Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Blessed in Christ!

When God looked from heaven to earth He saw disasters, wars, murders, envying, faithlessness, lying and wickedness and more.  The evil-doing had begun when our first parents Adam and Eve sinned and ran away to hide. Humans have been busy hiding ever since.

Here’s something worth considering.  As God from eternity observed the mess of humanity, He did not ask us to do something about it.  He didn’t look to humanity for solutions for the chaos. No indeed! He had already, before time, chosen to rescue a people for Himself and at just the right time He came to save and deliver them (Romans 5:6-8).

And how did He do that? Did He demand that we do something?  No! Nothing!

But surely there was something He required us to do in order to save ourselves? No! When Jesus arrived on earth, He did not come bearing a list of demands.  Not at all! When Christ came, He was blessing and grace incarnate.  He came to seek and to save, not to demand and damn.

He came to bless His people with His salvation.

‘Ah no, brother,’ you say ‘He did demand that we repent and believe.’ True, but both repentance and faith are gifts and if gifts they are all of grace (Romans 2:4; Ephesians 2:8-9). And if by grace, then 
is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it is of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work (Romans 11:6).

In Christ, we are immeasurably blessed. In Him, amongst other things, we are 
Blessed with Eternal life (John 3:15-16).

Blessed with Eternal security (John 10:27-28; Romans 8:37-39).

Blessed with Forgiveness of sin (Colossians 1:14).

Blessed with Acquittal (Romans 5:1).

Blessed with No Condemnation from God (Romans 8:1, 33-34; 5:16).

Blessed with Rest (Matthew 11:28-30).

Blessed with Redemption (Ephesians 1:7).

Blessed with Reconciliation to God (2 Corinthians 5:18-20).

Blessed with Adoption into God’s family (Ephesians 1:5; Romans 8:14-17).

Blessed with Deliverance from the fear of death (Hebrews 2:15; John 11:25-26).

Blessed with a Great High Priest (Hebrews 4:14).

We are Blessed Indeed!

A new convert came in deep distress to see a Chinese preacher of a past generation saying, "No matter how much I pray, no matter how hard I try, I simply cannot seem to be faithful to my Lord. I think I'm losing my salvation." The preacher said, "Do you see this dog here? He is my dog. He is house-trained; he never makes a mess; he is obedient; he is a pure delight to me. Out in the kitchen, I have a son, a baby son. He makes a mess, he throws his food around, he fouls his clothes, he is a total mess. But who is going to inherit my kingdom? Not my dog; my son is my heir.”

Likewise, in spite of our many fallings
we remain heirs of God and joint heirs of Jesus Christ (Romans 8:17). He lived, died and rose again for us. Without a doubt, we will mess up and fail but we remain heirs of God, not through our perfection but by His grace.  That’s what I call blessed. 

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

-Gospel Report by preacher Miles McKee

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Encouragement in our LORD Jesus Christ to follow

Ten Things I Know about God’s People

1. We are an elect people, chosen unto salvation by God the Father before time had its beginning. "According as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world" (Ephesians 1:4).

2. We are a redeemed people. "Ye were redeemed...with the precious blood of Christ" (1 Peter 1:18-19). By His death, Christ made satisfaction to divine justice for all the iniquities of His people.

3. We are a regenerated people. "And you hath He quickened who were dead in trespasses and in sins" (Ephesians 2:1). We were born from above by the power of the Holy Spirit.

4. We are a people brought to believe on the Name of the Son of God. "As many as were ordained to eternal life believed" (Acts 13:48).

5. We are a justified people. [1] The origin of our justification is the eternal, sovereign and unchanging grace of God. "...justified freely by His grace" (Romans 3:25). [2] The sole basis upon which God justifies His people is the substitutionary death and resurrection of Christ "...being now justified by His blood" (Romans 5:9). [3] We are "justified by faith without the deeds of the law" (Romans 3:28). Justification is made real to chosen, ransomed sinners when the Spirit of God grants faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Faith believes the record God has given that sinners are justified by the imputed righteousness of Christ alone. [4] The effect of justification is good works. "Faith without works is dead" (James 2:26).

6. We are a preserved people. "For the LORD loveth judgment, and forsaketh not His saints; they are preserved for ever" (Psalm 37:28).

7. We are a tried people. "Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you" (1 Peter 4:12).

8. We are a growing people. "But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ" (2 Peter 3:18). We are growing in our awareness of being ever needful of grace, and we are growing in our knowledge of the person of Christ and His work as Surety, Advocate, Prophet, Priest and King.

9. We are still a sinful people. Paul spoke for every believer when he said, "I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing" (Romans 7:18).

10. We are a people destined to be glorified. "Moreover whom He did predestinate, them He also called: and whom He called, them He also justified: and whom He justified, them He also glorified" (Romans 8:30). Christ has paid our debt, removed our transgressions from us "as far as the east is from the west" (Psalm 103:12) and brought in everlasting righteousness. Someday His people with be with Him and like Him.

-Gospel Report by preacher Jim Byrd

Sunday, June 17, 2018

A Fitting Salvation!

"For such an high priest became us..."
-Hebrews 7:26 [KJV]

Here is the High Priest perfectly adapted to our needs. The salvation of God in the Lord Jesus Christ is the only salvation for such a one as myself. Others may think they find a lesser one that is sufficient for them but not me. This salvation which is in Christ who is the Wisdom of God is suited for both God and me. It satisfies God in what He requires and if God is satisfied then surely I can be. First, the “choice” in salvation is God’s. This suits me for as the songwriter said, “Tis not that I did choose Thee, For, Lord, that could not be; This heart would still refuse Thee, but Thou hast chosen me.” 

It was God’s choice and He made it before the foundation of the world. He chose me “in Christ” and “unto salvation” and this made things sure! See Eph. 1:4; II Thess. 2:13. It was also a salvation of sinners! “Christ came into the world to save sinners: of whom I am chief.” (I Timothy 1:15) God’s salvation is not for those who, like Pharaoh, Balaam and Saul say “I have sinned” while distressed over the consequences of their sin but for those like David and the publican who say “Against Thee and Thee only have I sinned.” They beg God to “be propitiated toward me the sinner.”

Sin is not only what I’ve done but what I am! God’s salvation is just for such as this. The salvation of God is by grace! It is a free gift. I have nothing to give, nothing to pay and nothing to present to God therefore it is the only way that a spiritually bankrupt sinner could ever be saved. This salvation is entirely in Another, the Lord Jesus Christ. It is His death that reconciles me to God and satisfies His justice. It is His righteousness that is imputed to me thereby making me accepted of God. It is His works and not mine that God honors and receives. It is this salvation which is wrought by the power of God the Holy Spirit alone. He comes to me while I am yet dead in sin and gives me spiritual life, revealing Christ to me through the Gospel. It is He who keeps me and preserves me and shall present me faultless before the throne of glory.

Let others trust in other saviors but let me trust in Christ alone. He alone is the Savior and His alone the salvation that is suited for a sinner like me.

-preacher Gary Shepard


"The sinner who is enlightened to know himself, his wants, enemies, and dangers, will not dare to confide in anything short of an almighty arm; he needs a shepherd who is full of wisdom, full of care, full of power; able, like the sun, to shine upon millions at once, and possessed of those incommunicable attributes of Deity, omniscience and omnipresence. Such is our great Shepherd." -John Newton


 "GOD WITHOUT MAN remains God, over all, blessed forever. He is the glorious God, whether man acknowledges that truth or not. But MAN WITHOUT GOD is nothing, he is vanity, he is useless except to be fuel for the flames of hell." -Jim Byrd


"The religious professor receives doctrines because he sees them in the Bible. The believer not only sees them in the Bible, but he feels them in his heart, put there by the Holy Spirit. The believer gets at truth through trouble. He arrives at the banquet of mercy through sharp pangs of hunger. He lays hold of the robe of righteousness chilled by nakedness. He comes to the cross because he is guilty and there is nowhere else to go. Thus the religionist and the believer (however else they may resemble one another) have an eternal distinction which the hand of God has drawn between the living and the dead." 

-J. C. Philpot

Thursday, June 14, 2018

He Changes Not

For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.” -Malachi 3:6 KJV

These words are sweet comfort to the Lord’s people who live in this changing world. To keep us from getting too comfortable in ourselves and our situations, our wise God “stirs the nest.” “As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings: so the LORD alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him” (Deuteronomy 32:11-12).

Like the eagle, who stirs the nest of her young ones removing some of the soft feathered outer lining to expose the sharper sticks below, the Lord does changes things so that we remember that we can only trust Him. He rearranges our comfortable little “nests.” All human comfort and confidence fails. He brings us into situations and circumstances in which we are made to know that He alone is our Strength and our Salvation. Like the eaglet out of the comfortable nest and fearfully seeking to fly with its mother, we feel our weakness and frailty.

Our confidence in self and in others diminishes and we are drawn back to the wing of Him who changes not. God’s immutability is again our refuge. He never changes in His love for His people. He never changes in His covenant promises to them. He never changes in His faithfulness to them. He never changes their standing before Him because He has brought them by His grace into an unchangeable state of justification before Him in Christ. They are redeemed by the blood of Christ and cannot be unredeemed. They are saved with an everlasting salvation, made the righteousness of God in Christ and much more.

So whatever “change” is or has taken place in the lives of His believing people, our God hasn’t and won’t! Rest in that thought; it is why we will not be consumed! As the hymn writer wrote, Change and decay in all around I see; O Thou who changest not, abide with me.”

-Gospel report by preacher Gary Shepard
Sovereign Grace Baptist Church, Jacksonville North Carolina USA
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Saturday, June 9, 2018

Divine Sovereignty

By divine sovereignty we mean God reigns supreme in creation, providence and salvation. This is the clear declaration of Scripture: 

"Whatsoever the LORD pleased, that did He in heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and all deep places" -Psalm 135:6 

"But our God is in the heavens: He hath done whatsoever He hath pleased" -Psalm 115:3 

"My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure" (Isaiah 46:10). "I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion" (Romans 9:16). 

How utterly foolish for man to contend with God for exercising His right to do what He wills with His property? Did He not make all things by His power and for His pleasure and glory? Is He not free, therefore, to dispose of all things according to the good pleasure of His will?  

"Is it not lawful for Me to do what I will with Mine own?" (Jesus Christ the LORD - see Matthew 20:15). What arrogance and audacity to deny God the very freedom men hold precious, the privilege to do as He pleases with His own! Let every rebel be warned: to take issue with the Lord over His absolute authority and sovereignty is to put yourself on a collision course with God Almighty. Those who choose to fight against this most basic of Bible truths do so to their everlasting destruction. "Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands?" (Isaiah 45:9).

What a glorious doctrine this is to the people of God. We are delighted to know that our heavenly Father has ordained our salvation, our lives, and all things that happen in this world. But, while we rejoice in divine sovereignty, there is no truth against which the enemies of God have sneered at and hated as much as this one, but that changes nothing. It is still written, "He doeth according to His will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth" (Daniel 4:35). He "worketh all things after the counsel of His own will" (Ephesians 1:11).

-preacher Jim Byrd
- 13th Street Baptist Church, Ashland, Kentucky USA 
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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Flee to Christ - Ark of Salvation!

Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”  
-Jesus Christ our LORD, as per Matthew 11:28

Salvation is of the LORD.” 
-Jonah 2:9c

-John 19:30 [KJV]

When I read in God's Word about the believer's rest which is found totally and completely in Christ and His accomplished redemption at Calvary, I can't help but think of the short poem by John Bunyan, the writer of Pilgrim's Progress:

“Run, run, the law commands
But gives us neither feet nor hands,
Far better news the Gospel brings:
It bids us fly and gives us wings.”

All false religion continually cries DO, DO. The Gospel of God's grace tells the laboring and heavy-ladened sinner, IT IS DONE.

-Gospel report by preacher Richard Warmack, Grace Baptist of Ruston, Louisiana


Saturday, May 19, 2018

Good News!


God does not save any man because there is anything in that man that deserves salvation. He saves sinners because He delights to show mercy. The reason for redemption is found in Him, not in us. His mercy planned salvation, His grace chose us, His love gave Christ to redeem us, and His power keeps us. "So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that showeth mercy" (Romans 9:16).

If you have been looking for some reason in yourself why God should show mercy to you, you look in vain! If you have weighed your works and considered your contributions to the kingdom in order to merit God's favor, you'll only be disappointed in the end! The Lord saves whomsoever He will. His own declaration to Moses is, "I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion" (Romans 9:15).

Now then, if it be God's will to save sinners who have no good in them, who do not merit or deserve His love; if He delights to show mercy to all who call upon Him, why should He not save me and you? I certainly qualify as the chief of sinners. If God is pleased to provide a full Savior, I can provide an empty sinner. If Christ died for the ungodly then He certainly died for me! If Christ is the Friend of sinners, I lay claim to His friendship. This religion that requires merit and personal righteousness offers me no hope; but God's free grace to the undeserving, God's sovereign mercy to the ill-deserving, and Christ's effectual atonement for the helpless bring me to His Throne of Grace crying, "God be merciful to me, the sinner." All the fitness He requires is to feel your need of Him. WHY NOT ME?

-preacher Henry Mahan