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"Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables."   II Timothy 4:2-4

Preach the word,... Either Christ the essential Word, who is the sum and substance of the Gospel ministry; or the word of truth and faith, the Gospel of salvation, the word of righteousness, peace, and reconciliation by Christ; which is to be preached, or published, in like manner as heralds proclaim the will of their princes; openly, publicly, and with a loud voice, without adding to it, or taking from speaking out the whole, and keeping back no part of it; and that with all courage and boldness: some copies read, "the word of God"; and the Ethiopic version, "his word"; that is, the word of Christ:

be instant in season, out of season; that is, be constant and assiduous in the work of the ministry; be always and wholly in it, either preparing for it, or performing it; or doing those things which are annexed to it, or follow upon it; redeem time, and take every opportunity of dispensing the mysteries of grace, as a faithful steward of them; not only make use of the common and stated seasons for the ministration of the word and ordinances, but embrace every other that offers; make use not only of those seasons which may seem commodious and advantageous both to preacher and hearer, and promise usefulness and success, but even such as may seem incommodious and disadvantageous to flesh and blood; such as times of persecution and opposition; but none of these things should deter and move from the preaching of the Gospel. Several parts of the ministerial function to be insisted on and attended to are next mentioned, as being within the solemn charge given before God and Christ:

reprove; errors, and men for their errors and heresies; make use of convincing arguments taken out of the Scriptures, which are profitable for reproof of this kind; and which reproof sometimes is to be given with sharpness, as the case requires, that men may be sound in the faith.

Rebuke; or chide for sin; some privately, others more publicly, according to the nature and circumstances of the offence; some more gently, others more roughly, as is needful.

Exhort; to all the duties of religion respecting God and man; to show love, and to do good works; to hold fast the profession of faith, and walk as becomes the Gospel of Christ; and to persevere in faith and holiness: or "comfort", as the word may be rendered; for as the ministers of the Gospel are in some cases to be "Boanergeses", sons of thunder, so other cases they should be Barnabases, sons of consolation; and comfort distressed minds, by preaching the comfortable doctrines of peace, pardon, righteousness and salvation by Jesus Christ:

with all longsuffering: or patience. The success of the Gospel ministry should be patiently waited for as husbandmen do for the fruits of the earth. Those that give into error, and oppose themselves to the truth, should be instructed in meekness; and those who are overtaken in a fault should be gently rebuked, and restored in such a spirit; and every exhortation should be pressed as persons are able to bear it:

and doctrine; in a way that is instructive and teaching, and in agreement with the doctrine of the Scriptures, which are profitable for that purpose.

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Helps Against Temptations   by Thomas Brooks       * Feature Message *
If God should chain up Satan, and give him no liberty to tempt the sons of men to vanity or folly, they would not, they could not but sin against Him by reason of that cursed nature that is in them. Satan has only a persuading sleight, not an enforcing might.

How To Keep A Clean Heart   by Samuel Logan Brengle
Two or three years ago, a brother, going to the foreign field, arose in one of my meetings and said, 'I got the blessing three times but lost it twice. The third time I got it the Lord taught me how to keep it through this text "As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord so walk ye in Him"' (Colossians 2:6).

The Cross   by Archibald Alexander
The death of Christ on the cross may well be reckoned mysterious, for it was at the same time a cursed and a blessed death. Christ was "made a curse for us," that he might deliver us from the curse of the law. And yet Christ's death on the cross is the most blessed event which ever occurred in the world; for on the cross the price of our redemption was paid.

Professing Christians, Awake!   by Asahel Nettleton
Sleeping Christians allow personal ease to compete with spiritual duty. Religion is the great business of the Christian's life. It imposes on him many responsibilities that are in painful opposition to his fleshly desires. However, to neglect spiritual duties for the sake of personal comfort is to indulge in spiritual slothfulness.

Maintaining The Holiness Standard   by Samuel Logan Brengle
"Such was the doctrine of the first Christians, and such was their experience; and to this doctrine and experience The Salvation Army has been committed from the beginning. This has been both its reproach and its glory, and one of the chief secrets of its world-conquering power."

Seeking the Kingdom of God First   by Charles Finney
"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." Matthew 6:33   The command to seek the kingdom of God and his righteousness first, enjoins upon us to treat this subject as of absolute and supreme importance. This must be the great business of our lives. Nothing else is allowed to have any practical importance compared with this.

Christ Exalted   by Charles H. Spurgeon
You see the superiority of Christ's sacrifice rests in this, that the priest offered continually, and after he had slaughtered one lamb, another was needed; after one scape-goat was driven into the wilderness, a scape-goat was needed the next year, "but this man, when he had offered only one sacrifice for sins," did what thousands of scape-goats never did, and what hundreds of thousands of lambs never could effect.

Abide in Me, and I in You   by John Gill
Nothing is to be done "without Christ"; without his Spirit, grace, strength, and presence; or as "separate from" him. Were it possible for the branches that are truly in him, to be removed from him, they could bring forth no fruits of good works, any more than a branch separated from the vine can bring forth grapes; so that all the fruitfulness of a believer is to be ascribed to Christ, and his grace, and not to the free will and power of man.

An Undivided Heart   by Samuel Logan Brengle
As certainly as like begets like, so certainly will the soul-winner put the mark of his own spirit and consecration upon the people he influences; if he is himself not more than half won to the cause of his lowly Master, he will not more than half win others.

Mortified Eyes   by Thomas Manton
When our affections are alive to other things, they are dead to God; therefore the less we let loose our hearts to these things, the more lively and cheerful the work of obedience. On the other side, the more the vigour of grace is renewed and the habits of it quickened into actual exercise, the more is sin mortified and subdued.

Christ - The Power and Wisdom of God   by Charles H. Spurgeon
We shall understand our text in a threefold manner: Christ, that is, Christ personally, is "the power of God and the wisdom of God;" Christ, that is, Christ's gospel, is "the power of God and the wisdom of God;" Christ, that is, Christ in the heart-true religion, is "the power of God and the wisdom of God."

Are You Born Again?   by J. C. Ryle
A man who is born again, or regenerated, believes that Jesus Christ is the only Saviour who can pardon his soul, that He is the divine person appointed by God the Father for this very purpose, and beside Him there is no Saviour at all.

The Spirit and the Flesh   by Andrew Murray
In yielding to the flesh, the soul sought itself instead of the God to whom the Spirit linked it; selfishly prevailed over God's will; selfishness became its ruling principle.

Steadfastness Of Character   by Duncan Campbell
Now we might ask ourselves what are the outstanding characteristics of a God-honoring Christian character? Paul gives the answer to the question in his letter to the Philippians: "That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world" (Phil. 2.15). Note the words 'without rebuke'.

The Temple of the Holy Spirit   by Andrew Murray
In using the illustration of the Temple as the type of God's dwelling in us by the Holy Spirit, Scripture invites us to study the analogy. The Temple was made in all things according to a pattern seen by Moses on the Mount, a shadow cast by the Eternal Spiritual Realities which it was to symbolize. One of these realities for Divine Truth is exceeding rich and full and has many and very diverse applications.

The Lord's Work   by D. L. Moody
For the last eleven years I have not let a day pass without saying something to somebody of Christ. Make it a rule that never a day pass without speaking for Christ. People won't like it. If you are a living witness for Christ it makes people mad against you. You will suffer persecution, and be spoken against, and yet they will send for such a man first when they are in trouble or on their death bed.

How To Overcome Sin   by Charles G. Finney
The great and fundamental sin which is at the foundation of all other sin is unbelief. The first thing to do is to give that up, to believe the Word of God. There is no breaking away from one sin without this. "Whatever is not from faith is sin." (Romans 14:23) "Without faith it is impossible to please Him." (Hebrews 11:6)

Small Beginnings Not To Be Despised   by John Angell James
"The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches." Matthew 13:31-32

Prayer and Devotion   by E. M. Bounds
Prayer promotes the spirit of devotion, while devotion is favorable to the best praying. Devotion furthers prayer and helps to drive prayer home to the object which it seeks. Prayer thrives in the atmosphere of true devotion. It is easy to pray when in the spirit of devotion.

Is Thy Heart Right?   by J. C. Ryle
Come now, and let us see what account the Bible gives of a really "good heart." Let us "search the Scriptures," and see if we can find the picture drawn by the unerring hand of the Holy Spirit. I invite every reader of this paper to sit down quietly with me for a few minutes, and hear what God says in "the Word" about the whole question of the heart.

Cross-Bearing   by A. W. Pink
The Christian life is a life that consists of following Jesus. If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me." O that you and I may gain distinction for the closeness of our walk to Christ, and then shall we be "close communionists" indeed.

Unto The First Three   by T. Austin-Sparks
"(Abishai) was made their captain: howbeit he attained not unto the first three." Of all the others it is said that they attained not unto the first three. The point which I want to deal with is that of attaining unto pre-eminence in the estimation of the Lord.

How God Purges Us   by A. B. Simpson
"Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: und see if there be any wicked way in me and lead me in the way everlasting." Psalms 139:23-24.  This is God's great searchlight shining from above with ineffable and awful light, and revealing the inmost depths of every human heart.  No wonder that every natural instinct shrinks from its penetrating and consuming blaze...

Come Out, and Be Ye Separate   by J. C. Ryle
The words that head this page touch a subject of vast importance in religion. That subject is the great duty of separation from the world. This is the point which St. Paul had in view when he wrote to the Corinthians, "Come out, be separate."

A Right to the Tree of Life   by Robert Murray M'Cheyne
On this my eternity hangs. If I receive an unholy gospel I shall perish. They are ungodly men who "turn the grace of God into lasciviousness". The branches that bear no fruit He taketh away. They that are saved are they that do His commandments.

The Compassion of Christ to Weak Believers   by Samuel Davies
The general meaning of my text seems to be contained in this observation: That the Lord Jesus has the tenderest and most compassionate regard to the feeblest penitents, however oppressed and desponding; and that he will approve and cherish the least spark of true love towards himself.

Dead or Alive?   by J. C. Ryle
"Dead" is a strong word, but it is not my own coining and invention. I did not choose it. The Holy Spirit taught Paul to write it down about the Ephesians, ""And He has made you alive, who were once dead in trespasses and sins." The idea is a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence.

The Terror Of The Lord   by Samuel Logan Brengle
The majesty of God's law can be measured only by the terrors of His judgments. God is rich in mercy, but He is equally terrible in wrath. So high as is His mercy, so deep is His wrath. "Knowing... the terror of the Lord, we persuade men" (I Corinthians 5:11)

A Supply for Every Need   by J. C. Philpot
With what confidence the Apostle speaks here! There is not in his mind the shadow of a doubt: but he declares it as a positive certainty, that his God would supply all their need. Not from the flesh, we may be well certain. But it arose from two causes: first, from the deep conviction... secondly, because he had himself experienced, in his own particular case, this gracious and perpetual supply.

Brethren, Beware!   by A. W. Pink
It is "with fear and trembling" (Philippians 2:12) that God bids us to work out our own salvation. While we are left here below, we are in the Adversary's territory, for "the whole world lies in wickedness" (I John 5:19). Moreover, sin indwells us, and our corruptions are ever seeking to dominate us.

The Power of Persevering Prayer   by Andrew Murray
When once faith has taken its stand on God's word and the Name of Jesus, and has yielded itself to the leading of the Spirit to seek God's will and honor alone in its prayer, it need not be discouraged by delay.

The Vision Of Dry Bones   by Robert Murray McCheyne
How strange a question was this to put concerning dry, whitened bones! When Jesus said of the damsel: "She is not dead, but sleepeth," they laughed Him to scorn; but here were not bodies newly dead, but bones, bare, whitened bones; nay, they were not even skeletons, for bone was separated from its bone, and yet God asks: "Can these bones live?"

The New Creation   by John Wesley
The Apostle, caught up in the visions of God, tells us in the first verse of the chapter, "I saw a new heaven and a new earth;" and adds, (Rev. 21:5,) "He that sat upon the throne said," "Behold, I make all things new."

Earnest Heed to the Message   by Robert Murray M'Cheyne
His attention is a little diverted from eternal things; he becomes more keen about the things of time. He begins to lose his fresh hold of Christ. He is letting slip the things which he heard.

How God Purges Us   by A. B. Simpson
"Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: und see if there be any wicked way in me and lead me in the way everlasting." Psalms 139:23-24.

Are You Looking?   by J. C. Ryle
Here is the secret of running successfully the race that leads toward heaven: we must be ever "looking to Jesus." This is the way to begin well; this is the way to go on prosperously; this is the way to end in peace.

Heart Purity   by Duncan Campbell
"I looked... behold, a door was opened in heaven. .. and, behold a throne... and... I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment... and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God." Revelation 4.1-5

Godly Sorrow   by Arthur W. Pink
So, too, was the Apostle made happy when he perceived that the Corinthians had sorrowed to good effect, namely, unto repentance or reformation of conduct. Here is proof that evangelical repentance is not only a change of heart, but a transformation of life as well.

Cleansing Through the Blood   by Andrew Murray
This first effect of the Blood is not the only one. In proportion as the soul, through faith, yields itself to the Spirit of God to understand and enjoy the full power of RECONCILIATION, the Blood exerts a further power, in the imparting of the other blessings which, in Scripture, are attributed to it.

Take Time To Wait On God   by Samuel L. Brengle
You cannot help people if you go to them robbed of your strength through doubts and fears and perplexities. So wait on God till He strengthens your heart. Do not become impatient. Do not try beforehand to find out what God will say, nor just how He will say it. He will surely teach you...

Forgiveness of Sins   by William Bates
The fear of God in scripture signifies the humble holy reverence of him, as our heavenly Father and Sovereign, that makes us cautious lest we should offend him, and careful to please him. For this reason the fear of God is comprehensive of all religion, of 'the whole duty of man,' to which it is introductive, and is a principal ingredient in it.

The Day of Golden Opportunity   by R. A. Torrey
"The Holy Spirit says, Today," and Conscience also cries, "Today," and the voice of Reason and the voice of History and the voice of Experience unite in one loud chorus and shout, "Today." Only the voices of indifference and laziness and folly murmur, "Tomorrow." The Holy Spirit is ever calling, "Today."

A Sanctified Spirit   by A. B. Simpson
The tree's life is from within, outward. So in the tabernacle, the great symbol of spiritual truth, in the account given us in the book of Exodus, we find Jehovah beginning in the Holy of Holies in the Ark of the Covenant, and traveling outward until He has traversed the sanctuary with all its sacred vessels, and reached the external court, with its laver and altar of sacrifice.

Are You Fighting?   by J. C. Ryle
The true Christian is called to be a soldier, and must behave as such from the day of his conversion to the day of his death, he is not meant to live a life of religious ease, indolence, and security, He must never imagine for a moment that he can sleep and dose along the way to heaven, like one travelling in an easy carriage. If the Bible is the rule of his faith and practice, he will find his lines laid down very plainly in this matter. He must 'fight'.

The War Between the Flesh and the Spirit   by B. H. Carroll
I will ask Paul to answer. He says: "Brethren, I have not yet attained it, neither count I myself yet perfect. Not yet. But there is one thing I do. I forget the things which are behind, and I press forward to the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. I am going after that."

Sanctification Through the Blood   by Andrew Murray
This record at the same time emphasises the close connection between the sacrificial blood, and SANCTIFICATION. In the case of the consecration of the Levites-RECONCILIATION for sin was made, and they were sprinkled with the water of purification for CLEANSING, but they were not sprinkled with blood. But in the consecration of the Priests, blood had to be sprinkled upon them. They were SANCTIFIED by a more personal and intimate application of the blood.

Formula for a Burning Heart   by A. W. Tozer
I have previously said that any Christian who desires to, may experience a radical spiritual renascence, and this altogether independent of the attitude of his fellow Christians. The important question now is How? Well, here are some suggestions which anyone can follow and which, I am convinced, will result in a wonderfully improved Christian life.

Enter Ye In at the Strait Gate   by Robert Traill
"Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, aha broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it." Matthew 7:13,14

Hindrances To Holiness   by Samuel Logan Brengle
Unbelief. Instead of crying to God to bring their experience up to the standard of the Bible, they explain the Bible down to the level of their experience, and so never receive the glorious revelation of Jesus to their hearts and the fullness of grace therein promised.

The War Between the Flesh and the Spirit   by B. H. Carroll
"And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." I Thessalonians 5:23   A prayer that they may be completely sanctified; that the sanctification may touch the spirit, the soul and the body, and that it be so complete as to secure absolute blamelessness and holiness.

"Herein is Love"   by Charles H. Spurgeon
"Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought, also, to love one another."   I John 4:10, 11

Preach the Gospel   by Charles H. Spurgeon
"We shall have three inquiries this morning, First, What is it to preach the Gospel? Secondly, Why is it that a minister has nothing to glorify of. And thirdly, What is that necessity and that woe, of which it is written, ‘Necessity is laid upon me, yes, woe is unto me, if I preach not the Gospel?’"

Spiritual Growth   by A. B. Simpson
"But grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ." II Peter 3:18   There is no single paragraph in the Scriptures which more profoundly unfolds the depths and heights of Christian life than the first eleven verses of the first chapter of 2nd Peter.

Earnest Heed to the Message   by Robert Murray M'Cheyne
"Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip" Hebrews 2:1  How many of whom Jesus complains, "I have this against thee, that thou hast left thy first love" (Revelation 2:4). The spring of all these sad declensions is to be found in "letting slip the things which we have heard".

Rules For Living A Holy Life   by William Law
These rules for holy living were given to us by Brother William Law. He was born in the sixteen hundreds, and went to be with the Lord in seventeen hundred and fifty two. He wrote most of these rules for holy living just before he entered college, when he was about eighteen years of age. I have never seen their equal among the writings of man!

Prayer Takes In the Whole Man   by E. M. Bounds
The whole man must be given to God in praying. The largest results in praying come to him who gives himself, all of himself, all that belongs to himself, to God. This is the secret of full consecration, and this is a condition of successful praying, and the sort of praying which brings the largest fruits.

God's Word In Our Heart   by Andrew Murray
Every young Christian is taught that he must receive the Word of God as milk as the living participation of the life and vine of God if he is to grow. On this account it is of great importance to know how we must deal with the Word. The Lord says that we must receive it and lay it up in our heart. The Word must possess and fill the heart.

Are You Fighting?   by J. C. Ryle
In earthly warfare the consequences to nations are often temporary and remediable. In the spiritual warfare it is very different. Of that warfare, the consequences, when the fight is over, are unchangeable and eternal.

The Christian Conception of God   by R. A. Torrey
"We have seen that God is spirit, that God is a Person and that God has a personal interest and an active hand in the affairs of men today, that He sustains, governs and cares for the world He has created, and that He shapes the whole present history of the world. The next thing to be noted is that God is perfect and infinite in all His intellectual and moral attributes and in power."

Thirty-one Kings   by A. B. Simpson
Surely it ought to go without saying, that no consecrated Christian would dare to indulge in wilful disobedience or sin. But there are other foes more subtle, and these are symbolized, we believe, by these kings with whom Joshua made war so long.

Real Faith   by George Mueller
"Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear" (Hebrews 11:1).

The Way of Holiness   by Jonathan Edwards
"And an highway shall be there, and it shall be called the way o holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it, but it shall be for those the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein. No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there."

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Preach Feelingly
by Charles H. Spurgeon

The people must be impressed by our sermons, if they are to be converted. They must not only be interested and instructed, but they must be impressed; and, I believe, dear friends, there is a great deal more in impressive sermons than some people think. In order that you may impress the Word upon those to whom you preach, remember that it must be impressed upon yourself first.

You must feel it yourself, and speak as a man who feels it, not as if you feel it, but because you feel it, otherwise you will not make it felt by others. I remember the answer I received when I once said to my venerable grandfather, "I never have to preach, but that I feel terribly sick, literally sick, I mean, so that I might as well be crossing the Channel"; and I asked the dear old man whether he thought I should ever get over that feeling. His answer was, "Your power will be gone if you do."

So, my brethren, when it is not so much that you have got a hold of your subject, but that it has got a hold of you, and you feel its grip with a terrible reality yourself, that is the kind of sermon that is most likely to make others feel. If you are not impressed with it yourself, you cannot expect to impress others with it; so mind that your sermons always have something in them which shall really impress both yourself and the hearers whom you are addressing.

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