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--Ephesians 1:6

By: Central Grace Church | February 11, 2017

  --  “Whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning,

  that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might HOPE” – Romans 15:4

 

  THE message of Scripture is a message of HOPE to the believer; a message of salvation and deliverance from sin, death and hell.  Scripture says that Christ came to . . . “deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage” (Heb.2:15).  The language of scripture is a language of HOPE for all the saints.  The disciples, worried about their friend Lazarus, who was sick unto death, were told by the Lord, “Our friend Lazarus sleepeth.”  That eased their worries and fears.  God’s Word to His people is a language of HOPE, which dispels all fear of death and dying.  “Whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.  Believest thou this?” (John 11:26).   None have ever perished who have trusted in God’s mercy, who have believed God’s Christ. NONE!  All who have fallen asleep in Jesus, are right now with Him where He is, beholding His glory, in eternal happiness and bliss.  They didn’t ‘go to the land of the dead’, as some say, but rather, left the land of the dead to go to the living God.  Believer,  HOPE THOU IN GOD!   Hope in His mercy, hope in His grace, hope in HIS SON . . . and it shall be well with thee, thou shalt never die!  You have God’s Word on it.

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By: Central Grace Church | February 11, 2017

 

  Most of the time this question is asked by those who do not believe the truth; those who do not believe that God is absolutely sovereign in salvation; those who care nothing for the truth of God nor the glory of God.  And most of the time our (my) response is to quickly qualify what is meant by a Calvinist and  quickly say, that, the doctrine did not originate with a man (Calvin), nor do we follow the teachings of a man, but the doctrine of scripture alone.  But I, for one, am tired of qualifying everything for the sake of rebels; I want to quit apologizing, as it were, to people who hate God and hate those who stand for the truth, namely John Calvin. 

  Our dear brother John Calvin was a man of God, sent by God, called by God to preach and write the Truth of God, and did so faithfully and truthfully in his generation.  While I may not agree with everything he said or wrote, I agree with him in the main, in the essentials of the faith and heartily endorse this man and love him in the Lord.  Brother John’s preaching and writings glorified the Lord, abased proud man, and pointed sinners to the Lord Jesus Christ, the sinners only hope. He laid down his life for the gospel and those to whom he preached.  For what my endorsement is worth, I stand with the man, behind the man, follow the man (as Paul told us to follow him as he followed the Lord), and would like to be just half the man that brother John Calvin was.   Put all the silly, foolish, ignorant,  modern day false preachers together and, like the Pharisees before Stephen, they would not stand for a moment before the knowledge of God’s Word, wisdom, understanding of human nature and zeal for the truth of God’s glory that our dear brother Calvin was given.  Brother Spurgeon once said: “Calvinism is the gospel and the gospel is Calvinism.”

   Am I a Calvinist?  Yes sir I am!  And don’t say anything more of my dear brother unless it is in love and appreciation for the dear man.  Brother Calvin is one,  of whom the world was not worthy.  I count it an honor to be associated with him and other men just like him. - p.m.

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By: Central Grace Church | January 31, 2017

 

   “And the devil, taking Him (Christ) up into an high mountain, shewed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto Him, ‘All this power will I give thee and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will give it. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.’   

                                                                                                                                                 --Luke 4:5-7

 

    We cannot fully understand what power has been given to Satan by our Lord, yet the Lord does not dispute  what he says here.  Apparently it is somewhat in the power of the devil to bestow material things upon some.  Since this is so, it is not necessarily a blessing of God to have an abundance of things.  Oh that we could see things as they are;  see things as the Lord sees them and was not in the least tempted by them.  It is significant that these things were viewed from “an high mountain.”   Perhaps that is how we need to view things.

     If you have ever  traveled by airplane then you have been afforded a ‘bird’s-eye-view’ of things.  You have seen things the way our Lord saw them and the way we should view them.  I recently flew a long way over many different states, in which were all manner of things to be seen.  Way down there I saw  all the things that people love and live for.  There were houses by the sea, which looked like little cottages which could be so easily swept away by the ocean which came so precariously close.  There were farms with all the animals grazing, where the finest horse looked no different than a mule (from the air).  There were the huge playgrounds and sporting fields, where everyone looked like little ants scurrying around needlessly, and aimlessly.  There were little automobiles running around everywhere, each looking no different than other and all looking like little toys.  Anything and everything which human beings live and die for, all of which looked so insignificant and fragile from on high.

  “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.”  “For the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (Col.3:2, II Cor.4:18)  -- pm

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By: Central Grace Church | January 31, 2017


     “In The Sweat Of Thy Face Shalt Thou Eat Bread, Till Thou Return Unto The                   Ground” – Genesis 3:19

 

    As a result of man’s rebellion against God and fall into sin, he is resigned to a lifetime of hard work.  Mankind was given a life sentence of hard labour for his crime.  Therefore we should resign ourselves to it, and accept it as our just due, without complaint.  Nothing in this life will come easy to us.  Everything will be hard won.  Though some think to get things by their wit rather than work, it will quickly be lost, for “wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished:  but he that gathereth by labour shall increase” (Proverbs 13:11)Wealth obtained by lottery, litigation or speculation, is quickly spent  and easily lost.  Let this be a lesson to all, particularly the young.  Nothing comes easy and if it does, it will just as easily go.  Only things that are hard fought and won, things earned by hard work,  are kept, appreciated and sweet. Why, the whole book of Ecclesiastes tells us of the necessity and value of hard work!  And what an illustration of the gospel all of this is.

  The false gospel being preached today would have us believe that the salvation of a soul is as easy as deciding between brands of detergent or something.  Why, with just a simple choice or decision by us, and all the “principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness of this world, spiritual wickedness in high places”  are defeated, turn tail and run.  And someone “dead in trespasses and sins” . . . “captives to Satan” . . . “in the darkness of ignorance” . . . “no soundness in them”,  yet a simple, quick decision  and everything changes!  What a lie!  Only a fool would fall for fool’s gold.

  The salvation of a dead sinner was hard fought and hard won by the Lord Jesus Christ.  It took the God-man, Jesus Christ, thirty three years of hard labour to fulfill God’s law and establish the perfect righteousness and holiness which God demands of man.  He fought single-handedly with all the forces of evil throughout the universe to free His elect from captivity.  He suffered the equivalent of an eternal hell while on calvary’s cross, to pay the punishment due our sin.  The salvation of God’s people was a great work performed at great cost by the great Saviour.  And it was an accomplished work by Him that eternally saved every one of His people; the reward of which work shall never be lost or undone.  It is not the wit or will of man, but the work of Christ which saves.  And while it required no work on our part, “not by works of righteousness which we have done”,  yet we are told to “labour to enter into that rest” (Hebrews 4:11).  We are to labour to keep from labouring; labour against self, sin and the world.  The believer is exhorted to works of faith and labour of love.  It is not easy.  It requires a cost, sacrifice, labour!  And yet, here is the paradox:  It is labour by resting.  He said: “Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest(Matt.11:28).  But no, it is not easy!  And if all this seems strange to you, then go learn what this meaneth.   – pm

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By: Central Grace Church | January 31, 2017


  ‘Contemporary’ means modern, up to date, according to present styles and fashion.  Therefore, so-called ‘contemporary worship’ is WORLDLY.  It is an attempt to make religion suitable to modern man, no matter how perverse he has become.  All of the so-called ‘gospel’ music today is the worst form of this ‘contemporary’ stuff they call worship and is the product of the false gospel being preached today.  Quite simply, the reason for all of this is, “there is no fear of God before their eyes”; the way people profess to worship God today, is irreverent, blasphemous, and worldly. It is very evident what it is all about.  If it looks and sounds like a rock concert, that’s because it is!  If it looks and sounds like a bluegrass concert, that’s because it is!   If it looks and sounds like a Hollywood production, that’s because it is!  If it looks and sounds like it’s  about money, that’s because it is!

  God is to be worshipped with fear, sobriety, reverence and in a Biblical manner.  Our songs and all we do, should reflect the serious nature of what we do.  We are in the presence of the Holy God!  This is not a concert or a fun time, but a time of worship. – pm

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