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1 Th 4: 9 & 11 and Coming Alongside!
...“But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another” “And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; We had such a wonderful bible study last night as we started the book of Colossians and went through the first chapter, such meaty truths there for us. I wish sometimes that we could do chapters at least twice in order to pull out all the richness. We also had great fellowship after the study, talking about doctrines, church things, relationships etc. and I made the remark that I like to just zip my lip and be silent a lot of the time and was questioned as to why and if I could explain that. Well, in a short sentence or two I co...
Eileen Beckett
5 Months a Birthday and Tulips!
...It has been five months since my husband died and this month has had many reminders of him. It was his birthday on the 14th of the month and it was a very bitter sweet day because I wanted to wish him another happy birthday and fix him a gooey chocolate cake. Last year one day after his birthday we had to evacuate the town because of the fire. He was my main concern that day because I didn’t have any oxygen for him and along with me he was kind of scared. We were cared for by dear friends who even boarded out their own dogs so that they wouldn’t disturb my dog and they took such good care of my Chugi because they knew his limitations! There was Easter Sunday too and I always loved to cook for him on any holiday that I could. My family was here this year and we again missed havi...
Eileen Beckett
A Bit Philosophical
...I am editing this blog because I believe I have left an erroneous thought in the minds of a few. Often, in this medium of communication we can assume that other's are aware of our minds and the thoughts within them. I ask that you forgive me for leaving such a thought in anyone's mind. I said below that my study on the covenants perhaps would shed some light, I never, but never meant that it might TEACH anyone a thing. I meant it might shed some light on my decision to withdraw my membership from a 'Covenant Theology' church and my differences with the 3 forms of unity. I would never presume, nor do I have a desire to teach anyone anything. I am the one needing to be taught, by godly men, and the Holy Spirit.  However, there are within Christendom difference...
Eileen Beckett
A Comfort Quote
...Human comfort and divine comfort are of different natures; human comfort consists in external, visible help, which a man may see, hold, and feel; divine comfort only in words and promises, where there is neither seeing, hearing, nor feeling....
Martin Luther
A Comforting Thought
...“Lo, I am with you alway, even to the end of the world. Amen.” (Matthew 28:20).      Jesus is with His saints at all times, in all places and in all circumstances. He is “God with us” (Matthew 1:23). He is with them to comfort them in the hour of sorrow, to enlighten them in the hour of darkness, to guide them in the hour of doubt and perplexity, to deliver them in the time of conflict and to support them in the hour of death. Oh for faith to realize this! He was with His three faithful servants in the fiery furnace; He was with Daniel in the lions’ den; He was with Jacob in his wrestlings at Bethel; He was with John in his exile at Patmos. Jesus is, at all times, in all places and under all circumstances, with His people. &...
A Comparison
...Brethren, if I should compare the natural state of man, I would picture an immense graveyard filled with yawning graves and dying men. All around are lofty walls and massive iron gates. At the gate stands MERCY. An angel attracted by the awful sight exclaims, "Mercy, why do you not enter that awful place and apply to these pitiful creatures your restoring balm?" Mercy replies, "I dare not enter, for JUSTICE bars the way." By the side of Mercy stands the Son of God, Who cries, Justice what are your demands?" Justice replies, "I demand a full obedience for their holiness, degradation for their exaltation, shame for their honor, and suffering and death for their lives." The Son of God, as the Surety for sinners, accepted the terms; and at Calvary the heavenly host of redeemed souls cried, "Wo...
Christmas Evans
A Compassionate High Priest
...“Wherefore in all things it behoved Him to be made like unto His brethren, that He might be amerciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that He Himself hath suffered being tempted, He is able to succour them that are tempted” (Hebrews 2:17-18).      The Son of God, in our nature, having finished His redemption-work, and returned to heaven, wears that nature in an everlasting union with His GODHEAD. So that as God and Man in one Person, He hath a perfect sense and apprehension of what constitutes the nature of both. He knows as GOD. He feels as MAN. Hence, it follows, that His consciousness of what our nature is by His own, cannot but make Him enter into an intimate concern and f...
Robert Hawker
A Crime Worthy of Death
...In Numbers chapter 15 an incident is recounted from Israel's wilderness wandering. It concerns a man who gathered sticks on the sabbath day, and the high cost of his actions. Today, in Britain, we have completely erased capital punishment from the list of possible sentences for wrongdoing. The ultimate act of retribution, the death penalty, is no longer available to judges even for the most heinous of crimes. Sabbath breaking But in Old Testament Israel this was not the case. There were numerous crimes such as murder, adultery and idolatry that earned the punishment of death. However, there were also other crimes such as disobedience towards parents, gluttony, and sabbath-breaking that equally brought down the wrath of the executioner. In our modern culture in which we have made a ...
Peter Meney
A Description of God's People!
...1 Peter Chapter 1 Don Fortner Sermon paraphrased by me! Peter gives us a wonderful description of who we are as saints and describes most simply the great gifts that we have, the gifts that we can rejoice in and treasure as we sojourn here.  1. We are strangers in this world; the world will not know us. Abel was a stranger to Cain although they were brothers because Cain did not know Abel. Cain was a natural man, Abel a spiritual. It is the enmity between the seed of Christ and the seed of the serpent, to always exist until the new heavens and the new earth.  2. We are elect, the favored of God. We believe as a result of our election unto salvation. 3. We are begotten again unto a living hope. We are regenerated and born anew from above. 4...
Eileen Beckett
A Display of God's Sovereignty
...     There is a great display of God's sovereignty within the Church that He bought with His own blood. He places whom He will in it, prospers them as He will, gives spiritual gifts as He will and leads them as He will. But in this there is a great equality. He loves them all the same and shall reward them all the same because they all stand before Him on the merits of Christ and not themselves. They all believe the same thing … they believe on Christ. They all give the same amount … as the Lord has prospered them. They all do the same thing … what He has gifted them and enabled them and commanded them to do....
Gary Shepard
A Double Knowledge : Isaiah 61:1-3
...The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; (2) To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; (3) To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified. - Isaiah 61:1-3      WHAT a divine cluster of immortal blessings rests in the Man Christ Jesus; and how blessed it is for poor...
William Gadsby
A Full-Time Advocate : I John 2:1
...     This scripture encourages the believer to trust and hope in the mercy of God AT ALL TIMES! It does not say, "If any man is holy, prayerful, and always faithful, he has an advocate;" but it says, "If any man SIN, he has an advocate with the Father." It does not say, "If any man sins, he forfeits his right to Christ's advocacy." Grace that can be forfeited because of human failure is not grace at all. Mercy that is conditioned upon the merit of the creature is not mercy at all. If my title to glory rests upon my works, either BEFORE OR AFTER conversion, it is a total failure. This scripture declares that at all times, under all circumstances, Jesus Christ is our righteousness, our sanctification, our advocate, and our ...
Henry Mahan
A good day, a new word!
...I had the day off today, it has been pleasant. I had to do a little trip to WalMart for birdseed but that means that spring is just around the corner and I’m ready for that. Ready to have the days longer, ready to water and mow the yard and see the green sprouts coming up be it flowers or grass or buds on the trees. Ready for summer, ready for heat. Genesis 8:22 “While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease” Thank you Lord! Oh yes, the new word for the day is empiricism. I guess that is what I have fallen into, so the rumor is. The definition for this is as follows: The view that experience, especially of the senses, is the only source of knowledge.  Isn’t...
Eileen Beckett
A Grave Concern
...     A pastor once declared to a friend, "I want you to know that I no longer believe in PARTICULAR REDEMPTION." When I heard this, I was shocked; but I was not surprised. I am always SHOCKED when a man turns from the gospel of grace to something else, especially when that person has studied the Scriptures, the ancient fathers, the character of God, the nature of sinners, and the covenant mercies of God in Christ. To deny effectual and particular redemption is to deny the very sum and substance of the gospel, which is SUBSTITUTION! "Jesus, Thy blood and righteousness are my beauty and my glorious dress."      I am NOT SURPRISED when certain preachers decide they will no longer preach particular red...
Henry Mahan
A Hymn!
...Congregational singing is such a blessing and balm to our souls and often the words of the hymns seem to be especially meaningful to us. Today was a day like that for me, bringing me to my senses and renewing my thoughts of God's Sovereignty and watchcare over me. The wonderful thing about hymns is that you know whoever wrote them had the same tests and trials that we all do and they found the very comfort for their souls as we do........trusting God! What can these anxious cares avail thee These never ceasing moans and sighs? What can it help, if thou bewail thee O'er each dark moment as it flies? Our cross and trials do but press The heavier for our bitterness Only be still and wait his leisure In cheerful hope,with heart content To take whate'er thy Father's...
Eileen Beckett
A Just God and Savior
...     The disobedient rebel is cast out of the Garden of Eden, as he should have been. A just God cast him out of His presence, but he goes out with a Saviour's promise of life through the woman's seed. The wicked world was destroyed by a flood, as it should have been. A just God dealt with sin in righteousness, but high on the flood floats an ark of salvation by the grace of God, our Saviour. From Sinai's mountain comes a holy law, which a just and righteous God must require, but from that mount came also a tabernacle with a mercy-seat provided by "A JUST GOD AND A SAVIOUR." "Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is none else." ...
Henry Mahan
A Letter on Judging
...    Several things come to mind when reading your brief statement dated 12-29-99 which you titled GOD ALONE KNOWS WHO ARE SAVED NOT ANYONE ELSE.      The title is not necessarily a true statement. The thief on the cross was saved and is in Heaven. Judas Iscariot was not saved therefore is not in Heaven. The Apostle Paul was saved and is in Heaven. There are probably many more Scriptural examples on both sides that could be mentioned but some how I do not think this is what the issue is because of the context of your statement.      I imagine you are referring to the current controversy going on in many e-group discussions concerning judgments of saved and lost. In that frame of thought I will only mention one text ; "Beware of false ...
Scott Price
A Meditation for a New Year's Day
...     Suggested by some remarkable passages in Re 21; particularly by that which immediately follows.      He that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new.      As the opening of the present year has recalled a train of reflections, which have not been wholly useless to myself, I transmit the substance of them to the press; at the same time, breathing up any earnest wishes to the great Sovereign of eternity and Author of time, in behalf of my readers, and of myself, that, together with a new year, he would be graciously pleased to give us new hearts, and enable us to lead new lives; renew and brighten our experiences and our evidences; give us new hold on the everlasting covenant; and write the law of faith and obedienc...
Augustus Toplady
A Mighty Tower!
...“The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe” (Pro 18:10”) I wrote a final post on my last subject “One Another’, but I deleted it because it had become redundant as there is only so much to say about the workings in an assembly of believers. We are each called to fulfill our own place and use our own gifts, for it is God who works in us to will and to do, it is truly that simple. We make it complicated with our sin! It has been a long, long month of testing and trial and last night I started to sing a song that I used to sing all the time based on the above Proverb. “The name of the Lord is a strong and mighty tower, the name of the Lord is a refuge for my soul.” His name is His attributes and all...
Eileen Beckett
A Monument of Mercy
...     This morning, one William Towning, about nineteen years old, was brought here before Mr. Penny, for breaking open and robbing farmer Endicott’s house yesterday afternoon, in time of service, while the family were at church. My honest parishioner, it seems, just before he went out, stepped back into his room, he knew not why, and put away a considerable sum of money into a more secret place than where it had lain for some time past; by which means he was only robbed of little more than thirty shillings in money. How evidently providential! Just before the unhappy young man was going off from Mr. Penny's for Exeter Jail, his father, who had heard of his sons situation but an hour or two before, came up to the house with a look that too plainly declared the agoni...
Augustus Toplady
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