God with Samuel

Samuel is a judge and a prophet, a bridge between the time Israel was guided by judges and ruled by its first kings. Samuel was established as a prophet in all of Israel and during his lifetime they served only the LORD.

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Choose Whom You Will Serve

Joshua 24 begins with a brief history review, from the time of Abraham to the conquest of the people in Canaan. Joshua then challenges Israel to “choose whom you will serve.” The people commit themselves to putting away other gods and serving the LORD all their days.


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Fruit of the Land

We had a guest preacher July 1st. This is the Sunday morning sermon from July 8th, 2018. 

As soon as the Children of Israel began eating the produce of Canaan the manna from Heaven stopped. Before the Battle of Jericho, the Commander of the army of the Lord appeared to Joshua.

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God with Joshua

At the end of Moses’s life, the mantle of leadership is passed on to Joshua. Joshua was one of only two adults that left Egypt and 40 years later entered the promised land. He had been close to Moses and nearer to God than anyone else in Israel. The crossing of the Jordan was almost a repeat of the miraculous crossing of the Red Sea, so that a new generation of Israelites would know God was near and also with Joshua.

*On Sunday evening we read most of Joshua 3 and the beginning of 4. Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground, following the ark of testimony (covenant). A man of each tribe picked up a stone from the river bed and a mound is built on the Cannan side of the river. When your children ask in time to come, ‘What do those stones mean to you?’  then you shall tell them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it passed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. So these stones shall be to the people of Israel a memorial forever.” Joshua 4:6-7 ESV 


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Association Prayer Meeting

This is TONIGHT at Heritage in Calhoun:

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Heritage Baptist Church is on Curtis Parkway (next to Fred’s, behind the furniture gallery). If you can’t attend in person please pray at this time.

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God in the Tent

Screenshot 2018-06-17 at 12.34.48 PMAfter several chapters of instructions, followed by several chapters of building, sewing and carving, the Tabernacle was raised in Exodus 40. It was one year from the day the Israelites left Egypt and it was all a picture of what was to come. God is less visible but nearer to believers than in the days of Moses.

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SBC 2018

Screenshot 2018-06-15 at 8.21.56 AMThe Annual Meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention took place earlier this week in Dallas, TX. Because of some hot button topics in the news lately, and the perceived importance of selecting the next SBC president, this convention was the highest attending since 2010. Nearly double the messengers met in Dallas as in Phoenix last year.

This article from Baptist Press does a good job summarizing everything of importance that took place this week. J.D. Greear is the new SBC President, Vice President Mike Pence spoke to the convention, 79 IMB missionaries were appointed and there was lots of discussion about women and minorities being represented well and given opportunities for leadership. There was talk in the 11th hour about electing Beth Moore as president. (I have not even heard is she was willing to accept the nomination.) Follow the link above to Baptist Press for a good summation.

If you are concerned about Greear’s election after hearing that he is a Calvinist please read my post at The Master’s Table. I am not a Calvinist but don’t believe our ship is sinking or that any nails being driven into the SBC coffin. I don’t even believe there’s a coffin.

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God Near at Sinai: Part II

I spent a lot of time last week on the Ten Commandments but gave very little focus to the way Israel knew God was near. It was a good sermon, all it really needed was a part 2. So here we are. The Ten Commandments are spoken by God in Exodus 20. In this sermon we will look into Exodus 19 and 24 at the different ways God made his presence known. Before and after the words of the covenant the people declared “All the Lord has said we will do.”

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Ten Commandments: God Near at Sinai

I said a lot about the Ten Commandments in this sermon, did not do as much as I could have to illustrate that God was near. The people saw the mountain smoke and felt the earth shake. Beginning at Exodus 20, and continuing for several chapters, God is speaking. The commandments have not been written down at this point. The people’s response was to declare that all God said they will do. There was no question that God’s presence was clearly manifest at Sinai.

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The Gospel of Sweet Tea

Adding sugar to iced tea does not make sweet tea. If you want sweet tea you need to just throw that out and start over. Adding Jesus to a bitter life really can make life sweeter. Let’s look at the end of Exodus 15 together and talk about the language of allegory.

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