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"Take notice of your disposition in hoarding up and keeping wealth, and your reluctance to spend it; for covetousness consists as much (if not more) in keeping as in getting." --William Gouge

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Scripture of the Day (Through Proverbs)

Doing wickedness is like sport to a fool, and so is wisdom to a man of understanding. 10:23

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"He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep." Psalm 121:4

Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem

"He has remembered His covenant forever...the covenant which He made with Abraham, and His oath to Isaac. He confirmed it to Jacob for a statute, to Israel as an everlasting covenant, saying, 'To you I will give the land of Canaan as the portion of your inheritance.' "
Psalm 105:8-11

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  • Prayer: Read here a wonderful prayer of Thomas Chalmers when he was on the brink of death. We have also posted an excerpt from a sermon entitled "Prayer" by George Jehoshaphat Mountain that will encourage those who feel their prayers never seem to get answered. (Nov. 25, 2014)
  • Introduction to Genesis: Here is a very good, and succinct, "Introduction to Genesis" that will be of great help to all students of the Bible. (Nov. 19, 2014)
  • Self-Ignorance: Why are we so afraid to search our own hearts and know what lies within? Rev. John Caird, in this sermon entitled "Self-Ignorance," gives four reasons why. Although primarily a sermon directed to the unsaved, all Christians will profit greatly in reading it. (Nov. 17, 2014)
  • The Unpardonable Sin: In this sermon Rev. Thomas Somerville delves into the subject of the sin against the Holy Ghost, or what is perhaps better known as "The Unpardonable Sin." What exactly is it? Have I committed it? Can I commit it? There is much assurance in this sermon for the weak and wavering Christian. But as Somerville attests, "it is the duty of faithful preachers to warn and alarm the guilty as well as to comfort the fearful and desponding." (Nov. 15, 2014)
  • Circumcision and Water Baptism: Ken gives ten of the most obvious weaknesses to this theory in covenant theology: "Did Water Baptism Replace Circumcision as the 'Sign of the Covenant'?" These are strong arguments, and every reader will profit by having them at his fingertips. (Oct. 21, 2014)
  • Death and the Eternal State: The well-known hymn, "My Jesus, I Love Thee," has these lines:

       In mansions of glory and endless delight
       I'll ever adore thee in heaven so bright.

    Many hymns portray really bad theology. This is one of them. What is the final destiny of the redeemed? Is it heaven? Read our new paper, The Christian Answer to Death and The Eternal Destiny of the Redeemed" and find out. (August 27, 2014)
  • Divine Pardon: In this sermon Rev. William Nevins illustrates 11 ways in which God's pardoning of sinners surpasses any pardon given by man. "Who is a pardoning God like thee?" will warm your heart with gratitude for what God has done in pardoning you! See also our Helpful Sermons page for many more uplifting sermons. (Sept. 1, 2014)
  • Quiz on Ephesians: We have just added a quiz on Ephesians. This is a major announcement because it completes our list. There is now at least one interactive quiz on each of the 66 books of the Bible. Here are some links to check out: Ephesians, all the NT books, and all the quizzes. (August 19, 2014)
  • Prayer: I love sermons and articles on prayer, mainly because this area of Christian living is so vital and yet so woefully neglected. How often are our "prayers" no more than little snippets thrown out on a whim with no serious thought; or how often do they consist of mere wishful thinking with no assurance of being heard and answered by a God who is all-powerful. Neil McKinnon, in his sermon on "The Unjust Judge," has provided some needed help for those of us who need to learn about perseverance in prayer, as well as some rebuke for those who never pray at all. Click here for "The Unjust Judge." See also our Prayer page for all the articles. (August 14, 2014)
  • The Worship Service: Should the Sunday morning worship service contain "entertainment"? Unfortunately, that is often a major emphasis today, usurping in some services even the place of Scripture reading and prayer. Should Christians at the worship service engage in social talk or, worse, business talk? Read this profound sermon by James Richards, "Behaviour Appropriate to God's House." See also our Helpful Sermons page for all the sermons. (August 13, 2014)
  • The Method of Salvation: Here is an excellent sermon by Rev. Samuel Davies, and I urge every visitor to this site to read it carefully. I fear those words, "Jesus died on the cross for our sins," roll too glibly off our tongues, and when witnessing to others we give the impression that becoming a Christian couldn't be easier. Rev. Davies gives us an in-depth analysis of all the difficulties that were overcome when Jesus took on human flesh and died on the cross, and he invites everyone to decide today if he will accept God's way of salvation or suffer just condemnation. Every Calvinist will find much encouragement here, especially those who are hesitant to address the Scriptural doctrine of the inability of man to believe without first experiencing the regenerating power of God. Every unbeliever will find much encouragement here, for the message is to you--believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved. "The Method of Salvation through Jesus Christ". See also our Helpful Sermons page for all the sermons. (August 6, 2014)
  • Ecclesiastes: We have just expanded our material on the Book of Ecclesiastes. If you would like to learn about this fascinating book, check out our Ecclesiastes page. (July 31, 2014)
  • The Psalms: David wrote, "For in death there is no remembrance of You; in the grave who will give You thanks?" (Ps. 6:5). Didn't David believe in an afterlife? See our new page, Studies in the Psalms. (June 7, 2014)
  • A Christian Hymn? Read The Truth About "Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee". (June 3, 2014)
  • Replacement Theology and Amillennialism: Anyone at all familiar with this Web site knows that we are at the opposite end of the theological spectrum from replacement theology and amillennialism. At our sister Web site, Messiah Studies, we are posting perhaps the best book on Messianic prophecy that I have read: The Messiahship of Jesus by Alexander McCaul (1852). He does argue that the Messianic prophecies point to fulfillment by Yeshua (Jesus), but in his discussions he gives considerable attention to the Jewish objections to Christian interpretations of these prophecies. However, the point I would like to emphasize here is that he also argues for a literal fulfillment of the prophecies dealing with the future of national Israel and forcefully critiques replacement theology and amillennialism, which sees no future for Israel in an ethnic and national sense. I suggest that those who hold to replacement theology and amillennialism should examine this book carefully. The McCaul page is under the main menu item, "Messiah in the Tanakh." Under the menu selection "Summary Papers," there is a link, "The Messiah: An Overview," which is a short paper written by me summarizing what the prophets indeed predict for national Israel--God's chosen, covenant people, the apple of his eye and the nation written on the palms of his hands. You might also be interested in a short paper, "Does Eschatology Matter in Jewish Evangelism?" (February 18, 2014)

NIV Translation Unreliable

In many ways, we are living in a dangerous age. Some dangers are where you would least expect them, as for example the degree to which feminism has infected even evangelicalism. What translation of the Bible are you using? The NIV has become an unreliable translation. Read "An Evaluation of Gender Language in the 2011 Edition of the NIV Bible" produced by the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.

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We have long lamented the lack of depth in the preaching within Evangelical churches today. Many Christians possess only a shallow knowledge of both the Bible and theology. Check yourself with two questions that should be very simple to any Christian who attends a Bible-believing church.

Bible knowledge: The Psalmist wrote, "Sing the glory of his name" (Ps. 66:2). What is his name? What is the name of the God of the Bible, the God you worship?

Theological knowledge: What is the meaning of the word propitiation, which is used, for example, in 1 John 2:2?

The answer to the first question is Yahweh (often misspelled "Jehovah," based on an error made by European scholars of the Renaissance period). Why doesn't every Christian know the name of God? Part of the reason, no doubt, is that even though it is used about 6000 times in the Old Testament, our English translations foolishly render the Hebrew name Yahweh as "LORD" (all capital letters). However, every minister should be using God's name as he preaches and should also be explaining to his congregation how to recognize when the divine writers of Scripture are using it. For more information, read my paper, Who Is the King of Glory?"

The answer to the second question is appeasement of wrath. That the death of Christ appeased the wrath of God on us is central to the theology of salvation. Why doesn't every Christian know the definition of propitiation?

We hope that the Bible study material posted at this site will both increase your knowledge of the Bible and theology and also encourage you to buy and read books by great Christian preachers and theologians. On this Web site we've posted a number of condensations of classical works as well as full-length books by various scholars and theologians. There are also a number of sermons by the "Prince of Preachers," Charles Spurgeon. In addition, you'll find several original, in-depth Bible-study papers written by us. The Site Map shows you everything on this Web site at a glance.

We hope you enjoy this Web site and that the Lord will use it to stimulate your interest in the Bible and the theology it teaches. Comments and questions are always welcome.

Daily Devotions from the Classics

Carol's "Daily Devotions from the Classics" contains 365 short, insightful excerpts from great Christian scholars and preachers of long ago as well as the recent past. You will be blessed by the writings of these godly men, among them Matthew Henry, Thomas Watson, Charles Spurgeon, and J. C. Ryle. Click here for your "daily devotions from the classics"!

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Our Sister Web Site
Messiah Studies

We have another Web site, Messiah Studies, that is devoted to a detailed study of Messianic prophecy. However, it is a new Web site, and so far there are only a few papers posted. It is our goal, however, to develop a series of papers dealing with the Messianic prophecies of the Old Testament in historical order. The site is designed for Jewish inquirers, but Christians can gain much from these studies as well. There is also some Jewish music you can listen to, including HaTikvah, Hava Nagila, Jerusalem of Gold, and the Yigdal, on which the Christian hymn, "The God of Abraham Praise," is based. Please take a look and send us your suggestions. (January 27, 2012)

Jesus Messiah Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem

Psalm 122:6

Star of Bethlehem

The star, which they had seen in the east, went on before them until it came and stood over the place where the Child was.
Matthew 2:9

Nicky's Children Youtube Video

For a 4-minute version taking you back to Sir Nicholas in 1938, see this Youtube video.

The "British Schindler"

Beginning in 1938, Nicholas Winton organized the rescue of over 600 Jewish children from German-occupied Czechoslovakia. Here is a very touching video from a BBC television program reuniting Sir Nicholas with many of these children, now adults. How cold our own hearts must be if we cannot thank Jesus for saving us from eternal death with the same emotion that Vera Gissing shows in this video when she meets Sir Nicholas Winton, who saved her as a young girl from the Nazi death camps.

Psalm 107

Ship In Storm

"He that cannot pray, let him go to sea, and there he will learn."

John Trapp on Ps. 107:23-29, cited by Charles Spurgeon, The Treasury of David.

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