Thomas Manton on Jude 21 (Part 4)

pastor-d-scott-meadowsD. Scott Meadows

“Looking for the mercy” is looking earnestly for eternal life when Christ returns, and this looking is a means of our perseverance.

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By | August 10th, 2017|Christ, Christian Life, Herald|

Thomas Manton on Jude 21 (Part 3)

pastor-d-scott-meadowsD. Scott Meadows

Love and hope are connected. Those who “keep themselves in the love of God” will necessarily be “looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life,” that is, looking for Christ’s second coming when we shall have this mercy. This is the Christian hope. Why are love and hope linked this way?

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By | July 28th, 2017|Christian Life, Herald, Love|

Thomas Manton on Jude 21 (Part 2)

pastor-d-scott-meadowsD. Scott Meadows

Observation 3. Love is the grace that most needs keeping. It is the most prone to decay (Matt 24.12; Rev 2.4). It is the grace we can least spare because it produces faithfulness. Toward God, love is the root of all affections—anger, hate, grief, hope, desire, delight, contrition, and so forth (2 Cor 5.14; 1 Jn 5.3). “Faith worketh by love” (Gal 5.6). Faith receives grace; love exercises it.

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By | July 25th, 2017|Christian Life, Herald, Love|

Thomas Manton on Jude 21 (Part 1)1

pastor-d-scott-meadowsD. Scott Meadows

This continues Jude’s recommendation of the means of perseverance, here, with respect to two graces, love and hope.

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By | July 7th, 2017|Christ, Christian Life, Herald|

Less Talking, More Listening

pastor-d-scott-meadowsD. Scott Meadows

God gave us two ears and only one mouth for a reason. Who doesn’t appreciate a good listener? Especially for the sake of our relationship with God, but also in our relationships with people, we need to hone our skills in the humble art of patient listening—really listening—not just listening momentarily to think about what we will say next.

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By | June 29th, 2017|Christian Life, Herald, Man|

Assurance in Prayer (Psa 34.17, 18)

pastor-d-scott-meadowsD. Scott Meadows

Honestly, we are prone to doubt that prayer does any good, and then to slacken our praying, if we do not stop altogether. One reason is that we do not receive instant answers; our trials are often prolonged. Then doubt creeps in, hope fades, and God seems far away.

Believers have always been vulnerable to these temptations. Scripture meets them where they are with words of consolation and encouragement. Faith lays hold of them and perseveres through the night until the dawn of answered prayer.

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By | June 22nd, 2017|Christian Life, Herald, Prayer|

Hard-Heartedness Reproved

pastor-d-scott-meadowsD. Scott Meadows

I have overthrown some of you, as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and ye were as a firebrand plucked out of the burning: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD
(Amos 4.11).

Our basic fault in relation to God is hard-heartedness. Sin has its own momentum. It is a boulder rolling downhill and picking up speed; only Omnipotence can stop it. The Lord mercifully reproves us that we may repent in time, and even if we won’t, His goodness and justice will be magnified all the more in our condemnation on Judgment Day.

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By | June 15th, 2017|Christian Life, Herald|

Created Unto Good Works

pastor-d-scott-meadowsD. Scott Meadows

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them (Eph 2.10).

A bizarre and dangerous interpretation of this verse has lately appeared on the Internet. Essentially, it asserts that the “good works” mentioned here are works of God rather than works done by believers. It claims to be supported by the context and cites many references to God’s redemptive work mentioned in the epistle leading up to this verse. It also assails the common understanding that these are good works done by believers as necessarily and inherently legalistic.

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By | June 2nd, 2017|Contemporary Issues, Herald, Salvation|

“Thou Art My Servant; I Have Chosen Thee”

pastor-d-scott-meadowsD. Scott Meadows

Thou art my servant; I have chosen thee (Isa 41:9).

If we have received the grace of God in our hearts, its practical effect has been to make us God’s servants. We may be unfaithful servants, we certainly are unprofitable ones, but yet, blessed be his name, we are his servants, wearing his livery, feeding at his table, and obeying his commands.

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By | May 17th, 2017|Christian Life, Herald|

To Whom Do We Pray

pastor-d-scott-meadowsD. Scott Meadows

My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; In the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up (Psa 5.3).

To whom do we pray? God, of course. It may seem such a basic topic that you think it hardly justifies more than a moment’s consideration, but patient reflection and meditation, in the light of Scripture and with a knowledge of church history, prove otherwise.

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By | May 5th, 2017|Christian Life, Herald, Prayer|