Sermon Sunday – Johnathan Edwards – The Importance and Advantage of a Thorough Knowledge of Divine Truth

July 29, 2012 at 7:48 am | Posted in Sermon Sunday | Leave a comment
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The Importance and Advantage of a Thorough Knowledge of Divine Truth

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 Jonathan Edwards
 (1703-1758)

 “For when, for the time, ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God;and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.” [Hebrews 5:12]

These words are a complaint, which the apostle makes of a certain defect in the Christian Hebrews, to whom he wrote. Wherein we may observe,

1. What the defect complained of is, viz., a want of such a proficiency in the knowledge of the doctrines and mysteries of religion, as might have been expected of them. The apostle complains of them, that they had not made that progress in their acquaintance with the things of divinity or things taught in the oracles of God, which they ought to have made. And he means to reprove them, not merely for their deficiency in spiritual and experimental knowledge of divine things, but for their deficiency in a doctrinal acquaintance with the principles of religion, and the truths of Christian divinity; as is evident by several things. Continue Reading Sermon Sunday – Johnathan Edwards – The Importance and Advantage of a Thorough Knowledge of Divine Truth…

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Persecution Friday – Turkey: Five Years Later

July 27, 2012 at 6:30 am | Posted in VOM Fridays | Leave a comment
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For more news on what’s really happening to Christians around the world go to the Voice of the Martyrs website: www.persecution.com

Today is the five-year anniversary of the martyrdom of three very special men. On April 18, 2007, Necati Aydin, Ugur Yuksel and Tilmann Geske were brutally murdered at a Christian publishing house in Malatya, a city in southeastern Turkey. Five young Islamists bound and tortured the two Turkish Christians and one German Christian before killing them at the Zirve Publishing House.

Five suspects, Emre Gunaydin, Salih Guler, Cuma Ozdemir, Hamit Ceker and Abuzer Yildirim, were arrested while trying to leave the crime scene. Their trial, which began on Nov. 22, 2007, has yet to be completed. Prosecutors have tried to show that the murders were related to a sweeping plot to destabilize the Turkish government. Continue Reading Persecution Friday – Turkey: Five Years Later…

Persecution Friday – Laos / Vietnam: Standing Firm

July 20, 2012 at 6:30 am | Posted in VOM Fridays | Leave a comment
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Hmong believers in Laos and Vietnam face opposition from village authorities because of their faith in Christ. Within the past month, authorities in several villages have expelled at least six families that converted to Christianity. The believers are struggling to farm and earn a living.

Three families were expelled from their village in Cao Bang province, in northern Vietnam, because of their recent adoption of Christianity. Each family came to faith after a Hmong Christian worker prayed for an ill family member and the family member recovered from illness. The families, which include a total of 13 people, must find a new place to live because officials will not allow Christians in their village. Continue Reading Persecution Friday – Laos / Vietnam: Standing Firm…

Sermon Sunday – Charles Spurgeon – The Sinner’s Advocate

July 15, 2012 at 8:01 am | Posted in Sermon Sunday | Leave a comment
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THE Apostle John presents us with a very clear and emphatic testimony to the doctrine of full and free forgiveness of sin. He declares that the blood of Jesus Christ, God’s dear Son, cleans us from all sin, and that if any man sins, we have an Advocate. It is most evident that he is not afraid of doing mischief by stating this Truth of God too broadly. On the contrary, he makes this statement with the view of promoting the sanctity of his “little children.” The object of this bold declaration of the love of the Father to His sinning children is, “that you sin not.” This is a triumphant answer to that grossly untruthful objection which is so often urged by the adversaries of the Gospel against the doctrines of Free Grace—that they lead men to licentiousness. Continue Reading Sermon Sunday – Charles Spurgeon – The Sinner’s Advocate…

Persecution Friday – Nigeria: Bomber Targets Church

July 13, 2012 at 6:30 am | Posted in VOM Fridays | Leave a comment
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A suicide bomber killed 36 people and injured 13 others in Kaduna on April 5, after church security workers turned him away from the church they were guarding. Deterred from attacking the church, the bomber detonated his weapon a few moments later in a crowded commercial district.

At about 10 a.m. the day before Good Friday, a man in an ash-colored Honda approached the ECWA Good News Church in Kaduna. Francis Markus, a security guard, told the man he could not pass because a church service was in progress. “I advised him to pass after the church service, but he insisted,” said Francis.

Sermon Sunday – Jonathan Edwards – The Spirit of Love, The Opposite of an Angry or Wrathful Spirit

July 8, 2012 at 6:30 am | Posted in Sermon Sunday | Leave a comment
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The Spirit of Love the Opposite of An Angry or Wrathful Spirit

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Jonathan Edwards
(1703-1758)
“Charity . . . is not easily provoked.” — 1 Corinthians 13:5

Having declared that charity is contrary to the two great cardinal vices of pride and selfishness, those deep and ever-flowing fountains of sin and wickedness in the heart, the apostle next proceeds to show that it is also contrary to two things that are commonly the fruits of this pride and selfishness, viz. an angry spirit, and a censorious spirit. To the first of these points I would now turn your attention, viz. that charity “is not easily provoked.” The doctrine here set before us is,

  THAT THE SPIRIT OF CHARITY, OR CHRISTIAN LOVE, IS THE OPPOSITE OF AN ANGRY OR WRATHFUL SPIRIT OR DISPOSITION. Continue Reading Sermon Sunday – Jonathan Edwards – The Spirit of Love, The Opposite of an Angry or Wrathful Spirit…

Persecution Friday – Worldwide: Religious Freedom in 2012

July 6, 2012 at 6:30 am | Posted in VOM Fridays | Leave a comment
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UNITED STATES — A recent report from the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) identified 16 countries that had committed severe violations of religious rights, including torture, prolonged detentions without charges and disappearances.

The USCIRF 2012 Annual Report reviews all religions, with particular attention to minority religions. The 16 countries listed as “Countries of Particular Concern” (CPC) by the USCIRF are also included in The Voice of the Martyrs’ list of Hostile and Restricted Countries because of their mistreatment of Christians. The 16 countries are Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Uzbekistan, Egypt, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Vietnam. Christians in these nations face harsh persecution for practicing their faith. Continue Reading Persecution Friday – Worldwide: Religious Freedom in 2012…

Sermon Sunday – George Whitefield – Marks of a True Conversion

July 1, 2012 at 7:36 am | Posted in Sermon Sunday | Leave a comment
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Marks of a true Conversion
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George Whitefield
(1714-1770)

Matthew 18:3 – “Verily, I say unto you, except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.”

I suppose I may take it for granted, that all of you, among whom I am now about to preach the kingdom of God, are fully convinced, that it is appointed for all men once to die, and that ye all really believe that after death comes the judgment, and that the consequences of that judgment will be, that ye must be doomed to dwell in the blackness of darkness, or ascend to dwell with the blessed God, for ever and ever. I may take it for granted also, that whatever your practice in common life may be, there is not one, though ever so profligate and abandoned, but hopes to go to that place, which the scriptures call Heaven, when he dies. And, I think, if I know any thing of mine own heart, my heart’s desire, as well as my prayer to God, for you all, is, that I may see you sitting down in the kingdom of our heavenly Father. Continue Reading Sermon Sunday – George Whitefield – Marks of a True Conversion…


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