The Scripture distinctly teaches us that we are not justified by the law nor is the law a rule of life. That which can only curse can never justify and that which can only kill can never be a rule of life (Romans 3:20). Both the Jews who had received the law and the Gentiles who had never had the law were now to be saved through grace (Acts 15:11). Not only were they to be saved by grace, but also they were to “stand in grace” (Romans 5:2) and to grow in grace” (II Peter 3:18). All who seek to put believers under the law are tearing down the very foundations of the Christian faith. Listen to the strong words which came from the Holy Spirit in Galatians 5:12; “I would they were even cut off which trouble you.”
—Pastor Scott Richardson
HE KNOWS THE SHEPHERD!”
Some years ago at a social function in England, a great actor was asked to recite something for the pleasure of his fellow guests. He consented. He asked if there was anything special which his audience would like to hear. An aged minister who was present arose and said, “Could you, sir, recite the twenty-third psalm?” The great actor replied, “I can, and I will if you, my friend, after I have finished, will do the same.” The minister reluctantly consented. Impressively, the great actor recited the psalm. His voice was perfect. His intonation was flawless. The audience was spellbound. As he finished, the guests applauded. Then, the aged minister arose and began to recite the psalm. His voice was not remarkable. His intonation was not faultless. When he finished, there was no applause. There was silence. There was not a dry eye in the room. Many heads were bowed in reverence. The great actor again arose to his feet and, with great emotion, he said. “My friends, I have reached your eyes and ears. But the minister has reached your hearts. The difference is this: I know the psalm, but he knows the Shepherd!” –Anon
THE ROSE OF SHARON
I can appreciate the ability of the learned botanist to give me the scientific name of a rose, the origin of it, the various types of roses, how and where they grow, and the number of petals, thorns, and leaves to expect on a genuine rose; but too often those who become overly tangled in these things somehow lose the most important things—the BEAUTY and FRAGRANCE of the rose! I hope in our teaching, preaching, and witnessing concerning the gospel of our dear Saviour we do not become more concerned with the system than the SWEETNESS, with the mechanics rather than the MERCY, with the right terminology rather than the right SPIRIT and ATTITUDE. You will very soon weary my head if you don’t warm my heart; and while I am eager to learn more of HOW, WHY, and WHEN I got in Christ, I would like to rejoice and enjoy my RELATIONSHIP with Christ! He is my Rose of Sharon which brightens my life and sends His sweet fragrance through my soul. One can preach about Christ and not preach Christ, just as one can know how God saves sinners and not be a saved sinner. “O the wonder of it all, just to think that CHRIST LOVES ME.” —Henry Mahan
Without Me ye can do nothing.”
We should apply these words of our Savior as broadly as possible to all things spiritual. — “Without me ye can do nothing!” “Without me ye” cannot believe. “Without me ye” cannot pray. “Without me ye” cannot watch. “Without me ye” cannot learn, know, or understand anything spiritual. “Without me ye” cannot know the meaning of my Word. “Without me ye” cannot preach. “Without me ye” cannot worship. “Without me ye” cannot hear me speak by the gospel. “Without me ye” cannot persevere. “Without me ye” cannot withstand the devil. “Without me ye” cannot resist temptation. “Without me ye” cannot resist sin. “Without me ye” cannot stand. “Without me ye” cannot recover when fallen. “Without me ye can do nothing!” — “So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy” (Romans 9:16).
Outward circumstances, unaccompanied with inward grace, leave men just as they find them. Only Christ can change the heart. Only Christ can convert the sinner. Only Christ can save. “Without me ye can do nothing! As these words apply to all men, believers and unbelievers, they are especially applicable to preachers. Let every gospel preacher understand that the Lord Jesus is speaking to him, when he says, “Without me ye can —Pastor Don Fortner
REVEREND IS JEHOVAH’S NAME!
I was told that an employee in a municipal library would appreciate some information of a general nature known to me. I telephoned the library and requested to speak to her. My call was directed to her, and she identified herself as “Reverend [Name]”. I again politely addressed her as “Ms. [Name]”. She again interrupted me and told me that she would not speak with me unless I addressed her by her title “Reverend”. I dutifully complied with her demand by gently hanging up the telephone. Why? “Holy and reverend” is Jehovah’s name” (Psalm 111:9) –not mine, not yours, not anyone else’s —Pastor Daniel Parks
“Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare whathe hath done for my soul” Psalm 66:16