What is consecration?

There is no reason, in the nature of the case, why the children of God should not become consecrated from the very moment of conversion. It should be the normal state of Christians. And with many it is so. Redeemed from eternal death, they instantly give themselves to their Deliverer, as those alive from the dead. But with most this is not the case. And so it is necessary, at some future period of their lives, when the claims of … Read More

Our Saviour’s Prayer

“And He went a little farther, and fell on His face, and prayed.” – Matthew 26:39 There are several instructive features in our Saviour’s prayer in His hour of trial. It was lonely prayer. He withdrew even from His three favoured disciples. Believer, be much in solitary prayer, especially in times of trial. Family prayer, social prayer, prayer in the Church, will not suffice, these are very precious, but the best beaten spice will smoke in your censer in your … Read More

The Indispensableness of the Holy Spirit

“Spices for anointing oil.” – Exodus 35:8 Much use was made of this anointing oil under the law, and that which it represents is of primary importance under the gospel. The Holy Spirit, who anoints us for all holy service, is indispensable to us if we would serve the Lord acceptably. Without His aid our religious services are but a vain oblation, and our inward experience is a dead thing. Whenever our ministry is without unction, what miserable stuff it … Read More

The Tenderness of Our Lord Jesus

“But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” – Matthew 10:30. It is most delightful to see how familiarly our Lord Jesus talked with his disciples. He was very great, and yet he was among them as one that serveth; he was very wise, but he was gentle as a nurse with her children; he was very holy, and far above their sinful infirmities, but he condescended to men of low estate; he was their Master and Lord, … Read More

Godliness or Gloominess

He who affirms that godliness is gloominess knoweth not what he saith. The Lord desireth to teach us, at the very beginning of our Christian career, that he would have us be happy, happy only in himself. He makes us glad when we are but beginners, and little in Israel, that we may see that we can be made blessed by simple faith, without any other assistance. “Christians might avoid much trouble,” says Dr. Payson, “if they would only believe … Read More

The Power of Words

“There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.” (Proverbs 12:18, KJV) “Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing.” (Proverbs 12:18, NLT) “But on the other hand, the tongue of the wise, which is in itself pure gentleness and a comfort to others, since, far from wounding, rather, by means of comforting, supporting, directing, exhortation, exercises a soothing and calming influence. …” (Keil and Delitzsch Commentary on Proverbs 12:18) … Read More

The Lord’s Supper (originally called “Meeting By Request”) – A.J. Crick

This sermon by A.J. Crick is the best commentary I have ever encountered on the sacrament we call “The Lord’s Supper” or “Holy Communion.” In order to more fully understand this sermon, it is important to know its background. Mr. Crick was a visiting preacher at a small Plymouth Brethren assembly where two people had been refused communion because they did not belong to that “denomination,” a label which the Plymouth Brethren have historically never wanted to call themselves. The … Read More

When Tragedy Strikes (Luke 13:22) – A.J. Crick

From time to time it is my intention to share vintage sermons which originate from my own personal collection of sermons which have blessed me. Many of these will be from A.J. Crick, a Plymouth Brethren Bible teacher. And he went through the cities and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem. Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, … Read More

Going Deeper: Simple Helps to Bible Study

“Do you have anything I can read to help me with studying the Bible?” a young man asked me recently. I told him I would try to think of something and ended up recommending a specific Bible commentary. Yet within myself I was not content with what was available. Then I remembered a small booklet on Bible study which had been privately written and printed by one of the best Bible teachers I had ever encountered, Alfred J. Crick. By … Read More

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