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C.H. Spurgeon: 'God Always Hears'

"My God will hear me" — Micah 7:7 Friends may be unfaithful, but the LORD will not turn away from the gracious soul; on the contrary, He will hear all its desires. The prophet says, "Keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom. A man's enemies are the men of his own house." This is a wretched state of affairs; but even in such a case the Best Friend remains true, and we may tell Him all our grief. Our wisdom is to look unto the LORD and not to quarrel with men or women. If our loving appeals are disregarded by our relatives, let us wait upon the God of our salvation, for He will hear us- He will hear us all the more because of the unkindness and oppression of others, and we shall soon have reason to cry, "Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy!" Because God is the living God, He can hear; because He is a loving God, He will hear; because He is our covenant God, He has bound Himself to hear us. If we can each one speak of Him as "My

Church History: Alfred the Great

By Bruce Gore - Posted at YouTube: Direct Link:  9. Alfred the Great - YouTube Alfred the Great depicted in a stained-glass window of c. 1905 in Bristol Cathedral   (Source: Wikipedia )

The Son & The Sabbath

 By Pastor Andrew Kerr - Posted at Gentle Reformation: Over the past two weeks, given Christ's statement in the Gospels, I've been mulling over the question of how the Sabbath of Creation connects with Christ as Son. The Sabbath was Made by The Son. We are plainly told in Genesis that, having concluded Creation work, God set Day Seven apart. At this particular junction in divine revelation, Moses is not concerned with the Persons of the Godhead: if explicit mention of the Father, Son and Spirit of Yahweh is held back to the Baptism of Christ, we know from New Testament references that, as The Pre-Incarnate Logos, God the Son was The Agent of Creation who also gave the Sabbath Ordinance. In all of the external works of God (or opera ad extra ), all Three Glorious Persons of the Godhead are active: we must clearly state that if the Father ordained the Sabbath by the Spirit, the Seventh Day of Rest, equally, is the Son's gift to mankind. Or, at risk of stating the matter in a

Are You Ready?

 By Rev. Benjamin Glaser - Posted at Thoughts From Parson Farms: How the Heavenly Intercession of Christ Helps Us on the Day of Judgment Howdy! Of all the constants in the thanksgivings available for the Christian life a certain truth is that our God, as Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, is always with His people. The fearful pronouncement to evil men by the prophet Isaiah that the wicked cannot hide in the heart of the mountain is a great blessing to the faithful, for it shows once more the omnipresence of Jehovah. In today’s look at the catechism we’ll be spending time on what makes that so true, both for the moment-by-moment assurance of faith we need and the way it gives foundation to the eternal mercy of the believer offered in the gospel of grace. Here are our Q/A’s: Q. 55: How doth Christ make intercession? A. Christ makes intercession, by his appearing in our nature continually before the Father in heaven, in the merit of his obedience and sacrifice on earth, declaring his will to

The Federal Vision: Rich Lusk and Doug Wilson (2)

By Pastor Adam Kuehner - Posted at Sermon Audio: Direct Link:  Rich Lusk and Doug Wilson (2) | SermonAudio

C.H. Spurgeon: 'Care of Our Feet'

"He will keep the feet of His saints" — 1 Samuel 2:9 The way is slippery and our feet are feeble, but the LORD will keep our feet. If we give ourselves up by obedient faith to be His holy ones, He will Himself be our guardian. Not only will He charge His angels to keep us, but He Himself will preserve our goings. He will keep our feet from falling so that we do not defile our garments, wound our souls, and cause the enemy to blaspheme. He will keep our feet from wandering so that we do not go into paths of error, or ways of folly, or courses of the world's custom. He will keep our feet from swelling through weariness, or blistering because of the roughness and length of the way. He will keep our feet from wounding: our shoes shall be iron and brass so that even though we tread on the edge of the sword, or on deadly serpents, we shall not bleed or be poisoned. He will also pluck our feet out of the net. We shall not be entangled by the deceit of our malicious and crafty fo

Church History: Charlemagne

By Bruce Gore - Posted at YouTube: Direct Link:  8. Charlemagne - YouTube

How to Defy Discouragements

Posted at Reformation Scotland: Much as we would like to start a new year with a sense of optimism, sometimes the outlook only seems forbidding. January blues may conspire with nagging feelings of being spiritually in a low place to make Christians discouraged. The Covenanting minister John Welwood (1649–1679) was aware of many reasons for pessimism, yet in the following updated letter he wrote of ways to turn every possible discouragement into a reason to take comfort. 8 July 1675 Dear sister, WE HAVE TO LIVE BY FAITH If I had things according to my own wishes, I would have the light of the Lord’s countenance shining over on me, and the upper hand over all my enemies. But when I was restless in this way and unsatisfied, I was taught to live by faith – a very profitable thing for us, and pleasing to God, but we are so backward to it, because we do not want to believe until we can see. Yet the Lord is much displeased when we doubt His love, especially since we have so many evidences of

Christ's Place in the Heavens

By Rev. Benjamin Glaser - Posted at Thoughts From Parson Farms: How the Ascension Gives the Believer Peace Good Morning! Today in the grace of our God we are blessed to talk about what our Lord Jesus Christ is currently doing for us in our present time and place. It’s easy for us to make perfunctory motions towards Christ being Prophet, Priest, and King, but it is another thing to actually live in that truth. As you look at the Catechism questions below one of the key points that should jump out at your soul is the active work our Redeemer is engaged in daily, regularly on our behalf in each of those offices. His exaltation in His resurrection and ascension is where His ministry for the Church really hits the road. The more and better we see that, the more comfort we will have in our faith. However, if we refuse to take advantage of it either by apathy or through disregarding its importance then we should not be surprised when we remain infants in understanding, and continue to fight

The Federal Vision: Rich Lusk and Doug Wilson (1)

By Pastor Adam Kuehner - Posted at Sermon Audio: Direct Link:  Rich Lusk and Doug Wilson (1) | SermonAudio

C.H. Spurgeon: 'A Man Without Fear'

"And He said, Certainly I will be with thee" — Exodus 3:12 Of course, if the LORD sent Moses on an errand, He would not let him go alone. The tremendous risk which it would involve and the great power it would require would render it ridiculous for God to send a poor lone Hebrew to confront the mightiest king in all the world and then leave him to himself. It could not be imagined that a wise God would match poor Moses with Pharaoh and the enormous forces of Egypt. Hence He says, "Certainly I will be with thee," as if it were out of the question that He would send him alone. In my case, also, the same rule will hold good. If I go upon the LORD's errand with a simple reliance upon His power and a single eye to His glory, it is certain that He will be with me. His sending me binds Him to back me up. Is not this enough? What more can I want? If all the angels and archangels were with me. I might fail; but if He is with me, I must succeed. Only let me take care that

Church History: The Rise of Islam and St. Boniface

By Bruce Gore - Posted at YouTube: Direct Link:  7. The Rise of Islam and St. Boniface - YouTube

Psalms of Ascents: Psalm 129

By Rev. David Lauten - Posted at Sermon Audio: Psalm 129 KJV 1 Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth, may Israel now say: 2 Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth: yet they have not prevailed against me. 3 The plowers plowed upon my back: they made long their furrows. 4 The Lord is righteous: he hath cut asunder the cords of the wicked. 5 Let them all be confounded and turned back that hate Zion. 6 Let them be as the grass upon the housetops, which withereth afore it groweth up: 7 Wherewith the mower filleth not his hand; nor he that bindeth sheaves his bosom. 8 Neither do they which go by say, The blessing of the Lord be upon you: we bless you in the name of the Lord.

Taking the Form of a Servant

 By Rev. Benjamin Glaser - Posted at Thoughts From Parson Farms: How Christ's Humiliation Teaches Us to Love One Another Good Morning, As we continue to walk through the Larger Catechism one of the blessings of God’s grace that we see in them is the way in which our Lord has provided for us in His life, death, and resurrection to be strengthened by Him and through Him Alone. Every part of the Christian life is what it is because Jesus is the foundation of faith and the source of our obedience to His word. Whenever we start to talk about the things Christ did in His earthly life it is important for us to remember that there were no wasted movements, words, and actions as He walked and talked for three solid years. Each thing Jesus did in His ministry was for a purpose that had long-standing implications for His mission and for the future of His Church. A key aspect of this for today’s study is His coming to this world from Heaven itself. The monumental work of the Son of God taking

The Federal Vision: Norman Shepherd's Antinomian Views

By Pastor Adam Kuehner - Posted at Sermon Audio: Direct Link:  Shepherd's Antinomian Views | SermonAudio

C.H. Spurgeon: 'Divine Recompense'

"He that watereth shall be watered also himself" — Proverbs 11:25 If I carefully consider others, God will consider me, and in some way or other He will recompense me. Let me consider the poor, and the LORD will consider me. Let me look after little children, and the LORD will treat me as His child. Let me feed His flock, and He will feed me. Let me water His garden, and He will make a watered garden of my soul. This is the LORD's own promise; be it mine to fulfill the condition and then to expect its fulfillment. I may care about myself till I grow morbid; I may watch over my own feelings till I feel nothing; and I may lament my own weakness till I grow almost too weak to lament. It will be far more profitable for me to become unselfish and out of love to my LORD Jesus begin to care for the souls of those around me. My tank is getting very low; no fresh rain comes to fill it; what shall I do? I will pull up the plug and let its contents run out to water the withering pl

Church History: Franks, Brits, and Pope Gregory

By Bruce Gore - Posted at YouTube: Direct Link:  6. Franks, Brits, and Pope Gregory - YouTube

Psalms of Ascents: Psalm 128

By Rev. David Lauten - Posted at Sermon Audio: Psalm 128 KJV 1 Blessed is every one that feareth the Lord; that walketh in his ways. 2 For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee. 3 Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table. 4 Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the Lord. 5 The Lord shall bless thee out of Zion: and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life. 6 Yea, thou shalt see thy children's children, and peace upon Israel.

Seeing the Victory to the End

 By Rev. Benjamin Glaser - Posted at Thoughts From Parson Farms: Good Morning! One of the things that believers ought to consider about their faith is that it is meant to be triumphant. We may not always feel that way, but it does not change the reality of what is truly happening in the world. Our walking through the valley of the shadow of death is done in the context of fearing no evil for the LORD our God is with us. We stand tall in the face of our enemies precisely because we see their weakness in comparison to the strength of Jehovah. The tenor of Holy Scripture from Genesis 3:15 to Revelation 19:21 is one of seeing the Mighty One of Israel destroying the kingdoms of the world, and all those who refuse to bow the knee receiving the same. In our Q/A’s we get a sneak peak into how God goes about accomplishing these things through His Son, as the Apostle Paul exclaims, “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Let’s look at the Larger Catechism

The Federal Vision: Norman Shepherd on Christ's Obedience

By Pastor Adam Kuehner - Posted at Sermon Audio: Direct Link:  Shepherd on Christ's Obedience | SermonAudio

C.H. Spurgeon: 'Rest on a Promise'

"The land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it" — Genesis 28:13 No promise is of private interpretation: it belongs not to one saint but to all believers. If, my brother, thou canst in faith lie down upon a promise and take thy rest thereon, it is thine. Where Jacob "lighted" and tarried and rested, there he took possession. Stretching his weary length upon the ground, with the stones of that place for his pillows, he little fancied that he was thus entering into ownership of the land; yet so it was. He saw in his dream that wondrous ladder which for all true believers unites earth and heaven, and surely where the foot of the ladder stood he must have a right to the soil, for other wise he could not reach the divine stairway. All the promises of God are "Yea" and "Amen" in Christ Jesus, and as He is ours, every promise is ours if we will but lie down upon it in restful faith. Come, weary one, use thy LORD's words as thy pillows. Lie do

Church History: The Fifth Century and St. Patrick

By Bruce Gore - Posted at YouTube: Direct Link:  5. The Fifth Century and St. Patrick - YouTube