Monday, November 23, 2015

Obedience in the Face of Danger

Scripture:  Matthew 26:47-56

"Shall I not drink the cup which the Father has given me?"

Peter, don't resist, don't fight, is it not right that I submit to the will of my Father and be obedient to what He has determined for me?


Jesus did not shrink back from being obedient to God's will even in the face of betrayal and arrest. He was resolved to be obedient to God. Danger could not keep him from His commitment. He could have called on heaven for help but he did  not seek relief but was obedient.


That kind of obedience and commitment is the epitome of obedience. There is no greater commitment than to be obedient to God and His will even in the face of grave danger or death. How many times am I confronted with the choice to be obedient or suffer some form of negative consequence. I have yet had to face arrest or even death. This is the type of obedience that I need in order to effectively serve God.


Father, may I be so committed to you that I would always be obedient to you regardless of the danger or consequences.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

The Greatest Story Ever Told (Part 2)


SERIES: Topical Messages: God: His Love For Sinners

SETTING: North Kelso Baptist Church

SERVICE: Sunday AM (November 22th, 2015)

SUBTITLE: The Greatest Story Ever Told: The Parable of the Loving Father

SCRIPTURE: Luke 15:19-32

SUBJECT: God loves sinners

SUMMARY: The proof of the Father’s love is demonstrated by the father’s acquiescence to the son’s request, in the reception by the father when the son returned to repent, when the father restored the son to an exalted position, and in the face of the younger son’s reaction.

SCHEME: To provide evidence, or proof of God’s love for sinners

Sunday, November 15, 2015

No Service Today

There will be no service nor message this Lord's Day. I am out of the pulpit. Lord willing I will be back for the service on November 22, 2015. I intend on bringing the second and final part of the message entitled, "The Greatest Story Ever Told."

Saturday, November 14, 2015

The Experience of the, "But Now," Moment!

How do you know if you are a genuine believer? This is the most important question that you will ever need to answer. It is the same question that Jesus asked in Matthew 22:42 - "What think ye of Christ? Whose Son is He?"

There are certainly a number of biblical "tests" that can be applied to answer this all important question. One of the "best" tests is found in Romans 3:21 encompassed in the words, "But now..." Is there something that emanates from your soul that compels you to say, "Thank God!" Do you have a "but God" moment in your life?

Beginning in chapter 1, verse eighteen and running through chapter 3 and verse twenty, the Apostle Paul, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit has been demonstrating the absolute hopelessness and sinfulness of every member of the human race. Get this straight, no one, no Jew or Gentile can ever become a Christian without coming to a realization that you are utterly hopeless, enslaved in and by sin, and unable to merit, earn, or otherwise obtain the righteousness required by God to be fit for His presence.

The Holy Spirit must work a work in your heart convincing you of the strategic fact that apart from Christ you are utterly hopeless and infinitely helpless. When you are brought to this point this is only fitting to see the "but now" of God.

Lloyd-Jones once wrote that these two words are the most wonderful words of Scripture. This is how Paul chose to introduce the gospel to the Romans. First hopelessness, then "but now..."

This is why I ask if there is a but now moment in your life. This is why it is such a great test of determining whether you are a genuine believer accepted by God according to the Scripture. If you have never been brought to utter helplessness before God then you have never had a "but now" experience. You have flunked the "test." You need to cry out to God, "O God what must I do to be saved?" The answer is ask God for the "but now" moment. But now the righteousness of God is revealed - cry out to God for salvation through Jesus Christ.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Let's Represent!

First of all, please forgive me for borrowing this annotated photo.

Second, of all this photo expresses concisely and exactly what my motivation is behind this blog and why I have "failed" at being a "talking head," an "editorialist," or a "humorist." I have wanted to "sound-off" with humor and common sense with rebuttals to many posts on social media. 

I recognize that my opinion does not matter very much. What does matter, is the Word of God. For this reason I respond with comments to a number of posts on other blogs or Face Book. I want to defend, expound, or represent the Word of God. And I now that many times my comments are built upon:

 2Ti 3:16: "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness..."

This is my heart beat. This is what makes me tick. My motivation is the correct explanation and application of the Word of God. When I see it mishandled I am compelled to say something, I cannot be silent. I know this offends many of you. You have a certain shallow, sweet, syrupy, or sensual view of God and His Word. I must agree with this quote of MacArthur's:

"My function is very clear: I simply want to disclose to my church, in every environment, what is the mind of Christ." — John MacArthur

So, I will not attempt to be a Christian "Will Rogers," or a "Tim Hawkins." I am not going to attempt to be dry, witty, humorous, and satirical.

By God's grace, I am going to spend and be spent representing the Word of God. I love the Word of God!