverbs 8:13     What a monster of pride is man! How full of that cursed venom, is human nature! We cannot receive any grace or blessing from the Lord--but corrupt nature is prone to be proud of it, and to boast in it! No one is exempt from this. I appeal to your hearts. I refer to your experience.  When your heart has been enlarged in prayer;  wh...
William Mason
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Marriage Tip : Compatibility - Published on January 25, 2021
...    When our marriages get in real trouble one of our enemy's favorite lies is to make us question getting married in the first place. Here's what it sounds like...     We were too young, we didn't know what we were doing... We've changed and grown in different directions... or the biggie, We've fallen out of love. They all say the same thing: If we had to choose over, we wouldn't choose one another. We're not compatible, we're not a fit. ...
Bobby Capps
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An Exposition Upon Psalm 130 - Published on January 23, 2021
...1. Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O LORD. 2. Lord, hear my voice; let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications. 3. If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? 4. But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared. 5. I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope. 6. My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning. 7. Let Israel ...
John Owen
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