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What does it cost to be a Christian?

“Any of you who does not give up everything he has, cannot be My disciple.” Luke 14:33 What does it cost to be a Christian? I grant freely that it costs little to be a mere outward Christian. A man has only got to attend a place of worship twice on Sunday, and to be …

Growing In Grace

“Grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” 2 Peter 3:18 When I speak of growth in grace, I only mean an increase in the degree, size, strength, vigor, and power — of the graces which the Holy Spirit plants in a believer’s heart. I hold that every one …

Why are Christ’s people called Mine?

“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” (John 10:27) The second thing to be considered in our text is that word “My.” Our Lord does not simply call His people sheep—but He says also “My sheep.” It is as though Jesus would have us understand He looks upon them …

Practical Christianity

There is a common complaint these days, that there is a lack of power in Christianity, and that the church does not shake the world as it did in former years. Shall I tell you what the reason is, in plain words? It is the low tone of life which is so sadly prevalent among …

It Costs Something to be a True Christian!

“And you cannot be My disciple if you do not carry your own cross and follow Me.” Luke 14:27 It costs something to be a true Christian! Let that never be forgotten. To be a ‘mere nominal Christian’, and go to church—is cheap and easy work. But to hear Christ’s voice,…and follow Christ,…and believe in …

How To Read The Bible

READ THE BIBLE WITH AN EARNEST DESIRE TO UNDERSTAND IT.Do not be content to just read the words of Scripture. Seek to grasp the message they contain. READ THE SCRIPTURES WITH A SIMPLE, CHILDLIKE FAITH & HUMILITY.Believe what God reveals. Reason must bow to God’s revelation. READ THE WORD WITH A SPIRIT OF OBEDIENCE AND …