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An Appendix To A Confession Of Faith- Appendix Point 14

14. Though they which are once really engrafted into Christ, shall certainly be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation; I Pet. 1:5; yet ought they to beware, lest being led away with the error of the wicked, they fall from their own steadfastness; 2 Pet. 3:17. They ought therefore to seek continual support from God. Yea they ought to seek at God’s hand (in prayer, and in the right use and study of His Word, and in the right use of His Ordinances) not only continuance, but also growth in grace; 2 Pet. 3:18; First, because this is God’s Command. Secondly, because God Who will establish them, will do it in this way; viz: giving them grace to be obedient to this His Command, and blessing them in this obedience.

Benjamin Cox- An Appendix To A Confession Of Faith

Blogging from the Bush Pt 2

January 16, 2017 6 comments

In a recent article, I wrote to all those who follow this blog, to let you all know that my hours had been cut at work and due to my hours being cut, I had to go down on my data plan. Because I live in a rural area, of the southern part of the United States, I have to pay for data plans and as most of you know, this means that I am limited in how much data I have every month or as you prefer, I have a data cap on my plan. Therefore, going down on my data plan limits me even that much more, on my internet use. I asked everyone to pray that God allow me to either: get my hours back, to be able to somehow get my data back, and to follow God’s will in whether or not I should be blogging.

I want to thank everyone who remembered me in their prayers as God has most certainly answered them above and beyond anything I could have hoped or asked for.

Towards the end of summer, my wife bought me a new HP Laptop computer. I have used the same laptop, to blog and keep current my website, since 2009. However, about the time I had it ready to use, my data plan had already been cut. So I decided to use my new laptop, the day after Thanksgiving (Black Friday), in order to do some blogging. If any of my readers are familiar with Windows 10, then they will know that Windows 10 is a data hungry system. I did not know this at the time. I turned my laptop on and connected to my wifi feeling confident that I could do plenty on my blog because I only had one week left on my data plan and had not even used half of my allotted amount. After posting some quotes to my blog and reading a couple of emails, I checked to see how much data I had used and discovered that my new laptop had consumed over 5 gigs. This put me near my data limit and caused me to panic.

When my data carrier opened, I called them and explained what happened. All I wanted to do was go up 2 more gigs on my plan. I figured I could scrape together ten dollars extra every month and I also wanted to make sure I did not exceed November’s limit on my plan. To my surprise my carrier proclaimed that all the plans had changed and that now I could get double the data of my current plan, for only $4.76 more a month. This would give me more data than I had before my hours got cut. The customer service representative surprised me one more time by telling me that now all unused data rolls over. This company has never offered roll over data in its entire history. So when I went into December I had November’s unused data and December’s data. So I am now ready to get back to posting some great articles and keeping everyone informed on upcoming conferences.

I praise God for this and want to thank everyone of you again for praying for my blog and my data plan. God has been so gracious to me in this matter. I wanted to keep my blog going for God’s glory.

Soli deo Gloria

Hershel Lee Harvell Jr.

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Of the Lord’s Day, Sermons, and Weekdays

OF THE LORD’S DAY, SERMONS, AND WEEKDAYS

HAVE a special care to sanctify the Lord’s day; for as thou keepest it, so will it be with thee all the week long.

Make the Lord’s day the market for thy soul, let the whole day be spent in prayer, repetitions, or meditations; lay aside the affairs the other parts of the week: let the sermon thou hast heard be converted into prayer. Shall God allow thee six days, and wilt not thou afford him one?

In the church be careful to serve God: for thou art in his eyes, and not in man’s.

Thou mayest hear sermons often, and do well in practicing what thou hearest; but thou must not expect to be told thee in a pulpit all that thou oughtest to do, but be studious in searching the Scriptures, and reading good books. What thou hearest may be forgotten; but what thou readest may be better retained. Forsake not the public worship of God, lest God forsake thee, not only in public but in private.

In the week-days when thou rises, in the morning, consider,

1. Thou must die.

2. Thou mayest die that minute.

3. What will become of thy soul. Pray often.

At night consider,

1. What sins thou hast committed.

2. How often thou hast prayed.

3. What hath thy mind been bent upon

4. What hath been thy dealing.

5. What thy conversation.

6. If thou callest to mind the errors of the day, sleep not without a confession to God, and a hope of pardon. Thus, every morning and evening, make up thy accounts with Almighty God, and thy reckoning will be the less at last.

Mr. John Bunyan’s Dying Sayings

Of Prayer

December 30, 2016 Leave a comment

OF PRAYER.

BEFORE you enter into prayer, ask thy soul these questions: 1. To what end, O my soul, art thou retired into this place? Art thou not come to discourse the Lord in prayer? Is he present, will he hear thee? Is he merciful, will he help thee? Is thy business slight, is it not concerning the welfare of thy soul? What words wilt thou use to move him t compassion?

To make thy preparation complete, consider that thou art but dust and ashes, and he the great God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, “that clothes himself with light as with a garment;” that thou art a vile sinner, he a holy God; that thou art but a poor crawling worm, he the omnipotent Creator.

In all your prayers forget not to thank the Lord for his mercies.

When thou prayest, rather let thy heart be without words, than thy words without a heart.

Prayer will make a man cease from sin, or sin will entice a man to cease from prayer.

The spirit of prayer is more precious than treasures of gold and silver.

Pray often; for prayer is a shield to the soul, a sacrifice to God, and a scourge for Satan.

Mr. John Bunyan’s Dying Sayings

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Blogging from the Bush

October 31, 2016 2 comments

Even though we live in an age in which we can click a button and be connected to the world, it seems that technology has not kept up with itself. What I am referring to is having access to go online or to have unlimited data. When we think of technology we have a preconceived idea that the United States is leading the world in its technological advances. However, when it comes to the internet, we are just as limited as some parts of the world.

I live in a rural area of the southern United States. In order to have access to the web, I must use a wireless connection. The main problem with this method, of having access to the web, is not the speed, nor the stability of the connection, but instead the problem lies in the price. Anyone who is familiar with wireless internet understands that in order to have access to wireless data, one must pay a hefty fee. Unlike those who are connected to cables, our data bills are extremely high. On top of paying a high bill, we are also limited by data caps.

This leads me to where I currently am in my ability to access the internet. I have worked at the same job for almost fourteen years. In that time I have always pulled weeks in the excess of 40 plus hours. For the past three or so years I have worked approximately 56 ½ hours a week, therefore I have been able to enjoy the fact that I have had at least 20 gigs a month.

For the first time, in my history of employment at my present job, I have been placed on forty hours a week. Now most people would enjoy this, seeing that now they would have time to browse the net and stay current with their blogging efforts. However, this is not true concerning my present position. When hours go down at one’s place of employment, then so does the benefits they have concerning the fruits of that employment. Therefore, I had to cut back on certain things in my life, in order that I might provide for my family. Providing for one’s family is commanded by God.

Since my data had to be cut back, in order to provide the necessary things in life for my family, I cannot search for relevant material for my blog nor blog as often as I have in the past. So I am calling on those, who read my blog, to pray for work to increase at my place of employment. This will enable me to gain back my hours and to be able to keep up my blog and website, if it be the Lord’s will.

I will continue to put out a daily quote and when I see that I still have sufficient data, I will put up an article or two.

This does not mean that I am neglecting my blog nor my website. I had begun a process of converting older books into ebooks (Pdf’s) a while back. I have went back to doing that since my hours and data have been decreased. When I am able, I will add these books to my Free Ebooks Page on my website.

So I covet your prayers in this matter and thank you for stopping by this blog.

Blessings in Christ,

Hershel L. Harvell Jr.

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How Do You Learn To Pray?

By Eric Ayala

How do you learn how to ride a bike? Well, you read the instruction manual, watch presentations on YouTube, listen to podcasts, take a college lecture and study the views of famous bike riders, right? Well all of those things will expand your knowledge about bike riding, but it won’t help you at all to practically ride a bike unless you actually get on one. The best information or tips will only aid you if you are actually practicing the bike riding concepts. So how do you learn how to pray? Well I read books and study sermons on it and… you see where this is going. Prayer isn’t just something we learn about, it’s something that we do. Now I am, of course, not against studying about prayer as that will aid you in your proper practice of it. However, the only real way to learn how to pray… is by praying.

 

 

 

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Approaching God in prayer through our mediator Christ Jesus

Arthur PinkAsking God in prayer is one thing; asking becomingly, rightly, acceptably and effectually is quite another. If we would ascertain how the latter is to be done, the Scriptures must be searched for the answer. Thus, in order to ensure a Divine hearing, we must approach God through the Mediator:

“Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in My name, He will give it you” (John 16:23).

But to ask the Father in His name signifies very much more than just uttering the words “grant it for Christ’s sake.” Among other things it signifies asking in Christ’s person, as identified with and united to Him; asking for that which accords with His perfections and will be for His glory; asking for that which He would were He in our place. Again, we must ask in faith (Mark 11:24), for God will place no premium upon unbelief. Said Christ to His disciples, “If ye abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you” (John 15:7), where two further conditions are stipulated. In order to receive we must ask according to God’s will (1 John 5:14) as made known in His Word. What a deplorable misuse has been made of Matthew 7:7, through failure to interpret it in the light of collateral passages!

Arthur W. Pink-Interpretation of the Scriptures