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|

Pious Sins of the Tongue

pastor-d-scott-meadowsD. Scott Meadows

Will ye speak wickedly for God? and talk deceitfully for him? —Job 13:7.

“Pious sins of the tongue” is my attempt, I trust, to capture the incongruity of talk about God that is unworthy of Him and of His truth, and therefore, that has spiritually deadly effect toward others, especially when they lack discernment, but even then the hearers do not wholly escape injury.

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By | April 20th, 2017|Christian Life, Herald, Man|

Redemption’s Three Parties

pastor-d-scott-meadowsD. Scott Meadows

For the LORD hath redeemed Jacob, and ransomed him from the hand of him that was stronger than he (Jer 31.11).

Jeremiah foretold days of restoration for Israel after she had been decimated by well-deserved discipline for her apostasy. Through Jeremiah, the LORD promised to bring the exiles home and bless them again beyond anything they had ever known. Both the exile of Judah (586 B.C.) and the several waves of returning exiles were yet future; Jeremiah lived to see the first but not the second.

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By | March 16th, 2017|Christ, Herald, Salvation|

Genuine Love to the Brethren

pastor-d-scott-meadowsD. Scott Meadows

In this spiritual letter, John Newton touches upon one of the most significant matters of all—the qualities of that brotherly love graciously produced by God in the souls and lives of those who are truly saved. Paragraphs correspond with the original in this abridged paraphrase.

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By | March 2nd, 2017|Christian Life, Church, Herald|

On the Right Use of the Law

pastor-d-scott-meadowsD. Scott Meadows

Do not seek to be justified by the law, nor to ignore it completely. Let it convict you of your sins, show you God’s glory, instruct you in righteousness, and make you depend on God’s grace through our Lord Jesus Christ.

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By | February 27th, 2017|Christian Life, Herald, Law|

All That Matters

pastor-d-scott-meadowsD. Scott Meadows

For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature (Gal 6.15).

“In Christ Jesus” directs us to consider that which is of soteriological significance (i.e., salvation). It is tantamount to Paul writing, “When it comes to matters of salvation,” because to be “in Christ Jesus,” according to Paul, is to be saved.

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By | February 10th, 2017|Christ, Herald|