January 3, 2019

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New Sermon – Judgment Day

I have preached on this passage (Matthew 25:31-46) several times over the years.  This time, however, is the deepest I have ever dug in. It seems it’s a common view that its best to avoid the topic of judgment in today’s sermons because of the abuses of the past.  We’ve all heard the stories of the old-fashioned, screaming preacher bringing hellfire and brimstone to the pews on a weekly basis.  Nobody needs that, especially Christians who know they have been saved from judgment, right? But may I suggest that in our haste to move past this subject we might be missing some of what passages like this teach? Maybe even some important truths that would have a serious impact on other areas of our beliefs?  I encourage you now to listen by clicking HERE!

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January 1, 2019

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The Confused State of Theology

Everyone is a theologian. Period. When a person has thoughts, opinions and views on God (even if they reject the existence of God) they are practicing theology. Ligonier Ministries conducts a fairly extensive survey every two years to find out the general beliefs held by those who identify as evangelical Christians.  This past year’s results are in, and the picture it paints is confusing.  Correction, it is a crystal clear picture of a very confused people group.

I would encourage you to visit the results and see for yourself ( just click HERE).  The one thing I took away from this is perhaps a clearer view of the incredible need for solid, biblically literate teachers in today’s churches. For so many people to have such confused and contradictory views of very basic biblical teachings, it can mean only one thing; we are experiencing a famine of sound teaching.  It is time (past time) for those who know how to exposit, explain and teach to make time in their weekly schedule to begin doing just that.  Whether it be volunteering to lead a Bible study, preaching at a nursing home or recovery house, or simply ramping up daily devotions with the kiddos at home, it’s time to engage!

For those looking to develop or hone their skills at learning and teaching biblical truth, I will once again point you to Simeon Trust.  They have online classes as well as a variety of workshops in multiple cities, and they are one of the best groups out there in equipping people to teach truth correctly.

This survey shows us what many of our friends, relatives and fellow church members believe.  It’s a dark, crazy picture it paints, and now is the time to get to work!

 

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December 16, 2018

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New Sermon – Emotional Responses to Jesus

This sermon takes a look at some emotional responses to Jesus found in John chapter 12.  By looking at how John describes Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, we can learn some things about our own emotions and responses to Him here today. Listen or download now HERE.

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December 11, 2018

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New Sermon – An Unnatural Prayer

We are all born with a sinful nature, and while God has rebuilt the heart and affections of His people, we still all struggle with that old sinful side at the same time.  Because of this, sometimes things such as prayer can be a challenge.  Are we praying our will, or God’s will?  Are we praying for things that are truly good, or for what our tainted vision might see as good?  When we go to our Lord’s lesson on prayer (the Lord’s Prayer found in Matthew 6) why does it feel as though it leaves out a lot of the things on our mind that day?  Important things, things we passionately care about and consider good and right?  This sermon takes a look at why praying the way Jesus taught can feel unnatural, and why it’s crucial we learn to pray His way. Listen or download HERE now!

This topic, learning to pray by studying the Lord’s Prayer, is also the subject of my latest book “An Unnatural Prayer”.  It’s designed to read by yourself or as a study group as it has discussion questions after each chapter. If you would like a copy, send me an email at Texas.Talkback@gmail.com and I will get one sent to you in the near future. Thanks!

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December 5, 2018

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Text Message! God is Love and ……

Our God invented “text messages” long before cell phones came along.  When He spoke through His people and recorded it for all time, the idea was that we would read the text and get His message.  That’s why I started this little series some time ago, to highlight “text messages” that are often unread or marginalized in our day and age.  Today’s text message is found in Psalm 7, and involves the character of God, or what He is like:

Psalm 7:11-13 states “God is a righteous judge, and a God who feels indignation every day.  If a man does not repent, God will whet his sword; he has bent and readied his bow; he has prepared for him his deadly weapons, making his arrows fiery shafts”

It isn’t my intention to highlight the anger of our God and point to only that.  Instead, what I am hoping to get across today is a sense of balance.  We all know God is love (1 John 4:8) but God also hates (Proverbs 6:16).  We know He is a Father to His adopted sons/daughters (Romans 8:15), but He is also a judge who will never pardon the guilty (Proverbs 17:15).  And as today’s text message shows, while we know He forgives sin (1 John 1:9), He is also preparing for the destruction of those who do not turn from sin, but instead continue in it either in blatant rebellion or presumptuous arrogance as to the grace of God.

Let us not cling only to our favorite text messages and develop a skewed view as to the character of God.  All His characteristics are good!  Believers, as His adopted children, should be familiar and in full knowledge and acceptance of each and every one of them.

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December 3, 2018

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New Sermon – Discernment

I’ve been negligent in posting new content here lately, so I have resolved to add a few new things this week. This first item is a sermon about discernment, something we are all in dire need of these days! Sometimes figuring out truth from error is easy, but other times it can be a bit […]

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December 17, 2017

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New Sermon – Prayer for the Church

Do you pray for those in your church?  What are your specific requests?  Healing? Financial relief? Maybe for strained relationships?  While there’s nothing wrong with these prayers at all, It’s interesting to note that when Paul prayed for those in the church he prayed for something much different. So is there something that we might […]

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December 17, 2017

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New Sermon – Jesus is Higher

It’s been a while since I posted any of my sermons, so I thought today would be a good chance to get at least two of them out.  This one explores John 7:14-24 where we find Jesus laying out a few pieces of His identity and authority.  He makes it quite clear that while mankind […]

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October 10, 2017

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Think, Christian….Think!!

One thing I am constantly teaching my children and encouraging others to do is to think for themselves.  Really think.  To put aside what they have been told by their friends and culture and to logically think through issues on their own.  For example, when speaking of racial issues and distinctions, I have more than […]

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August 23, 2017

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Is It Time for You to Attack the British?

Some might find this post a little odd, irrelevant and disturbing (in that order), but I beg of you to stick with me until the end.  I hope when you finish you aren’t disturbed as much as challenged.  What I don’t want is for you to write-off what it says simply because it may go […]

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August 18, 2017

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Excellent Article Regarding Racial “Gospels”

Excellent and interesting article.  Check it out: Is the Gospel No Longer Enough for Black Christians?    

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April 6, 2017

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New Sermon – I AM

What’s in a name?  If your name is “I AM”, a lot!  God’s name holds profound meaning!  Unlike American names, His name is representative of who He is and what He is like.  We in the West don’t think like that as the meanings behind our names have mostly faded into obscurity, but we should […]

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