“Second-hand Cares?”

Job evidences one of the signs of his righteousness in 30:25, “Have I not wept for the one whose life is hard? Was not my soul grieved for the needy?”
I wonder how many of us could really say this and mean it? Do we really care about those whose lives are hard, or who are needy, in the same way that Job did? Continue reading

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The “Cloud” of Prosperity

One of Job’s complaints, found in 30:15, was that “My prosperity has passed away like a cloud.” There are a number of great word pictures in the book of Job, and this is one of them. He says that prosperity is like a “cloud”, which is needed reminder for many of us. Continue reading

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“Our Holy God” (Isaiah 6:1-5 sermon)

Shawn Thomas:

(Preached at FBC Pauls Valley, 1-25-15 a.m.)

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In Here I Stand, Roland Bainton’s biography of Martin Luther, he tells of how Luther, as a young monk, was to lead in his first Communion.  Luther was terrified.  He said:

“At these words I was utterly stupefied and terror-stricken. I thought to myself, “With what tongue shall I address such majesty, seeing that all men ought to tremble in the presence of even an earthly prince? Who am I, that I should lift up mine eyes or raise my hands to the divine Majesty? The angels surround him. At his nod the earth trembles. And shall I, a miserable little pygmy, say ‘I want this, I ask for that’? For I am dust and ashes and full of sin and I am speaking to the living, eternal and the true God.”

Unfortunately, not many people have that kind of attitude towards God.  I say unfortunately because the change…

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“The Gospel and Forgiving Others” (Ephesians 4:32 sermon)

(Preached at First Baptist, Pauls Valley, OK 1-18-15)

The great symbol of Christianity is the cross, and for good reason. As we saw last week, the cross of Jesus is the center of Christianity. The basic message of Christianity is that “Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures” — and He died for our sins on the cross. Paul called the gospel “the message of the cross” because the cross is so central to Christianity.

But the cross symbolizes something else as well: it also pictures the two very important kinds of relationships that Christianity impacts in the life of its followers: the vertical bar of the cross points us towards heaven, indicating that it makes us right with God, and the horizontal arm of the cross reminds us that it also impacts our relationships with other people as well.

Last week, we looked at how the gospel saves us and makes us right with God. This morning, we are going to follow that up by looking at how the gospel should affect our horizontal relationships with others as well. A great scripture that addresses this is found at the very end of the fourth chapter of Ephesians, verse 32. This verse is pure gold for Christians of every level; it is one of the first verses we teach our smallest children in Sunday School, and yet it challenges the maturity of the most experienced saint:

“Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” Continue reading

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“Goodness Shall Follow Me”?

The words of Psalm 23:6 are familiar to most of us: “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life …” — but they may bring something different to us than many of us might anticipate: Continue reading

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When It’s Good To Be “In A Rut”

We often speak of “being in a rut” as a bad thing — and it can be, for sure. But there are also some good “ruts” to be in. Psalm 23:3 speaks of some of them, when it says: “He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.” Continue reading

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Salvation Through The Gospel (I Corinthians 15:1-6 sermon)

(Preached at First Baptist, Pauls Valley, OK 1-11-14)

Some New Year’s commitments are better than others! A year ago, I resolved to do something which I had long neglected: I decided to read a verse a day in both the Hebrew and Greek Bibles. I just added it to my regular prayer & Bible reading time in the morning. One year later, I can say that I did it, all year long, and it has been one of the best things I have ever done.
People focus on all kinds of things at the beginning of new year. I read where one person made it their resolution to learn to do better party tricks! But of all the things we could emphasize in the New Year, there is one more important than any other, and that is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As many of us seek to get our lives “right” or “back on track” this year, there is nothing more important to get right than that — getting into physical shape, or getting your finances in order — NOTHING is more important. So this morning I want us to look at I Corinthians 15:1-6, where we find the Apostle Paul writing about the most important thing: the Gospel of Jesus Christ: Continue reading

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