Dr. George H. Alquist Jr. is the senior pastor of Grace of Calvary Baptist Church in Erie, PA.
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A Place Called Hell
"When the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power."-II Thess. 1:7--9.
The reality of Hell is ...read
Born Again: Who, How, Why, When?
WHO NEEDS TO BE BORN AGAIN?
EVERYONE! Each and every individual must be born again. "Jesus answered and said unto him, verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." (John 3:3) God wants everyone to be saved. "The Lord is not willing that any should perish, but that all come to repentance." ...read
While serving Christ one must remember that one needs to depend entirely upon Christ. An independent spirit only produces frustration and failure as well as wood, hay, and stubble at the Judgment Seat of Christ. As creatures we totally depend upon the Creator. As finite we completely need the Infinite. As servants we look entirely to the Master.
ETERNALLY SECURE: Who, How, Why, When?
WHO IS ETERNALLY SECURE?
Every single individual who has received Jesus Christ as their Savior having placed their faith and trust in Him and Him alone for their salvation. "But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God... which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but o ...read
To serve God one must have the character quality of faithfulness. God requires it. In I Corinthians 4:1-2 we read, "Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful." Faithfulness is what God requires of His servants, ministers, or stew ...read
Finders, Keepers; Losers, Weepers!
"And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature. And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way ...read
Never before in the history of our country has there been more concern about fitness. More individuals are walking, exercising, and pumping iron than ever before. Having become ever increasingly aware of the value of physical fitness, Americans have jumped right in. Indeed, physical fit- ness is important. Nothing beats the feeling of being physica ...read
If you are a citizen of the United States of America, you are a citizen of the grandest country on earth! There is no other country that enjoys the blessed freedoms of America. Throngs clamor from around the world to the shores of freedom in America. People hazard their lives to get to America and the freedom that here awaits them. Yes, indeed, thi ...read
Golf is a magnificent sport! The world's ultimate individual competition where a man receives what he has earned by virtue of his skill and ability. In the game of golf there is no one else to blame but oneself and no one to share the glory with but the same. Golf is the game you either love to hate or hate to love. The game is so compelling that n ...read
Hell: Who, How, Why, When?
WHO DESERVES TO GO TO HELL?
Everyone! That's right, everyone. How can it be that everyone deserves to go to hell? Because that is what the Bible, God's Word, says. "For ALL have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). ALL, that means everyone - that means you and me. "But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and ...read
"But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation ...read
Humility is the "Who am I" attitude. So many times in the scripture we are told of the blessings of humility. James 4:6 says, "But He giveth more grace. Wherefore He saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble." In Proverbs 16:18-19 we read, "Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. Better it is to b ...read
If the Cross Should Speak
The crucifixion of Jesus Christ upon a cross was foretold by God in the Old Testament hundreds of years before it happened. The cross was, to the Romans and the Jews of the day, a symbol of death. However, it was this very instrument of torture and death upon which God would sacrifice His only begotten Son for the sins of the world. The Bible says, ...read
If the Cross Should Speak
Last night in prayer I saw the cross
on which my Savior died.
I asked, "Dear Sir, what was it like?"
Before it spoke, it cried.
"Of all the things I could be made
why was it picked for me
that I should hold the Son of God
not able to set Him free!?
Through tears of grief it broke my heart
We sing so many songs about joy. We sing songs like "Joy Unspeakable" and "Let The Joy Overflow" and "Joy To The World". We sing, "The windows of heaven are open, the blessings are falling tonight. There's joy, joy, joy in my heart since Jesus made everything right" (The Windows of Heaven) and "Floods of joy o'er my soul like the sea billows roll" ...read
When serving the Lord we must remember to be aware of the pressure to please men. Peer pressure can be good or it can be harmful. When peer pressure encourages one in the right direction it is good. Peer pressure that is in accordance with the principles and practices of the scripture is welcome. Peer pressure of this kind can help the servant of G ...read
Lifting Up Your Empty Cup
"Have mercy upon me, 0 LORD, consider my trouble which I suffer of them that hate me, thou that liftest me up from the gates of death: "That I may shew forth all thy praise in the gates of the daughter of Zion: I will rejoice in thy salvation." -Ps. 9:1 3,14.
David was in a bad way: he was troubled and suffering at the hands of his enemies, ev ...read
"Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand." Philippians 4:5
We all want the peace of God as we serve Him. In Philippians 4:7 we read, "And the peace of God which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." If we are going to serve the Lord successfully we must have our hearts and min ...read
Rubbish Behind the Wall
"But it came to pass, that when Sanballat heard that we builded the wall, he was wroth, and took great indignation, and mocked the Jews."
And he spake before his brethren and the army of Samaria, and said, What do these feeble Jews? will they fortify themselves? will they sacrifice? will they make an end in a day? will they revive the stones out ...read
"Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ," I Peter 2:5
I Peter 2:5 clearly teaches that each believer is a priest before God. Together we make up a "holy priesthood." This concept is known as the priesthood of believers. Everyone who is b ...read