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June 7, 2015

Morning: The Cure for Burnout: Return to Courting Days. Revelation 2:1-7; Lamentations 3:37-42.

May 31, 2015

Evening: Mike Sharrett, The Working of the Word of Grace. 1 Thessalonians 2:13-3:10.

Morning: Mike Sharrett, Principles of Warfare. Genesis 2:16-17.

May 24, 2015

Morning: How Humans Think, Part Six: We Need Brainwashing. Colossians 3:16-24; Ephesians 5:15-27.

May 17, 2015

Morning: How Humans Think, Part Five: Spiritual World-Rulers, the Changing of the Guard. Luke 4:5-8; Daniel 10:12-21.

May 10, 2015

Morning: How Humans Think, Part Four: Motherhood and the Spiritual World-Rulers. Genesis 30:1-2; Ephesians 6:12.

May 3, 2015

Morning: How Humans Think, Part Three: The Worldly Mind. James 3:13-4:10; Romans 12:1-2.

April 26, 2015

Morning: How Humans Think, Part Two: The Demonic Mind. James 3:15.

April 19, 2015

Morning: How Humans Think, Part One: The Soulish Mind. James 3:15.

April 12, 2015

Morning: Preparing for Persecution: Respect and Obey Government, but Never Trust it. 2 Thessalonians 1-2.

April 5, 2015

Morning: Preparing for Persecution: Our Last Enemy. 1 Corinthians 15:20-28; Romans 8:18-23.

March 29, 2015

Morning: Preparing for Persecution: From Shouting Hosanna to Calling Down a Blood Curse in Five Days Time. Matthew 21:8-9; Matthew 27:24-25; Ephesians 2:1-4.

March 22, 2015

Morning: Preparing for Persecution: Abiding in Christ. John 5:38-40; John 15:1-7.

March 15, 2015

Morning: Preparing for Persecution: the Lamb Unfolds History. Revelation 5-6.

March 8, 2015

Morning: Preparing for Persecution: Mindless Rage. Acts 7:51-60; Luke 4:16-30.

March 3, 2015

Chapel at Grace Christian School: Christianity and Islam, Part 6: Two Founders Contrasted. Philippians 2:5-11.

March 1, 2015

Morning: Bryan Rhodes: The Sin of your Sister. Ezekiel 16.

February 22, 2015

Morning: Robbie Dakel: Surviving the Storm. John 15:1-8

February 15, 2015

Morning: The Necessity of a Local Church: Testing and Accountability. 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28. The Testimony of Dr. and Mrs. Brian Jobe.

February 8, 2015

Morning: The Christian and Islamic Conflict: We Do Not Preach Ourselves but Christ Jesus the Lord. 2 Corinthians 4:5; Philippians 2:1-13; Philippians 3:7-14.

February 1, 2015

Morning: The Necessity of a Local Church: Known in the Breaking of Bread. Luke 24:13-47.

January 28, 2015

Afternoon: Ian's Full Memorial Service. Psalm 23; John 10:27-30; Romans 4:6-8; Romans 8:28-29. Just the Message.

January 25, 2015

Morning: Who can tell?  Will the child live?. Exodus 32:9-14; 2 Samuel 12:13-25.

January 23, 2015

Gathering of Pastors and Elders: Message to Church Leaders: Open Doors and Opposition. 1 Corinthians 16:8-9; Acts 19.

January 20, 2015

Robbie Dakel, Chapel at Grace Christian School: The Fear of the Lord. Proverbs 1.

January 18, 2015

Morning: The Necessity of a Local Church, Part 2: the Church: God's Hospital. James 5:13-18.

January 11, 2015

Morning: Bryan Rhodes.

January 4, 2015

Morning: The Necessity of a Local Church: Floating Christians? Hebrews 13:17, 7; 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13; 1 Corinthians 5:4-13.

December 28, 2014

Morning: Strange Events in the Birth of Christ: Strange Visitors, the Magi. Matthew 2:1-12; Luke 2:1-39.

December 25, 2014

Christmas Night Service: What Is Missing in the Manger?. Revelation 12.

December 21, 2014

Morning: Strange Events in the Birth of Christ: The Strangest Man who ever Lived. 2 Corinthians 8:9.

December 16, 2014

Chapel at Grace Christian School: Christianity and Islam, Part 5: Five Pillars and Six Doctrines John 1:1-18.

December 14, 2014

Morning: Strange Events in the Birth of Christ: Strange Dreams. Matthew 1:18-25; Ecclesiastes 5:3; Job 33:14-22.

December 7, 2014

Morning: Strange Events in the Birth of Christ: Strange People in our Lord's Genealogy. Matthew 1; Genesis 38:24-30.

December 2, 2014

Chapel at Grace Christian School: Christianity and Islam, Part 4: How Was Islam so Successful? Revelation 9.

November 30, 2014

Morning: History Washed in Blood: Why Is the World in Chaos? 2 Samuel 21:1-14; 24:1; 1 Chronicles 21:1; 1 Peter 3:7; Galatians 3:13-14.

November 25, 2014

Morning: The Idea of America: a Thanksgiving Meditation. 1 Thessalonians 5:14-22.

November 23, 2014

Morning: Rejecting Atheism: Why I Believe in Defending the Faith. Proverbs 26:4-5; Proverbs 1:7; 1 Corinthians 2:6-16; Psalm 10:4; Psalm 53:1; 1 Peter 3:15; Luke 16:27-31.

November 16, 2014

Morning: Rejecting Atheism: Why I Believe in the Devil. 2 Corinthians 4:3-4; Ephesians 2:1-3.

November 9, 2014

Morning: Rejecting Atheism: Why I Believe the Word of God. Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 1:18-2:5; Hebrews 4:12-13.

November 2, 2014

Morning: Rejecting Atheism: Why I Believe the Gospel. Romans 3:25-26.

October 28, 2014

Chapel at Grace Christian School: Christianity and Islam, Part 3: What Is Jihad? 2 Corinthians 10:3-5.

October 26, 2014

Morning: Rejecting Atheism: Why I Believe in God. Psalm 19:1-6; Romans 2:14-15; Romans 8:18-22; Romans 1:18-20.  The Sermon Handout.

October 19, 2014

Morning:   The Whole Church Worships When We Worship the True God. Hebrews 12:18-24.  Sandy Vincent's Testimony.

October 12, 2014

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 110. Beware  of Old Prophets: the Man of God from Judah. 1 Kings 13:11-30; 2 Thessalonians 2:9-11.

October 5, 2014

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 109. Jeroboam: Obliterates the Cross. 1 Kings 13:1-5; Hebrews 9:1-15.

September 30, 2014

Chapel at Grace Christian School: Christianity and Islam, Part 2: The Establishment of Islam. Daniel 10:7-12.

September 28, 2014

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 108. Jeroboam: Religious Innovator. 1 Kings 12:25-33.

September 21, 2014

Morning: You Do not Have Because You Do not Ask: Why Do we Lack? James 1:2-8; James 4:1-10.

September 14, 2014

Morning:  Our World Missions Conference was not recorded.

September 9, 2014

Chapel at Grace Christian School: Christianity and Islam, Part 1: Christian History Before and After AD 313. 1 Peter 3:15.

September 7, 2014

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 107. Rehoboam: The Root of his Evil. 2 Chronicles 12:1-14; Acts 2:42; Ephesians 5:18-21; Colossians 3:16-17.

 

August 31, 2014

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 106. Rehoboam: Peace Through Humility and Strength. 2 Chronicles 11:1-12; Luke 14:26-33

August 24, 2014

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 105. Rehoboam: Played for a Fool. 1 Kings 12:1-19

August 17, 2014

Morning: Robbie Dakel, The New Birth and the Christian Lifestyle.  John 3; Deuteronomy 32:46-47

August 10, 2014

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 104. Solomon: Can't Get no Satisfaction. 1 Kings 11:4; Ecclesiastes 1:1-2:17; Ezekiel 48:49-50. Ann Jobe's Testimony,

August 3, 2014

Morning:  Paul Bryant.

July 27, 2014

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 103. Solomon: a Wise Boy and an Old Fool. Ecclesiastes 4:13-14; 1 Kings 3; 11.

July 20, 2014

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 102. David: a Worshipper of a Delightful God. Psalm 37; 2 Samuel 6:14-23.

July 19, 2014

Funeral Service. For Since by Man Came Death. 1 Corinthians 15:20-28.

July 13, 2014

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 101. David: a Warrior of Praise. 1 Samuel 16:6-17:37.

July 13, 2014

Dedication of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church: I Will Build my Church. Matthew 16:13-25.  Video of this Service: .

July 6, 2014

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 100. Saul and David: Controlling Others Versus Being Controlled by God and Praising Him. 1 Samuel 15-17.

June 29, 2014

Morning: Flying on the Wings of a Dove, a Psalm of Imprecation.  Psalm 55.

June 22, 2014

Morning: What the Lord Jesus Taught About Marriage as over Against that PCUSA Vote.  Matthew 19; 1 Corinthians 5:9-13; Romans 1:18-32.

June 15, 2014

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 99. David: the Father of Absalom.  2 Samuel 18:33.

June 8, 2014

Morning: Radical Christianity: Built on the Rock. Matthew 7:24-27; 2 Corinthians 11:23-28; 1 Corinthians 10:1-4

June 1, 2014

Morning: Radical Christianity: I NEVER Knew You. Matthew 7:15-23; Amos 3:2; Hebrews 12:7-11

May 25, 2014

Morning: Radical Christianity: Beware of False Prophets, Part 3. Matthew 7:15-20; Matthew 18:22-35; Matthew 24:4-11

May 16, 2014

Morning: Grace Christian School's 20th High School Graduation: Ritchey Cable. Matthew 7:24-27. The background noise is pretty bad; this has been filtered.

May 18, 2014

Morning: Radical Christianity: Beware of False Prophets, Part 2. Matthew 7:15-20

May 11, 2014

Morning: Mary, the Mother of our Lord: A Sword Will Pierce Your Soul. John 19:25-29; Mark 3:31-35

May 4, 2014

Morning: Victory in Jesus: the Secret of the Christian Life. Exodus 34; 2 Corinthians 3; Proverbs 22:14; Ecclesiastes 7:26

 

April 27, 2014

Morning: Peace for the Doubter. John 20:19-31

April 20, 2014

Morning: The Unseen War: The Defeat of Satan, Hell, and Death. Ephesians 4:7-16; Hebrews 2:14-18; Matthew 12:22-29; 1 Peter 3:18-22

April 13, 2014

Morning: The Unseen War: The Administration of Evil. Luke 4:5-8; Ephesians 6:12

April 6, 2014

Morning: The Unseen War: The Cross and the Dark Powers. Acts 4:23-31; John 13:2, 27; Luke 22:47, 53; Colossians 1:13-14

March 30, 2014

Morning: The Unseen War: The Ultimate Circle of Power. 2 Chronicles 20:12-23; Romans 8:18-39

March 23, 2014

Morning: The Unseen War: Paul's Thorn in the Flesh. 2 Corinthians 12:7-10

March 16, 2014

Morning: The Unseen War: Dealing Respectfully with Satan. Zechariah 3:1-5; Luke 22:31-32

March 9, 2014

Morning: The Unseen War: Satan, God's Agent for Destruction. Job 2:1-7; 2 Chronicles 18:18-22

March 2, 2014

Morning: The Unseen War: Why Job Thought God Hated him. Job 16:9-17

February 23, 2014

Morning: Radical Christianity: Beware of False Prophets, Part 1. Matthew 7:15-20; Luke 11:52

February 16, 2014

Morning: Radical Christianity: The Strait and Narrow. Matthew 7:13-14; 19:16-30

February 9, 2014

Morning: Radical Christianity: The Foundation of the Golden Rule. Matthew 7:12

February 2, 2014

Morning: Radical Christianity: Pray and Keep on Praying. Matthew 7:7-11; Luke 11:5-13

January 26, 2014

Morning: Be Angry and Do Not Sin. Psalm 4; Mark 3:1-6

January 19, 2014

Morning: Radical Christianity: Vomiting Dogs and Vicious Hogs. Matthew 7:6; 13:45; Psalm 22:16, 20; Matthew 15:21-28; 2 Peter 2:22; 1 Peter 3:1

January 14, 2014

Evening: Pastor Geoff Thomas: The Greatness of our Savior. Hebrews 1:13-2:4

January 13, 2014

Evening: Pastor Geoff Thomas: God's Final Revelation. Hebrews 1:1-3

January 12, 2014

Morning: Pastor Geoff Thomas: How to Find Peace and Joy. Romans 15:13

January 12, 2014

Evening: Pastor Geoff Thomas: The Conqueror of Death. Mark 5:22-24, 35-43

January 5, 2014

Morning: The Lamb and the Dragon: The Defeat of the Dragon and all his Hosts. Revelation 12-14

December 29, 2013

Morning: The Lamb and the Dragon: Beware of Politicians and Preachers with Dragon's Breath. Revelation 12-14

December 22, 2013

Morning: The Lamb and the Dragon: How the Dragon Almost Stole Christmas. Matthew 1:18-2:3; Revelation 12

December 15, 2013

Morning: Robbie Dakel

December 8, 2013

Morning: A Life Well Lived. Acts 20:22-24; Acts 21:20-32

December 1, 2013

Morning: Unity in Spite of Passionate Disagreement. Acts 20:22-24; Acts 21:1-14

November 24, 2013

Morning: God's Commanded Remedy. Nehemiah 8:9-12; Ezra 3:10-13

November 17, 2013

Morning: Radical Christianity: With the Measure You Use. Matthew 7:1-2; Luke 6:35-38

November 10, 2013

Morning: Radical Christianity: Don't Judge Others. Matthew 7:1-5; 1 Corinthians 4:1-5

November 3, 2013

Morning: Radical Christianity: Tomorrow's Trouble. Matthew 6:34; Ecclesiastes 7:13-14

October 27, 2013

Morning: Radical Christianity: Benefits of Being Christ's Slave. Matthew 6:24-34; Matthew 13:22; 1 Timothy 6:8-10, 17

October 20, 2013

Morning: Radical Christianity: Whose Slave Are You? Matthew 6:24-34; Luke 16:1-15

October 13, 2013

Morning: Radical Christianity: Dark Enlightenment. Matthew 6:22-23; 2 Corinthians 11:13-15; Romans 1:18-32

October 6, 2013

Morning: Radical Christianity: The Evil Eye. Matthew 6:22-23; Galatians 3:1-5

September 29, 2013

Morning: Radical Christianity: Our Treasure, Vision, and Master. Matthew 6:19-24; 1 Timothy 6:6-19

September 22, 2013

Morning: Radical Christianity: How to Fast. Matthew 6:16-18; Isaiah 58:3-12

September 15, 2013

Morning: Radical Christianity: The Lord's Prayer. Matthew 6:9-13; Luke 11:2

September 8, 2013

Morning: Radical Christianity: How to Pray to Your Father. Matthew 6:1-9; 1 Kings 18:20-39

September 1, 2013

Morning: Why I Am not Ready to Die. Psalm 71; Deuteronomy 6:7-9

September 1, 2013

Andrew Vincent: When God Doesn't Seem Worth It. Psalm 73. This was preached Sunday morning, September 1, 2013 at the Downtown Presbyterian Church of Memphis, Tennessee.

August 25, 2013

Morning: Radical Christianity: Publicizing Private Piety. Matthew 6:1-18

August 18, 2013

Morning: Radical Christianity: Love like the Father. Matthew 5:43-48

August 17, 2013

Morning: The Spirit of Scouting.

August 14, 2013

Grace Christian School Teachers: The Sweet Smell of Christ. 2 Corinthians 2:12-17

August 11, 2013

Morning: Radical Christianity: Resistance and Retaliation. Matthew 5:38-42

Afternoon: Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church Pastor Appreciation:  How to Support Your Pastor. Luke 22:31-34

August 4, 2013

Morning: Radical Christianity: the Arrogance and Deception of Careless Swearing. Matthew 5:33-37; 23:15-24

July 28, 2013

Morning: Radical Christianity: Divorce Rarely Permitted. Matthew 5:31-32; 19:3-12

You may benefit from listening to a series from the fall of 2004:
Why Does God Hate Divorce?
Biblical Grounds for Divorce
Questions About Divorce and Marriage

July 21, 2013

Morning: Radical Christianity: Sexual Desire. Matthew 5:27-30

July 14, 2013

Morning: Radical Christianity: An Unnatural Response to Anger. Matthew 5:20-26; 1 Corinthians 6:6-7

July 7, 2013

Morning: Radical Christianity: Defective Righteousness. Matthew 5:20; Luke 18:9-14

June 30, 2013

Morning: Radical Christianity: Until all Is Fulfilled. Matthew 5:17-19; 2 Corinthians 10:4; Ephesians 1:14

June 23, 2013

Morning: Radical Christianity: Christ in the Old Testament. Matthew 5:17-19; 1 Corinthians 10:1-13

June 16, 2013

Morning: Radical Christianity: Jots and Tittles. Matthew 5:17-19; Psalms 119:97-100

June 9, 2013

Morning: Radical Christianity: Salt and Light. Matthew 5:10-16; Romans 1:18-20

June 2, 2013

Morning: Radical Christianity: The Beatitudes Part 7. Matthew 5:9-10; Proverbs 26:17

May 26, 2013

Morning: Radical Christianity: The Beatitudes Part 6. Luke 22:35-38; Matthew 26:52

May 19, 2013

Morning: Radical Christianity: The Beatitudes Part 5. 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; James 3:13-18

May 12, 2013

Morning: Robbie Dakel

May 5, 2013

Morning: Radical Christianity: The Beatitudes Part 4. Matthew 5:9; Colossians 1:19-20

April 28, 2013

Morning: Radical Christianity: The Beatitudes Part 3. Matthew 5:3-12

April 21, 2013

Morning: Radical Christianity: The Beatitudes Part 2. Matthew 5:3-12

April 14, 2013

Morning: Radical Christianity: The Beatitudes Part 1. Matthew 5:3-12

April 7, 2013

Morning: Communion and the Gospel Explained to Children. Isaiah 53

March 31, 2013

Morning: Paul's Conversion and the Resurrection of Jesus. Acts 9:1-22; 1 Corinthians 1:18-2:6

March 24, 2013

Morning: Palm Sunday: not a Victory Parade. Luke 19:35-44; Romans 3:20-31

March 10, 2013

Morning: The Battle Is the Lord's. 1 Samuel 17:45-47

March 3, 2013

Morning: Blood-Bought Faith. Genesis 22; Genesis 15

February 24, 2013

Morning: Living Under Dark Powers. Acts 4-5; Daniel 6

February 17, 2013

Morning: When Rulers Conspire. Acts 4; Psalm 2

February 10, 2013

Morning: When Kings Rise up. Acts 3-4; Psalm 2

February 3, 2013

Morning: Take Refuge in the Son. Psalm 2

January 30, 2013

Wednesday Night: Review of the Harbinger, Part 2. Isaiah 9:9-11; Deuteronomy 15:1-2; Leviticus 26

January 27, 2013

Morning: Kiss the Son. Psalm 2

January 20, 2013

Morning (Bryan Rhodes): Faith, Hope. and Joy. Hebrews 11:1-6; 12:1-2

January 13, 2013

Morning: We are all called to shepherd Christ's sheep. 1 Thessalonians 5:14-15; 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

January 9, 2013

Wednesday Night: Review of the Harbinger, Part 1. 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Luke 22:5, 29

January 6, 2013

Morning: Being Accountable. 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13; Psalm 1

December 30, 2012

Morning: "Prepping" for the Future. 1 Thessalonians 5:11; Hebrews 10:19-25

December 23, 2012

Morning: Peeking into the Box. 1 Corinthians 15:21-26; Revelation 21:1-22:21

December 16, 2012

Morning: Birthpangs of the New World Order. Romans 8:18-28

December 9, 2012

Morning: The Return of Christ: The Fiery Purification of Planet Earth. 1 Thessalonians 5:9; 2 Peter 3

December 2, 2012

Morning: The Return of Christ: No Wrath but Persecution. 1 Thessalonians 5:9; 2 Thessalonians 1:5-2:3

November 27, 2012

Chapel at Grace Christian School: What is Faith? Hebrews 11

November 25, 2012

Morning: The Return of Christ: The Coming Wrath, the Wrath that Has Already Come. 1 Thessalonians 5:9; Luke 21

November 18, 2012

Morning: The Return of Christ: No Wrath for Believers. 1 Thessalonians 5:9; John 5:24; John 3:16-31; Romans 5:1-8; Hebrews 12:5-11

November 11, 2012

Morning: The Gates of Hell. Matthew 16:13-26

November 4, 2012

Morning: Post-Presidential Election Sermon. Luke 4:5-8; 1 Timothy 2:1-8.  Solo: God the All-Terrible!

October 28, 2012

Morning: What the Reformation was all about: Sola Scriptura, Sola Gratia, Solo Christo, Sola Fide, Soli Deo Gloria. Matthew 15:7-9; Romans 3:21-4:10

October 21, 2012

Morning: The Return of Christ: As a Thief. 1 Thessalonians 5; Luke 17:20-30

October 14, 2012

Morning: The Return of Christ: Literal and Physical. 1 Thessalonians 5; Acts 1:6-11

October 7, 2012

Morning: The Importance of Kissing and Touching. 1 Thessalonians 5:25-26; Matthew 8:1-3

September 30, 2012

Morning: Think for Yourself and Do not Come Under Bondage to a Preacher.  Romans 14:5; Colossians 2:16-23 

September 28, 2012

Louisiana College Symposium: Understanding Demon Possession in the Context of Religion and Mental Health

Presentation by Dr. Robert Vincent

Presentation by Dr. David Sharp

Questions and Answers: Drs. David Sharp and Robert Vincent

September 23, 2012

Morning: Rapture: the Reunion of the Inner and Outer Man. 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24; 2 Corinthians 4:16-5:8

September 16, 2012

Morning: Human Nature: one, two or three? 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24; 1 Corinthians 2:14

September 9, 2012

Morning: God's Will: Our Sanctification, 3, Become like Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24; Philippians 2-3

September 2, 2012

Morning: God's Will: Our Sanctification, 2. 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24; 1 John 3:6

August 26, 2012

Morning: God's Will: Our Sanctification, 1. 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24; 1 John 1:8-10

August 19, 2012

Morning: Reaching Estranged People.  2 Timothy 2:24-26; Acts 23:6-8.

August 14, 2012

Morning: Will You Teach as a Sadducee or a Pharisee? Acts 23:6-8.  This is the annual address to the faculty and staff of Grace Christian School.

August 12, 2012

Morning: Stop Arguing and Start Praying. 2 Timothy 2:24-26  The Message with the Testamonies.

August 5, 2012

Morning: Cleansing and Protecting the Mind with Scripture, Part 2. 1 Thessalonians 5:19-21; 2 Corinthians 10:3-5

July 29, 2012

Morning: Cleansing and Protecting the Mind with Scripture, Part 1. 1 Thessalonians 5:19-21; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25

July 22, 2012

Morning: Three Balancing Imperatives. 1 Thessalonians 5:19-21

July 15, 2012

Morning: Three Imperatives that Never Stop. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

July 8, 2012

Morning: The Fear of the LORD or Insanity. Proverbs 1:7; 9:10

July 1, 2012

Morning: Our Good Father Gives the Holy Spirit. Luke 11:9-13; 2 Corinthians 4:16-5:1-8

Evening: Creationism and Evolutionism, Part 3. Genesis 1-3; 2 Peter 3:1-13

June 24, 2012

Morning: Our Good Father Gives. Luke 11:1-13; 2 Corinthians 5:1-4

June 17, 2012

Morning: Evil Men Can Be Good Fathers. Matthew 7:7-12; Psalm 103

Evening: Creationism and Evolutionism, Part 2.  Romans 8:18-23; Genesis 1-3

June 10, 2012

Morning: Jesus Endorses Genesis 1-2 on Marriage. Matthew 19:3-12; Genesis 1:27; 2:24

Evening: Creationism and Evolutionism, Part 1.  Romans 1:18-32; Genesis 1-3

June 3, 2012

Morning: Vision for Grace. Acts 2:38-47. 

May 27, 2012

Morning: Ritchey's Farewell.  2 Corinthians 5:17-21

May 20, 2012

Morning: Organized Religion: I Don't Like it, but it's Necessary. 1 Timothy 5:17-18; 3:1-13. 

May 13, 2012

Morning: What it means to honor mothers. 1 Timothy 5:13-16. 

May 6, 2012

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 98. Saul: Music for the Soul.  1 Samuel 16:23; 1Kings 3:15.  First Service.

April 29, 2012

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 97. Saul: What if?.  1 Samuel 15:17; James 4:6-8.  First Service.

April 22, 2012

Morning:  Robbie Dakel.  Lost or Found.  Matthew 18:12-14.  This was Youth Sunday, and our Minister to Youth preached.

April 15, 2012

Morning:  Recommitment to Serving as the Pastor of Grace.  1 Samuel 28; Luke 24:36-43.  Ritchey's Comments.

April 8, 2012

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 96. Saul: Sťance or Resurrection.  1 Samuel 28; Luke 24:36-43.  First Service. Saul consults a medium on the night before his death. As with many other Old Testament passages regarding life after death, this text leaves us with more questions than answers. This is not the case with the New Testament: because Jesus Christ really died and really rose again, we are left with a clear understanding of what lies beyond the grave. He brought life and immortality to light in the gospel (2 Timothy 1:10), forever dispelling the darkness that sometimes shrouded Old Testament saints. When believers die, their souls immediately go to be with the Lord in heaven, and their bodies are placed in the grave, waiting for their own bodily resurrection when soul and body will be reunited forever at the return of Christ. If we are alive when the Lord Jesus returns, our mortal bodies will be clothed with immortality, and we will then be caught up to meet the Lord in the air.

April 1, 2012

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 95. Saul: Obedience and Sacrifice.  1 Samuel 15; 2 Corinthians 7:10.  First Service.

March 25, 2012

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 94. Saul and the Amalekites.  1 Samuel 15; 2 Corinthians 10:3-5.  First Service.

March 18, 2012

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 93. Saul: Jumping the Gun.  1 Samuel 13:8-14; Matthew 4:1-4.  First Service.

March 11, 2012

Morning:  Ritchey Cable. Shepherding a Culture.  Acts 28; Romans 5. With seven billion people in the world, is the church being effective in reaching the culture with the Gospel? Does it even have the ability to accomplish such an overwhelming feat? This sermon looks at the art of diagnosing a culture, sharing the gospel in a relevant way in word and deed and the power of the church in a difficult culture. 

March 4, 2012

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 92. Samuel: Cautions About Civil Government Today, Part 2.  1 Samuel 8; Colossians 3:22-4:1.  First Service.

February 26, 2012

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 91. Samuel: Cautions About Civil Government Today, Part 1.  1 Samuel 8; Matthew 17:24-27.  First Service.

February 19, 2012

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 90. Samuel and Monarchy.  1 Samuel 8.  First Service.

February 12, 2012

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 89. Samuel and Familiarity with Holy Things.  1 Samuel 6-8.  First Service.

February 5, 2012

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 88. Dagon among the gods.  1 Samuel 5:1-7; 1 Corinthians 10:14-22.  First Service. Modernists would call me a Fundamentalist. To the Secularists I am an Evangelical. And Progressives regard me as Conservative. But I have trouble with scholars who come from my own camp when they avoid translating the Biblical text in a plain and straight-forward way, especially when it comes to the reality of the supernatural.

The gods of the pagan world existed and had supernatural power. But they were not gods. They were mere creatures, fallen supernatural beings who had turned away from the worship of the one true God, the God of the Bible.

Dagon is one of those so-called gods. He had the body of a fish and the head and hands of a man. In the end, Dagon bows before the one true God, the God of Israel, and this is something that all the pagan gods one day will do.

Contrary to the practical atheism that characterizes America and the West, the supernatural world is real and pregnant with great trouble and great blessing.

In the same passage where Paul speaks about the dangers posed by the demonic gods of paganism, he also commends the Lord's Supper as a supernatural ordinance where the powers of the age to come are released to bless believers.

January 29, 2012

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 87. Dagon: five golden hemorrhoids and five golden rats.  1 Samuel 5-6.  First Service When the Philistines capture the Ark of the Covenant, they take it as a trophy to their god, Dagon. The next morning, in a pattern that will be fulfilled when the Lord Jesus returns, the Philistines discover that their god is bowing prostrate before the LORD God of the Israelites. Thinking this may be due to chance, they set Dagon upright again, only to discover the next morning, not only has he fallen before the LORD, but Dagon's human looking head and hands have broken off, leaving only his fish-like torso.

In spite of these manifest judgments from the God of Israel, the Philistines keep the Ark for seven months. But in each city, terrible plagues come -- rats and tumors (Jewish scholars tell us that this Hebrew word should be translated hemorrhoids rather than tumors). Jewish tradition states: "Because when the people would relieve themselves, mice would attack the bleeding hemorrhoids" (Radak
in loc., The Stone Edition Tanach (2001), p. 656).

In spite of seven months of agony, the Philistines still wonder if all of this evil that has befallen them is due merely to chance (1 Samuel 6:9) -- after all, when people look at life under the sun, excluding God and his eternal purpose from their thinking, things often appear to happen merely by chance (Ecclesiastes 9:11). So the Philistines come up with an ingenious test, placing the Ark on a cart drawn by two cows who have recently given birth and fencing in their hungry calves in Philistine territory, away from Israel.

Contrary to nature, the milk-filled cows abandon their babies and carry the Ark back to Israel. Nothing is ever left to chance. We are under the benevolent hand of our God.

January 22, 2012

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 86. Revealing Our Idols.  Mark 4:35-41; Psalm 107.

January 16, 2012

Martin Luther King Prayer Breakfast at Convention Hall, Alexandria, Louisiana. Monuments of the Righteous.  Matthew 23:29-31; 5:43-45.

January 15, 2012

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 86. Samuel: Speak, Lord, for your servant hears.  1 Samuel 3.

January 8, 2012

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 85. Eli's legacy: Ichabod.  Matthew 16:13-18.  First Service.

January 1, 2012

Morning: Christ's Victory over the Dark Powers.  Matthew 16:13-18.  

December 25, 2011

Morning:  The Light of the World Still Shines.  Isaiah 9:1-7. 

December 18, 2011

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 84.  Hannah's Song and Mary's.  1 Samuel 2:1-10; Luke 1:46-55. 

December 11, 2011

Morning:  Ritchey Cable. 

December 4, 2011

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 83.  Hannah: her prayer was heard.  1 Samuel 1. 

November 27, 2011

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 82.  Ruth: under the shadow of his wings.  Ruth 3-4; Deuteronomy 25:5-10. 

November 20, 2011

Morning:  The Persecuted Church: All who will live godly.  Revelation 12.  First Service.

November 13, 2011

Morning:  The Persecuted Church: Pulling Back the Veil on Persecution.  Revelation 12.

November 6, 2011

Morning:  Ritchey Cable.  I Am the Way, the Truth and the Life.  John 14:1-6

October 30, 2011

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 81.  Boaz: a pillar of strength at the right time.  Ruth 2; Matthew 1.  First Service.

October 23, 2011

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 80.  Naomi or Mara?.  Ruth 1; Deuteronomy 25:5-10.  First Service.

October 16, 2011

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 79.  Samson, Part 3: Not my choice for a son-in-law.  Judges 14-26; Numbers 6:6.  First Service.

October 9, 2011

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 78.  Samson, Part 2: God and evil.  Judges 14; 1 Corinthians 7:39.  First Service.

Testimony of Deliverance by David Melichar.  David is an officer in the United States Army and just returned from Afghanistan.  He thanks his church family for continually holding him up in prayer and shares how God remarkably delivered him from the jaws of death.

October 2, 2011

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 77.  Samson, Part 1: the anonymous angel.  Judges 13; Revelation 19:10.  First Service.

September 25, 2011

Morning: Marriage: a Blood Covenant with a threefold purpose.  Malachi 2:13-17; Deuteronomy 22:13-21.

September 18, 2011

Morning: A Future and a Hope.  Jeremiah 29:4-14.  Bob Vincent. First Service.

September 11, 2011

Morning:  Ritchey Cable: I AM the Resurrection and the Life. Genesis 3; John 11.

September 11, 2011

Morning:  City of Refuge in Houston, Texas.  A Future and a Hope.  Jeremiah 29:4-14.  Bob Vincent.  The end of the communion service.

September 4, 2011

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 76.  Jephthah, Part 4: Shibboleth.  Judges 12:1-7; Titus 1:10-16.  First Service.

August 28, 2011

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 75.  Jephthah, Part 3: Abraham's Sacrifice and Jephthah's.  Genesis 22; Luke 14:25-35.  First Service.

August 21, 2011

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 74.  Jephthah, Part 2: Be a Promise Breaker.  Judges 11:24-40; 1 Timothy 4:1-3.  First Service.

August 14, 2011

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 73.  Jephthah, Part 1: whom the Lord loves.  Judges 10:16; Hebrews 12:1-11.  First Service.

August 7, 2011

Morning:  Grace Christian School Welcome.  Romans 1:18-32.

August 7, 2011

Morning:  The Cup of Curses and Blessing.  1 Corinthians 10:18-22; Numbers 5:23-28; Mark 14:36.  First Service.

July 31, 2011

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 72.  Gideon: Jotham's curse.  Judges 9; Galatians 3:13-14.

July 24, 2011

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 71.  Gideon: his legacy, a murderer.  Judges 9; Daniel 4:17.

July 17, 2011

Morning:  Ritchey Cable.  I AM The Good Shepherd. John 10:11-18

July 10, 2011

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 70.  Gideon: no fool like an old fool.  Judges 8; 2 Corinthians 4:16-18. First Service.

July 3, 2011

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 69.  Gideon: a weak, doubting hero.  Judges 6-7; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11. First Service.

June 26, 2011

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 68. Blessed Are You Among Women.  Judges 5.

June 19, 2011

Morning: (Ritchey Cable) I Am the Door of the Sheep. Part 2 of The I AM Statements of Jesus. John 10:1-10; Genesis 6-9.

June 12, 2011

Morning:  The Holy Spirit, Part 25, Submit to the Apostolic Authority of Scripture. 1 Corinthians 14:37-38; 1 Peter 3:1-7.

June 5, 2011

Morning:  The Holy Spirit, Part 24, The Normal Pattern for New Testament Worship. 1 Corinthians 14:26; Luke 4:14-30.  

May 29, 2011

Morning: (Ritchey Cable) I Am the Light of the World. Part 1 of The I AM Statements of Jesus.  John 8:12; Genesis 1:1-5.  

May 22, 2011

Morning:  The Holy Spirit, Part 23, Immediate or Indirect Guidance. 1 Corinthians 14; 1 Corinthians 7. 

May 15, 2011

Morning:  The Holy Spirit, Part 22, The Functions of Tongues.  1 Corinthians 14; Deuteronomy 28.  First Service.

Sunday Afternoon: Christ's Victory over the Dark Powers.  Matthew 16:13-18.  (This sermon was preached at the dedication of the remodeled facilities of the First Presbyterian Church of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  This congregation has been a faithful witness to the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ since 1827.) 

May 8, 2011

Morning:  The Holy Spirit, Part 21, Prophecy is superior to tongues.  1 Corinthians 14; 2 Timothy 3:15-17.  First Service.

May 1, 2011

Morning: God and the Devil in Storms and Destruction. Luke 13:1-5; Amos 3:6-7; Job 1:1, 6-12, 18-22; 2:6-7; 42:10-11; 1 Corinthians 15:21-22; Romans 5:12-21.

April 24, 2011

Morning:  Passing on History: the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, the foundation of our civilization and of our lives in this world and the next. Psalm 71:18; 1 Corinthians 15. First Service.

April 17, 2011

Morning:  The Holy Spirit, Part 20, When the Perfect Has Come. 1 Corinthians 13:8-13.

April 10, 2011

Morning: (Ritchey Cable) Sharing in the Pain. Philippians 4:14-23. 

April 3, 2011

Morning:  The Holy Spirit, Part 19, The Way of Love. 1 Corinthians 13:1-7. First Service.

March 30, 2011

Elton Pody's Memorial Service:  The Entire Service including all the eulogies and the music (also available in a smaller, poorer quality format, or as a video below), or Only the Gospel Message.

March 27, 2011

Morning:  The Holy Spirit, Part 18, Diversity of Gifts. 1 Corinthians 12:14-31. First Service.

March 20, 2011

Morning: (Ritchey Cable) The Secret of Contentment. Philippians 4:10-13.

March 13, 2011

Morning: Earthquakes and Tsunamis: The Lamb as the Lord of History. Revelation 6; Luke 13:1-5. First ServiceTribute to Merrill Blackburn.

March 6, 2011

Morning: Wives and Husbands: Dealing with a delicate vase. 1 Peter 2:18-3:7. First Service.

February 27, 2011

Morning: The Holy Spirit, Part 17, The Gifts, Part 3. 1 Corinthians 12:12-13. First Service.

February 23, 2011

Mid-week Service: Covering, Headship, Sanctuary and Protection.  1 Corinthians 5:4-5; Numbers 5:18.

February 20, 2011

Morning: The Holy Spirit, Part 16, The Gifts, Part 2. 1 Corinthians 12:1-3; 1 Corinthians 11:1-16. First Service.

February 13, 2011

Morning: Why I Don't Preach Tithing. 2 Corinthians 8-9. First Service

February 6, 2011

Morning: Callousing the Heart: David's Murder Decree. 2 Samuel 11:25; Luke 18:2-5. First Service

January 30, 2011

Morning: Eternal Friends: Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness. Luke 16:9. First Service

January 23, 2011

Morning: (Ritchey Cable) Applying Truth to Our Problems. Philippians 4:1-9

January 16, 2011

Morning: The Holy Spirit, Part 15, The Gifts, Part 1. 1 Corinthians 12:1-11; Romans 12:1-6

January 12, 2011

Midweek Service: The "word" for 2011, Judgment. 1 Peter 4:17. Transcription.

January 9, 2011

Morning: (Ritchey Cable) The Twist of All We See: Life Through the Lens of Death. Philippians 3:17-4:1

January 2, 2011

Morning: The Holy Spirit, Part 14, The Teacher. John 14:26; Acts 21:4. Second Service.

December 26, 2010

Morning: The Holy Spirit, Part 13, The Spirit of Adoption. Galatians 4:1-7; Romans 8:15-17; Mark 14:36.

December 19, 2010

Morning: The Holy Spirit, Part 12, Jesus' Gift to us. Ephesians 4:7-13; Acts 2:33. First Service.

December 12, 2010

Morning: (Ritchey Cable) Flesh vs. Spirit: Why We Canít See the World with Clarity. Philippians 3:1-16.

December 5, 2010

Morning: The Holy Spirit, Part 11, The Spirit in the Life of Jesus. Luke 1:35; 2:52. First Service.

November 28, 2010

Morning: The Holy Spirit, Part 10, Distinct from the Father and the Son. 1 Peter 1:2; Ephesians 1:1-14. First Service.

November 21, 2010

Morning: The Holy Spirit, Part 9, Fruit, Temperance: it's not about self-control.  Galatians 5:16-26; Romans 7:14-25.  First Service.

November 14, 2010

Morning: The Holy Spirit, Part 8, Fruit, Meekness: it's not about being intimidated.  Philippians 2:3-8; Timothy 2:24-26.  First Service.

November 7, 2010

Morning: The Holy Spirit, Part 7, Fruit, Faith: it's about a Trustworthy God.  Romans 5:1-5; 1 Peter 1:607.  First Service.

October 31, 2010

Morning: The Holy Spirit, Part 6, Fruit, Gentleness and Goodness: They are not just synonyms.  Romans 11:22; Matthew 11:30.  First Service.

October 24, 2010

Morning: The Holy Spirit, Part 5, Fruit, Longsuffering: It's redemptive.  2 Peter 3:1-15; James 5:7-11.  First Service.

October 17, 2010

Morning: When God's People Pray.  Acts 12.  First Service.

October 10, 2010

Morning: The Holy Spirit, Part 4, Fruit, Peace: It's not just no war.  Isaiah 2:2-5; Philippians 4:4-7.  First Service.

October 3, 2010

Morning: The Holy Spirit, Part 3, Fruit, Joy: Serious Business. Galatians 5:22-23; Deuteronomy 28:47-48; James 1:2.

September 26, 2010

Morning: The Holy Spirit, Part 2, Fruit, Love.  Galatians 5:16-26; Ephesians 5:25.  First Service.

September 19, 2010

Morning: The Holy Spirit, Part 9, Fruit, Introduction.  Galatians 5:16-26; Ephesians 5:18-21.  First Service.

September 12, 2010

Morning: Spiritual Keys to Unlock Mental Health: Part 7, Freedom from Narcissism, Biblical Humility.  1 Corinthians 4:1-7; Philippians 2:5-11.

September 5, 2010

Morning: (Ritchey Cable) Dying for the Mission: Laying Down Your Life for the Furtherance of the Gospel. Philippians 2:17-30.

August 29, 2010

Morning: Spiritual Keys to Unlock Mental Health: Part 6, Freedom from the Voices. Ephesians 6:10-18; 2 Corinthians 10:3-5.

August 22, 2010

Morning: Spiritual Keys to Unlock Mental Health: Part 5, Freedom from Hurt.  Matthew 18:21-35; Luke 6:37-38. First Service.

August 15, 2010

Morning: Spiritual Keys to Unlock Mental Health: Part 4, Freedom from Frustration. Genesis 3:16-19; 2 Corinthians 4:16-18. First Service.

August 8, 2010

Morning: (Ritchey Cable) Working Out Your Salvation. Philippians 2:12-16.

August 1, 2010

Morning: Spiritual Keys to Unlock Mental Health: Part 3, Freedom from Guilt. Luke 7:36-50; Luke 18:9-14.  First Service.

July 25, 2010

Morning: Spiritual Keys to Unlock Mental Health: Part 2, Freedom from Fear.  Genesis 22:12; Matthew 6:31-34. First Service.

Evening:  The Ethics of Vulnerability (An Outworking of Walking in the Fear of God). Matthew 5:38-44; Romans 12:14-21.

July 18, 2010

Morning: Spiritual Keys to Unlock Mental Health: Part 1, Self-Acceptance.  Exodus 4:11; Psalm 139:13-16. First Service.

July 11, 2010

Morning: Principles of Government. 1 Peter 2:11-25; Romans 13:1-7.

July 4, 2010

Morning: God's Ideal Form of Government.  Acts 15:6-21; 1 Peter 5:1-4. First Service.

June 27, 2010

Morning: Louisiana Governor's Call to Prayer.  Amos 3:6; Jonah 3.  First Service.

June 20, 2010

Morning: Bible Characters, Part 67. Ehud, Othniel, and Barak.  Judges 3.

June 13, 2010

Morning: Bible Characters, Part 66. The Men of Gibeah. Judges 20:18-28.

June 6, 2010

Morning: Bible Characters, Part 65. Two Levites.  Judges 19:22-30.  First Service.

May 30, 2010

Morning: Bible Characters, Part 64. Micah of Judges.  Judges 17:1-18:1. First Service.

May 23, 2010

Morning: Christ's Work at Pentecost, 1980 Years Ago Today.  Ephesians 5. First Service.

May 17, 2010

Grace Christian School Graduation: (Andrew Vincent) Live a Radically Different Life. Psalm 139.

May 16, 2010

Morning: The Ascension of Christ.  Acts 2:30-36. First Service.

May 9, 2010

Morning: The Wisdom of Solomon on Motherhood. 2 Kings 3.  First Service.

May 2, 2010

Morning: (Ritchey Cable) The Challenge of the Gospel: Fulfillment in Jesus. Philippians 2:1-11. First Service.

April 25, 2010

Morning: Bible Characters, Part 63: The Gibeonites, Part 2.  Joshua 9; 2 Samuel 21. First Service.

April 18, 2010

Morning: Bible Characters, Part 62: The Gibeonites, Part 1.  Joshua 9.

April 11, 2010

Morning:   (Ritchey Cable) 

April 4, 2010

Morning:  The Proof that Jesus Rose from the Dead.  Acts 2.  First Service.

March 28, 2010

Morning:  Palm Sunday: No Crown Without the Cross.  Luke 19:28-48; 1 Peter 1:10-12. First Service.

March 21, 2010

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 61: Achan, Part 2.  Joshua 7:19-21

March 14, 2010

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 60: Achan, Part 1.  Joshua 7:1.  .

March 7, 2010

Morning: (Ritchey Cable)  Banded Together in Gospel Warfare.  Philippians 1:1-11.

February 28, 2010

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 59: The Commander.  Joshua 5:13-15.  First Service.

February 21, 2010

Morning: (Ritchey Cable) Honest Love (Jesus' Method of Evangelism), Part 2.  John 4:1-26

February 14, 2010

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 58: Zelophehad's Daughters, Part 3. Numbers 36; Proverbs 19:14.

February 7, 2010

Morning:  God's Shalom Triumphs over Leviathan's Chaos.  1 Corinthians 14:29-33; Genesis 1:1, 2.  This sermon is available in written form.

January 31, 2010

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 57:  Zelophehad's Daughters, Part 2. Numbers 36.  This sermon is available in written form.

Evening:  Jude

January 24, 2010

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 56:  Zelophehad's Daughters, Part 1. Numbers 36.

Evening:  Introduction to Jude.  Jude

January 17, 2010

Morning:  (Ritchey Cable) Honest Love (Jesus' Method of Evangelism), Part 1.  John 4:1-26

January 10, 2010

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 55:  Balaam's Curse Enacted. Numbers 24-25; Revelation 2:14. First Service.

January 3, 2010

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 54:  Why Balaam's Curse Turned into a Blessing.  Numbers 23; Galatians 3; John 10; John 17.  First Service.

Evening:  Prayer Warriors in the Bible, People Who Were Just Like Us.  Mark 14:38, 66-72; James 5:17, 18

December 27, 2009

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 53:  Balaam's Curse: Cursing Is not Cussing.  Numbers 23.

December 20, 2009

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 52:  Balaam's Donkey.  Numbers 22. First Service.

December 16, 2009

Mid-week Service:  The Return of Christ: We Should Pray for Revival. Romans 11.

December 13, 2009

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 51:  Balaam's Madness.  Numbers 22. First Service.

December 9, 2009

Mid-week Service:  The Return of Christ: We Should Expect it Now. John 21.

December 6, 2009

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 50:  Sihon and Og.  Numbers 21. First Service.

November 29, 2009

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 49:  Nehushtan.  Numbers 21. First Service.

November 22, 2009

Morning:  Ritchey Cable.  Wrestling with the Parables.  Matthew 13.  First Service.

November 15, 2009

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 48: Korah:  Familiarity Breeds Contempt.  Numbers 16.  First Service

November 8, 2009

Morning:  Ritchey Cable

November 1, 2009

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 47:  Sticks and Stones.  Numbers 15:32-36.  First Service.  This is the account of the unnamed man who was executed for breaking the Sabbath.  For an essay on the Sabbath as fulfilled in Christ, please click here.

October 25, 2009

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 46:  Zipporah, the Wife of Moses.  Exodus 4.  First Service.

October 18, 2009

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 45: Jethro, Moses' Father-in-Law.  Exodus 18.  First Service.

October 11, 2009

Morning:  The Beatitudes. Matthew 5:3-12; Luke 6:20-26.

October 4, 2009

Morning:  The Mission of Grace Presbyterian Church, Part 4  For the Whole of Life. James 2; Romans 3; Ephesians 2. First Service.

September 27, 2009

Morning:  The Mission of Grace Presbyterian Church, Part 3  To All People, Part 2. Acts 1:4-8.

September 20, 2009

Morning:  The Mission of Grace Presbyterian Church, Part 2:  To All People, Part 1. Matthew 28:18-20. First Service.

September 13, 2009

Morning:  Feeling Punk'd?  Matthew 14:22-33.  Dr. Don M. Shipley Jr.

September 9, 2009

Morning:  The Mission of Grace Presbyterian Church, Part 1:  To Extend the Overwhelming Grace of Jesus Christ. Acts 26:9-18; Romans 5:20, 21. First Service.

August 30, 2009

Morning:  Angels Revisited.  Colossians 2:18; Acts 27.  First Service.

August 26, 2009

Mid-week Service:   God's Sovereignty, Natural Phenomena and the Power of Satan.  Job.

August 23, 2009

Morning:  Foundation of a Healthy Church (Fanning the Flame):  The Church of the Book of Acts Was a Praying Church.  Acts 2:42; Acts 12.

August 16, 2009

Morning:  Foundation of a Healthy Church (Fanning the Flame): Activities of a Healthy Church.  Acts 2:42.  First Service.

August 14, 2009

Grace Christian School Annual Opening of School Teachers' Conference:  Victory in Jesus.  John 1:5; Matthew 16:13-19.

August 9, 2009

Morning:  Foundation of a Healthy Church (Fanning the Flame): Peter's Sermon.  Acts 2.  First Service.

August 2, 2009

Morning:  Seeing our Present Difficulties with Gospel Glasses.  Romans 5:1-5.  Dr. Don M. Shipley Jr.

July 26, 2009

Morning:  The God of this Age. Ephesians 6:12; 2 Corinthians 4:4. First Service.

Evening:  Questions and Answers Regarding Spiritual Warfare. Matthew 12:26; Genesis 3.

July 19, 2009

Morning:  Tough Places, Part 1.  Ephesians 6:12; Daniel 10. First Service.

Evening:  Tough Places, Part 2.  Acts 16:6-11; Numbers 14.

July 12, 2009

Morning:  Difficult People.  Ephesians 6:12; 2 Timothy 2:22-26. Second Service.

July 5, 2009

Morning:  The Sword of the Spirit.  Ephesians 6:10-20; Matthew 4:1-11

June 28, 2009

Morning:  The Helmet of Salvation.  Ephesians 6:10-20; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11.  First Service.

June 21, 2009

Morning:  Ritchey Cable:  The Ministry of Jesus: Model for Discipleship. John 15:11-17.

June 14, 2009

Morning:  Fiery Darts and the Shield of Faith.  Ephesians 6:10-20; James 3:5-6.

Andrew Vincent preaching at All Saints Presbyterian in Memphis, Tennessee.  Jesus' Cup.  John 18.

June 7, 2009

Morning:  Gospel Shoes.  Ephesians 6:12-20; Jonah.  First Service.

May 31, 2009

Morning:  God's Own Armor.  Ephesians 6:12-20; Isaiah 59.  First Service.

May 24, 2009

Morning:  Incarnational Evangelism.  John 1.  Ritchey Cable

May 17, 2009

Morning: Never Lay Down Your Armor.  Ephesians 6:12-20; Psalm 71

May 10, 2009

Morning:  Honor Your Mother.  Ephesians 6:1-4.  First Service.

May 3, 2009

Morning:  Paul Pleads for Prayer.  Ephesians 6:12-20.  First Service.

Andrew Vincent Preaching at All Saints Presbyterian in Memphis, Tennessee:  Jesus, our Surgeon and Savior.

April 26, 2009

Morning:  .  Don Shipley

Sunday School:  What Is the Shack? Part 1.  Ritchey Cable.

April 19, 2009

Morning:  Be Cheerful and Thankful.  Deuteronomy 28:47, 38; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

April 12, 2009

Morning:  Jesus' Resurrection and the New Birth.  1 Peter 1:3

April 5, 2009

Morning:  Be an Optimist:  Prospering in Exile, Part 2.  Jeremiah 29:4-14.

March 29, 2009

Morning:  Praying for the Peace of Babylon: Prospering in Exile, Part 1. Jeremiah 29:4-14; 1 Peter 2:11-21. First Service

March 25, 2009

Mid-week Service:  A Sovereign God Pleads with Sinners.  Matthew 11:25-30   

March 22, 2009

Morning:   Ritchey Cable:  Do Not Bury Your Talent.  Luke 19:11-27

March 15, 2009

Morning:   Servant Leadership, Part 2.   1 Kings 12:1-15; John 13:1-17

March 8, 2009

Morning:   Servant Leadership, Part 1.  2 Corinthians 11.

Andrew Vincent Preaching in Memphis:  Be Satisfied in Jesus, our Shepherd and Host.  Psalm 23.

March 1, 2009

Morning:   The Vendetta of the Gibeonites.  2 Samuel 21:1-14.

February 22, 2009

Morning:   Suffering Is not Something Strange.  1 Peter 4:12-19

February 15, 2009

Morning:   The Primacy of Preaching.  1 Corinthians 1:18-25; Romans 10:14-17

February 8, 2009

Morning:   The Discipline of Grace, Part 2.  Matthew 16:21-24

February 1, 2009

Morning:   The Discipline of Grace, Part 1.  Mark 14:38; John 5:39-40.

January 25, 2009

Morning:   Fear Not.  Romans 5:12-6:6.  Ritchey Cable.

January 18, 2009

Morning:   Gospel Driven and Christ Focused.  1 Corinthians 2:2.  First Service.

January 11, 2009

Morning:   The Light Shines in the Darkness.  John 1:5.  First Service.

January 7, 2009

Mid-week Service:  Dealing with the Devil, A Balanced View.  James 3:15.

January 4, 2009

Morning:   The Coming of the Magi.  Matthew 2.  First Service.

December 28, 2008

Morning:   Jesus: God's "Yes" to Humankind.  2 Corinthians 1:12-22.  Don M. Shipley, Jr.

December 21, 2008

Morning:   Herod King of the Jews.  Matthew 2; Revelation 12.

Evening:  Hanukkah:  The Light Shines in the Darkness.  John 10:22, 23; Daniel 11:28-31

 

December 14, 2008

Morning:   Mary and the People of God.  Luke 1, 2.

December 10, 2008

Mid-week Service:  Respectfully Taking Authority.  Matthew 4:1-11; Acts 16:16-19.

December 7, 2008

Morning:  Mary and Joseph.  Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 2. 

December 3, 2008

Mid-week Service:  Giving the Devil his Due.  Zechariah 3.

November 30, 2008

Morning:  Mary the Mother of Jesus.  Mark 3:31-35. 

November 19, 2008

Mid-week Service:   Satan, God's Unwitting Servant.  Isaiah 10.

November 23, 2008

Morning:  How to Be Blessed Living in a Nation Under God's Judgment. Ezekiel 9.  First Service .

November 16, 2008

Morning:  Armor Bearer Revisited. Luke 22:31, 32.  First Service .

November 9, 2008

Morning:  Armor Bearer Sunday. Luke 22:31, 32.  Pastor's Personal Prayer Vision.

November 2, 2008

Morning: Prayer and Jesus' Cup.  Mark 14:36.  First Service.

October 29, 2008

Mid-week Service:  Why Should We Pray for the Upcoming Elections?

October 26, 2008

Morning: Uncovering God in our Worship.  Don M. Shipley, Jr.

October 19, 2008

Morning: Prayer and Sovereignty.  Matthew 6:10.  First Service.

October 12, 2008

Morning:  Remember, Repent, Repeat.  Revelation 2:1-7.  First Service.

October 8, 2008

Mid-week Service:  Future Things, Part 5:  We Will Judge Angels.

October 5, 2008

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 44.  Joshua and Caleb, 2.

October 1, 2008

Mid-week Service:  Future Things, Part 4:  We Will Give a Detailed Account of what We Have Done in this Life.

September 28, 2008

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 43.  Joshua and Caleb, 1.

September 24, 2008

Mid-week Service:  Future Things, Part 3: 

September 21, 2008

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 42.  Aaron and the Rock.  Numbers 20.

September 17, 2008

Mid-week Service:  Future Things, Part 2: 

September 14, 2008

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 41.  Aaron and the Golden Calf.  Exodus 32.  First Service.

September 10, 2008

Mid-week Service:  Future Things, Part 1:  Clothed with Immortality. 2 Corinthians 5.

September 7, 2008

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 40.  Aaron, Burying his Sons.  Leviticus 10.

August 31, 2008

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 39.  Aaron, Bearing the Brunt of Ministry.  Exodus 7.

Evening:  Jesus Stops the Storm: Praying About Gustav. Mark 4:35-41.

August 27, 2008

Mid-week Service:  Government and Discipline of the Church, Part 3.

August 24, 2008

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 38.  Aaron, the Circumstances of his Call.  Exodus 4:10-16

August 17, 2008

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 37.  Miriam, Sister of Moses, Part 2.  Micah 6:4.

August 14, 2008

Teachers at Grace Christian School Worship Service:  Go for the Gold: The Only Olympiad that Matters.  Hebrews 12:1-13

August 13, 2008

Mid-week Service:  Government and Discipline of the Church, Part 2.

August 10, 2008

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 36.  Miriam, Sister of Moses, Part 1.  Exodus 2:1-10.  First Service.

August 7, 2008

(Funeral Service)  Come into the Sanctuary:  Comfort in the Face of Suicide.  Psalm 73 and John 10.

August 3, 2008

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 35.  Shiphrah and Puah.  Exodus 1:15-21.

Evening:  St. Paul's Testimony.  Philippians 3.

July 30, 2008

Mid-week Service:  Healing and the Atonement.  Isaiah 53.  Pastor Kenneth Brown.

July 27, 2008

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 34.  The King Who Did Not Know Joseph.  First Service.

July 20, 2008

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 33.  From Paradise to a Graveyard.  First Service.

July 13, 2008

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 32.  BenjaminFirst Service.

July 9, 2008

Mid-week Service:  Government and Discipline of the Church, Part 1.

July 6, 2008

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 31.  Ephraim and Manasseh, Part 2.

July 2, 2008

Mid-week Service:  Sealing Ordinances, Part 14.  The Holy Spirit makes real communion with the Lord Jesus Christ a reality in the Lord's Supper. This is a great blessing for believers, but for those who refuse to deal with their sins, the Lord's Supper can be a deadly meal.

June 29, 2008

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 30.  Ephraim and Manasseh, Part 1First Service.

June 22, 2008

Morning:  Comfort of Christ and his Church.  2 Corinthians 1:1-13.  Don M. Shipley, Jr.

June 15, 2008

Morning:  The Perfect Father. Luke 15:11-32.  Ritchey Cable

June 11, 2008

Mid-week Service:  Sealing Ordinances, Part 13.  Christ is now present on Earth through his Holy Spirit, and the ordinary way that we come to experience Christ's presence is in the preaching of the Gospel.

June 8, 2008

Morning:  Moses' Veil. Exodus 34; 2 Corinthians 3.  First Service.

June 4, 2008

Mid-week Service:  Sealing Ordinances, Part 12.  Four Views of the Lord's Supper:  Christ Is Physically Present in Heaven.

June 1, 2008

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 29.  Gad: Outside the Land of PromiseFirst Service.

May 28, 2008

Mid-week Service:  Sealing Ordinances, Part 11.  Four Views of the Lord's Supper.

May 25, 2008

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 28.  Brothers of Darkness:  Naphtali, Asher, Issachar and ZebulunFirst Service.

Evening:  Clinging Lightly to this World.  Luke 14:25-35; Matthew 13:44-46

May 24, 2008

Graduation, Faith Bible Institute:  Take Heed.  1 Timothy 4:16  

May 21, 2008

Mid-week Service:  Sealing Ordinances, Part 10.  Liberty in Ordinances

May 18, 2008

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 27.  Dan, the SnakeFirst Service.

May 14, 2008

Mid-week Service:  Sealing Ordinances, Part 9.  An Old Testament Foreshadow.

May 11, 2008

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 26. Rachel and MotherhoodFirst Service.

May 7, 2008

Mid-week Service:  Sealing Ordinances, Part 8.  What is the biblical method of doing baptism?  Here is a written summary of this teaching.

May 4, 2008

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 25. Leah, a Unloved WomanFirst Service.

April 30, 2008

Mid-week Service:  Sealing Ordinances, Part 7.  Why are there differences in the way that New Testament believers observed sealing ordinance?

April 27, 2008

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 24.  Judah, Part 4First Service.

Evening:  Goliath Goes Down.  Youth Rally with Sister Terri Boudreaux 

April 23, 2008

Mid-week Service:  Sealing Ordinances, Part 6.  Deuteronomy 21:18-21; Titus 1:6.  How should we view our children?  How should Christians apply the Old Testament law regarding stoning rebellious children?

April 20, 2008

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 23.  Judah, Part 3. First Service

April 16, 2008

Mid-week Service:  Sealing Ordinances, Part 5.  Acts 2:31-47.

April 13, 2008

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 22.  Judah, Part 2. First Service

April 9, 2008

Mid-week Service:  Sealing Ordinances, Part 4.  John 3.

April 6, 2008

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 21.  Judah, Part 1.

April 2, 2008

Mid-week Service:  Sealing Ordinances, Part 3.  Romans 2, 4.

March 30, 2008

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 20.  Simeon and Levi, 2

March 23, 2008

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 19.  Simeon and Levi, 1First Service.

March 16, 2008

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 18.  Reuben:  Unstable as Water.

March 9, 2008

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 17.  Esau.  

March 2, 2008

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 16. Uncle Laban. First ServiceGenesis 29:13-30; 1 Timothy 6

February 13, 2008

Mid-week Service:  Sealing Ordinances, Part 2.  Colossians 2.

February 24, 2008

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 15. RebekahFirst Service. Genesis 25:19-34; 27:1-46

February 17, 2008

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 14. Hagar, Part 2First Service. Genesis 21; Galatians 3-4

February 13, 2008

Mid-week Service:  Sealing Ordinances, Part 1.  Romans 4; 2.

February 10, 2008

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 13. Hagar, Part 1First Service. Genesis 16; Galatians 6:9

February 3, 2008

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 12. Eliezer of Damascus.  Genesis 15:1-3; 24.

January 27, 2008

Morning:  Reconciliation.  Matthew 5:21-26.  Dirk Margheim.

January 20, 2008

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 11.  Bit Players in History. First Service.  Luke 16:15; Genesis 12; 20; 26; Ephesians 1; Acts 17.

January 16, 2008

Mid-week Service:  Communion of the Saints, Part 1:  Fellowship.  1 Corinthians 12

January 13, 2008

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 10, Lot's LegacyFirst Service Read this sermon.

January 6, 2008

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 9, Lot's Family and RescueFirst Service Read this sermon.

December 30, 2007

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 8, Lot's City: Unbridled SensualityFirst Service Read this sermon.

December 23, 2007

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 7. Nimrod's NightmareFirst Service.  Daniel 4; Isaiah 11; Matthew 13. [Nimrod's dream becomes Nimrod's nightmare when dreamt by the future leader of Nimrod's old kingdom. Nebuchadnezzar dreams of himself as a great tree, providing unity, peace and prosperity for the whole world. Yet his dream turns into a nightmare when he sees the ax laid to the base of this tree. 

Scripture speaks of another tree, the Kingdom of David. This mighty tree was cut to the ground by the Mesopotamian successors of Nimrod, leaving only the seemingly dead stump of Jesse. But out of this old stump, a tiny shoot grows, the Rod of Jesse. This shoot then grows into a mighty tree: "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches" (Matthew 13:31, 32). The Rod of Jesse is the Lord Jesus Christ, God's answer to the dream of Nimrod.]

December 16, 2007

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 6.  NimrodFirst Service.  Genesis 10, 11.

December 12, 2007

Mid-week Service:  The Church: No Pure Church on Earth.  Matthew 13.

December 9, 2007

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 5.  Shem and Japheth. First Service. Genesis 9; Leviticus 19:14.

December 5, 2007

Mid-week Service:  The Church: Deacons.  Acts 6.

November 25, 2007

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 4.  Ham.  Genesis 9.

November 18, 2007

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 3.  Raising Kids Cain's Way. First Service.  Genesis 4.

November 14, 2007

Mid-week Service:  The Church:  Biblical Structure for Leadership.  Acts 6.

November 11, 2007

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 2.  Cain. First Service.  Genesis 4; 1 John 3.

November 7, 2007

Mid-week Service:  The Church:  No Hierarchy.  Matthew 23.

November 4, 2007

Morning:  Bible Characters, Part 1.  Adam and EveFirst Service.  Genesis 2-3; 1 Timothy 2.

October 28, 2007

Morning:  Principles of Giving, Part 5.  By Faith in the Promises of GodFirst Service.  2 Corinthians 8-9; Malachi 3.

October 24, 2007

Mid-week Service:  The Church:  A Divine Institution.  Matthew 18; 1 Corinthians 5.

October 21, 2007

Morning:  Principles of Giving, Part 4.  Voluntary, Without Manipulation, Through Honest LeadersFirst Service.  2 Corinthians 8:1-9; 2 Kings 5.

October 17, 2007

Mid-week Service:  The Church:  Visible and Invisible.  Romans 9; 2.

October 14, 2007

Morning:  Principles of Giving, Part 3.  With JoyFirst Service.  2 Corinthians 8:1-9

October 10, 2007

Mid-week Service:  Marriage and Divorce, Part 7.  1 Corinthians 5-6.

October 7, 2007

Morning:  Principles of Giving, Part 2.  The HeartFirst Service.  2 Corinthians 8:1-9

Evening:  Being Filled with the Holy Spirit.  Ephesians 5:18

September 30, 2007

Morning:  Principles of Giving, Part 1.  Sacrifice.  2 Corinthians 8:1-9

September 26, 2007

Mid-week Service:  Athaliah.  Pastor Kenneth Brown.

September 23, 2007

Morning:  Psalm 110, Part 13First Service.  1 Corinthians 15; Isaiah 2

September 19, 2007

Mid-week Service:  Marriage and Divorce, Part 6.  Malachi 2

September 16, 2007

Morning:  Psalm 110, Part 12.  Revelation 16.

September 9, 2007

Morning:  Psalm 110, Part 11.  Hebrews 4-10; Psalm 92.

September 5, 2007

Mid-week Service:  

September 2, 2007

Morning:  Psalm 110, Part 10First Service.  Luke 3-4; Acts 2-5.

August 22, 2007

Mid-week Service:  Marriage and Divorce, Part 5.  Genesis 4

August 26, 2007

Morning:  Psalm 110, Part 9First Service.  Galatians 4; Hebrews 12

August 22, 2007

Mid-week Service:  Marriage and Divorce, Part 4. 1 Kings 11:1-8; 1 Timothy 3:1-13

August 19, 2007

Morning:  Psalm 110, Part 8First Service.  Revelation 7; 2 Thessalonians 1

August 17, 2007

Teacher Dedication Service:  Changing Zeitgeists.  Daniel 10.  Questions related to this can be found here.

August 12, 2007

Morning:  Psalm 110, Part 7First Service.  Psalm 8; Hebrews 2.  We continue our look at why God became Man, how the Lord Jesus is Man, the Crown of Creation.

August 8, 2007

Mid-week Service:  Marriage and Divorce, Part 3. Genesis 3; 1 Corinthians 7.

August 5, 2007

Morning:  Psalm 110, Part 6First Service.  1 Corinthians 15; Philippians 2.  We continue our look at why God became Man, how the Lord Jesus as the Last Adam came to undo the works of the First Adam. In the first part of the sermon there is an explanation of a set of stained-glass windows. If you would like to see what the pastor is talking about, please follow this link.

August 1, 2007

Mid-week Service:  Marriage and Divorce, Part 2. Genesis 2-3.

July 29, 2007

Morning:  Psalm 110, Part 5First Service.  Genesis 1-3

July 25, 2007

Mid-week Service:  Marriage and Divorce, Part 1. Genesis 1-2.

July 22, 2007

Morning:  Psalm 110, Part 4First Service.  1 Corinthians 15

July 15, 2007

Morning:  Psalm 110, Part 3First Service.

July 8, 2007

Morning:  Psalm 110, Part 2. First Service.

July 1, 2007

Morning:  Psalm 110, Part 1.

June 24, 2007

Morning:  Jim Hilleke.  Reflections on the Death of my Son.  Romans 8.

June 17, 2007

Morning:  Honor Your Father.  1 Timothy 5; Matthew 15.  First Service.

 

June 13, 2007

Mid-week Service:  Civil Government, 8.  2 Chronicles 26:16-23.  Final Discussion on Civil Government.

 

June 10, 2007

Morning:  Final Words of Hebrews.  Hebrews 13:23-25.

June 6, 2007

Mid-week Service:  Civil Government, 7.  1 Timothy 2:1, 2; John 19:11. 

June 3, 2007

Morning:  Putting up with the Word.  Hebrews 13:22.

May 30, 2007

Mid-week Service:  Civil Government, 6.  Luke 14:31, 32.

May 27, 2007

Morning:  Glorify Jesus.  Hebrews 13:20, 21; Philippians 2.  First Service.

Evening:  Discussion of Merchants of CoolQuestions Related to this Documentary. 

May 23, 2007

Mid-week Service:  Discussion About Popular Culture.  2 Timothy 2

May 20, 2007

Morning:  We Can Please God, 2.  Hebrews 13:20, 21; Philippians 2-3.  First Service.

May 13, 2007

Morning:  We Can Please God, 1.  Hebrews 13:20, 21; Romans 7; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11.  First Service.

May 9, 2007

Mid-week Service:  Civil Government, 5. Daniel 6; Acts 23:1-5.

May 6, 2007

Morning:  God's Will:  Glorify God's Name.  Matthew 6:33; 1 Corinthians 10:31

Evening:  Nehemiah, 2.  Gleanings from the book of Nehemiah.

May 2, 2007

Mid-week Service:  Civil Government, 4. Daniel 1-5.

April 29, 2007

Morning:  God's Will:  Deliver us from Evil, 2.  James 4; Luke 4.  First Service.

Evening:  Nehemiah, 1.  Gleanings from the book of Nehemiah.

April 25, 2007

Mid-week Service:  Civil Government, 3. 1 Peter 1:1, 2:18; Daniel 1; Psalm 137.

April 22, 2007

Morning:  God's Will:  Deliver us from Evil, 1.  James 4; Ezekiel 28.  First Service.

April 18, 2007

Mid-week Service:  Civil Government, 2. 1 Peter 2:18; Acts 5:18-42.

 

April 15, 2007

Morning:  God's Will:  Keep us from Temptation.  James 1; Luke 22.  First Service.

April 8, 2007

Morning:  God's Will: Release from the Debt of Sin, 2.  1 Corinthians 15:17; Galatians 3:13, 14. First Service.

April 1, 2007

Morning:  God's Will: Release from the Debt of Sin, 1.  Matthew 6:12; Luke 18:18-19:10. First Service.

March 28, 2007

Mid-week Service:  Civil Government, 1. 1 Peter 2; Romans 13.

March 25, 2007

Morning:  God's Will:  Provision, 3.  Proverbs; Haggai.  First Service

March 18, 2007

Morning:  God's Will:  Provision, 2.  2 Corinthians 9; Proverbs.  First Service

March 14, 2007

Mid-week Service:  Oaths and Vows, 2.  Acts 23:12-15; Judges 11

March 11, 2007

Morning:  God's Will:  Provision, 1.    Hebrews 13:20, 21; Matthew 6; 1 Timothy 6; 2 Corinthians 9.  First Service

March 4, 2007

Morning:  God's Will and Evangelism.  Hebrews 13:20, 21; 2 Timothy 2:10

February 25, 2007

Morning:  God's Will and Prayer, 1.  Hebrews 13:20, 21; James 5:13-16.  First Service.  

February 21, 2007

Mid-week Service:  Oaths and Vows, 1.  Matthew 5:33-37; 26:63, 64  

February 20, 2007

Mardi Gras Celebration:  In Louisiana, Mardi Gras is a state holiday, and all our schools are closed. At Grace Christian School, we use this state holiday for a teachers' retreat away from town. This year's message was from Acts 5:1-11: Ananias and Sapphira.

February 18, 2007

Morning:  To Do His Will, Part 3.  Hebrews 13:20, 21; 1 Kings 13.  First Service.  (Chart Available)

February 14, 2007

Mid-week Service:  Worship 15, God's Ways, Not Man's.  1 Chronicles 13, 15.

February 11, 2007

Morning:  To Do His Will, Part 2.  Hebrews 13:20, 21; Deuteronomy 29:29.  First Service.  (Chart Available)

February 7, 2007

Mid-week Service:  Worship 14, Nehushtan.  John 3; 2 Kings 18

February 4, 2007

Morning:  To Do His Will, Part 1.  Hebrews 13:20, 21; Deuteronomy 29:29.  First Service.  (Chart Available)

January 28, 2007

Morning:  Equipped with Everything.  Hebrews 13:20, 21; 2 Corinthians 3:18

January 24, 2006

Mid-week Service: The Wills of God.  Deuteronomy 29:29 (Chart Available)

January 21, 2007

Morning: The Great Shepherd.  Hebrews 13:20, 21; Psalm 23; John 21; 10.  First Service.

January 14, 2007

Morning: Brought back from the Dead. Hebrews 13:20, 21; 1 Corinthians 15. First Service.  

January 7, 2007

Morning:  Made with Blood, The Eternal Covenant.  Hebrews 13:20, 21; 8:5; 9:12-14, 24-28; Genesis 15; Revelation 12:10, 11.  First Service.

January 3, 2006

Mid-week Service:  Worship, 13:  Content of Songs, 4.  Colossians 3:16, 17; Ephesians 5:18-21; Psalm 22; 16; 110

December 31, 2006

Morning:  Made with Us, The Eternal Covenant.  Hebrews 13:20, 21; Hebrews 7:23-8:13; Ezekiel 36:24-27; John 1:19-25. First Service.

December 24, 2006

Morning:  Made with the Son, The Eternal Covenant.  Hebrews 13:20, 21; Luke 22; John 17. First Service.

December 17, 2006

Morning:  Made with Abraham, The Eternal Covenant.  Hebrews 13:20, 21; Galatians 3:6-4:7. First Service.

December 13, 2006

Mid-week Service:  Worship, 12:  Content of Songs, 3.  Ephesians 5:18-21

December 10, 2006

Morning:  The God of Peace.  Hebrews 13:20, 21.

December 6, 2006

Mid-week Service:  Worship, 11:  Content of Songs, 2.  Ephesians 5:18-21; Colossians 3:16, 17

December 3, 2006

Morning:  Prayer and Circumstances.  Hebrews 13:19.  First Morning Worship Service Version.

November 29, 2006

Mid-week Service:  Worship, 10:  Content of Songs, 1.  Ephesians 5:18-21; Colossians 3:16, 17

November 26, 2006

Morning:  The Secret of a Clear Conscience.  Hebrews 13:18.  Second Morning Worship Service Version.

November 19, 2006

Morning:  The Joy and Burden of Ministry.  Hebrews 13:17, 18.

Evening:  Players in the Passion.  Matthew 26, 27. 

November 15, 2006

Mid-week Service:  Worship, 9:  Singing.  Acts 16:25; Ephesians 5:18-20.

November 12, 2006

Morning:  Winning the War on Terror.  You Can Witness to Muslims.  1 Corinthians 9:19-23; Ephesians 2:1-7.  Second Morning Worship Service Version.

November 8, 2006

Mid-week Service:  Worship, 8:  Prayer.  1 Timothy 2:1-8; Daniel 10.

November 5, 2006

Morning:  The Muslim's Only Hope.  The Gospel Is About Jesus.  1 Corinthians 9:19-23; 15:1-7.  Second Morning Worship Service Version.

November 1, 2006

Mid-week Service:  Worship, 7:  A Special Place? John 4.

October 29, 2006

Morning:  The Middle East? Part 9, The Windswept House.  Ezekiel 10:1-5, 18, 19: 11:22, 23; Matthew 23:37-39.

October 22, 2006

Morning:  The Middle East? Part 8, The Olive Tree.  Romans 11:16-24.  Second Morning Worship Service Version.

October 18, 2006

Mid-week Service:  Worship, 5:  How Did We Get Here? Colossians 2:20-23

October 15, 2006

Morning:  The Middle East? Part 7, The Jews, the Gospel and Election.  Romans 11:28.

October 11, 2006

Mid-week Service:  Worship, 4:  New Testament Worship. Luke 4:16-30; 1 Corinthians 14:26-40.

October 1, 2006

Morning:  The Middle East? Part 6, Anti-Semitism.  Esther 3; 1 Thessalonians 2:14-16; Romans 9:1-5, 30-33.  For the four pages of information that was distributed in conjunction with this sermon, see Anti-Semitism.

September 27, 2006

Mid-week Service:  Worship, 3:  A New Testament Leviticus?  Leviticus 16.

September 27, 2006

Morning:  The Middle East? Part 5, The Great Falling Away.  2 Thessalonians 2; John 21:17-23; 1 Timothy 4.

September 20, 2006

Mid-week Service:  Worship, 2:  Limited by Scripture.  Judges 11:28-40; 1 Chronicles 13:5-11; 15:1-15.

September 17, 2006

Morning:  The Middle East? Part 4, The Man of Sin, Part 1. 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12.

September 13, 2006

Mid-week Service:  Worship, 1:  The Duty of All People.  Romans 1:18-23.

September 10, 2006

Morning:  The Heart of Grace.  (What is the commitment of our congregation?) Ephesians 4:11-16.

September 6, 2006

Mid-week Service:  Christian Liberty and Submission to Authority.  Matthew 17:24-27; Romans 13:1-7

September 3, 2006

Morning:  The Middle East? Part 3, The Return of Christ. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-2 Thessalonians 2:12

August 27, 2006

Morning:  The Storms of Life.  Acts 27:1-28:10. One year ago our state was overwhelmed by Hurricane Katrina. As we are overwhelmed by the storms of life, we should take heart by studying the account of the shipwreck experienced by the Apostle Paul. It illustrates so many wonderful biblical principles, chief of which is:  "Many are the afflictions of the righteous; but the LORD delivers him out of them all." (Psalm 34:19.)

August 16, 2006

Teacher Dedication Service:  The Enemies We Face.  James 3:13-18.  This eighty-five minute lecture was given to the teachers at Grace Christian School at the beginning of the 2006-2007 year.  It examines the enemies that we face:  the world, the flesh and the devil.  Under the section dealing with the world, we consider why the West is losing the War on Terror.

Mid-week Service:  We Must Never Yield Blind Obedience to Anyone but God.  Galatians 5:1

August 9, 2006

Mid-week Service:  Self-Righteous Religion, 3.  Matthew 15:1-20; Colossians 2.

August 6, 2006

Morning:  The Middle East? Part 2. Acts 1:1-1; Leviticus 26.  God has a future for the Jewish people, and God gave promises to Abraham regarding the Holy Land. Do these things absolutely guarantee that a particular set of events must take place in the Middle East in the near future? Will the nation of Israel today fair better than Israel did under Shimon Bar-Kokhba on the ninth of Av in A.D. 135? (The anniversary of the destruction of both Jewish Temples)

August 4, 2006

Special Service:  Going to Another Level.  Acts 1:4-11.  This is the opening message of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church's weekend retreat. It's theme is 'Going to Another Level.' On November 5, 2006, at 12:30 p.m., Shiloh Church is to begin using the facilities of Grace Presbyterian while their old building is torn down and a new one erected. During these many months two congregations will share the same buildings. One congregation is Presbyterian and predominantly white; the other is Baptist and predominantly black. This is a message of welcome to another body of believers to use our facilities without cost. ('Freely ye have received, freely give.' Matthew 10:8.)

August 2, 2006

Mid-week Service:  Self-Righteous Religion, 2.  Matthew 15:1-20.

July 30, 2006

Morning:  The Middle East? Part 1. Luke 21; Romans 11. A biblical examination of what is happening.

July 26, 2006

Mid-week Service:  Self-Righteous Religion, 1.  Matthew 15:1-9.

July 23, 2006

Morning:  Church Leaders:  A Higher Standard.  Hebrews 13:17; James 3:1; Acts 6.

July 16, 2006

Morning:  We Must Give Account.  Hebrews 13:17

July 9, 2006

Morning:  Slavery:  A New Testament Response.  Hebrews 13:17; Philemon; 1 Peter 2:18-24 

July 2, 2006

Morning:  Authority of Civil Government.  Hebrews 13:17; Romans 13.  Understanding when we are to obey and disobey civil authority gives us principles for dealing with all human authority.  We are always to obey civil authority unless the specific thing they require of us would force us to disobey God's instructions in Scripture.  This principle applies whether a government is good or evil.  Even if we live under a wicked and tyrannical government, we must obey its commands except where those commands would be contrary to Scripture.  And even when we must disobey civil authority, we must disobey with humility, respect and obedience to all its other commands.  We must often obey an evil civil authority, and we must sometimes respectfully decline to obey the laws of an otherwise good civil authority.  These acts grow out of our submission to God in whose Word we must rest.

June 23, 2006

Morning:  The Church of Sardis: How a Church Loses It's Life

June 18, 2006

Morning:  Abuse of Authority.  Hebrews 13:17; Colossians 3:21; 1 Kings 12:1-24.  Rehoboam is a picture of a man in authority over others who acts as a fool.  According to Colossians 3:21, fathers must never cause their children to react in a way that suggests acceptance of a challenge.

June 11, 2006

Morning:  Complete in Christ, the Antidote to Church Abuse, 2.  Hebrews 13:17; Colossians 2.

Evening:  Our Greatest Threat:  Globalism.  Genesis 3:1-5; 10:8-12; 11:1-9; Revelation 13.  The building of the Tower of Babel was a continuation of the act of defiance begun in the Garden of Eden. It continues on throughout history in the attempts of rulers to create paradise on earth without God. The flow of history is sweeping us toward an ultimate manifestation of this attempt. A global economy demands global law, and global law demands a global government to enforce it. Religion must be pressed into this global mission, but biblical Christianity with its ultimate allegiance to God and its proclamation that no one can come to the Father but through Jesus Christ must expect to be viewed as an enemy of this emerging transnational state.

June 7, 2006

Mid-week Service:   Liberty of Access at the Throne of God.  John 14:12-14.

June 4, 2006

Morning:  Complete in Christ, the Antidote to Church Abuse, 1.  Hebrews 13:17; Colossians 2.

May 31, 2006

Mid-week Service:   Hell.

May 28, 2006

Morning:  Church Leaders, 1.  Hebrews 13:17.  The leaders of the Church are called to watch over the souls of those who belong to Christ.

May 21, 2006

Morning:  Holy Living in an Unholy World.  2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1.  Dr. Peter Jones preaches on true holiness in light of the distinction between the Creator and the creature.

May 17, 2006

Mid-week Service:  Christian Liberty, 4. Liberty from  the Bondage of Sin. 2 Corinthians 3:17; Romans 6:14; 8:2. 

May 14, 2006

Morning:  Sarah, Our Mother.  Galatians 4:21-31; Romans 2:28, 29; 9:6-13.  By adoption, through faith in Jesus Christ, Abraham is our father and Sarah is our mother.  But just as Abraham's fatherhood is a type of our relationship with God, so Sarah is a type of the heavenly Jerusalem, the glorified gathering of believers, which is our true mother.

May 10, 2006

Mid-week Service:  Christian Liberty, 3. Freedom from the Bondage to Satan. Acts 26:15-18; Ephesians 2:1-5. 

May 7, 2006

Morning:  Comfort in a Hard World.  Romans 8:18-32.  Listen to a beautiful song composed and performed by Neil Barham, My Only Comfort.

May 3, 2006

Mid-week Service:  The Unequal Yoke.  1 Corinthians 7:39; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18.  Should a Christian marry a Muslim?

April 30, 2006

Morning:  Fellowship, Part 2.  Hebrews 13:16; 10:19-27; 1 Corinthians 12:12-26; Ephesians 4:1-7.  The temptation to go back to the way of the Old Testament was a real danger faced by those to whom the letter of Hebrews was addressed. But our writer warns them that the Old way no longer exists. The Temple and its worship had been fulfilled in Christ, and so to leave the Christian Church and return to Judaism was to leave Christ himself and to lose the hope for heaven. Outside of Christ there is no sacrifice for sins. Those believers needed to stay in the fellowship of the Church.

While no one who has truly come to Christ can ever be lost, people who appear to us to be Christians sometimes do turn their backs on the Lord. When this happens, it is in a context of people's ceasing to be part of the fellowship of the Church. Fellowship is an integral part of the ministry of the Church because God uses other Christians to help us deal with our sins and to meet our needs. That is one reason why a church that is only a "preaching station" is not a healthy church.

In the book of Acts, when people are saved, they always become part of the local gathering of believers, part of the Church, the communion of the saints. Fellowship with other believers is essential to our best growth and service in Christ. We need other people, and they need us. We need each other's prayers and words of encouragement. We need that sense of belonging and accountability that comes from being an active participant in the life of the Church.  But fellowship is not always easy to maintain because we have to put up with other people, and they have to put up with us.  There is no church where fellowship does not involve this.  But with such sacrifices, God is well pleased.

April 23, 2006

Morning:  Fellowship, Part 1.  Hebrews 13:16; Acts 2:42-47; Romans 15:25-27.  The sharing talked about in Hebrews 13:16 includes helping other believers out financially, but it is broader than this, too: it is the communion of the saints. The Church is God's institution to meet people's needs. The Church is the place of nurture and encouragement as well as accountability. The Church is Sinners Anonymous, a place where people can be honest about their struggles and failures as well as their victories.

April 16, 2006

Morning:  Proof to all.  Acts 17:16-34.  The Apostle Paul declares to the philosophers gathered at Mars Hill that God has given proof of a future judgment by raising the Lord Jesus Christ from the dead.

April 9, 2006

Morning:  The Week from Hell?  It Began on Palm Sunday.  Mark 11:1-11; Luke 24:13-21.  The terrible tragedy of the last week of the life of Jesus of Nazareth can be understood from three different perspectives:  the purely natural world of cause and effect, the largely invisible struggle between our Lord God and Satan, and God's all encompassing, benevolent plan for our salvation in Jesus Christ.  You may also read this sermon.

April 7, 2006

Funeral Sermon:  Not Yet Under Jesus' Feet.  Hebrews 2:8, 9.  "Not Yet Under Jesus' Feet" is the funeral sermon for Linda Slater.  The whole service is available here.

April 2, 2006

Morning:  Acceptable Praise and Confident Thanksgiving.  Hebrews 13:15, 16; Daniel 6.  We cannot approach God without a Mediator, not even with praise.  As Isaiah 64:6 informs us, our righteous acts are not only defiled by sin, they are themselves defiling, as defiling as that which is contaminated during menses (Leviticus 15:19-24.).  Daniel prayed toward Jerusalem, the place of atonement, and did not pray without this mediation.  This kind of praying brought Daniel into difficulty with the authorities in Babylon. 

We are commanded to give thanks to God always.  Our confidence is in God alone, not those who are in authority over us.  From ancient times most rulers have demanded that their subjects worship them as divine, but Daniel 4:17 informs us that our rulers are ordinary folks, not noble in themselves or set apart from the rest of us.  Indeed, says Daniel, political leaders are taken from the lowest of humankind and are often lazy.  What comfort does this afford us?  We don't find much comfort in thinking that John F. Kennedy was an ordinary man, not necessarily any smarter than the rest of us, as he brooded over what to do during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. But that is the reality of the situation then, just as with George W. Bush and the conflict in Iraq.  Our only confidence in history and the basis of our thanksgiving is that God is in control of everything, the big stuff and the little stuff.  We give thanks because we remember that we are not alone in our trials and that our faithful Savior was tempted in all the ways that we are and that he, too, suffered injustice in this world, that we have a Friend in heaven who is praying for us with a full awareness of what we are going through. We give thanks that God is still in absolute control and that his loving hand is orchestrating all things for our ultimate welfare in Jesus Christ.
 

March 29, 2006

Mid-week Service:  Christian Liberty, 2. Freedom from the Curse of the Law, 2. Romans 8:1-4; Proverbs 22:14; Ecclesiastes 7:26. Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the Law. There are consequences in this life to how we respond to God's commandments: obedience brings a blessing and disobedience brings a curse. One aspect of this involves spiritual and moral consequences in this life: in the Bible sin results in people being given over to sin.  This message is the second part of a study on the biblical doctrine of Christian Liberty, and it is also part of a larger series entitled 'Great Teachings of the Bible.' Using historic documents such as the Anglican Thirty-nine Articles of Religion, the London Confession of Baptist Faith and the Westminster Confession of Faith to frame our questions, this series examines basic Bible truths.

March 26, 2006

Morning:  The Sacrifice of Praise.  Black VersionWhite Version.  Hebrews 13:15, 16.  By his once-for-all time sacrifice, the Lord Jesus put an end to the sacrificial system of the Old Testament.  But Hosea 14:2 speaks of the sacrifice of the calves of our lips, an ongoing sacrifice with which God is still pleased today according to Hebrews 13:15.  This sermon was preached in the early service at the Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church, an African-American congregation in Boyce, Louisiana.  Later that morning it was preached again in the main service at Grace.

March 22, 2006

Mid-week Service:  Christian Liberty, 1. Freedom from the Curse of the Law. Galatians 3:13, 14; Zechariah 5:1-4; Proverbs 26:2. Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the Law. There are consequences in this life to how we respond to God's commandments: obedience brings a blessing and disobedience brings a curse. One aspect of this involves temporal consequences in this life: in the Bible sin brings judgment on people's health, wealth and relationships.  This message is the first part of a study on the biblical doctrine of Christian Liberty, and it is also part of a larger series entitled 'Great Teachings of the Bible.' Using historic documents such as the Anglican Thirty-nine Articles of Religion, the London Confession of Baptist Faith and the Westminster Confession of Faith to frame our questions, this series examines basic Bible truths.

March 19, 2006

Morning:  No Lasting City.  Hebrews 13:14; Galatians 4:21-31; Revelation 21:9, 10.  Our Lord himself warned first century believers that the city of Jerusalem would be destroyed within a generation.  Our security cannot be based on anything on earth.  We are citizens of a better city in a better place.  Jesus is coming again, and he will bring the city of our citizenship with him.

March 15, 2006

Mid-week Service:  The Law of God, 8.  Psalm 19.  God's Moral Law is the foundation of good government, shows us our need of Christ and guides believers as to the way of life that pleases God.

March 12, 2006

Morning:  Hold Fast to the Basics, 4.  Hebrews 13:11-13; Numbers 12; Matthew 5:3-12.  Our Lord Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of the bull and goats of the Day of Atonement.  He suffered outside the city of Jerusalem in a place of separation and shame.  True Christians have usually been marginalized from the corridors of power throughout history. 

Sunday School.  Ritchey Cable.  What About Baptism? Part 3

March 8, 2006

Mid-week Service:  The Law of God, 7.  Hebrews 7:11-9:28.  While the Old Testament is perfect, the New Testament is superior to the Old.

March 5, 2006

Morning:  Hold Fast to the Basics, 3.  Hebrews 13:7-10; Hebrews 9, 10.  By his once-for-all time sacrifice for sin, our Lord Jesus caused the Old Testament sacrificial system to come to an end.  He has fully opened up the way to God so that anyone may come and be saved.

Sunday School.  Ritchey Cable.  What About Baptism? Part 2

March 1, 2006

Mid-week Service:  The Law of God, 6.  Matthew 5:17; 2 Corinthians 3:3-11; John 8:1-11. The penalties of Old Testament Civil Law were designed uniquely for the people of Israel living prior to the coming of Jesus Christ.  While they teach us principles of fairness and justice, we are not obligated to attempt to have them put into effect today.

February 26, 2006

Morning:  Hold Fast to the Basics, 2.  Distractions to the Gospel. Hebrews 13:9; John 6:35. The heart of Christianity is Christ himself. If Satan cannot overcome the Church through persecution, or a frontal attack of heresy, he will attempt to get us distracted from the gospel.

Sunday School.  Ritchey Cable.  What About Baptism? Part 1

February 22, 2006

Mid-week Service:  The Law of God, 5. Colossians 2:13-16; Romans 14:5-10; 1 Corinthians 5:7, 8.  While we are freed from the ceremonial aspects of the Fourth Commandment, the underlying moral obligation to worship God one day in seven remains.  As the Lord's Supper is the New Testament fulfillment of the Passover, so the first day of the week, the Lord's Day, is the New Testament fulfillment of the Old Testament Sabbath.

February 19, 2006

Morning:  Hold Fast to the Basics, 1.  Hebrews 13:7-9; 1 Corinthians 15:1-5.  The fundamental doctrines of Christianity never change because Jesus never changes.  Christianity is not about what we do for God.  It does not center on our imitating the way the Lord Jesus lived; it centers on what the Lord Jesus has done for us as our Substitute.  The heart of the gospel is that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.  The death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth is the most significant event in history, better attested than any other event in the ancient world, confirmed in the  hundreds of thousands of people who became Christians as a result of the eyewitness testimony of those who had seen and heard and handled him after he came back from the dead. 

February 15, 2006

Mid-week Service:  The Law of God, 4. Genesis 2:2, 3; Mark 2:23-28; Colossians 2:13-16; Acts 10:9-15.  The Sabbath is unique among the Ten Commandments because it is a Creation Ordinance, and it has both Ceremonial and Moral aspects.

February 12, 2006

Morning:  Standing on the Promises, 3.  Fight the Good Fight.  Hebrews 13:6; Psalm 118; 1 Samuel 18.  David fought his battles with the Lord beside him, and so he won. But David still had to fight, and he had to fight all his life. David is a type and foreshadowing of Christ, his greater Son. Because we are in Christ, we, too, must fight, but because we are in Christ, we, too, will win.

February 8, 2006

Mid-week Service: The Law of God, 3.  John 5:16, 17.  The Fourth Commandment is the only one of the Ten Commandments about which real Christians have a disagreement.  The Sabbath was highly regarded in first century Judaism.  The Sabbath was God's gift for the welfare of God's creatures.

February 5, 2006

Morning:  Standing on the Promises, 2. Hebrews 13:5,6; Psalm 118; Galatians 3.  Jesus Christ is Abraham's true son, and all God's promises are secured in him.  Outside of Jesus Christ no one has any claim to any promise of God.

February 1, 2006

Mid-week Service: The Law of God, 2.  John 5:16, 17.  The Ten Commandments are a refraction of the character of God, as such, they are neither arbitrary nor temporary.  Bearing false witness is wrong because God does not lie.  Murder is wrong because God never murders.  In healing a crippled man, Jesus did not break the Sabbath, because God observes his sabbath rest from his work of creation by doing kindness in his work of providence.

January 29, 2006

Morning:  A World Class Christian.  Acts 4:8-22.  Will Brown, a missionary with SEND International serving in Taiwan, preached on the implications of the truth that the Lord Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven.

January 25, 2006

Mid-week Service:  The Law of God, 1. Genesis 1; 2; Romans 1; 2. This is the first part of a study of God's law. Man is unique among the creatures, because he alone was created in the image of God. One aspect of that divine image is the moral stamp that reflects God's own character, and so to be human is to have a sense of right and wrong. Even after the fall that divine sense of right and wrong is retained, though it can be suppressed and twisted. When individuals, communities or civilizations suppress the knowledge of God, God gives them over to twisted thinking and perverse acts. In order to understand the tidal wave that is sweeping away moral standards in modern America, one must consider what Americans allowed to happen in the early nineteen-sixties: the rejection of God from our public life. After that America lost its first war, the Vietnam War, and fifty-eight thousand Americans lost their lives for nothing. The suppression of divine truth is the impetus behind the destruction our public institutions and the rise of such things as the Gay Pride Movement. This message is part of a larger series entitled 'Great Teachings of the Bible.' Using historic documents such as the Anglican Thirty-nine Articles of Religion, the London Confession of Baptist Faith and the Westminster Confession of Faith to frame our questions, this series examines basic Bible truths.

January 22, 2006

Morning:  Standing on the Promises, 1. Hebrews 13:5,6; Deuteronomy 31:1-8; 2 Corinthians 1:20; Galatians 3.  How can the book of Hebrews take a promise given to Israel on the Plains of Moab in the year 1406 B.C. and apply it to New Testament believers?

January 15, 2006

Morning:  Plutophilia, 3, The Radical Cure.  2 Corinthians 9:6-15.  We are called to give until it hurts and then on until it feels good.  If a person has wealth without the gift of giving, his wealth is a curse.  People who have the gift of giving and use that gift will see their finances multiplied.  The sermon was short because time was given for testimonies to answers to prayer.

January 8, 2006

Morning:  Plutophilia, 2, the Rich Young Ruler. Hebrews 13:5, 6; Mark 10:17-31. The call to give up everything is an essential element in proclaiming the gospel. The rich young ruler understood what Jesus was saying and chose not to become a believer because he loved his possessions too much. Jesus allowed the rich young ruler to go on his way to hell.

January 1, 2006

Morning:  Plutophilia, a Hellish Perversion.  Hebrews 13:5, 6; 1 Timothy 6:5-10, 17-19.  Money is more addicting than alcohol or heroin, and attachment to money is one of the chief reasons that people refuse to come to the Lord Jesus Christ.  There are undoubtedly more people in hell for the love of money than for virtually anything else.

Evening:  Assurance of Salvation, 3.  Romans 10:9-15; Ephesians 5:5-7; John 6:37.  This is the third part of a study on how we can know that we will go to heaven.  While people who live in open defiance of God and his Word have no right to believe they are saved, regardless of what they have prayed or experienced in the past, it is normal that those who have turned from their sins and cast themselves on God's mercy in Christ in simple faith should know for certain that they are saved and on their way to heaven.  The doctrine of election should never be a barrier to assurance.  How do I know that I am elect?  The answer is found in the promise of God to all who want to be saved:  "Let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely." (Revelation 22:17.) If I have put my trust in the Lord Jesus, I am elect; I am saved; I am going to go to heaven. This message is part of a larger series entitled 'Great Teachings of the Bible.' Using historic documents such as the Anglican Thirty-nine Articles of Religion, the London Confession of Baptist Faith and the Westminster Confession of Faith to frame our questions, this series examines basic Bible truths.

December 25, 2005

Morning:  The Genealogy and Conception of Jesus, Part 3, Joseph's Dilemma. Matthew 1:18, 19; Deuteronomy 22:23, 24; Romans 3:21-26; Hebrews 13:4. Joseph is torn between doing what is right under the Law, having Mary executed by stoning, and showing compassion and love to her.  The tension found in the conception of Jesus is resolved in his death. (This is only part of the message; it was interrupted by a small fire that started in a Christmas wreath behind the pulpit.  When our pastor blew it out, he somehow turned off his digital recorder.  However, a tape was made of the whole sermon, and you may listen to it here.)

December 18, 2005

Morning:  The Genealogy and Conception of Jesus, Part 2.  Matthew 1:1-6; Genesis 38; Hebrews 13:4.  Breaking with a tradition of naming only the male direct ancestors, in giving his genealogy of the Lord Jesus, Matthew includes Zerah, a non direct, male ancestor, and four women:  Tamar, Rahab, Ruth and Bathsheba.  God's grace is greater than human weakness and sin.

December 11, 2005

Morning:  The Genealogy and Conception of Jesus, Part 1.  Hebrews 13:4; Matthew 1; Luke 3:23-31. The genealogies of Matthew and Luke differ at significant points, with Matthew giving Jesus' legal genealogy through Joseph and Luke giving Jesus' biological genealogy through Mary.

December 4, 2005

Morning:  The Three Tenses of the Lord's Supper. 1 Corinthians 11:23-34.  The Lord's Supper looks back to the finished work of Christ, offers us a present experience of communion with him and points us to his Second Coming.

November 27, 2005

Morning:  Brotherly Love, Part 3, Based on Trust in God. Hebrews 13:1-6. Christian love goes beyond the standards of the Old Testament; it is a call to radical self-denial and a willingness to lose everything. Whether we are called to take strangers into our home, visit those in dangerous places, be faithful to God's standards of human sexuality or manage our property, we must be willing to sacrifice everything for the welfare of others. It is impossible to practice true brotherly love without confidence in the absolute sovereignty of God.

November 20, 2005

Morning:  We stopped the sermon, Brotherly Love, Part 2, for a season of earnest congregational prayer because of a medical emergency.  This service will not be uploaded.

November 13, 2005

Morning:  Abiding in Christ.  John 15. Frank Barker. Celebrating our Fiftieth Anniversary as a Congregation.

Evening:  Giving by Faith.  Frank Barker.  Celebrating our Fiftieth Anniversary as a Congregation.

November 6, 2005

Morning:  Conflicts of Jesus, 5, The Two Resurrections. John 5:19-29; Ephesians 2:1-10; Revelation 20:6, 14.  Our Lord Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God, and the Father has given him authority over the living and the dead. Through the preaching of the gospel, spiritually dead sinners can now hear the voice of Jesus calling them to come to him, and those who hear have passed from death to life and can never come into condemnation. In addition to this Spiritual resurrection, at some time in the future, all those who have died will be brought back to life physically to face judgment and the possibility of a second death. "Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power . . . This is the second death, the lake of fire."

October 30, 2005

Morning:  Conflicts of Jesus, 4, the Lord of the Sabbath.  John 5:16-18; Genesis 1:31-2:3.  By his teaching and example, the Lord Jesus altered the distinctively Jewish understanding of the Sabbath.  But Jesus reinforced the underlying basis for the Sabbath by explaining that God's Sabbath rest from his work of Creation is not idleness but rather his continual work of Providence, doing acts of kindness for those in need.  As the eternal Son of God, the Lord Jesus follows his Father's example by doing an act of healing on the Sabbath.  But in making this claim, Jesus is also claiming equality with God, as his angry hearers so clearly understood.  The confession that Jesus is Lord is ultimately why people are still persecuted.

October 23, 2005

Morning:  Conflicts of Jesus, 3, Religious Opposition.  John 5:1-18.  Religion can come between people and God; it can block healing of the body and the mind and rob people of salvation.  Osama bin Laden is a sincere, religious man; it was sincere, religious people who killed the Lord Jesus.

Evening:  Assurance of Salvation, 2.  2 Peter 1:1-11; Ecclesiastes 10:1.  This is the second part of a study on how we can know that we will go to heaven.  While we should be confident that the gospel is true and that salvation has been secured by the Lord Jesus Christ, real Christians can doubt that they are real Christians, especially if they are regularly indulging in a particular sin without repentance. In 2 Peter chapter one, the Apostle lists certain graces that should be present in growing measure in everyone who has ever been born again.   Saved people can wreck their testimonies by falling into grievous sins, causing public scandals by their ceasing regularly to seek the Lord Jesus through the means he has appointed, but they cannot lose their salvation.  However, lost people can have a false assurance that they are saved.  This message is part of a larger series entitled 'Great Teachings of the Bible.' Using historic documents such as the Anglican Thirty-nine Articles of Religion, the London Confession of Baptist Faith and the Westminster Confession of Faith to frame our questions, this series examines basic Bible truths.

October 16, 2005

Morning:  The Church of Thyatira.  Revelation 2:18-29.  Assistant to the Pastor, Ritchey Cable, preaches about the dangers of mixing Christian truth with pagan lies.

October 9, 2005

Morning:  Conflicts of Jesus, 2, Healing on Jesus' Terms.  John 5:1-18.  Sometimes there is a connection between sickness and some sin with which we are not willing to deal.  One reason why many people remain mentally or physically ill is because they do not really want to be whole on Jesus' terms.  

Evening:  Assurance of Salvation, 1.  1 John 5:13.  This is the first part of a study on how we can know that we will go to heaven. While salvation is by grace alone, received through faith alone, in Christ alone, personal assurance of salvation cannot be completely divorced from a changed life, because saving faith is never alone; it is always accompanied by a changed life. Saved People have NOT been saved because they live a new life; they live a new life because they have been saved. This message is part of a larger series entitled 'Great Teachings of the Bible.' Using historic documents such as the Anglican Thirty-nine Articles of Religion, the London Confession of Baptist Faith and the Westminster Confession of Faith to frame our questions, this series examines basic Bible truths.

October 2, 2005

Morning:  Conflicts of Jesus, 1, Ineffective Modern Preacher.  John 6:60-71.  As measured by some modern standards, our Lord Jesus was an ineffective preacher, but he never let popular opinion keep him from telling people the truth.

Evening:  The Security of the Believer, Part 4. 1 Corinthians 9:24-27; Matthew 4:5-7; Hebrews 3:6, 14. This is the fourth part of a study of the security of the believer. It focuses on the how people who appear to be genuine Christians can fall away and go to hell. It is part of a larger series entitled 'Great Teachings of the Bible.' Using historic documents such as the Anglican Thirty-nine Articles of Religion, the London Confession of Baptist Faith and the Westminster Confession of Faith to frame our questions, this series examines basic Bible truths.

September 25, 2005

Morning:  Brotherly Love, Part 1, Rooted in the Fear of God.  Hebrews 12:28-13:1; Deuteronomy 22:13-22; Philippians 2:1-11.  (Longer Version of the Sermon) Brotherly love is rooted in the fear of God and love for God. True love for others can never be divorced from the moral standards of Scripture. The Lord Jesus Christ is the supreme example of brotherly love: true brotherly love is rooted in the willingness to sacrifice oneself, one's own needs and rights, for the welfare of others.

In explaining how love cannot be divorced from the moral standards of Scripture, our pastor explored Deuteronomy 22;20, 21, a text that demonstrates the vital importance of virginity at the time of marriage. God instituted the death penalty for a young woman who passed herself off as a virgin when she did not have an intact hymen on her wedding night. This is the same penalty that God ordained for premeditated murder.

Because this is a continuation of a series on the book of Hebrews, before this message, a short excerpt was played from the sermon on Hebrews 12:25-29, "The Shaking of the World," preached out of sequence, on January 2, 2005.

September 18, 2005

Morning:  The Mountains of God.  Hebrews 12:18-24; Exodus 19:10-20.  Mount Sinai and Mount Zion are the two places where people meet God.  Without the blood that speaks better things than that of Abel's, we face the terrors of Sinai without the mercy of Zion.

September 11, 2005

Morning:  Esau the Profane, Part 3. Hebrews 12:16, 17; Genesis 27:34-39; Galatians 3.  This message deals with the importance of parents blessing their children, the true blessing of Abraham which centers in Christ, and how our ability to repent comes from God's grace.

Evening:  The Security of the Believer, Part 3.  1 Corinthians 10:13; Psalm 125:3; Deuteronomy 28:49-57.  This is the third part of a study of the security of the believer.  It focuses on the how God will not allow us to be tempted beyond our ability to withstand it.  It is part of a larger series entitled 'Great Teachings of the Bible.' Using historic documents such as the Anglican Thirty-nine Articles of Religion, the London Confession of Baptist Faith and the Westminster Confession of Faith to frame our questions, this series examines basic Bible truths.

September 4, 2005

Morning:  A Trip to Job's House, Back from the Superdome.  Job 1, 22, 42; John 9; Luke 13.  Borrowing an idea and sermon title from Pastor Jerry D. Black, our pastor shares his experience of transporting people from the Louisiana Superdome to the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport and then preaches from the book of Job.

Evening:  The Security of the Believer, Part 2. Matthew 7:13-27.  This is the second part of a study of the security of the believer.  The security of the believer is founded on Christ himself.  Many people enter the broad way of gospel invitation without truly coming to the Lord Jesus Christ.  We must love Christ alone with our whole heart, everyone and everything else, we must love with weaned affections.  It is part of a larger series entitled 'Great Teachings of the Bible.' Using historic documents such as the Anglican Thirty-nine Articles of Religion, the London Confession of Baptist Faith and the Westminster Confession of Faith to frame our questions, this series examines basic Bible truths.

August 28, 2005

Morning:  After a brief exhortation, we spent the remaining time on intercession to the Lord from members of our congregation regarding the peril our state of Louisiana was in due to Hurricane Katrina. 

Evening:  The Security of the Believer, Part 1. Jeremiah 31:31-34; 32:37-41.  This is the first part of a study of the security of the believer.  It focuses on the eternal effect of the new birth.  It is part of a larger series entitled 'Great Teachings of the Bible.' Using historic documents such as the Anglican Thirty-nine Articles of Religion, the London Confession of Baptist Faith and the Westminster Confession of Faith to frame our questions, this series examines basic Bible truths.

August 24, 2005

Mid-week Service:  The World, Flesh and Devil, Part 1.  Our Three Great Enemies.  James 3:13-18.  

August 21, 2005

Morning:  Esau the Profane, Part 2. Hebrews 12:16, 17; Genesis 27.  The sinful patterns exhibited in Isaac and Rebecca are played out in the lives of their sons, Jacob and Esau. 

Evening:  Good Works, Part 4. 1 Corinthians 3.  This is the fourth part of a study of good works.  Focusing on the Judgment Seat of Christ, it studies how God accepts our works as good.  It is part of a larger series entitled 'Great Teachings of the Bible.' Using historic documents such as the Anglican Thirty-nine Articles of Religion, the London Confession of Baptist Faith and the Westminster Confession of Faith to frame our questions, this series examines basic Bible truths.

August 17, 2005

Lecture to Teachers:  Shining as Lights, Serving Christ in the Darkness.  Galatians 5:16-26; Ephesians 5:5-7; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Mark 9:42-48.  This ninety minute lecture was given to the teachers at Grace Christian School at the beginning of the 2005-2006 year. The first thirty minutes survey historical documents to demonstrate that the fear of God is foundational to the American system of law and government. The next section focuses on Scripture and the times in which we find ourselves, with the last thirty minutes dealing with Jesus' warnings about hell.

The loss of the fear of God is the fundamental reason for the collapse of Western Civilization before the forces of Islamicism. As the founders of the United States understood, we cannot maintain a free society without the fear of God. In 2005 many things are embraced that could not have been imagined generations ago: among which is the sexual revolution with its devastating impact on the lives of little children, including some whom we will teach this year. Bound up in the concept of the fear of God is the realization that all human beings will spend eternity in one place or another: either in heaven or in a dreadful place called hell, "where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.
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Mid-week Service:   The Sons of God and the Daughters of Men, Part 3, Are These Fallen Angels? Matthew 12:43-45; Luke 8:26-31; Genesis 19.  This concludes the study about whether or not the Sons of God mentioned in Genesis 6 are fallen angels.  

August 14, 2005

Morning:  The Church of Pergamum.  Revelation 2:12-17.  Assistant to the Pastor, Ritchey Cable, preaches about the importance of holding fast to Scripture even though living in a world hostile to Christ.

Evening:  Good Works, Part 3. Luke 17:7-10; Genesis 4:1-14; Hebrews 11:1-6.  This is the third part of a study of good works:  why people without faith in Jesus Christ can never perform "good works."  It is part of a larger series entitled 'Great Teachings of the Bible.' Using historic documents such as the Anglican Thirty-nine Articles of Religion, the London Confession of Baptist Faith and the Westminster Confession of Faith to frame our questions, this series examines basic Bible truths.

August 10, 2005

Mid-week Service:  The Sons of God and the Daughters of Men, Part 2, Are These Fallen Angels? Genesis 6.  This study examines the objections to the Sons of God mentioned in Genesis 6 being  fallen angels.

August 7, 2005

Morning:  Esau the Profane, Part 1.  Hebrews 12:16, 17; Genesis 25:19-34; Ezekiel 16:49-50; Deuteronomy 29:19-21.  Esau valued a good meal over taking God's name in vain by swearing to give a far off in the future birthright to his brother.  "What is highly valued among men is detestable in God's sight." (Luke 16:15.) Esau is profane because he has contempt for the things of God. 

Evening:  Good Works, Part 2. Philippians 2.  This is the second part of a study of good works.  It examines what good works are and demonstrates that the ability to do good works comes from God.  It is part of a larger series entitled 'Great Teachings of the Bible.' Using historic documents such as the Anglican Thirty-nine Articles of Religion, the London Confession of Baptist Faith and the Westminster Confession of Faith to frame our questions, this series examines basic Bible truths.

August 3, 2005

Mid-week Service:  The Sons of God and the Daughters of Men, Part 1, Are These Fallen Angels? Genesis 6.  This study explores the evidence why the Sons of God mentioned in Genesis 6 may be fallen angels. 

July 31, 2005

Morning: Trinitarian Salvation. 1 Peter 1:1, 2.  This message proves the biblical teaching that the one true God eternally exists in three persons and explores the unique work that each person performs in securing our salvation.

Evening:  Good Works, Part 1. Ephesians 2:8-10; Matthew 15; Colossians 2.  This is the first part of a study of good works.  It examines the Bible to show that while no one is saved by good works, everyone who has been born again demonstrates the reality of this by a changed life.  The message also reflects on the fact that the Bible alone tells us what works are pleasing to God.  It is part of a larger series entitled 'Great Teachings of the Bible.' Using historic documents such as the Anglican Thirty-nine Articles of Religion, the London Confession of Baptist Faith and the Westminster Confession of Faith to frame our questions, this series examines basic Bible truths.

July 24, 2005

Morning: The Root of Bitterness, Part 7.  Hebrews 12:15; Proverbs 15:4; Ephesians 4.  I will either be a tree of life or a root of bitterness.

Evening:  What Is Repentance? Part 2. Romans 3.  This is the second part of a study on the nature of repentance.  It demonstrates how repentance is never the basis of salvation but how repentance, nevertheless, is always present where there is true faith.  It is also part of a larger series entitled 'Great Teachings of the Bible.' Using historic documents such as the Anglican Thirty-nine Articles of Religion, the London Confession of Baptist Faith and the Westminster Confession of Faith to frame our questions, this series examines basic Bible truths.

July 17, 2005

Morning: The Root of Bitterness, Part 6.  Hebrews 12:15; Numbers 14:40-45; Song of Songs 5:2-8.  There are windows of opportunity through which we may go at only one point in time before the window closes.  Postponed obedience can be disobedience.

Evening:  What Is Repentance? Part 1.  2 Corinthians 7.  This is the first part of a study on the nature of repentance.  It contrasts Judas' worldly sorrow with that of David's godly sorrow.  It is also part of a larger series entitled 'Great Teachings of the Bible.' Using historic documents such as the Anglican Thirty-nine Articles of Religion, the London Confession of Baptist Faith and the Westminster Confession of Faith to frame our questions, this series examines basic Bible truths.

July 10, 2005

Morning: The Root of Bitterness, Part 5.  Hebrews 12:15; Jonah.  The Prophet Jonah is a portrait of a person given over to bitterness.

Evening:  What Is Saving Faith? Part 5.  Matthew 13.  This is the fifth part of a study on the nature of saving faith.  Using the Parable of the Sower, it focuses on the temporary faith of those who never truly come to Christ as over against the genuine faith of those who do. It is also part of a larger series entitled 'Great Teachings of the Bible.' Using historic documents such as the Anglican Thirty-nine Articles of Religion, the London Confession of Baptist Faith and the Westminster Confession of Faith to frame our questions, this series examines basic Bible truths.

July 3, 2005

Morning: The Root of Bitterness, Part 4. Hebrews 12:15; Numbers 13, 14. People who speak out their unbelief and rebellion against God have a terrible impact on others.

Evening:  What Is Saving Faith? Part 4.  1 Corinthians 12.  This is the fourth part of a study on the nature of saving faith, and it focuses on the simplicity of saving faith as distinguished from other forms of  faith. It is also part of a larger series entitled 'Great Teachings of the Bible.' Using historic documents such as the Anglican Thirty-nine Articles of Religion, the London Confession of Baptist Faith and the Westminster Confession of Faith to frame our questions, this series examines basic Bible truths.

June 26, 2005

Morning:  The Church of Ephesus.  Revelation 2:1-7.  Assistant to the Pastor, Ritchey Cable, preaches about the Loss of our First Love.

June 19, 2005

Morning: The Root of Bitterness, Part 3. Hebrews 12:15; Deuteronomy 29; Numbers 13. Christians must understand that we have enemies and that those enemies aim at stealing our hearts and minds from Christ. Christian parents must face the sad and deadly reality that the transmitters of our culture are winning the battle for our children's souls. Unlike previous generations where radical cultural change was retarded by the surrounding society, we live in a time when films, television, commercial music and public education have largely replaced the influences of church and extended family as the primary conductors of the values of our civilization.

Evening:  What Is Saving Faith? Part 3.  1 Corinthians 10, 11.  This is the third part of a study on the nature of saving faith, and it focuses on some of the means that God uses to strengthen our faith, in particular, the Lord's Supper. It is also part of a larger series entitled 'Great Teachings of the Bible.' Using historic documents such as the Anglican Thirty-nine Articles of Religion, the London Confession of Baptist Faith and the Westminster Confession of Faith to frame our questions, this series examines basic Bible truths.

June 12, 2005

Morning:  The Root of Bitterness, Part 2. Hebrews 12:15; Deuteronomy 29; Numbers 13.  We need to be part of a local church so that we can be encouraged to keep on keeping on when the storms of life threaten to sink us under the waves of affliction. We must not listen to bitter people who would pull us away from the Lord Jesus and his Church.

Evening:  What Is Saving Faith? Part 2. Romans 10; 1 Corinthians 1:16-2:5. This is the second part of a study on the nature of saving faith, and it focuses on how God uses preaching to strengthen our faith.  It is also part of a larger series entitled 'Great Teachings of the Bible.' Using historic documents such as the Anglican Thirty-nine Articles of Religion, the London Confession of Baptist Faith and the Westminster Confession of Faith to frame our questions, this series examines basic Bible truths.

June 5, 2005

Morning:  The Root of Bitterness, Part 1.  Hebrews 12:15; Deuteronomy 29.  The difficulties of life do not produce godly results in everyone.  Some people react to the trials of life by turning away from the true God to idols, and then they become roots of bitterness who poison others.

Evening:  What Is Saving Faith? Part 1. Romans 10. This is the first part of a study on the nature of saving faith, and it is also part of a larger series entitled 'Great Teachings of the Bible.' Using historic documents such as the Anglican Thirty-nine Articles of Religion, the London Confession of Baptist Faith and the Westminster Confession of Faith to frame our questions, this series examines basic Bible truths.

May 29, 2005

Morning:  There was a problem with our system, and the message was not recorded.  Please pray for us to be able to solve on-going problems with our sound system.

May 22, 2005

Morning:  Don't Miss the Grace of God, Part 1.  Hebrews 12:15.  If a person has ever been born again, he can never be lost, but the book of Hebrews takes seriously the danger of leaving Christ for something that no longer has the blessing of God, the Old Testament Temple.

Evening:  Adoption, Part 2. Romans 8. (The recording has some background sound from a nearby broadcast.  Please pray for us to be able to solve this problem.) This is the second part of a study on the biblical doctrine of adoption, and it is also part of a larger series entitled 'Great Teachings of the Bible.' Using historic documents such as the Anglican Thirty-nine Articles of Religion, the London Confession of Baptist Faith and the Westminster Confession of Faith to frame our questions, this series examines basic Bible truths.

May 15, 2005

Morning:  Without Holiness No one Will See the Lord.  Hebrews 12:14, a serious call to holy living.

Evening:  Adoption, Part 1. Romans 8. This is the first part of a study on the biblical doctrine of adoption, and it is also part of a larger series entitled 'Great Teachings of the Bible.' Using historic documents such as the Anglican Thirty-nine Articles of Religion, the London Confession of Baptist Faith and the Westminster Confession of Faith to frame our questions, this series examines basic Bible truths.

May 8, 2005

Morning:  The Testimony of Dr. Nikolai Alexandrenko.  Dr. Alexandrenko was born in 1922 in Bryansk, Soviet Russia, and was taught to be an atheist and a Communist in the Russian schools. When he graduated from high school in 1940, he was drafted into the military and enrolled in officer's school. He served as a First Lieutenant in the Russian Paratroop Corps and fought in North Caucasus and Ukraine. In the winter of 1943, he was captured by German soldiers and held in various prisoner of war camps until he was liberated by American forces in 1945. 

Dr. Nick shares his testimony of finding two gospel tracks written in Russian while in a camp in postwar Germany, and how he came to put his trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. Dr. Nick went on to be ordained to the gospel ministry and came to the United States, where he graduated from Louisiana College and New Orleans Baptist Seminary. He went on to earn both his Masters and Ph.D. from Tulane University in Latin and Greek and returned to teach at Louisiana College. Upon retirement he returned to Russia and taught at the Seminary of the Union of Evangelical Christians in Odessa.  He heads back to Odessa this coming week.

Evening:  Sanctification, Part 4, Philippians 2, 3.  This is the fourth part of a study on the biblical doctrine of sanctification. This message focuses on the nature and goal of sanctification, being like the Lord Jesus Christ, a process only completed at the time of our Lord's Second Coming. It is the fourth part of a study on the biblical doctrine of sanctification, and it is also part of a larger series entitled 'Great Teachings of the Bible.' Using historic documents such as the Anglican Thirty-nine Articles of Religion, the London Confession of Baptist Faith and the Westminster Confession of Faith to frame our questions, this series examines basic Bible truths.

May 1, 2005

Morning:  Highway of Holiness, Part 2, Jesus at the End.  Hebrews 12:12, 13.  Our focus in the ministry of the Church is not to get people to have better marriages, be better Americans or even to live holier lives; it is Christ himself.  Reflecting on some of the items quoted by Hebrews 12, we see that everything points to the Lord Jesus himself.  He is at the end of the Highway of Holiness, and he himself is the means to that end.

Evening:  Sanctification, Part 3, Romans 7:14-25.  This is the third part of a study on the biblical doctrine of sanctification. This message focuses on a fundamental evidence of the new birth, an inner struggle with sin. It is the third part of a study on the biblical doctrine of sanctification, and it is also part of a larger series entitled 'Great Teachings of the Bible.' Using historic documents such as the Anglican Thirty-nine Articles of Religion, the London Confession of Baptist Faith and the Westminster Confession of Faith to frame our questions, this series examines basic Bible truths.

April 24, 2005

Morning:  Highway of Holiness, Part 1, Don't Quit.  Hebrews 12:12, 13; Isaiah 35.  Reflecting on Isaiah's prophecy about the return of Israel to the Promised Land, the author of Hebrews exhorts us not to flag in our pursuit of holiness.

April 17, 2005

Morning:  Fatherly Discipline, Part 2, Life is difficult.  Hebrews 12:1-12.  In this continuing series from the book of Hebrews, we consider the importance of cheerful submission to the will of God. 

Our church does not endorse political candidates, but we were privileged to hear the testimony of a U. S. Congressman from a different district -- we are in the fifth congressional district; Congressman Jindal represents Louisiana's first. Bobby Jindal was raised in a Hindu family, but as a young man he came to put his trust in Jesus Christ. This is the story of how God used ordinary people to bring someone to Jesus by simple witness and prayer.

Evening:  Sanctification, Part 2, Romans 7:1-13.  This is the second part of a study on the biblical doctrine of sanctification. This message focuses on the role of the Law in turning people away from self-righteousness to Christ and his righteousness. It is the second part of a study on the biblical doctrine of sanctification, and it is also part of a larger series entitled 'Great Teachings of the Bible.' Using historic documents such as the Anglican Thirty-nine Articles of Religion, the London Confession of Baptist Faith and the Westminster Confession of Faith to frame our questions, this series examines basic Bible truths.

April 10, 2005

Morning:  Fatherly Discipline, Part 1, Even the Lord Jesus Submitted to his Earthly Authorities.  Hebrews 12:1-12; 2:10; 5:7-9; Luke 2:42-52.  In this continuing series from the book of Hebrews, we look at the childhood of Jesus as an example of submission to parental authority.

Evening:  Sanctification, Part 1, Romans 6.  This is the first part of a study on the biblical doctrine of sanctification.  This message focuses on the definitive nature of sanctification and is also part of a larger series entitled 'Great Teachings of the Bible.' Using historic documents such as the Anglican Thirty-nine Articles of Religion, the London Confession of Baptist Faith and the Westminster Confession of Faith to frame our questions, this series examines basic Bible truths.

April 3, 2005

Morning:  The Christian Life, a Fight, The Religion of the Broken Heart.  Hebrews 12:1-12; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Philippians 2, 3.  In this continuing series from the book of Hebrews, we look at the reality of the Christian Life:  it is a never ending fight against sin.

Churches sometimes present one of two extreme positions toward people who are involved in homosexual behavior:  harsh rejection of those who struggle with homosexual desires or uncritical acceptance of practices that the Bible clearly condemns.  Those who struggle with homosexuality are welcome in our church along with everybody else, because none of us has achieved sinless perfection -- nothing less than complete conformity to Jesus Christ.  Because a true Christian is a person who is more sinful than he wants to be, Christianity has been called the religion of the broken heart.  Victory in Christ does not mean that the Christian life is always easy, but our ultimate victory is assured because the Author and Finisher of our faith, Jesus Christ, has freed us from all our guilt and condemnation, and he has given us his Holy Spirit, by whom we receive new desires and new power to overcome the things that hold us captive.

March 27, 2005

Morning:  The Easter Temple:  In the Death and Resurrection of the Lord Jesus, the Old Testament way of worship was radically transformed and fulfilled.  John 2.  In John 2:19, Jesus said, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up."  While our Lord spoke these words about his own human body, there is, nevertheless, an inextricable connection between what happened to the body of the Lord Jesus and the completion of God's purpose for the Temple in Jerusalem.  That is why "the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom" at the same moment that Jesus "yielded up the ghost." (Matthew 27:50, 51.) 

March 20, 2005

Morning:  Palm Sunday Celebrators. Mark 11:1-11; 15:6-15; Jeremiah 13:23; John 3:1-10.  People need more than the temporary euphoria of a celebration:  many of the same people who celebrated the Lord Jesus as the Messiah of Israel on Palm Sunday, condemned him to death on Good Friday.  We do not have the power to change ourselves; we cannot simply turn over a new leaf; we must be born again.

Evening:  Justification by Faith, Part 5. Romans 8; Hebrews 12; Psalm 73.  Fatherly Chastisement Is Not Condemnation. This is the fifth part of a study on the biblical doctrine of justification by faith, and it is also part of a larger series entitled 'Great Teachings of the Bible.' Using historic documents such as the Anglican Thirty-nine Articles of Religion, the London Confession of Baptist Faith and the Westminster Confession of Faith to frame our questions, this series examines basic Bible truths.

March 13, 2005

Morning:  At the Right Hand of God, Jesus' Intercession. Hebrews 12:1-3; John 1:1; 2 John 1:7-11.  The Lord Jesus is seated at the right hand of God, distinct from the Father, yet as truly God as is the Father and the Holy Spirit. Our Savior is fully human and fully divine in his one Person, and he is praying to the Father for us . . .

Evening:  Justification by Faith, Part 4. James 2.  Does James contradict Paul? This is the fourth part of a study on the biblical doctrine of justification by faith, and it is also part of a larger series entitled 'Great Teachings of the Bible.' Using historic documents such as the Anglican Thirty-nine Articles of Religion, the London Confession of Baptist Faith and the Westminster Confession of Faith to frame our questions, this series examines basic Bible truths.

March 6, 2005

Morning:  The Shame of the Cross, Part 2. Hebrews 12:1-3; Genesis 2:20-3:24.  Jesus took the guilt, shame and consequences of our sin. But people try to cover the shame of their nakedness with the fig leaves of their own imagination rather than being laid bare and then covered by Jesus' blood and righteousness.

Evening:  Justification by Faith, Part 3.  Galatians 1 and 5; 1 John 3.  This is the third part of a study on the biblical doctrine of justification by faith, and it is also part of a larger series entitled 'Great Teachings of the Bible.' Using historic documents such as the Anglican Thirty-nine Articles of Religion, the London Confession of Baptist Faith and the Westminster Confession of Faith to frame our questions, this series examines basic Bible truths.

February 27, 2005

Morning:  The Shame of the Cross, Part 1.  Hebrews 12:1-3; Genesis 2:20-3:11.  Jesus took our shame.

February 20, 2005

Morning:  Author and Finisher of Faith, Part 1, Jesus, the Object of Faith.  Hebrews 12:1-3.  Part one of a look at Hebrews 12:1-3, Jesus the Author and Finisher of our Faith. Jesus' joy is in his purchase of the Treasure hidden in the field.

Evening:  Justification by Faith, Part 1.  Romans 4; Psalm 32; Psalm 51; 2 Samuel 11.  This is the first part of a study on the biblical doctrine of justification by faith, and it is also part of a larger series entitled 'Great Teachings of the Bible.' Using historic documents such as the Anglican Thirty-nine Articles of Religion, the London Confession of Baptist Faith and the Westminster Confession of Faith to frame our questions, this series examines basic Bible truths.

February 13, 2005

Morning:  No Heroes but Jesus, Mighty Through Faith.  Hebrews 11:39, 40.  A Summary of Hebrews 11.  God does extraordinary things through ordinary people just like you and me. 

February 6, 2005

Morning:  Bitter Water, Dealing with a Jealous Husband.  Numbers 5:11-31.  This message contrasts our drinking from the cup in the Lord's Supper with the cup of bitter water that a woman who was suspected of adultery was compelled to drink under Old Testament law.

Evening:  The Olivet Discourse, Part 5, Follow-up study of the Sunday morning message of December 26, 2004, Matthew 24.  The focus in this message is the persecution and deception connected with the nearness of God's judgment.

January 30, 2005

Morning:  An Exhortation to the Congregation of Grace.  This is available to any member of Grace Presbyterian Church by contacting the pastor.

Evening:  The Olivet Discourse, Part 4, Follow-up study of the Sunday morning message of December 26, 2004, Matthew 24. This message focuses on how our Lord wants every generation of believers to think that they will live to see his return.

January 23, 2005

Morning:  Hold Fast, A Better Resurrection.  Hebrews 11:35.  The second part of Hebrews 11:35 proclaims that the victory of faith does not always mean that miraculous results and rescues are experienced in this life -- we must live in light of the resurrection of the body and the second coming of Christ. Holding fast in loyalty to Jesus is true faith, faith that wins the victory.  (The author of Hebrews references events that took place between the two Testaments.  How should we view one of the sources of that history?)

January 16, 2005

Morning:  The Son of the Shunammite.  Hebrews 11:35; 2 Kings 4:8-37.  This message continues the exposition of Hebrews 11:35. It examines the account of Elisha's dealings with the well-to-do woman of Shunem, recorded in 2 Kings 4:  the miraculous birth of her son, his death and how he was raised from the dead. 

Evening:  The Olivet Discourse, Part 3, Follow-up study of the Sunday morning message of December 26, 2004, Matthew 24.

January 9, 2005

Morning:  The Widow of Zarephath, A Son Raised from the Dead.  Hebrews 11:35; 1 Kings 17.  This sermon picks back up a long series out of the book of Hebrews and is the first part of an exposition of Hebrews 11:35. It examines the account of Elijah's dealings with the widow of Zarephath recorded in 1 Kings 17 and the miracle of the raising of her dead son. The focus is on the nature of faith and the importance of our expecting God to hear and answer our prayers. It is an unusual sermon from the Grace pulpit in that the pastor begins with several personal accounts of dramatic answers to prayer and then moves into a running commentary on 1 Kings 17.

Evening:  The Olivet Discourse, Part 2, Follow-up study of the Sunday morning message of December 26, 2004, Matthew 24.

January 5, 2005

Mid-week Service:  Shameless Persistence in Prayer, Why the Widow Won her Case, Luke 18:1-8.  A poor widow without influence won her case before a profane and cynical judge because she humbly refused to take 'No' for an answer. While God is not like a jaded judge, we must nevertheless approach him with the same shameless importunity as the widow did the judge who wanted simply to be rid of her. 

January 2, 2005

Morning:  The Shaking of the World, Past, Present and Future, Hebrews 12:25-29.  The God of the Bible is the only God with whom we have to deal, whether we like him or not. God shook the world at Sinai when he gave the Law. He shook the world again at Calvary when he removed sin, the great barrier between himself and sinful humankind. God is now shaking the world in preparation for the final cataclysm of the world at the Second Coming of Christ. God will shake out of our lives all that hinders our devotion and service to him.  You can read this sermon on-line as a PDF file or in HTML.

Evening:  The Olivet Discourse, Part 1, Follow-up study of the Sunday morning message of December 26, 2004, Matthew 24.

December 26, 2004

The Light of the World, Part 4, The Second Advent, Matthew 24.  Our Lord Jesus' teaching from the Mount of Olives about coming judgment is a difficult passage of Scripture. Nevertheless, at least two events are clearly foretold there: the destruction of the Second Temple in A.D. 70 and our Lord's literal, physical return to this earth, the Blessed Hope of the believer, an event that is still in the future for us.

December 19, 2004

The Light of the World, Part 3, The Glory of the Second Temple, Haggai 2.

December 12, 2004

The Light of the World, Part 2, Hanukkah, The Light in Defiance of the Pagans, Daniel 8:5-14. Reading some background material may be helpful as you listen to this message.

December 5, 2004

The Light of the World, Part 1, The Light in the Darkness, Isaiah 8:12-9:7.

November 28, 2004

With Unveiled Face, The Glory of Christ, 2 Corinthians 3

November 21, 2004

The True Christian Life, Philippians 2 and 3.

November 14, 2004

Divorce, Malachi 2, morning.  An examination of 1 Corinthians 7 in the evening with questions and answers:  part one, part twoReading a Pamphlet on divorce may prove helpful.

November 7, 2004

Christ Leads His Church in Triumph, 2 Corinthians 2.

October 31, 2004

Limited Government in Ancient Israel, the Church of the New Testament and the Constitution of the United States, 1 Samuel 8.

October 24, 2004

Principalities and Powers, Part 1, the Decline of the West and the Rise of the East, Daniel 10, Morning.  The focus of this message examines the decline of the spirit of Christendom with the revival of the spirit of Islam.

Principalities and Powers, Part 2 (Continued on  Sunday Evening with Questions and Answers, Divided into Two Parts Because of Size): Part 1, Part 2.

The messages preached on October 24 and 31, 2004 are not as limited to Bible exposition as most sermons are at Grace.  We welcome any comments, questions or criticisms.  

Bob Vincent