Fallen Man, Part 2

pastor-d-scott-meadowsD. Scott Meadows

Sinners are, by nature, earthly, unspiritual, and demonic (Jas 3.15). That really shows in their response to gospel light. Jesus said of His enemies, “If I had not come and spoken to them, they had not had sin, but now they have no cloak for their sin” (Jn 15.22). Their reaction to Him and His message brought into full view the hideousness of what was there in their hearts all along.

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By | September 21st, 2017|Herald, Man, Sin|

Fallen Man, Part 1

pastor-d-scott-meadowsD. Scott Meadows

“Lord, what is man!” (Psa 8.4). Originally, man was an excellent creature, but since the fall, he is so depraved! It is a wonder that the great God should still pay any attention to him.

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By | September 15th, 2017|Herald, Man|

Of Evil Ministers

pastor-d-scott-meadowsD. Scott Meadows

Her prophets are light and treacherous persons: Her priests have polluted the sanctuary, they have done violence to the law. —Zephaniah 3.4

Evil ministers plague Christ’s Church. Even in this gospel age, we suffer the problem of people in places of spiritual leadership who are actually ministers of Satan, not Christ, masquerading as “ministers of righteousness, whose end shall be according to their works” (2 Cor 11.15).

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By | August 25th, 2017|Christ, Church, Herald|

Thomas Manton on Jude 21 (Part 5)

pastor-d-scott-meadowsD. Scott Meadows

“The mercy” is the ground of our confident expectation of eternal life. Eternal life is not a reward we deserve for our good works. “The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom 6.23). Why must eternal life be a gift while death is deserved? The reason is because Christ obtained life for us, while the unforgiven only depend on themselves.

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By | August 25th, 2017|Christ, Christian Life, Herald|

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|