True Belief and True Repentance

  • March 27, 2011 | Brad Baugham | Ezra 10

Till sin be bitter, Christ will not be sweet. —Thomas Watson


Double Trouble

  • March 20, 2011 | Brad Baugham | Ezra 9:6-16

People do not drift toward Holiness. Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord. We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; we drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; we drift toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline of lost self-control and call it relaxation; we slouch toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism; we slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated. —D.A. Carson


Appalling Faithlessness

  • March 13, 2011 | Brad Baugham | Ezra 9:1-5

Of course God will forgive me; that’s his job. —Heinriche Heine


God Shows His Hand … Again

  • March 6, 2011 | Brad Baugham | Ezra 8:21-36

Many Christians have what we might call a “cultural holiness”. They adapt to the character and behavior pattern of Christians around them. As the Christian culture around them is more or less holy, so these Christians are more or less holy. But God has not called us to be like those around us. He has called us to be like himself. Holiness is nothing less than conformity to the character of God. —Jerry Bridges


God Shows His Hand

  • February 27, 2011 | Brad Baugham | Ezra 8

There is sometimes a tendency for Christians to fall into the trap of thinking that God is only at work in miracles and special events and to write off as ‘unspiritual’ such mundane procedures as, for example, committees. However, since for our salvation God chose to become man in the person of Christ, we may expect to find him at work just as much in the consecrated use of human means as in the bypassing of them. —H. G. M. Williamson


Grace to Be Courageous

  • February 20, 2011 | Brad Baugham | Ezra 7

There is a common, worldly kind of Christianity in this day, which many have, and think they have enough—a cheap Christianity which offends nobody, and requires no sacrifice—which costs nothing, and is worth nothing. —J. C. Ryle


Mission Accomplished

  • February 13, 2011 | Brad Baugham | Ezra 5-6

And they kept the Feast of Unleavened Bread seven days with joy, for the LORD had made them joyful and had turned the heart of the king of Assyria to them, so that he aided them in the work of the house of God, the God of Israel. —Ezra 6:22


Roadblocks to Restoration

  • February 6, 2011 | Brad Baugham | Ezra 4

The LORD is with me as a dread warrior; therefore my persecutors will stumble; they will not overcome me. —Jeremiah 20:11a


Worship Reloaded

  • January 30, 2011 | Brad Baugham | Ezra 3

All that the temple means … is fulfilled in Jesus Christ: the dwelling of God’s glory in the sanctuary; the provision of atoning sacrifice at the gate; the meeting of fellowship where the praises and prayers of Israel ascend from the holy feast; the flowing water of life that comes forth from the threshold of the house — all are realities in Christ. —Edmond Clowney


God Restores His People

  • January 23, 2011 | Brad Baugham | Ezra 1-2

If you … come to Christ, he will appear as a Lion, in his glorious power and dominion, to defend you. All those excellencies of his, in which he appears as a lion, shall be yours, and shall be employed for you in your defense, for your safety, and to promote your glory; he will be as a lion to fight against your enemies. He that touches you, or offends you, will provoke his wrath, as he that stirs up a lion. Unless your enemies can conquer this Lion, they shall not be able to destroy or hurt you. Unless they are stronger than he, they shall not be able to hinder your happiness. —Jonathan Edwards

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