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Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him and make our abode with him. John 14:23 Lord, how is it? Such was the question that had arisen in the heart of Judas, not Iscariot. To him there was an element of mystery in what the Lord had just told them. He believed, but did not understand. Hence, the inquiry: Lord, how is it? Jesus had spoken words of comfort to them with a view to His departure from them. He...

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“Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.” Acts 20:28 We recently began a new year of history, another year in the life of the church and in the life of each congregation. For many congregations this has meant the installation into office of elders and deacons, who take the place of those who have finished their term of service. Throughout my years in the ministry I have been thankful to God for the...

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“For the land, whither thou goest in to possess it, is not as the land of Egypt, from whence ye came out, where thou sowedst thy seed, and wateredst it with thy foot, as a garden of herbs: but the land, whither ye go to possess it, is a land of hills and valleys, and drinketh water of the rain of heaven: a land which the Lord thy God careth for: the eyes of the Lord thy God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year even unto the end of the year.” Deuteronomy 11:10–12 2020! Time speeds...

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“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” Luke 2:13–14 First there was but one angel who appeared to the shepherds in the fields outside of Bethlehem as they kept watch over their flocks by night. Seeing the glory of the Lord shining round about them, the shepherds shrank back in fear. “Fear not,” said the angel, “for I bring you glad tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.” Then the angel proceeded to...

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And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable and perfect will of God. Rom. 12:2 Transformation—Conformation! Either-Or. Not Both-And. God against Mammon. Or Mammon against God! Rowing up against the current. Or drifting down the stream. In the world, against the world. Or in the world, of the world, for the world, with the world. The Word of God the pattern of your life. Or the world shaping your walk and conversation. The renewing of your mind your motive-power. Or the...

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“But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.” Jonah 1:3 The biblical narrative of Jonah sets forth some of the most wondrous attributes of God: His absolute sovereignty and might, His great love and mercy, and His amazing grace shown to undeserving sinners. And it does so in some very striking ways. Accordingly, this prophecy has many important...

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“These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” Acts 17:11 God is pleased to use the preaching of His Word to work faith (Rom. 10:17). God is pleased to use weak, sinful men to preach, which calls the hearers to focus on the voice of their Shepherd and not so much on the Shepherd’s instru­ment, the preacher. God declares that the preaching of Christ crucified is the power and the wisdom of God (1 Cor. 1:23–24). The great importance...

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This treatise is a translation from the German of Otho Wermullerus, an eminent scholar and divine of Zurich, contemporary of Bishop Miles Coverdale. We include here parts of two sections from the treatise. Source: Writings and Translation of Myles Coverdale, Bishop of Exeter, containing The Old Faith, A Spiritual and Most Precious Pearl [etc.], Parker Society edition, George Pearson, ed. (Cambridge University Press, 1844). Also available in the public domain on the Internet. It will be well for the Reader to keep in mind, that the little work before him was written in very troublesome times, when the piety of...

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“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1 Psalm 27 was written by David. From the psalm itself it is evident that David was facing great danger from his enemies. Some see a connection between this psalm and Psalm 3, which was written in connection with David’s flight from Absalom. In verse 5 of that psalm David wrote, “I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the Lord sustained me.” Others suggest that verse 10 of Psalm 27 links...

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“See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:15, 16 Time has an unrelenting hold on us. That is evident in our conversations. “Sorry, I’m late!” “I didn’t have time.” “The summer has flown by!” We complain that there just are not enough hours in the day. This is something that touches each of us, young and old alike. Solomon expresses it so beautifully in Ecclesiastes chapter 3, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven….” As we sing...

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