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Pristine Grace Statement of Faith - Published on August 6, 2020
...    Our ministry has been entrusted with the delightful duty to proclaim, promote and preserve the truth of God. What is our creed; what, in short, are our beliefs? The Five Solas of the Reformation: Scripture alone. We do not bow to the writings of men to guide us in doctrine and practice. We cannot wholeheartedly support in letter every detail of many old confessions of faith written by well-meaning but sinful men. There are no church denominational rules that g...
The Trinity - Published on August 6, 2020
..."For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one." - 1 John 5:7     A spiritual knowledge of the Trinity lies at the foundation of all vital godliness. To know Father, Son, and Holy Ghost by special teaching and divine revelation, is the sum and substance of spiritual religion, and is eternal life; according to the Lord's own testimony, John 17:3, "And this is life eternal, that they might know...
J.C. Philpot
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Free Will or Free Grace? - Published on July 19, 2020
...    I will go as far as Martin Luther, in that strong assertion of his, where he says, “If any man doth ascribe aught of salvation, even the very least, to the free-will of man, he knoweth nothing of grace, and he hath not learnt Jesus Christ aright.” It may seem a harsh sentiment; but he who in his soul believes that man does of his own free-will turn to Christ, cannot have been taught of God, for that is one of the first principles taught us when God begins with...
Charles Spurgeon
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Speaking the Truth in Love - Published on July 19, 2020
...    Are we to speak the truth to all men or are we to love all men and seek to maintain unity and harmony?     Both and the two are not mutually exclusive. Paul tells us in Ephesians 4 that we are to “speak the truth in love..” Truth is not to be spoken like a dart thrusted nor is error to be compromised for the sake of unity. We are always sinners dealing with sinners given to extremes and pride but the knowledge and gifts that God has sovereignly given throug...
Gary Shepard
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Thanksgiving For the Gospel - Published on July 17, 2020
...    I am saddened when I think of the myriads of people who, in earnestness, zeal and sincerity, will meet today and listen to useless, graceless, Christless sermons. They will be admonished about morality and human kindness, loving and forgiving each other, but they will not hear of God’s free and sovereign grace. They will not be confronted with the message of how God can be just and justify the ungodly. Be thankful that God has put you where you can hear about mercy for t...
Jim Byrd
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There Is a Substitute - Published on July 17, 2020
...    The GOOD NEWS of the gospel is that there is a substitute who has stood in the place of every repentant sinner and bore the wrath of God in his place. He did this for all whom the Father had given Him from all eternity. It is for them that He prays in John 17. They are “His Sheep.” The Father gave them to Him; and He died for them (John 10:15, 29). Substitution is at the very heart of the gospel. Christ did not simply give His life to make salvation possi...
Bill Clark
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Christ Our Gospel - Published on July 17, 2020
...    The doctrines we preach and love are not mere teachings of some particular method or plan, but the doctrines of Christ, who IS our Gospel; Christ who is sovereign over all flesh; Christ, whose grace is both sovereign and free. Not to preach a sovereign Christ, is to preach another Christ. To preach another Christ is to preach another gospel (which is not another, Galatians 1:6-9). It is just that simple. Mark it down, you cannot separate Christ from the Gospel or the Gospel from Ch...
Maurice Montgomery
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Perilous Times - Published on July 17, 2020
...“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.” - II Timothy 3:1     I imagine most people would say that we are living in perilous times right now. These are not perilous days because of the pandemic gripping the world. These are not perilous days because of civil unrest caused by man’s hateful nature. These are perilous days because of the many issues that take our attention off of Christ. May God be pleased to stop us from becoming o...
Frank Tate
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The Believer's Rule of Life - Published on July 17, 2020
...    I left the pulpit one night and a fellow asked me, “Do you believe the law to be a believer’s rule of life?” He seemed surprised when I told him I did not.       His very next question was, “How do you know how to live?”     I told him immediately that I lived just as the Apostle Paul, “The life that I now live, I live by the faith of the Son of God” (Galatians 2:20). This was the rule...
Bruce Crabtree
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The Believer's Eternal Union - Published on July 17, 2020
...    The believer’s eternal union with Christ is a subject that few seem to grasp, though it is written as with a sunbeam upon the pages of Holy Scripture. We are “Accepted in the Beloved,” and have been from eternity. That union of our souls with our Savior was made by the triune God Himself before the world began, and can never be dissolved or even altered. The Lord God sees us in His Son, as one with His Son, and as His Son, because we really are in His Son, as...
Don Fortner
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When All Hell Breaks Loose - Published on July 14, 2020
...    There are times when all hell breaks loose. My husband died, my wife left me, my kid got killed in a car wreck, I lost my job, or any number of things we experience.  And our world falls apart, our foundations get shaken to their core.      In those times we find out what we're made of, what we really believe, where our hope lies. Our hearts get exposed.     My sister lived in a suburb of San Francisco when the big earthquake came (remember i...
Bobby Capps
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Missed the Pain, Missed the Dance - Published on July 14, 2020
...“I could’ve missed the pain but I’d have had to miss the dance.” - Garth Brooks     Was thinking abt what are called archetypal sayings... sayings that people resonate with and don’t even know exactly why... but they do.      What Garth said strikes the right cord because we all know that pain deepens us, it makes us stronger, better.      None of us want it, unless we’re sick.      But we all ...
Bobby Capps
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I Can't Mess It Up! - Published on July 12, 2020
...    A dear friend was talking about how blessed the gospel of Christ's grace was.  I can't remember all the details we talked about.  I suppose we talked about electing love and redeeming grace and how the Lord in tender mercy called us out of darkness with a call we could not resist, and has kept us till that very day, and refused to let us go.  When saints get to talking about spiritual things they often talk about such subjects as these.  When our discuss...
Bruce Crabtree
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May We Always Be Reminded - Published on July 12, 2020
..."And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers." - Acts 2:42     If we have true fellowship with one another, it is because we worship the true and living God together (1 John 1:3).  If we truly break bread together, it is because we are made of the same bread and body (1 Cor 10:17).  If we truly pray together, it is because Christ has made us of one accord (Acts 1:14).  It is a gre...
Kevin Thacker
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Humble and Obedient - Published on July 12, 2020
...    His death was by free consent.  He that is hanged is accursed of God.  Crucifixion was such a humiliating death.  It was reserved for the scum of the earth, reserved for those who had been forsaken by God and man.  He was mocked, cursed, spit upon, scourged by men, smitten and forsaken of God.  He freely and willingly, without reluctance, gave of Himself.  Scripture teaches that neither God nor man forced Him.  He humbled Himself and became obedie...
Scott Richardson
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Too Many and Too Much - Published on July 12, 2020
...    We have entirely too many fears for a people to whom the Lord has said:  "Fear thou not, for I am with thee; be not dismayed, for I am thy God; I will strengthen thee, yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness" (Isa. 41:10).     We have far too many doubts and fears concerning God's mercy, love, and grace for a people to whom the Lord has said, "Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out . . . I give unto th...
Henry Mahan
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Doctrine vs. Experience - Published on July 12, 2020
...    If you make doctrine the main thing, you are very likely to grow narrow-minded.     If you make your own experience the main thing, you will become gloomy and critical of others.     If you make ordinances the main thing, you will be apt to grow merely formal.     But you can never make too much of the living Christ Jesus.     Remember that all things else are for His sake.  Doctrines and ordinances are the planets,...
Charles Spurgeon
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No Place for Controversy - Published on July 12, 2020
...    The pulpit's real issue is this:   Christ, and Him crucified.     Men, whose eyes are fixed on Christ, do not argue.  They do not love controversy, whose hearts are touched with Him.  They do not look for issues and sticky theological problems who are busy knowing and showing Christ.  Those whose interest is singularly Christ have little difficulty settling all matters and quickly in His Word.       The problem they see is...
Henry Mahan
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Death, The Price of Freedom - Published on July 12, 2020
...    Some of our young people, it's sad to say neither know, nor seem to care, what the price of freedom can cost. I read a letter Abraham Lincoln wrote to a mother who had five sons killed in the civil war. This is what he wrote: Dear Madam I have been shown in the files of the war department a statement of the adjutant general of Massachusetts that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously in the field of battle.  I feel how weak and fruitless must be any...
Bruce Crabtree
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How to Avoid Times of Depression - Published on July 9, 2020
...But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. - Jude 1:20-21     Someone asked, "How can I avoid these times of depression, indifference, and bad attitude toward others?" First, there is no perfection in the flesh! While we do not approve of our infirmities, failures, evil thoughts, or backslidings, we are, neverthele...
Henry Mahan
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