Which hope we
have as an anchor of the soul, both sure
and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;
Let your loins be girded
about, and your lights burning; Luke 1
Then shall we know,
if we follow on to
know the LORD: his
going forth is prepared
as the morning; and he
shall come unto us as
the rain, as the latter
and former rain unto
the earth. Hosea 6:3
Focus on the Bible
The LORD is nigh unto all
call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.
BEREAN BAPTIST CHURCH
Charity suffereth long, and is kind;
charity envieth not; charity vaunteth
not itself, is not puffed up,
Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh
not her own, is not easily provoked,
thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in
iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
1 Corinthians 13:4,5,6
The word Charity can be
substituted with the word Love.
Two Things That Precipitate faith
How then shall they call on him in whom
they have not believed? and how shall
they believe in him of whom they have
not heard? and how shall they hear
without a preacher? Romans 10:14
The Holy Spirit
For after that in the wisdom of God
the world by wisdom knew not God,
it pleased God by the foolishness
of preaching to save them that believe.
1 Corinthians 1:21
And when he is come, he will
reprove the world of sin, and of
righteousness, and of judgment:
1 John 16:8
Of his own will begat he us with the
word of truth, that we should be
a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
And he said, Therefore said I unto you,
that no man can come unto me, except it
were given unto him of my Father.
For by grace are ye saved through faith;
and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Not of works, lest any man should boast.
His Eye is on the Sparrow>Sound
All that the Father giveth me shall
come to me; and him that cometh
to me I will in no wise cast out.
The Father's will is, that not one of
those who were given to the Son,
should be rejected or lost by him.
No one will come, till Divine grace
has subdued, and in part changed
his heart; therefore no one who
comes will ever be cast out.
Just as I am>Sound
Based on Hebrews 11
Promise and Instruction
For he knoweth our frame; he
remembereth that we are dust.
Let your conversation be without
covetousness; and be content with
such things as ye have: for he
hath said, I will never leave thee,
nor forsake thee. Hebrews 13:5
But my God shall supply
all your need according
to his riches in glory by
Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
And the LORD, he it is
that doth go before thee; he
will be with thee, he will not
fail thee, neither forsake thee:
fear not, neither be dismayed.
Let us therefore come boldly
unto the throne of grace, that
we may obtain mercy, and find
grace to help in time of need.
What shall we then say to
these things? If God be for
us, who can be against us?
But seek ye first
the kingdom of God, and his
righteousness; and all these
things shall be added unto you.
Hymn > I Will Pilot Thee
For the mountains shall depart,
and the hills be removed; but my
kindness shall not depart from thee,
neither shall the covenant of my
peace be removed, saith the LORD
that hath mercy on thee. Isaiah 54:10
Followers Blessings Promissed
Then shall we know, if we
follow on to know the LORD:
his going forth is prepared as the
morning; and he shall come
unto us as the rain, as the latter
and former rain unto the earth.
Then spake Jesus again unto them,
saying, I am the light of the world:
he that followeth me shall not walk
in darkness, but shall have the light
of life. John 8:12
My sheep hear my voice, and I
know them, and they follow me:
And I give unto them eternal life;
and they shall never perish, neither
shall any man pluck them out of my
hand. John 10:27,28
Guidance of the Still Small Voice
If any man serve me, let him
follow me; and where I am, there
shall also my servant be: if any
man serve me, him will my Father
honour. John 12:26
See also John 21:22, Ephesians 5:1
Softly and tenderly
Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling,
Calling for you and for me;
See, on the portals He’s waiting and watching,
Watching for you and for me.
Come home, come home,
You who are weary, come home;
Earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling,
Calling, O sinner, come home!
Why should we tarry when Jesus is pleading,
Pleading for you and for me?
Why should we linger and heed not His mercies,
Mercies for you and for me?
Time is now fleeting, the moments are passing,
Passing from you and from me;
Shadows are gathering, deathbeds are coming,
Coming for you and for me.
Oh, for the wonderful love He has promised,
Promised for you and for me!
Though we have sinned, He has mercy and pardon,
Pardon for you and for me.
The Goodness of God
Good and upright is the LORD:
therefore will he teach sinners in the
way. PS 25:8
Surely goodness and mercy shall
follow me all the days of my life: and I
will dwell in the house of the LORD
for ever. PS 23:6
He loveth righteousness and
judgment: the earth is full of the
goodness of the LORD. PS 33:5
O taste and see that the LORD is
good: blessed is the man that trusteth
in him. PS 38:8
The LORD is good, a strong hold in
the day of trouble; and he knoweth
them that trust in him. Na 1:7
And he said unto him, Why callest
thou me good? there is none good but
one, that is, God: but if thou wilt
enter into life, keep the
commandments. Mt 19:17
Or despisest thou the riches of his
goodness and forbearance and
longsuffering; not knowing that the
goodness of God leadeth thee to
repentance? Ro 2:4
Faith in Christ
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that
heareth my word, and believeth on
him that sent me, hath everlasting
life, and shall not come into
condemnation; but is passed from
death unto life. Jn 5:24
All Your Anxiety1. Is there a heart o’erbound by sorrow?
Is there a life weighed down by care?
Come to the cross, each burden bearing;
All your anxiety—leave it there.
All your anxiety, all your care,
Bring to the mercy seat, leave it there,
Never a burden He cannot bear,
Never a friend like Jesus!
2. No other friend so swift to help you,
No other friend so quick to hear,
No other place to leave your burden,
No other one to hear your prayer.
3. Come then at once; delay no longer!
Heed His entreaty kind and sweet,
You need not fear a disappointment;
You shall find peace at the mercy seat.
Edward H. Joy,
I Kings 19
Jezebel sent Elijah a threatening message...
Carnal hearts are hardened and enraged
against God, by that which should
convince and conquer them.
Great faith is not always alike strong...
and he flees. God thus left Elijah to
himself... and by himself no better than
his fathers. God knows what he designs
us for, though we do not. God questions
him, what are you doing there ?
And we as well should ask ourselves,
am I where I should be?
Despair of success hinders a many a
good enterprise. Did the prophet come to
meet with God about his situation? wind
and earthquake would not.
The power of the mild voice of Him who
speaks from the cross did and again asked,
what are you doing there ? The Prophet
then complains of his discouragement
and of his dilemma, where else should he
go with such complaints.
God provided his answer, and he would not
be left alone. Elisha was then found
to accompany him. Those threatening him
Ahab house were to be rooted out and the sin
of Elijah's people would be delt with. Thus all
his complaints were answered.
Gods faithful ones are often His hidden
ones. The Lord knows those that are His.
He sees in secret.
May we, in like manner, feel the energy of his
of his grace working in us mightily,
and by unreserved submission at once, may
we make our calling and election sure.
Know the LORD
Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise
man glory in his wisdom, neither let the
mighty man glory in his might, let not the
rich man glory in his riches. But let
him that glorieth glory in this,
that he understandeth and knoweth me,
that I am the LORD which exercise
lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness,
in the earth: for in these things I delight,
saith the LORD.
How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in His excellent word!
What more can He say than to you He hath said—
To you who for refuge to Jesus have fled?
“Fear not, I am with thee, oh, be not dismayed,
For I am thy God, and will still give thee aid;
I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
Upheld by My gracious, omnipotent hand.
“When through the deep waters I call thee to go,
The rivers of sorrow shall not overflow;
For I will be with thee thy trouble to bless,
And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.
“When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie,
My grace, all-sufficient, shall be thy supply;
The flame shall not harm thee; I only design
Thy dross to consume and thy gold to refine.
“The soul that on Jesus doth lean for repose,
I will not, I will not, desert to his foes;
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no never, no never forsake.”
by John Rippon
“The evening and the morning were the first day"
Was it so even in the beginning? Did light and darkness divide the realm of time in the first day? Then little wonder is it if I have also changes in my circumstances from the sunshine of prosperity to the midnight of adversity. It will not always be the blaze of noon even in my soul concerns, I must expect at seasons to mourn the absence of my former joys, and seek my Beloved in the night. Nor am I alone in this, for all the Lord’s beloved ones have had to sing the mingled song of judgment and of mercy, of trial and deliverance, of mourning and of delight. It is one of the arrangements of Divine providence that day and night shall not cease either in the spiritual or natural creation till we reach the land of which it is written, “there is no night there.” What our heavenly Father ordains is wise and good.
What, then, my soul, is it best for thee to do? Learn first to be content with this divine order, and be willing, with Job, to receive evil from the hand of the Lord as well as good. Study next, to make the outgoings of the morning and the evening to rejoice. Praise the Lord for the sun of joy when it rises, and for the gloom of evening as it falls. There is beauty both in sunrise and sunset; sing of it, and glorify the Lord. Like the nightingale, pour forth thy notes at all hours. Believe that the night is as useful as the day. The dews of grace fall heavily in the night of sorrow. The stars of promise shine forth gloriously amid the darkness of grief. Continue thy service under all changes. If in the day thy watchword be labour, at night exchange it for watch. Every hour has its duty, do thou continue in thy calling as the Lord’s servant until he shall suddenly appear in his glory. My soul, thine evening of old age and death is drawing near; dread it not, for it is part of the day; and the Lord has said, “I will cover him all the day long.”
Paul's Short Summary of the Gospel Message in Romans
But now the righteousness of God
without the law is manifested,
being witnessed by the law and
Even the righteousness
of God which is by faith of Jesus
Christ unto all and upon all them
that believe: for there is no difference:
For all have sinned, and come short
of the glory of God;
Being justified freely by his grace
through the redemption that is in
Whom God hath set forth to be a
propitiation through faith in his blood,
to declare his righteousness for the
remission of sins that are past, through
the forbearance of God;
To declare, I say, at this time
his righteousness: that he might
be just, and the justifier of him which
believeth in Jesus.
Romans 3: 21-26
There Shall Be Showers of Blessings
God setteth the solitary in families:
he bringeth out those which are bound with chains:
but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.
When the poor and needy seek water,
and there is none, and their tongue
faileth for thirst,
I the Lord will hear them...
Showers - Spiritual
Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the
LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning;
and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the
latter and former rain unto the earth.
Sow to yourselves in righteousness,
reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground:
for it is time to seek the LORD, till
he come and rain righteousness upon you.
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There shall be showers of blessing:
This is the promise of love;
There shall be seasons refreshing,
Sent from the Savior above.
Showers of blessing,
Showers of blessing we need:
Mercy-drops round us are falling,
But for the showers we plead.
There shall be showers of blessing,
Precious reviving again;
Over the hills and the valleys,
Sound of abundance of rain.
There shall be showers of blessing;
Send them upon us, O Lord;
Grant to us now a refreshing,
Come, and now honor Thy Word.
There shall be showers of blessing:
Oh, that today they might fall,
Now as to God we’re confessing,
Now as on Jesus we call!
There shall be showers of blessing,
If we but trust and obey;
There shall be seasons refreshing,
If we let God have His way.
Author: Daniel W. Whittle , Musician: James McGranahan
I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way
which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.
Winds of Change
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find;
knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
For every one that asketh receiveth;
and he that seeketh findeth; and to
him that knocketh it shall be opened.
But is now made manifest by the
appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ,
who hath abolished death, and hath
brought life and immortality to light
through the gospel. 2Timothy 1:10
... for I know whom I have believed,
and am persuaded that he is able
to keep that which I have committed
unto him against that day.
Hold fast the form of sound
words, which thou hast heard
of me, in faith and love
which is in Christ Jesus.
II Timothy 1:12,13
... Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world:
he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness,
but shall have the light of life.
Study & Meeting
Aword fitly spoken is
like apples of gold in
pictures of silver.
The Online Bible>
Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife. Proverbs 17:1
Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.
Trust in the LORD
with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own
understanding. In all
thy ways acknowledge
him, and he shall direct
A Strong Tower