Sunday, January 7 Our meeting ended on a high note. After the salvation of one of the visitors the night before, we had a rejoicing song service with different ministers requesting more songs from the singers. Following the singing, Bro. Hargrave got up for the last time and preached a message entitled Salvation. Having given
The Corinthians were instructed to sing with the spirit and with the understanding. Christ, being unashamed, was pleased to declare the name of His Father unto His brethren according to the prophesy saying, “In the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.” To him who
Satan’s attempt to negate God’s Word in Eden caused the fall of Adam and, subsequently, the entire human race. He attacked their faith—successfully. He’s doing the same today with multitudes and having the same success. Many of such profess to be Christians, yet their faith in the Bible,
“For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.” I Corinthians 4:15 Our dearly beloved brother, Eider Daniel Wilburn Layne, was carried by the angels to eternal glory in the early
“Do not sin against the child.” Genesis 42:22. God, who declared in His Word, “All souls are mine,” has committed unto every mother and unto every father an enormous trust: the priceless souls of their children. Consequently, parents will be answerable for their children before the judgment seat
“Likewise the Spirit helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” Romans 8:26. We Christians, in and of ourselves, have infirmities (feebleness, weakness) in prayer. We need
“Howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.” Mysteries were a familiar subject to the apostle Paul; a topic which he addresses in his epistle to the Ephesians in chapters 1:9–10, 3:3–9, and 5:32: “Having made known unto us the mystery of his will … He might gather together
We most emphatically believe and proclaim that we are living in the time of the “breaking of silence” (Rev. 8:1) and the sounding forth of the seventh trumpet (Rev. 11:15-19), the last in the series of seven trumpets in Revelation. We rejoice because the truth of this “evening
After God had lovingly created the world, He observed with piercing, flaming eyes that all He had made was “very good.” Man himself shared in the glory of God’s own approval of His workmanship. Before long, man tragically lost his claim to perfection to the corrupting power of sin.
In a sermon preached from Philippians 1:27-28 titled “Apostolic Preacher,” Adam Clarke explained Christian holiness: “The whole design of God was to restore man to his image, and raise him from the ruins of his fall; in a word, to make him perfect; to blot out all his
The subject of the sabbath in the gospel dispensation has been the object of much confusion in the minds of some that call themselves Christians. However, God’s Word brightly illumines the pathway of the just, and God’s children need not remain in darkness concerning this subject. The fourth
The music considered today as “Christian” has deteriorated from what it once was. This 21st century famine of music now leaves but tinkling shallowness upon the ears of the listeners. The new has come and with it a conformity to the world that cannot be Christian, yet it
“Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.” Rom. 1:25. Humanism, generally speaking, refers to a devotion to things human. By humanism we specifically mean the divorcing of things divine or
“In case you miss the rapture, don’t receive the mark of the beast!” So began a tract that I once saw. Walk into nearly any Christian bookstore in the United States, and the Left Behind craze immediately seizes you. Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins have captivated the professing
The world as we know it is in a state of utter chaos. It has embarked on a sickening rampage of self-destruction. Governments around the globe are dedicating themselves to a coercive agenda of humanism and secularism. This move is eroding the foundations of society, and draining its
“O ye Corinthians, our mouth is open unto you, our heart is enlarged. Ye are not straitened in us, but ye are straitened in your own bowels.” 2 Cor. 6:11-12. In a stirring plea to the Corinthian brethren, the apostle Paul pleads the spacious hearts of God’s messengers.
“And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us.” Acts 3:4. As George Whitefield was making one of his whirlwind preaching tours through North America, thousands were being awakened to salvation by his preaching. He preached with authority, unlike the majority of dry, croaking
The scriptural definitions, designations, and offices of God’s true (human) messengers–often translated angels in the scriptures–are many and varied. This is due to their particular gifts from the Lord which are given without respect to race, gender, national origin, or socio-economic status. (Mal. 2:7; 3:1; Jn. 1:51; Gal.
The lightning bolts of the Bible are destructive only to error and its adherents. Those whose souls are protected by the lightning rods of God’s truth are safe, and can shout and sing while the lightning leaps and the cyclones of Pentecostal purity and power sweep the earth.
“ … When Felix came with his wife Drusilla…he sent for Paul, and heard him concerning the faith in Christ. And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I
In these last days, devotion and zeal have faded everywhere. Many “churches” are even having service only on Sunday morning. At the same time, the entertainment industry is flourishing. God has been set aside while everyone pursues their pleasures. Six or seven days a week, people stream to
While play constitutes an important part of a child’s life and development, the modern toy market poses a serious threat to our children’s souls. The devil has infiltrated the toy and game industry, and by means of soul-destroying playthings, is admitted into many homes. If children are to
The 1960’s witnessed a social upheaval–the anti-establishment rebellion, if you will. Little did we realize what would ensue. Society has never been the same. Traditional societal norms crumbled and the gates opened wide to divorce, abortion, sexual promiscuity, gender confusion, etc. Society has paid dearly for its new-found
God requires universal holiness of His people. Many have imbibed the false notion that Sunday’s worship services are holy, while home life is abandoned to all sorts of unregenerate acts, devices, and godless living in general. However, the scriptures clearly teach otherwise. True saints of God live in
In our day the marriage covenant could almost be classified as an endangered species. A popular movie several years ago was entitled The Last Married Couple. Each decade divorce is easier to come by in many states. And we never know when we will find out about some
Did Jesus turn water into intoxicating wine? Did He serve alcoholic wine at the last supper? What does the evidence tell us? The Bible speaks plainly on this subject. Historical records regarding the preparation, preservation and use of wine are also clear. Consider this report (1820) by William
When God gave to Moses the blueprint of the tabernacle He was careful to include every detail. Then, lest Moses should get the notion that he could improve on the original plan, God warned him solemnly, “And look that thou make them after their pattern, which was shown
“The wolf shall dwell with the lamb…” Isa. 11:6. The wolf and the lamb shall feed together…” Isa. 65:25. Millennialists look for a literal 1000 year reign on earth when actual wolves and lambs will dwell together. Extending our vision beyond the two popular texts quoted above, to
I. WHAT DOES THIS SIGNIFY? The command to restore and rebuild Jerusalem here referred to was given to Ezra by Artaxerxes, king of Persia, 457 B.C. Ezra 7:1-28. A careful study of Ezra and Nehemiah will show that not less than four decrees were given to build the
“Who is this antichrist? Is he the Emperor Domitian, the Gnostics, Nicolaitans, Nazareans, Cerinthians, Romish pontiffs, etc., etc.! Answer: Any person, thing, doctrine, system of religion, polity, etc., which is opposed to Christ, and to the spirit and spread of His gospel, is antichrist. We need not look