Posts from April 2021

Posts from April 2021

An Outline of Dispensational Truth

Harry Bell (1905-1976) was a mighty expositor of the Word of God. Between 1943 and 1973 – when blindness finally overtook him – Harry Bell preached the Word of God full-time throughout all parts of the United Kingdom. A tall man with a photographic memory and a gracious manner, Harry Bell was much used of the Lord in the edification of the people of God. The following is an edited transcript of a sermon Harry Bell gave to a large…

Should Christians Vote?

The question is often asked “Is it right for a Christian to take part in politics? Should he vote in parliamentary and municipal elections, and otherwise share in the political affairs of the town or kingdom wherein his lot is cast?” There is much diversity of opinion among Christians on the subject. Some think it to be their duty to enter into politics, and to use their influence and vote to elect Christians, or at least moral men, as rulers…

Hair: How Long is Long? How Short is Short?

Who said: “There they were in America [in the early 1960’s] all getting house-trained for adulthood with their indisputable principle of life: short hair equals men, long hair equals women. Well, we got rid of that small convention for them”? The words are Paul McCartney’s1 and the “indisputable principle of life” he claims the Beatles overthrew, is that which is outlined in the Bible by Paul the apostle: “Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long…

7 Ways to Kill a Prayer Meeting

Whatever happened to the “prayer meeting”? While the early Christians  “continued steadfastly in…the prayers” (Acts 2:42), mid-week congregational prayer meetings have, in many places, become a thing of the past. Much of the blame lies at the door of those of us Christians who, by our actions and attitudes, have precipitated its decline and demise. So, consider: 7 Ways to Kill a Prayer Meeting: Don’t go If you go, go late Go, but don’t pray If you pray, pray long…

The Family Altar

Author and preacher Franklin Ferguson (1866-1957) from New Zealand, who for 30 years edited The Treasury magazine, wrote a helpful article on the vital subject of “the family altar”, a term once widely employed to describe the habit of Christian families reading and praying together daily. His exhortations provide wise counsel for 21st century families too: “There can be nothing of more importance in a Christian household than the daily reading of the Holy Scriptures, followed by prayer. Morning and evening seem…

Doing or Done – Which is It? (Poem)

How clear is the sound which the trumpeter gives, That when a poor sinner believeth, he lives; He has done with his nature, condition, and birth, No longer belongeth to Adam or earth; He is born of the Spirit, because he has heard The truth of salvation, as preached in the Word; Received in his heart all its gladness and peace, And life incorruptible, never to cease! Never to lose what our God once imparts Is indeed a rich comfort to…

The Last 21 Days of the Convict Daniel Mann

Paul J. Loizeaux (1841-1916)  was a Bible teacher and evangelist, and founder of the Loizeaux Brothers Publishing House in New York. In 1870, while preaching in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, he visited the local jail and found a convict by the name of Daniel Mann under sentence of death for murder. He shared the gospel with him and later published a book called The Lord’s Dealings with the Convict Daniel Mann. The book was so blessed that Paul Loizeaux felt it accomplished…

5 Poems on the assurance of salvation

Samuel Whitelock Gandy (1780-1851) I hear the accuser roar, of ills that I have done; I know them well, and thousands more; Jehovah findeth none. Sin, Satan, death, press near, to harass and to appall; Let but my risen Lord appear, backward they go and fall. Before, behind, around, they set their fierce array, To fight and force me from my ground, along Immanuel’s way. I meet them face to face, through Jesus’ conquest blest; March in the triumph of…

The Advocacy of Christ

by Robert A. F. Kingscote (1811-1888) The question often arises in the minds of the Lord’s people, especially of those who are young in the faith, “What is to be done with the sins we commit after we have been saved?” Many a child of God has said, “I know that I have believed in Christ, and see that my sins were put away by His blood; but what troubles me is the sins I commit now, and what am I to…

Was there a genuine offer of the Kingdom to Israel?

Frederick A. Tatford (1901-1986) took a special interest in eschatology and wrote widely on prophetic subjects. On the issue of the “kingdom offer” to the nation of Israel Dr. Tatford helpfully wrote the following: “When our Lord was born into this world, there was no doubt regarding His status as King. Even prior to His birth, in the annunciation to Mary, Gabriel declared, “He shall be great and shall be called the Son of the Most High: and the Lord…

The Two Natures

by Robert F. Kingscote (1811-1893) There are many Christians who, after having seen that their sins have been forgiven them, are very much troubled to find the workings of sin within – old lusts and desires constantly rising up, which they find they cannot get rid of. “I thought,” say they, “that after I was converted I should not sin any more, and that I should have nothing but joy all the way along.” Perhaps, coming down one morning, something puts…

Could Christ Have Sinned? and if not, How Can He Sympathise?

Biblical scholar and author William Kelly (1821-1906) penned a helpful 62 page book entitled Christ Tempted and Sympathising in which he gets to grips with Hebrews 2:18 “For in that he [Christ] himself  hath suffered, being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted” (Heb 2:18). In the course of his remarks, Kelly addresses such questions as: Was Christ tempted to sin? What was the nature of Christ’s humanity? Did Christ have both a human and a divine…