Jim McKendrick

Eternally Secure

One of the ways my library has been built has been through gifts of various people. As older people begin to thin out their libraries, I have been the happy recipient of some very good books. At least I presume them to be good books, for in reality I have not read all of them. Some of these volumes "sleep" on my shelves for months or years until by some prompting I get them down and read them. A few weeks ago, I received a note saying that a book had just been reprinte...

Around the World in Prayer

On two occasions over the last few years, I have been privileged to travel to other cultures and see missionary work first- hand. Both trips have given real impetus to prayer for missionaries. First, I have seen the realities of working in a different culture and the sacrifice involved. Secondly, I have learned that missionaries are real people. They have the same kind of concerns with living as we have. The spiritual battles with prayer and Bible study we have are inte...

Dispensational!

A few years ago I was preaching a series on "Dispensationalism" when an elder's wife came and said that those things were too theological for her. A young man at the same meeting came and said he had never heard of the term "Dispensations" before, even though he had been raised in an assembly. The "Brethren Movement," through its well-known leader, J. N. Darby, has played a significant role in systematizing and spreading Dispensationalism; yet many today in the movement...

A Shaft of Light

It's a gray day here in Michigan . . . again. November brought just 27% of possible sunshine, which is about average for November. December and January are about the same kind of months. That means it will be gray for 73% of the time. Not good advertising for Michigan to you folks who live with a great deal more sunshine. But we here in Michigan get used to it. We don't really notice it much--until there is a day like one last week where the sun shone all day and the sk...

Hymnbooks

In my bookshelf are two hymnbooks that are precious to me. One is inscribed with my name and the words, "From Grandma, baptism 9/30/56." The other has my wife's name and "From the P. A. (Port Arthur, ON) Gospel Hall, Jan. 1961." In those days, it was not unusual for an assembly or an older person to give a hymnbook to a young person on some important day of their lives. Hymnbooks were used in the home as well as in assembly gatherings. But I'm afraid that hymnbooks have...

Seed to the Sower

In 1945, a group of men met together in England to discuss the need for a publication that would endeavor to emphasize that aspect of truth known as "church truth." Out of this concern there arose a magazine called Precious Seed which was published bi-monthly. This magazine has continued to the present, with timely articles written by men recognized for their ability to teach the Word of God in a clear manner. In 1970, their 25th anniversary, they published a book call...

Keeping the Knot Tied

A union embodying such an ideal (the ideal of Ephesians 5) is not to be entered into lightly or unadvisedly, but reverently, discreetly, soberly, and in the fear of God. Such is one statement in the marriage ceremony that I use as two much-in-love people stand in front of me on their wedding day. That ideal is very high, and one that is not being met very often these days--even among Christians. In general, marriage and the family have fallen on hard times, and in a maj...

Corban

Paul tells us that it is the responsibility of children and grandchildren (nephews in the KJV) to requite (to make a return or repayment for a benefit or service) our parents (1 Tim. 5). Not to fulfill this responsibility is to be worse than an infidel (unbeliever). We cannot plead "Corban," excusing ourselves by high-sounding commitments. In our day we need to hear more ministry on this subject. Why? Because of the increasing number of "senior citizens." If the predi...

Great Distinctions

0How do you build a library?" I've often been asked. Well, seldom is it built by a pre-arranged plan. I've been blessed by being around older people who have taken an interest in me and given me books that have been helpful to them. Also, while a bookstore manager, I was given a number of books for promotional purposes. Another contributing factor to uneven growth is that everything I see on certain subjects is purchased. One of those subjects is the New Testament Church. Consequentl...

Ashamed!

A number of years ago I read a book now out of print called "Will Evangelicalism Survive Its Own Popularity?" The author reasoned the seeds for evangelical demise came from its popularity. He examined a number of values such as the pursuit of pleasure, fascination with fame, preoccupation with youthfulness, and the obsession with fads that were permeating the church while corrupting the nation. About 2 years ago I was given a book called "Liberating Ministry from the S...
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