Knowing The Will of God

‘And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.’   Full chapter _____________ Romans 12 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living … Continued

Jacob Wrestles in Prayer

Jacob, enriched, returns to the Promised Land after 20 years greatly afraid that Esau will attack him. His two prayers are here examined, especially the hours in wrestling and pleading with God. Here are God’s purposes with the encouragements and challenges for our praying.

The Bible, God’s Voice

‘For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.’   Full chapter _____________ Hebrews 4 Let us therefore fear, lest, a … Continued

Jacob’s Spiritual Journey

The theophany at Bethel and Jacob’s response. A sense of God the goal of preachers. The shocking fraud in marriage – what should Jacob have done? His spiritual virtues. His preparations for home; were his breeding methods credible? Lessons for posterity, and church and world again separated by God.

Cementing Church and World

Two distinct peoples were born to Rebekah. Isaac though godly never accepted that Jacob should have the entire heritage. He wanted Esau to head the family, while Jacob bore the seed royal. But God once again separated church and world. Here are the lessons.

Andrew the Soul Winner

‘One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ.’   Full chapter _____________ John 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with … Continued

The Obedience of Abraham’s Faith

Abraham’s mature faith – noble, magnificent trust; why he received such a hard test; the lessons for us; his reasoning and conclusion; his secret of submission to God; Isaac’s heroic faith and young believers; Jehovah Jireh – the Lord sees ahead and provides; exercising precious faith.

The Terms of Church Blessing

Unknown to Abraham God prepares for him a believing royal neighbour, but the patriarch repeats an old failing. Then Ishmael at 17 persecutes infant Isaac and Sarah realises the seed of the serpent aims to seize the inheritance. God restores separateness to the church. The lessons.

How the Church is Preserved

God disclosed to Abraham the destruction of Sodom because his descendants (the church) would ever need to be out of the culture of a world due for destruction. The deliverance of Lot pictures the embarrassment that believers may be found immersed in the world when judgement comes.

Christ’s Ascension

‘The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen: To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by … Continued

Abram Embraces Culture

At a time when many evangelicals want to be part of worldly culture, we take note of the sorry results of Abram and Sarai’s identical mistake – seeking a godly outcome by worldly means. Then the rich lessons for the Lord’s renewed covenant.

Abram’s Vision of the Future

Here is the first prophet of the Bible, the first vision, the first mention of justification by faith, and other ‘firsts’. How Abram’s seed resemble stars, and how Abram saw Christ as chief among them and believed God. Here also is the meaning of the burning furnace and lamp.

Christian Character

‘I will sing of mercy and judgment: unto thee, O LORD, will I sing. I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.’   Full chapter _____________ Psalm 101 I will sing of mercy and judgment: unto thee, … Continued

Connecting With God

Here Moses speaks to people who, despite decades of teaching and remarkable miracles, were still in a spiritual stupor, having no desire to know God. How like them we are before conversion! Here are reasons why we need the Lord, and some of the persuasive pleadings of the Bible.

Promises Opened by Faith

Abram’s renewed faith; how Lot, though godly, gradually declines in commitment to his earthly hurt; God’s enlarged promises to Abram and the condition of faith met; faith in the rescue of Lot; Abram discloses his vow to God and his refusal of earthly help, with lessons.

The Elder Brother – So Close but so Far

‘Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing.’   Full chapter _____________ Luke 15 Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him. And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and … Continued

Laodicea: the Half-Hearted Church

‘And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God.’   Full chapter _____________ Revelation 3 And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, … Continued

The Journey of Faith Begins

Abraham responds to God’s four ‘I will’ promises despite impediments to faith. Sarai’s view of marriage. A nomad for God – principles for today. The lie to Pharaoh to preserve the promised seed a momentary loss of the four promises; lessons for us.

The Deep Significance of Babel

The line of Shem (seed of the woman) had become too close to the line of unbelief when mankind rebelliously built Babel. Judgement forced dispersal to predetermined locations and called out God’s people. Here is the meaning of the dramatic event.

Philadelphia: the Faithful Church

‘And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth.’ Full chapter _____________ Revelation 3 And unto the angel of the church in Sardis … Continued

Great Principles from the Flood

In this historical event is the first imperative ‘come’ of the Bible, a rich type of faith, judgement to come, grace and eternal security. Here too are attributes of God, persisting human depravity, and the theme running through Scripture – the gulf between the world and the church.

The Very First Church Compromise

By Noah’s time the church of Adam and Seth had so degenerated that it became intertwined with the world – the line of Cain, and the moral breakdown of both was complete. Heroic Noah and family would alone survive. Here are the lessons of the Flood.

Beginning of the Two Nations

As Genesis 3 foretold, the ages-long history of hostility of the world toward the church begins, Abel then Seth representing the godly. Here also is the first death, God’s call of mercy to Cain, the warning, the curse, and the defiance of unbelief.

Thyatira: the Tolerant Church

‘And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass; I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be … Continued

The Fall of Man

The arrival of guilt and sin, shame and conscience. The serpent’s method then (and now), the choice of disobedience, the compound sin, the consequences, the beginning of enmity between the church and world, and the Gospel of the promised seed; with observations and application.

The Garden of Eden

Proving there are no contradictions between Genesis 1 and 2; the Sabbath established, and its purpose; the Garden located; its central trees; the covenant test of man; the profound method for forming the woman and its lessons for marriage throughout time.

The Beginning of the World

A new series in Genesis. Why God phased creation over six days; why the particular order; the full glories of light; the higher purpose of night; the picture of a divine craftsman working to the pinnacle of all – mankind. How the literal view deepens faith.

Pergamos: the Lord or the World

‘And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges; I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my … Continued

Filled With God’s Fullness

For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, Whereby, when ye read, ye may … Continued

Ephesus: Revival or Removal

‘Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks.’   Full chapter _____________ Revelation 2 Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven … Continued

Knowing God’s Purpose

‘Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.’   Full chapter _____________ Ephesians 1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will … Continued

Praying for Souls

‘I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men.’   Full chapter _____________ 1 Timothy 2 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that … Continued

Defining the Church

‘These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly: But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.’ Sermon by Dr Peter Masters Full chapter _____________ … Continued

The Beauty of the Church

‘This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.’   Full chapter _____________ 1 Timothy 3 This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one … Continued

The Voice of the Blood

Blood signifies violence, death and sacrifice – the blood of which was applied. Blood is emotive, showing the lengths to which Christ went for His own. Was atoning blood shed at Gethsemane or Gabbatha? How do we defeat Satan by the blood? Did Christ take His blood to Heaven?

Matthew Meets His Master

‘And after these things he went forth, and saw a publican, named Levi, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he said unto him, Follow me.’   Full chapter _____________ Luke 5 And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake … Continued

End Times – Things to Come

A scan of events and trends which are to occur in society and in churches as the end of the age draws near, taken from Revelation, Christ’s words in Matthew 24, and also from 2 Thessalonians 2 and 2 Timothy 3. Also: how believers should react and respond to these.

Paul’s Outstanding Helpers

A single study on the special contribution of those to whom Paul sent greetings at Rome: Phebe, Priscilla, Aquila, Epaenetus, Andronicus, etc. What they did, and their contributions took on significance beyond anything they could have imagined – as ours also may.

None Greater Than John

A single study on the life and teaching of John the Baptist, showing the lessons in his perfect discharge of the commission God gave him, and including his handling of doubt. Here is the last of the prophets, who was himself the subject of prophecy.

Refining our Faith

‘ That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.’   Full chapter _____________ 1 Peter 1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout … Continued

The Duty of Contentment

Godliness (reverence) is firmly coupled with contentment (satisfaction), and together they are the source of true riches. Reverence sees God’s wisdom, power, love, goodness, providence, protection and plans, while contentment feels them in personal experience, causing us to be lost in wonder, love and praise.

He That Believes

‘Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.’   Full chapter _____________ Isaiah 28 Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim, whose glorious beauty is a … Continued

Three Neglected Spiritual Disciplines

‘I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.’ Full chapter _____________ Psalm 119 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. Thy word have I hid in … Continued

“Into thy hands I commend my spirit”

‘And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.’   Full chapter _____________ Luke 23 And the whole multitude of them arose, and led him unto Pilate. And they began to accuse him, saying, We found … Continued

The Seven Pillars of Character

‘And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.’   Full chapter _____________ 2 Peter 1 Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to … Continued

The Pilgrimage Concept

Are we living as strangers and pilgrims, a vital concept for the Christian journey? Throughout the Bible this is the rule, and here are its hardships and its many comforts, together with biblical dos and don’ts, and the resulting spiritual gains and benefits.

It Is Finished

‘When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.’ The Lord Jesus Christ said: ‘Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I … Continued

The Spiritual Pilgrimage of John Mark

‘Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church.’   Full chapter _____________ Acts 12 Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church. And he killed James the brother of John with the sword. And because he saw … Continued

Persecution – the Lord’s Counsel

‘Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.’   Full chapter _____________ Matthew 10 And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of … Continued

Three Christian Duties

‘Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.’   Full chapter _____________ 1 Thessalonians 5 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the … Continued

Today in Heaven

‘And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.’   Full chapter _____________ Luke 23 And the whole multitude of them arose, and led him unto Pilate. And they began to accuse him, saying, We found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to give … Continued

Christian Era Prophecies of Jeremiah

Here are the prophecies of Christ, the Branch, and of His ransom for sinners; of the return of the exiles; of the calling out of believers in the Gospel age; of the calling of the Gentiles; of the New Testament ministry, and the regenerate character of the church.

Counsel for Hostile Times

Although almost alone in his stand, Jeremiah obeyed God’s express command in these chapters to make no concession to apostate culture (unlike many evangelicals today). Here also is the source of his strength, his occasions of doubt, meeting with God’s reproof, and his preaching emphasis.

“Woman, behold thy son!”

‘When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son!’   Full chapter _____________ John 19 Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him. And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on … Continued

A Prophet’s Advice to Christian Workers

Here we glean the necessity of 1) strong sorrow for the lost, 2) ministering for conviction, 3) humbling ministry, 4) expansive labouring, 5) readiness for trials, 6) closeness to Christ. Precious and powerful verses to challenge and enliven sincere students of the Word.

How to Plead With Souls

Why does the prophet appeal to Judah to repent, when he knows they never will? So that God’s heart in the matter will be seen, obstinacy revealed and so that individuals may find the Lord. Here are lines of appeal still to be used today.

Redeemed with the Precious Blood of Christ

‘Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers.’   Full chapter _____________ 1 Peter 1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, Elect according to the foreknowledge … Continued

Two-Timing the Lord

The unfaithful wife called back shows God’s patience to rebellious Israel. How much more to true believers who should never delay repentance after waywardness. Compromised Judah prayed to the true God from idol shrines! Reasons why worldly evangelicals forfeit real blessing today.

Jeremiah Speaks to Us

Modern translators and writer destroy the message of Jeremiah by calling his words charges or accusations against Judah rather than pleadings (KJV). Here is how we are meant to read these pleadings and apply them to ourselves, to derive challenge and comfort.

God’s Call in Hostile Times

In 627 BC the long ministry begins. His call is our call – analysing the features, terms and privileges. Jeremiah’s good reluctance, his anointing and level of conviction; the certain outcome of his words (and ours). Are we in the last phase of the age?

The Sufficiency of God’s Word

The principle that God’s Word gives authoritative, detailed instructions for all spiritual matters, including doctrine, worship and methods, is now being denied by evangelicals who want liberty to innovate. Here are the texts that prove the principle, especially Paul’s passages about a precise pattern for the church.

The Prayers of Nehemiah

All the prayers of the book reviewed, long and short, to see how God’s servant prayed; his petitions, anxieties, and arguments up to his final ‘eschatological’ pleas looking forward to the revealing of Christ. All the prayers may be ours, and have the last Great Day in view.

The Precious Word of God

‘Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.’   Full chapter _____________ 1 Peter 1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through … Continued

The Necessity and Blessings of Separation

The Lord’s binding commands (in a series of texts)to stand apart from doctrinal unbelief and from sinfully conceived aspects of worldly culture. How in the case of worldly methods “the medium the message”. The result of disobedience, and the place of secondary separation.

Recovery from Spiritual Decline: The Enemy Enters

The wall is complete, but within a few years the enemy is given quarters in the Temple. Confessions of faith are vital but the enemy may still enter by polluted practices. The entry of the world into the church, and what we should do.

Othniel A Picture of Christ

‘And when the children of Israel cried unto the LORD, the LORD raised up a deliverer to the children of Israel, who delivered them, even Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother.’   Full chapter _____________ Judges 3 Now these are the nations which the LORD left, to prove Israel by them, even as … Continued

Recovery from Spiritual Decline: The Obligated Life

The remnant re-establishing Jerusalem were to enter into formal covenant with God, a type of the sense of obligation and commitment of believers today. Here is the remarkable pattern for true worship and consecration and a list of personal obligations, derived from the chapter.

Recovering from Spiritual Decline – Priorities in Reform

The order of reform (temple-walls-populating) equals: (1) worship, (2) defining and defending the faith, (3) evangelism. The calamitous reinvention of the church by evangelicals who reject God’s pattern. Also the revival of exposition and reverent worship, and the promotion of true joy in the Lord.

Recovery from Spiritual Decline: Enemies and Separation

Progress reveals enemies who show friendship but plot to kill, and other subtle attempts to stop the work – applications for today. Here also is a brief survey of the duty of biblical separation, its necessity, and the scope for discretion.

Grace Our Teacher

‘For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;’   Full chapter _____________ Titus 2 But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, … Continued

Precautions for Recovery

The demoralised state of Judah (because faith failed) compared with the torpidity of our reformed churches in Britain. Lessons from the hostility of enemies to the stirring of Zion, plus weaknesses within and the need for watchfulness by churches and individual believers. Things to be watched.

Recovery from Spiritual Decline

Introducing Nehemiah; background information, the shocking news of failure from Judah, the diagnosis (‘our fault’), the admirable prayer, the sacrificial decision to go, and the plea to the king. Twelve key applications – qualifications which secured Nehemiah’s ‘call’ to a mission of civic and spiritual recovery

No More Sea

‘And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.’   Full chapter _____________ Revelation 21 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and … Continued

Moses Teaches Humility

Here is a magnificent 3,500-year-old sermon about humility, providing ten aspects of life in which humility is the central element. How, for example, may a CEO remain humble before the Lord? The prophet endowed with greater meekness than all, apart from Christ, provides the key.

The Price of Our Redemption

‘Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.’ Full chapter _____________ 1 Peter 1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to … Continued

Useful versus Useless

‘Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.’   Full chapter _____________ Psalm 1 Blessed … Continued

Moses on How to Love the Lord

Surely it is the chief concern of truly saved people to keep alive and increase the vital flame of love for God. Here are the deep counsels of Moses on the various essential expressions of love to God which should be our pursuit, with hindrances and helps.

The Last Sermons of Moses (2)

Moses reviews how a generation was set aside by God, and how the Israelites were forbidden to seize three nations, but to bypass them. Here is the stream of ongoing and vital principles that apply to the life of churches and individual believers to this day.

The Last Sermons of Moses

Almost 3500 years ago Moses preached his last sermons to the church of old, and these are preserved for us today in Deuteronomy. Here are the doctrines, comforts, promises and exhortations of the inspired pastor-prophet more quoted by the Saviour than any other.

Godly Communication

‘O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.’   Full chapter _____________ Matthew 12 At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of corn, … Continued

Resenting Grace

‘For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard.’   Full chapter _____________ Matthew 20 For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to … Continued

The Lord Equips His Disciples

‘After these things Jesus shewed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and on this wise shewed he himself.’   Full chapter _____________ John 21 After these things Jesus shewed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and on this wise shewed he himself. There were together Simon Peter, … Continued

Training for the Christian Life

Girding up the loins of the mind is vital protection from the unprecedented self-indulgence and self-seeking of today’s culture, in which what we want, like and enjoy determines everything. Here is Peter’s exhortation to manage our thoughts and emotions, with inspired encouragements.

Christ’s Teaching on the Commandments

Five ways by which the Lord fulfils and completes the moral law, leaving it as the “royal law” and standard of holiness for believers. Here, also are the texts which prove that the 4th commandment (the sabbath principle) is repeatedly affirmed in the New Testament.

Being Heavenly Minded

‘For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.’   Full chapter _____________ Philippians 3 Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe. Beware of dogs, beware of … Continued

Are We Truly Citizens Of Heaven?

‘LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill? He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.’   Full chapter _____________ Psalm 15 LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill? He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, … Continued

Downcast Yet Triumphant!

‘As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.’   Full chapter _____________ Psalm 42 As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God? … Continued

Satan’s Power, and its Limitations

Here are many facts about Satan and his demons, what they can and cannot do since Calvary, including their inability to possess people (not deeply involved in occult activity), or to search hearts and read thoughts. Here also is how we are to resist him.

Spiritual Vigour

We are meant to see ourselves as people commissioned by God to engage in a noble warfare, sent on our way with strong promises of success. To avoid failure, and to know the nearness of Christ, we must constantly exercise faith and heed conscience, but do we? Here is how we should do so.

Paul Our Pattern

Aspects of Paul’s God-given example, including his simplicity, courage (only he could reform the church at Jerusalem!), loyalty to his calling, great feelingfulness, and spirit of sacrifice – body, heart and mind. What an inspiration, challenge and aim is his life, yet speaking across the centuries.

A Model Young Believer

Timothy proves that a third-generation Christian does not have to be third-rate. Here is his background and characteristics, together with the race analogy which kept him in daily prayer and effort. This is the life of ‘focus’ which we all need, young and old.

Appropriating God’s Peace

How do we cope with troubles? Do we put into practice the steps so carefully presented by Paul for finding God’s peace? Here are those five steps for knowing peace even at the eye of the storm, which keeps our reasoning clear, and the Lord in view.

Helps for Overcoming Sin

A surprising number of striking helps stand out in the course of the epistle, some designed to jolt us, and others to help motivate us to more conscientious effort. From true confession to steps for keeping the soul, here are ten inspired counsels for the battle against sin.

Christian Loyalty

Compromising Sardis and faithful Philadelphia are here contrasted. Doctrine was right, but the ‘works’ of Sardis were its ruin, doubtless because members accommodated in their lives idolatry. Today the equivalent is worldliness in personal life and in worship. Which church do we resemble?

Strengthening Faith

Given by God, faith suddenly brings to life the realities of the Gospel and we come to Christ. It also has a rational aspect here explained. Then it must be exercised and increased as life goes on, and this famous, inspiring passage shows how we must do this in all circumstances.

God’s Directions for Happiness

A remarkable group of proverbs teach that spiritual joy must be deepened by the individual believer taking the rights steps here enumerated. They also show that joy needs spiritual priorities, restraint over material things, fellowship, control of anger, and worthy not trivial meat for the mind. Here is spiritual happiness!

Exploring the Love of Christ

A single study showing the nature of Christ’s love for His own, which in turn compels, motivates and energises us to love and serve Him. Illustrated by reference to various miracles of Christ, each highlighting a distinctive, precious and heart-warming aspect of His love.

Lifting Up the Soul

Not blissful happiness or ‘Christian hedonism’, because in a world of sin there are countless griefs and trials, but the lifting up of the inner person. This psalm remarkably conducts us through an agenda for thanksgiving and reflection that greatly strengthens and gladdens the heart.

Communion with Christ

Communion is described by Paul, not in terms of a mystical sensation, but as the realisation of Christ’s love in our ‘inner lives’. Here we see how His love passes knowledge; how it is a lifelong and eternally-progressive appreciation; how it transforms us; and how it makes us feel.

The Message of Malachi

The last prophet of the OT challenges Jerusalem’s severe spiritual decline, around 425 BC. The trouble lay with insincere ministers, shocking compromise, and sheer lack of commitment. Yet here also are detailed predictions of Christ, of the age of the Gospel, and of the eternal destiny of the faithful.

The Purpose and Message of Haggai

The first wave of Jews to return from Babylonian exile had stopped building the temple to focus on their own homes. Haggai brings God’s rebuke, revealing how God inhibits the happiness of His erring people, then giving immense encouragement, assurance of preservation, and prophesying Christ’s coming and the Christian era.

The Dedication of the Temple

‘Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel, and all the heads of the tribes, the chief of the fathers of the children of Israel, unto king Solomon in Jerusalem, that they might bring up the ark of the covenant of the LORD out of the city of David, which is Zion.’   Full chapter _____________ … Continued

Striking Contrasts

‘The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes.’ Full chapter _____________ Psalm 36 The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes. For he flattereth himself in his own eyes, until his iniquity be … Continued

Daniel, Prophet of the Exile

Everything in Daniel’s exceptional life and ministry arose from his first test on arrival in Babylon. This, with later tests, and his revelations, maintained him for 70 years at the top of an empire, for the preservation of Zion, and for imparting unique prophecies on historic eras and the last times. Here is biblical faithfulness at its noblest.

Inspiration from Josiah – Judah’s Last Good King

Related Resources Sermon Series: Portrait of the Prophets Dr Peter Masters Here are sermons on the Old Testament prophets. Examine the amazing prophecies of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Hosea and all of God’s messengers. See also the the reigns of King Hezekiah and Josiah – Judah’s last good King. Series: Prophets Portrait of the Prophets Isaiah 6.13 … Continued

The Life of King Hezekiah

Related Resources Awakening under Hezekiah From a series entitled ‘Lessons in Faith’ from the life of Hezekiah. Related Resource: Lessons in Faith From Hezekiah Lessons in Faith From Hezekiah Part of a series of Bible Studies from 2 Kings entitled ‘Lessons in Faith’. Related Resource: Awakening under Hezekiah Hezekiah’s Defence of Jerusalem As described in … Continued

Three Kings in Hosea’s Time

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Portrait of the Prophets – Hosea Speaks of Christ

Related Resources Sermon Series: Portrait of the Prophets Dr Peter Masters Here are sermons on the Old Testament prophets. Examine the amazing prophecies of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Hosea and all of God’s messengers. See also the the reigns of King Hezekiah and Josiah – Judah’s last good King. Portrait of the Prophets – The Vision of … Continued

Portrait of the Prophets (2) The Earliest Writers

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Portrait of the Prophets

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Elisha Still Lives

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What Elisha’s Prophets Taught

What Elisha’s prophets taught – alongside the law, salvation and the psalms of spiritual life, they taught God’s lessons from events, including the miracles of Elijah and Elisha. Here are examples of their sermons from miracles, including the siege of Samaria and its overthrow.

Analysing Semi-Conversion

Analysing semi-conversion – Elisha’s servant despite his spiritual advantages fell, and the reasons show pseudo-conversion, its signs, causes and dangers. By contrast the miracle of the floating axe shows a student prophet with marks of grace and dependence on the Lord.

God Blesses Individuals

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The Gospel in a Verse

‘And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.’   Full chapter _____________ 1 Thessalonians 1 Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace … Continued

Miracles for God’s Servant

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Spiritual Lessons from the Life of Elisha

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Elijah’s Triumphant Years

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Elijah’s Vindication at Horeb

The spiritual meaning behind Elijah’s withdrawal (not desertion!) from Jezebel’s murderous threats, his deep dismay and despondency at the seeming failure of Carmel events to move hardened Israelites, and his pilgrimage to Sinai seeking light. God’s gracious treatment of His faithful prophet, and his new commission.

Spiritual Lessons from Mount Carmel

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Spiritual Lessons from Elijah

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Bible Psychology

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Solomon’s Fall and Repentance

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Zenith of Solomon’s Reign

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Christ and His Temple

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Solomon’s Wisdom

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David and Solomon

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The Apostle Peter – Coping with Extreme Pressure

‘Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church.’   Full chapter _____________ Acts 12 Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church. And he killed James the brother of John with the sword. And because he saw … Continued

God, A Faithful Creator

‘Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.’   Full chapter _____________ 1 Peter 4 Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that … Continued

The Love of Christ

‘I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.’   Full chapter _____________ Galatians 2 Then fourteen years after I … Continued

Hindrances to Spiritual Progress

‘Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way.’   Full chapter _____________ Psalm 119 Teach me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end. Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart. … Continued

Our Manifesto

Ministry at the Tabernacle hardly ever refers to the church’s own labours, but this message sets out vital aims of the seminary (LRBS) in the preparation of preachers and officers for the eight principal spiritual battles of our day. Here are the issues – so often not addressed in seminaries – that are testing and sifting Bible churches today.

Exercising Gifts

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Seven Strands for Safety and Certainty

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What Pleases God?

‘Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?’   Full chapter _____________ Ezekiel 33 Again the … Continued

Judgements and Promises

‘The burden of the word of the LORD in the land of Hadrach, and Damascus shall be the rest thereof: when the eyes of man, as of all the tribes of Israel, shall be toward the LORD.’   Full chapter _____________ Zechariah 9 The burden of the word of the LORD in the land of … Continued

Christian Contentment

‘But godliness with contentment is great gain.’ Full chapter _____________ 1 Timothy 6 Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed. And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are … Continued

Spiritual Lessons from the Life of David (8)

David’s census – a lesson for God’s people throughout time about acting only on divine authority. Who inspired it: God or Satan? Why was it so wrong? The ‘normative principle’ of God’s rule over us. The problem of pride and God’s precautions for us. A verse also about heartfelt worship.

Spiritual Lessons from the Life of David (7)

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Spiritual Lessons from the Life of David (6)

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Spiritual Lessons from the Life of David (5)

‘And it came to pass after this, that Absalom prepared him chariots and horses, and fifty men to run before him. And Absalom rose up early, and stood beside the way of the gate: and it was so, that when any man that had a controversy came to the king for judgment, then Absalom called … Continued

Spiritual Lessons from the Life of David (4)

The contrast between love and lust seen in Amnon’s rape of Tamar; Jonadab, like Satan, will prove a treacherous friend; Absalom unites charm and murderous cunning; a coup prepared after ’40 years’ – not an error but linking to the public mood that deposed Samuel.

Autumn Sun

Following comments on the summary of David’s wars (ch 8), the kindness shown to Mephibosheth (ch 9), and the Ammonite war (ch 10), this message focusses on the fall of David into sin, the causes and consequences, applied to God’s people today (ch 11-12).

The Christian’s Minority Status

‘And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them, If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.’   Full chapter _____________ Luke 14 And it came … Continued

Spiritual Lessons from the Life of David (3)

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Spiritual Lessons from the Life of David (2)

‘Again, David gathered together all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand. And David arose, and went with all the people that were with him from Baale of Judah, to bring up from thence the ark of God, whose name is called by the name of the LORD of hosts that dwelleth between the cherubims.’ … Continued

Spiritual Lessons from the Life of David

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Spiritual Lessons from Saul and David (6)

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Spiritual Lessons from Saul and David (5)

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Spiritual Lessons from Saul and David

‘Now the Philistines gathered together their armies to battle, and were gathered together at Shochoh, which belongeth to Judah, and pitched between Shochoh and Azekah, in Ephes-dammim. And Saul and the men of Israel were gathered together, and pitched by the valley of Elah, and set the battle in array against the Philistines.’ Related Resources … Continued

From Saul to David

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Faith Demonstrated in the Life of Samuel (3)

‘Then Samuel took a vial of oil, and poured it upon his head, and kissed him, and said, Is it not because the LORD hath anointed thee to be captain over his inheritance?’  

Faith Demonstrated in the Life of Samuel

‘And the word of Samuel came to all Israel. Now Israel went out against the Philistines to battle, and pitched beside Eben-ezer: and the Philistines pitched in Aphek. And the Philistines put themselves in array against Israel: and when they joined battle, Israel was smitten before the Philistines: and they slew of the army in … Continued

The Birth and Call of Samuel

‘Now there was a certain man of Ramathaim-zophim, of mount Ephraim, and his name was Elkanah, the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephrathite: And he had two wives; the name of the one was Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah: and Peninnah … Continued

Faith Demonstrated in the Book of Judges (4)

‘And it came to pass in those days, when there was no king in Israel, that there was a certain Levite sojourning on the side of mount Ephraim, who took to him a concubine out of Beth-lehem-judah.’  

Faith Demonstrated in the Book of Judges (3)

‘And there was a man of mount Ephraim, whose name was Micah. And he said unto his mother, The eleven hundred shekels of silver that were taken from thee, about which thou cursedst, and spakest of also in mine ears, behold, the silver is with me; I took it. And his mother said, Blessed be … Continued