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Romans 6:1,2,18 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.

We Preach Real Grace on this Website, not "greasy grace."

Excerpts from Articles on this site About God's Great Grace

From Chapter 24 - Isa's Story
   Where was the light? Where was my faith? What was I seeing? Was I blind? I saw the priest go back into rooms with those boys. I heard the sounds. Of course I lied. I was protecting the holiness of the priesthood. Too bad they believed the other witnesses and not me or the priest would still have his holy robes and the church would be protected from those born agains! I remembered the man whose shouts had summoned me from beneath the bench. That was holiness. What a strange thing. He prayed to be clean and he was made clean. The song continued.
   "Was it for crimes that I had done, he groaned upon the tree? Amazing pity, grace unknown, and love beyond degree!"
   Like the shower spraying above me my eyes burst with tears. I sobbed. The crime! I had tried to protect the guilty while condemning those poor molested boys as liars. Praise God they had not listened to me or the other women in the church who had tried to protect that ungodly priest.
   "Praise God!"
   That came from my mouth? I realized I was talking outloud or was I praying. The song continued.
   "Well might the sun in darkness hide and shut his glories in when Christ, the mighty Maker died for man the creatureís sin. Thus might I hide my blushing face while His dear cross appears dissolve my heart in thankfulness, and melt my eyes to tears.
   "Thank You Jesus!" I began shouting, "Thank You Jesus!"
   Who am I now? I thought to myself then just as suddenly I shouted.
   "Praise God!"
   Who am I? I'm born again! There was no shame, no second thoughts. I was simply changed, in an instant. Sure, you'll find out that I have worldy things about me that I don't seem to be able to shake but the Lord keeps me clean and keeps me from temptations that I cannot resist. The song finished as I dried off.
   "But drops of grief can neíer repay the debt of love I owe:
   Here, Lord, I give my self away íTis all that I can do."
   I had never felt that I belonged to anyone but now I felt I had a Master; the Lord Jesus. A burden had truly been lifted from me. Such a change to occur by listening to a song.

Read more of Chapter 24 - Isa's Story - Click Here


From "John and Charles Wesley's Sister Married a Polygamist
   Another occasion that showed Westley Hall's gracious manner was "when Whitefield and [John] Wesley quarreled respecting the doctrine of 'Free Grace,' and Whitefield declared his intention to attack Wesley and his brother [Charles] wherever he went, Westley Hall assumed the office of peacemaker, waited upon Whitefield, and reminded him of a promise, he had made, 'that whatever his private opinion was, he would never publicly preach against' them."7 Here is what Susanna Wesley wrote concerning the Reverend Westley Hall and his wife Martha Wesley Hall in a letter dated August 5, 1737:
"Mr. Hall and his wife are very good to me. He behaves like a gentleman and a Christian; and my daughter with as much duty and tenderness as can be expressed."8

A little over two years later, on September 3, 1739, John Wesley wrote in his journal:

"I talked largely with my mother, who told me, that, till a short time since, she had scarce heard such a thing mentioned as the having God's spirit bearing witness with our spirit: much less did she imagine that this was the common privilege of all true believers. 'Therefore,' said she, 'I never durst ask for it myself. But two or three weeks ago, while my son Hall was pronouncing those words, in delivering the cup to me, -The blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, which was given for thee,-the words struck my heart, and I knew, God, for Christ's sake, had forgiven me all my sins.'"

Read: John and Charles Wesley's Sister Married a Polygamist - Click Here


From Thelyphthora - Now YOU can read it!
   Martin Madan also wrote the words to "Now Begin the Heav'nly Theme" which is more often known by the name "Redeeming love" and which was clearly inspired by his charitable ministry to those who had escaped the bonds of prostitution. Listen to how his lyrics appeal to the lost, that they would accept God's grace and "taste redeeming love."

'Ye, alas! who long have been
Willing slaves to death and sin,
Now from bliss no longer rove,
Stop and taste redeeming love.'"

Read Article: Thelyphthora - Now YOU can read it! - Click Here


From Charles Wesley's Son was a Polygamist
   Now this powerful conversion of Martin Madan was no exaggeration for he was so interested in reaching the lost for the Lord that he took the chaplaincy of the London Lock Hospital, a hospital that treated those afflicted with venereal diseases. He knew that he had found a place where he could not only reach the lost but involve himself in his music ministry, a ministry which was to take up the greater portion of his career. It was during this time that he penned the words to the following famous hymn:

Redeeming Love

Now begin the heavínly theme,
Sing aloud in Jesusí Name;
Ye, who His salvation prove,
Triumph in redeeming love.

Ye, who see the Fatherís grace
Beaming in the Saviorís face,
As to Canaan on ye move,
Praise and bless redeeming love.

Mourning souls, dry up your tears,
Banish all your guilty fears,
See your guilt and curse remove,
Canceled by redeeming love.

Ye, alas! who long have been
Willing slaves to death and sin,
Now from bliss no longer rove,
Stop and taste redeeming love.

Welcome all by sin oppressed,
Welcome to His sacred rest;
Nothing brought Him from above,
Nothing but redeeming love.

When His Spirit leads us home,
When we to His glory come,
We shall all the fullness prove,
Of our Lordís redeeming love.

Hither then your music bring,
Strike aloud each cheerful string;
Mortals join the host above,
Join to praise redeeming love.

In reading the lyrics to Redeeming Love it's easy to see how songs such as this, combined with the preaching of God's word by the Reverend Martin Madan, would pierce even the hearts of lost prostitutes who had nowhere to go but the London Lock Hospital. As they lived out their days suffering and often dying from the scourge of venereal disease they found redemption and then joy in singing praises to God.

Read Article: Charles Wesley's Son Was A Polygamist - Click Here

From Nation of Harlots
   Don't try to hide your sins from yourself no matter what those sins have been. Let the Lord "hide His face" (psalm 51:9) from those sins and cleanse you from all unrighteousness. He'll not only hide His face from them, He'll take them away as "far as the east is from the west." Psalm 103:12 It is His power and His grace that is made even more awesome when we see the great sins that He has freed us from.
   If you are a harlot or fornicator let it be said about you:

Such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6:11

For:

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

Rom 8:1 There is therefore now, no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Romans 8:1

May the psalmist's prayer be yours:

"Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me [with thy] free spirit. [Then] will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee." Psalms 51:9-13 Praise the Lord!

   Will you join me in teaching transgressors the ways of the Lord so that sinners can be converted?

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From Chapter 15 - Coming of Age
   "He is the father of a childhood friend, Priti, strong but delicate."
   "We must ask your Santran if he has had any visions concerning your Priti. Maybe she has had a dream also."
   "Priti has worked for my mother as her maid for many years. They are inseparable. Priti is a Christian!" I exclaimed. "I remember a hymn that they would sing when my father would shush them and they'd return to her quarters. The words were,
   "'He dwells in the high and holy place, with Him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit,' This is speaking of Jesus! 'to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.' That's us by God's grace!"
   "They made a song of that? How wonderful!" Zuah pulled out her Bible. It seemed that all members of King Jochan's family had Bibles. "Here it is, Isaiah 57:15 I'll read it. 'I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.'"
   "This is astounding! How is it that my people can read this verse and not know what it is about. What's even more astounding is that I have never found much to talk about with a woman and now I am talking about everything with you, Zuah."

Read more of Chapter 15 - Coming of Age - Click Here

From the  Footnotes to Chapter 14 - Dreams & Visions
Romans 8:28
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose.
2Corinthians 12:9
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Matthew 17:20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
Ephesians 2:8&9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Acts 17:31
Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by [that] man whom he hath ordained; [whereof] he hath given assurance unto all [men], in that he hath raised him from the dead.
Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Romans 4:4-8
Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, [Saying], Blessed [are] they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed [is] the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.

Read more of Chapter 14 - Dreams & Visions - Click Here


From Chapter 18 - Hymns that Convert the Soul
   Asina was now up, and again, like an angel herself, the feet of a ballerina, she floated across the room. Her tambourine accented the song in perfect timing. The girls hummed melodiously till the part where the verse repeated itself and then they sang along. No one had to give them permission to praise God in song. Formality took a back seat in their love for the Lord.

"The trumpet of God
Is sounding abroad,
The language of mercy,
salvation through blood.

Thrice happy are they
Who hear and obey,
And share in the blessings,
of this gospel day.

The people who know
The Saviour below,
With burning affection,
to worship him glow."

   Mary was singing every bit as much as the girls now. The hardness in her face had left as tears rolled down her cheeks. Still, she sang along, having been handed a hymnal from Prince John's collection. Ruth had opened it to this, her favorite song.

"Their anguish and smart,
And Sorrows depart,
Who find his salvation,
inscribed on their heart.

This blessing is mine,
Through favour divine;
But O my Redeemer,
the glory be thine.

The work is of grace;
Thine, thine be the praise;
And mine to adore thee,
and tell of thy ways."

   We were all clapping now, both to the Lord and for our joy to have found such a song. How could this song have remained hidden for so many years. Having never heard it, it sounded new and fresh. What could it have been that caused such a heartfelt song to be lost, I asked myself. Mary was asking the same question, only to Ruth.
   "Ruth, Ruth, what is this hymnal?"
   Ruth shyly looked down.
   "It's, it's the hymnal that Martin Madan put together." Ruth now raised her eyes and looked directly at Mary. "He donated this hymnal to the London Lock Hospital for Women in hopes that the proceeds from its sale would help to maintain and promote the charitable cause of that institution."

Read more of Chapter 18 - Hymns That Convert The Soul - Click Here


From Chapter 7 - Loaves of Bread, Fish!
   In the few seconds before losing consciousness, I remembered the words that had come from the Lord, "Loaves of bread, fish!" What were the Lord's plans for the tens of thousands of new believers he'd just laid at our doorstep? I hummed,

"Grace, grace, God's grace,
grace that will pardon and cleanse within;
grace, grace, God's grace,
grace that is greater than all our sin!"[15]

   Falling back on my bed I pushed my other shoe off my foot with my toe. Thud, I was out.

Read more of Chapter 7 - Loaves of Bread, Fish! - Click Here


From Chapter 8 - The Market
   "Besides, we wanted to keep you humble, Ish." Asina quipped. "After the most fantastic revival that Cagayan de Oro has ever seen, we didn't want to give you time to bask in the accolades."
   I remembered the song I'd hummed before falling to sleep, 'Grace grace, God's grace.' It was then that I realized Asina was right, for as I hummed, I felt no small sense of pride in having been part of that revival. I understood moreover, that Satan's plans for the destruction of a man's ministry go into high gear with the ministry's first great success. I prayed quietly in my heart: 'Lord, keep my thoughts pure and toward you in all ways. Gently keep me humble and let me lean on You and Your word only. May I give you the glory and honor in all things.'

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   My Open Letter to Muslims contains so much about grace that I'll just give you the link.

Read my Open Letter to Muslims - Click Here


From the footnotes to Chapter 6 - Cherry the Harlot
[17] Ephesians 2:6-9
And hath raised [us] up together, and made [us] sit together in heavenly [places] in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Read more of Chapter 6 - Cherry the Harlot - Click Here


From the footnotes to Chapter 2 - The Arrival
4] Eph 2:8&9
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

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From We Preach Christ Crucified
   We're sinners, saved by grace.
   "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23
   "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." Ephesians 2:8-10

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From Chapter 17 - Priti's Wedding
   "Grandma, could we pray before your story?" Ruth interjected.
   "My granddaughter, Ruth is wise. I must apologize, we barely made it out with our lives and my anger is still hot on my tongue. Can you forgive me, Ruth?"
   "Of course, who wouldn't be upset with that horrible uncle of mine. Maybe Sam can begin with a prayer for him."
John's mother nodded her head and then closed her eyes. Sam prayed.
   "Lord, you know the hearts of all men and women. You know that without your grace and leading that not one of us in this room could have the faith to believe that you sent your son for us and that he died for our sins. Thank you for this. We pray now for Anasah and his mother Arwa. We pray also for their Imam. Lead their hearts and if necessary, in dreams and visions to see that you are the one holy God. Bless them to shame and bring them to a saving knowledge of You and Your Son, Our Lord and Savior Jesus the Messiah. In His Name we pray."
 "Amen." We agreed as one.

Read more of Chapter 17 - Priti's Wedding - Click Here


From Dear Pastor Don Letters
   Can one guilty of adultery go to heaven? Of course. Everyone is capable of repentance with the help of the Holy Spirit and through the grace of God. The man being crucified with Jesus repented and saw the Kingdom of God. If we enact the death penalty for adulterers and adulteresses in America that would not prevent them from repenting prior to their death by stoning and if their repentance were genuine they would see the Kingdom of God.

Why do so many pastors tell the men in their church not to divorce a wife even for adultery? - Click Here to Read





Posted by: Pastor_Don_Milton on Oct 25, 2006 - 08:09 PM  

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What is the Sabbath?

The Sabbath is a special day of rest that the Lord appointed for us. As Jesus said, the Sabbath is for us so let's observe and enjoy it. The Sabbath begins at sundown Friday night and lasts till sundown Saturday night. Throughout history the seven days of the week have been recorded identically to the way they were recorded at the time of Adam. When we rest o­n the Sabbath we can be assured that indeed we are resting o­n the very same Sabbath that the Lord chose for rest. The disciples chose Sunday for gathering together because they lived so far apart that worshipping together o­n the Sabbath would have been impossible. Let me make it clear, the disciples observed the Sabbath from sundown Friday night till sundown Saturday night. They did not change the Sabbath to Sunday. That's just plain silly. The Lord Jesus rested o­n the Sabbath when he was crucified for he rose o­n the third day (the word day specifies a section of a day.) He was buried o­nly minutes before the Sabbath so the first full section of a day that he rested began Friday evening. The second day began after sunrise Saturday morning. The third day began after sunset Saturday night which is when he rose. This is exactly in accordance with scripture. He rose o­n the third day. (a day as referred to as a section of a day) Furthermore, we see here that Jesus rested o­n the Sabbath even in death. Notice that the Bible says that early o­n the first day of the week that the disciples went to the grave. Keep in mind that early o­n the first day of the week is Saturday night because the beginning of every day is just after sunset. "And the evening and the morning were the first day." Genesis 1:5

They simply couldn't gather together o­n the Sabbath because travelling more than a few minutes walk would have violated the Sabbath prohibition o­n traveling. The first day of the week began at sundown o­n Saturday night. For those who observe the Sabbath it is a time of great activity. Saturday night is when I get back to work.



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Posted by: Pastor_Don_Milton on Jan 22, 2005 - 07:56 AM  

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Proverbs 31:10-31 applies to all believers, not just to wives. The Lord is our Spiritual Husband. We are to serve Him as well as those around us in such a way as to give our Lord a good reputation. To show how Proverbs 31:10-31 would read if it were applied to men and their relationship with the Lord I have changed the feminine person to the masculine as well as changed the words husband, he, him, and his to the appropriate term for the Lord. Other very minor revisions were made to produce an easier read. Each of us is to be a great servant to the Lord; a servant who does not need to be continually helped out of self inflicted problems.



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Posted by: Pastor_Don_Milton on Jan 04, 2005 - 07:58 AM  Read full article: 'Are you a Proverbs 31 Believer?' (1060 more words)

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To condemn polygamy, is for man to prefer himself to God, Who never did condemn it, and to assume a greater degree of perfection than He.

-- Telypolygamus -- from Bernardino Ochino's Dialog on Polygamy

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