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The Wilderness – A Fruitful Field

From a barren wilderness, into a verdant valley—such is the great change prophesied by Isaiah in the fifteenth verse of the thirty-second chapter. Israel, the land and the people, will be transformed by God Himself. The fir tree instead of the thorn, the myrtle tree instead of the brier—this is the picture of prophecy presented by […]

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Preaching the Resurrection

The happiest day on the entire church calendar is the day of the resurrection of Christ Jesus. The first Easter was the most glorious dawn in human history. The fact of the resurrection of Christ forms the central message and foundation of the Christian church. In Acts 2:23,24 we have a statement of the fact of the resurrection, the anchor of our faith: […]

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Good Listeners (VI)

Television has exerted a profound impact on our culture. It effects almost every area of life and among other things has powerfully effected public discourse, especially preaching. Preaching as a means of communication appears to many to be archaic. Because we are accustomed to visual stimulation and abbreviated verbal messages, it is increasingly difficult for […]

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Reformation & Preaching

WHAT IS PREACHING? Surely one of the greatest needs of OUf time is the recovery of true, Biblical, effective preaching. Almost everywhere I hear remedies, but few strike me as addressing the real need. Some suggestions are imbalanced. These engender the destruction of a properly settled assurance in many of God’s elect. Others are weak […]

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A Ringing Call to Repentance

It is too bad that the books of the Old Testament in our English translations are not arranged in the same way that they are in the Hebrew Bible. If they were, the Old Testament would end with II Chronicles, and Matthew would begin where II Chronicles leaves off. II Chronicles ends with a devastating […]

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The State of Preaching Today

The children of Israel were the only nation in the history of mankind who were solely the people of God. Because of this they should have experienced a glorious history of obedience to their Creator and its resultant blessings. Yet, in spite of their many reasons to be faithful to God, and in spite of […]

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If the Sermon is Boring, the Problem is Us!

Now we are all here in the presence of God to listen to everything the Lord has commanded you to tell us (Acts 10:33). A preacher once complained that his congregation was being eaten alive by boredom. He lamented what he perceived to be a twofold problem — himself and his church. As for himself, […]

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Preaching that Builds Up the Church

“Preaching should be outlawed!” That’s how the young man put it in his stirring argument against sermons in churches. I was listening in the next aisle at Wanamaker’s Department Store in downtown Philadelphia in the mid-1970s. I strained my ears to hear the two men talk about preaching in today’s society. The flow of the […]

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Preaching and the Elders

We are living today in a highly critical age. People no longer are afraid of attacking anything or anyone. Even the Lord of heaven and earth is openly criticized and blasphemed as if He were mere man. And surely if they fear not God, they have lost all respect for the Word and the service […]

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The Preaching of the Word

The sermon occupies a most important place in our worship. The congregation has come to hear the Word of God. This should be borne in mind by both the preacher and the congregation. There is always the danger that we forget this. The preacher can easily forget that he is an ambassador of Christ. The […]

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