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Ask, Seek & Knock

"If ye shall ask any thing in My name, I will do it." -John 14:14  [KJV] Is it so, blessed Jesus, that if I go to the Father in Thy precious name; my petitions shall be certainly heard, and answered? Lo, then, I come. I feel my faith and confidence emboldened in this gracious assurance. And as Thou knowest, Lord, this day, what is most suited for me, let Thy wisdom choose, and let Thy love bestow, that very grace and mercy, be it what it may. And let a throne of grace witness for me, that I seek it wholly on Christ's account. I consider it as good as given, from the high love my God and Father bears towards His dear Son, as my Surety and Saviour.    And although in the moment that I ask with this boldness of faith, I see and know—in myself, that I have nothing to recommend me to Thy favour, as in the least meriting that favour, but much, very much, to make me an object in meriting Thy displeasure; yet looking up in Jesus, depending upon His blood and righteousness, and w

PRECIOUS JESUS!

"It pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He hath put Him to grief." -Isaiah 53:10  [KJV] The depths of wisdom were explored to furnish redemption, and to find a person competent to accomplish it; and when found, the depths of love were broken up, to make it complete. My soul, read over the mysterious volume which the Lord hath in part opened before thee. It cost the Father His thoughts from all eternity, to appoint a plan, by which, consistently with His holiness and His justice, thou mightest be saved. It cost the Father His Son, His dear Son, His only Son, before that thou couldest be redeemed. Jesus must die ere thou canst live.    Pause over the subject as it is here expressed. "It pleased the Father to bruise Him." Jesus, who was in Himself holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; He, who knew no sin, must be made sin; He who never merited wrath, must be made a curse. Read on; Jesus must die! and by whom? Not by Jews, nor

LORD JESUS Christ: The Sent & The Sealed

"Come, see the place where the Lord lay." -Matthew 28:6  [KJV] Lord, I would desire grace to accept the call, for it is always profitable to have faith in lively exercise: I would pray that my meditation might frequently take wing, and view the memorable sepulchre of my Lord. Did Jesus once lay in the grave? Surely death never had such a prisoner before! But did Jesus lay so low for me? Am I shortly to lay there? Sweet consoling thought! The grave is now softened, and the chambers of death are perfumed with the fragrancy contracted from His holy incorruptible body.    But is there not another place where the Lord lay? And doth not the angel invite His people to see Him there also? Yes, Jesus lay in the bosom of the Father from all eternity. And doth He not lay there now, and will He not through all eternity? But can I see Him there? Yes;—for if by faith I behold Jesus as the Christ, the Sent, the Sealed of the Father; in seeing Him, I see the Father also. He saith this Himse

Incoming GOOD NEWS Report!

  Weekend Gospel message to follow for All Hands (03-05DEC21) 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 - God's unmerited favor - from our sins and from Hell: “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified”   (1 Corinthians 2:2) .  Paul’s determination when at Corinth is and ever shall be the resolve of every God-called preacher.  It is only when the gospel is clearly and simply proclaimed that God is magnified, the church is spiritually fed and sinners will be converted.  The person of Christ and His substitutionary, sacrificial, successful, saving work that satisfied God and redeemed His people was the message Paul had a determination to always proclaim. Keep in mind that this man was a highly intelligent, educated man; he had been taught by the most famous bible teacher of his day, G

My Soul, Art Thou Come?

"It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto Me." -John 6:45  [KJV] Mark, my soul, these precious words of thy Jesus. It was one of the old testament promises, that all God's children should be taught of Him. And as this condescension of God, in teaching, implied the Father, so the blessed consequence and effect of it should be, that every one thus taught proved his being a child, and inclined his heart to come to God in Christ as a Father.    My soul, art thou come? Art thou looking to, leaning upon, trusting in, walking with, and seeking for Jesus? Is He the Lord thy righteousness, thine only righteousness, thine only hope, thine only confidence? Dost thou, like the apostle, count all things else but dung and dross to win Christ, and to be found in Him? Courage then, my soul! These are blessed tokens of thine adoption character. None but God the Father, by His Holy

The Wednesday Word

  The Forgetfulness of Grace: Part 2 by D.G. Miles McKee There are some religious people who say we cannot know whether we are saved or not.  They say we cannot be sure whether we are going to heaven.  However, this kind of belief is not the case with the gospel believer.  Gospel believers know that their sins are forgiven. Why? Because in  Hebrews 1:3  it says that our sins are purged. Because in  Isaiah 43:25  it says that our sins are blotted out. Because in  Psalm 103:12  it says that our sins are removed. Because in  In Isaiah 38:17  it says they are behind God’s back. Because  In Micah 7:19,  they are cast into the depth of the sea. In Christ, the believer’s sins are gone. They are forgotten (Isaiah 43:25). Some years ago, in Belfast, a certain notorious character, involved in all sorts of evil deeds, was changed by the grace of God. In the aftermath of his conversion, he took every opportunity to tell the story of how the grace of God had saved him.  On one occasion, just before

We Need Christ Every Moment

"Praise waiteth for Thee, O God, in Zion." -Psalm 65:1  [KJV] Is this the language of my heart? Am I indeed waiting until that Jesus be ready to receive my poor praise? Hath God the Holy Ghost prepared my heart? Oh then, hasten to Him, my soul, with thy morning offerings, poor as they are; for sure I am, Jesus is waiting to be gracious. God will accept both thee and thy offering in Him the Beloved. Go forth to meet Him as early and as often as thine heart can wish: depend upon it, thy Redeemer will be beforehand with thee, and is waiting thy coming. Neither thy praise nor thy prayer can outrun His love; for both are the blessed effects of His grace, and of His own quickenings. Precious Jesus, grant me to come as often as I need Thee. And, Lord, if Thou wilt grant me this blessing, I shall never be from Thee, for I need Thee every moment.   -preacher Robert Hawker (1753-1827 A.D.) December 1st, THE POOR MAN'S MORNING PORTION