Sermon Sunday – George Whitefield – The Good Shepherd

August 12, 2012 at 6:47 am | Posted in Sermon Sunday | Leave a comment
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The Good Shepherd
by
George Whitefield
(1714-1770)

John 10:27-28 – “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. And I give unto them eternal life, and they shall never perish, neither shall any pluck them out of my hand.”

It is a common, and I believe, generally speaking, my dear hearers, a true saying, that bad manners beget good laws. Whether this will hold good in every particular, in respect to the affairs of this world, I am persuaded the observation is very pertinent in respect to the things of another: I mean bad manners, bad treatment, bad words, have been overruled by the sovereign grace of God, to produce, and to be the cause of, the best sermons that were ever delivered from the mouth of the God-man, Christ Jesus. Continue Reading Sermon Sunday – George Whitefield – The Good Shepherd…

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Sermon Sunday – Charles Spurgeon – The Bible

June 24, 2012 at 7:01 am | Posted in Sermon Sunday | Leave a comment
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“I have written to him the great things of My Law, but they were counted as a strange thing.”

Hosea 8:12

This is God’s complaint against Ephraim. It is no mean proof of His goodness, that He stoops to rebuke His erring creatures. It is a great argument of His gracious disposition that He bows His head to notice terrestrial affairs. He might, if He pleased, wrap Himself with night as with a garment. He might put the stars around His wrist for bracelets and bind the suns around His brow for a coronet. He might dwell alone, far, far above this world, up in the seventh Heaven and look down with calm and silent indifference upon all the doings of His creatures. He might do as the heathens supposed their Jove did, sit in perpetual silence, sometimes nodding his awful head to make the Fates move as he pleased. Continue Reading Sermon Sunday – Charles Spurgeon – The Bible…

Sermon Sunday – J.C. Ryle – The Duties of Parents

June 3, 2012 at 7:25 am | Posted in Sermon Sunday | Leave a comment
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The Duties of Parents

by

J. C. Ryle
(1816-1900)

“Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.”
[Proverbs 22:6]

I believe that most professing Christians are acquainted with our sermon text. The sound of it is probably very familiar to your ears, like an old tune. It is likely that you have heard it, or read it, talked of it, or quoted it, many times. Is that not true? But, despite it being a well-known Bible verse, how little do we regard its truth! The doctrine it contains appears scarcely known, the duty it puts before us is seldom put into practice. My friends, am I not speaking the truth? Continue Reading Sermon Sunday – J.C. Ryle – The Duties of Parents…

Sermon Sunday – Charles Spurgeon – The Relationship of Marriage

May 20, 2012 at 6:30 am | Posted in Sermon Sunday | Leave a comment
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The Relationship Of Marriage

Turn, O backsliding children, says the Lord; for I am married unto you.”

Jeremiah 3:14

THESE are dainty words—a grateful sedative for a troubled conscience. Such singular comfort is fitted to cheer the soul and put the brightest hue on all her prospects. The person to whom it is addressed has an eminently happy position. Satan will be very busy with you, Believer in Christ, tonight! He will say, “What right have you to believe that God is married to you?” He will remind you of your imperfections and of the coldness of your love, and perhaps of the backsliding state of your heart. He will say, “What? With all this about you can you be presumptuous enough to claim union with the Son of God? Can you venture to hope that there will be any marriage between you and the Holy One?” Continue Reading Sermon Sunday – Charles Spurgeon – The Relationship of Marriage…

Sermon Sunday – Charles Spurgeon – A Mournful Defection

May 13, 2012 at 7:48 am | Posted in Sermon Sunday | Leave a comment
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A Mournful Defection

“Will you also go away?”

John 6:67

No mischief that ever befalls our Christian communities is more lamentable than that which comes from the defection of the members. The heaviest sorrow that can wring a pastor’s heart is such as comes from the betrayal of his most familiar friend. The direst calamity the Church can dread is not such as will arise from the assault of enemies outside, but from false brethren and traitors within the camp. My eminent predecessor, Benjamin Keach, though arrested, brought before the magistrates, imprisoned, pilloried and otherwise made to suffer by the Government of the times for the Gospel doctrines that he preached and published, found it easier to brook the rough usage of open foes than to bear the griefs of wounded love, or sustain the shock of outraged confidence. I should not think his experience was very exceptional. Other saints would have preferred the rotten eggs of the villagers to the rooted animosities of slanderers. Troy could never be taken by the assaults of the Greeks outside her walls. Only when, by trickery, the enemy had been admitted within the citadel was that brave city compelled to yield. The devil himself was not such a subtle foe to Christ as was Judas, when, after the Supper, Satan entered into him. Judas was a friend of Jesus. Jesus addressed him as such. And Judas said, “Hail, Master,” and kissed Him. But Judas it was who betrayed Him! That is a picture which may well appall you—that is a peril which may well admonish you. Continue Reading Sermon Sunday – Charles Spurgeon – A Mournful Defection…

Sermon Sunday – Charles Spurgeon – Spiritual Resurrection

April 8, 2012 at 6:30 am | Posted in Sermon Sunday | Leave a comment
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Spiritual Resurrection

 April 12, 1857
by
C. H. SPURGEON
(1834-1892)

“And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins.”—Ephesians 2:1.

It might naturally be expected that I should have selected the topic of the resurrection on what is usually called the Easter Sabbath. I shall not do so; for although I have read portions which refer to that glorious subject, I have had pressed on my mind a subject which is not the resurrection of Christ, but which is in some measure connected with it—the resurrection of lost and ruined men by the Spirit of God in this life.

The apostle is here speaking, you will observe, of the church at Ephesus, and, indeed, of all those who were chosen in Christ Jesus, accepted in him, and redeemed with his blood; and he says of them, “You hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins.” Continue Reading Sermon Sunday – Charles Spurgeon – Spiritual Resurrection…

Bearing Fruit

April 2, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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Recently, I was part of a discussion that has caused me to think about it for the past week almost exclusively. There were other things that were said that have me just as concerned, but this is the one that my mind decided to grab a hold of and not let go. In the midst of a discussion on another topic, this question was raised:

“Can someone claim to be a Christian, not bear fruit, and actually be a Christian?”

The response basically boiled down to:

If an apple tree doesn’t bear apples, does that mean it’s not an apple tree? Of course not! It may not be a very good apple tree, but it’s still an apple tree.” Continue Reading Bearing Fruit…

Sermon Sunday – Charles Spurgeon – The Rent Veil

March 25, 2012 at 6:30 am | Posted in Sermon Sunday | Leave a comment
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The Rent Veil

March 25th, 1888

by

Charles Spurgeon

(1834-1892)

 

Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom—Matthew 27:50-51.

Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which be hath consecrated for us, through the, veil, that is to say, his flesh—Hebrews 10:19-20.

The death of our Lord Jesus Christ was fitly surrounded by miracles; yet it is itself so much greater a wonder than all besides, that it as far exceeds them as the sun outshines the planets which surround it. It seems natural enough that the earth should quake, that tombs should be opened, and that the veil of the temple should be rent, when He who only hath immortality gives up the ghost. The more you think of the death of the Son of God, the more will you be amazed at it. As much as a miracle excels a common fact, so doth this wonders of wonders rise above all miracles of power. That the divine Lord, even though veiled in mortal flesh, should condescend to be subject to the power of death, so as to bow His head on the cross, and submit to be laid in the tomb, is among mysteries the greatest. The death of Jesus is the marvel of time and eternity, which, as Aaron’s rod swallowed up all the rest, takes up into itself all lesser marvels. Continue Reading Sermon Sunday – Charles Spurgeon – The Rent Veil…

Persecution Fridays – China – Grateful for Bibles

March 23, 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

China: Grateful for Bibles

The Voice of the Martyrs recently received several hundred letters from believers in China who were given Bibles through VOM’s Bibles Unbound program.

“Your love and contribution have encouraged many people’s hearts,” wrote a Chinese pastor whose church received 1,050 Bibles. “We believe these Bibles will become a strong power in the church.”

The power of God’s Word has already touched a college student who received a Bible in his language. As an atheist, he had never had the opportunity to read a Bible. “I got a Bible today, so I started to read it,” he wrote. “My heart felt joyful. It is really different from any book I have read before. I heard believers say that it is God’s Word. It really filled my heart and confirmed this belief. God is calling me.”

There is still an urgent need for Bibles both in China and in other countries where VOM’s Bibles Unbound program operates. After one church received Bibles through Bibles Unbound, it decided to work with another church to share the gospel. The congregations worked together, and a revival soon started in the area. However, their supply of Bibles was limited, and they quickly ran out.

“With your selfless devotion and silent work, I believe that China will become a land of God,” wrote one believer after receiving her Bible. “The gospel will be spread all over China. … May we glorify God together!”

Sermon Sunday – Samuel Davies – The Nature and Necessity of True Repentance

March 18, 2012 at 6:30 am | Posted in Sermon Sunday | Leave a comment
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The Nature and Necessity of True Repentance

by Samuel Davies, May 22, 1757

“And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commands all men everywhere to repent!” Acts 17:30

We here find Paul in as learned an assembly as, perhaps, he ever appeared in. We find him in Athens, a city of Greece, famous all over the world for learning; a city where Socrates, Plato, and the most illustrious philosophers of antiquity, lived and taught. We find him in the famous Court of Areopagus, or Mars-Hill, where the wisest men and best philosophers of this wise and philosophical city were met together.

And how does the apostle conduct himself in these critical circumstances? Why, instead of amusing them with a learned harangue; instead of confirming them in their idolatry, and vindicating himself by publicly professing that he worshiped the gods of the country, and sacrificed at the established altars; instead of this, I say, the apostle boldly, though in a very wise and kind manner, exposes their superstitions, calls them off from their idols—to the worship of the one true God, the Maker and Ruler of heaven and earth! And, having asserted these fundamental articles of natural religion, he introduces the glorious peculiarities of Scripture revelation, and preached Jesus Christ to them as the Savior and Judge of the world. Continue Reading Sermon Sunday – Samuel Davies – The Nature and Necessity of True Repentance…

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