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Wanting to Quit

by Pastor Bud Talbert One virtue that spiritual maturity produces is patient continuance in well doing (Rom 2:7). Paul admonishes the Ephesians to keep alert with all perseverance (6:18 ESV). The term used here means to persist in an undertaking or circumstance. James...

Frederick William Robertson

By Bud Talbert Frederick William Robertson (1816-1853) was born in London, the son of a captain in the Royal Artillery. He grew up admiring his father and longing for a military career himself. At the age of 18 he applied for a commission in the Third Dragoons which...

The Incomprehensibility of God

I finish my prayer time about every other day by thanking God in the words of Psalm 145:1-3 “I will extol You, my God and King, and bless Your name forever and ever. 2 Every day I will bless You and praise Your name forever and ever. 3 Great is the Lord, and greatly...

The Presence of the LORD

by Pastor Bud Talbert The Old Testament Tabernacle was especially noted as a place where God’s unique presence dwelled. Hannah would bring the newly weaned Samuel to “appear in the presence of the LORD (i.e. at the Tabernacle) and dwell there forever.” (1 Sam 1:22)...

The Sovereignty of God

by Pastor Bud Talbert Revelation 4 is a chapter permeated with divine sovereignty. John, “in the Spirit”, is invited heavenward (“Come up here” “a door standing open in heaven”) to see a vision of God who brings to pass future events (“I will show you what must take...

Whom Should We Trust?

by Pastor Bud Talbert In Psalm 146:3 the reader is advised, “Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation.” However, princes can be powerful people. They can have great influence in international discussions. They often have powerful...

God’s Kindness to Our Blunders

By Pastor Bud Talbert I was blessed by my meditation on four passages pointed out by Dr. Victor Hamilton in his Handbook on the Pentateuch. The first, in chronological order, is found in Matthew 16 where Jesus first announces that He will go to Jerusalem and die at...

Control? or Concern?

By Pastor Bud Talbert The discussion was not heated. But the gentleman was clearly resisting my admonition. He accused me and the rest of the church leadership of trying to control him and others in the church because we were expressing our opposition to their...