Sunday, April 16, 2017

The Principles of Justifying Fatih

SERMON            GMT14-014

SETTING:          North Kelso Baptist Church

SERVICE:          Sunday AM

SUBTITLE:        The Principles of Justifying Faith

SCRIPTURE:     Romans 4:23-25

SUBJ:                  Christians believe in God

SUMMARY:       Faith is the critical element of Christianity

SCHEME:           That the members of NKBC rest in the evidence of God’s satisfaction by the exercise of faith
1A     Justifying Faith believes in God’s Promise                  (Vs. 23)

          1B     The Origination of God’s Promise
          2B     The Clarification of God’s Promise
          3B     The Definition of God’s Promise

2A     Justifying Faith believes in God’s Person          (Vs. 24a)

3A     Justifying Faith believes in God’s Plan              (Vs. 24b)

4A     Justifying Faith believes in God’s Purpose                  (Vs. 25)

1B     God’s Purpose Included a Revelation
          2B     God’s Purpose Included a Rejection
          3B     God’s Purpose Included a Resurrection

Monday, April 10, 2017

Obedience Borne From Love

Inherent in the gospel is the reminder of the amazing truth that God loves me; this reminder is my motivation to love God with all of my heart, mind, soul, and strength and to keep His commandments. Thank God for His grace and for the gift of the Holy Spirit.

(Gregg Metcalf)

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Jonah Does the Unexpected (Part 4 of 4)

Sermon:     GM17-150

Series:         Jonah: The Gospel of Grace

Subtitle:     Jonah Did the Unexpected (Part 4 of 4)

Scripture:   Jonah 1:11-16

Subject:      The Sinning Prophet

Scope:        Jonah sinned against God by attempting to run from the presence of God, who sent a storm in order to convict Jonah of sin by the use of the pagan sailors, who threw Jonah into the sea because of his sin. (Central Point of the Text)

Scheme:      To provide motivation for my people to resist the temptation to sin against God (Purpose of the Sermon)

Scrutiny:    What did Jonah do that was completely unexpected?

Solution:    The passage before us describes four (4) details outlining the unexpected actions of Jonah – the defiant servant, the devastating storm, the determined search, and the desperate solution.
Main Idea: Jonah sinned against God.

Supporting idea #1 - Jonah sinned against God by running away from God

Supporting idea #2 - Jehovah sends a storm to identify Jonah’s as a sinner

Supporting idea #3 - Jehovah uses the pagan sailors to bring Jonah’s sin to light

Supporting idea #4 - Jonah is thrown into the sea because of his sin

Friday, April 7, 2017

Somebody, Help Me!

I thought this was too funny, at least to me, to pass up. Hope it tickles your Gospel-Driven funny-bone! We all know someone like this, don't we?

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Jonah Did the Unexpected (Part 3 of 4)


Series: Jonah: The Gospel of Grace

Title: Jonah Did the Unexpected (Part 3 of 4)


Text: Jonah 1:7-10

Main Idea: Jehovah uses the pagan idol worshippers to bring Jonah’s sin to light

Friday, March 31, 2017

The Greatness of Grace

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The whole plan of the way of salvation is for this end: to glorify the free grace of God. God had it on His heart from all of eternity to glorify this attribute; and therefore it is, that the device of saving sinners by Christ was conceived. The greatness of divine grace appears very much in this: that God by Christ saves the greatest offenders. The greater the guilt of any sinner is the more glorious and wonderful is the grace manifested in his pardon:

"Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound." (Romans 5:20)... The Redeemer is glorified, in that He proves sufficient to redeem those who are exceeding sinful in that His blood proves sufficient to wash away the greatest guilt, in that He is able to save to the uttermost, and in that He redeems even from the greatest misery.

From "Great Guilt No Obstacle to the Pardon of the Returning Sinner" in the The Works of Johnathan Edwards, Vol. 2, reprinted by the Banner of Truth Trust.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Jonah Did the Unexpected (Part 2 of 4)


Series: Jonah: The Gospel of Grace

TitleJonah Did the Unexpected (Part 2 of 4)


Text: Jonah 1:4-6

Main Idea: Jehovah in response to the disobedience of Jonah sent a storm against the ship that was so severe it frightened the crew members.

Purpose:     To inform my people that disobedience brings the chastening hand of God upon those who willfully sin against God.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

There is Only One Gospel!

Image result for george whitefield‘Mr. Whitefield told me he and I preached two different gospels'’(his meaning was that he preached particular and I universal redemption); ‘and therefore he would not join with me, but publicly preach against me’

From the Works of John Wesley (Letters from 1751)

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Sunday Sermon Back Next Week

The Sunday Sermon in Jonah is in process and will be posted next Sunday, Lord willing on the 26th of March. Please forgive the delay.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Support for Prosecution of Thugs & Criminals

This is in response to those who oppose the prosecution of rioters. 

Image result for rioting and lootingHere is what you have to understand - it is not the free right of peaceful assembly that we object to; it is the wholesale criminalistic and immoral behavior of thugs who riot, disturb (destroy) the peace, damage and destroy property that is not their own, disrupt commerce, and injure, maim, or kill other people that needs to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Protest all you want peacefully without injury or destroying property and I support you. But if you burn, loot, break, destroy, interrupt the flow of traffic, and etc. you are nothing more than a thug and criminal. 
This is what we law abiding, tax-paying, hard working families are fed up with. The hard working merchants are not responsible for laws, policies, and/or social activities that you do not like. They only pass your destruction on to hard working singles and families to cover the cost of your infantile tantrum. But truly, more so than merely or simply being infantile your behavior is criminal and needs to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

I spent 6 years in the USMC to ensure you have the right to peaceful assembly, but I did not serve one day for thugs to disrupt and destroy property or lives. Your constitutional freedom does not allow for, permit, or approve of the behavior that has been utilized in recent months.

And no, if you haven't or are unable to guess, I am not "politcally correct". I have no desire to be and see no reason to be. Political correctness is nothing short of governmental and societal approved, if not mandated bullying.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

The Tell-tale Conscience

Image result for phil johnsonIf your conscience is not troubled when you sin, that’s not because you have a superior understanding of grace. It's a sign you're probably not a partaker of grace at all.
-Phil Johnson

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Jonah Did the Unexpected * Part 2


Series: Jonah: The Gospel of Grace

Title: Jonah Did the Unexpected (Part 2 of 4)


Text: Jonah 1:4-6

Main Idea: Jehovah in response to the disobedience of Jonah sent a storm against the ship that was so severe it frightened the crew members.

Purpose:     To inform my people that disobedience brings the chastening hand of God upon those who willfully sin against God.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

The Night of the Lost Hour

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Here it is again - this time of year,
the one Saturday night we fear.
No one minds an hour in the spring,
but to lose an hour is a different thing.

It seems such a silly thing to do,
I think it is crazy, how about you?
Wouldn't it be nice to be like Arizona?
The one in charge must be in a coma!

Tonight you will find me at my task,
and my disgust I will try to mask;
it won't be easy, I'll tell you why,
far too many clocks we did buy!

Living room, kitchen, they each have one,
the bath and bedrooms need to be done;
I'll turn the hands and reset the time
with an hour less to rise and shine!

Listen close and I will share a secret
I will tell you if you can keep it
I have done this now for many a year
please don't scoff at me or even jeer.

To ease the pain and get in tune,
I start to turn the clocks at noon,
so by the time I am ready for bed,
the change is already in my head!

So what ever your plan, don't forget,
or you might wake in a cold sweat;
but also remember to keep from harm
 change the batteries in your smoke alarm.

Friday, March 10, 2017

How Not To Worship

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My devotion this morning centered on worshiping God. Worship is such a vital part of our spiritual life and spiritual health. As usual I asked the text several questions in order to effectively wrestle with the main idea of the text. This question kept coming to mind and so as I asked it, I began to jot down some thoughts. These thoughts are not clearly thought out but I am hoping they are helpful to you as you develop your worship of our wonderful God.

How Not to Worship

  • by not showing up to worship God. Whether it is Sunday morning or Monday morning, our worship should be on-going and consistent. We don't relegate worship to Sunday morning. However, each day, at some point we need to "show up" and actively worship God.
  • by singing without:
    • thinking on what is being sung
    • not meaning what you are singing
    • attempting to derive personal benefit
    • thinking on other things
    • enjoying singing for the wrong reasons
  • not focusing our mind and heart on God and His character
  • not responding appropriately to what you are learning about God
  • by "diagramming" or "calculating a worship experience. Worship is not for our benefit. It is for God's glory.
So, we must show up and worship with determination. Regardless of whether we are singing in our "closet" or corporate gathering, or praying, or etc., worship must come from the heart and be for the glory of God.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Losing the Battle of Discernment

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Viewer (and reader) beware. "The Shack" does not present a biblical view of Christianity or the Gospel. In fact, it misses by a mile. As Mohler points out, "The Shack is a wake-up call for evangelical Christianity. . . . . The popularity of this book among evangelicals can only be explained by a lack of basic theological knowledge among us — a failure even to understand the Gospel of Christ. The tragedy that evangelicals have lost the art of biblical discernment must be traced to a disastrous loss of biblical knowledge. Discernment cannot survive without doctrine." (Scott Lee)

The Apostle Paul told the Corinthians believes that heresies and divisions would come to their fellowship, not only would they come but that they were ordained or predestined to come, (1 Corinthians 11:19) Why? His answer is most telling! They were predestined to come to the Corinthian fellowship in order to demonstrate what or who was right or correct. 

Heresies will come, they always have. Spiritually mature believers who exercise discernment are able to emphasize, focus, or showcase what is true. Sadly, with the demise of doctrine in our so called fundamental/evangelical churches today, the "art" of discernment has all but left the building. Itching ears have prevailed.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Where Is The Sunday Sermon?

For the time being I am not preaching every Sunday as I had been for the past three (3) years. As a result I am not under the "proverbial gun" to get the Sunday Sermon done.

I am working on the next passage in Jonah and will post it when I am finished. I have found that without the pressure of a weekly sermon I have slowed down my study and research. I have also allowed myself to get side-tracked with other projects.

I will get back on track. And I will, Lord willing, complete my study in Jonah. I will post the messages weekly. Please forgive this unplanned and undisciplined hiatus. 

I am in prayer and patiently waiting for our gracious Father to reveal to me or direct me to my next "assignment." Since we are in the Lord's Army, and engaged in spiritual warfare as soldiers, I am asking God to reveal my next "duty station" and to "cut" me a set of orders so that I can get to work once again. In the meantime I am reading books, doing research, working on projects, and as you have seen goofing off with Roz.

Please pray with me that God will quickly if He pleases reveal to me a new assignment! Thanks!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

The Saga of the Walt Disney Company

Image result for disney boycottI don't get Christians sometimes. For example, Paul told the Corinthians to not "fellowship" with or eat with people who were immoral. Unfortunately they got it wrong and had fellowship with an incestuous fornicator but seemingly avoided the lost who were fornicators (but in need of Christ.) Paul had to correct that and tell them that he meant do not fellowship with or eat with those who say they are Christians and practice immorality. He said he did not mean that they were to boycott the unbelievers - as a matter of fact he said they would have to leave the world itself in order to avoid unbelievers who practice immorality.

Here is the part I don't get, why call for the boycott of the Disney Company? I wonder if Disney even is aware of the current boycott by the left who believe that Disney is a racist company? Then you have those who are boycotting Disney because they hire foreign people.

First, don't get me wrong, I have no desire to go to a movie that depicts homosexuality, but the Disney Company is not a Christian company. And I don't think anyone else has to either if they choose not to. Therefore it is no surprise to me if they include immorality in their venues. (I didn't say I liked it or approve it.)

Second, they (Disney) are no different than Safeway, Winco, Ford Motor Company, Sears, etc. who also are not Christian companies who promote immoral behavior. Again, you would have to leave this world in order to avoid individuals or companies that promote some form of immorality.

Third, I think truly spiritual and discerning believers can avoid movies by choice without calling for a national boycott of the offending company. Listen, we can vote with our seats and our dollars.

If we do not attend because of biblical discernment a place of business and we are not investing our cash, these businesses will feel the pinch. I just don't get the calls for national boycotts.

Here is an idea; let's share the gospel with as many people in the organization that we can. Let's emulate Christ. Let's point out the sin and need for Christ.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Non-Productive Friday!

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This is all I seem to be able to do this Friday. Roz does not want me to work, she wants to play! So, if I don't get much done today, please don't hold it against me. 

"And I said, 'The cat whom You gave to be with me, she caused me to play, and I goofed off.'"

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Six Facts Revealed in the Gospel Part 6

6.  Every sinner who trusts the Lord Jesus Christ and His atoning work on the cross has been chosen, redeemed, and called, and will forever be saved.
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"So they said, 'Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.'"  [Acts 16:31, NKJV]

[It is implied here and substantiated in other Scriptures that the household must also believe. No where in the Scriptures does it say that anyone is saved by the profession or confession of another.]

"that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved." [Romans 10:9, NKJV]

"For whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved." [Romans 10:13, NKJV]

"For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe." [1 Corinthians 1:21, NKJV]

These six facts cannot be denied by any logic or debate. They give great warning and great comfort. They are only embraced by those who are called by God through the irresistible ministry of His Holy Spirit.

Therefore, recognize, own, and admit that you are a sinner under the condemnation of God, not by action, but by mere conception and live birth, repent of that sin which has offended God, and plead for mercy by calling upon the Lord Jesus Christ to save you by His perfect sacrifice and the shedding of His blood, and believe that God has raised Jesus Christ from the dead, and declared Him to be the Son of God with power, and seated Him at His right hand, and the Scripture says you will be saved. There is no other name or mediator, or method in this universe that will ensure eternal salvation. Do not delay!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Six Facts Revealed in the Gospel Part 5

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5. No sinner will be punished whose sins have been atoned for and the justice of God satisfied by the blood of His unique Son.

"He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, [not all] for He shall bear their iniquities." [Isaiah 53:11, NKJV] (Parenthesis mine)

"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." [Romans 6:23, NKJV]

Someone once said, "The law has no claim on an executed felon." One of my favorite lines from the movie, "The Green Mile" was when Arlen Bitterbuck had been executed, Paul Edgecomb said, "...he's square with the house again." Of course he was not. It seems in all probability Bitterbuck died in his sins, but the idea was that he payed for his crime and could not be charged and penalized for it again.

"Payment God cannot twice demand,
First at my bleeding Surety's hand,
And then again at mine." 
(Author unknown)

We, for whom Christ died as an atonement to God are square with the "house." Our sins are forgiven and we will never face the wrath of God ever!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Six Facts Revealed in the Gospel Part 4

4. The Justice of God is only appeased by the substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus Christ

Image result for substitutionary death of christ"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just, and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus." [Romans 3:23-26, NKJV]

Man could never in all of eternity satisfy God. Mystery beyond mysteries, the God-Man, Jesus Christ died and appeased God the Father who had been offended by Sin. Redemption, forgiveness, and satisfaction could not be accomplished or realized without a sacrifice. Every animal from oxen to bird under the old covenant was a visible demonstration that death had to occur. In the Old Testament economy the death of animals could not remove sin, death only covered it for a time. Christ's death satisfied the Father and removed the sin of God's people.

If salvation could have been obtained in any other way, God would not have bruised and crushed His own precious Son whom He loved in order to achieve it. God would not have had to kill His beloved Son.

Christ was the perfect offering, He was the perfect substitute for the elect. The elect could not atone for their own sin, but thanks be to God that Christ could and did.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Six Facts Revealed in the Gospel Part 3

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3. It is against the nature & character of God to save a sinner apart from justice being satisfied

"I will by no means clear the guilty." [Exodus 34:7]

"And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission." [Hebrews 9:22, NKJV)

Although God is absolutely sovereign and omnipotent, He cannot and will not act against His own nature. In other words, God will not violate his own law and justice.

God will not forgive sin without His justice being satisfied. God must be appeased. God will judge sin, all sin, and God will judge your sin. He will judge your sin in and of yourself or He will judge your sin in Christ Jesus.

(Continued tomorrow)

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Six Facts Revealed in the Gospel Part 2


2. God's Will Includes Saving Sinners

Image result for Lamb's book of life"Who is a God like you, offering forgiveness for evil-doing and overlooking the sins of the rest of his heritage? he does not keep his wrath for ever, because his delight is in mercy." [Micah 7:18. BBE]

God in his mercy and by His grace has decreed to save some men from the misery of their sins in order to create a company of saints who will exhibit His character and nature throughout eternity. There are people in this world who will be saved because it is the will of God.

"...other sheep I have which are not this fold (Jews) them (Gentiles) also I must bring, and they will hear my voice; and there will be one flock (Jew and Gentile) and one shepherd." [John 10:16]

Don Fortner has written, "Every chosen sinner (2 Thessalonians 2:13-14), every predestined son (Romans 8:29-30), every heir of the covenant (Ephesians 1:3-7), everyone whose name was written in the Lamb's book of life from the foundation of the world (Revelation 13:8) must and shall be saved by the grace of God. There is no possibility that even one of God's elect will perish."

The key to realize, that it is not your duty to wonder whether or not you are the elect, or a predestined son, of if your name was written in the Lamb's book of life before God created the world - no your duty is to repent of your sins and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. Your repentance and faith demonstrates that you are God's elect. The hardening of your heart and your rejection demonstrates that you are not.


(Continued tomorrow)

Friday, February 24, 2017

Six Facts Revealed in the Gospel Part 1

Image result for sinners blinded by satanThere is a very good reason why non Christians do not understand the truths that God has revealed in His Word. It might surprise you to learn it is not because these truths are to hard, to mysterious, or even to deep. 

The reason that on believers cannot understand the truths about sin, salvation, or sanctification is  simply because of their unbelief. [2 Corinthians 4:1-6]

Over the next six (6) days I want to share with you six (6) undeniable truths from God's Word concerning the gospel of Jesus Christ. No one can embrace these truths unless the Spirit of God reveals them and teaches them to those whom God has determined to learn and understand them.

1. All of mankind by their own nature are sinners and consequently are alienated from God.

"...for all have sinned and fall short of the glory (the nature/character of God) of God." [Romans 3:23, NKJV]

Therefore, since every human being is a sinner and alienated from God, every man is born under the condemnation of God and must suffer the wrath of God. All sin must be punished either in the sinner him/herself or in an acceptable substitute.

Since God's law has been broken or violated, it accuses the sinner of sin, condemns the sinner for sin, and demands the death of the sinner. God will not alter His justice. However...

(Continued tomorrow)

Monday, February 20, 2017

All Things To Be Subject to Christ

Image result for excitingIt thrilled my soul to be reminded from Hebrews 2:5-9 that one day in the age or world to come all things, all things including the press and socialistic liberal democrats will be brought under subjection to the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. Hallelujah!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Awake O Sleeping Faith!

Image result for measuring cup pouring"When a storm rises, immediately run and awaken your sleeping faith. Knock at its door. Do your work, O faith! Consider this medicine for your faith to drink in comfort: not the slightest trouble befalls you without the overruling eye and hand of God. He is not only our wise God, but a tender Father, He knows what you are made of and measures out exactly every cross unto us as a chemist measures grains of medicine."

(Samuel Ward, Sermons, pp. 33-36)

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Stir Up the Coals of Your Soul!

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Samuel Ward once said, "Unstirred coals do not glow or give heat." Do you know what he meant?

Stir up your soul by meditating on the great truths and promises of Scripture. Stir up, chew on, think on them, and view them as often as you need to in order for your soul to glow and give off "heat."

Mingle your meditations with prayer. Think on the things of God until your heart is warmed and you are overflowing with joy. Then sing praises unto our God!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Comfort Your Soul

 "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort..." (2 Corinthians 1:3, EMTV)

Satan is the enemy of our souls. Satan will test us, tempt us, and even torment us. In order to ward off these attacks and assaults you must be prepared through prayer, patience, and be pro-active.

When the enemy comes, comfort your soul with these three truths:

  • Every thing that you experience, whether good or bad, positive or negative has been approved by God and thereby permitted.

  • God has promised never to "leave you nor forsake" you. You will never be abandoned to Satan or to his devices. God will sustain you.

  • God will provide the grace and comfort at the exact moment that He knows you need it. God will often keep from you the means and manner of His grace and comfort until you do need it.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Jonah Did the Unexpected (Part 1 of 4)

Sermon:     GM17-147

Series:         Jonah: A Gospel of Grace



Subtitle:     Jonah Did the Unexpected

Scripture:   Jonah 1:1-3

Subject:      Jonah’s disobedience

Scope:        Jonah deliberately disobeyed God by traveling the opposite direction from which he had been commanded by God.

Scheme:      To motivate my people to resist the temptation to disobey the revealed will of God.

Scrutiny:    Why did Jonah disobey God?

Solution:    Our passage today provides the reason that Jonah disobeyed God. Jonah disobeyed God because Jonah is a perverse prophet.

Sketch:       1A     Resisting the Grace of God    (1:1-16)     (Part 1)

                             1B     The Defiant Servant (1-3)
1C       …is detected in the indifference of Jonah (1)
                                                2C       …is demonstrated by the instruction of Jehovah (2)
                                                3C       …is documented by the intention of the Journey (3)

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Marion Lee Bailey, Sr. Memorial

The service was beautiful:

Opening comments by Phil Peters
Medley of Lee's favorite hymns
Son spoke words & memories of His Dad
Daughter spoke words & memories of her Dad
Family & Friends spoke words & memories
Short passages of comforting scripture read
Prayer for comfort
Closing prayer & Dismissal