BACK TO DOGMA!

BACK TO DOGMA! The time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine. II Timothy 4:3 One of the pet bugaboos of many a deluded soul in the past few years has been dogma. One would think it the unpardonable sin to be dogmatic in the pulpit. Now we are reaping the harvest, because “my humble opinion” has supplanted “Thus saith the Lord.” When I am sick I want a dogmatic physician who knows what ails me and calls it by its right name. I want my medicine put up by a dogmatic read more...

The Kind of Preaching We Need

The Kind of Preaching We Need In these wild and weird and wicked times, the work of the preacher is being rethought and revamped and reexamined. Some think the preacher is just to be an equipper of the laymen for their ministry. He's been pushed from the center of the platform to the wings in favor of celebrated experts and entertainers. But the Book still says, "How shall they hear without a preacher?" (Rom. 10:14). What kind of preaching do we need today? We need the same kind we've always read more...

WE KNOW NOT… BUT THE SPIRIT…

WE KNOW NOT…BUT THE SPIRIT Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities. Romans 8:26 “I can’t think or pray or feel as I ought. What shall I do?” You never will be able to do or be perfectly as you wish you might while you are in the flesh. You are a child of Adam, and the best falls far short. How often have we resolved, yielded, committed, dedicated ourselves, and then felt how poorly we had done it! No one ever prayed a prayer or preached a sermon that completely satisfied him. We read more...

GOD AND TITUS

GOD AND TITUS I found no rest in my spirit, because I found not Titus my brother…Our flesh had no rest, but we were troubled on every side; without were fightings, within were fears. Nevertheless God, that comforteth those that are cast down, comforted us by the coming of Titus. II Corinthians 2:13; 7:5, 6 Thank God for the humanness of Paul! Every lonely preacher, far from home, without rest in flesh or spirit, finds a kindred soul in these verses. We miss Titus, whether a brother or a read more...

12 Years is Long Enough!

12 years is long enough! Matthew 9:20-21 And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment: For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole. This women had an issue just as we all do from time to time. Issues are what we think about and what we talk about that seems to be a weight upon us. 12 years was long enough! This day she was going to take it to the Lord. If we aren't careful read more...

GOD’S COMPENSATIONS

GOD’S COMPENSATIONS The Lord is able to give thee much more than this. II Chronicles 25:9 Amaziah had hired an army of Israel to fight Edom, when he should have relied upon God. When a prophet advised against it Amaziah was concerned about the money he had paid out for such assistance. The prophet answered with our text. In other words, God is able to make up any loss we sustain when we give up anything for Him. We are prone to seek help from the world when confronted with a crisis. To read more...

HERE OR HEREAFTER?

HERE OR HEREAFTER? A crown…unto all them also that love his appearing. …Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world. II Timothy 4:8, 10 If you love his appearing you are not in live with this present world. “If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” “Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” Paul had set his sights higher than this passing scene. Demas would have his portion here and now. Paul was a pilgrim and a read more...

I Would Have Told You

I WOULD HAVE TOLD YOU In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. John 14:2 Here is a blessed little word often overlooked: “If it were not so, I would have told you.” Jesus not only affirms positively the glorious fact of our heavenly home, He makes it doubly sure by a negative: “If it were not so, I would have told you.” Countless multitudes have wondered whether there is a home beyond. Here is One who came from there and knows. We can take His read more...

JESUS MADE REAL

JESUS MADE REAL He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine and shall shew it unto you. John 16:14. We do not make Jesus real by conjuring up a mental picture of Him long ago in Galilee and trying to walk in imagination with Him there. We do not have to go back two thousand years or travel to Palestine to find Jesus. There is a fad for that sort of thing, but so might one inwardly visualize any character of history. Such mental association may, indeed, affect one’s life to some read more...

TAKE HIS WORD FOR IT

TAKE HIS WORD FOR IT Let God be true, but every man a liar. Romans 3:4 “Abraham believed God.” The essence of faith is simply taking God at His Word. “What more can he say than to you he hath said?” “He hath said…so that we may boldly say.” We are thrown back upon revelation, not reason. God has spoken and holy men recorded it. Back of everything stands the record. If we are to believe the Living Word we must accept the Written Word. Jesus accepted the Old Testament as the Word of God. read more...