Rejoice, the Lord is King!

  • November 14, 2010 | Brad Baugham | Psalm 97

Sam lay back, and stared with open mouth, and for a moment, between bewilderment and great joy, he could not answer. At last he gasped: “Gandalf! I thought you were dead! But then I thought I was dead myself. Is everything sad going to come untrue? What’s happened to the world?”
J. R. R. Tolkien, Return of the King


An Appropriate Response to Grace

  • November 7, 2010 | Brad Baugham | Psalm 100

I had never noticed that all enjoyment spontaneously overflows into praise. The world rings with praise — lovers praising their mistresses, readers praising their favorite poet, walkers praising the countryside, players praising their favorite game — praise of weather, wines, dishes, actors, motors, horses, colleges, countries, historical personages, children, flowers, mountains, rare stamps, rare beetles, even sometimes politicians or scholars. I had not noticed how the humblest, and at the same time most balanced and capacious minds, praised most, while the cranks, misfits, and malcontents praised least. – C. S. Lewis


What Is Justification?

  • October 31, 2010 | Michael Barrett | Romans 3:21-26, 5:12-21

Christ, having been made ours, makes us sharers with him in the gifts with which he has been endowed. We do not, therefore, contemplate him outside ourselves from afar in order that his righteousness may be imputed to us but because we put on Christ and are engrafted into his body—in short, because he deigns to make us one with him. For this reason, we glory that we have fellowship of righteousness with him. – John Calvin


God’s Priority: The Progress of the Gospel

  • October 24, 2010 | Doug Payne | Philippians 1:12-18

The gospel is boldly advancing under the contested reign and inevitable victory of Jesus the king. This side of Jesus’ death and resurrection, all of God’s sovereignty is mediated exclusively through King Jesus… . Christ “must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet” (1Co 15:25). That presupposes the reign is still contested, and still advances. This is of a piece with Jesus’ claim, “I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Mt 16:18). But one day, the final enemy, death itself, will die, and Jesus’ mediatorial kingship will end. God will be all in all. – D. A. Carson


Bald Rock Service

  • October 17, 2010 | Emmanuel Bible Church

The heavens declare the glory of God. – Psalm 19:1


Sharing the Gospel with Children

  • October 10, 2010 | Brad Baugham | 1 Corinthians 15:1-6; 1 Peter 3:18

Justification by faith must never be obscured, and yet all are not clear upon it. I once heard a sermon upon they that sow in tears shall reap in joy, of which the English was, “Be good, very good, and though you will have to suffer in consequence, God will reward you in the end.” Many do this when addressing children, and I notice that they generally speak to the little ones about loving Jesus, and not upon believing in Him. This must leave a mischievous impression upon youthful minds and take them off from the true way of peace. – Spurgeon


Declaring God’s Glorious Deeds As a New Family

  • October 3, 2010 | Brad Baugham | Ephesians 6:1-4

Lone rangers are dead rangers… . They might look impressive riding off into the sunset by themselves, but when an ambush comes they’re without help. – Joshua Harris


Loving God Wholly & Teaching Children Diligently

  • September 26, 2010 | Brad Baugham | Deuteronomy 6:1-9

How could a person truly love God with heart, and soul, and strength, and not want to make him known, especially to one’s own children? Neglect in this domain is therefore not only disobedience but lack of love for God.
– D. A. Carson


Declaring the Glorious Deeds of God

  • September 19, 2010 | Brad Baugham | Psalm 78

Around the fireside fathers should repeat not only the Bible records, but the deeds of the martyrs and reformers, and moreover the dealings of the Lord with themselves both in providence and grace. … What happy hours and pleasant evenings have children had at their parents knees as they have listened to some “sweet story of old.” Reader, if you have children, mind you do not fail in this duty. – Spurgeon

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