Proverbs
Do not enter the path of the wicked, And do not walk in the way of evil.

Proverbs 4:14

The Word
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

John 1:1-5

Soli Deo gloria
"glory to God alone"

1 Peter 4:11

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How could God do that?

Quote taken from The King’s Business, “Questions and Answers” by R.A. Torrey, January 1914, pp. 44-45

“Finite beings are always getting on perilous ground when they begin to ask how an infinite God could do this or that. An infinitely wise God may have a thousand good reasons for pursuing a certain course of action when we in our finite foolishness cannot see one good reason. It will solve a great many of our perplexities when we come to see that God knows more than we do. The fact is that the average man of the present day is so puffed up with a sense of his own capacity for understanding anything and everything that it never dawns upon him that the ways of an infinite God are beyond his comprehension.”

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John MacArthur – The Third Wave

This is a clear, concise and interesting message from John MacArthur about the “third wave of the Holy Spirit”, or also known as the “signs and wonders movement”, led by John Wimber of the Vineyard Church. John MacArthur shows how the teachings of this movement are taking hold through much of the mainstream church today.

You can listen to this message using the media player below, but it is highly recommended to visit the Grace to You website directly, as a whole host of other messages, both written and spoken are freely available.

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Sabbath for the Christian

Sabbath for the Christian 11.24.09 J.A. Matteson

“Observe the Sabbath day to keep it holy, as the LORD your God commanded you.” Deuteronomy 5:12

The spiritual significance of Sabbath for the Christian is summed up in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The origin of the Hebrew word Sabbath is sabbat from the toot bat which means to cease or to rest. At Mt. Sinai the Lord delivered His covenant to Israel and codified the idea of Sabbath introduced earlier, “Tomorrow is a Sabbath observance, a holy Sabbath to the LORD. Bake what you will bake and boil what you will boil, and all that is left over put aside to be kept until morning” (Ex. 16:22).

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The Tender Mercies of God

Oh! labor every day to be more humble and more low and little in your own eyes. ‘Who am I,’ says the humble soul—’but that God should cross me in this mercy, and take away that mercy, and pass a sentence of death upon every mercy? I am not worthy of the least mercy, I deserve not a crumb of mercy, I have forfeited every mercy.’

Only by pride comes contention. It is only pride that puts men upon contending with God and men.

A humble soul will lie quiet at the foot of God, it will be contented with bare necessities. A dinner of green herbs relishes well with the humble man’s palate; whereas a stalled ox is but a coarse dish to a proud man’s stomach.

A humble heart thinks none less than himself, nor none worse than himself.

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Fighting the Good Fight

Because Christianity has love as its very foundation, and has much to do with forgiveness and mercy, we can easily tend to think that it has nothing to do with fighting. We can forget quickly that Christ died to give us peace with God, not necessarily with our fellow man. For although we’re called to live at peace with all men where possible, the Gospel actually divides men as much as bring them together.

Matthew 10:34-38
34  “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword.
35  For I have come to ‘SET A MAN AGAINST HIS FATHER, A DAUGHTER AGAINST HER MOTHER, AND A DAUGHTER-IN-LAW AGAINST HER MOTHER-IN-LAW’;
36  and ‘A MAN’S ENEMIES WILL BE THOSE OF HIS OWN HOUSEHOLD.’
37  He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.
38  And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.

Although our weapons are spiritual, not carnal, and our fight is with principalities and powers, not flesh and blood. As Christians we will still experience the fight we have entered, as the powers of the enemy manifest through the evil desires of the flesh, both our own sinful desires, and sinful desires of other people. If we are truly in Christ, then we shall most definitely experience the reality of being in the midst of battle. Whereas if this is not our experience on a daily basis, at the very least this should cause alarm bells to sound in our spirit, for it is a clear indicator that all is not right in our walk with Christ.

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Regarding the Baptism of the Holy Spirit

02-17-09

J.A. Matteson

At the outset we affirm that Scripture interprets Scripture (God does not contradict Himself) and that to arrive at a proper understanding of an issue the whole council of God’s word must be consulted in context. This is emphasized because we live in an age of “proof-texting” where some who may be sincere tend to isolate a verse or two, attempting to establish a “doctrine” out of them, and this they do to their own peril and also to those who follow their teaching.

With regard to the baptism of the Holy Spirit the phenomenon is tied to the New Covenant promised in the Old Covenant to wayward Israel which failed to obey the Lord from the heart, whereby all those now born again (from above) by the Spirit are baptized (spiritually immersed, changed–2 Cor. 5:17) at regeneration/conversion, and placed into the body of Christ, whereby [Continue reading…]

How To Recognise False Teachers

Don Green from Grace Life Pulpit with sound exposition on how to recognise and respond to false teachers.

How To Recognise False Teachers

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Andrew Murray 1828 – 1917 Humility (4)

“May God teach us that our thoughts and words and feelings concerning our fellowmen are His test of our humility towards Him, and that our humility before Him is the only power that can enable us to be always humble with our fellow-men. Our humility must be the life of Christ, the Lamb of God, within us.”

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The Crucible Of Suffering

THE CRUCIBLE OF SUFFERING 04.20.09 J.A. Matteson

For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted. Hebrews 2:18

The kindness of God has placed you in the crucible of suffering so that your faith may be proven genuine, rendering you of greater use to the Savior. The accuser taunts you into erroneously presuming that you have sinned and are suffering the just recompense for your folly; you have found providence unnerving, pushed to the limits of human frailty, wondering how much longer you can endure it; you have been enticed by the evil one to sin, nudged to acquiesce to the hellish siren call, in our spirit battling the enemy of your soul, determined to remain steadfast in obedience to the Lord who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.

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Matt 4:12-23 – When the Saviour Calls

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12 Now when he heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew into Galilee. 13 And leaving Nazareth he went and lived in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, 14  so that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: 15  “The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles— 16  the people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death, on them a light has dawned.” 17  From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” 18  While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 19 And he said to them, [Continue reading…]