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Encouragement in Christ JESUS ~ 06 February, 2023 A.D.

" Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also?" —Romans 4:9 [KJV]    "Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the traditions of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ." — Colossians 2:8 . Why this caution from the voice of inspiration? Our daily danger makes it expedient, "lest any man beguile you of your reward. Beware of men. Call no man Rabbi," saith thy Lord, lest any man judge against your privileges, impair your comforts, or distress your mind.   Here is every blessing to make poor sinners happy. Righteousness imputed without works; iniquities forgiven, and sins covered; sin not imputed. This trinity of blessings flow from the unity of free grace. Such blessedness COMETH, free as the air, unmerited as the light, comforting as the sun: possessed by the unworthy, enjoyed by the ill-deserving, sure to all the redeemed, the inestimably rich privileges of

RETURN TO THE LORD

" Turn, O ye backsliding children; for I am married to you, saith the L ORD ." — Jeremiah 3:14 [KJV]   When a child departs from an indulgent father, or a wife forsakes an affectionate husband, they, in effect, say, they have other objects with whom they are more delighted, and from whom they expect greater happiness. O backsliding soul! is such thy conduct towards the best of Fathers, the most affectionate bridegroom? Thy present practice loudly speaks this language, 'I have other lovers, and after them I will go.' Monstrous ingratitude! a child of special grace, and yet fly from thy most loving Father! a spouse of the most affectionate bridegroom, and yet be unchaste to thy rightful husband! Shocking carriage! Yet, O soul, hear and wonder, hear and love, love and be ashamed, be ashamed and return; for, marvellous grace! though thou hast broken thy marriage contract, forfeited the privileges of children, yet the relation continues. "I am married to you," (

Encouragement in Christ ~ 4 February, 2023 A.D.

" If ye love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another comforter, that He may abide with you for ever; even the Spirit of truth." —John 14:15, etc.     He would be a traitor and a rebel who should dare to set up his standard in England, and demand allegiance from the king's subjects, and require obedience to his commands, who had no right to the crown. So Jesus, if He is not KING OF KINGS and LORD OF LORDS—the King of saints—the living and true God; but only a mere man, a Prophet mighty in word and in deed, a very good man, who taught the best morals, and set us a good example, as some proud, vain, ignorant creatures pretend; verily, if this were all, we, Christians, could see no goodness in Him. But He would be a bold usurper against the one eternal Jehovah, striving to alienate the affections of the heart, and the obedience of the life from GOD, whom ye are commanded to love and serve only.     Therefore, "If ye love He, k

Incoming GOOD NEWS Report ~ 03 February, 2023 A.D.

Weekend Gospel message to follow for All Hands (03-05FEB23 A.D.) Heads-Up --- Please find enclosed encouragement in SO GREAT SALVATION by the perfect and finished work of our Lord Jesus Christ in saving poor, needy and wretched sinners by His sovereign free grace - Almighty God's unmerited favor - from our sins and from Hell: WAITING ON THE LORD “I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in H is word do I hope. My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning.” -Psalm 130: 5-6 [KJV] Waiting on the Lord does not imply idleness on the part of the believer. His people are active in the kingdom of God; zealous of good works (Titus 2:14); diligent about their Father's business (Luke 2:49); vigorous in spreading the gospel by whatever means the Lord supplies (Acts 5:41- 42). Our God highly disapproves of idleness; "Woe to them that are at ease in Zion" (Amos 6:1). However, we do wait on Him for d

Strangers & Pilgrims Sojourning in a Strange Land

" Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." —I Peter 2:11 [KJV]   The soul of every disciple of Jesus is most dearly beloved by the holy Trinity. It is a precious jewel in the eyes of the loving Father, the redeeming Son, and the sanctifying Spirit; who all unite to make it happy. But it hath a world of enemies. Yea, it is at present in the closest and nearest relation to one of its greatest foes, the flesh; the lust and desires of which are at continual war against the peace, comfort, and welfare of the soul. Therefore, O Christian, thy best friend sounds an alarm of love, gives thee a dehortation [ Dissuasion; advice or counsel ]  of kindness: "Abstain from fleshly lusts." He knows what great hurt compliance with and indulgence in them will do thee; thou wilt surely smart and be sorely grieved for it. Destroy thee, they shall not; but distress thee, like the prevailings of a bitter enemy, th

The Wednesday Word! 01 February, 2023 A.D.

The Unsearchable Riches of Christ by  D. G. Miles McKee   Ephesians 3:8,   " Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ."   The unsearchable riches of Christ were the driving force of the apostolic message and should be ours today (Ephesians 3:8).  The preacher's main pulpit subject is discovered in neither politics, nor morality, but in the preaching of the unsearchable riches of Christ.   The riches of Christ are "Unsearchable" … what a mystifying term!  It takes us to the treasure house of God’s grace and shows us that the riches of Christ are, A) Inexhaustible , they are like having a bank account that no matter how much we spend we can never empty. These riches are also, B) Unfathomable , they are like a bottomless ocean of limitless reserves. These riches are, C) Unexplorable . They cannot be mapped out or fully comprehended or explored. Try as we might,
"... Christ's house are we, if we hold fast the confidence, and the rejoicing of the hope, firm unto the end." —Hebrews 3:6 [KJV] The tabernacle, with its furniture—the ark of the covenant— the institution of sacrifices, etc. were appointed by Jehovah, to shew the nature of His house—to typify God's dwelling in the human nature of Jesus—His sacrifice for and special presence with the household of faith. David asks, "Lord, who shall dwell with Thee?" —Psalm 15:1 . The answer is, Only those whose hearts are furnished with the graces of Jesus, and whose lives evidence it.   It bespeaks a person's propriety of and delight of residence in a house, when He adorns and furnishes it. This Jesus doth by the hearts of all His members. He is our brother in flesh. He complies with His own command, When thou lettest a servant go free, "thou shalt furnish him liberally." — Deuteronomy  15:14. Out of the fullness of Jesus, most liberally, His members receive