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Topical Links: On Salvation

SEE THE SECTION BELOW: "Especially For The Salvation of Children"

He is becomemy Salvation.

"Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over ONE sinner that repenteth"
(Luke 15:10).

"Simple faith in the character of God, as revealed in the Bible,
naturally and necessarily begets a spirit of consecration to God.
But there may be any amount of emotion, without any true devotion."

--from "Devotion" ---New Window by C. G. Finney ---New Window

What the Bible Says About
Why Did Jesus Have to Suffer?
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"Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the Just for the unjust,
that He might bring us to God,
being put to Death in the flesh,
but quickened by the Spirit"

(1Peter 3:18).

by Tom Stewart

"The Natural Love that we have for ourselves is a Universal Truth, for 'no man ever yet hated his own flesh' (Ephesians 5:29); and, Jesus the Son of Man was no different. 'For we have not an High Priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin' (Hebrews 4:15). He had no special enjoyment of suffering, just as we do not enjoy suffering. 'Wherefore in all things it behoved Him to be made like unto His brethren, that He might be a Merciful and Faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make Reconciliation for the sins of the people' (Hebrews 2:17). It is difficult for the Righteous to watch the Guiltless and Innocent suffer, because their suffering is our suffering. 'Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body' (Hebrews 13:3). Further, we have been advised by the Scriptures to remain 'simple' concerning the specifics of the sufferings that evil men inflict. 'For your Obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple [Greek, akeraion, harmless] concerning evil' (Romans 16:19). It was only the Providence of God that allowed the human mother of Jesus to be at the scene of Christ's Crucifixion, and one can only imagine the impression upon Mary as she beheld the Agony of her Son upon the Cross! Perhaps it was at that moment that Mary recalled the prophetic words of Simeon from the dedication of Jesus. '34 And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary His mother, Behold, this Child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a Sign which shall be spoken against; 35 (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed' (Luke 2:34-35). For those we love, suffering and even death for ourselves would be more desirable than to watch them suffer. But, Jesus willingly set His face like flint to suffer the Cruel Death of the Cross for friend and foe alike, e.g., the Roman centurion in charge of His Crucifixion exclaimed about the events and manner of Christ's Death on the Cross, 'Truly this was the Son of God' (Matthew 27:54)."


How to Become a Christian ---New Window

by Tom Stewart

by Tom Stewart
"Willingness to obey Christ is to be a Christian, where you can honestly say to God, 'LORD, what wilt Thou have me to do?' (Acts 9:6). Just as your willingness to obey Christ indicates your Christianity, your unwillingness to do so separates you 'from the Love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our LORD' (Romans 8:39)."

Do You Really Want to Be a Christian? ---New Window

Or, Warnings to Inquiring Sinners and New Converts

by Tom Stewart

"For those who truly want to be a Christian, a Willing Heart is a Right Heart and will always manifest itself in obedience to Christ, when given the opportunity. 'If ye love Me, keep My Commandments' (John 14:15). It is better to be advised of the difficulty of the path of becoming a Christian, before embarking upon it, rather than arriving at the Judgment Seat of Christ with a False Hope, only to be given the fearful Words, 'I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity' (Matthew 7:23). A False Hope will only harden you and cause your Final Judgment to be more severe. 'For it had been better for them not to have known the way of Righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the Holy Commandment delivered unto them' (2Peter 2:21). But, you need not fear that God in His Infinite Wisdom did not already make ample provision to secure to Himself every honest hearted soul, who has despaired of his own righteousness and flung himself at the Almighty Mercy of the Living God. '27 My sheep hear My Voice, and I know them, and they follow Me: 28 And I give unto them Eternal Life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand. 29 My Father, which gave them Me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of My Father's hand. 30 I and My Father are One' (John 10:27-30)."

Without Jesus, My Wage is Death ---New Window

"For the wages of sin is Death;
but the Gift of God is Eternal Life through Jesus Christ our LORD"

(Romans 6:23).

by Katie Stewart

"Without Jesus, as my very 'Life', no amassed regretting, no mustered repenting, no aggregate of tears-- NOTHING I could ever do-- could EVER change the wage I had earned for the sin I had committed against God's Holy Law. 'Against Thee, Thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Thy sight: that Thou mightest be Justified when Thou speakest, and be Clear when Thou judgest' (Luke 20:21). My wage was rightfully-- Death. 'The soul that sinneth, it shall die' (Ezekiel 18:20). A Death which would forever separate me from the Creator of my soul. 'Commit the keeping of their souls to Him in well doing, as unto a Faithful Creator' (1Peter 4:19)... Without Jesus Christ, we will pay our own sin debt, 'for the wages of sin is Death' (Romans 6:23). With the Atoning Work of the Cross that the LORD and Saviour Jesus Christ suffered, our debt of Death has been paid in full. He did that for us! As 'The Gift of God' (6:23), the Father has given Jesus Christ, His Son, to us. He is our 'Eternal Life' (6:23). And, dear reader, if you receive Him, this 'Life' begins in you NOW. You will live victoriously-- without sin-- ONLY if you live 'through Jesus Christ' (6:23). 'In this was manifested the Love of God toward us, because that God sent His Only Begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him' (1John 4:9)."

THE WAY TO GOD And How to Find It ---New Window

by D. L. Moody (1837-1899)

"There are a great many things that I cannot explain and cannot reason out, and yet that I believe. I heard a commercial traveler say that he had heard that the ministry and religion of Jesus Christ were matters of revelation and not of investigation.

'When it pleased God to reveal His Son in me,' says Paul (Galatians 1:15-16).

There was a party of young men together, going up the country; and on their journey they made up their minds not to believe anything they could not reason out. An old man heard them and presently he said, 'I heard you say you would not believe anything you could not reason out.'

'Yes,' they said, 'that is so.'

'Well,' he said, 'coming down on the train today, I noticed some geese, some sheep, some swine, and some cattle, all eating grass. Can you tell me by what process that same grass was turned into hair, feathers, bristles, and wool? Do you believe it is a fact?'

'Oh yes,' they said, 'we cannot help believing that, though we fail to understand it.'

'Well,' said the old man, 'I cannot help believing in Jesus Christ.'

And I cannot help believing in the regeneration of man, when I see men who have been reclaimed, when I see men who have been reformed. Have not some of the very worst men been regenerated- been picked up out of the pit, and had their feet set upon the Rock, and a new song put in their mouths? Their tongues were cursing and blaspheming; and, now are occupied in praising God. Old things have passed away, and all things have become new. They are not reformed only, but REGENERATED- new men in Christ Jesus."

HEAVEN ---New Window
Where It Is, Its Inhabitants, And How To Get There

by D. L. Moody (1837-1899)


"And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of the Lord did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof."
"If I understand things correctly, whenever you find men or women who are looking to be rewarded here for doing right, they are unqualified to work for God; because if they are looking for the applause of men, looking for reward in this life, it will disqualify them for the service of God, because they are all the while compromising truth. They are afraid of hurting some one's feelings. They are afraid that some one is going to say something against them, or there will be some newspaper articles written against them. Now, we must trample the world under our feet if we are going to get our reward hereafter. If we live for God we must suffer persecution. The kingdom of darkness and the kingdom of light are at war, and have been, and will be as long as Satan is permitted to reign in this world. As long as the kingdom of darkness is permitted to exist, there will be a conflict, and if you want to be popular in the kingdom of God, if you want to be popular in heaven, and get a reward that shall last forever, you will have to be unpopular here. If you seek the applause of men, you can't have the Lord say "Well done" at the end of the journey. You can't have both. Why? Because this world is at war with God."
--D. L. Moody

Seven Reasons Why I Believe in

by Dr. Ian R. K. Paisley

"This vital consideration brings us to the fulcrum of the great operation of the Divine Revelation, to the centre of the vast circumference of Divine Redemption and to the very heart of the throbbing purpose of Divine Reconciliation. We come from the shallows of human speculation to the depths of divine revelation when we come to the Blood. We step at this juncture from the shadows of Old Testament typology to the blazing sunshine of New Testament theology. It is here we launch our souls from the shores of man's estimate into the boundless, tideless, endless sea of God's ultimate."

Seven Reasons Why I Believe in
by Dr. Ian R. K. Paisley
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"The Resurrection is essential to Christianity, for by it alone can Christianity be confirmed. The Resurrection is the great corroborator of the Christian gospel. Remove this keystone and the goodly temple crashes into ruin. As life is essential to living so the Resurrection is essential to a living Christianity. Take away the Resurrection and Christianity becomes a dead letter, but another contribution to the world's Pantheon."
"And if Christ be not raised, your Faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins" (1Corinthians 15:17).

The Heart of the Gospel ---New Window

by A. T. Pierson (1837-1911)

One of twelve sermons from the book bearing the same title.

"THERE is one text in the New Testament that has been preached from oftener than any other in the Bible. It has been the foundation of great revivals of religion, like that among the Tahitians; or that among the Telugus in India, where 2,222 people were baptized in one day, nearly 5,000 people in thirty days, and 10,000 people within ten months; and where, even during the year drawing to its close, nearly 10,000 more souls have been baptized. It is a wonderful text. Luther called it one of "the little gospels." It is this (John 3:16): "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have Everlasting Life." You will naturally wonder what there is in that old text that is new. I have found something that was very new to me, and which also may be to you. I suppose that I had read that verse tens of thousands of times, and yet, a little while ago, as I was led to preach upon that text, I sought of the Lord a clearer view of it, that I might glorify Him, by bringing forth out of His treasure things new and old. After reading these familiar words over, perhaps a hundred times, prayerfully asking for new light and insight, there suddenly came to me this absolutely new discovery, as though one, looking up into the heavens, should see a cloud swept away from before the stars, and a new constellation revealed." --A. T. Pierson

From our "Voices From the Church of Philadelphis" section

C. G. Finney

The Oberlin Evangelist

Lectures Index
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Sermons and Lectures by Charles G. Finney,
president of Oberlin College

1839 "Eternal Life" ---New Window

I. Show what we are to understand by eternal life.
II. That Jesus Christ is the eternal life of the soul.
III. That God has given eternal life to all mankind, entirely irrespective of their knowledge or consent.
IV. That this gift may be rejected by unbelief, or received by faith.
V. Whosoever believes on the Son of God, or receives this gift, has the witness in himself, or knows that he has eternal life by his own consciousness."

Sermons on Gospel Themes ---New Window

by C. G. Finney (1792-1875)

"These sermons were preached by Pres. Finney at Oberlin during the years 1845-1861... Few preachers in any age have surpassed Pres. Finney in clear and well-defined views of conscience, and of man's moral convictions; few have been more fully at home in the domain of law and government; few have learned more of the spiritual life from experience and from observation; not many have discriminated the true from the false more closely, or have been more skillful in putting their points clearly and pungently. Hence, these sermons under God were full of spiritual power. They are given to the public in this form, in the hope that at least a measure of the same wholesome saving power may never fail to bless the reader." -HENRY COWLES.

Excellent! Highly Recommended!


What Is Christianity? ---New Window

The Gospel of John presents Christ clearly and perfectly.

A Sample: from John 20:19-31

19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.
20 And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the LORD.
21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.
22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:
23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.
24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.
25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the LORD. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.
26 And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.
27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.
28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My LORD and my God.
29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
30 And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:
31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

"Who Then Can Be Saved?" ---New Window

The Simplicity of Gospel Salvation

by Tom Stewart

Whatever thing you withhold from the LORD , you must give up-- or perish. "21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in Heaven: and come and follow Me. 22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions" (Matthew 19:21-22).

And, lest any imagine that Salvation lies simply in the human will-- perish the thought! Salvation is the
"gift of God" (Ephesians 2:8). God sovereignly bestows "repentance to the acknowledging of the Truth" (2Timothy 2:25).

The Love of GOD for Sinners All ---New Window

by Charles G. Finney
(edited by Katie Stewart)

Please read this. If you have ever sinned against GOD, and all have, you will find food for thought in these few lines. It won't take much of your time. And no matter what your opinion of GOD is, pro or con, there are some ideas here that you need to consider.

"Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD"
(Isaiah 1:18)

"What Is Salvation?" ---New Window

Or, A Brief Answer Offered to Those Who Truly Must Know

by Tom Stewart

Salvation is:

(1) universal in that it is addressed to the world, i.e., "God so loved the world" (John 3:16),

(2) graciously and freely offered, without possible payment, i.e., "it is the gift of God" (Ephesians 2:8),

(3) common in that it is offered to "whosoever will" (Revelation 22:17), i.e., "I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation" (Jude 3),

(4) accessible solely by faith, i.e., "from a child thou hast known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus" (2Timothy 3:15),

(5) granted to only those who repent of their opposition to God, i.e., "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost" (Acts 2:38),

(6) not for those who presume they can or will repent tomorrow, i.e., "as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear His Voice" (Hebrews 3:7), and

(7) for only those who persevere in faith, i.e., "ye shall be hated of all men for My name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved" (Matthew 10:22).

Is Faith the Only Condition for Eternal Salvation? ---New Window

Or, The Biblical Doctrine of Justification by Faith

by Tom Stewart

"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"

(John 5:24).

Faith is anything but passive, for "by faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the Promises offered up his only begotten son" (Hebrews 11:17). Faith is so bound up in the Other Conditions for our Justification, that to knowingly omit those other conditions, would declare our faith to be dead. "Faith without works is dead" (James 2:26). All the Other Conditions of our Justification are part of Evangelical Faith and are conditions for Eternal Salvation. These conditions may properly be called the Works of Faith, such as, perseverance (which is a description of those who follow Jesus to Heaven). "Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on Him, If ye continue in My Word, then are ye My disciples indeed" (John 8:31).

The Way of Salvation ---New Window
Sermon Collection

by Charles G. Finney

"The following 25 sermons represent ten percent of the sermons that C. G. Finney published in the periodical, 'The Oberlin Evangelist' ---New Window, 1839-1862. They were selected by Professor Cowles, who wrote down many of Finney's sermons, because he felt that they best exemplified the Gospel message in a concise presentation. The modern reader will find that Finney appeals to the heart by requiring his readers to think. 'Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool' (Isaiah 1:18). Finney depended upon the Holy Spirit to press home the logic of his case so that his readers would have to yield. 'Unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required' (Luke 12:48)." --Tom Stewart, WStS

He That Endureth to the End Shall Be Saved ---New Window

Or, The Biblical Doctrine of the Perseverance of the Saints
Or, Endurance is Necessary for Eternal Salvation

by Tom Stewart

"And ye shall be hated of all men for My Name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved"

(Matthew 10:22).

In our enthusiasm to promote God's Simple Plan of Salvation, we have made anathema any suggestion that the Scripture demands anything beyond the simple requirement to believe... The desire to protect Gospel Salvation from the Judaizers, who wrongly made the keeping of the Ceremonial Law of the Old Testament necessary for Salvation, has caused the Gospel requirement of persevering in faith, continuing in Christ, holding fast our confidence in Christ, or enduring to the end, to be laid aside from the claims of the Primitive Gospel. "We are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end" (Hebrews 3:14)...

You may ask, "Don't you believe in the Eternal Security of the Believer?" Most certainly, I do.
"And I give unto them Eternal Life; and they shall never perish" (John 10:28). But, we are nowhere to confuse the Security of the Believer with the Insecurity that Rightfully Belongs to ANY Sinner. "Whosoever abideth in Him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen Him, neither known Him" (1John 3:6). The self-deception of sin persuades the one who professes to know Jesus Christ that they have already been saved, even though they presently continue in unrepented sin. "In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God..." (1John 3:10)...

Persevering to the end is part of Saving Faith
; and therefore, it is a condition of Eternal Salvation. Holding fast our faith (or,
"confidence") is the same as enduring. "But Christ as a Son over His own house; Whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end" (Hebrews 3:6)...

The faith that believes that it is not necessary to endure to the end as a condition of Eternal Salvation prepares the Church for the Apostasy or Falling Away of the End Times... A cardinal tenet of faith is:
"According to your faith be it unto you" (Matthew 9:29). And, if we allow and prepare ourselves to fall away from the faith-- ever so briefly-- we will fall away! "For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he" (Proverbs 23:7)... Not only is it necessary for the Saints to endure or persevere to the end; but at the same time, both the Father and the Son have promised to preserve those who "continue in the faith". " man is able to pluck them out of My Father's hand" (John 10:29). This relationship where the Saints Endure While God Preserves was best expressed by the LORD Jesus: "My Father worketh hitherto, and I work" (John 5:17)...

Love is the motivation to endure to the end, but faith is the means to carry it out.
"For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by Love" (Galatians 5:6). Faith or confidence in the character of God is the only thing we can do to please God. "But without faith it is impossible to please Him..." (Hebrews 11:6). How can we ever mature without an ever increasing confidence in the character of God? And, how can we increase in confidence, if we do not persevere? "If ye will not believe, surely ye shall not be established" (Isaiah 7:9). Considering what the LORD Jesus did for us on the Cross, how can we justify sinning against Him? "Against Thee, Thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Thy sight..." (Psalm 51:4). Further, if we cannot bear to offend the Lamb of God, would it not be unreasonable for the LORD to preserve us in holiness?

ALL of GRACE ---New Window

by C. H. Spurgeon

An Earnest Word with Those Who Are Seeking Salvation
by the Lord Jesus Christ

"Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound."
Romans 5:20

"I HEARD A STORY; I think it came from the North Country: A minister called upon a poor woman, intending to give her help; for he knew that she was very poor. With his money in his hand, he knocked at the door; but she did not answer. He concluded she was not at home, and went his way. A little after he met her at the church, and told her that he had remembered her need: 'I called at your house, and knocked several times, and I suppose you were not at home, for I had no answer.' 'At what hour did you call, sir?' 'It was about noon.' 'Oh, dear,' she said, 'I heard you, sir, and I am so sorry I did not answer; but I thought it was the man calling for the rent.' Many a poor woman knows what this meant. Now, it is my desire to be heard, and therefore I want to say that I am not calling for the rent; indeed, it is not the object of this book to ask anything of you, but to tell you that salvation is all of grace, which means, free, gratis, for nothing.

Oftentimes, when we are anxious to win attention, our hearer thinks, 'Ah! now I am going to be told my duty. It is the man calling for that which is due to God, and I am sure I have nothing wherewith to pay. I will not be at home.' No, this book does not come to make a demand upon you, but to bring you something. We are not going to talk about law, and duty, and punishment, but about love, and goodness, and forgiveness, and mercy, and eternal life. Do not, therefore, act as if you were not at home: do not turn a deaf ear, or a careless heart. I am asking nothing of you in the name of God or man. It is not my intent to make any requirement at your hands; but I come in God's name, to bring you a free gift, which it shall be to your present and eternal joy to receive. Open the door, and let my pleadings enter. 'Come now, and let us reason together.' The Lord himself invites you to a conference concerning your immediate and endless happiness, and He would not have done this if He did not mean well toward you. Do not refuse the Lord Jesus who knocks at your door; for He knocks with a hand which was nailed to the tree for such as you are. Since His only and sole object is your good, incline your ear and come to Him. Hearken diligently, and let the good word sink into your soul. It may be that the hour is come in which you shall enter upon that new life which is the beginning of heaven. Faith cometh by hearing, and reading is a sort of hearing: faith may come to you while you are reading this book. Why not? O blessed Spirit of all grace, make it so!"

"Sermons from the Penny Pulpit"---New Window

by C. G. Finney

These sermons were preached by Mr. Finney
during his great revivals in London.
Thousands came to the LORD Jesus Christ.











































Forty-two Sermons in All!

Let not men deceive themselves, and suppose that because they are moral, they have done all that is required of them! Suppose a man is exempted from punishment, is he fitted for heaven? Has he come into sympathy with God? Is he prepared to enjoy God? could he dwell happily with the righteous in heaven? What sort of place could heaven be if you could enjoy it? You have not come into sympathy with Christ; you reject Christ; you reject the Sabbath; you reject the Holy Ghost; and can you think that a supposed morality will answer your turn? Let me warn you to flee away from such a refuge of lies as that!

Let me say before I sit down to those who profess to be religious, who profess to be born of God. Is your religion a thing which can be known? Do your neighbours know it? Does your family know it? or are you hiding somewhere? behind some refuge of lies? Have you got behind that deacon? for you may make a refuge of lies of him! Have you got behind your minister? for you may make a refuge of lies of him! Don't hide yourselves anywhere! Be satisfied with nothing but Christ. Don't get behind that woman! Put no false standard before you. Set no standard but Christ before you! Be satisfied with no opinions that don't mould your life. Be satisfied with no religion that is not the life of your souls. Flee away from every source of error, every refuge of lies, and trust only in that which will mold your character, sanctify your life, and make you blessed forever. I beg of you to think upon these things.

An Approving Heart-Confidence In Prayer ---New Window

from "The Way of Salvation"
Chapter XXII

by C. G. Finney

Let us turn this subject over till we get it fully before our minds. For what is it that our conscience rightly condemns us? Plainly for not obeying God according to the best light we have. Suppose now we turn about and fully obey the dictates of conscience. Then its voice approves and ceases to condemn. Now all just views of the Deity require us to consider the voice of conscience in both cases as only the echo of his own. The God who condemns all disobedience must of necessity approve of obedience; and to conceive of him as disapproving our present state would be, in the conviction of our own minds, to condemn him.

It is therefore by no means presumption in us to assume that God accepts those who are conscious of really seeking supremely to please and obey him.


A Vision of the Lost ---New Window

by William Booth
(1829 - 1912)

Founder of the Salvation Army

"On one of my recent journeys, as I gazed from the coach window, I was led into a train of thought concerning the condition of the multitudes around me. They were living carelessly in the most open and shameless rebellion against God, without a thought for their eternal welfare. As I looked out of the window, I seemed to see them all... millions of people all around me given up to their drink and their pleasure, their dancing and their music, their business and their anxieties, their politics and their troubles. Ignorant- willfully ignorant in many cases- and in other instances knowing all about the truth and not caring at all. But all of them, the whole mass of them, sweeping on and up in their blasphemies and devilries to the Throne of God. While my mind was thus engaged, I had a vision."

Salvation in the LORD ---New Window

Promises from the Word of God
that assure sincere seekers
that they WILL find.

(This link will take you to our "Promises" section.)

  • Ps. 85:4,7,9 "Turn us, O God of our Salvation, and cause Thine anger toward us to cease... 7 Show us Thy mercy, O LORD, and grant us Thy Salvation... 9 Surely His Salvation is nigh them that fear Him; that glory may dwell in our land."

  • Ps. 79:9 "Help us, O God of our Salvation, for the glory of Thy Name: and deliver us, and purge away our sins, for Thy Name's sake."

  • Ps. 27:9 "Hide not Thy face far from me; put not Thy servant away in anger: Thou hast been my Help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my Salvation."

  • John 10:9 "I am the Door: by Me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture."

  • Acts 2:21 "And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the Name of the LORD shall be saved."

  • Acts 4:12 "Neither is there Salvation in any other: for there is none other Name under Heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."

Specially for the Wayward ---New Window

The sermons below are tailored for sinners-- and preached

by Jonathan Edwards

(These links will take you to our "Voice of Philadephia" section- "Jonathan Edwards" Index.)

"Their foot shall slide in due time." -Deuteronomy 32:35
In this verse is threatened the vengeance of God on the wicked unbelieving Israelites, who were God's visible people, and who lived under the means of grace; but who, notwithstanding all God's wonderful works towards them, remained (as vers 28.) void of counsel, having no understanding in them.

Ezekiel 15:2-4 "Son of man, What is the vine tree more than any tree? Or than a branch which is among the trees of the forest? Shall wood be taken thereof to do any work? Or will men take a pin of it to hang any vessel thereon? Behold, it is cast into the fire for fuel; The fire devoureth both the ends of it, and the midst of it is burnt: Is it meet for any work?" The visible church of God is here compared to the vine tree, as is evident by God's own explanation of the allegory, in verses 6, 7, and 8.

Psalm 36:2 "For he flattereth himself in his own eyes, until his iniquity be found to be hateful." In the foregoing verse, David says, that the transgression of the wicked said within his heart, "that there is no fear of God before his eyes;" that is, when he saw that the wicked went on in sin, in an allowed way of wickedness, it convinced him, that he was not afraid of those terrible judgments, and of that wrath with which God hath threatened sinners If he were afraid of these he could never go on so securely in sin, as he doth.

PSALM 25:11 "For thy name's sake, O Lord, pardon my iniquity; for it is great." IT is evident by some passages in this psalm, that when it was penned, it was a time of affliction and danger with David.

EZEKIEL 22:14 "Can thine heart endure, or can thine hands be strong in the days that I shall deal with thee? I the Lord save spoken it, and will do it." IN the former part of this chapter, we have a dreadful catalogue of the sins of Jerusalem; as you may see from the first to the thirteenth verse.

GENESIS 6:22 "Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he." CONCERNING these words, I would observe three things: 1. What it was that God commanded Noah, to which these words refer. It was the building of an ark according to the particular direction of God, against the time when the flood of waters should come; and the laying up of food for himself, his family, and the other animals, which were to be preserved in the ark.

Spurgeon On the Themes of Salvation ---New Window

Excerpts taken from "Sermons of C. H. Spurgeon" ---New Window
and from "Faith's Checkbook" ---New Window

A Daily Devotional

    1. "Christ's First and Last Subject"
    2. "Coming to Christ"
    3. "The Covenant Promise of the Spirit"
    4. "Compel Them to Come In"
    5. "Coming Judgment of the Secrets of Men"
    6. "His Love; His Gift; His Son"
    7. "From Fetters Free"
    8. "Christ's Hospital"
    9. "Whom, When, How to Deliver"
    10. "Burdens Cast on Him"

Spurgeon On the Themes of Love ---New Window

Excerpts taken from "Faith's Checkbook" ---New Window

A Daily Devotional

    1. "His Love; His Gift; His Son"
    2. "The Reason for Singing"
    3. "Abiding in Obedience, in Love"
    4. "What of My House?"
    5. "Mark of Covenant Grace"

"Let Him kiss me with the kisses of His mouth: for Thy love is better than wine. Because of the savour of Thy good ointments Thy Name is as ointment poured forth, therefore do the Virgins love Thee. Draw me, we will run after Thee: the King hath brought me into His chambers: we will be glad and rejoice in Thee, we will remember Thy love more than wine: the upright love Thee"
(Song of Solomon 1:2-4).

The Wisdom of Seeking the Messiah ---New Window

by Tom Stewart

"But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find Him, if thou seek Him with all thy heart and with all thy soul" (Deuteronomy 4:29).

"The Second Psalm is the most concise revelation of the Person and Nature of the Messiah in the Psalms. It begins with a prophecy of the opposition of both Gentile and Jew against the LORD and His Messiah, and manifests Jehovah's wrathful displeasure in their rebellion. "1 Why do the heathen [i.e., the Gentiles] rage, and the people [i.e., Israel, God's peculiar people] imagine a vain thing? 2 The kings of the Earth [i.e., Rome's Pontius Pilate] set themselves, and the rulers [i.e., Israel's Herod Antipas] take counsel together, against the LORD, and against His Anointed [Hebrew, mashiyach, meaning Messiah], saying, 3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us [i.e., both Gentile and Jew assert their intention to break God's Law and live in open rebellion of Jehovah's restraint]. 4 He that sitteth in the Heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall have them in derision. 5 Then shall He speak unto them in His wrath, and vex them in His sore displeasure" (2:1-5). The Almighty establishes the Kingdom of the Messiah; and accordingly, the Messiah declares Himself to be the Son of God and royally decrees His Own Universal Dominion."

Salvation is of the Jews ---New Window

Or, Pray for the Conversion of Israel

by Tom Stewart

"Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for Salvation is of the Jews"
(John 4:22).

We, the Church, are bondservants of the LORD Jesus Christ, "Who gave Himself a ransom for all" (1Timothy 2:6), and we owe the Gospel to all men-- "to the Jew first, and also to the Greek" (Romans 1:16). But, especially do we owe the Gospel to Israel, for they transmitted to us Jehovah's "Covenants of Promise" (Ephesians 2:12)-- "unto them were committed the Oracles of God [the Scriptures]" (Romans 3:2)-- that pointed us to Jesus Christ. Israel will soon be converted to Jesus the Messiah, Who is the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem" (Psalm 122:6). Pray that the LORD will fulfill His Word that Israel will again know Him, i.e., "thou shalt know that I am the LORD" (Isaiah 49:23).

Without Love, I Am Nothing ---New Window

by Katie Stewart

"God is Love" (1 John 4:8).

As Christians, we ought to think of love, not just as something, but as Someone.
Love is Someone we know intimately. Whether Love is a Verb or a Noun, Love is divinely Someone. It's as if "Love" is another name for the LORD.

Seek the LORD ---New Window

by Katie Stewart

"The LORD is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeketh Him." (Lamentations 3:25). "The soul that seeketh Him" seeks that which is important to Him. Whatever is important to His Kingdom and pertains to His Righteousness is preeminently important to Him. Therefore, seeking the LORD certainly includes seeking that which benefits His Kingdom and justifies His Righteousness.

In Christ Jesus ---New Window
The Sphere of the Believer's Life
by A. T. Pierson

Containing a quote concerning Hinduism and Buddhism
by Sir Monier Williams
First published in 1898.

"A most forcible utterance of Sir Monier Williams, professor of Sanskrit in Oxford University, and, perhaps, the greatest living authority on all questions affecting the literature and faiths of the Orient. At an anniversary of the Church Missionary Society in London, some ten years ago, he delivered a most remarkable address, in which he said that, when he began investigating Hinduism and Buddhism, he began to believe in what is called the evolution and growth of religious thought. But he adds, and we give his own memorable words..."

What Every Man Knows ---New Window
from the series,
What the Bible Says About..." ---New Window

by Tom Stewart

"Let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth Me, that I am the LORD"
(Jeremiah 9:24).
"Man knows much more than he commonly admits.
ABC. 1-2-3. God is. He ought to be loved supremely. We ought to love our neighbour as ourselves... Acknowledging that we know what God says we know, 'as the Truth is in Jesus' (Ephesians 4:21), is the 'beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding' (Proverbs 9:10). Laying hold of the Truth will only be the beginning of an Eternity of learning about God."

Especially For You ---New Window

Even if you were the ONLY ONE to ever have needed Him.

Have you ever asked Jesus to come into your life?
God has a deep and tender love for you,
but He will not force His will upon you...
It's your choice!
"That if thou shalt confess with thy
mouth the LORD Jesus, and shalt
believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead,
thou shalt be saved."
-Romans 10:9

An Earnest Appeal to Roman Catholics. ---New Window

Or, Roman Catholicism Examined in Light of the Scriptures

by Tom Stewart

"We would have healed Babylon, but she is not healed: forsake her"
(Jeremiah 51:9).

If all would agree that Salvation comes only by the grace of God through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ upon the cross of Calvary-- "8 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" (Ephesians 2:8-9)-- then adherence to or rejection of the Church of Rome would simply be a test of Christian nobility, i.e., searching the Scriptures for proof to go out or stay in. "These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the Word with all readiness of mind, and searched the Scriptures daily, whether those things were so" (Acts 17:11).

Further, if anyone resorts to the investigation of Scripture, then a cardinal rule must be observed. You must be willing to obey the Scriptures. Jesus said,
"If any man will do His [the Father's] will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of Myself" (John 7:17). This cannot be an unreasonable rule, for Jesus Christ identifies Himself as the very Word that "was made flesh" (John 1:14), that we must obey. "For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the Word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in Truth, the Word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe" (1Thessalonians 2:13).

I propose to demonstrate from Scripture that Roman Catholicism is not a Christian religion, and that the Church of Rome is not a Christian Church. And, if so, then it would only be reasonable for all those who truly name the
"Name of Christ" (2Timothy 2:19) to separate themselves from this "MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH" (Revelation 17:5). Thus, the warning of the Revelation would fall upon your ears to come out of Babylon the Great. "Come out of her, My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues" (18:4).

The Majesty of the Atonement of Jesus Christ ---New Window

Or, Christ's Humanity Provided an Atoning Sacrifice for the Sins of Mankind

by Tom Stewart

"And not only so, but we also joy in God through our LORD Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the Atonement" (Romans 5:11).
"At this moment, only a short time before the
'glorious appearing of the Great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ' (Titus 2:13), it is a retrospective of awe and wonder that we would consider again the central, fundamental, and timeless theme of the atoning self-sacrifice of the Creator for the well-being of rebellious and sinful man... he most majestic act of God towards us was the Atonement of Jesus Christ on the Cross for all mankind. So marvelous was this act of atonement, that the angels were quite eager to see how the LORD would handle it. 'Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the Gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from Heaven; which things the angels desire to look into' (1Peter 1:12). Eternity cannot exhaust our study of the love of God that was manifested in His atonement for us."

According to Your Faith ---New Window

The Fundamental Rule of Conduct for the Kingdom of God

by Tom Stewart

"According to your faith be it unto you"
(Matthew 9:29).

Like a Divine Cycle, faith in the Promises teach us to trust in God, because "all the Promises of God in [Christ Jesus] are yea, and in Him Amen, unto the glory of God by us" (2Corinthians 1:20). Building Christian Confidence is not a humanistic confidence in self, but it is the confidence that God, "that cannot lie" (Titus 1:2), will do as He said. "God is not a man, that He should lie; neither the son of man, that He should repent: hath He said, and shall He not do it? or hath He spoken, and shall He not make it good?" (Numbers 23:19). The Apostle John wrote in his First Epistle that his purpose in writing, like a Divine Cycle, was to those who had already believed on the LORD Jesus, that they may further understand Him, that they would be encouraged to further trust Him. "These things have I written unto you that believe on the Name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have Eternal Life, and that ye may believe on the Name of the Son of God" (1John 5:13)... Faith is inescapably tied to the Promises. "That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the Promises" (Hebrews 6:12). The LORD will take us at whatever level of Spiritual development that we possess, and He will give further revelations of Himself, His Word, and His character. "He that hath My Commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth Me: and he that loveth Me shall be loved of My Father, and I will love Him, and will manifest Myself to Him" (John 14:21).

Forgiveness in the LORD ---New Window

compiled by Katie Stewart

in our "Promises" section

"For Thou, LORD, art good, and ready to forgive;
and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon Thee."

(Psalm 86:5)

True Repentance and Forgiveness ---New Window

by Katie Stewart

Scriptural definitions of both acts.

After your new birth, you will start your new life.
Your acceptance of the LORD Jesus, and your decision to follow Him, requires an understanding of His will for your new life.
Andrew Murray's help offered in "The New Life" is some of the very best guidance a new Christian can have.
Here is a sample...

"The New Life" ---New Window

Words of God for Young Disciples of Christ

by Andrew Murray

(This link will take you to our "Voice of Philadephia" section.)

How I wish that I could bring all young Christians to receive simply that word of their Father, `Lay up My words in your heart,' and to give their whole heart to become full of God's word. Resolve then to do this. Take pains to understand what you read. When you understand it, take then always one or another word to keep in remembrance and ponder. Learn words of God by heart; repeat them to yourself in the course of the day. The word is seed; the seed must have time, must be kept in the ground: so must the word be carried in the heart. Give the best powers of your heart, your love, your desire, the willing and joyful activity of your will, to God's word. `Blessed is the man whose delight is in the law of the Lord; and in His law doth he meditate day and night.' Let the heart be a temple, not for the world and its thoughts, but for God and His thoughts. (Ps. 119:69; John 15:3,7)

  • Ps 119:69 The proud have forged a lie against me: but I will keep thy precepts with my whole heart.
  • Joh 15:3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
  • Joh 15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

He that, every day, faithfully opens his heart to God's voice to hear what God says, and keeps and carries about that word, shall see how faithfully God also shall open His heart to our voice, to hear what we say to Him in prayer.

Read More on this topic. ---New Window

Especially for the Salvation of Children

How to Lead Your Child to Jesus ---New Window

Followed by, "Dear Little One," A Letter to Your Child

by Tom and Katie Stewart

For little ones, it is crucial to have a proper understanding of the Atonement that they may come to the lap of Jesus.
"Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls" (Matthew 11:29). The "letter" that follows the introduction is addressed to your son/daughter and uses the same basic concepts that we have used for very young children. Using this "letter," together with the introduction that explains the Atonement, may help you answer your child's questions. "And all thy children SHALL BE TAUGHT of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children" (Isaiah 54:13).

"Dear Little One" is the letter containing graphics, that you can "teach" your child. It's not to be read just once. Make these teaching times special-- times that your child looks forward to. Someday, you'll both remember in Heaven the time spent on the LORD's lap.

Suffer the Little Children to Come Unto Me ---New Window

Or, Of Such is the Kingdom of Heaven

by Katie Stewart

Laodicean doctrine often directs young Christian parents to believe that small children are not held accountable to God for their sins until they are quite old- between the ages of eight and twelve. This lie of Satan can leave our most cherished responsibilities, our own children, unguarded and open to the whims of the enemy. The Scriptures reveal God's thoughts on the "nurture and admonition" of very small children.

Included: advice given by the great servants of God,
Rev. Charles H. Spurgeon, and Rev. Charles G. Finney
(both from the Philadelphian Church Age ---New Window of the 1800's).

Our Children in the LORD ---New Window

compiled by Katie Stewart

in our "Promises" section

  • "For the Promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the LORD our God shall call." (Acts 2:39)

  • "And the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live." (Deuteronomy 30:6)

  • "And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children. In Righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee." (Isaiah 54:13,14)

Of added interest for young children:

The Very First Account of the "I Love You, Jesus" Day ---New Window

graphics and story by Katie Stewart
in our "Stories" section

An illustrated "story-reminder" for every young person who loves Jesus.
"And he was called the friend of God" (James 2:23).

Five animal friends have a terrific idea. They invent a holiday! They wish to make a special occasion just for telling Jesus how much all of them love Him. The party is also to be a surprise that they want to share with a human friend, their boy, Jonas. This special day reminds us that every single day should be "I Love You, Jesus" Day.

Please join Koala, Leopard, Teddy, Bunny, and Raccoon
as they encourage each other, and Jonas, to Love Jesus!

Exhort one another daily, while it is called To day"
(Hebrews 3:13).

"And Jesus called a little child unto Him, and set him in the midst of them, And said,
Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven."

Matthew 18:2-4

"But Jesus called them unto Him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto Me, and forbid them not: for of such is the Kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the Kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein."
Luke 18:16-17

"For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil."
Romans 16:19

Of Such is the Kingdom

excerpt from:
Sermons on Gospel Themes ---New Window


C. G. Finney

Remember the test -- this one plain simple principle: That and only that which saves from sin is true; all else is false and ruinous. Now you all have some hope of a happy future; what is this hope? Good or bad? Is it truthful and sure, or is it a refuge of lies?

Does your hope sanctify you -- does it make you humble, holy, prayerful? Does your faith purify your heart? Have you the fruits of the Spirit -- love, joy, peace, long-suffering? Have you daily communion with God? Are you so united to Him that you can say -- Truly we have fellowship with the Father? If so, this will be a hiding-place indeed -- not one which the hail shall sweep away, but one which shall save the soul.

Have you the life of God in your soul? Does it pervade your heart, and diffuse itself over all the chambers of your soul? Let nothing less than this avail to satisfy your mind.

Hear Catholics talk about the Virgin and the sacraments and absolution; what are all these things, and a thousand more such, good for if they do not save from sin? What is the use of running after these things that do not save?

But you say -- I love to believe that all will be saved; it makes me so happy. But does it make you holy? Does it renew your heart? This is the only sure test.

But you say, "I do not believe as you do." I answer, here are great facts. You are in sin. Are you saved from your sin by your system? If so, well; if not so, then it is not well. Will your believing it to be one way or the other make it so? Does believing a lie make it the truth? If you were to believe that you could walk on the water, or that water could not drown you, and should leap overboard, would your belief save you?

Dying sinner, all those refuges of lies will surely deceive and destroy you. It is time for you to arise and say -- I must have the religion of Jesus. Not having it, I can not go where Jesus is. With a lie in my right hand, what have I to hope for? None of you, I hope, have reached that forlorn state described by the prophet, "A deceived heart hath turned him aside, neither can he say to his soul, There is a lie in my right hand."

O, sinner, there is a Refuge for you which is not one of lies. There is a Hiding-place for you which no waters can reach to overwhelm. It lies far above their course. O, take refuge in Christ! away with these refuges of lies! Cry out -- Give me Christ and none besides! Christ and Him only -- for what have I to do with lies and delusions? You need to come into such communion with Christ that His power and presence and fullness shall flow through your heart fully and freely, and be in you a well of water springing up into everlasting life.


excerpt from:
The Excuses of Sinners Condemn God ---New Window

from "The Oberlin Evangelist," 1848 ---New Window

C. G. Finney

What infinite madness to rest on excuses which you dare not bring before God now! How can you stand before God in the judgment, if your excuses are so mean that you cannot seriously think of bringing one of them before God in this world? O, sinner, that coming day will be far more searching and awful than any thing you have seen yet. See that dense mass of sinners drawn up before the great white throne--far as the eye can sweep, they come surging up--a countless throng;--and now they stand, and the awful trump of God summons them forward to bring forth their excuses for sin. Ho, sinners--any one of you all--what have you to say why sentence should not be passed on you? Where are all those excuses you were once so free and bold to make? Where are they all? Why don't you make them now? Hark! God waits; he listens;--there is silence in heaven--all through the congregated throng--for half an hour--an awful silence--that may be felt; but not a word--not a moving lip among the gathered myriads of sinners there;--and now the great and dreadful Judge arises and lets loose his thunders. O, see the waves of dire damnation roll over the ocean-masses of self-condemned sinners! Did you ever see the judge rise from his bench in court to pass sentence of death on a criminal? There, see, the poor man reels--he falls prostrate, there is no longer any strength in him, for death is on him and his last hope has perished!

O, sinner, when that sentence from the dread throne shall fall on thee! Your excuses are as millstones around your neck as you plunge along down the sides of the pit to the nethermost hell!


excerpt from:
Systematic Theology ---New Window


C. G. Finney

Lastly, God requires you to give all diligence to make your calling and election sure. In choosing his elect, you must understand that he has thrown the responsibility of their being saved upon them; that the whole is suspended upon their consent to the terms; you are all perfectly able to give your consent, and this moment to lay hold on eternal life. Irrespective of your own choice, no election could save you, and no reprobation can damn you. The "Spirit and the Bride say, Come: let him that heareth say, Come; let him that is athirst come; and whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely." The responsibility is yours. God does all that he wisely can, and challenges you to show what more he could do that he has not done. If you go to hell, you must go stained with your own blood. God is clear, angels are clear. To your own Master you stand or fall; mercy waits; the Spirit strives; Jesus stands at the door and knocks. Do not then pervert this doctrine, and make it an occasion of stumbling, till you are in the depths of hell.

From Our "Stories" Section:

The Conversion of Martin Luther ---New Window
by Tom Stewart
"The Kingdom of God that flowered from that Reformation in Germany
'is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and cast into his garden; and it grew, and waxed a great tree; and the fowls of the air lodged in the branches of it'
(Luke 13:19)

The Conversion of Abraham Lincoln ---New Window
by Rev. James F. Jacquess
"There is written evidence that Abraham Lincoln became a Christian in 1839 in Springfield, Illinois."

"And He hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD."
(Psalm 40:3)

Rest Is a Gift
by C. H. Spurgeon
"Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest"
(Matthew 11:28).
We who are saved find rest in Jesus. Those who are not saved will receive rest if they come to Him, for here He promises to "give" it. Nothing can be freer than a gift; let us gladly accept what He gladly gives. You are not to buy it, nor to borrow it, but to receive it as a gift. You labor under the lash of ambition, covetousness, lust, or anxiety: He will set you free from this iron bondage and give you rest. You are "laden," yes, "heavy laden" with sin, fear, care, remorse, fear of death; but if you come to Him He will unload you. He carried the crushing mass of our sin that we might no longer carry it. He made Himself the great Burden-bearer, that every laden one might cease from bowing down under the enormous pressure.

Jesus gives rest. It is so. Will you believe it? Will you put it to the test? Will you do so at once? Come to Jesus by quitting every other hope, by thinking of Him, believing God's testimony about Him, and trusting everything with Him. If you thus come to Him the rest which He wilt give you will be deep, safe, holy, and everlasting. He gives a rest which develops into heaven, and He gives it this day to all who come to Him.

- excerpts from "Faith's Checkbook" ---New Window SEE TODAY'S ENTRY ---New Window by C. H. Spurgeon

Salvation isof the LORD.

Or, A Compendium of Scriptural Knowledge

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by Dr. Adam Clarke (1762-1832)

"When a sinner comes thus to God, with a broken and contrite heart, believing and trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ alone for salvation, God freely pardons him; and he knows and feels that he is pardoned, because his darkness and distress are all taken away; and the Spirit of God bears witness with his spirit that he is a child of God: this God has promised; and, therefore, it is the privilege of every Christian to know that his sins are forgiven him for Christs sake: and of this fact there are thousands of living witnesses in the Christian church. Let it ever be remembered that genuine faith in Christ will ever be productive of good works; for this faith worketh by love, as the apostle says, and love to God always produces obedience to his holy laws."

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