Posts by granary

February 21

Posted on Feb 21, 2020

There are many ideas about Election. What does the Bible say? The word is used to describe the divine choice of: Christ (Isa 42:1; Lk 23:35; 1 Pet 2:6), obviously not for salvation for He is the Savior; the unfallen angels (1 Tim 5:21) who did not need to be saved; Israel (Rom 11:28) of whom it was written that many “were overthrown in the wilderness”; the twelve, including Judas (Lk 6:13; Jn 6:70; 13:18; 15:16); the Church (Eph 1:4); and the remnant in the Tribulation (Mt 24:22, 24). It should be seen that this election is for a role, designed to bring blessing to the widest possible...

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February 20

Posted on Feb 20, 2020

“And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire” (Jude 23). Think carefully and prayerfully about these words from Alexander Marshall: “A soul saved saves that soul from more misery, anguish, and torment than has ever been suffered by all the people of the world from the beginning of time to this time, and from this time to the end of time; for that soul has been saved from eternal punishment. A soul saved brings that soul into possession of more joy, peace, and blessing than has ever been enjoyed by all the people of God from the beginning of time until this time, and from this...

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February 19

Posted on Feb 19, 2020

Stirred by Bunyan’s “Visions of Heaven and Hell,” drunkard miner Billy Bray sought the Lord. For days in soul trouble, finally, he writes: “I said to the Lord, ‘Thou hast said, They that ask shall receive…and I have faith to believe it.’ In an instant the Lord made me so happy that I cannot express what I felt.…I could say with Isaiah, ‘O Lord, I will praise thee: though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me.’ I told all I met what the Lord had done for my soul. I have heard some say that they have had hard work to get away from their companions, but I...

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February 18

Posted on Feb 18, 2020

William MacDonald writes: We teach our children to accumulate; Christ calls them to forsake all (Lk 14:33). We teach them that it is not respectable to be poor: Jesus said, “Blessed be ye poor” (Lk 6:20). We tell them to stay home and make good; the Lord tells them to “go…into all the world and preach the gospel” (Mk 16:15). We tell them to provide for their security on earth; the Savior tells them to lay up treasure in heaven (Mt 6:20). We suggest they should live for two worlds; Jesus says it can’t be done (Lk 16:13). We tell them to walk by sight; the Word tells them to walk by faith (2...

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February 17

Posted on Feb 17, 2020

“Reach your finger here, and behold My hands” (Jn 20:27). H.A. Ironside recounts the story of a Roman Catholic woman who was lying very ill in hospital and in great distress because of the weight of her sins. A nun was called to the bedside, and promised to call the priest. In the meantime, a visiting Christian lady came to the woman’s bed and found her ready to hear the gospel. Eagerly she came to Christ, confessing her sins, and was soon rejoicing in forgiveness. When the priest arrived, he prepared to hear her confession, that he might absolve her of all her sins. “Show me your hand,” she...

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