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Ontario, CA Meeting Report

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

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The Problem of Sin

The world we live in is tossed with sorrow and confusion. Homes and families are being torn apart. Morals have degenerated. Children

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Musical Instruments in Worship

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

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In Six (Literal) Days the Lord Made Heaven and Earth

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,

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Prophecy of the Two End-Time Harvests

Rev. 14:14-20 14. Behold, a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle. 15. And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to

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That’s My King!

My King was born King. The Bible says He’s a seven way King: He’s the King of the Jews–that’s an ethnic King. He’s the King of Israel–that’s a national King. He’s the King of righteousness. He’s the King of the ages. He’s the King of heaven. He’s the

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Elder Daniel Layne – Called to Glory

“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

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Don’t Marry a Man to Reform Him

Don’t marry a man to reform him; To God and your own self be true. Don’t link to his vices your virtue; You’ll rue it, dear girl, if you do. No matter how fervent his pleadings, Be not by his promise led; If he can’t be a man

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Do Not Sin Against the Child

“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

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Cannot Be Uttered

“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

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Speaking the Mysteries of the Gospel

“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

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The Gospel!

“Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel.” 2 Tim. 2:8. “God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.” Rom. 2:16. My gospel. This authoritative claim of the apostle Paul contains a great volume

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Sounding Forth the Seventh Trumpet

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

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Be Ye Perfect

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.

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Thoughts on Christian Holiness by Adam Clarke

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

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The Sabbath, a Fleeting Shadow

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

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Christian Music?

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

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Deity of Jesus Christ

Jesus asked His disciples in Matthew 16:13, “Whom do men say that I the son of man am?” His disciples replied, “Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.” Notice that the people were not saying that Jesus

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Humanism

“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

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Will There Be a Secret Rapture?

“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

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Humanist Dictatorship

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

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Preach the Unvarnished Gospel

We have proved that the people will come to receive a literal and unvarnished gospel. The impression is abroad that you must fix up the gospel to suit the age, instead of fixing up the age to suit the gospel, and the young men coming out of our

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Messengers with God’s Heart

“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.

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Look on Us

“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

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Marks of a True Messenger of God

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.

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Death – A Savior?

“The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.” 1 Cor. 15:26. This verse unequivocally exposes death for what it is–the enemy of mankind. No sooner had sin entered the world than death came running upon its heels. And so speaks God to the first man, “For dust

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Wesley and Finney on Dress

John Wesley Distressed! I am distressed. I know not what to do. I see what I might have done once. I might have said peremptorily and expressly, “Here I am, I and my Bible. I will not, I dare not vary from this Book either in great things

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Heavenly Living

Who does not know that it is better to be pure and holy than to talk about purity and holiness? Who does not know that a man is to be reckoned no further pure or holy or just than as he is pure and holy and just in

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Lightning Bolts

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.

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A Convenient Season

“ … 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

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Radical Christianity

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

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Twenty-eight Marks of the True Church

1. She was built by Jesus Christ. “I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Matt. 16:18. 2. Her theme is love (1 Jn. 3:14; Matt. 5:44; 1 Cor. 13:1-8, 13). “…Love is of God; and every one that loveth is

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A Look at Ecumenicalism

“ … Eliashib the priest, having the oversight of the chamber of the house of our God, was allied unto Tobiah: And I came to Jerusalem, and understood of the evil that Eliashib did for Tobiah, in preparing him a chamber in the courts of the house of

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A Word to the Husbands

Husbands, love your wives. This is a commandment as express and forceful as any other in the sacred volume. It is meant to be obeyed. Jesus says, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). And John says, “He that saith, I know Him, and keepeth not

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Holiness and Toys

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

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Virtuous Women

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

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Repairing the Family Altar

Satan hates godly families with a passion, and he will do whatever he can to bring them to ruin. If we look around, He has caused already many a family wreck. If we will have a fiery family altar, the devil will not be able to touch us.

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Command Your Households

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

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Holy Boldness

“And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word.” Acts 4:29. This ought to be the cry of all of God’s people, especially in this our time, when Satan and his hosts flaunt themselves to be the

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The Gospel Invitation

Many of the old gospel wells that our fathers dug have been filled up by modern Philistines. They have thrown in their skepticisms and their philosophies, until the well is almost filled up and it is nigh impossible to get one drop of the clear water. These men

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The Great Trumpet

This gospel trumpet is not, in its material, like other trumpets. It is not made from horn of ram or ox, nor has it been shaped in an earthly foundry. God furnished the material for this trumpet, twisted it, attuned it, bestowed it. He made two trumpets–one for

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Wine and the Bible

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

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Did You Say Cult?

“But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest: for as concerning this sect, we know that every where it is spoken against.” Act 28:22. The early morning church was no stranger to persecutions and slanders. It has been the common lot of the followers of Jesus

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Menace of Religious Movies

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

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Who Shall Deliver Me?

“But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” Rom. 7:23-24.

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Ye Must Be Born Again

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I

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The Wolf and the Lamb

“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

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Antichrist Spirit

“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

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An Exegesis of Revelation 20:1-7

“And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years. And cast him

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The Israel of God

Premillennialists have a tremendous interest in literal Israel. News from the Middle East is of great concern to them. To them I must say, “It is time to say goodbye to the Old Testament covenant, folks.” Israel as a favoured people, Jerusalem as a holy city, the Old

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