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The perfect husband

Posted by on Dec 28, 2011 in Grace Gems, James Smith | 1 comment

There is but one object that can be presented to a sinner’s mind, which contains all that is needful for him, and all that is delightful to him–and that is JESUS! In Jesus, he finds an infinite variety which is always pleasing and profitable! The more he knows of the person, perfections, and works of Immanuel–the more happy, holy, and useful he will be.  Unbounded kindness, unparalleled meekness, and exquisite tenderness–shine in all His dealings with His people! He has never left room for one to doubt . . .
the kindness of His heart,
the power of His arm, or
the faithfulness of His Word.

Jesus loved, labored, suffered, bled, died, rose, ascended, and intercedes–to save His people from their sins! He is the perfect husband who . . .
brings us into marriage-union with Himself,
provides for all our necessities, and
assures us of His unalterable love!
He gives us . . .
His arm to support us,
His fullness to supply us,
His name to entitle us,
His robe to cover us,
His angels to guard us,
His Word to assure us, and
His Heaven to be our habitation at last!

To know Christ–is true wisdom;
to love Him–is the evidence of grace; and
to walk with Him–is the highest honor that can be put upon a sinful creature!

It is the delight of a truly spiritual mind to think of Jesus, feed on Him, and rejoicein Him. There is nothing in Christ–but what is precious to him. Christ is the objectof his faith, love, and desire; and the subject of his meditation, boast, and song in the house of his pilgrimage. To a Christian, Christ is ALL!

The believer is knit to Jesus, walks in fellowship with Him, and desires above all things to exalt and glorify Him. Jesus is just suited to the believer, and he thinks on Him with great delight and satisfaction!
via Grace Gems (James Smith, “The Glories of Christ!” 1864)

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Hey Big Boy!

Posted by on Nov 28, 2011 in Julian Smith, Videos, Wretched | 0 comments

Todd Friel uses an excellent example of why bringing a little context to your Gospel message makes a whole lot of difference.

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I can’t believe they used a Julian Smith video to do it, though!  On second thought… I can.  It’s Todd, haha!

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I MAKE WAR!

Posted by on Aug 15, 2011 in Music, Tedashii, Videos | 1 comment

Wow! I’m not a hip hop fan, but this is just pure awesomeness!

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Thanks elohimito!

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My friend, how is it with you?

Posted by on Jun 15, 2011 in Grace Gems, James Smith | 0 comments

“That Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain!” Philippians 1:20, 21

Paul’s third all-absorbing desire was to MAGNIFY Christ!

Paul desired to exhibit and exalt Christ!

If he wrote–he wrote of Christ.
If he spoke–he spoke of Christ.
If he suffered–he suffered for Christ.
If he sorrowed–it was because professors dishonored Christ.

Christ was to him dearer than the apple of his eye–and more precious than all things in earth or Heaven! He would live–if he could honor Jesus; or he would die for Him–if that would honor Him more.

He felt his obligation to Christ.
He was inflamed with Christ’s love.
He was a sacrifice on Christ’s altar.
He was a vessel for Christ’s honor.
He would go anywhere, he would do anything–if he might but honor Christ. Heartily he would say, “Let the name of Paul perish, if the name of Christ can be magnified thereby!”

To him Christ was, in fact, all and all. He died for Christ; the honor of Christ was the end for which he laid down his life.

My friend, how is it with you?

Does your heart cry, “Oh, that I could honor Christ!”

Does your life make this impression on others: “That person aims to honor Christ!” 

Is it your daily cry and prayer: “Let Christ be magnified in me, by me, and through me–in life, in death, in time, and forever!”

Oh my soul, let it be my constant desire and prayer–that Jesus, my Jesus, may be magnified by me!

(James Smith, “Paul’s Seven Wishes” 1856)

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You are NOT a Ferrari!

Posted by on Jun 3, 2011 in R.C. Sproul, Wretched | 0 comments

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The great object of our lives!

Posted by on May 24, 2011 in Grace Gems, James Smith | 0 comments

To exalt the Lord Jesus,

to comfort His beloved people,
and to benefit our fellow-men–
should be the great object of our lives.

For this purpose we were . . .
chosen by the Father,
redeemed by the blood of the Son,
and are sanctified by the Holy Spirit.

To accomplish this end . . .
grace is given us,
gifts are conferred upon us,
and life is continued to us.

We only live consistently–as we live for the benefit of others. No Christian should make SELF his main end; therefore the Apostle says, “No one should seek his own good, but the good of others.”
If we are influenced by the grace of God,
if we study to commend ourselves to God,
if we are ruled by the Word of God–
our principal object will be, to “do good unto all men, especially unto the household of faith.” 
Upon this, we shall keep the eye steadily fixed,
toward this, we shall bend all our energies, and
upon this, we shall habitually set our hearts.

(James Smith, “Christ Exalted, Saints Comforted, and Sinners Directed” 1855)

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