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The Reason for Election - Published on May 25, 2020
...    The reason for election is not my foreseen righteousness; or my foreseen obedience; or my foreseen response to the gospel…the only reason to be found in Scripture that explains why God elects people for salvation… that God has done this in accordance with His pleasure and will (Ephesians 1:5)....
R.C. Sproul
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Miracle of Grace - Published on May 25, 2020
...    Every saved sinner is a miracle of grace. The Lord will make every vessel of mercy know, feel, and acknowledge this—for He will give him from time to time such deep discoveries of his sin, as will convince him beyond all question that nothing but the rich, sovereign, distinguishing, and superabounding grace of God can save his soul from the bottomless pit!...
J.C. Philpot
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What Shall I Cry? - Published on May 25, 2020
...“What shall I cry?”   - Isaiah 40:6     In the text above we have in the spirit of prophecy the last of God’s prophets asking of God His message.  What was he told to cry?  He was told to cry two truths.  First, he is to cry of the absolute weakness, and inability of man to restore himself into the image of God.  “All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field.”&nbs...
David Pledger
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The Gospel of Pure Grace - Published on May 25, 2020
...    After many years of studying and preaching, meditation and observation, I think the Lord is beginning to show me just a little something of what He and Paul meant by the “Offense of the cross” (Matthew 11:6; Galatians 5:6).     The message of the cross (Christ crucified - I Cor. 1:23; 2:2) is of such PURE GRACE, that once the gist of it is perceived, it will inevitable offend man’s pride. Like a “two-edged sword” (Heb. ...
Maurice Montgomery
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The World and the Gospel - Published on May 25, 2020
...The world bears the Gospel a grudge because the Gospel condemns the religious wisdom of the world. Jealous for its own religious views, the world in turn charges the Gospel with being a subversive and licentious doctrine, offensive to God and man, a doctrine to be persecuted as the worst plague on earth.  As a result we have this paradoxical situation:  ...
Martin Luther
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Some Thoughts on Criticism - Published on May 24, 2020
...    We have all been guilty of being too critical toward others and we have all experienced the fires of criticism leveled against us. Here are some thoughts concerning being critical and being criticized.     Regarding being critical, may we always remember that what we criticize others for we are guilty of ourselves (Romans 2:1)!   Also remember, “With the same measure you meter withal it shall be measured to you again” (Luke 6:38)&he...
Charles Spurgeon
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Substitution - In the Stead Of - Published on May 24, 2020
...    Abraham received a divine command to offer Isaac as a burnt offering (Genesis 22:2). When all things were ready, the location reached, the altar built, the wood laid in order, the son laid upon the altar - Abraham raised the sacrificial knife to carry out the command. But the Lord stopped him from killing his son and a ram was offered, “for a burnt offering in the stead of his son” (verse 13). What kind of justice would have required Abraham, af...
Jim Byrd
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The Sin of God's People - Published on May 24, 2020
...    Though God sees sin in His people with His eye of omniscience, yet not with His eye of revenging justice. Though He sees them, in respect of His providence which reaches all things, yet not in respect of justification. Though He takes notice of His people’s sins so as to chastise them in A FATHER’S WAY for their good; yet He does not see them, take notice of them, and observe them in A JUDICIAL WAY so as to impute them to them, or require satisfaction for them...
John Gill
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The Fruit of the Spirit is Peace - Published on May 24, 2020
...But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith... - Galatians 5:22     The will of the Father is peace, having purposed and ordained that we should be reconciled unto Himself and the way in which it would be accomplished. The work of the Son is peace, having wrought it by the blood of His cross. The fruit of the Spirit, bearing witness of the Father’s will, the Son’s work and our interest, by faith, in these and having qu...
Chris Cunningham
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Through the Preaching - Published on May 24, 2020
...    Through the preaching of the Gospel God gathers and unites His people together as One Body in Christ , as a pool of light separated from, divided from, the darkness of the world around them. The Adversary, however, constantly seeks to do the opposite. He loves to keep God’s people united with the world, and with the world’s religion, and divided from one another, and from the truth. So may God give us grace to recognise what is the rightful separation of light from dark...
Ian Potts
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Alone - Published on May 24, 2020
...    Do you ever feel alone? Seemingly walking another direction from everyone else? Isolated? On your own?     This is not uncommon for the Lord’s people. Sooner or later they will know what it is to walk this path – to be alone. The One they follow, and the Message they bring, is not welcome here, nor is it wanted. As with their Master they will find that others treat them with reserve and distance themselves from them. The world, friends, and even family, mis...
Ian Potts
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Assembling to Worship - Published on May 24, 2020
...    There is nothing that the church does that is more important than assembling to worship Christ. To gather in order to honor Christ through praying, preaching, and hearing the Gospel is such an important thing that each of us should approach it very seriously.  Let each one prepare himself in heart and body so as to arrive on time, having the heart clothed with a desire to hear from Christ and the body dressed modestly so as not to attract attention to one’s sel...
Joe Terrell
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Communion - Published on May 24, 2020
..."Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you." - 1 Peter 5:7      This means just what it says. Christian reader, there ought to be no restraint between you and the Lover of your soul. He would have you be on, and maintain, more intimate terms with Himself, than with any human creature. He is always accessible, and never changes in His feelings toward you. He would have you make Him your "Friend": not only your Counselor, but your Confident&mda...
Arthur W. Pink
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Our Bodies Preach the Gospel - Published on May 24, 2020
...    Blood removes impurities from my cells that cause my body harm. My heart is the pump that moves that blood through my body removing impurities. And my heart beats by the grace of God. I don't consciously think of it at all.     In like manner, Jesus' blood is "continually cleansing me from all my sins." (1 John 1:7) And that too is by the grace of God with no effort on my part at all.     Blood brings life giving oxygen to my cells. Each ...
Bobby Capps
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The Best News - Published on May 24, 2020
...    Today, I am cheered by the thought that being a Christian isn't based on my feelings, my character or even on my performance or I would be a total failure and doomed to destruction. I would have no assurance of my salvation and would be the most miserable of all men. As it stands, Christ is my righteousness and my salvation and I can rest fully, by faith, that I am saved and that there is a place in heaven for me when I depart this life. I have full assurance of my salvation be...
Malcolm Turner
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How Could I? - Published on May 24, 2020
...    I was thinking this week how impossible it would be for a true, God-called preacher, to preach anything other than the Lord Jesus Christ and Him crucified. How could I, a desperately wicked sinner, stand week after week, and service after service and tell men how to live when I struggle and fail daily myself? How could I, the wretched and depraved man that I am, tell others how to become better spouses, parents, children, friends, employers and employees when I have failed and cont...
David Eddmenson
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The Gospel is About Christ - Published on May 23, 2020
...    A man will arrive at right doctrine through the knowledge of Christ; but it is possible for him to know orthodox doctrine and yet not know Christ.  The Gospel is not a collection of dry doctrines; but is the revelation of a living, merciful and ever-present Lord....
Henry Mahan
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Is There a Head and Heart Dichotomy? - Published on May 23, 2020
...And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. - Philippians 4:7    I agree with the sentiment that when it comes to saving faith there is indeed no head or heart distinction.  One believes, or assents to the Gospel with their mind.  And this belief affects the entire person, including the affections or the heart of the individual.  However there was a reason that the Apostle Paul used the w...
Brandan Kraft
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The Most Important Thing I Have Ever Learned - Published on May 23, 2020
...    Seven years ago (1975) God, in his adorable and gracious providence, taught me a very important lesson, a lesson which changed my life and ministry radically, a lesson which I hope never to forget. I had been preaching for eight years at the time, and I was about four and one half years into my first pastorate. During those earliest years of my ministry, I was a strict Calvinist and a thoroughly convinced Baptist. My doctrine was precisely accurate and orthodox. I gave myself relen...
Don Fortner
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Don't Tell Me of Losing - Published on May 22, 2020
...    Don't tell me of losing. I value nothing in comparison with gospel truths. I am not afraid to be poor, I have chosen to suffer reproach, the loss of good name and reputation, to forego popularity, wealth, and friends; yea, to be traduced as an antinomian, rather than to drop or conceal one branch of truth respecting Christ and free grace....
John Gill
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