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Scriptures Alone! Grace Alone! Christ Alone!

By: Lantana Grace Church | August 14, 2018

I notice that few preachers and writers use the expression “OUR LORD JESUS” or “THE LORD JESUS.” It is “Jesus said this” and “Jesus did that” or “Jesus died and rose again.” Brethren, HE IS THE LORD – HE IS THE LIVING GOD!

We need to acknowledge His deity, His dominion, and His divine anointing! He is “God over all, blessed forever” and we can never praise Him too much, speak too reverently of Him, or give Him a high title which He does not deserve.

You may feel that I am straining at a gnat but I sincerely do not think so. As for this preacher and this congregation, He is our LORD JESUS CHRIST and I shall continue to discourage any over-familiarity or lack of reverence for His person and work.

“Ye call ...

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By: Lantana Grace Church | July 31, 2018

Mark 1:40 "And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean."

There are TWO words that are commonly used day in and day out in the English language that should never follow the word “God” in a sentence. The first word is “want” (wanting, wanted), and the second is “try” (trying, tried).

God has never wanted to do anything that He did not do. God has never tried to do anything that He has not accomplished. God does not want to save sinners. He saves sinners. God is not trying to save sinners, He will have mercy and compassion on whom He will (Romans 9:15). May God truly teach us what He taught the begging leper. That poor fellow had a great need and h...

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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 | October 11, 2016

It is amazing how that sometimes so very much can be said in so very few words. The following words by Arthur Pink are an excellent example. “God is working out His eternal purpose, not only in spite of human and satanic opposition, but by the means of them.” What a statement! What a God! With perfect ease “He worketh all things after the counsel of His own will.”

Maurice Montgomery

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By: Lantana Grace Church | July 21, 2016

There is nothing more comforting to believers than God’s sovereignty over all things. Under the most adverse circumstances, in the most severe trials, we believe that God has ordained our afflictions, that God overrules them, and that God will sanctify them for our good and His glory. There is nothing for which we ought to contend more earnestly than the truth of God’s rule and reign over all things, all creatures, and all their actions. The throne of God, His right to sit on that throne and to do with His own as He will, is what we believe and what we preach. Let us be accused of over-emphasizing the majesty and power of the living God, but never let it be said that we underestimate His glory.

Henry Mahan

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By: Lantana Grace Church | April 28, 2016

When Christ walked upon this earth, men hated Him. Does not the cross speak loudly of how men hated the Christ? But there is a Jesus men do not hate. It is the Jesus that men believe they can control. The one whose will can be thwarted by our will. The one whom men can accept or reject. The one who cannot save unless we of our own free will allow Him to save us. Nobody hates a Jesus they can control. The problem is - that Jesus is an idol invented by men to take the place of the Lord Jesus Christ that they hate. He is the One who has sovereign control over all. The One over whom men have no control. The Lord Jesus Christ, in whose hand all men are. The One who can accept or reject us. This Jesus men hate because they see no safety in salvat...

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By: Lantana Grace Church | September 11, 2015

The sovereignty of God is absolute. To acknowledge this truth is at once to acknowledge that God has foreordained whatsoever comes to pass; that nothing else can come to pass; that predestination is a fact; that God does rule in the kingdoms of men; that all human ties, bonds and relationships are divinely appointed and formed; that salvation rests solely, fully and only in God’s election; that salvation is by God’s grace and His grace alone; and, that no part of man’s salvation is of himself either in origin or execution. Where men get the idea that man’s will is the all-determining factor or moving caused of his salvation is hard to see. Certainly they do not get it from the Bible.

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By: Lantana Grace Church | August 27, 2015

Man’s entire apostasy and death in sin, so that he cannot save himself, and God 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!

Horatius Bonar

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By: Lantana Grace Church | August 25, 2015

I question today’s easy believism which makes salvation only a profession and not an experience; which operates only in a man’s mind and not upon his heart; which obligates God, but does not glorify God; which designates Jesus Christ as a Saviour and denies His Lordship. Don’t talk to me so much about your Saviour – tell me who is your Lord? Somebody is your Lord – whoever your Lord is – his servant you are! What do you say to our generation? “Accept Jesus as your Saviour?” It is hard to find someone who has not already done that! I say, Cease from self and bow to the claims of our Lord Jesus Christ! It is hard to find anyone who has done that! Christ will be Lord of all or not Lord at all!

Rolfe Barnard

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By: Lantana Grace Church | August 24, 2015

I assert that no sinner ever really “decides for Christ”. That term “decides” has always seemed to me quite wrong. I have often heard people use expressions which have disturbed me and made me feel very unhappy. They have generally done so in ignorance and with the best intentions. I can think of an old man who often used the following expression: “You know friends, I decided for Christ forty years ago, and I have never regretted it.” What a terrible thing to say! “Never regretted it!” But that is the kind of thing people say who have been brought up under this teaching and approach. A sinner does not “decide” for Christ, the sinner flies to Christ in utter helplessness and despair, saying: “Foul, I to the fountain fly, wash me Savior, or ...

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By: Lantana Grace Church | July 09, 2015

If my understanding of God’s sovereignty leaves me with a fatalistic or victim mentality, I have not understood God’s sovereignty at all. If my understanding of God’s sovereignty takes away my initiative toward seeking the Lord or the use of means, it is a misunderstanding. It is true that God is sovereign and everything that happens in providence He decreed before time to be done. It is equally true that if I seek Him, I am promised to find Him! There are many laws of reciprocation in Scripture. If I judge not, I will not be judged. However, if I judge, I will be judged. If I forgive, I will be forgiven. If I fail to forgive, I will not be forgiven. If I humble myself, I will be exalted and if I exalt myself, I shall be abased. If I call u...

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By: Lantana Grace Church | July 08, 2015

There is no attribute more comforting to His children than that of God’s sovereignty. Under the most adverse circumstances, in the most severe trials, they believe that sovereignty has ordained their afflictions, that sovereignty over-rules them, and that sovereignty will sanctify them all. There is nothing for which the children ought more earnestly to contend than the doctrine of their Master over all creation, the kingship of God over all the works of His own hands, the throne of God and His right to sit upon that throne. On the other hand, there is no doctrine more hated by worldlings, no truth of which they have made such a football as the great, stupendous, but yet most certain doctrine of the sovereignty of the infinite Jehovah. Men ...

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By: Lantana Grace Church | July 07, 2015

It’s amazing how history repeats itself! We seem to go around in a circle. During the days of the Reformation, when superstition, tradition, and the human will reigned in religion, the reformers waged their battle for the glory of God and the true Gospel on three points. 1. The Scriptures Alone: “Let God be true and every man a liar.” We bow to the Word apart from visions, revelations or opinions of men. 2. Grace Alone: Salvation only by free, sovereign, and full grace, apart from law, works, or any other contribution of any sort. 3. Christ Alone: “By Himself purged our sins.” His person and work effectually, totally, and eternally redeemed His elect. This is where the battle rages today in America, where fundamentalism with its emotion, e...

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By: Lantana Grace Church | July 06, 2015

The sovereignty of God may be defined as the exercise of His supremacy. Being infinitely elevated above the highest creature, He is the Most High, Lord of heaven and earth. Subject to none, influenced by none, absolutely independent; God does as He pleases, only as He pleases, always as He pleases. None can thwart Him, none can hinder Him. So His own Word expressly declares: “My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure” (Isaiah 46:10); “He doeth according to His will in the army of heaven, and the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay His hand” (Daniel 4:35). Divine sovereignty means that God is God in fact, as well as in name, that He is on the Throne of the universe, directing all things, working all things “After the coun...

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