Today, I begin expanding the scope of material on Restoration Audio Books.com. I’ve decided to include an occasional posting of material from brethren of the 20th & 21st centuries in addition to those of the 19th century. My plan is to post audio from time to time of more modern works material published through the years as a part of my effort to provide audio resources of solid Biblical material. Today’s first installment in this category is “Practical Advice for Congregational Singing” by Kevin W. Presley, from the Christian’s Expositor, Autumn 2015. This is an excellent article containing wise advice that is certain to improve the singing service in the congregations of the Lord.
Sometime in the late 1980s I read Benjamin Franklin’s sermons (published in 1869). As a young fellow, I certainly benefited from reading them. However, this time, in reading the sermons more carefully for purposes of recording, I have to say that I have a much greater appreciation of Franklin as a preacher than I could have comprehended back then. His sermon #6 “Conversion, or Turning to God” is simply superb! The link is below.
Benjamin Franklin’s Sermon #5 is a fine work demonstrating that human beings have a responsibility in their salvation. This could be an excellent sermon to share with someone in denominationalism. Below are two images of Mr. Franklin, one a portrait (I think), the other a photograph.
Click here and scroll to Sermon #5
Another great sermon by Benjamin Franklin published in 1869 but no doubt preached countless times in years prior to that date. The title is, “Things To Which Salvation is Ascribed in the New Testament.” Franklin forcefully demonstrates that in the New Testament salvation is ascribed to many things and that preachers who narrow it to one thing are leading people astray.
Click below and scroll to sermon number 4.
Sermon # 4
In December 1863, Moses E. Lard published an article called “My First Meeting.” The article is a beautiful story, wonderfully told, both sad and joyful, about the area where Lard grew up in western Missouri and where he later returned to hold his first meeting.
According to Lard, after the meeting took place (about 1842), a little town sprang up in the area called Haynesville. Haynesville thrived until the railroad came through west of town, after which the town moved a little west and came to be called Holt, as it is known today (Holt, MO is on I-35 about thirty miles northeast of Kansas City, MO). Nothing remains of Haynesville but a road by that name near Holt. Lard is buried in Mount Mora Cemetery in St. Joseph, MO, about 45 miles northwest of Holt. I recently visited these two towns to have a look around and take a few photographs (below).
Lard’s article is a masterful work of character description and plot development that rivals any 19th century short story you might read in a college literature course. It is a classic of Restoration writing. I only hope the reading does justice to the quality of writing. I hope you enjoy listening.
My First Meeting
Another audio reading of another great sermon by the preacher Benjamin Franklin, titled “How Are Persons Made Believers?” (1869)
An article published in the Apostolic Times in 1873 titled, “Is Baptism a Positive Institution?” by John William McGarvey.
Audio length 5 minutes, 26 seconds
Benjamin Franklin (the one on the right, not on the left) provides another great sermon on the first principles of the gospel in his famous work, The Gospel Preacher. Brother Franklin sets forth the biblical principles on what one must believe to be saved.
Click here then scroll down to Sermon #2.
In 1863 J.W. McGarvey, in typical fashion, very ably analyzes and clarifies the confusion that exists in the popular religious mind concerning the process of reconciliation between God and man as taught in the Gospel. He demonstrates that those who pray, beg, and weep that God will save them seek in vain for some new sign of the “proof” of God’s grace. The sign has already been given in His Son Jesus and it is up to them to turn to Him and be reconciled. (Length: 11 minutes 47 seconds).
John William McGarvey penned an article in 1874 titled “Keep Thyself Pure.” Even though this article was written 142 years ago, it is remarkable how timely and pertinent it is even in this day of almost complete disregard for Biblical morality. This article was originally published in a paper called the Apostolic Times. Listen, as McGarvey’s stirring words echo across nearly a century and a half in condemnation of the immorality of the 21st century! (total time 5 minutes, 50 seconds). A young McGarvey pictured below.