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The reading of good sermons

 

The reading of good sermons is the most underrated kind of Christian literature on the market today. In former centuries, the reading of sermons was the bulk of the mature Christian’s reading diet. Most Puritan books, for example, are sermons edited for print. Sermon reading keeps believers in the Word, matures the soul, and whets the appetite for good preaching. It promotes Christ-centered thinking, healthy self-examination, and godly piety in every sphere of life. Though nothing can replace the Word preached, sermon reading has one advantage over preaching–the sermons that made it into print are usually the minister’s best! great sermon books, especially those of past centuries that are packed with spiritual meat.

Joel Beeke

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David Jeremiah on friendships

 

Proverbs 27:17-19

17 Iron sharpens iron,

So one man sharpens another.

18 He who tends the fig tree will eat its fruit,

And he who cares for his master will be honored.

19 As in water face reflects face,

So the heart of man reflects man.

A good friend will challenge what you think and even who you are. As you test yourself against each other, you rub away those qualities that are loose and weak. What’s left is even stronger than when you began. You sharpen each other in thought and in character.

A second image this proverb supplies about friendship is the mirror. When you look in your mirror, you expect to see your own face. As you look close into your own eyes, you can almost read your thoughts. But how startling it’d be to look in your mirror some sleepy morning and see instead the thoughts of your friend. That’s how influential friendship is! For good or for bad, we rub off on each other.

The best friendships are those where both persons are strong in their faith and they encourage each other to grow stronger in it. This takes work, but when you nurture friendships, you benefit from having someone to share with and receive helpful correction from.

 

David Jeremiah

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Is Repentance Necessary for Salvation?

The following quote was taken from the Evidence Bible. This really made me think and study the scriptures, hope you do the same. Very interested in what you folks think.

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It is true that there are numerous Bible verses that speak of the promise of salvation, with no mention of repentance. These merely say to “believe” on Jesus Christ and you shall be saved (Acts 16:31; Romans 10:9). However, the Bible makes it clear that God is holy and man is sinful, and that sin makes a separation between the two (Isaiah 59:1,2). Without repentance from sin, wicked men cannot have fellowship with a holy God. We are dead in our trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2:1) and until we forsake them through repentance, we cannot be made alive in Christ.

The Scriptures speak of “repentance unto life” (Acts 11:18). We turn from sin to the Savior. This is why Paul preached “repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21). The first public word Jesus preached was “repent” (Matthew 4:17). John the Baptist began his ministry the same way (Matthew 3:2). Jesus told His hearers that without repentance, they would perish (Luke 13:3). If belief is all that is necessary for salvation, then the logical conclusion is that one need never repent.

However, the Bible tells us that a false convert “believes” and yet is not saved (Luke 8:13); he remains a “worker of iniquity.” Look at the warning of Scripture: “If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth” (1 John 1:6). The Scriptures also say, “He that covers his sins shall not prosper, but whoso confesses and forsakes them [repentance] shall have mercy” (Proverbs 28:13). Jesus said that there was joy in heaven over one sinner who “repents” (Luke 15:10). If there is no repentance, there is no joy because there is no salvation.

When Peter preached on the Day of Pentecost, he commanded his hearers to repent “for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38). Without repentance, there is no remission of sins; we are still under His wrath. Peter further said, “Repent . . . and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19). We cannot be “converted” unless we repent. God Himself “commands all men everywhere [leaving no exceptions] to repent” (Acts 17:30). Peter said a similar thing at Pentecost: “Repent, and be baptized every one of you” (Acts 2:38). If repentance wasn’t necessary for salvation, why then did Jesus command that repentance be preached to all nations (Luke 24:47)?

With so many Scriptures speaking of the necessity of repentance for salvation, one can only suspect that those who preach salvation without repentance are strangers to repentance themselves, and thus strangers to true conversion.

( The Evidence Bible)

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A lamp for my feet

(Thomas Watson)

“Teach me Your ways, O Lord, that I may
live according to Your truth!” Psalm 86:11


Let us lead Scripture lives. Oh that the Bible might
be seen printed in our lives! Obedience is an excellent
way of commenting upon the Bible. Let the Word be
the sun-dial by which you set your life. What are we
the better for having the Scripture, if we do not direct
all our speech and actions according to it? What is a
carpenter the better for his rule about him, if he sticks
it at his back, and never makes use of it for measuring
and squaring his work? So, what are we the better for
the rule of the Word, if we do not make use of it, and
regulate our lives by it? How many swerve and deviate
from the rule!

“Your Word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my
path.”
Psalm 119:105. It is not only a light to our eyes
to mend our sight—but to our feet to mend our walk.
Oh, let us lead Bible lives!

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The prince of preachers on the King of preachers

The Perfect Preacher

Christ Jesus was an exciting preacher; He sought all means to set a pearl in a frame of gold, that it might attract the attention of the people. He was not willing to place Himself in a local church, or to preach to a large congregation, like our good brethren in the city, but would preach in such a style that people felt they must go to hear Him. Some of them gnashed their teeth in rage and left His presence in anger, but the multitudes still thronged to Him to hear and to be healed. It was no commonplace experience to hear this King of preachers, He was too straightforward to be dull, and to humane to be incomprehensible. (Charles Spurgeon)

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What are you thankful for?

Psalm 92:1-2

1 It is good to give thanks to the Lord

And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High;

2 To declare Your loving kindness in the morning

And Your faithfulness by night

Right now after reading these verses Thank the Lord and sing praises to His name

You can thank Him in the morning; you can thank Him at night for His loving kindness and faithfulness. I always thank Him in the morning. I must confess that I sometimes forget to thank Him at night, but I always thank Him early in the morning for a new day and for His loving kindness that has brought me to a new day. At night, when you go to bed, you can thank Him for his faithfulness in bringing you through the day. I think it is quite an undertaking to bring me through any day. It is wonderful to have a God who will do that! (J Vernon McGee)

Psalm 92:4-5

4 For You, O Lord, have made me glad by what You have done,

I will sing for joy at the works of Your hands.

5 How great are Your works, O Lord!

Your thoughts are very deep.

Thanksgiving is what we offer God for what He has given us.

Psalm 107:21-22

21 Let them give thanks to the Lord for His lovingkindness,

And for His wonders to the sons of men!

22 Let them also offer sacrifices of thanksgiving,

And tell of His works with joyful singing.

When we give thanks we have no where else to look, but UP!!!

Look at the life of the Apostle Paul, he went through many difficult times and trials in his life, but he always thanked God, no matter his circumstance.

Ephesians 5:20

Always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father

Colossians 3:17

Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.

1 Thessalonians 1:2

We give thanks to God always for all of you, making mention of you in our prayers;

1 Timothy 1:12

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service

Philemon 4

I thank my God always, making mention of you in my prayers

Paul always looked up to God for thanks, having a solid relationship with God in prayer and thanksgiving caused Paul to have solid relationships around him where he also gave thanks.

Who are you thankful for?

When we thank God and then thank people around us, it tends to take the focus off of us and onto God and other people.

Two questions for everybody

1 What are you thankful for?

2 Who are you thankful for?

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Been thinking about something from Sunday School

Mark chapter 8 starting in verse 15

Jesus is warning His disciples to Watch out!


15
And He was giving orders to them, saying, “Watch out! Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.”

We learned that the leaven of the Pharisee and the leaven of Herod was Hypocrisy and False Teaching.

Mark 7:6-8
And He said to them, “Rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written:

This people honors Me with their lips,

But their heart is far away from Me.

7But in vain do they worship Me,

Teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.’

8 “Neglecting the commandment of God, you hold to the tradition of men.”

The words that keep getting stuck in my mind are Watch Out!


This gives an idea of having a discerning mind, the word discerning means to show insight and understanding to grasp and comprehend what is obscure (Webster).

We as Christians need to have a discerning mind also, we need to be careful who we listen to and from whom we learn from. Always check their doctrine, theology closely, ask for help from someone if needed. Unfortunately we have many false teachers and hypocrites out there.

Just as Christ warned the disciple, we need to take heed and have ears to hear.

Watch Out!! Put on your discerning cap and check them out.

Be the Noble Bereans

Acts17:11

11 Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.

Then be not just hearers of the word but doers .

James 1:22

22 But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.

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Psalm 23

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Tears of Repentance by Thomas Watson

There is no rowing to paradise except upon the stream of repenting tears. Till sin be bitter, Christ will not be sweet. Why are the wells of repentance stopped? Do not the sinners of the land know that they should repent? Have they no warning? Have not God’s faithful messengers lifted up their voice as a trumpet and cried to them to repent? But many of these tools in the ministry have been spent and worn out upon rocky hearts. Do we think that God will always put up with our affronts?

Some bless themselves that they have a stock of knowledge, but what is knowledge good for without repentance? Learning and a bad heart is like a fair face with a cancer in the breast. Knowledge without repentance will be but a torch to light the way to hell. Repentant tears may be compared to myrrh, which though it is bitter in taste, has a sweet smell and refreshes the spirit. So repentance, though it is bitter in itself, yet it is sweet in the effects. It brings inward peace.

We are to find as much bitterness in weeping for sin as ever we found sweetness in committing it. Surely David found more bitterness in repentance than ever he found comfort in Bathsheba. Tears have four qualities: they are moist, salt, hot, and bitter. It is true of repenting tears, they are hot to warm a frozen conscience; moist, to soften a hard heart; salt, to season a soul decaying in sin; bitter, to wean us from the love of the world. And I will add a fifth, they are sweet, in that they make the heart inwardly rejoice. David, who was the great weeper in Israel, was the sweet singer of Israel. The sorrows of the repentant are like the sorrows of a travailing woman: “A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembers no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world” (John 16:21).

Be as speedy in your repentance as you would have God be speedy in His mercies. Many are now in hell that purposed to repent. Satan does what he can to keep men from repentance. When he sees that one begins to take up serious thoughts of reformation, he bids them wait a little longer. It is dangerous to procrastinate repentance. The longer any go on sinning, the harder they will find the work of repentance. Delay strengthens sin and hardens the heart and gives the devil fuller possession. A plant at first may be easily plucked up, but when it has spread its roots deep in the earth, a whole team cannot remove it. It is hard to remove sin when it comes to be rooted. The longer the ice freezes the harder it is to be broken. The longer a man freezes in security, the harder it will be to have his heart broken.

Presuming upon God’s mercy can be eternally fatal. Many suck poison from this sweet flower. Oh, one says, “Christ has died; He has done all for me; therefore I may sit still and do nothing.” Thus they suck death from the tree of life and perish by a savior. So I may say of God’s mercy, it accidentally causes the ruin of many. Because of mercy, some men presume and think they may go on sinning. But should a king’s clemency make his subjects rebel? The psalmist says, “there is mercy with God, that he may be feared,” (Psalms 130:4) but not that we may sin.

Can men expect mercy by provoking justice? God will hardly show those mercy who sin because mercy abounds. Many would rather go sleeping to hell than weeping to heaven.

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John Piper on the prosperity gospel

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