FILTER BY:

Developing Peace

Peace of mind is found only in the Christian who has learned to trust in God. God keeps only “him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because He trusteth in Thee’’ (Isa. 26:3). When we confess sinfulness, turn from our sins, and believe in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, then we […]

Continue reading

Goodwill

“the good will of Him that dwelleth in the bush” -Moses “with good will doing service as to the Lord!” -Paul “on earth peace, in men good will” -The Heavenly Host Christian, recovering from the set-back caused him by following Mr. Worldly-Wiseman’s counsel, went on once more in The Way with haste, heeding no one. […]

Continue reading

Eternal Truth

Rationalist logician avers argument powerful That Christ’s death no substitution signifies. Futile, worthless logic falls before the Cross: “We have received the atonement The Good Shepherd giveth His life for the sheep”— Doctrines of Grace He proclaims, holding heart and mind Deep-dyed with crimson stain To ingrain the wool of the soul. Where His word […]

Continue reading

A Pastoral Prayer

O Shepherd-Lord of rod and staff, Before thee now we bleat and pray, Who are the creatures of thy fold, That thou wilt bring us forth today. Thou Shepherd, whose strong voice we know, O guide and lead us in the way Beside the still, reflective pool, In sunlit fields to feed and play.   […]

Continue reading

God’s Controversy with Israel (7)

III. The Warning to Judah Against Apostasy and Judgment B. Avoid Profane Swearing 1. As swearing trivially, rashly, falsely, deceitfully            “Do not swear, ‘Yehovah hay’” i.e. Jehovah lives! Or Jehovah is living!  What is forbidden here is the not using God’s name as required, i.e., not exalting His good name alone.  One may not […]

Continue reading

God’s Controversy with Israel

II. D. The worst judgment: divine abandonment (17) “Ephraim is joined to idols: let him alone.” The Lord does not intend to lead Israel to repentance. For His decree is, Conscience, let him alone; Ministers, let him alone; Spirit of God in the Word, let him alone. There comes a day, too, when godly parents […]

Continue reading

Our Father

Our Father, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, therefore not the First Person of the Trinity, but the Triune Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.   Who art in heaven— Heaven is Thy Throne, earth Thy footstool; Thy throne and its dwelling place are for ever and ever, and Thou […]

Continue reading

God’s Controversy with Israel (5) Hosea 4

II.  B.  All the land ruined with pollution (3) “Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth in it shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of the heavens; yea, the fish of the sea also shall be taken away.” Here read Joel 1:9-13: “Therefore”—because of all those […]

Continue reading

Infant Baptism and the Gospel (4)

Note: This is Article IV in the series: I. Immersion in the Baptism Form, II. Incorporation Into Christ, III. Immersion, Children and the Lexicons.  A discussion follows between Rev. Johann Muller, Catechumen Charles Fessler, and Charles’ Baptist friend, Melvin Rausch. Rev. Muller: The topic of our discussion and theme of our lesson today is, Infant […]

Continue reading

Immersion, Children and the Lexicons (3)

Note: This is Article III is the Series: I. Immersion in the Baptism Form, II. Incorporation Into Christ.  A discussion follows between Pastor Johann Muller, Charles Fessler, a catechumen, and Melvin Rausch, Charles’ Baptist friend. Charles: Pastor Muller, today I’ve brought with me my friend Melvin, who is a member of Berachah Church.  He has […]

Continue reading

Incorporation into Christ (2)

Romans 6:1-13 Pastor:  For this lesson today, Charles, have you read the assigned passage (above) both in the King James Bible and in the New King James Bible? Catechumen:  Yes, I have and I’ve also memorized the definition you gave of “incorporation.” The dictionary says, “Incorporation is the act of uniting one body to another […]

Continue reading

Immersion in the Baptism Form (1)

Pastor: Step into my study, Charles.  Glad you could make this appointment.  I looked for you the other day, but— Catechumen: Sorry about that, Rev. Muller…now I’d like you to enlarge on that statement you made a little while ago.  You spoke of “immersion in the Baptism Form.” Would you please explain what you mean […]

Continue reading

God’s Controversy with Israel (4) Hosea 4:11

“Whoredom and wine and new wine take away the heart.”  There is a definite connection between drunkenness and whoredom, both corporeally and spiritually.  See Prov. 23:20, 27-35.  Wine may lawfully be used as a medicine.  I Tim. 5:23.  But taken to excess (Eph. 5:18), wine acts upon the body as a poison.  Deut. 32:33; Prov. […]

Continue reading

God’s Controversy with Israel (2): Hosea 4

“By swearing, and lying, and killing…” The world is full of it.  Daily killings continue in Afghanistan, Lebanon, Israel, Iraq, Iran, Ireland, in Sri Lanka, in Honduras, and Nicaragua.  But in our own land the crime of murder is appalling!  “Four (4) times as many Americans will be killed by abortion as by cancer…; 10 […]

Continue reading

“Paul…This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come” (II Tim. 1:1; 3:1). The former twenty-two articles of this series under this general heading were expounded according to the inspired perspective of Jude.  Now we propose to continue the theme from the perspective of Paul.  The name Paul means small, little. He […]

Continue reading

God’s Controversy with Israel (1)

I.  The Charges Made in God’s Controversy with Israel A.  The vicious and the profane everywhere (1,2) B.  Ignorance and forgetfulness of God (6) C.  Priests wicked and avid in iniquity (8) D.  Drunkenness and whoredom (11,14,18) E.  Activity in the occult – divination and witchcraft (12) F.  Bribery of rulers (18) II.  The Consequences […]

Continue reading

“And of some have compassion, making a difference; and others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire, hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.”  Jude 22, 23             The text is difficult to translate, one reason being because of many manuscript readings at this point.  But we offer the following rendering of […]

Continue reading

“But ye, Beloved, building up yourselves in (by means of) your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for (expecting) the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”  Jude 20, 21. Since mockers (v. 19) endeavor to corrupt and destroy the faith once-for-all delivered […]

Continue reading

Back Home in Distelfink Country

The expression has reference to “Pennsylvania Dutch country.”  We once thought Deuteronomy 11:12 could apply to it: “A land which the Lord thy God careth for.  The eyes of the Lord thy God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year unto the end of the year.”  By the way, this would make […]

Continue reading

Drama – How Far Should We Go?

The theme, as assigned, is intended not only to be eye-catching, but also to give opportunity to consider drama from the point of view of some Reformed principles.  As worded, the theme suggests a presupposed obligation or duty, and so no “Christian liberty,” as there is for example in, “Nutrition: How Far May We Go?”  […]

Continue reading

“These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage.” Jude 15. Jude continues to record the marks of apostates so that they may be recognized when they appear in the church.  The text may be translated, with paraphrase in parentheses, […]

Continue reading