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The Blessed Secret: Philippians 4:11

I have learned the blessed secret

Of the soul that’s satisfied,

Since the Saviour dwells within me,

And in Him I now abide.

I have learned the joy of trusting

In the sureness of His Word,

Knowing that each promise spoken,

Will be honoured by my Lord.

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A Song of Compassion

With a soul blood bought and a heart aglow.

Redeemed of the Lord and free,

I ask as I pass down the busy street,

Is it only a crowd I see;

Do I lift my eyes with a careless gaze,

That pieces no deep down woe,

Have I naught to give to the teeming throng

Of the wealth of the love I know?

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Editorial: 2+2=4

W. E. Vine tells us the word ‘reckon’ is ‘properly used of numerical calculation’. Here is one instance where Paul used the word, ‘For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.’ (Rom. 8:18).

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It’s Good To Know

  • Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: His going forth is prepared as the morning; and He shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth. Hosea 6:3
  • This is the disciple which testifieth of these things, and wrote these things: and we know that his testimony is true. John 21:24

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Recognize Leadership

“And He gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists and some pastors and teachers for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry…” (Eph. 4:11,12 NKJ).

“Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock among whom the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the flock of God which He purchased with His own blood” (Acts 20:28).

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Justification

Martin Luther was trained as a lawyer but due to a vow made to God he entered a monastery. As a monk he tried to live a righteous life, sometimes spending as much as six hours out of a day in confession of sins. In spite of this he still struggled with the impossibility of being made righteous. Here is the account, in his words, of his conversion experience. 

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Isaiah 52:13-15: God’s Servant Will Be Exalted – Part 1 of 5

In this first stanza, God speaks about how His servant will be exalted and, in doing so, He makes three predictions concerning the Lord Jesus.

1. He will deal prudently: 52:13

Behold, My servant will deal prudently.” Four times in 1 Samuel 18 the NKJV translates “deal prudently”as“behave wisely”.After his victory over Goliath, “David behaved wisely.” Saul promoted him over all the men of war but then became jealous of him, removed him from his position and made him a captain, but “David behaved wisely in all his ways… when Saul saw that he behaved very wisely, he was afraid of him.” Saul continued to provoke David and again sought to kill him but “David behaved more wisely than all the servants of Saul, so that his name became highly esteemed” (1 Samuel 18:5, 14-15, 30). Whatever the circumstances in which he found himself, David did the right thing: he behaved wisely.

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Mary at His Feet

The study of the ‘Marys’ of the New Testament is a delightful one. According to Robert Young’s Analytical Concordance there were seven of them. Probably, all were believers devoted to our Lord Jesus. Much more is written about some of them than others: notably, Mary the mother of the Lord; Mary Magdalene; and Mary of Bethany, who is the subject of this article. The latter is in many ways the loveliest character of them all.

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Blessed in Christ

In a previous article “Two Men and You” we saw that we are either represented by Adam and what he did in Eden (sin) and what he in consequence became (a sinner), or by Christ and what He passed through in His death and resurrection. The multiple benefits of the Saviour’s work on behalf of those who have faith in Him are the subject of large sections of the New Testament. Believers are taught there to see themselves as “in Christ” for He fully represents what they now are before God. They should never consider themselves apart from that fact, it is one that puts them —

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