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Gary Shepard is Pastor of Sovereign Grace Baptist Church, Jacksonville, NC

Ten wrong ways to listen

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September 2007
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Ten wrong ways to listen

Ten wrong ways to listen by Gary Shepard'But be ye doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves' (James 1:22)Beloved, it is a wonderful blessing to any preacher's heart when those to whom he is called to minister love to attend and gather together to hear the gospel. It is encouraging…

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The Mudite controversy

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August 2005
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The Mudite controversy

The bitter Mudite controversy arose in the year 2010 (forgive the time-warp). The heated debate between certain evangelical theologians arose over a simple question. Were spittle and clay necessary when Christ healed a blind person?he Mudites took the position that John 9:6 is definitive of Christ's healing method: 'he spat on the ground, and…

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May 1997
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

A need to meet

Someone once said, ‘Stop looking for the church that meets your needs and find the church that needs to meet and worship the Lord.’ These words are very appropriate for the many church samplers of our day. The raven that Noah sent out did not return, because it could live on the dead and…

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August 1995
Articles > Biblical/theological

God only knows

After some refusals and disappointments in inviting men and women to come to hear the gospel, we are prone to stop inviting people. Do not badger people into coming; simply invite others to come. Some are gospel hardened, some are totally uninterested, and some are quite satisfied in their false religion. Don't let this…

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January 1995
Articles > Biblical/theological

‘Who hath believed our report?’

Both Isaiah and Paul refer to the gospel as a 'report'. Isaiah says in chapter 53 and verse 1: 'Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?' Paul follows in Romans 10:16: 'But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed…

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