Sermon Sunday – J.C. Ryle – Freedom

July 3, 2011 at 6:30 am | Posted in Sermon Sunday | Leave a comment
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Freedom
by
J. C. Ryle
(1816-1900)

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“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”–John 8:36

The subject before us today deserves our attention. It should ring in the ears of every person like the voice of a trumpet. We live in a land which is the very cradle of freedom. But are we ourselves free?

The question is one which demands special attention during the present state of public opinion. The minds of many are absorbed in politics. Yet there is a freedom, within the reach of all of us, which few, I am afraid, ever think of–a freedom independent of all political changes–a freedom which neither the prevailing government, nor the cleverest politician can bestow. This is the freedom about which I speak today. Do we know anything of it? Are we free? Continue Reading Sermon Sunday – J.C. Ryle – Freedom…

Sermon Sunday – Jonathon Edwards

May 15, 2011 at 6:30 am | Posted in Sermon Sunday | Leave a comment
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Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God

by

 Jonathan Edwards
 (1703-1758)

Preached July 8th, 1741

“In due time their foot will slip”–Deut. 32:35

Transcription update copyright © Tony Capoccia, 2007

In this verse the vengeance of God is threatened upon the wicked unbelieving Israelites, who were God’s chosen people, and who lived under the means of grace; but who, despite all of God’s wonderful works towards them, remained without sense, having no discernment in them (Deut. 32:28). After all the cultivations of Heaven, they brought forth bitter and poisonous fruit; as shown in verses 32 and 33. The verse that I have chosen for my text, “In due time their foot will slide,” seems to imply the following things, relating to the punishment and destruction to which these wicked Israelites were exposed. Continue Reading Sermon Sunday – Jonathon Edwards…

Genesis 1:24-31

September 27, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Posted in Bible Study | Leave a comment
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Today, we are going to take a look at the last day of Creation:

Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures after their kind: cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth after their kind”; and it was so. God made the beasts of the earth after their kind, and the cattle after their kind, and everything that creeps on the ground after its kind; and God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let Us make man in our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you; and to every best of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to every thing that moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green plant for food”; and it was so. God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. Continue Reading Genesis 1:24-31…

Church Business

February 22, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Posted in Christianity | 2 Comments
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The other day on my “safe for the whole family” radio station, I was listening to the ~Christian~ hosts talk about children, youth, and young adult ministries. I will preface all of this with the fact that I find it really hard to listen to much “Christian” radio anymore. The topics of discussion seem to have no real value and the music isn’t much better. There is no theological discussion, as you’re about to see. Instead, it seems like it’s just a bunch of church-going people who are trying to be “relevant” and sound like the world so that they will gain unbelieving listeners. Then, they can sneak the name of Jesus in on them (which they always seem to forget to do…) and maybe make a false convert. Continue Reading Church Business…

Groundhog Christians

February 2, 2009 at 6:30 am | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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On February 2nd (today) of each year, many Americans will celebrate Groundhog Day. On Groundhog Day, people watch with baited breath as a groundhog comes out of his hole. If the groundhog sees his shadow (how do they know?), he runs back into his hole and there will supposedly be six more weeks of winter. If the groundhog doesn’t see his shadow, then spring is around the corner. In Pennsylvania, they have a special groundhog named Puncsatawny Phil who is something of a celebrity. Forgive me if I am just missing something, but how can whether or not a groundhog sees his shadow determine how long winter will be? It can’t.

 

Sadly, all this thinking (I had some extra time) got me to thinking about a lot of Christians I’ve seen. Like the groundhogs, they enjoy their comfortable religion and would rather remain there than step out to work for God. It is much easier for them to feel comfortable in “worship” or hearing “preaching” than doing the weightier things. It is estimated that no more than 2 per cent of all Christians share their faith regularly. Many of the preachers who stand before congregations on Sundays rarely preach about sin, hell, and judgment. It is almost impossible to find someone who will say that something is wrong.

 

If they do come out happen to step out and try to do something more, they shrink back in fear when they meet resistance and run back to their comfort zone. In scripture, Jesus promises us that we will be persecuted, hated, and possibly killed. Jesus said that they would hate our message and us. If they don’t, can we honestly say that we’re preaching the right message? While these Christians run back to their comfortable places, they don’t realize that they are abandoning the lost to the wintry conditions of a life without God and a destiny in hell. They neglect those who are perishing because they’re afraid of rejection and discomfort. Meanwhile, the lost could be born-again and see real change in their lives. In a way, they’re playing God by withholding the only hope man has from those who need Him most…On the other hand, if these Christians actually stand up and preach the truth, those around them will know what it means to be born-again.  They will also be an example of true Christianity.

 

One major problem many Christians seem to have is a false sense of celebrity. They drop the name of Christ wherever they think that it will bring them attention or an advantage. They use it to license to sin. They wear designer clothes, shoes, etc, and talk about how “blessed” they are. The problem is, no matter how nicely you dress a groundhog; it’s still a giant rodent. They seem to forget that it isn’t about our skill, wisdom, or our idea of Christianity. It’s not about how we have “authority” (Jesus said that all authority was given to Him –Matt. 28:18). It’s not about us being “blessed”. It is the Lord who gives and takes away. When you actually read the Bible, you can easily see that we merit nothing of God’s blessing. Many groundhog Christians act like God owes them something because they’ve accepted Christ! They don’t seem to understand that we don’t accept Christ, He accepts us!

 

We are not celebrities! We are wretched, filthy sinners who have been rescued from an eternity in hell by a holy, just, merciful God. We are like groundhogs that are afraid of our own shadow. We need to stop living by sight and live by faith instead; spending our time preaching the truth regardless of anything else…

Life or death?

October 8, 2007 at 5:57 pm | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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I went to a Christian concert almost a week ago, and I noticed something that disturbed me to say the least. I realize that I might just be getting old, but I will not readily admit that yet…

At the concert, there were four bands that played. I will admit that the first three held nothing for me and that I really didn’t pay attention to them very much. But their music just seemed to be a lot of screaming and thrashing and loud music that had no real value. I don’t recall them ever mentioning God or Jesus, and as I looked at them I noticed something that I saw reflected in the majority of the youth that were at this concert.

Most of them wore black or shades of gray and many of the shirts were liberally decorated with skulls. Continue Reading Life or death?…


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