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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!


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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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By: Lantana Grace Church | July 25, 2017

“But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.” (Jude 1:20-21)

Someone asked, “How can I avoid these times of depression, indifference and bad attitude toward others?”

First, there is no perfection in the flesh! While we do not approve of our infirmities, failures, evil thoughts, or backslidings, we are, nevertheless, aware of their source: the flesh. And, because of that, we are also aware of the fact that this conflict and warfare will be with us until death. However, the next time you are plagues with coldness of spirit, prolonged bad attitude, and a worldly spirit, check and see if you are not...

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By: Lantana Grace Church | July 18, 2017

As we watch our nation in a religious and moral downgrade, which fills our hearts with sorrow, let us ever call to mind the words of the great apostle Paul, “Who maketh thee to differ,” and be very, very thankful to God that we are not a part of the church’s apostasy and this nation’s reprobation; that we have been snatched out of darkness and death and translated into the kingdom of light, the kingdom of God’s dear Son (Colossians 1:13). In our sorrow, let us be thankful, very thankful!

Look at the words John Newton has left us: “While we lament the growth and pernicious effects of infidelity, and see how wicked men wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived; what gratitude should fill our hearts to Him, who has called us out of the ...

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By: Lantana Grace Church | July 11, 2017

  1. Grace is always sovereign. “Therefore, hath He mercy on whom He will have mercy, and whom He will He hardeneth” (Romans 9:18).
  2. Grace is always free. “Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:24).
  3. Grace is always saving. “By grace are ye saved” (Ephesians 2:8).

God’s grace is not an offer up for man’s acceptance or rejection. His grace sovereignly, freely saves! We cannot believe grace without believing these three things regarding grace.

Todd Nibert

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By: Lantana Grace Church | July 04, 2017

A dear friend and I were talking about how blessed the gospel of Christ's grace was. I can't remember all the details we talked about. I suppose we talked about electing love and redeeming grace and how the Lord in tender mercy called us out of darkness with a call we could not resist, and has kept us till that very day, and refused to let us go. When saints get to talking about spiritual things they often talk about such subjects as these. When our discussion was almost over, my dear friend put the icing on the cake, as it were. "And one of the best things about this gospel," he said, "I can't mess it up!".

Jesus has finished the work, it is already done, so, "I can't mess it up". My sins have already been puni...

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By: Lantana Grace Church | June 29, 2017

"Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith." (Hebrews 10:22)

Assurance of salvation and a saving interest in our Lord Jesus is not a feeling cultivated by thinking good thoughts and doing good deeds. Paul calls it "full assurance of faith." It has to do with faith, with believing God!

Assurance is born of confidence in the Father as our covenant God; "Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him."

Assurance is born of confidence in the Son as our just God and Saviour; "By His stripes we are healed."

Assurance is born of confidence in His promises; "Abraham was fully persuaded that what God had promised, He was able also to perform."

So your assurance of redemption is not enh...

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By: Lantana Grace Church | June 20, 2017

Do yourself a favor… Do your soul to favor.. Avail yourself to every opportunity of hearing the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. God speaks to man through his word, he spoke to me; who knows, he may speak to you.

Scott Richardson

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By: Lantana Grace Church | June 13, 2017

"Lord, what will you have me to do?" (Acts 9:6). This is Paul's question on the road where he met the sovereign Christ. It was not, what do I think is best for me? Or what will afford me the most pleasure and comfort? Or even what do other people do? But "Lord, what will YOU have me to do?"

In every case enable me, by Thy grace, to do what is pleasing in Thy sight and that which will bring glory to Thy name. Where we get in trouble is putting our wills and ways before His! It is not I but Christ, His gospel, His church, His kingdom, His glory, which must be considered. When this is settled "I" will fall in the right place and though the way may not be easy; in the end it will be pleasant. "In all thy ways a...

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By: Lantana Grace Church | June 01, 2017

The Gospel of God's grace in Christ Jesus is not a thing to be proved, but a truth to be believed. It is not submitted to our reasoning powers as a subject for critical examination. The Gospel is a message from God, addressed to the conscience, feelings, and affections. For this reason men fond of argument and proving everything by strictly logical deduction generally make very poor preachers. In the Scriptures, God does not argue. He proclaims!

Milton Howard

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By: Lantana Grace Church | May 18, 2017

Many of you have sons and daughters that you often mention in your prayers, but never with hope. You have often thought that God has said of your son, “Ephraim is given to idols; let him alone;” the child of your affection has become an adder stinging your heart! Oh, then weep, I beseech you. Parents, do not leave off weeping for your children; do not become hardened towards them, sinners though they be; it may be that God may yet bring them to himself. It was but last church meeting that we received into our communion a young friend who was educated and brought up by a pious minister in Colchester. She had been there many years, and when she came away to London the minister said to her, “Now, my girl, I have prayed for you hundreds of time...

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By: Lantana Grace Church | May 16, 2017

"Go home to thy friends and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee" (Mark 5:19). The Lord had shown great mercy to this poor sinner, setting him free from demons and from sin. Now He tells him to go home to his family and friends and be The Lord’s Witness.

Do not go home and begin to preach. Do not go home and take up the great doctrines of grace and expound them. Do not go home and strive to bring everyone to your views and beliefs. Do not go home and condemn all who do not see what you see. Go home and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you! Not what great things you have read or heard, but what great things you have experienced! This is the way to begin our witnessing.

There never is a more in...

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By: Lantana Grace Church | May 11, 2017

T. T. Martin (pastor, missionary, and writer of the last century [1862-1939]) once said, “There aren’t many great sermons preached today. Preachers are bound by too many other things to be great preachers. They give more advice than a lawyer, visit more sick than a doctor, attend more meetings than a club-woman, shake more hands than a politician, teach more people than a professor, and use the other part of their time as errand boys. They are organizers, promoters, executives, and toast-masters – anything but prophets speaking for God to eternity-bound sinners. Preachers today are like the little boy, loaded down with books, who was asked, 'Son, where are you going?' ... 'I’m going to school.' 'What are you learning?' ... 'Nothing, I’m too...

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By: Lantana Grace Church | May 09, 2017

God never “tries”; God does! Some speak of some other god who “wants” to save, some other jesus who is “trying” to save, yet he is frustrated by the sinner. They say their god has no hands but the sinner’s hands and no feet but the sinner’s feet. That is not the God of the Bible! But the God of the Bible does describe such men and their god, “They bear him upon the shoulder, they carry him, and set him in his place, and he standeth; from his place shall he not remove: yea, one shall cry unto him, yet can he not answer, nor save him out of his trouble” (Isaiah 46:7). Those saved by the sovereign and free grace of the one true and living God declare “Our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased” (Psalm 115:3).

Clay Curtis

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By: Lantana Grace Church | April 25, 2017

“For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (II Corinthians 6:2).

It is one thing to "wait on the Lord” (Psalm 27:14) in matters of providence, trial, and decisions regarding our plans and purposes. But the command to repent and believe on Christ is in the imperative! It is "NOW is the accepted time, TODAY is the day of salvation." Someone may say, "But I want to be sure." You can be sure that you are a guilty sinner, that you have no ability to justify yourself before God, that God sent His Son to save, that He is a sufficient Saviour, and that not to believe this gospel is to make ...

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