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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Be Not Allured By Worldly Lusts - Clement of Rome


Let us, then, repent with our whole heart, that no one of us may perish amiss. For if we have commands and engage in withdrawing from idols and instructing others, how much more ought a soul already knowing God not to perish. Rendering, therefore, mutual help, let us raise the weak also in that which is good, that all of us may be saved and convert one another and admonish. And not only now let us seem to believe and give heed, when we are admonished by the elders; but also when we take our departure home, let us remember thecommandments of the Lord, and not be allured back by worldly lusts, but let us often and often draw near and try to make progress in theLord's commands, that we all having the same mind may be gathered together for life.

For the Lord said, I come to gather all nations and tongues. This means the day of His appearing, when He will come and redeem us— each one according to his works. And the unbelievers will see His glory and might, and, when they see the empire of the world in Jesus, they will be surprised, saying, Woe to us, because You were, and we knew not and believed not and obeyed not the elders who show us plainly of our salvation.And their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be a spectacle unto all flesh. It is of the great day of judgment He speaks, when they shall see those among us who were guilty of ungodliness and erred in their estimate of the commands of Jesus Christ.

The righteous, having succeeded both in enduring the trials and hating the indulgences of the soul, whenever they witness how those who have swerved and denied Jesus by words or deeds are punished with grievous torments in fire unquenchable, will give glory to their God and say, There will be hope for him who has served God with his whole heart.

Alone With God - A.W. Tozer


And Jesus went up on the mountain, and there He sat with His disciples. --John 6:3

Just prior to this miraculous multiplying of the bread and fish, Jesus "went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples"(6:3). That fact is noteworthy. It seems plain that Jesus withdrew purposely from the great press of people who had been pursuing Him.

There are some things that you and I will never learn when others are present. I believe in church and I love the fellowship of the assembly. There is much we can learn when we come together on Sundays and sit among the saints. But there are certain things that you and I will never learn in the presence of other people.

Unquestionably, part of our failure today is religious activity that is not preceded by aloneness, by inactivity. I mean getting alone with God and waiting in silence and quietness until we are charged with God's Spirit. Then, when we act, our activity really amounts to something because we have been prepared by God for it....

Now, in the case of our Lord, the people came to Him, John reports, and He was ready for them. He had been quiet and silent. He had sat alone with His disciples and meditated. Looking upward, He waited until the whole hiatus of divine life moved down from the throne of God into His own soul. He was a violin tuned. He was a battery recharged. He was poised and prepared for the people when they came. Faith Beyond Reason, 130,133. "Lord, I'll spend a lot of time in the company of people today, but just now I come in quietness and silence to wait for You to fill me. Amen."

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Featured Sermon: BEWARE OF AMBITION BY CHUCK SMITH


Chuck Smith

BEWARE OF AMBITION BY CHUCK SMITH


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 (People God Uses) 03 Beware of Ambition by Chuck Smith

Topic: People God Uses
Scripture(s): Acts 3:12-13  
Description: God is looking for men and women that are not seeking to glorify themselves, but to give glory to God. People that begin to take glory for themselves soon become unusable by God. God can set us aside in a hurry. We should have no personal ambitions for greatness if we want to be used by God.
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A Word to Christian Artists, Musicians, Pastors, and the Rest of Us
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"Beware of Ambition" is the first message I have ever heard Chuck Smith preach. Wow. What a clean, well-targeted word. God meant for me to hear it, because when God began to prosper me in school, I immediately began spreading the word about my good grades. Hidden beneath the pretext of giving a "Look what God has done for me" testimony, I must admit that it was really motivated by the fleshly instinct that Pastor Smith describes in this sermon. Even when it is done somewhat subconsciously, striving for and basking in the praise that God deserves is a grave mistake, even (especially?) when one is supposedly doing it for God. 

Sunday, June 29, 2014

The Sinner's Savior


Gospel blessings are intended for those who have transgressed and are under condemnation, for who else would value forgiveness and justification? I know myself of no gospel for men who have not sinned. I know of no New Testament promises intended for those who have never broken the law; but I perceive all through the wondrous pages of the gospel that mercy’s eye and heart are set upon those who are guilty and self-condemned.

The Eternal Watcher is looking over the vast ocean of life, not that he may spy out the vessels which sail along proudly in safety, but that he may see those who are almost wrecks. “He looketh upon men, and if any say, I have sinned, and perverted that which was right, and it profiteth me not; he will deliver his soul from going into the pit, and his life shall see the light.” Our Lord was more moved at the sight of sickness than of health, and wrought his greatest wonders among fevers, leprosies, and palsies. This is the end and object of the gospel, namely, to save the unrighteous; the God of the gospel is he that “justifieth the ungodly,” “for when we were yet without strength, Christ died for the ungodly.” “God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” 

From a sermon by Charles Haddon Spurgeon entitled "The Sinner's Savior," delivered October 1, 1876. Image by Jenny Downing on Flickr under Creative Commons License.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Opportunity for SI Users to reach Unreached people groups in China


Saints,

Asia Harvest is a ministry helping support indigenous workers in many countries where the name of Jesus Christ has not been named and in people groups that are totally unreached for the gospel.

I recently wrote to brother Paul H. who is the founder of Asia Harvest and he stated this opportunity. I wanted to share this with SermonIndex. Could we not from this site help support 1-3 missionaries to each of these unreached people groups in China?

You can signup to subscribe to donate $30 a month to help support a worker: http://asiaharvest.org/asian-workers-fund/ or mail in to one of the addreses here: http://asiaharvest.org/contact-us/ (DO MAKE A NOTE that you are helping the unreached people groups listed on SermonIndex.net and even write the specific name of the group as God leads you).

"Below is a short list of the unreached people groups just in China WHERE WE HAVE WORKERS AVAILABLE NOW WHO NEED SUPPORT. These workers are solid, evangelical/Biblical believers. The past few years we have gone back and carefully re-evaluated each worker we support. If anyone wants to support workers among these groups we provide prayer cards and updates twice a year, but the house church leaders don't want outside people visiting them or wanting to train them etc. This has always led to persecution and all kinds of persecution in the past. There are numerous (hundreds) of other godly Asian missionaries we help, but in many cases (eg. Muslim countries, India, Laos) we are unable to provide cards because of their security issues. "


Kirgiz of China
240,000 people
97% Muslim
http://asiaharvest.org/wp-content/themes/asia/docs/people-groups/China/chinaPeoples/K/Kirgiz.pdf

Deqen Tibetans of China
130,000 people
95% Buddhist
http://asiaharvest.org/wp-content/themes/asia/docs/people-groups/China/chinaPeoples/T/TibetanDeqen.pdf

Uygur of China
12 million people
99% Muslim
http://asiaharvest.org/wp-content/themes/asia/docs/people-groups/China/chinaPeoples/U/Uygur.pdf

Southern Zhuang of China
6 million people
just 1% Christian
http://asiaharvest.org/wp-content/themes/asia/docs/people-groups/China/chinaPeoples/Z/ZhuangSouthern.pdf

Hui of China
15 million people
99% Muslim
http://asiaharvest.org/wp-content/themes/asia/docs/people-groups/China/chinaPeoples/H/Hui.pdf

Hani of China
800,000 people
just 1% Christian
http://asiaharvest.org/wp-content/themes/asia/docs/people-groups/China/chinaPeoples/H/Hani.pdf

Saturday, June 7, 2014

MUST HEAR: The Famine Has Begun by David Wilkerson


Art Katz

THE FAMINE HAS BEGUN BY DAVID WILKERSON


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Out of the 8th Chapter of Amos, Wilkerson preaches a prophetic message for the Church today. This is not a famine of bread or a thirst for water but is a famine from the Word of the Lord. He speaks of shepherds who do not preach on sin and just preach messages to comfort people in their sins. There is a great need for burning bush preachers who have been in the presence of God and minister the Word of the Lord in a day of famine.

The Famine Has Begun by David Wilkerson
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Sunday, May 4, 2014

MUST HEAR: When God Stepped Down from Heaven by Duncan Campbell


Duncan Campbell

Duncan Campbell (1898 - 1972)

Listen to freely downloadable audio sermons by the speaker Duncan Campbell in mp3 format. Used of God in the Hebrides revival in Scotland in the 1950's where the presence of God was manifest in a powerful way. In this later years he became the principal of the Faith Mission Bible College.His burden was for revival in the Church and also holiness in daily Christian experience. He clearly shared the burden of the Lord for His body to be purified in the last days. He preached the true baptism of the Spirit that makes men holy in light of a Holy God.


Saints,



Listen to this first-hand account of the Lewis Revival during the early 1950s. Duncan Campbell was God's instrument in this extraordinary awakening. In this tape Campbell recounts point-by-point this three-year movement of the Holy Spirit over the Hebrides Islands. Thousands were converted, conviction overwhelmed villages, outward sin disappeared, and prayer meetings were packed! Your heart will be thrilled as you listen to this tape about this heaven-sent revival in Lewis. 



When God Stepped Down from Heaven by Duncan Campbell

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Oh that God would come in such a way again.