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|The Old Time Gospel: "The Want for True Leadership" Editor's Notes
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"The Want for True Leadership"
"Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ." I Corinthians 11:1
"Where are the apostolic leaders who can put God's people to praying? Let them come to the front and do the work, and it will be the greatest work which can be done. None but praying leaders can have praying followers. Praying apostles will beget praying saints. A praying pulpit will beget praying pews." — E. M. Bounds
The church is in desperate need of true leadership, not just in word, but in example. Paul told Timothy, "...be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity." I Timothy 4:12
Today we have big name preachers who are no different than the scribes and Pharisees of Jesus day when he said, "All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. But all their works they do for to be seen of men..." Matthew 23:2-5
These men set no personal example for the flock, they love to rule and be seen of men, but as Jesus said of them, "ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered." Luke 11:52 He calls them "blind guides".
Jesus Christ was the first fruit, the original pattern and example for every Christian to follow. But His example was not in word only for men to hear, but in life for men to see and imitate."...Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps." 1 Peter 2:21 Jesus was a true leader.
Paul followed the original pattern of Christ, then admonished men to "Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ." Not just in word, but in the example of Christ likeness that he lived before them. True leadership leads by example. I was told as a young leader in the military, "don't ask your men to do anything that you have not or would not do yourself. If you lead by example, your men will follow."
Where are the men who come straight from the prayer closet to the pulpit, and cry out that men should pray without ceasing. Where are the men who live holy lives, then command men to walk in the spirit. Where are the men who humble themselves before God, then say to men they must turn the other cheek.
Where are the true leaders that walk after Christ setting the example for others. Who can say, "Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ." Let him lead the way, and not these charlatan would be leaders of the modern church who have stripped away the foundations of what we hold dear.
|Devotional Studies: "Bible Thoughts & Themes" by Horatius Bonar
Bible Thoughts & Themes #5 by Horatius Bonar
The Doom of the Double-Hearted
Balaam had taken the field against Israel, against a people whom he had
pronounced blessed, whom he had pronounced invincible both by earth and
hell. Yes; Balaam "the son of Beor," he, and not another of the name, he
rushes on the bosses of the Almighty's buckler; he defies Israel and
Israel's God! But he fails. He would sincerely have cursed Israel; but he
could not. He counseled Moab to seduce Israel by temptation, and his device
succeeded too well. He now fetches his last stroke. In vain He perishes
ignobly. He is slain with the sword which he had defied. Such is the end of
the backslider; of one who knew the truth but did it not; who once said,
"Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his." It
was certainly not the end he prayed for; yet it was the end to which his
whole life had been tending. He reaped what he sowed, and in him "God was
not mocked." He died as he lived, in fellowship with Moab, yet in heart
persuaded that Israel was the beloved of the Lord, and that Jehovah was God.
His life had been with Midian, and so was his death. His grave is with the
unclean. He passes from earth with none to soothe his death-bed and close
his eyes; none to lament for him or to build his monument.
Sad end of a life of halting and indecision, and resistance of the Spirit,
and braving of conscience, and rejection of light, and wretched
covetousness. He loved the wages of unrighteousness, and verily he had his
reward. Let us see what he wanted and how he failed; how ambitious he was,
yet what a life of utter failure and disappointment was his. He would
sincerely have risen, but he sunk. He would sincerely have been rich, but he
lost everything. What a wasted life! Yet the life of one who knew better
things but did them not; who knew that the world was vanity, yet followed
it; who knew that Israel's portion was the best, yet chose that of Moab; who
knew the true God and the true Messiah, but preferred the idolatries of
Israel's enemies. He saw Him from the top of the rocks, but that was all. He
got a passing glimpse of the cross, but no more. It was all he saw of the
way of life, before he plunged into death and woe.
I. He wanted to serve two masters. These were the same as the Lord in after
days designated God and mammon. He wanted not to offend either; to please
both. He was like Issachar crouching between two burdens. But it would not
do. He failed. Such is the certain failure of all who make the like attempt.
"You cannot serve God and mammon." He loved the one master, mammon; and he
dreaded the other; but would sincerely do the will of both. He could not
afford to lose the favor of either. Miserable life! More miserable death!
The life and death of one whose whole career was one long attempt to do the
bidding both of God and the devil.
|Classic Sermon: "Are You Fighting?" by J. C. Ryle
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"Are You Fighting?"
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"Fight the good fight of faith." I Timothy 6:12
It is a curious fact that there is no subject about which most people feel such deep interest as 'fighting.' Young men and maidens, old men and little children, high and low, rich and poor, learned and unlearned, all feel a deep interest in wars, battles, and fighting.
This is a simple fact, whatever way we may try to explain it. We should call that Englishman a dull fellow who cared nothing about the story of Waterloo, or Inkermann, or Balaclava, or Lucknow. We should think that heart cold and stupid which was not moved and thrilled by the events at Sedan, and Strasburg, and Metz, and Paris.
But, reader, there is another warfare of far greater importance than any war that was ever waged by man. It is a warfare which concerns not two or three nations only, but every Christian man and woman born into the world. The warfare I speak of is the spiritual warfare. It is the fight which every one who would be saved must fight about his soul.
This warfare, I am aware, is a thing of which many know nothing. Talk to them about it, and they are ready to set you down as a madman, an enthusiast, or a fool. And yet it is as real and true as any war the world has ever seen. It has its hand-to-hand conflicts and its wounds. It has his watchings and fatigues. It has its sieges and assaults. It has its victories and its defeats. Above all, it has consequences which are awful, tremendous, and most peculiar. In earthly warfare the consequences to nations are often temporary and remediable. In the spiritual warfare it is very different. Of that warfare, the consequences, when the fight is over, are unchangeable and eternal.
Reader, it is of this warfare that St. Paul spake to Timothy, when he wrote those burning words: 'Fight the good fight of faith; lay hold on eternal life.' It is of this warfare that I want to speak to you today. We meet each other at a critical period of the world's history. Men's minds are full of 'wars and rumors of wars.' Men's hearts are full of fear while they look at the things which seem coming on the earth. On every side the horizon looks black and gloomy. Who can tell when the storm will burst? Give me your attention for a few moments, while I try to impress on you the solemn words which the Holy Ghost taught St. Paul to write down: 'Fight the good fight of faith.'
|Preach the Word: "How To Keep A Clean Heart" by Samuel Logan Brengle
How To Keep A Clean Heart
by Samuel Logan Brengle
It is possible to lose the blessing of a clean heart, but, thank God, it is also gloriously possible to keep it. How to do this is a vital question. Two or three years ago, a brother, going to the foreign field, arose in one of my meetings and said, 'I got the blessing three times but lost it twice. The third time I got it the Lord taught me how to keep it through this text "As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord so walk ye in Him"' (Colossians 2:6).
That is one of the simplest and completest statements of how to keep the blessing that can be given. The conditions of getting it are the conditions of keeping it.
I. To keep it, there must be continued joyful and perfect consecration. We have put all on the altar to get it. We must leave all on the altar to keep it. 'All the tithes' must be brought into God's house. We must present our bodies to Him as 'a living sacrifice,' recognizing ourselves as no longer our own, but His, by the purchase of His Blood, and ourselves as stewards only of all that is ours. Our health and strength, our time and talent, our money and influence, our body, mind, and spirit, all, all are His, to be used for His glory as fully as the fondest bride would use her all in the interest of her husband. And this consecration must keep pace with increasing light.
The journey of life is not always through grassy lawns and flowery gardens, but often over burning, shifting, sandy deserts, rocky steeps, fetid swamps, and dark and tangled jungles, as the Lord leads the soul in ways it has not known. And at such times self-interest may cry out against the sacrifice. But if the consecration be perfect, and grounded in love, there will be no turning back, no plunging into seductive and easy by-paths, but a steady marching forward, if needs be to Gethsemane's lonely agony, Pilate's judgment hall of shame, and Golgotha's dark and awful hour. But. thank God, it will not be alone for He says, 'My presence shall go with thee.' (Exodus 33:14). Hallelujah!
"Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season;
reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine." — II Timothy 4:2
|Pen of the Puritans: "The New Birth" by John Bunyan
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"Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God" John 1:13
These words have a dependence on what goes before, and therefore I must direct you to it for the right understanding of them. You have it thus: "He (Christ) came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God."
In the words before us, you have two things. 1. Some of Christ's own nation rejecting him when he offered himself to them. 2. Others of his own receiving him, and making him welcome. Those that reject him, he also passes by; but those "that receive him, he gives them power to become the sons of God." Now, lest any one should look upon it as good luck or fortune, he says, "They were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." They that did not receive him, were only born of flesh and blood; but those that did receive him, they that receive the doctrine of Christ with a vehement desire, they have God to their father. The Origin of the New Birth. "Not of blood..."
I'll show you what he means by blood. They that believe are born to it, as an heir is to an inheritance; they are born of God, not of flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. Not of blood, that is, not by generation, not born to the kingdom of heaven by the flesh; not because I am the son of a godly man or woman. That is meant by blood (Acts 17:26). "He hath made of one blood all nations." But when he says here, "Not of blood," he also rejects all carnal privileges they did boast of. They boasted they were Abraham's seed: "No, no," says he, "it is not of blood. 'Think not to say you have Abraham to your father,'" You must be born of God, if you go to the kingdom of heaven.
|Manna for the Soul: "Treason Against the Soul" by Richard Baxter
Treason Against the Soul
by Richard Baxter
Remember that flesh-pleasing is a great contempt and treachery against the soul. It is a great contempt of an immortal soul, to prefer its corruptible flesh before it, and to make its servant to become its master, and to ride on horseback, while it goes, as it were, on foot. Is the flesh worthy of so much time, and cost, and care, and so much ado as is made for it in the world, and is not a never-dying soul worth more? Nay, it is a betraying of the soul: you set up its enemy before it; and put its safety into an enemy's hands; and you cast away all its joys and hopes for the gratifying of the flesh.
Might it not complain of your cruelty, and say, Must my endless happiness be sold to purchase so short a pleasure for your flesh? Must I be undone for ever, and lie in hell, that it may be satisfied for a little time? But why do I speak of the soul's complaint? Alas! it is of itself that it must complain! For it is its own doing! It hath its choice: the flesh can but tempt it, and not constrain it: God hath put the chief power and government into its hands, if it has determined to sell its own eternal hopes to pamper worm's meat, it will act accordingly.
You would not think very honourably of that man's intelligence or honesty, who would sell the patrimony of all his children, and all his friends that trusted him therewith, and later sell their persons into slavery, and all this to purchase for himself a delicious feast, with sports and entertainment for a day! And is he wiser or better that selleth (in effect) the inheritance of his soul, and betrayeth it to hell and devils for ever, and all just to purchase the fleshly pleasure of so short a life?
|Bible Verse: "...him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked." I John 2:6
"He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked." I John 2:6
He that saith he abideth in him,... As all do that are in him; once in Christ, and always in Christ; they are set as a seal on his arm and heart, which can never be removed; they are in his arms, and can never be plucked from thence; and are members of him, and can never be disunited from him: or dwelleth in him, as in Joh_6:56; that is, by faith; who under a sense of sin and danger have fled to Christ, as to a strong tower and place of defence, where they dwell safely, peaceably, pleasantly, and comfortably, enjoying whatever is necessary for them. The Syriac and Ethiopic versions read, "he that saith I am in him"; loved by him, chosen in him, united to him, a member of his, and have communion with him:
ought himself also to walk even as he walked; as Christ walked, lived, and acted, so ought he; that is, to imitate him and follow him, as he has him for an example; not in his miraculous works in raising the dead, healing the sick, and walking upon the waters, &c. which were wrought as proofs of his deity and of his Messiahship, and not intended for imitation; nor in his mediatorial performances, as in his propitiatory sacrifice and advocacy; but in the exercise of grace, and duties of religion as a man, and in a private way; and may chiefly regard walking in love, as he walked, see Eph_5:2; and is what is in the following verses insisted on, namely, the new commandment of love to the brethren; which should be to all as his was, and, like his, constant and lasting; and, when the case requires, should be shown by laying down life for them. The "as" is not a note of equality, but of likeness; for it cannot be thought that saints should walk in that degree of perfection, in humility, patience, love, and in the exercise of every other grace, and in the discharge of duty, as Christ did; only that they should copy after him, and make his obedience and life the rule of theirs.
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|The Gospel Libray: "Man – The Dwelling Place of God" by A. W. Tozer
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Chapter 15 True Faith Is Active, Not Passive
A Christian is one who believes on Jesus Christ as Lord. With this statement every evangelical agrees. Indeed there would appear to be nothing else to do, since the New Testament is crystal clear about the matter.
This first acknowledgment of Christ as Lord and Saviour is usually followed by baptism and membership in a Protestant church, the one because it satisfies a craving for fellowship with others of like mind. A few Christians shy away from organized religion, but the vast majority, while they recognize the imperfections of the churches, nevertheless feel that they can serve their Lord better in the church than out of it.
There is, however, one serious flaw in all this: it is that manywould I overstate the case if I said the majority?-of those who confess their faith in Christ and enter into association with the community of believers have little joy in their hearts, no peace in their minds, and from all external appearances are no better morally than the ordinary educated citizen who takes no interest whatever in religion and, of course, makes no profession of Christianity. Why is this?
I believe it is the result of an inadequate concept of Christianity and an imperfect understanding of the revolutionary character of Christian discipleship.
Certainly there is nothing new in my conclusion. The evangelists are loud in their lamentation over the bodies of dead church members, as well they might be, and many thoughtful articles and books appear from time to time dealing with the serious hiatus between faith and practice among Christians.
Why then add another feeble voice to the many? Because many who lament the condition do not seem to know what to do about it, and because I believe that the way is plain, if hard, and that there is no excuse for going on at this poor dying rate when we can enjoy abundant life in Christ Jesus. True faith brings a spiritual and moral transformation and an inward witness that cannot be mistaken. These come when we stop believing in belief and start believing in the Lord Jesus Christ indeed.
|The School of Christ: "The House of God" by T. Austin Sparks
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Bethel - The House of God
Now for the implication: we are instinctively carried by those words right back to the Old Testament, to the book of Genesis, and Jacob immediately comes into view, and we remember Jacob on his way between two points, as it were in an in-between place, between heaven and earth; neither wholly of the earth nor wholly of the heaven, but an in-between place.
That night, in that in-between place, somewhere in the open he lay down and slept; and, behold, a ladder set up on the earth, the top of which reached unto heaven, and upon it the angels ascending and descending, and above the ladder the Lord; and the Lord spoke to him. And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and said, Surely the Lord is in this place; and I knew it not; this is none other but the house of God! And he called the name of that place "Bethel", or the House of God.
The Lord Jesus appropriated that and made it to apply to Himself in His words to Nathanael, and, in effect or by implication, said, I am Bethel, the House of God; I am that which is not wholly of the earth, although resting on it; not wholly of heaven in My present capacity, though related to it; I am here between heaven and earth, the meeting place of God and man, the House of God, in Whom God speaks, in Whom God is revealed, He speaks in His House, He is revealed in His House, I am the House of God: the communications of God with this world are in Me, and in Me alone: "no one cometh to the Father but by me". He might well have said, although it is not recorded that He ever did so: the Father comes to no one but by Me.
Now, it is just that House of God, as represented by Christ, that is our thought as leading up to the practical testimony in baptism: Jesus, God's House. We know, of course, that every other house in the Bible is only an illustration of Him. Whether it be the tabernacle in the wilderness or the temple of Solomon, or any subsequent temple which was intended to fulfil the same function, or anything that in more spiritual terms in the New Testament is called the Church, it is not something other than Christ, but it is Christ. In the thought of God it is just Christ and there is nothing other than Christ and nothing extra to Christ which is the Church or the House of God.
|The Imitation of Christ: "Internal Consolation" by Thomas À Kempis
The Imitation of Christ
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Internal Consolation Book III
Contempt for All Earthly Honor
The Voice of Christ
MY CHILD, do not take it to heart if you see others honored and advanced, while you yourself are despised and humbled. Lift up your heart to Me in heaven and the contempt of men on earth will not grieve you.
Lord, we are blinded and quickly misled by vanity. If I examine myself rightly, no injury has ever been done me by any creature; hence I have nothing for which to make just complaint to You. But I have sinned often and gravely against You; therefore is every creature in arms against me.
Confusion and contempt should in justice come upon me, but to You due praise, honor, and glory. And unless I prepare myself to be willingly despised and forsaken by every creature, to be considered absolutely nothing, I cannot have interior peace and strength, nor can I be enlightened spiritually or completely united with You.
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|Biography: "J. Wilbur Chapman" (1859-1918)
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J. Wilbur Chapman "A powerful evangelist."
"It is a very difficult thing to make a rule for another to live by. The rule which governs my life is this: anything that dims my vision of Christ, or takes away my taste for Bible study, or cramps me in my prayer life, or makes Christian work difficult, is wrong for me.; and I must, as a Christian, turn away from it."
Though J. Wilbur Chapman was not converted until years later, at the age of four he was often seen standing on his chair for a pulpit, acting out the role of preacher.
A Presbyterian, he had great success in four pastorates, but is best remembered as a powerful evangelist.
Greatly influenced for Christ as a young man by a godly mother and a spiritual father, he was led to accept Christ by his Sunday school teacher and later found absolute assurance that he was a child of God through the personal counseling of Dwight L. Moody.
Why was he such a success as a pastor and leader? "His unusual power with men, his never-failing friendliness, his positive and comprehensive preaching, his extraordinary genius for organization, and the unprecedented results of his manifold labors," are the reasons given by his biographer, Mr. Ford Ottman.
Mr. Ottman reports, "He made fluent use of an adequate vocabulary, and it was said his full, round and firm voice, when rising to a climax, developed a depth and power comparable to thunder at a distance; yet it had a musical tenderness, a pathos almost like tears, a throb, a tremolo-stop, as in the grand organ, perfectly adapted to the wonderful expression of God's symphony, of God's love and grace and sufficiency."
Through his teaching, preaching, and greatly used Bible conferences, he influenced thousands of Christians to have a deeper, more effective devotion to Christ and the Bible. He won many thousands to the Lord in his evangelistic meetings.
Though he had an unusual sense of humor, he seldom joked; yet he trained an excitable, vehement seeker of souls to carry on after he was gone a young baseball player named Billy Sunday. No two men were ever more different in their methods; no two ever agreed more completely on their message.
|Scripture Studies: "Philippians 3:9-16"
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9. And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: JG Expo.
10. That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; JG Expo.
11. If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. JG Expo.
12. Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. JG Expo.
13. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, JG Expo.
14. I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. JG Expo.
15. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. JG Expo.
16. Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing. JG Expo.
Key: JG Expo. = John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible MH Comm. = Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible
|Think On These Things: "Walk as He Walked" by Charles H. Spurgeon
Walk as He Walked
By Charles H. Spurgeon
"So to walk even as He walked." I John 2:6
Why should Christians imitate Christ? They should do it for their own sakes. If they desire to be in a healthy state of soul, if they would escape the sickness of sin and enjoy the vigour of growing grace, let Jesus be their model. For their own happiness' sake, if they would drink wine on the lees, well refined; if they would enjoy holy and happy communion with Jesus; if they would be lifted up above the cares and troubles of this world, let them walk even as He walked. There is nothing which can so assist you to walk towards heaven with good speed, as wearing the image of Jesus on your heart to rule all its motions. It is when, by the power of the Holy Spirit, you are enabled to walk with Jesus in His very footsteps, that you are most happy, and most known to be the sons of God. Peter afar off is both unsafe and uneasy.
Next, for religion's sake, strive to be like Jesus. Ah! poor religion, thou hast been sorely shot at by cruel foes, but thou hast not been wounded one-half so dangerously by thy foes as by thy friends. Who made those wounds in the fair hand of Godliness? The professor who used the dagger of hypocrisy. The man who with pretences, enters the fold, being nought but a wolf in sheep's clothing, worries the flock more than the lion outside. There is no weapon half so deadly as a Judas-kiss. Inconsistent professors injure the gospel more than the sneering critic or the infidel.
But, especially for Christ's own sake, imitate His example. Christian, lovest thou thy Saviour? Is His name precious to thee? Is His cause dear to thee? Wouldst thou see the kingdoms of the world become His? Is it thy desire that He should be glorified? Art thou longing that souls should be won to Him? If so, imitate Jesus; be an "epistle of Christ, known and read of all men."
"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." — Philippians 4:8
|A Word in Season: "Suffer Now a Little" by Thomas À Kempis
Pillars of Truth
that you can stand on.
Suffer Now a Little
"If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small." Proverbs 24:10
"...and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together." Romans 8:17
In all things look to the end, and how thou wilt stand before that strict Judge to whom nothing is hid, who is not appeased with gifts, nor admitteth excuses, but will judge according to right.
Be now anxious and sorrowful because of thy sins, that at the day of judgment thou mayest be secure with the blessed... Then shall the poor and humble have great confidence, but the proud man shall be compassed with fear on every side. Then will it be seen that he was wise in this world who had learned, for Christ, to be a fool and despised. Then wilt thou be more glad thou hast prayed devoutly than that thou hast fared daintily. Then will thou be more comforted thou hast kept silence than that thou hast talked much.
Accustom thyself now to suffer a little that thou mayest then be delivered from more grievous pains. Prove first here what thou canst endure hereafter.If now thou canst bear so little, how wilt thou then be able to endure eternal torments? If now a little suffering make thee so impatient, what will hellfire do hereafter? Behold, surely thou canst not have two paradises; one to enjoy delights in this world, and after that, to reign with Christ. Suppose thou hast to this day lived always in honours and delights. What would all this avail thee if it befell thee to die at this instant?
"The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned,
that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary..." Isaiah 50:4
|Old Time Hymns: "O Holy Night" by Clappeau & Adam
O Holy Night
Words by Placide Clappeau, (1847)
Music by Adolphe C. Adam (1803-1856)
1. O holy night, the stars are brightly shining;
It is the night of the dear Saviorís birth!
Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope, the weary soul rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees, O hear the angel voices!
O night divine, O night when Christ was born!
O night, O holy night, O night divine!
2. Led by the light of faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming,
Here came the wise men from Orient land.
The King of kings lay thus in lowly manger,
In all our trials born to be our friend!
3. Truly He taught us to love one another;
His law is love and His Gospel is peace.
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother
And in His Name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy Name!
O Holy Night
"And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn."
"The Saviour is Born"
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|Great Quotes: "Quotes on Holiness"
More Quotes & Stories
"The nature of Christ's salvation is woefully misrepresented by the present-day evangelist. He announces a Savior from Hell rather than a Savior from sin. And that is why so many are fatally deceived, for there are multitudes who wish to escape the Lake of fire who have no desire to be delivered from their carnality and worldliness." A. W. Pink
"The men that have been the most heroic for God have had the greatest devotional lives." Leonard Ravenhill
"There's only one proof of the Holy Ghost in your life and that's a holy life." Leonard Ravenhill
"It is an undoubted truth that every doctrine that comes from God, leads to God; and that which doth not tend to promote holiness is not of God." George Whitefield
"It is because of the hasty and superficial conversation with God that the sense of sin is so weak and that no motives have power to help you to hate and flee from sin as you should." A. W. Tozer
"Christ will be master of the heart, and sin must be mortified. If your life is unholy, then your heart is unchanged, and you are an unsaved person. The Savior will sanctify His people, renew them, give them a hatred of sin, and a love of holiness. The grace that does not make a man better than others is a worthless counterfeit. Christ saves His people, not IN their sins, but FROM their sins. Without holiness, no man shall see the Lord." C. H. Spurgeon
"If the presence of God is in the church, the church will draw the world in. If the presence of God is not in the church, the world will draw the church out." Charles Finney
"Christians don't tell lies they just go to church and sing them." A. W. Tozer
"Some people do not like to hear much of repentance; but I think it is so necessary that if I should die in the pulpit, I would desire to die preaching repentance, and if out of the pulpit I would desire to die practicing it." Matthew Henry
"Get rid of this bunkum about the 'carnal Christian'. Forget it! If you're carnal, you're not saved." Leonard Ravenhill
"Cowards never won heaven. Do not claim that you are begotten of God and have His royal blood running in your veins unless you can prove your lineage by this heroic spirit: to dare to be holy in spite of men and devils." William Gurnall
"God has one destined end for mankind - holiness! His one aim is the production of saints. God is not an eternal blessing- machine for men. He did not come to save men out of pity. He came to save men because He had created them to be holy." Oswald Chambers
"No man should desire to be happy who is not at the same time holy. He should spend his efforts in seeking to know and do the will of God, leaving to Christ the matter of how happy he should be." A. W. Tozer
"Don't presume upon the mercy of God and so encourage yourself in sin." Jonathan Edwards
"The vague and tenuous hope that God is too kind to punish the ungodly has become a deadly opiate for the consciences of millions." A. W. Tozer
|The Martyrs: "Joris and Joachim"
Fox's Book of Martyrs
Joris and Joachim A. D. 1560
A. D. 1560 there were brought before the court at Antwerp two pious Christians, named Joris and Joachim. As they were standing as sheep for the slaughter before the lords, the bailiff asked Joris whether he was rebaptized. He replied, "I am baptized according to the doctrine of Christ, as He commanded His apostles, saying: 'Go and preach to all nations. He that believeth and is baptized, shall be saved.' Matt. 28:19; Mark 16:16. Hence they must first be taught and believe, and then be baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost."
The bailiff also asked Joachim whether he was baptized. He replied, "I hold to one baptism, one faith, one Lord, and God." Eph. 4:5, 6. Then the lords sentenced them according to the king's mandate, whereupon Joachim, hearing his sentence, said, "My lords, we thank you for your trouble with us; but may God forgive you the blindness of your heart, and grant that you may become enlightened."
As they were coming out of the court, they said, "We are not ashamed of the Gospel" (Rom. 1:16); and while walking in the street, they sang: "O Lord forever in my thought Thou art; My soul doth long to be close to Thy heart." Psalm 143:8. Thereupon Joachim said, "Fear not them that kill the body; for hereafter, when they mourn, we shall rejoice." Luke 6:23.
Thus they as giants in the faith pressed through the strait gate to the new Jerusalem. After they had come to the place where they were to offer up their burnt sacrifice, they gave each other the kiss of peace. Standing at the stake, Joachim said, "O Father, forgive them that inflict this suffering upon us; but we thank Thee that Thou hast made us worthy to suffer for Thy name; therefore, O Lord, assist us, and succor us with Thy help in this last extremity." Joris said, "Lord Thou knowest that I have sought Thee and my salvation; and for this cause I must now die. Therefore, O Lord, receive me graciously." He further said, "Citizens of Antwerp, fear not; though we die for the truth, Christ our Lord went before us, and we must follow Him."
They then began to sing this farewell hymn, "Farewell, brethren and sisters all," etc. Thereupon they commended their spirits into the hands of God, and ended their lives in the fire. They now lie under the altar, and wait to be clothed with white linen raiment, and to shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of the Father, where they shall be served with new wine and heavenly bread. Rev. 6:9; 19:8; Matt. 13:43; 26:28; Rev. 2:17.
"And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; Of whom the world was not worthy..."
|The Word of Life: "Matthew 22:37-40" Authorized King James Version
Matthew 22:37-40 Authorized King James Version
- "Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
- This is the first and great commandment.
- And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
- On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets."
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine,
for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:"
II Timothy 3:16
"The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple."
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