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By: Lantana Grace Church | February 07, 2017

This is a command. “Be ye thankful” (Colossians 3:15). In another place Paul said, “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (I Thessalonians 5:18). Being thankful is not being thankful because things could be worse. Being thankful is being thankful because things could not be better! If God really is sovereign, whatever happens is best because He is in control of it. It may bring joy, it may bring sorrow. But whatever it brings, it is best. Whether our hearts are bubbling over with joy or breaking in sorrow, we are thankful. Whatever He does is best! We may not understand how it is best, but we do believe it is best. Therefore we are thankful!

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By: Lantana Grace Church | December 13, 2016

A man who professes to believe sovereign grace was attending a church where sovereign grace was not preached. I asked him if grace was preached at the church he attended. He replied, “Yes, but not like you do.” Are there other ways to preach grace? What he meant was, they do not preach total depravity, unconditional election, limited atonement, irresistible grace, and perseverance of the saints – but they still believe in salvation by grace through faith. All that can be said of that is it is dishonest. Someone that does not preach and love God’s sovereign grace does not preach grace at all. They may use the word ‘grace’, but they give it a different meaning. This is deceptive, evil, and soul destroying. May the Lord deliver us from such ir...

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By: Lantana Grace Church | December 08, 2016

We believe in the absolute predestination of God in all things! "He worketh all things after the counsel of His own will." (Ephesians 1:11). There is nothing that happens by chance. But does this belief cause us to live in a kind of stoic indifference and fatalism? Certainly not! Paul also said to the Ephesians, after He told them about the absolute predestination of God, "Be very careful how you live - not as unwise, but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil." (Ephesians 5:15-16) (NIV). He said the same thing to the Colossians in Colossians 4:5 ("Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time."). Yes, we believe in the absolute predestination of our God in al...

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By: Lantana Grace Church | June 28, 2016

Baptism is a ceremony, and nothing more. There is no saving efficacy in it nor is it a means through which grace is conveyed. But, that does not take away from its importance.

The marriage ceremony does not cause a man and woman to love one another. They love each other before they participated in the marriage ceremony. But if they refuse to participate in the marriage ceremony, and live together without it, they say by that, that they do not love one another enough to be totally committed to one another. This shows how important the marriage ceremony is. There is no true love without it.

Baptism is the same. It does not cause salvation. It speaks of a relationship that was already there before the ceremony. And that relationship was caused b...

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By: Lantana Grace Church | June 14, 2016

Most preachers of our day present the Gospel as an offer by God that the sinner can accept or reject. I have at least three problems with this. (1) The Bible does not teach this. (2) It puts salvation ultimately in the hands of man, therefore salvation is at least partly by works. (3) It denies the depravity of man by implying some capability in man to make use of the benefit offered. Where the Gospel is preached as an offer, THE GOSPEL is not preached.

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By: Lantana Grace Church | May 17, 2016

I have observed many who profess to know Christ and believe the Gospel of grace, and yet they are unhappy and, generally speaking, miserable people. How can this be? I believe I know why. These people walk around with a dark cloud over their head because they are so taken up with the things of this world. They are always in a strait between Christ and the world, and feel bad because they fear they are not giving Christ their first priority. That is the problem. If Christ is merely "first priority," you have missed Him altogether. He is ALL to those who know Him, not merely "first priority." I once heard someone say, "Most people have just enough religion to make them miserable." That is the problem! Most people...

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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 | February 22, 2016

Here is a prayer that God never says no to… “Have mercy upon me.” Whenever someone asks for mercy, they are acknowledging their guilt before God, they are acknowledging His sovereign right to give or withhold it as He sees fit, and they are pleading their need of mercy. Everybody who truly pleads for mercy will have it. If you say, “I asked the Lord for mercy and He did not give it to me,” then you really never asked for mercy. You may have used the word “mercy”, but that is not what you meant. Because if you meant what the Bible means by mercy, you would have it! The Lord did say, “Him that cometh to Me, I will in no wise cast out.” If you are not received in mercy by Him, it is because you never came to Him for mercy in the first place! R...

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By: Lantana Grace Church | January 16, 2016

“With the heart man believeth unto righteousness” (Romans 10:10) - that means, with the whole man! ....Our understanding, our affections, and our will. I understand that Christ is the only way to the Father. I am not seeking to come “some other way.” Not only do I understand this, I love Christ being the only way to the Father. I do not merely have a cognitive understanding of Christ being the only Way, I love Christ being my only ground of acceptance. Thus, not only do I understand what I believe, I love what, or rather Who I believe. The understanding and affections are not all that is involved in believing with the heart. The will is also involved. If I were given a choice of some other way of salvation, I would reject it. The way of sov...

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By: Lantana Grace Church | January 15, 2016

“Straight is the gate and narrow is the way that leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:24). These are the words of the Lord Jesus Christ. Many attempt to make the way wider than it is in order to accommodate their lifestyle or to avoid persecution. Some attempt to make it more narrow than it is to justify and vindicate themselves in their self-righteous refuge. But there it stands. There is the broad way that leads to destruction with a huge crowd on it. There is the narrow way that leads to life with only a few on it. It is the way of Christ alone. Which way are you on?


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By: Lantana Grace Church | November 02, 2015

If 99% of salvation is by grace, then salvation is 100% by works! If any aspect of salvation is dependent upon man doing his part in order for God’s part to be fulfilled, then salvation is of man, and not of the Lord. Works and grace cannot be mixed. They are mutually exclusive. The belief that God loves all, Christ died for all, the Holy Spirit calls all, but salvation is dependent upon man’s acceptance or rejection of God’s offer of salvation is just as much salvation by works as believing you are saved by your law-keeping or baptism. It still leaves salvation ultimately dependent upon man, and leaves him a ground for boasting. But the fact of the matter is salvation is 100% grace. Everybody who is saved by grace knows that. It is only th...

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By: Lantana Grace Church | October 28, 2015

In Revelation 2 and 3, we read seven letters written by Christ Himself to the seven churches of Asia. He is giving these churches both commendations and warnings. Evidently they did not heed His warnings because none of those churches are with us today! It is only through giving heed to these warnings that you and I will persevere in the faith. There are at least these four warnings to the seven churches.

  1. Losing your first love (Revelation 2:4). When we lose our first love, we no longer hear the Gospel as a sinner. We become like the man in James 1:23-24 who beholds himself in a mirror, and he goes away and forgets what manner of man he was. We then hear the Gospel as a critic, a judge, or in indifference. 
  2. The spirit of toleration (Revelatio...

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By: Lantana Grace Church | October 28, 2015

Did the early church meet twice on Sunday? There is no way of knowing. Perhaps they met three times. The Lord’s Table was first observed at night. In I Corinthians 16:2, the church was said to meet together the first day (Sunday) of the week. John called this day “the Lord’s day” (Revelation 1:10). This day is a special day for the hearing of the Gospel. It is not called the Lord’s morning or the Lord’s evening, but the Lord’s Day. Some have suggested that Sunday evening is an important time for families to be together. Without question, families being together is important. Certainly it would be good to spend every evening Monday through Saturday with the family. But the best thing I can do for my family is have them in the place where Chr...

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By: Lantana Grace Church | September 28, 2015

The importance of hearing the Gospel cannot be overstated, because “faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17). One of the names of the Gospel is “The hearing of faith” (Galatians 3:5). The Lord said on numerous occasions, “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.” Not everybody has ears to hear! In Luke 6:27, the Lord said, “I say unto you that hear.” He only speaks to those who hear. Hearing is an evidence of knowing and being of God. “He that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us” (I John 4:6). We are also warned of becoming dull of hearing (Hebrews 5:11). In the parable of the sower, where the Lord gives us the four types of hearers, He says in Luke 8:18, “Take heed how ye hear!” Not o...

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By: Lantana Grace Church | September 03, 2015

Believer, if you are in heaviness and depression because of the trials and temptations in your life, remember there is a ‘need be’ of these very trials that make you heavy. They are what you need, given by God for your good and his glory. That is why James said “Count it all joy when you fall in to diverse temptations.” We do not rejoice in the trials themselves, but we rejoice in Him who sent them. This is why we are told “in everything give thanks”. Even give thanks for the trial for “this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you”.


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By: Lantana Grace Church | September 01, 2015

A pastor was talking to the mother of a little girl who had just recovered from a near-fatal illness. The woman said, “Wasn’t God good to give us back our child?” The minister was about to voice his agreement when an arresting thought entered his mind. The woman was surprised when he answered, “Yes, but would not God have been just as good, or just as kind, if your child had not been spared?” The mother hesitated. Her face clouded over. At last, though half-heartedly and without conviction, she conceded that her pastor was right.

It takes an unshakable confidence in the wisdom, power, and love of God to give “thanks always for all things” (Ephesians 5:20). This does not mean we delight in pain and suffering. We simply cling to His unchangin...

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By: Lantana Grace Church | August 21, 2015

“By this shall all men know that ye are My disciples, if you have love one to another” (John 13:35). This is the new commandment. “A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another: as I have loved you, that ye also love one another” (John 13:34). Yes, we are to love God! Yes, we are to love His Truth! But when the Lord gives the evidence that can be seen, that will show us to be His disciples, it is our love to one another. The love that is longsuffering and kind. The love that is not envious, boastful, or conceited. The love that is not rude, self-seeking, easily offended, and keeps no records of wrongs. A love that covers in silence, is not suspicious, hopes the best, and endures all things. A love that is never reduced to ina...

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By: Lantana Grace Church | August 13, 2015

Quite often Paul spoke of “My Gospel.” The truth of the Gospel is not subject to me or any man. The content of the Gospel is not subject to man’s experience of it. “Let God be true and every man a liar.” But the Gospel becomes my Gospel when I experience the Truth. I know the objective truth of Scripture that men are totally depraved, and I know from my subjective experience that I am totally depraved. I know the objective Truth of the Gospel: election by the Father, redemption by the Son, and regeneration by the Holy Spirit. And in my subjective experience I need the Father to elect me, the Son to redeem me, and the Holy Spirit to regenerate me or I will be lost forever. These are not merely doctrines I give assent to, but I need them to b...

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By: Lantana Grace Church | August 11, 2015

I can still recall the first night Lynn and I slept in our first house. We did not realize we were so close to a railroad track. I can still remember how loud that train sounded! But within a few months, it got to where I didn’t even notice it. Could that be the way some of us are toward hearing the Gospel? There is not a more dreadful state than being “Gospel hardened.”

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By: Lantana Grace Church | August 06, 2015

To some that is a moot point because they believe He died for all men without exception. But according to the Bible, He only died for His sheep (John 10:16). Not everybody is a sheep. There are also goats. So how can I know that I am one for whom He died? Am I simply to have faith that He died for me? No. You can believe that He died for you and that does not mean He did. Faith is not believing He died for you. Faith is not believing you are saved. Those things have to do with assurance. When the Ethiopian eunuch asked Phillip, what hinders me from being baptized? Phillip said, “If you believe with all your heart you may.” Notice what the eunuch did not reply. He did not say, “I believe that Christ died for me personally,” or “I believe tha...

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