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Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart, And so find favor and high esteem In the sight of God and man.

Proverbs 3:3-4

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For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

John 3:16-18

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Andrew Murray

Andrew Murray
1828 – 1917

Humility (5)

“What a solemn thought, that our love to God will be measured by our everyday intercourse with men and the love it displays; and that our love to God will be found to be a delusion, except was its truth is proved in standing the test of daily life with our fellowmen. It is even so with our humility. It is easy to think we humble ourselves before God: humility towards men will be the only sufficient proof that our humility before God is real; that humility has taken up its abode in us; and become our very nature; that we actually, like Christ, have made ourselves of no reputation.”

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The Need for Grace Does Away with Free Will Altogether

C.H. Spurgeon

C.H. Spurgeon

“Free-will or Free-grace?; The Bible says that men are born again, not of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God (John 1:13); that it is not of him that wills, nor of him that runs, but of God that shows mercy (Rom 9:16); the work of faith is the operation of God according to the exceeding greatness of his power, who works in man both to will and to do of his own good pleasure.” (Phil 2:13)

“Free will I have often heard of, but I have never seen it. I have always met with will, and plenty of it, but it has either been led captive by sin or held in the blessed bonds of grace.” – C. H. Spurgeon

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His Holiness

His Holiness 06.11.09

J.A. Matteson

“…and day and night they do not cease to say, ‘holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty, who was and who is and who is to come.’” Revelation 4:8

Pharaoh’s question of Moses was wise, although he was not sincerely seeking an answer, “But Pharaoh said, ‘Who is the LORD that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I do not know the LORD, and besides, I will not let Israel go” (Ex. 5:2). The king’s glib response to the friend of God revealed a fatal contempt for the truth that would have rescued his everlasting soul from divine wrath; he chose death over life and the trajectory of his condemnation was sealed, “For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I raised you up, to demonstrate My power in you, and that My name might be proclaimed [Continue reading…]

Sin Is Little Thought About!

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Post-Modern and Emergent Discussion

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Psalm 1

PSALM 1

The way and end of the righteous and the wicked.

Blest is the man who shuns the place Where sinners love to meet; Who fears to tread their wicked ways, And hates the scoffer’s seat:

But in the statutes of the Lord Has placed his chief delight; By day he reads or hears the word, And meditates by night.

[He, like a plant of gen’rous kind, By living waters set, Safe from the storms and blasting wind, Enjoys a peaceful state.]

Green as the leaf, and ever fair, Shall his profession shine While fruits of holiness appear Like clusters on the vine.

Not so the impious and unjust; What vain designs they form! Their hopes are blown away like dust, Or chaff before the storm.

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The Resurrection Confirms Our Forgiveness

Upon listening to a wonderful sermon from my pastor on Sunday just gone, spoken on John chapter 20, we were left with no doubt whatsoever of the crucial fact that the Resurrection of Christ, if not the truth, leaves us in a hopeless state. Whilst I would have agreed with that statement previously, I would have been hard pressed to give a specific reason as to why that is the truth. What’s more, with the seemingly common tendency for many to “spiritualize” the Resurrection of Christ, and sowing doubt throughout the Church, solid ground is obviously needed in order to contend for the faith once for all delivered to the saints through the Bible.

The reason I have found clarity over this issue is because my pastor quite rightfully pointed to the Law as a shadow of things to come [Col 2:17 , Heb 10:1], and how it could be clearly seen that what was tangibly taught in the Law, was seen clearly fulfilled in Christ. In other words, the Law of God pointed towards that which was to come through Christ. Although I would like to focus on one particular point in this article, the original sermon will shortly be available to listen to on the church podcast, along with previous studies throughout the Gospel of John.

There is little doubt within Christian circles that the sacrifice offered during the day of atonement for the sins of Israel, spoken of in the Old Testament, directly reflects the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, crucified for our sins, spoken of in the New Testament. Even the most infant of Christian believers can see the significance of the crucifixion of Christ, given for our justification, in the light of the Old Testament teaching. But would it be true to say that just as many Christians see the significance of the Resurrection of Christ in the same place? I know that at least on my own part, the answer would have to be a resounding no. In fact, I would even go as far as to say that some Christians, would be willing to give ground for the case of the Resurrection, where they never would concerning the death of Christ on the Cross of Calvary. What I would like to point out here though, is that the physical Resurrection of Christ is as important to us as His physical death on the Cross.

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Fallen Leaders

Here is one of the latest discussions from the Saffron Planet website, which is carried out in their intimate and sincere style, that is quite enthralling. They discuss the subject of the growing habit of church leaders that fall from grace spectacularly, only to be re-established in their leadership position in virtually no time at all. In particular, attention is drawn to the situation with Todd Bentley and the attempt to restore him to his previous prominent position only a few short months ago. Could there be more than one person’s reputation at stake here?

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Dr. Robert Godfrey – A Tame Lion

The following video is taken from a conference at Ligonier in 2004, where Dr. Robert Godfrey examines the church growth movement. This is an excellent message, and touches on what has been touched on recently here, and that is regarding the deep and damaging effects that the false teachings of Charles G. Finney has had upon the church of today.

 

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The Meaning of World in John 3:16

Wednesday, October 7, 2009 The Meaning of “World” in John 3:16 By Dr. Arthur W. Pink (J.A. Matteson footnote to Pink at the conclusion)

It may appear to some of our readers that the exposition we have given of John 3:16 in the chapter on “Difficulties and Objections” is a forced and unnatural one, inasmuch as our definition of the term “world” seems to be out of harmony with the meaning and scope of this word in other passages, where, to supply the world of believers (God’s elect) as a definition of “world” would make no sense. Many have said to us, “Surely, ‘world’ means world, that is, you, me, and everybody.” In reply we would say: We know from experience how difficult it is to set aside the “traditions of men” and come to a passage which we have heard explained in a certain way scores of times, [Continue reading…]