God All-Powerful

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I no longer believe that God ever did create a being that was capable of hindering or frustrating any of His loving plans or purposes, and they that believe Satan ever accomplished anything along that line know not God, and many, very many, who profess to love and serve Him are actually ignorant of His wisdom, power and love.

Thomas E. McDaniel
Unsearchable Riches (Volume 22, 1931)
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All Is Just as God Intends

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[There is an] immense relief which comes only with a realization that the world at the present time, with all its frightfulness and frustration, is just as God intended it to be. He foretold its failure and is using it to humble His creatures and prepare them for their destiny.

KnochA.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
Unsearchable Riches, Volume 36, 1945
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Either God Is, or He Isn’t

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Either God is all-powerful, or He is not.
Either God is all-wise, or He is not.
Either God is all-loving, or He is not.
Either God’s will is sovereign, or it is not.
Either God’s grace is infinite, or it is not.

Isn’t it time for the church of Christ to decide one way or the other, and then make its theology fit its expressed faith?

Loyal F HurleyLoyal F. Hurley (1886-1967)
The Outcome of Infinite Grace
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The Best Is Yet to Come

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Jesus Christ came to introduce the seemingly-distant God, intimately as our Father (Matthew 6:9). All that is behind us, around us and in front of us is simply preparing us all for that grand family reunion hosted by our Father,” the Father of all (Ephesians 4:6), “of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named” (Ephesians 3:15).

The One Who gives beauty for ashes,” the oil of joy for mourning” and “the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness (Isaiah 61:3), will right all wrongs, correct all flaws, fill all emptiness, satisfy all longings, dispel all disappointments and replace all earthly sorrows with endless heavenly joy.

Rest assured that He knows exactly what He’s doing. Truly, the best is yet to come!

Behold, I make all things new (Revelation 2:15).

C2Pilkington-4Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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The Heavenly Builder

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For we are laborers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building (I Corinthians 3:9).

The work of grace is compared to a building; the carrying forward is gradual. If it is large, there is much to be done in preparing and laying the foundation, before the walls appear above ground; much is doing within, when the work does not seem perhaps to advance without; and when it is considerably forward – yet, being encumbered with scaffolds and rubbish – a bystander sees it at a great disadvantage, and can form but an imperfect judgment of it.

All this while the architect himself, even from the laying of the first stone, conceives of it according to the plan and design he has formed; he prepares and adjusts the materials, disposing each in its proper time and place – and views it, in idea, as already finished. In due season it is completed – but not in a day. The top-stone is fixed, and then, the scaffolds and rubbish being removed – it appears to others as he intended it should be.

Men, indeed, often plan what, for want of skill or ability, or from unforeseen disappointments, they are unable to execute; but nothing can disappoint the Heavenly Builder; nor will He ever be reproached with forsaking the work of His Own hands, or beginning that which He could not or would not accomplish.

Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:6).

Let us therefore be thankful for beginnings, and patiently wait the outcome.

John NewtonJohn Newton (1725-1807)
Author of the Hymn, Amazing Grace
John Newton’s Letters, November 11, 1775
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The Failure of the Men of God

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At times the circumstances of life can be extremely tragic. Sometimes heartbreaking events involve even those who proclaim the truths of God’s Word. Blundering errors and irresponsible actions sometimes result in far-rippling, life-altering results. We are reminded of a number of things during these humanly painful times.

First, we are reminded that men are always mere men. They are frail and persistently subject to vanity and failure. All of them, without exception – even those with great hearts for God and His Word – are predisposed by Him to the same lot as the rest of broken humanity (Romans 8:20). We are all capable of anything – absolutely anything. Even Paul knew that, whatever he was, it was merely by the grace of God (I Corinthians 15:10). To think otherwise is to have too high a view of ourselves. To imagine that we would make superior “choices,” while being subject to the exact same conditions, circumstances and influences as another, is only a further demonstration of our own prideful weaknesses and failures.

Second, we are reminded that the work that God is displaying today is grace – pure grace. Grace alone. There’s no place for human merit or demerit whatsoever; and where sin abounds, well, grace just simply abounds more (Romans 5:20). The grace of God can’t be outdone by the sin of His creation.

Third, regardless of the shifting tides of finite mortals, we can always find absolute stability knowing that, even in the most difficult situations that we are called upon to comprehend and bear, God is still the infinite God and is in absolute control. Man is still man, but God is still God. There is no small corner of His vast universe that He does not meticulously direct. None. Absolutely none. All is out of God, all is through God, all is to God (Romans 11:36).

Fourth, we can always be assured that “we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth” (II Corinthians 13:8). God’s truth is never in any danger whatsoever – for any reason, least of all by the failures of His creatures. His truth can never be harmed or hindered against His purpose. Ever. As with everything else, God’s truth is firmly in His care and control. After all, He’s still God. He always has been. He always will be.

He alone is our great resting place.

C2Pilkington-4Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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