Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 5/12/2019

Sunday’s message was a Mother’s Day sermon from the Famous Mothers in the Bible series. The message was called Leah – The Unloved Mother, taken from Genesis 24:19-35. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. Don’t put all your emphasis on physical appearance (Genesis 29:14-20)
   A. Godly character is more important than physical beauty
      – Proverbs 31:30; 1 Peter 3:3-4
   B. Man looks on the outside, but God looks at the heart
      – 1 Samuel 16:7

II. Don’t let anything interfere with the marital bond (Genesis 29:21-30)
   A. Husband and wife share a one-flesh relationship
      – Genesis 2:24
   B. The husband should love his wife as he loves his own body
      – Ephesians 5:28

III. Don’t base your identity on your children (Genesis 29:31-35)
   A. Children are a gift from the Lord, not a means to an end
      – Psalm 127:3
   B. Find your identity in Christ alone
      – Philippians 1:21
   C. Trust God’s sovereignty and praise his name
      – Genesis 29:35; Job 1:21

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Mary (Degarmo and Key)

Sunday’s message was an Easter sermon called Desperately Seeking Jesus, taken from Matthew 28:1-10 and focusing on the women coming to Jesus’ tomb early Easter morning.

I shared the following song with our church after preaching the message. The song is called “Mary.” It’s an old Degarmo & Key song from their second album, “Straight On.” Enjoy!

Mission and Conflict Sermon Series (Matthew 10-12)

On Sunday we finished our sermon series called Mission and Conflict from Matthew 10-12. Here are the links to all the messages in the series:

Mission and Conflict Series (Matthew 10-12)
On Mission from God – Matthew 10:1-15 (Jesus sends out the twelve)
Warning and Encouragement – Matthew 10:16-31 (Facing opposition)
Jesus and Division – Matthew 10:32-42 (Not peace but a sword)
A Faithful Messenger – Matthew 11:1-19 (John the Baptist)
Those Who Do Not Repent – Matthew 11:20-24 (Woe to you)
Rest for the Weary – Matthew 11:25-30 (The easy yoke)
Lord of the Sabbath – Matthew 12:1-14 (Jesus and the Pharisees)
God’s Gentle Servant – Matthew 12:15-21 (Fulfilling Isaiah)
Jesus and Satan – Matthew 12:22-37 (Blasphemy against the Spirit)
The Sign of Jonah – Matthew 12:38-45 (Asking for a miraculous sign)
Jesus and Family – Matthew 12:46-50 (My brother and sister and mother)

“Give God less glory because we lost?”

I appreciate Auburn basketball coach Bruce Pearl’s comments on the missed double dribble call on Virginia that potentially cost Auburn the game and a chance to advance to the NCAA title game:

The biggest point I want to make, and I’m sincere in this, I’m not just saying this because it’s politically the right thing to say. There is human error involved in the game. Kids make mistakes, coaches make mistakes. Yes, officials will make mistakes. That’s part of the game. Get over it.

Sometimes they’re going to go your way, sometimes they’re not going to go your way. Are we going to give God less glory because we lost? And it’s only because we win, it’s only when we win we give him the glory? Stop. Grow up, this is part of the game. These kids taught us, I think, in many, many ways how to handle defeat. And that’s a difficult thing to do for these young kids. And I’m proud of them.

Source: Pearl on missed double dribble: ‘Get over it’ (EPSN)

Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 4/7/2019

Sunday’s message was a Communion message called Three Meals with God, taken from Luke 22:14-20. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. The Passover Meal: A Meal from the Past
      – Luke 22:14-15 / Exodus 12:1-30
   A. Release from slavery (Exodus 3:7-10; 12:12-13)
   B. Re-enactment of God’s deliverance (Exodus 12:14-20)

II. The Lord’s Supper: A Meal for the Present
      – Luke 22:19-20
   A. Release from sin (Matthew 26:28)
   B. Reminder of Jesus’ death (Luke 22:19)

III. The Wedding Supper of the Lamb: A Meal in the Future
      – Luke 22:16-18 / Revelation 19:6-9
   A. Release from sadness (Revelation 19:7)
   B. Realization of God’s design (Revelation 21:3)

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A Theology of Google, Facebook, Amazon and Twitter


We use Google to try and feel omniscient like God. God knows all things, and with Google we feel like we can know all things, too.

We use Facebook to try and feel omnipresent like God. God is in all places at all times, and with Facebook we feel like we can be present everywhere, too.

We use Amazon to try and feel omnipotent like God. God can do all things effortlessly, and with Amazon we feel like we can get anything we want with a single click.

And Twitter, well, Twitter is just the devil.

Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 2/3/2019

Sunday’s message for Stewardship Emphasis month was called Seven Principles for Christian Giving, taken from 1 Corinthians 16:1-4. Here is a brief outline of the message:

Seven Principles for Christian Giving:

1) Regular giving – “on the first day of every week”

2) Participatory giving – “each one of you”

3) Intentional giving – “should set aside a sum of money”

4) Proportional giving – “in keeping with his income”

5) Anticipatory giving – “saving it up so that when I come”

6) Effective giving – “no collections will have to be made”

7) Accountable giving – “men you approve … send them with your gift”

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 1/6/2019

Sunday’s message was the first in the new Mission and Conflict series. The message was called On Mission from God, taken from Matthew 10:1-15. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. Called on mission (1-4)
   A. Called and given authority by Christ (1)
      – Matthew 4:19, 28:18-19
   B. The twelve apostles, i.e. “sent ones” (2-4)

II. Instructions for when you go (5-10)
   A. Their mission: “the lost sheep of Israel” (5-6)
         Our mission: “Go into all the world…” (Mark 16:15a)
   B. Their message: “The kingdom of heaven is near” (7)
         Our message: “Preach the gospel” (Mark 16:15b)
   C. Their miracles: “Heal the sick; raise the dead; drive out demons” (8)
         Our miracles: “Ask in Jesus’ name” (John 14:12-14)
   D. Their means: “no money … no bag … no extras” (9-10)
         Our means: “Those who preach the gospel should receive their living from the gospel” (Luke 22:35-36; 1 Corinthians 9:14)

III. Instructions for when you get there (11-15)
   A. Look for people receptive to the gospel (11-13)
   B. Warn those who do not accept the gospel (14-15)

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Bible Reading Helps for 2019

Here are some links to help you with your Bible reading in the New Year. The first link points you to a variety of free Bible reading plans. The second link will direct you to some good book resources. And the third link provides recommendations for children’s story Bibles (for families that would like to read the Bible with their children this year). May God bless you richly as you spend time with Him in his Word this year!

Reading the Bible Through in a Year:

      1. Free Bible Reading Plans
      2. Books to Help You Read through the Bible
      3. Recommended Children’s Story Bibles

Related post: Five Reasons to Read God’s Word This Year

Home for Christmas series

Our new Advent Message series is called Home for Christmas.
You can read the various messages at the links below.

Home for Christmas

Home for Christmas Series
1) Banished – Genesis 3:21-24
2) Wandering – Genesis 4:10-16
3) Longing – Psalm 137:1-9
4) Home – John 1:1-2, 14

The Greatest Chapter in the Bible

Romans 8 is Great!

No one can say for sure what is The Greatest Chapter in the Bible, there are so many to choose from, but if I were going to choose the greatest chapter in the Bible, I would definitely go with Romans 8.

Apparently, a lot of people agree. Earlier this year I ran a poll on Facebook as to what people thought was the greatest chapter in the Bible. I received a variety of answers, but the book of Romans got more votes than any other book, and Romans 8 got more votes than any other chapter. And that was before I shared it was my favorite chapter as well.

I agree with the person who said: “If I were on a desert island and I could only have one book it would be the Bible, and if I could only have one book in the Bible it would be the book of Romans, and if I could only have one chapter in the book of Romans, it would be chapter 8.” I even have my own saying about this chapter that I’ve been saying since I was in high school: “Romans 8 is great!”

Here are seven reasons why I think Romans 8 is the greatest chapter in the Bible:

1) It is trinitarian. It presents all three persons of the trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) and also presents their different roles in the trinity.

2) It is gospel-centered, teaching about Jesus’ death and resurrection (34) and that Jesus died for our sins (3).

3) It presents in detail the three major doctrines of the Christian life: justification (1-4), sanctification (5-17), and glorification (18-30)

4) It presents the full order of salvation: “For those God foreknew he also predestined … and those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.” (Romans 8:29-30)

5) It presents a number of other key doctrines including: the incarnation of Christ (3); our adoption as sons (14-16); our future inheritance in heaven (17); the resurrection of the body (11, 23); and the intercession of the Holy Spirit and Jesus for the believer (26-27, 34).

6) It presents the full sweep of salvation history including: creation (19); fall (20, 22); redemption (24-25); and consummation (21, 23).

7) It contains some of the best known and most loved verses in the Bible concerning God’s great love for us in Jesus Christ:

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1)

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

“If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:37-39)

Note: Click here for six messages on Romans 8 from the sermon series: The Greatest Chapter in the Bible

Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 11/4/2018

Sunday’s message in The Greatest Chapter in the Bible series was called The Hope of Future Glory, taken from Romans 8:18-27. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. Our hope for a new creation (18-21)
   A. The creation waits for God’s glory to be revealed in us (18-19)
      – 2 Corinthians 4:17
   B. The creation was subjected to frustration at the fall (20)
      – Genesis 3:17
   C. The creation will be freed from its present bondage to decay (21)
      – Isaiah 65:17-19; 2 Peter 3:13

II. Our hope for the resurrection of the body (22-25)
   A. We who have the Spirit groan along with creation (22-23)
      – John 16:21,33
   B. We wait eagerly for the redemption of our bodies (23)
      – Philippians 3:20-21
   C. We wait patiently for what we do not yet have (24-25)
      – 2 Corinthians 4:18

III. Our hope for God’s help in the present (26-27)
   A. The Spirit helps us in our weakness (26)
      – James 5:13
   B. The Spirit helps us pray (26-27)
      – 1 John 5:14-15
      1) intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express
      2) intercedes for us in accordance with God’s will

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