Pristine Grace

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Tears - Published on July 28, 2021
...    The law calls unclean every issue from the body - that is, every issue but one: tears.  It seems to be the only thing that we humans produce that is not repulsive to God.  Tears are precious to Him.  He is even said to collect them in a bottle. (Psalm 56.8)  Hezekiah's tears were counted on a level with his prayers. (Isaiah 38.5).  Tears were considered suitable to bathe the feet of the Master.     Tears of repentance are pleasing to the Lo...
Joe Terrell
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His Majesty - Published on July 27, 2021
...    The heaven is His throne; here He sits enthroned in all the glory of His majesty, with all His attendants upon Him, and courtiers about Him. The Lord Christ is now in heaven; and where He will continue to the restitution of all things, and from whence His people expect Him at the last day. Here He is on the same throne with His divine Father; which throne He has prepared or established, so as it cannot be moved: when others are cast down, this shall stand; His throne is forever and...
John Gill
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A Humble Learner - Published on July 26, 2021
...“And take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”  - Ephesians 6:17     The Bible was not given as a textbook of human science, but as a divine revelation of God's will.  It was not designed to make skillful debaters or dry theologians, but converted sinners and holy Christians; not to merely inform the mind, but to renew and sanctify the heart.  Above all blessings, then, seek large degrees of grace, influence, and teaching of the H...
Octavius Winslow
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A Young Believer - Published on July 26, 2021
...    A young Believer may only know that they were powerless to save themselves and Christ saved them! A person who believes that Jesus made it possible for him to become saved by an act of the will is not yet a believer!...
Justin Hoke
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Backbiting - Published on July 25, 2021
...Romans 1:28-32, (KJV), And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; (29) Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, (30) Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, (31) Without understand...
Don Fortner
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True Salvation Is a Knowledge - Published on July 25, 2021
...    It is impossible to trust and love God until we know who he is, until we know the character of his Being. Indeed, it is impossible for us to know our need of such a Savior as Christ is until we have some concept of the infinitely holy character of God. We may be terrified by the fear of wrath to come and of eternal judgment, and we may be delighted by the hope of escaping the wrath of God in hell through Christ; but that is not salvation. Jesus Christ is not a fire-escape from hell...
Don Fortner
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Knowledge - Published on July 23, 2021
...    Many ordinary Christians are woefully ignorant. In a class of enthusiastic Christian students at a summer conference, all of college level, all ‘on fire for Jesus’, singing wild ‘gospel songs’ with abandon, thirty four out of thirty five had not the dimmest notion of justification by faith. The present treatise will at least quote some very elementary Biblical passages, if not for the edification of those whirling dervishes, at least for the sober-minded, ev...
Gordon H. Clark
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Give Glory to God - Published on July 22, 2021
... “Give unto the LORD the glory due unto His name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness” - Psalm 29:2.       How can we glorify Him? Praise the perfections of the Trinity.  Adore and respectfully speak of the Lord and His attributes.  Micah 7:18, “Who is a God like unto Thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of His heritage?  He retaineth not His anger for ever, because He delig...
Jim Byrd
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Better Business - Published on July 19, 2021
..."Stand in awe and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed and be still. Selah. Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the Lord." - Psalm 4:4-5     David was surrounded with many wicked and cruel enemies. They touched him in a tender place when they mocked his religion, and so turned his glory into shame. They invented all kinds of lies against him; but the worst of all was that they said, “There is no help for him in God.” As ...
Charles Spurgeon
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Reminiscing and Rejoicing - Published on July 19, 2021
...    As I sit here in my study this 5th day of September, 2000, I recall when God first put me into the ministry. I soon found that the admonition of Jude, “Earnestly contend for that faith which was once delivered unto the saints” (vs. 3), to be a real, vital, and perpetual necessity. I found that in holding to “that faith,” I was opposed on every hand by numerous and varied “doctrines of devils.” In the zeal and ignorance of youth, I studied night a...
Maurice Montgomery
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Let Me Introduce You to Yourselves - Published on July 19, 2021
...    Let me introduce you to yourselves, some of you. You were of a pious family too, were you not? Yes. And you have a religion which you love - you love it so far as the chrysalis of it goes, the outside, the covering, the husk. You would not have one rubric altered, nor one of those dear old arches taken down, nor the stained glass removed for all the world; and any man who should say a word against such things, you would set down as a heretic at once. Or, perhaps you do not go to su...
Charles Spurgeon
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Doctrine vs. Saving Faith - Published on July 17, 2021
...    I have heard people say, “Don’t preach doctrine to me.”  I say, “Preach sound doctrine to me!” There is no salvation without the preaching and hearing of true doctrine.  No one can believe on Christ until they have heard and believed the truth about Christ.  However, salvation and eternal life are much more than a mere head knowledge of true doctrine.     Doctrine knows that all men died in Adam.  Saving faith believes ...
Frank Tate
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A Climate Crisis - Published on July 12, 2021
...    Want to know what a real climate crisis is? Well, how about a glacier moving south in America all the way to the Ohio river?     Or how about a super volcano erupting in Yellowstone park? How about a wall of water one thousand feet tall hitting the east or west coast?     How about a flood that destroyed all life on the planet except for a handful of people?     What do all these things have in common? They are all controlled by God himse...
Chip Holbrook
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Teach Your Children - Published on July 12, 2021
..."Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation." - Joel 1:3     In this simple way, by God's grace, a living testimony for truth is always to be kept alive in the land - the beloved of the Lord are to hand down their witness for the gospel, and the covenant to their heirs, and these again to their next descendants. This is our first duty, we are to begin at the family hearth: he is a bad preacher wh...
Charles Spurgeon
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Salvation is of the Lord - Published on July 4, 2021
...    Outside of my church, I will sometimes hear people speaking of salvation, but when they do they seem to miss the most important part. They often believe salvation is by your own choosing. They think you first have to “accept” Jesus as your savior.  That is not salvation. If you’re lost you can’t choose to be found.  No, this is up to the other party.  A god that wants you to be saved but can’t save you is a weak god!  A go...
Cole Kraft
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Pride - Published on July 2, 2021
...Pride is an ancient sin.  It was pride that destroyed Lucifer.  He sought to sit upon the throne of God and rule the universe.  He could not bear the thought that human nature, in the person of the Son of God, should be exalted above himself.  It was also pride that cut down our parents in the garden when Adam set himself above the command of God to abstain from eating the forbidden fruit (read Genesis 2:16-17).  He and Eve were ambitious to be gods.   Pride is ...
Jim Byrd
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Our Heart Shall Rejoice in Him - Published on July 2, 2021
..."Our heart shall rejoice in Him." - Psalm 33:21     Blessed is the fact that Christians can rejoice even in the deepest distress; although trouble may surround them, they still sing; and, like many birds, they sing best in their cages.  The waves may roll over them, but their souls soon rise to the surface and see the light of God's countenance; they have a buoyancy about them which keeps their head always above the water, and helps them to sing amid the temp...
Charles Spurgeon
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True Humility - Published on June 25, 2021
...    True humility is to have a right estimate of one’s self. It is not to deny or underestimate true ability, real knowledge, and obvious gifts. The gifted singer knows he can sing. An intelligent person is aware of his knowledge. A successful businessman knows his business and an artist knows his skills. It is not humility to speak what one does not truly feel. True humility is born when one discovers the source of all gifts, talents and knowledge. “Who maketh thee to diff...
Henry Mahan
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Prevenient Grace - Published on June 11, 2021
..."His glory is great in thy salvation: honour and majesty hast thou laid upon him."  - Psalm 21:5 (KJV)     Preachers do not talk about it much anymore, because preachers, for the most part, know nothing about the grace of God; but a common theme of meditation and preaching in earlier times was God’s prevenient grace.     Prevenient grace is the secret operation of grace that precedes and prepares the way for God’s saving grace. Prevenient grac...
Don Fortner
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Our Confession of Faith : Isaiah 53 - Published on June 11, 2021
...Isaiah 53:1-12, (KJV) 1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? 2  For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. 3  He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 4 &nb...
Henry Mahan
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