Pristine Grace

Church Bulletin Articles
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Go Boldly to the Throne of Grace - Published on May 12, 2021
...    Ah! believers, you are a tempted people. You are always poor and needy. And God intends it should be so, to give you constant errands to go to Jesus.  We have a merciful and faithful High Priest. He suffered, being tempted, just that He might succour them that are tempted.  The high priest of old not only offered sacrifice at the altar,—His work was not done when the lamb was consumed. He was to be a father to Israel. He carried all their names graven over his heart...
Robert Murray M'Cheyne
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Calvin's Deathbed Confession - Published on May 12, 2021
..."Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved." &n...
John Calvin
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Sheep and Goats - Published on May 10, 2021
...    May we read these physical differences with spiritual eyes!     Internally, sheep and goats are very different. Sheep have 54 chromosomes, while goats have 60.  They are different species!     Outwardly, they can look very similar at a glance.  But there are some differences. Tails - this is the quickest way to tell them apart.  A sheep’s tail hangs down, a goat’s sticks up.   Coats - sheep have wool and the coat l...
Kevin Thacker
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Nothing Happens by Chance - Published on May 10, 2021
..."In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will." -  Eph 1:11     God sustains, nourishes, and cares for everything He has made, even to the least sparrow. (Matthew 10:29)     God's providence, as it is taught in Scripture, is opposed to fortune and chance. There is no such thing as fortune or chance--these are pagan terms, with which the mind...
John Calvin
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We Preach Christ Crucified - Published on May 10, 2021
...     “We preach Christ crucified” - 1 Cor 1:23      In keeping with the apostle Paul, I proclaim the only message from God that will, if blessed of the Spirit, meet the needs of all who hear me.  “Christ and Him crucified” is pardon to the guilty, clothing to the naked, rest to the weary, water to the thirsty, bread to the hungry, ransom to the slave, liberty to the bondman, cleansing to the filthy, right...
Jim Byrd
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The Gospel is Pristine! - Published on May 3, 2021
...“The gospel of the grace of God.” - Acts 20:24     The word “gospel” signify? Its literal meaning is either “God’s word” or message, or rather, “good news,” or “good tidings,” which is more agreeable to the original. But if it be “good news,” it must be good news of something and to somebody. There must be some good tidings brought, and there must be some person by whom, as good tidings, it is re...
J.C. Philpot
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In Everlasting Sovereign Grace - Published on May 2, 2021
...If when I die I fear death. When the Lord shall stop my breath. Lord let me think upon your love. How you died this sinners death. Blood stained brow, nail pierced hands. The King of Glory stands. Offering mercy for all who look. To the cross my sins he took. How can Gods justice be satisfied? To a hell bound sinner condemned to die. Substitution personified. In my place he bled and died. Father why has thou forsaken me? It is finished was his plea. Death is conquered in vict...
Danny Harris
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Good Works - Published on April 30, 2021
...“For we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” - Ephesians 2:10      The good works which the child of God performs for the glory of God are not really our works, per se, but works done by the powerful leadership of the Spirit and due to the grace of God freely given us in Christ Jesus.  We read of our “work of faith and labor of love” (1 Thes 1:3)...
Jim Byrd
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The Sovereign Protector - Published on April 30, 2021
...A sovereign Protector I have, Unseen, yet forever at hand, Unchangeably faithful to save, Almighty to rule and command. He smiles, and my comforts abound; His grace as the dew shall descend; And walls of salvation surround, The soul He delights to defend....
Augustus Toplady
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The Ransomed of the Lord - Published on April 30, 2021
...“And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.”  - Isaiah 35:10       I hope the reader will indulge me with one short observation on the subject of Jesus giving Himself a ransom for His people.  Never in all the annals of mankind was there ever heard of such unparalleled love.  Suppose some generous prin...
Robert Hawker
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Delivered and Raised Again - Published on April 30, 2021
...     “Who was delivered for our offenses, and was raised again for our justification” (Romans 4:25).  “Delivered” primarily means given over to.  Christ was “delivered” by Judas to the chief priests (Matthew 26:15), by the chief priests to Pilate (Matthew 27:2), and by Pilate to the will of the people (Luke 23:25) and to the soldiers who would crucify Him (Mark 15:15-16).  Of course, each of these act...
Jim Byrd
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I Just Preach Christ - Published on April 30, 2021
...    Whenever someone asks me if I am a Calvinist, I reply, “I believe the doctrines of grace that are commonly referred to as the five points of Calvinism, but I do not preach those doctrines. I just preach Christ.”     God has commanded us to preach Christ. Sinners must believe on Christ not the doctrines of grace. However, I contend that if a sinner believes on Christ they will automatically believe the doctrines of grace.     If a person believe...
Frank Tate
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God's Love Perceived - Published on April 29, 2021
...Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. - 1 John 3:16     Out of necessity on our behalf; out of love on his behalf, Christ died for his sheep. God needs nothing—we need everything. The need of sinners and the love of God is culminated in the person and work of JEHOVAH-JIREH (The Lord will see—The Lord will provide—The Lord will be seen—in that order). The ap...
Tommy Robbins
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God's Glory - Published on April 28, 2021
...“A new heart will I give you, and a right spirit will I put within you. I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh and will give you a heart of flesh.”   -  Eze. 36:26.     WHAT a precious cluster of solemn declarations of undeserved mercy and free grace are here! Blessed, thrice blessed, art thou, O Israel! Thy God,—O the wonders of his love! Thy God has connected his own glory and thy well-being together; so that, though thy froward [contra...
William Gadsby
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I am Magadalene - Published on April 27, 2021
...    I am Magdalene, I am Zacchaeus, I am the thief, I am the harlot, I am the publican, I am the prodigal, and one of Christ’s murderers; yea, worse than any of these; and yet God was so far off from rejecting of me, as I found afterwards, that there was music and dancing in his house for me, and for joy that I was come home unto him....
John Bunyan
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I Have Everything I Need! - Published on April 27, 2021
...“The LORD is my shepherd; I have everything I need!” - Psalm 23:1     The shepherd is a favorite Scriptural picture of the divine love and care. In the Old Testament, the twenty-third Psalm gathers the whole wonderful truth in exquisite lines, which are dear to young and old wherever the Bible is known. Then in the New Testament, when our Lord would give His friends the sweetest revealings of His heart toward them, and tell them what they are to Him, and what He would be...
J.R. Miller
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Who Makes You to Differ? - Published on April 27, 2021
...“Who maketh thee to differ from another? What hast thou, that thou did’t not receive?  And if thou dids’t receive it, why dost thou boast as if thou hads’t not received it?” - 1 Corinthians 4:7     It is grace—free sovereign grace, which has made you to differ!     Should any here, supposing themselves to be the children of God, imagine that there is some reason “in them” why they should have been chosen—le...
Charles Spurgeon
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Love - Published on April 25, 2021
...“Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.  He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love” (1 John 4:7-8).     Love is as much a fruit of the Spirit as is faith (read Galatians 5:22-23).  Even as it is true that where there is no faith, there is no presence of the Spirit, so it is equally true that where there is an absence of love, there is the absence of the Spirit of Christ.&nb...
Jim Byrd
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Faith - Published on April 25, 2021
...    Faith is not an achievement of the flesh, but a gift of God (Ephesians 2:8).  It does not naturally grow in the spiritual wilderness of the heart of a defiled sinner.  “All men have not faith” (2 Thessalonians 3:2).  Faith is granted in the new birth, a sovereign work of the Holy Spirit.  Faith, like all the fruit of the Spirit, is produced and maintained in the heart by the power and presence of the Holy Spirit within us.  To look to, lean...
Jim Byrd
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An Impossible Scenario - Published on April 25, 2021
...    This could never happen, but suppose God were to allow me into His holy heaven on the basis of my works.  Once there, I could never really be comfortable because I would always know that a mistake had been made.  I did not deserve to be there, and I would know that someday I would be expelled from heaven.  The fact is all I have ever merited is death, judgment, and hell.     If, however, I enter into the heavenly paradise on the basis of the Savior layin...
Jim Byrd
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