Persecution, Prayer & Perseverance

  • June 5, 2011 | Brad Baugham | Nehemiah 4

In order to trust God, we must always view our adverse circumstances through the eyes of faith, not of sense. And just as the faith of salvation comes through hearing the message of the gospel (see Romans 10:17), so the faith to trust God in adversity comes through the Word of God alone. It is only in the Scriptures that we find an adequate view of God’s relationship to and involvement in our painful circumstances. It is only from the Scriptures, applied to our hearts by the Holy Spirit, that we receive the grace to trust God in adversity. —Jerry Bridges



  • May 29, 2011 | Brad Baugham | Galatians 5:1-6

Never mind that bread and wine, unless you can use them as folks often use their spectacles. What do they use them for? To look at? No, to look through them. So, use the bread and wine as a pair of spectacles. Look through them, and do not be satisfied until you can say, “Yes, yes, I can see the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”
—C. H. Spurgeon


Christ in You, the Hope of Glory

  • May 22, 2011 | John Lawrence | Colossians 1:24-29

All Christians will suffer for their faith in one way or another: if not outwardly, then inwardly, through the long, slow battle with temptation or sickness, the agonizing anxieties of Christian responsibilities for a family or a church, the constant doubts and uncertainties which accompany the obedience of faith, and the ‘thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to’, taken up as they are within the call to follow Christ. All of these, properly understood, are things to rejoice in—not casually, flippantly or superficially, but because they are signs that the present age is passing away, that the people of Jesus, the Messiah, are the children of the new age, and that the birthpangs of this new age are being worked out in them. —N. T. Wright


A Plan to Rebuild

  • May 15, 2011 | Brad Baugham | Nehemiah 2-3

The Lord is with me as a dread warrior; therefore my persecutors will stumble; they will not overcome me. They will be greatly shamed, for they will not succeed. Their eternal dishonor will never be forgotten. —Jeremiah 20:11


A Plea to Remember

  • May 8, 2011 | Brad Baugham | Nehemiah 1

The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. —Psalm 103:8


The Centrality of the Gospel

  • May 1, 2011 | Brad Baugham | Philippians 1:1-28

So many Christians today identify themselves with some ‘single issue’ (a concept drawn from politics) other than the cross, other than the gospel. It is not that they deny the gospel. If pressed, they will emphatically endorse it. But their point of self identification, the focus of their minds and hearts, what occupies their interest and energy, is something else: a style of worship, the abortion issue, home schooling, the gift of prophecy, pop sociology, a certain brand of counseling, or whatever. Of course, all of these issues have their own importance. Doubtless we need some Christians working on them full time. But even those who are so engaged must do so as an extension of the gospel, as an extension of the message of the cross. They must take special pains to avoid giving any impression that being really spiritual or really insightful or really wise turns on an appropriate response to their issue. —D. A. Carson


The Disturbing News of the Resurrection

  • April 24, 2011 | Brad Baugham | Luke 24:1-48

The most important thing in the world is the resurrection of Jesus Christ. If Jesus is alive, then there is hope for the world. If He is still in the grave, then there isn’t the slightest glimmer of hope on the horizon. Outside of the resurrection of Jesus, I do not know of any other hope for this world.
—German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer


Hail to the King?

  • April 17, 2011 | Brad Baugham | Luke 19:28-44

Here might I stay and sing,
No story so divine;
Never was love, dear King,
Never was grief like thine,
This is my Friend, in whose sweet praise
I all my days could gladly spend.
—Samuel Crossman


Gods Plan in Pain

  • April 10, 2011 | Chuck Bonadies | Hebrews 12:1-12

‘What is the meaning of it, Watson?’ said Holmes solemnly as he laid down the paper. ‘What object is served by this circle of misery and violence and fear? It must tend to some end, or else our universe is ruled by chance, which is unthinkable. But what end? There is the great standing perennial problem to which human reason is far from an answer as ever.’ —Sherlock Holmes


Our Surprising Pardon

  • April 3, 2011 | Brad Baugham | Exodus 12:1-14; Revelation 12:1-12

We’re commanded to dramatize neither his birth nor his life, but only his death. It’s by his death he wishes to be remembered above all else. —John Stott

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