Franklin Ferguson

Caring for the Saints.

There is an urgent call for godly and disinterested men as shepherds of God’s people. The flock for which the Good Shepherd gave His life is pressingly in need of them; men of the sort described by the apostle Peter, who will “feed the flock which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly, not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd shall appear, y...

Testing Times.

The seasons all have their turn. First, we see the spring-time with its buds and blossoms and its signs of life and growth on every side; then comes the genial summer with its warmth and sunny days, bringing on and ripening the fruits of the earth; autumn with its dry and withering leaves, sees the completion of the ingathering of the harvest; while dreary winter follows, laying its icy-cold hand upon everything. Assemblies of God’s people have their seasons in like manner. It is not al...

Taking Time to Read.

A Christian manufacturer was asked, “When do you manage to find time to read and study the Word of God?” The questioner well knew the gentleman’s life was a very busy one; that to minister on the Lord’s day and at other times, as he did, must need a fair share of time allotted to private devotion. “I never find time to read,” he replied, “I am at the mill from early till late, and business needs so much of my attention, how do you think I could find time?” His friend said,

Gods Axemen

In old time “a man was famous according as he had lifted up axes upon the thick trees” (Psa. 74:5); and the spiritual woodman is accounted famous of God by his weighty and skilled use of Holy Scripture upon the stout hearts of rebellious men. There have lived but few to rank with John the Baptist, whose blows fell with a thud and a keenness of edge that shook oaks of Bashan. But his axe was heavier than the weak muscles of this generation could swing; it had been forged in the wilderness...

The Life that Tells.

The Christians of good purpose are they who walk with God (Gen. 5:22), in separation from this “present evil world” (Gal. 1:4). As they walk with Him there is perfect agreement (Amos 3:3); there is sweetest fellowship (1 John 1:3); there is the power of Christ resting upon the soul (2 Cor. 12:9); there is world unconformity and Heavenly transformity (Rom. 12:2); there is the eye turned toward the City of God and the lips confessing we are “strangers and pilgrims on the earth” (Heb. 1...

A Path no Fowl Knoweth.

God has a path for Heaven-bound pilgrims. It is beyond the ken of nature’s sight. The fowls of the mountains and the wild beasts of the forests know not of it. The vulture’s eye discerning from the mountain peak the fallen carcass on the plains below, has not espied the path. The prowling lion in quest of prey has not crossed it, though all the tracks of the desert are known to him (read Job 28:7-28). Where then is the path, seeing it is hidden from the eyes of all living? The “men ...

Translating Baptism.

In the Scriptural ordinance of Baptism we declared our death, burial and resurrection with Christ, that henceforth we should walk in newness of life (Rom. 6:4). The old “I “reckoned as dead and buried, with all his ways; vet raised to life as “a new creature “in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17). Was Baptism merely our obedience to an ordinance of the New Testament? It was that, and much more. It was intended to be a governing principle of life for the rest of our days on earth, that is, the d...

The Sure Word.

Very important is it for the heart to be firmly established in the certainty of every “Thus saith the Lord.” These are days of research and criticism, when things are not taken for granted because taught by one’s forefathers. Everything nowadays is thrown into the crucible and tested, the most hoary and time-honoured beliefs being treated like all else. The analyst and dissector cannot keep his hands off things; not even the Word of God is too sacred for his fingers. With great pretens...

Character of Worship.

A sweet simplicity marks a Scripturally-gathered assembly of saints for worship. No human minister or leader or presiding elder are ordained to guide the proceedings. The worshippers are gathered together by Divine appointment to meet their risen and glorified Lord, once crucified for them. A table is spread with a loaf and a cup of wine—simple emblems of His body given and His blood outpoured. The purpose is to show the Lord’s death and to remember Him. All are wholly dependent on the H...

Reception of Believers

Introductory Remarks by Robert Gessner The practice of receiving believers into fellowship in the local church has always been beset with many problems. Through the years, the policies of reception have been the cause of many divisions. Because it has been a source of disagreement, we tend to avoid discussing it. Consequently, rather than cause controversy, some assemblies have no reception policy or at least they avoid talking about it if they do. In fact, anyone who discusses i...
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