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What The Bible Says Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
What The Bible Says Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
What The Bible Says Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
What The Bible Says Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
Your weekly Dose of SpurgeonThe¬ PyroManiacs¬ devote some space each weekend¬ to highlights from the lifetime of works from the Prince of Preachers,¬ Charles Haddon Spurgeon. ¬ The following excerpt is from the Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, volume 38, sermon number 2,281, "Our Lord in the valley of humiliation.""The lower he stoops to save us, the higher we ought to lift him in our adoring reverence."Did Christ humble¬ himself? Come, brothers and sisters, let us practise the same holy art. Have¬ I not heard of some saying, ‚ÄúI have been insulted; I am not treated with¬ proper respect. I go in and out, and I am not noticed. I have done eminent¬ service, and there is not a paragraph in the newspaper about me.‚ÄĚ¬ Oh, dear¬ friend, your Master humbled himself, and it seems to me that you are trying¬ to exalt yourself! Truly, you are on the wrong track. If Christ went down,¬ down, down, it ill becomes us to be always seeking to go up, up, up.¬ Wait¬ till God exalts you, which he will do in his own good time. Meanwhile, it¬ behoves you, while you are here, to humble yourself. If you are already in a¬ humble position, should you not be contented with it; for he humbled¬ himself? If you are now in a place where you are not noticed, where thereis little thought of you, be quite satisfied with it.Jesus came just where you are; you may well stop where you are; where¬ God has put you. Jesus had to bring himself down, and to make an effort to¬ come down to where you are.¬ Is not the Valley of Humiliation one of the¬ sweetest spots in all the world? Does not the great geographer of the¬ heavenly country, John Bunyan, tell us that the Valley of Humiliation is as¬ fruitful a place as any the crow flies over, and that our Lord formerly had¬ his country house there, and that he loved to walk those meadows, for he¬ found the air was pleasant? Stop there, brother.¬ ‚ÄúI should like to be¬ known.‚ÄĚ says one. ‚ÄúI should like to have my name before the public.‚ÄĚ Well,¬ if you ever had that lot, if you felt as I do, you would pray to be unknown,¬ and to let your name drop out of notice; for there is no pleasure in it.¬ The¬ only happy way seems to me, if God would only let us choose, is to be¬ known to nobody, but just to glide through this world as pilgrims and¬ strangers, to the land where our true kindred dwell, and to be known there¬ as having been followers of the Lord.¬
Your weekly Dose of SpurgeonThe¬ PyroManiacs¬ devote some space each weekend¬ to highlights from the lifetime of works from the Prince of Preachers,¬ Charles Haddon Spurgeon. ¬ The following excerpt is from the Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, volume 27, sermon number 1,578, "Taught the we may teach.""We are to be impartial in our study of the word, and to be universal in its reception."¬ Set your whole¬ heart on the word. Some people like to read so many chapters every day. I¬ would not dissuade them from the practice, but I would rather lay my soul¬ asoak in half a dozen verses all day than I would, as it were, rinse my hand¬ in several chapters.¬ Oh, to bathe in a text of Scripture, and to let it be¬ sucked up into your very soul, till it saturates your heart! The man who has¬ read many books is not always a learned man; but he is a strong man who¬ has read three or four books over and over till he has mastered them. He¬ knows something. He has a grasp of thoughts and expressions, and these¬ will build up his life.¬ Set your heart upon God's word! It is the only way to¬ know it thoroughly: let your whole nature be plunged into it as cloth into a¬ dye.
Your weekly Dose of SpurgeonThe¬ PyroManiacs¬ devote some space each weekend¬ to highlights from the lifetime of works from the Prince of Preachers,¬ Charles Haddon Spurgeon. ¬ The following excerpt is from the Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, volume 23, sermon number 1,377, "Taking hold upon God.""There is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee."¬ Isaiah 64:7"We have in these days a race of time servers and word spinners to succeed the real men."I do not know that the condition of the church of God at the present time¬ is quite so bad as that which is here described. It would be wrong to boast¬ of our condition, but it would be worse to despair of it. It would not be¬ honest to apply the words of our text to the church of the present day.Blessed be God, we could not say, ‚ÄúThere is none that calleth upon thy¬ name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee,‚ÄĚ for there are many who¬ plead day and night for the prosperity of Zion. Yet in a measure we are¬ somewhat in the same plight as that which is described by the prophet, and¬ there is much to mourn over.¬ Prayer languishes in many churches, power in¬ intercession is by no means a common attainment, and meetings for prayer¬ are, as a rule, thinly attended, and not much thought of. Sin abounds,¬ empty profession is common, hypocrisy is plentiful, and the life of God in¬ the soul is but little esteemed.Notice carefully that according to our text the prophet traces much of the¬ evil which he deplored to the lack of prayer. After he has compared their¬ righteousnesses to filthy rags he adds, ‚Äúthere is none that calleth upon thy¬ name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee.‚ÄĚ¬ When there is a¬ degeneracy of public manners, you may be sure that there has also¬ occurred a serious decline of secret devotion. When the outward service of¬ the church begins to flag and her holiness declines, you may be sure that¬ her communion with God has been sadly suspended. Devotion to God will¬ be found to be the basis of holiness and the buttress of integrity.¬ If you¬ backslide in secret before God, you will soon err in public before men. You¬ may judge yourselves, my dear hearers, as to your spiritual state by the¬ condition of your hearts in the matter of prayer. How are you at the mercy¬ seat? for that is what you really are.¬ Are the consolations of God small¬ with you? That is a minor matter; look deeper,‚ÄĒIs there not a restraining of¬ prayer before the living God? Do you find yourself weak in the presence oftemptation? That is important; but search below the surface, and you will¬ find that you have grown lax in supplication, and have failed to keep up¬ continual communion with God.
Temple Baptist Church - 12-30-2018Romans 11:7-12Introduction:A.¬ Last week,¬ we biblically answered the question, ‚ÄúHath God cast away his people?‚ÄĚ¬ ‚ÄúGod forbid‚ÄĚ was the biblical answer.¬ God loves Israel just as He love them in Jacob's day.¬ He loves them with an everlasting love.B.¬ The purpose of God concerning Israel¬ has never changed and‚ÄĒone day‚ÄĒ ‚ÄúIsrael, my glory‚ÄĚ‚ÄĒwill once again be gloriously restored.¬ God's purpose always has and always will stand.C.¬ Though a remnant is being saved, Israel‚ÄĒas a nation‚ÄĒis blind to the New Testament and the Gospel.¬ Missionaries cannot come to Israel as church planters.¬ They must come as students, teachers, business people, or visitor visas.¬ Church planting missionaries have their visas rejected.D.¬ Their eyes saw but they did not see.¬ ¬ Isaiah 53:3¬ He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.¬ ¬ (They saw Christ but did not see who He was.¬ They tempted Him, they taunted Him, the tested Him, and crucified Him.)E.¬ Their ears heard but¬ they did not hear.¬ ¬ Romans 10:16¬ But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?F.¬ Israel:1.¬ ¬ Verse 3.¬ ¬ Killed God's Prophets.¬ ¬ ‚Äúthey have killed thy prophets‚ÄĚ¬ Time and time again, God sent men of God to Israel and they systematically refused to hear God's voice.Luke 13:34¬ O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!Proverbs 29:1¬ He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.Jeremiah 17:23¬ But they obeyed not, neither inclined their ear, but made their neck stiff, that they might not hear, nor receive instruction.Zechariah 7:11-12¬ But they refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear. ¬ (12)¬ Yea, they made their hearts as an adamant stone, lest they should hear the law, and the words which the LORD of hosts hath sent in his spirit by the former prophets: therefore came a great wrath from the LORD of hosts.2.¬ Verse 3.¬ Destroyed God's Altars.¬ ¬ ‚Äúand digged down thine altars‚ÄĚ¬ Romans 11:9-10¬ ¬ And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them: ¬ (10)¬ Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back alway.¬ ¬ (Their sacrifices became ritual, not faith.)¬ Hebrews 13:9-13¬ Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein. ¬ (10)¬ ¬ We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle. ¬ (11)¬ For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp. ¬ (12)¬ Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.¬ ¬ (13)¬ Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.G.¬ Israel continually rejected¬ the longsuffering and grace of God.H.¬ ¬ ‚ÄúUnto this day‚ÄĚ speaks¬ of the continuance of Israel's blindness.¬ They remained blinded to the Gospel in our day.¬ Benjamin Netanyahu wishes us a Merry Christmas but, like the world, does not recognizes the Saviour as the Messiah.1.¬ Israel was blinded because of National Pride.¬ ¬ Acts 10:28¬ And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.¬ ¬ (To the Jew, Gentiles were sub-human and often called Gentile dogs.¬ Jews do not listen to the witness of Gentile dogs.¬ They though that they had to be right with God because they were of His people, Israel.¬ Many people of our day believe that they are going to heaven based upon their parent's faith.)John 8:39¬ They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham.2.¬ Israel was blinded because of their rejection of God's Messiah, their Propitiation.¬ ¬ John 19:14-15¬ ¬ And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King! ¬ (15)¬ But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar.¬ ¬ (Jesus Christ is LORD of all and there is no salvation without acknowledgement and acceptance of His Person.¬ You cannot be saved and reject the Saviour!)Isaiah 8:13-15¬ Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.¬ And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.¬ And many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken.3.¬ Israel was blinded because of their Self-Righteousness.¬ ¬ Romans 10:3-4¬ ¬ For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. ¬ (4)¬ For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.¬ (Salvation is to everyone that believeth, not everyone that worketh!¬ Repentance from dead works and faith toward God is the only way of salvation.)
Temple Baptist Church - 11-25-2018John 1:14; 1 Corinthians 1:29-31Introduction:¬ A.¬ As we begin the Christmas Season, I want our hearts and minds to turn towards Christ.¬ Christ and sinners are the reason for the season.B.¬ Salvation was made¬ in such a way that no man could ever glory in self.¬ So many people and denominations of our day believe that they are either good enough to be saved or good enough to stay saved.1.¬ They have a wrong perception of self.¬ ¬ Romans 7:18¬ For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.¬ ¬ (These people or denominations believe that they are much more spiritual than the Apostle Paul.¬ I call that pride.)2.¬ They have a wrong perception of sin.¬ Romans 6:23¬ For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.¬ (They may admit that they are sinners, but they classify sin by saying that they are not that bad of a sinner.)3.¬ They have a wrong perception of salvation.¬ Ephesians 2:8-9¬ For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: ¬ (9)¬ Not of works, lest any man should boast.¬ ¬ (These people and denominations have no concept of the righteousness that is required for salvation.¬ It is the imputed righteousness of the sinless Son of God!)C.¬ The key word in our text is ‚Äúmade.‚ÄĚ¬ ¬ God had to do something special, something extraordinary for mankind as man could not save or keep himself.D.¬ The word ‚Äúmade‚ÄĚ means¬ to make something that would not be naturally found.¬ A lady makes a cake from ingredients that would have never come together would be a good illustration.¬ This morning, our bed was made.E.¬ I want to look at what¬ our Lord Jesus Christ, in His incarnation, was made.1.¬ What Christ Was Made For The World - 1 John 2:2¬ ¬ And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for¬ the sins of¬ the whole world.¬ a.¬ He was made flesh - John 1:14¬ And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,)full of grace and truth.Matthew 1:23¬ Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.b.¬ He was made of a woman - Galatians 4:4¬ But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law.¬ Genesis 3:15¬ And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.c.¬ He was made of seed of David - Romans 1:3¬ Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh.Luke 1:32¬ He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:d.¬ He was made of no reputation -¬ Philippians 2:7¬ But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:Isaiah 53:2¬ For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him,¬ there is¬ no beauty that we should desire him.e.¬ He was made in likeness of man - Philippians 2:7¬ But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:Hebrews 10:5¬ Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:f.¬ He was made lower than angels - Hebrews 2:7¬ Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands:Hebrews 2:9¬ But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.g.¬ He was made under the law - Galatians 4:4¬ But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law.Colossians 2:13-14¬ And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having orgiven you all trespasses;¬ Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;h.¬ He was made a curse - Galatians 3:13¬ Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed¬ is¬ every one that hangeth on a tree.Galatians 3:10¬ For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed¬ is¬ every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.i.¬ He was made sin - 2 Corinthians 5:21¬ For he hath made him¬ to be¬ sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.1 John 3:5¬ And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.2.¬ What Christ Is Made Unto Us ‚Äď vs. 30.¬ ¬ (These are by His grace, mercy, power, and for His glory.¬ ‚ÄúOf him are ye in Christ.‚ÄĚ)¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ a.¬ Christ Is Made Unto Us Wisdom.1) By The Spirit - 1 Corinthians 2:11-15¬ For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.¬ Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.¬ Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.¬ But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.¬ ¬ But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.2 Corinthians 4:6¬ For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to¬ give¬ the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.Ephesians 1:17-18¬ That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:¬ The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,2) By The Scriptures - Proverbs 2:6¬ For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth¬ cometh¬ knowledge and understanding.Colossians 3:16¬ Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.Proverbs 1:2¬ To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding;Proverbs 4:5¬ Get wisdom, get understanding: forget¬ it¬ not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ b.¬ Christ Is Made Unto Us Righteousness.¬ 1) Our Guilt ‚Äď We Are Deserve Retribution - Romans 5:12¬ Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:Ezekiel 18:4¬ Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.James 1:15¬ Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.Romans 6:23¬ For the wages of sin¬ is¬ death; but the gift of Godis¬ eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.2) His Grace ‚Äď We Are Declared Righteous - James 2:23¬ And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.Romans 4:9-13¬ ¬ Cometh¬ this blessedness then upon the circumcision¬ only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness.¬ How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision.¬ And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which¬ he had yet¬ being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also:¬ And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which¬ he had¬ being¬ yet¬ uncircumcised.¬ For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world,¬ was¬ not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ c.¬ Christ Is Made Unto Us Sanctification.1)¬ Set Apart From The World - John 17:14-16¬ I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.¬ I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.¬ They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ 2)¬ Set Apart For Heaven1 Corinthians 15:47-48¬ The first man¬ is¬ of the earth, earthy: the second man¬ is¬ the Lord from heaven.¬ As¬ is¬ the earthy, suchare¬ they also that are earthy: and as¬ is¬ the heavenly, such¬ arethey also that are heavenly.1 Corinthians 15:49¬ And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.2 Corinthians 5:1-2¬ For we know that if our earthly house ofthis¬ tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.¬ For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:Ephesians 1:3¬ Blessed¬ be¬ the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly¬ places¬ in Christ:Ephesians 2:6¬ And hath raised¬ us¬ up together, and made¬ us¬ sit together in heavenly¬ places¬ in Christ Jesus:d.¬ Christ Is Made Unto Us Redemption.Romans 8:2¬ ¬ For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of¬ sin¬ and¬ death.1) From The Body Of Sin - Romans 6:9-18¬ Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.¬ For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.¬ Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.¬ Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.¬ Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.¬ For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.¬ What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.¬ Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?¬ But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.¬ Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.2) From The Bondage Of Death - Hebrews 2:14-15¬ Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;¬ And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.Romans 8:22-23¬ For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.¬ And not onlythey, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption,¬ to wit, the redemption of our body.1.¬ ¬ ¬ The power of God (1 Cor. 1:24)Conclusion:¬ Simple?¬ If it had not been for the love of God and the gift of His Son, there would have been no redemption!‚ÄúHe that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord!‚ÄĚ
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