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The Rich Man and Lazarus Contrasted - Published on June 25, 2022
...    The inward conditions of the rich man and Lazarus are contrasted. One exulted in his wealth; the other was content with grace in his poor afflicted condition. One was a seeker of earthly treasures; the other was a seeker of heavenly treasures. One was selfish and ungodly; the other was a self-sacrificing believer. We learn from the providence of God that worldly prosperity does not prove one’s acceptance with God, and poverty does not prove his abandonment. Furthermore, socia...
W.E. Best
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Affliction - Published on June 25, 2022
...    Affliction is part of the discipline of the life of grace. It is momentarily producing for us a weight of glory. In II Corinthians 4:17, the word for “moment” is parautika. It is an adverb meaning instantly, immediately, momentary, or transient. It is used only in this verse. Paul was speaking of the momentary lightness of affliction in view of the weight of eternal glory. Affliction, therefore, results in enriching the Christian’s spiritual life: “But ...
W.E. Best
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The Partition Wall Between Christians - Published on June 25, 2022
...One of William Cowper’s earliest letters from Olney shows how the various denominations in the town could live peacefully together sharing a great oneness in Christ. Cowper, writing to Mrs Madan, says:     We have had a Holiday Week at Olney. The Association of Baptist Ministers met here on Wednesday. We had three Sermons from them that day, and One on Thursday, besides Mr. Newton’s (Anglican minister) in the Evening. One of the Preachers was Mr. Booth, (Abraham Booth ...
William Cowper
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We Must be Taught of God - Published on June 25, 2022
...March 16, 1830 My dear Brother, I am happy to say that the sermon has been blessed by God in this neighborhood, and consequently has made a very great stir. I received a letter from a poor man at some distance, thanking me for printing the sermon, as it has been a comfort to his soul and to others. Of course I shall have neither the praise of the unbelievers, nor their good wishes. The gospel is a fan that will separate the chaff from the wheat. The Pharisees and philosophers get but littl...
William Tiptaft
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Has Jesus Been Lost in Your TULIP? - Published on June 24, 2022
..."Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love." - Rev 2:4     I think a lot about the so-called Gospel Defenders that I departed from in my life.  I think I do so often because I was close with many of them, but now I find much of their behavior quite abhorrent.  I also have taken a step back and observed myself, and I am quite horrified as well.  I have had a glimpe of the ugliness of my si...
Brandan Kraft
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God Did Not Wait to Save His People - Published on June 24, 2022
...    God has intellectually displayed His eternal purpose in His word to remind the elect that their salvation is no afterthought with Him. Our salvation was God’s forethought. Hence, God has displayed before us not only what He eternally purposed but what He actually does in time. God’s purpose is not the same as His execution of the thing purposed. For example, God’s purpose to create is not the same as creation itself. Moreover, His purpose to save certain ones is n...
W.E. Best
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Eternity is not an Extension of Time - Published on June 24, 2022
...For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. - Isa 57:15     Time has been defined as “the consideration of duration, the measure of it, as set out by certain periods, and marked by certain measures.” The river of time rises in value as the Christian ...
W.E. Best
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Better Equipped to Redeem the Time - Published on June 24, 2022
...    There can be no worthier object of mental application than the eternal God and His relation to eternity and time. We must never forget that theological research has its boundary. It is limited to “thus saith the Lord.” The word reveals the eternal God and His purpose for the elect. Satan wants to deceive, but deception is difficult where the light of Biblical research is made, proclaimed, and received. Hence, the more knowledge one has on a given subject, the less ...
W.E. Best
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Like a Watch with its Wheels - Published on June 21, 2022
...And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God? But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. - Genesis 50:19-20     There is order in God’s purpose and in His execution of it. The fulfillment of God’s purpose manifests the beauty of all His perfections. The completion of God’s intention in providence often seems to run contrary to His purpose. Nevert...
W.E. Best
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What Can Raise a Soul to Heaven? - Published on June 17, 2022
...Not all the outward forms on earth, Nor rites that God hath given, Not will of man, nor blood, nor birth, Can raise a soul to heaven The sovereign will of God alone, Creates us heirs of grace; Born in the image of His Son, A new peculiar race. The quicken'd souls awake and rise From the long sleep of death; On heavenly things they fix their eyes And praises implores the breath...
Unlisted
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Grace - Published on June 15, 2022
...    GRACE is not a thing I use; grace is that which uses me.  Grace is not something I improve; but grace improves me, works on me, changes me. Men may talk of universal grace, but it is nonsense; there is no such thing. There are universal blessings and universal mercies scattered everywhere. It is not so of GRACE!  Men cannot take the grace of God and use it to turn themselves from death to life, from darkness to light.  The light does not come to t...
Unlisted
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Sovereign Grace Formulism - Published on June 12, 2022
..."I don't tolerate false gospels." "I don't associate with ANYONE who compromises on the truth!" "Don't read that author, he's a COMPROMISER!  He said this terrible thing in one of his sermons, therefore the rest of his stuff is bad." "Don't visit PristineGrace.org, it's operated by the compromiser Brandan Kraft and he TOLERATES false religion.  He even asked people to pray for BROTHER Don Fortner when he was ...
Brandan Kraft
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Christ Our Altar - Published on June 11, 2022
..."We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle." - Hebrews 13:10     As a kid in a small rural town in the Missouri Ozarks, I was a member of the local Southern Baptist Church.  I still remember those hot sultry summer nights in that non air conditioned building where some revival preacher would come and preach for a few nights in a row.  I remember one particular revival meeting where there was quite an urgency that h...
Brandan Kraft
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The Hateful Teacher - Published on June 10, 2022
...    This is the vigilant defender of the faith.  God has called him to correct every error and bring every thought in obedience to his own.  He listens with the most minute scrutiny to every utterance that proceeds from his peoples’ lips and is quick to say, “Aha! You didn’t cross that t or dot that i.  You are a heretic.”     He whim whams the poor people over the head with election and predestination so harshly that it causes spirit...
Jack Shanks
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Revisiting the Made Sin Controversy - Published on June 10, 2022
...For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. - 2 Corinthians 5:21 The Backstory     My soul has been tormented by the controversy and division that has taken place amongst many brethren by the so-called "made sin controversy."  This controversy was first made manifest in a sermon by Bro. Mark Daniel in Albany in February 2005 where he preached that Christ's substitution was so complet...
Brandan Kraft
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When Secondary Issues Become Primary - Published on June 10, 2022
...And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. - Acts 2:42     Sheep can sure be distracted and taken up with things that really have nothing to do with the primary issue, Christ and His Gospel.  It’s easy to get caught up with the things of religion, with the things of the world, and elevate them to levels of importance that we really shouldn’t.     And when we are gathered to wor...
Brandan Kraft
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When We are Slandered it is a Joy - Published on June 9, 2022
...    It is of little use to appeal to our fellows on the matter of slander, for the more we stir in it the more it spreads; it is of no avail to appeal to the honour of the slanderers, for they have none, and the most piteous demands for justice will only increase their malignity and encourage them to fresh insult. As well plead with panthers and wolves as with black hearted traducers. However, when cries to man would be our weakness, cries to God will be our strength. To whom should ch...
Charles Spurgeon
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Let the Name of Whitefield Perish - Published on June 9, 2022
...    Let the name of Whitefield perish, but Christ be glorified. Let my name die everywhere, let even my friends forget me, if by that means the cause of the blessed Jesus may be promoted. . . . I am content to wait till the judgement day for the clearing up of my reputation; and after I am dead I desire no other epitaph than this, “Here lies G. W. What sort of man he was the great day will discover.”...
George Whitefield
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An Eternal Perspective on Justification - Published on June 9, 2022
...Note:  This booklet is based on an article that I originally wrote in 2006.  Introduction     The Doctrine of God’s justification of His people in Christ from Eternity is such a wonderful doctrine and it brings such joy to my soul.  I first was introduced to the doctrine with John Gill’s writings, Don Fortner's preaching, Todd Nibert’s preaching, and Dr George Ella’s book John Gill and Justification from Eternity: A...
Brandan Kraft
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The Trinity - Published on June 8, 2022
...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     I have always had a hard time understanding how God, being one is also three.  The mind cannot take in all that God is, and some preachers suggest we shouldn't try to figure it out, that we should just take the Scriptures at face value and accept the seeming paradox.  Henry Mahan once stated, “that man is a fool who ...
Brandan Kraft
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