Monthly Archives: January 2019

Christ in my Speech

Category : General

Titus 3:2 (KJV)
2 To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.

It is said, Calumny and evil-speaking has been a reigning vice in all ages, and a greater guilt is contracted by it than men apprehend; every man ought to be as just to his neighbor’s reputation as his own.

Here Paul lays down the method of maintaining peace and friendship with all men. We know that there is nothing to which the disposition of every man is more prone than to despise others in comparison of himself. The consequence is, that many are proud of the gifts of God; and this is accompanied by contempt for their brethren, which is immediately followed by insult.

In this verse and in Titus 3:1, there are listed some basic requirements of Christian character; and, on first thought, some might classify all of them as “old-fashioned.” On the contrary, none of these virtues had ever been heard of, either in Crete or in the whole pagan world. “These things here charged by Paul were new virtues to men. They were held up to admiration by no heathen moralist.” Moreover, such virtues were even scorned and made light of by many pagan writers. In a sense, they are still new, because the newest, freshest, cleanest thing on earth is a Christian soul which truly exhibits them; and when such an exhibition appears, no desert flower after a shower ever bloomed with sweeter charm and fragrance than that of such a Christian personality.

Therefore the idea conveyed here is, that we are not to slander, revile, or defame anyone. We are not to say anything to anyone, or of anyone, which will do him injury. We are never to utter anything which we know to be false about him or to give such a coloring to his words or conduct as to do him wrong in any way. We should always so speak to him and of him in such a way that he will have no reason to complain that he is an injured man. It may be necessary, when we are called to state what we know of his character, to say things which are not at all in his favor, or things which he has said or done that were wrong; but, we should never do this for the purpose of doing him injury, or so as to find a pleasure in it; and, where it is necessary to make the statement, it should be so as to do him no injustice.

Moreover, we should give no improper coloring. We should exaggerate no circumstances. We should never attempt to express ourselves about others motives, or charge on them bad motives for we know not what their motives were. We should state every palliating circumstance of which we have knowledge, and do entire justice to it. We should not make the bad traits of anyone character prominent, and pass over all that is good. In essence, we should show that we would rather find them to be a good than evil even if the result should be that we had been mistaken in our opinions. It is better that we should have been mistaken. Paul exhortation is chiefly a condemnation of backbiting and to resist the propensity to slander.

Have a great and God filled day!

Pastor C

Its ALL about Christ

Category : General

Galatians 5:26 (KJV)
26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another

Let us not be vain glorious – boasting of our attainments; vaunting ourselves to be superior to others; or seeking honor from those things which do not possess moral good; in birth, riches, eloquence, etc., etc. Ambitious of being thought wiser, and richer, and more valuable than others; or of having the preeminence in the management of all affairs, and of having honor, esteem, and popular applause from men, may well be called vain glory, since it is only in outward things, as wisdom, riches, strength, and honor, and not in God the giver of them, and who can easily take them away. Also they are only there but for a time, and is quickly gone, and lies only in the opinion and breath of men.

The word used here (vain glory) means “proud” or “vain” of empty advantages, as of birth, property, eloquence, or learning. The reference here is probably to the paltry competitions which arose on account of these supposed advantages. It is possible that this might have been one cause of the difficulties existing in the churches of Galatia, and the apostle is anxious wholly to check and remove it.

Vain-glory and jealousy are two of the fundamental fleshly lusts, especially degrading and unbecoming in the church of Jesus Christ. Nothing that anyone is or has is of himself, but of God. As Russell said: Even Jesus said,The Son can do nothing of himself’ (John 5:19).”All of the miracles of our Lord were done as a result of prayer to the Father.

The Jews prided themselves on their birth, and people are everywhere prone to overvalue the supposed advantages of birth and blood. The doctrines of Paul are, that on great and most vital respects people are on a level; that these things contribute nothing to salvation (Galatians 3:28); and that Christians should esteem them of little importance, and that they should not be suffered to interfere with their fellowship, or to mar their harmony and peace.

The love of vainglory is a common vice throughout the whole world, in all conditions. No place is so small but there be one or two persons therein, that will fain be taken for wiser and better than the rest. It is so pleasant to be pointed at with the finger and hear it said: “See, there is a man that is fit for anything!” This vice is common, yet nowhere does it such harm as to those who fulfill a spiritual function and service in the Church. To desire vainglory is to desire lies, because when an individual praise another he tells lies. What is there in anybody to praise? But it is different when the ministry is praised. We should not only desire people to praise the ministry of the Gospel but also do our utmost best to make the ministry worthy of praise because this will make the ministry more effective. Paul warns the Romans not to bring Christianity into disrepute. “Let not then your good be evil spoken of.” (Romans 14:16.) He also begged the Corinthians to “give no offense in anything, that the ministry be not blamed.” (I Cor. 6:3.) When people praise our ministry, they are not praising our persons, but God. Let us remember, it is always about Christ and never about us and our accomplishments.

Have a great and God filled day!

Pastor C

For Such a Time as This

Category : General

Esther 4:14 (KJV)
14For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?

A man who knows a particular remedy for a certain disease, of which others are ignorant, would be chargeable with the fatal consequences that may arise from the general ignorance if he locks up his knowledge within his own breast. If Providence furnish us with talents which are not granted to others, we must account for our use of them. If we have opportunities of doing much good which others have not, and make no use of them, we make ourselves guilty of a crime which can be charged upon none but ourselves. (G. Lawson.)

Mordecai did not lessen his importunity for the danger which Esther suggested to him in the previous verses. He let her know, that if her kindred fell, she must not hope to escape and that he fully believed God would stand by them. Moreover, that she would lose the honor of being their deliverer if she declined this service. Also that God would visit upon her and her father’s house such a cowardly refusal; and, while the rest escaped, they would be left to perish. He concludes with suggesting, that her advancement was ordered for this great purpose, and that she was therefore bound to correspond with the designs of God herein.

Mordecai believed in the indestructibility of the Jews. This was with him evidently a religious faith. This faith must have been founded on one or more of the promises of God. This purpose of the preservation of the Jews is but a branch and a sign of another and grander purpose–a purpose to gather and save the whole world. This type itself in the kingly history; gleams in the prophet’s vision; breathes in the holy psalm; speaks out in the Acts of the Apostles; runs through all the epistles, and sighs up to heaven in that last apocalyptic cry, “Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”

If God has done remarkable things for us, we have reason to believe that He expects some services from us suited to the situation in which He has placed us, and to the means of service with which He has furnished us. We ought, therefore, when we consider what God hath done for us, to consider at the same time what He requires from us. If our circumstances are peculiar it is likely that some peculiar services are required. Our times are in the Lord’s hands. He fixes the bounds of our habitations and arranges our conditions according to His own will. His servants have a special earthly calling wherein they are called, the duties of which they are individually to fulfil. He has particular relative objects to secure in the exaltation of those whom He loves. And when any of His servants are raised to influence, or wealth, or power, it is that He may make them effective instruments of His power for blessing to others. There is, therefore, a special propriety of time at which His gifts of power and influence are bestowed upon particular men. If one is made rich, it is because there are many poor waiting to be enriched by Him, and he is to have the greater blessing of imparting, giving to his fellow-men. There is a particular reason, could we know it, for which we are “come to the kingdom for such a time.” We should study our duty in the circumstances of its time. If we have faith to trust God, he will never fail us. They who, through unbelieving fear, decline the path of duty, are justly given up to the danger which they thus sinfully seek to shun. It is good to observe the leadings of providence, and correspond with what appears to be the design of God in placing us in such a station or circumstance.

We were and are created for such a time as this, let us not waste or squander the opportunities that God has given us to make a difference and impact our society for Him.

Have a great and God filled day!

Pastor C

Becoming a Soul Winner

Category : General

2 Timothy 2:2 (KJV)
2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.

“I would rather win souls than be the greatest king, emperor on earth. I rather win souls than be the greatest poet, novelist or literary man who ever walked the earth. My greatest ambition in life is to win as many souls as possible…” —R. A. Torrey

An individual is considered wise when they fix on that which is of real and unquestionable value to the exclusion of other things. There can be no doubt of the preference due to the soul’s interests, even on the low standard of calculated good. Common sense must admit the wisdom shown in making the soul of man the object of the pursuit of men. If true of man’s own soul, equally true of the souls of others. “He who makes the soul the object of his pursuit, and aims at doing good to men through those means that are spiritual, finds that his benevolence is exercised under circumstances very favorable.”

By this is meant his prayers, his charities, his good example, the virtues which compose his character and adorn his life, and all the efforts and influences by which he shows forth his wisdom in winning souls. To win souls in the best sense is to bring them to the saving knowledge of Jesus and subjugate them to His gracious dominion. An ancient philosopher said, “There is nothing great on earth but man, and nothing great in man but his soul.” How will you compute the worth of a soul, or by what standard measure its greatness? Will you estimate it by its nature and origin, or by its power and capacities, or by the duration of its being, or by the cost of its redemption, or by the struggle for its possession and control, or by comparison with the splendid and precious? And if such is the value of the soul that worlds acquired could not compensate its loss, nor a material universe redeem its forfeiture, how excellent, beyond all power of language or of thought, the work of saving the priceless thing from destruction, and placing it among the crown-jewels of the King of kings! Look at the matter in another light. The soul is fallen, guilty, perishing; and he who rescues and restores it confers an incalculable and inconceivable benefit. Who shall limit the effect of your labor in saving a soul, or trace the blessed influence to an end?

Most men are aiming and endeavoring to win something to which they attach great value. It may be secular wealth, or earthly honor, or sensual pleasure. But there can be no wisdom in spending one’s life in the endeavor to win any one of these things. The aim of Paul was to win Christ, and that should be our first aim too. Having won Christ for ourselves, our aim should be to win souls for Christ.

Have a great and God filled day!

Pastor C

Bearing Kingdom Fruit

Category : General

St. John 15:2 (KJV)
2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

As the vine-dresser will remove all branches that are dead or that bear no fruit, so will God take from his church all professed Christians who give no evidence by their lives that they are truly united to the Lord Jesus. He here refers to such cases as that of Judas, the apostatizing disciples, and all false and merely nominal Christians (Adam Clarke).
Everyone that is a true follower of Christ, that is united to Him by faith, and that truly derives grace and strength from Him, as the branch does from the vine. The word “branch” includes all the boughs, and the smallest tendrils that shoot out from the parent stalk. Jesus here says that He sustains the same relation to His disciples that a parent stalk does to the branches; but this does not denote any physical or incomprehensible union. It is a union formed by believing on Him; resulting from our feeling our dependence on Him and our need of Him; from embracing Him as our Savior, Redeemer, and Friend. We become united to Him in all our interests, and have common feelings, common desires, and a common destiny with him. We seek the same objects, are willing to encounter the same trials, contempt, persecution, and want, and are desirous that his God shall be ours, and his eternal abode ours. It is a union of friendship, of love, and of dependence; a union of weakness with strength; of imperfection with perfection; of a dying nature with a living Savior; of a lost sinner with an unchanging Friend and Redeemer. It is the most tender and interesting of all relations, but not more mysterious or more physical than the union of parent and child, of husband and wife Ephesians 5:23, or friend and friend.
As some men corrupt the grace of God, others suppress it maliciously, and others choke it by carelessness, Christ intends by these words to awaken anxious inquiry, by declaring that all the branches which shall be unfruitful will be cut off from the vine But here comes a question. Can anyone who is en-grafted into Christ be without fruit? I answer, many are supposed to be in the vine, according to the opinion of men, who actually have no root in the vine Thus, in the writings of the prophets, the Lord calls the people of Israel His vine, because, by outward profession, they had the name of The Church. By these words, He shows that believers need incessant culture that they may be prevented from degenerating; and that they produce nothing good, unless God continually apply His hand; for it will not be enough to have been once made partakers of adoption, if God do not continue the work of His grace in us. He speaks of pruning or cleansing, because our flesh abounds in superfluity and destructive vices, and is too fertile in producing them, and because they grow and multiply without end, if we are not cleansed or pruned by the hand of God. When God says that vines are pruned, that they may yield more abundant fruit, He shows what ought to be the progress of believers in the course of true religion.

Have a great and God filled day!

Pastor C

The Corruption of Evil Company

Category : General

Ephesians 5:11 (KJV)
11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

The story was told concerning a distinguished Christian lady who was spending a few weeks in a hotel at Long Branch, and an attempt was made to induce her to attend a dance, in order that the affair might have the prestige bestowed by her presence, as she stood high in society. She declined all the importunities of her friends, and finally an honorable senator tried to persuade her to attend, saying, “Miss B., this is quite a harmless affair, and we want to have the exceptional honor of your presence.” “Senator,” said the lady, “I cannot do it, I am a Christian. I never do anything in my summer vacation, or wherever I go, that will injure the influence I have over the girls of my Sunday school class.” The senator bowed, and, “I honor you; if there were more Christians like you, more men like myself would become Christians.”

Please note, it is the unfruitful works or the deeds of darkness that produce no “benefit” to the body or the soul. The word “unfruitful” is used here in contrast with the “fruit of the Spirit,” Ephesians 5:9. But rather the reproving of them which is by our life, our conversation, and all our influence. This is and should be the business of every Christians. Our lives should be a standing rebuke of a sinful world, and they should be ever ready to express their disapprobation of its wickedness in every form.

Observe “the exhortation that is given–“have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.” Now, observe, it is not said, “have no fellowship with the unfruitful workers of darkness,” never will you meet with a precept of that kind in God’s Word, we must needs go out of the world if we try. But there is more than this in the precept–“but rather reprove them.” Here we come to one of the most difficult paths in the believer’s walk. There are many ways in which the believer is called upon from time to time to reprove the “works of darkness.” By diffusing the truth

God’s people, His children, are a reproving light. We are called out of darkness into His marvelous light, that they might reflect the, light of Him who hath “called them out of darkness into His marvelous light.” But, beloved, there is another quality in light, there are many others indeed, but this one especially here to be noted, which is, that there is a detective and a reproving quality in light. We know not the beauty of an object but as the light unfolds it; we know not its faultiness, we see not its defects, they are to us unknown without the light; but the light reveals them. The Lord’s people are especially called to stand; not merely as a reflecting light, not merely as a diffusing light, but as a reproving light, reproving the “darkness” around them. Whatever there is in a believer peculiar to him as a believer, is a light that reproves the world. Is it the life that he has, the life of faith? It is a reproving light to the world. If we look to the love of the believer, or what he loves; he loves Christ.

We must at all times remember the acts of our duty about it; and they are two. That we must have no fellowship with them in evil. To understand that, we must consider how many ways we have fellowship with them. If we counsel, persuade, allure, or entice others to sins. These are Satan’s decoys, who being ensnared themselves, draw others into the net. By commanding that which is evil. This is the sin of those that have power over others; as David commanded Joab to set Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retire from him, that he may be smitten and die (2 Samuel 11:15). By consenting, though we be not the principal actors; as Ahab (1 Kings 21:19). By abetting, aiding, and assisting in the conveyance of the sin; as Jonadab assisted Amnon in getting an occasion to satisfy his lust on his sister Tamar (2 Samuel 13:5). By applauding, approving, or praising the sin, which is the guise of flatterers (Romans 1:32). By carelessness to prevent the sin: “I will judge his house forever, for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not” (1 Samuel 3:13). So that a culpable omission may make us accessory to their sin. The other duty is, “But rather reprove them.” Now reprove we may by deed or word.

It is important to understand that what we learn from bad habits and in bad society we will never forget, and it will be a lasting pang to those of us who are involved.

As Augustine pointed out, “Bad company is like a nail driven into a post, which, after the first and second blow, may be drawn out with little difficulty; but being once driven up to the head, the pincers cannot take hold to draw it out, but which can only be done by the destruction of the wood.”

Have a great and God filled day!

Pastor C

Boldness to Stand

Category : General

Acts 4:29(KJV)
29 And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,

This is reminiscent of Hezekiah’s prayer (2 Kings 19:14; Isaiah 37:14 and 17.)) in which he spread the insulting letter of Sennacherib before the Lord in the temple, pleading with God “to see and hear the words of Sennacherib.”

Recognizing in the threatening of the Sanhedrim a declaration of war by the combined powers of the world against their infant cause, they seek not enthusiastically to hide from themselves its critical position, but calmly ask the Lord of heaven and earth to “look upon their threatening. The praying saints did not propose any solution, leaving the matter wholly in the hands of the Lord; but their petition was concerned with their own basic need of power to “speak the word with boldness.”

It is noted and commented on that they do very well extend that unto themselves which they cited concerning Christ; because He will not, be separated from the gospel; or what trouble so ever befall His members; He applied that to His own person. And they crave at God’s hands that He will beat down the cruelty of the adversaries; yet not so much for their own sake that they may live quietly and without vexation, but that they may have liberty to preach the gospel in all places. Neither was it for them to desire a life which they might spend idly, having forsaken their calling. For they add, “Grant unto thy servants, O Lord, that they may speak boldly.” And by the way we must note this speech, that the Lord would behold their threatening. For seeing it belongs properly to Him to resist the proud, and to throw down their lofty looks; the more proudly they brag and boast, the more do they undoubtedly provoke God to be displeased with them, and it is not to be doubted but that God, being offended with such indignity and cruelty, will redress the same.

The words are parts of the Church’s prayer on the occasion of its first collision with the civil power. The incident is recorded at full length because it is the first of a long and bloody series, in order that succeeding generations might learn their true weapon and their sure defense. It is well worthy of notice in this first great public prayer of the Church, how the Spirit of their Master had sunk into the disciples’ hearts. No fire from heaven is called down on the guilty heads of the enemies of Christ, who would stamp out His struggling Church; only for themselves they pray for bravery and constancy. Prayer is the right answer to the world’s hostility, and they who only ask for courage to stand by their confession will never ask in vain.

Wherefore let the cruelty and reproaches of our enemies rather stir up in us a desire to pray, than any whit discourage us from going forward in the course of our office. And just as the apostles were remembering two very important things: (a) The God they served was all-powerful. (b) All human rebellion is futile. In the end, God always wins, and in the end, His purposes are always fulfilled, it would do us well to remember that as well.

Have a great and God filled day!

Pastor C

Christ light in us

Category : General

St. Matthew 5:14 (KJV)
14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

A young minister, when about to be ordained, stated that at one period of his life he was nearly an infidel. “But,” said he, “there was one argument in favor of Christianity, which I could never refute-the consistent conduct of my own father.”

The world’s moral darkness is here implied. The moral qualities enjoined in Christianity are in the highest degree natural-not artificial or secondary. The human mind was constructed so that every faculty in its organization tends to produce good qualities. It is better adapted to good than bad. The bad is something interposed between the original creative design and the execution. Irreligion is artificial. Jesus knew all the attainments of the earth, and He could appreciate their excellency and beauty too; but nothing of all this could east light on the deepest problems that agitate the human heart-what must I do to be saved? Beneath the surface of all this beauty we find lurking the most revolting immorality. It is the light of Christianity that solves the deepest questions and answers the most anxious inquiries of mankind. The object of light is to disclose what would be otherwise unseen. This light discloses God, the way to heaven, etc. This holy light possesses a peculiar character, which the light of mere science, literature, or secular knowledge has not and cannot have. And since its dawn, even those bright things that were proposed as substitutes for it, this light has seized and made handmaids to it.

Therefore, to let our light shine is, undoubtedly, to make a Christian profession. However, this implies that the true light has been kindled in us. This Christian profession should be made in union with the Church of Christ. It is also seen in our Christian consistency. If the light which we let shine in our profession be the true light, there will be good works to be seen. The lowest requirement of Christian consistency is the absence of every evil work-the least immorality vitiates the entire profession. This Christian consistency requires nonconformity to the world, and the good works of an active Christian life.

This is further testimony to the indispensable nature of God’s children. The world would be in total darkness without them. Furthermore, there is no reason to suppose that God would allow a wicked world to stand if it were not for the faithful remnant remaining in it and remaining faithful to God. Christ also said, “I am the light of the world.” That passage before us is not contradictory. It means that the light Christians give forth to others is truly derived from Christ (2 Peter 1:19). Just as all light, energy, and power on earth are derived from the sun, center of our solar system, just so, all moral and spiritual light are derived from the Sun of Righteousness, our Lord Jesus Christ (Malachi 4:2).

It has been noted, nature in her lower and more rigidly prescribed arrangements, cannot extinguish the light of her world; but man’s spirit may extinguish the light of his. And man’s spirit did extinguish that light, and the spiritual world became anarchy and confusion.

Let us remember that every Christians are the bearers of this light into all the ends of the world. Kindled from the Sun, they are to go forth and cast their light upon the world. Our mission is to enlighten the sphere in which we are placed. Let this conformity with God’s appointment be established in nature, and as long as nature lasts God will be glorified. Our measure of light will depend greatly upon the clearness and sensibility of our spiritual perceptive and receptive capacities. All the glass in the optical instruments, whether they are intended for scientific purposes, or for ordinary use, should be free from dross.

Have a great and God filled day!

Pastor C

Finding Purpose in Christ

Category : General

Ephesians 1:12 (KJV)
12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.

The end of all the benefits we obtain in Christ is, that we may set forth His glorious grace and mercy toward us.

Have you ever stopped and asked yourself what are you living for? Why am I here? What is my purpose? Many years ago, a young man pondered the thought which led him to finding his purpose which was to honor God. His quote, “never to do any manner of things, whether in soul or body, less but what tends to the glory of God.”

This is the end of predestination to the inheritance; and the sense is, either that the praise of the glory of God, in his grace and goodness, might be discovered and made known unto the saints, as it is displayed in election, redemption, justification, pardon, adoption, regeneration, and eternal salvation; or that they should praise and glorify him on account of these things, by ascribing all to his grace, and nothing to themselves; by giving him thanks for all his benefits; by ordering their conversations aright as become the Gospel; and by doing all things with a view to his glory.

Allow me to point out that had Jesus Christ lived for Himself, mankind today would never know the forgiveness of sin or have the hope for eternal life. Is life about you today? Is it about your happiness, dream, comfort, success? Our Lord said, “…for I always those things that please the Father.

Will you glorify Christ with your life today? Will He be the praise of your lips and action? Will your thoughts and attitudes be Christ centered and God honoring? Are you willing to glorify Him in your walk, word and worth of Him today? Let us purpose and resolve today to glorify God with our life. Let us purpose to make our words, our works, our whole man be at His command and service today, now and forever.

Have a great and God filled day!

Pastor C

The Word our Weapon

Category : General

2 Corinthians 10: 4 (KJV)
4(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)

We are living in dangerous times. Times where right is deemed wrong and wrong is the way to go. A time values and virtues are not promoted. We are in a war and if there is a time where we ever need God, I believe we need Him now.

The apostle often uses the metaphor of a warfare to represent the life and trials of a Christian minister–Ephesians 6:10-17; 1 Timothy 1:18; 2 Timothy 2:3-5. By “warfare” is here meant, not that which is common to all believers, who are enlisted as volunteers under the captain of their salvation, and fight his battles, and are more than conquerors through him; but what is peculiar to the ministers of the Gospel; and designs the ministerial function, or office, and the discharge of it.

The “weapons” with which this warfare is managed are the Scriptures of truth, the sword of the Spirit, the word of God; and which indeed are an armory, out of which may be taken weapons of all sorts, both offensive and defensive. And such as serve both to establish and secure the doctrines of the Gospel, and to refute the errors of the wicked: to which may be added all those gifts which Christ has received for, and gives to men, qualifying them for the work of the ministry, and for the understanding of the sacred writings. Now together with all those means made use of by them for their improvement in spiritual knowledge; such as diligent reading the word of God, and the labors of His faithful servants, frequent meditation thereon, and earnest prayer to God for more light and experience. Also the various graces of the Spirit, with which they are endued, may be taken into the account; such as the breast plate of faith in Christ, and love to himself, his people, word, ordinances, cause, and interest; the helmet of salvation, hope, the girdle of truth and faithfulness, and the excellent grace of patience to endure all hardships, reproaches, insults, afflictions, and persecutions, cheerfully; and finally, all the acts of their ministration, such as preaching, prayer, the administration of ordinances, and laying on of censures, with the consent of the church.

Moreover, these weapons (ones mentioned earlier) ‘are not carnal’ – Not those of the flesh. Not such as the people of the world use. They are not such as are employed by conquerors; nor are they such as people in general rely on to advance their cause. We do not depend on eloquence, or talent, or learning, or wealth, or beauty, or any of the external aids on which the people of this world rely. They are not such as derive advantage from any power inherent in themselves. Their strength is derived from God alone. Here he refers to the means used by the false apostle in order to secure his party; he calumniated Paul, traduced the truth, preached false and licentious doctrines, and supported these with sophistical reasoning’s.

Let us remember our doctrines are true and pure, they come from God and lead to Him, and He accompanies them with His mighty power to the hearts of those who hear them; and the strong holds – the apparently solid and cogent reasoning of the philosophers, we, by these doctrines, pull down; and thus the fortifications of heathenism are destroyed, and the cause of Christ triumphs wherever we come; and we put to flight the armies of the aliens.

Let our war, therefore, be according to our capacity and our opportunity. Let us go steadily forward with quiet work, steady giving, constant sympathy, perpetual readiness to do the very next thing that is to be done, though it be of the very simplest character. Let us look to One True God who alone can deliver us because He is might to save.

Have a great and God filled day!

Pastor C