There are different kinds of prayer, but secret prayer is the best and ought to be practiced the most. Apart from secret prayer, forget about all the rest of it. A man who doesn’t pray by himself has no right to pray in public.
Do you ever wonder why so many people have lost out with God? Why are we staring in the face of the end-time apostasy? Why have such pillars of the faith fallen in the last five or ten years?
I believe the Bible is right when It says, “Now the just shall live by faith.” I don’t believe it’s possible to live by faith unless we know the rule of faith, which is, of course, the Word of God. Psalm 119:11 says, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against Thee.”
The cry of the ages, “What must I do to be saved?” That’s been the cry of every civilization and yet, all have gone under. That’s the cry of education. Yes, that’s the cry of the denomination. More than that, it’s the cry of a diseased and a decayed human race.
At age 24, I stood in a courtroom facing my eighth felony charge. I stared at the floor as the State of Texas recommended that I receive a 20-year prison sentence for forging thousands of prescriptions to obtain drugs. I had grown up in a home with alcoholic parents that was darkened by severe violence and horrific abuse.
Sorrow is a universal experience for the human race. Since sorrow and trouble is a universal experience, then there must be provided a universal remedy, and we must look to the Savior and to the Scriptures for this remedy.
The greatest message of the Bible and the theme of the whole Bible is grace. Grace is the free and unmerited favor of God, and there is an unbreakable relationship between law and grace. With that in mind, I will present myself as the sinner in this story because “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
God’s business has never been a popular business, but it is a very necessary business. Truth and the man who preaches it always run at least fifty years ahead of the reception committee and of its acceptance. I would like to give you some false notions that people and the world have about the preacher’s business.
Since the beginning of recorded history, one of the most faithfully recorded topics has been religion. This testifies to the fact that there is within man something that leads him, regardless of geographical location, to a quest for something to worship.
The thing that has impressed me most in the thirteenth chapter as I’ve restudied it is that love “beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.” Love never faileth!
It’s hard to get much done unless you are willing to get in the ditch with the man who needs to get out! Dear friend, the Lord has called every Christian into the ministry of rescuing the perishing.