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By: Lantana Grace Church | May 10, 2018

Those who believe the doctrines of sovereign grace often act inconsistently with their own principles--when they are angry at the defects of others.

A company of travelers fall into a pit; one of them gets a passerby to draw him out. Now he should not be angry with the rest for falling in; nor because they are not yet out, as he is. He did not pull himself out. Instead, therefore, of reproaching them--he should show them pity.

In the same way, a truly saved man will no more despise others--than blind Bartimaeus, after his own eyes were opened, would take a stick and beat every blind man he met! "For who maketh thee to differ from another? And what hast thou that thou didst not receive now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as...

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By: Lantana Grace Church | May 01, 2018

When we read the story of these two men, it is evident that they had much in common. They had the same parents. They were both born and raised outside the garden. Both had received the same religious instructions. Both came to worship and brought offerings to God. But they differed in their understanding of God’s character, the nature of sin, and the way to approach God.

All men and women are much the same. The natural differences are superficial. We may differ in our ACTS of sin, but there is no difference as to the FACT of sin (Romans 3:9-19)!

This difference in understanding led these men to bring different sacrifices to God. Abel, evidently aware of God’s instructions, in faith and godly fear, brought a slain lamb, typical of the blo...

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By: Lantana Grace Church | April 17, 2018

Colossians 4:6 "Let your speech be alway with grace."


This is not just to talk about the grace of God, but our speech should reveal the grace of God.

  1. Speak the truth faithfully and sincerely, without lying, flattery, or exaggeration.
  2. Speak in love, avoiding gossip, whisperings, or anything that is injurious to the character of another. Avoid sowing discord or division.
  3. Speak kindly and pleasantly. Hard words reveal a hard heart. Unkind, cutting remarks reveal a bitter spirit.

Grace is to the speech what salt is to meat. It makes it acceptable, good to the ear and a blessing to the heart. Grace in the heart will teach you how you ought to answer any person. Knowledge is not acquired by speaking, but it ought to go before it!

Henry Mahan
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By: Lantana Grace Church | April 12, 2018

We are not desirous of honor, esteem and applause from men, for we are what we are by the grace of God. God can take away what we have as easily as He gave it. We do not despise and provoke one another with our piety; nor do we want to appear wiser, richer in grace, nor more gifted than others; for we are less than the least of the saints. Nor do we envy the gifts, abilities, or grace of another. God will enlighten us, equip us, and bless us as He sees fit to use us.

Henry Mahan

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By: Lantana Grace Church | April 10, 2018

This is something that our children wonder. It is a good and fair question that we should ask ourselves before our children or anyone else asks us. Do we go to church because that is our habit on Sundays and Wednesdays? Do we go to church to feel better about ourselves? Do we go to church to appear righteous to others? Do we go to church to worship the Lord and be fed from His Word?


The Lord told Moses that children would ask about the Passover: “And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, What mean ye by this service” (Exodus 12:26)? The Lord gave fathers the answer to give: “It is the sacrifice of the LORD'S passover, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when he smote the Egyptians, and deliv...

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By: Lantana Grace Church | April 05, 2018

“Someone told me the other day they heard Pastor Scott Richardson say that he had felt himself within spitting distance of hell and worthless as a warm pitcher of spit." That sounds crude to a refined ear but it rings a sure sound in the heart of those who have been taught of God.


How many of us have heard brother Scott make another statement; "the more you convince me of what a great sinner I am, the more you qualify me to cleave to him who came into this world to save sinners."


Law manifests what is in men—sin! Grace manifests what is in God—love! Law demands righteousness from men. Grace brings righteousness to men. Law sentences men to death. Grace brings dead men to life. Law speaks of what I must do. Grace tells me what C...

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By: Lantana Grace Church | April 03, 2018

I once heard someone say, "I am a born worry-wart." This is true of all of us. Whatever failure or sin we have, we are born with it. But since we have been born again in Christ by the grace of God, we have certain qualities and graces we did not have before. One of these graces is TRUST. We trust our Heavenly Father as a small child trusts his earthly father. Our Heavenly Father loves us much more than we are capable of loving our children, and He has all power and authority over any demon or danger we may encounter! A natural father does not have such power and is limited in his ability to protect or care for the child of his love. Do you and I not realize that no person, no power, no disease, no death can touch one of His o...

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By: Lantana Grace Church | March 29, 2018

The good news from heaven to lost sinners, that glorious gospel of salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ, is not a message of God’s hopeful expectation to save, but of a salvation purposed and accomplished. It is not a message of Jesus Christ knocking at the door of the sinner’s heart, hoping to gain an entrance, but of His determination and ability to give a new heart to whom He will. It is not a message of the Holy Spirit striving with the sinner’s natural will, hoping to influence him to decide for Jesus, but of His purpose and ability to make sinner’s willing, causing them to flee to the Lord Jesus Christ (See II Timothy 1:9; Psalm 110:3; John 17:2; Isaiah 53:11).

Maurice Montgomery

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By: Lantana Grace Church | March 27, 2018

I went to bury one of the holiest men I ever knew, and, I may add, the happiest man I ever saw in all my life. He fell asleep at a good old age, but as I stood by his bedside often in his last illness I envied him. Covered from head to foot, as he said, with the boils of Job, and the sores of Lazarus in one, with all his bones aching as though they were out of joint, yet he said to me, "What a happy thing it is to be here"; and I said, "What a happy thing to be upon a dying bed!" "Yes," said he, "for I am with God, and God is with me, and Christ is mine, and I am his, and it is the happiest day I ever lived." He had often said that in his lifetime, for I never knew him otherwise than rejoicing in...

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By: Lantana Grace Church | January 25, 2018

Any time a preacher presents the grace of God as an offer on God’s part to anybody who is willing to receive it; he has not preached grace as the Bible does. The Bible does not say, “but God, who is rich in mercy for His great love wherewith He loved us, even when we were dead in sins has offered us His grace.” It says that God “quickened us together with Christ, by grace are you saved.” Grace is not offered; grace is given! And when grace is given, it always saves and is always received! We do not have a choice as to whether or not we will accept God’s offer of grace. Grace saves! Grace is not something we use to aid in our salvation, Grace saves us!

Todd Nibert

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By: Lantana Grace Church | January 09, 2018

Remember, sinner, it is not YOUR HOLD of Christ that saves you; it is Christ! It is not YOUR JOY that saves you; it is Christ! It is not your profession of faith nor YOUR FAITH in Christ that saves; it is Christ's blood and merit! Therefore, look not to your hope, but to Christ, the source of your hope. Look not to your faith, but to Christ, the author and finisher of your faith. And if you can do that, no power can throw you down.

Charles Spurgeon

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By: Lantana Grace Church | January 04, 2018

II Corinthians 4:7: "But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God and not of us"

Lest we be exalted above measure, lest we forget the pit from which we have been lifted, lest we forget Who maketh us to differ, lest we forget that in our flesh dwelleth no good thing, and lest we forget that without Him we can do nothing, we have this treasure of glory, this gift of life, this knowledge of the glory of God in earthen vessels! This treasure is not in vessels of fine wood to be admired. This treasure is in vessels of clay, worthless crumbling dirt! "Dust thou art, and to dust thou shalt return." Why? That the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us! That your faith ...

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By: Lantana Grace Church | December 19, 2017

Woe Is Unto Me if I Preach Not The Gospel

Any sermon that does not have Christ in the beginning, the middle, and the end is a mistake in conception and a crime in execution. And I heartily say, “Amen!” The apostle Paul never said, "Woe is unto me if I preach not," but "woe is unto me if I preach not the Gospel." And he told the Corinthians, "I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ and Him crucified." Any man who stands before men and women in the name of God and does not plainly, clearly and consistently preach the Gospel of God's glory and grace in Christ Jesus is the worst sort of a criminal! He is a deceiver and murderer of the souls of men and women!

Scott Richardson

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By: Lantana Grace Church | December 14, 2017

What is the difference between the grace of God and the mercy of God? Someone has defined it this way. Grace, is God giving to us what we do not deserve; righteousness, peace and pardon (Romans 3:24; 6:23). Mercy, is God not giving to us what we do deserve; wrath, death and eternal punishment (Titus 3:5). Thank God for His eternal, sovereign grace and mercy; revealed and experienced in the heart of the sinner in Christ Jesus the Lord (II Corinthians 4:6)!

Tom Harding

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By: Lantana Grace Church | October 05, 2017

We need to be continually reminded that our life is but a vapor, which appeareth for a little while and then vanisheth away. If not we will walk carelessly. We will let worldliness eat away at us like a cancer. This is not our rest, so we should take no comfort in it. Nothing of this world is worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. We must trim our lamps for the time when the Bridegroom comes. We are told to stand always ready, waiting for the appearing of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, or for the call that it is time for the body to return to the earth.

George Whitfield used to say when he went to bed at night, "I have not left even a pair of gloves out of their place: if I die tonight, all my ...

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By: Lantana Grace Church | October 03, 2017

Man's entire apostasy and death in sin, so that he cannot save himself, and God's entire supremacy, so that He saves whom He will, are doctrines exceedingly distasteful to human pride. But they are Scriptural. Why was one thief saved and the other lost? "Even so Father for so it seemed good in Thy sight" (Matthew 11:25-27). God was not bound to save the one and He had power enough to have saved the other, and neither could save himself. What made the difference? The Sovereign Grace of God!

Anon

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By: Lantana Grace Church | September 21, 2017

Several years ago I applied for a home improvement loan at a local bank. I did not deal with the president of the bank or an officer of the bank but with one of the employees. This particular employee was quite rude and unkind to me causing me to cancel my account at that bank and move to another. The only contact I had with the bank was with this very poor representative but it was enough to discourage me from going there again.

You and I represent our Lord, the gospel of the Lord Jesus, and the church of the first-born. The only contact some people have with the church and kingdom of God is through us. What kind of impression do we leave on them? What idea of Christianity do we convey to them?

I wonder if they do not sometimes walk away off...

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By: Lantana Grace Church | September 12, 2017

No one has ever done anything to or against me that can even begin to compare with what I have done to and against my God, both before he saved me and since. If God in heaven has forgiven me, it should be easy for me to forgive you of anything. Spirit of God, give me such grace.

Don Fortner

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By: Lantana Grace Church | August 29, 2017

Evil is found in the best deeds and duties. As a matter of fact, everything is full of sin. All you and I ever do including prayer, preaching, and everything else, is full of sin from the top to the bottom. The best thing we ever did is worthy of hell’s heat. Quit talking about how good we are and start pleading to God for mercy. Your merit and mine put together wouldn’t fill up a thimble and would do nothing more than rattle like a peanut in a boxcar.

Scott Richardson

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By: Lantana Grace Church | August 15, 2017

I see no reason to contradict and fuss with that professing Christian who insists that Christ has done no more for him than he did for Judas. Maybe the poor man is right. How can you contradict him if he is telling you the truth? I just take him at his word and leave it at that. But don’t imagine that Peter believed Christ did no more for him than he did for Judas. Both men had horrible falls into sin. One betrayed Christ and the other denied him. Christ left Judas to die in his sin and go to his own place – to hell. Christ made intercession for Peter and delivered him from what otherwise would have been a damnable fall. Ask Peter if Christ did more for him than he did for Judas. Ask any believer who has truly been taught of God and he will...

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