PDF Minister’s Monthly Index

Back in May of last year I posted a piece entitled: Minister’s Monthly. If you are interested you can go there by clicking H-E-R-E.

I here introduced a segment of my website which contains supplement files to the old Parson’s product: BIBLE ILLUSTRATOR. This program has now been replaced with what is called: “Sermon Builder 4.0.” I still use my Bible Illustrator program just about every day of my life. I regret that it is not compatible with the Windows Vista OS and thus I am prevented from using BI on my new desktop.

A fellow preacher recently contacted me about those supplement files and noted that he did not have the BI program, but did have several issues of The Minister’s Monthly. He was inquiring to see if there was some way for him to use those files. I told my brother that I would cut and paste the content into a document that he should be able to use. Out of this, there has now been uploaded to my site a PDF copy of the index. Of course, it is of limited value because it only indexes the issues of MM that I possess (59 issues). It is a document of some sixty plus pages, single-spaced (235k in size). This document can now be downloaded or viewed online and be searched for Scriptures treated or topics covered. You can find it by clicking or right-clicking H-E-R-E.

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The Glory of Preaching

SOURCE: B.C. Goodpasture, May 1968, Volume XII, No. 9, pp., 429-30.

The Glory of Preaching

by B.C. Goodpasture

There are two basic elements in all gospel preaching: the human and the divine. The gospel, the thing to be preached (Mark 16:15-16), originated with God (1 Timothy 1:11), has to do with Christ (1 Corinthians 15:1-3; 2:1), as is to be proclaimed by man (2 Corinthians 4:7; 5:19). Preaching as a means of bringing salvation to the lost is a divine provision (1 Corinthians 1:21). The chief glory stems from the divine, rather than from the human element in the ministry of the word. Paul said, “Though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of” (1 Corinthians 9:16).

What are some of the things that contribute to the glory of preaching? We suggest:

1. In preaching the gospel there is the glory of an exclusive privilege.
Neither God, nor Christ, nor the Holy Spirit, nor any angel, directly preaches the gospel to man. Christ directed Ananias to Saul (Acts 9:12-15), the angel put Cornelius in touch with Peter (Acts 10:5), and the Holy Spirit sent Philip to the chariot of the eunuch (Acts 8:29). In evangelizing the world, preaching the gospel is the exclusive privilege of man. No angel nor archangel can share directly in this glorious work. Man is permitted to proclaim that message concerning which the ancient prophets searched, and into which the holy angels desired to look (1 Peter 1:10-12). God has committed his gospel to earthen vessels (2 Corinthians 4:7). The weight of this responsibility and the glory of this opportunity should humble man and inspire him to do all he can to make known the unsearchable riches of Christ.

2. In preaching the gospel there is glory in the privilege of delivering a dynamic message.
The chief glory in heralding the gospel resides not in the fact that one may thereby entertain or instruct his hearers, but in the fact that he may thereby save them: “The gospel of Christ … is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek” (Romans 1:16). In the proclamation of the gospel, man is privileged to deliver the most important message ever heard. He is permitted to engage in the greatest work in the world.

3. In preaching the gospel there is glory in saving the most priceless thing on earth, the soul of man.
It is a matter worth while to save the possessions, the literary productions, and the physical bodies of men. But these are as nothing compared with saving the souls of men. When Paul was planning to visit Corinth, he wrote the church, “I will most gladly spend and be spent for your souls” (2 Corinthians 12:15). The Great Apostle was not primarily concerned about the material affairs of the brethren at Corinth. He was interested in their souls. The soul is of inestimable value. Jesus inquired, “What is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” (Matthew 16:26). Knowles Shaw, “the Singing Evangelist,” said, just before he was killed in the wreck of a train near McKinney, Texas, “It is a glorious thing to rally lost men around the cross of Christ.”

4. In preaching the gospel there is a glory in the prospect of an eternal reward.
There is great satisfaction in bringing light to those who sit in darkness; there is great compensation in seeing those whom we have brought to Christ through the gospel happy in the possession of salvation. But the larger rewards are in the hereafter. Daniel, an exile, by the waters of Babylon, wrote, “They that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever” (Daniel 12:3). The glory of the stars in the midnight sky will end with the wreck of worlds and the crash of matter; but the glory of the soul winner is eternal. It is no wonder Paul asked, “For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of glory? Are not ye, before our Lord Jesus at his coming? For ye are our glory and our joy” (1 Thessalonians 2:19-20).

Finally, in view of the foregoing considerations, the reader will surely exclaim with the great apostle to the Gentiles, “How beautiful are the feet of them that bring glad tidings of good things!” (Romans 10:15).

Also found in Gospel Advocate, September 7, 1967.

Fall to the Ground

SOURCE: The Gospel Reminder, 9/1/2002,  P.O. Box 159, Bay, AR  72411

Let None of His Words Fall to the Ground

by Marvin Rickett

During the days of Eli, the Lord was not communicating with Israel very openly.  And the word of the Lord was precious in those days; there was no open vision (1 Samuel 3:1).  This apparently was caused by the wickedness in Eli’s house.  His sons did wickedly and were called “sons of Belial” (1 Samuel 2:12).  There was no one dependable through whom the Lord could speak.

Hannah, the wife of Elkanah, had dedicated her firstborn son, Samuel, to the Lord.  Samuel was taken to Eli when he was but a little lad.  Eli began training him.  Samuel proved to be faithful and while he was still a youth, the Lord began speaking to him, and through him to Israel.  His attitude was “Speak, Lord, for they servant heareth” (1 Samuel 3:10).  The scripture says that “Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him, and did let none of his words fall to the ground” (1 Samuel 3:19).

The text seems to be saying that God saw to it that none of Samuel’s words fell to the ground (failed).  God made Samuel a believable prophet before Eli and the people of Israel.  But Samuel was speaking from God, so it was a matter of God’s Word not failing.  God upheld Samuel, but Samuel also upheld God.  None of God’s words “fell to the ground” in the hands of Samuel.

We are confident today that the Lord will see to it that the words of faithful proclaimers of the gospel will not “fall to the ground.”  The prophet had declared that His word will not “return unto him void” (Isaiah 55:11).  Preachers and teachers of the Word sometimes become discouraged because most people seem not to be paying much heed to the message.  They are reminded to “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season” (2 Timothy 4:2).  It is encouraging to know that the Lord will not let the words of His faithful ministers fall to the ground.

On the other hand, those who preach and teach God’s Word should resolve that they will not let His words “fall to the ground.”  They could become guilty of letting it fall to the ground by failing to declare all the counsel of God (Acts 20:27).  Some teachers choose just to remain silent on some subjects, just not bring them up.  They want to avoid the diligent study it takes to dig out the answer, or the unpleasantness of the controversy it might engender, or the tough application it might require to those who are in violation of that principle.

They could become guilty of letting it fall to the ground by wresting the scriptures (2 Peter 3:16).  Those who “allow” where the scriptures have not allowed, or those who “restrict” where the scriptures have not restricted, are wresting the scriptures.  Those who “bend” the scriptures to fit their church’s creed or their own feelings are wresting the scriptures.  Those who “read into” the Bible something which is not there or ignore the context of a passage are wresting the scriptures.

They could become guilty of letting it fall to the ground by failing to apply it to their own lives.  No one likes a hypocrite.  The word of God suffers when those who proclaim it do not live up to it.  When one who proclaims God’s marriage laws beaks up his own marriage, the word of God suffers.  When one who contends for the truth and honesty of the Bible fails to pay his debts, the word of God suffers in his hands.  When one declares the Bible’s teaching on wholesome language and then is heard taking God’s name in vain and using obscene language, the word of God suffers.  How does one succeed in seeing that God’s words do not fall to the ground?

The words of God should be defended against the assaults of the devil and his lying servants.  Paul said, “I am set for the defense of the gospel” (Philippians 1:27).  No servant of God should stand silently by and let the word of God be tampered with, distorted, and misapplied in the hands of false teachers.  Jude wrote to exhort Christians to “earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints” (Jude 3).

The words of God should be seen in the lives of those who claim to live by them.  Those who respect God’s Word will “deny ungodliness and worldly lusts” and will “live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world” (Titus 2:12).  They will see to it that their manner of life is consistent with their profession of faith.

Not only preachers and teachers, but all Christians should resolve that they will not let the words of God fall to the ground.

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GBN at the Ryman…

My family and I enjoyed a visit to the old Ryman Auditorium in Nashville last night to hear B.J. Clarke and Jim Dearman preaching in a series called: THE TABERNACLE SERMONS TODAY. This was sort of a flashback to the time 85 years ago when N.B. Hardeman, one of the founders of Freed-Hardeman University, preached his powerful sermons to thousands in the original TABERNACLE SERMONS. We heard and participated in great singing and listened to two wonderful sermons and thoroughly enjoyed being there. The effort was put on by the overseers of the GOSPEL BROADCASTING NETWORK, a 24-7 TV network dedicated to preaching and teaching God’s Word. You can find it on the internet at: http://gbntv.org One thing UNIQUE about this network is that there is no fundraising done on the air.

Brother Winford Claiborne handed me a copy of his new book, Books, Books, and more Books, as I was walking out the door. It was good to see him again. I wished I could have heard him and all of the others speak during this meeting. The new book from brother Claiborne is a listing of many books he has read and recommends under different topics. I recommend it to you. Visit the International Gospel Hour website by clicking HERE.

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Continuing Education

Among the great blessings of the internet are the multitudinous opportunities for furthering one’s education in special areas of interest.

For my preaching friends I’d like to recommend a paper which I have just now read online. It is what I consider to be a very interesting and helpful discussion defining “Expository Preaching.” The paper is written by Sam Horn, Ph.D., of the Brookside Baptist Church in Milwaukee. It is a 19-page PDF file which you can reach by CLICKING HERE. It has a 28-entry bibliography which might be of help to some.

As with all writings of men, use the Berean-spirit of Acts 17:11 as you read.


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Minister’s Monthly

Some of you may remember the old publication which used the graphic above on the front page. I was first exposed to it in the library at Brown Trail during my studies there. I found these monthly publications designed for preachers to be of great assistance in many ways. I have 59 issues of the publication and have devised a way of searching the contents of the issues I have available.

I used what I consider to be one of my very MOST USEFUL pieces of software: Bible Illustrator. I have listed the author, title, sometimes the topic, and scripture, each on a separate “card,” in this program. These 59 cards can be searched within the Bible Illustrator program. Believe it or not, there are still copies of this great software program available on Ebay and I have a link to them at my BI site. This software has one of the finest and fastest search engines anywhere. CLICK HERE, and you can download the mm.sup file which contains the listing of the contents of the 59 issues of Minister’s Monthly that I own. There are detailed instructions on site to help you make use of the files.

You may wonder how this indexing would be a help to you. One way is that IF you have some copies of this publication, this index should help you know what is inside. Even if you do not, I have been known to make available portions to help out a fellow gospel preacher.

I plan to make other additions to this particular segment of my LemmonsAid website in the future and will announce additions on this blog.


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Examples & Biblical Authority

It was my privilege some 31 years ago to attend the 8th Preacher’s Forum at Harding College in Searcy, Arkansas.  It was a day of discussing BIBLE AUTHORITY.  I enjoyed it a great deal.  I have now moved the lecture entitled “Examples and Biblical Authority,” by Thomas B. Warren from cassette tape to an mp3 file and uploaded it to the BOX.net space.  You can now listen to this outstanding discussion of how examples fit into establishing Bible Authority.

Should you desire to listen to this lecture, here is how you may…

  1. Scroll to the RIGHT on this page so that you can see the BOX.net box.
  2. By scrolling down in the box, look for the file marked: Examples.
  3. Click on the file.

If you prefer to download the mp3 file to your computer, place your cursor on the file and RIGHT-click; then select “download.”


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