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  • Wednesday, January 30, 2019 12:00 PM
    In the book of Isaiah, we read of the Lord reproving negligent spiritual leaders in Israel. They indulge themselves while the nation is serving idols rather than the living God. The Lord says they are like happy drunkards who think tomorrow will be like this day, great beyond measure. However, when disaster inevitably comes and they cry out, the Lord says let their collection of idols deliver them.
  • DUNCAN/The Sons of Jacob
    Wednesday, January 9, 2019 12:00 PM
    Please turn to Genesis 30:1-24. From the big picture perspective, this passage continues to record the origin of the twelve tribes of Israel. However, these verses also focus very specifically on the lives of Jacob, Leah, and Rachel
  • DUNCAN/Like Father Like Son
    Wednesday, November 14, 2018 12:00 PM
    Turn to Genesis 26:1-17. Chapter 26 of Genesis tells us more about Isaac than any other of the sections which speak of this son of Abraham. In this passage, we have three distinct scenes set before us. 
  • Thursday, May 10, 2018 12:00 PM
    Turn in your Bible to Genesis 10:1-32. This passage is an expansion of those passing comments that we saw last week about Shem, Ham, and Japheth: “From these the whole world was populated.” Here we have this long catalog of the nations descended from Noah’s sons.
  • DUNCAN/The Ark of Salvation and the Covenant with Noah
    Wednesday, March 21, 2018 6:00 PM
    Turn in your Bible to Genesis 6:9-22. Genesis 6-9 is an expanded lesson teaching us that this is a moral universe. We live in a day of great apathy toward wickedness and moral failure, but this passage reminds us that God does not shrug with apathy about wickedness. I want to look at this passage with you because it gives us a picture of both God's judgment and His grace
  • Wednesday, January 3, 2018 6:00 PM
    Turn in your Bible to Genesis 2:1-3. Last time we focused on what we called creation ordinances and blessings, and we focused, in particular, on the first two of them: procreation and labor. The ordinance of the Sabbath is set forth in Genesis 2:3,
  • DUNCAN/Seven Miles with Jesus
    Wednesday, October 25, 2017 6:00 PM
    Turn in your Bible to Luke 24:13-27. If you’ll remember verses 1-12, when the angels encountered the women who had come to the tomb to complete the preparation of Jesus’ body, the angels said to them, “Remember what He said,” and we talked about how Luke was emphasizing the centrality of the words of Christ for His disciples. It's central to their faith. Well, in the passage we're going to study this time, Jesus elaborates on that very point.
  • DUNCAN/Perplexed. Frightened. Incredulous. Marveling!
    Wednesday, October 18, 2017 6:00 PM
    Turn in your Bible to Luke 24:1-12. This passage is about the battle of faith. Are we going to trust God's Word, or are we going to succumb to unbelief? Jesus Himself does not appear to anyone in the story that Luke has recorded here. This is significant because Luke is pointing our attention to something else that is faith producing, and that is the Word of God, the words of Christ.
  • Wednesday, September 27, 2017 6:00 PM
    Turn in your Bible to Luke 23:39-43. Last week we looked at two major themes of this passage. We saw in His conversation with the criminal that Jesus is continuing to save, to draw people to Himself, even while He is on the cross. Then we looked at the criminal’s incredible conversion. This week I want you to see a third thing from this passage. You not only see Jesus working
  • DUNCAN/Remember Me: Part 1
    Wednesday, September 20, 2017 6:00 PM
    Turn in your Bible to Luke 23:39-43. In the last passage that we read in Luke, Jesus prayed, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” In this passage, Jesus forgives a criminal and assures him of everlasting life. Even on the cross, Jesus is ministering His saving work. Even as He dies for the sins of the world, He is concerned about the heart of a convicted criminal who is dying the same awful death that He is dying. And in this wonderful exchange, this unique exchange recorded for us only by Luke, I want us to see three things. We will look at two of them this week, and we’ll look at the last one next week.
  • DUNCAN/Are You the King of the Jews?
    Wednesday, August 23, 2017 6:00 PM
    Turn to Luke 23:1-5. Remember that Jesus is before the Sanhedrin, the council of the elders. The Sanhedrin did not have the right of the death penalty. If the death penalty was going to be administered to Jesus, they would have to go to Pilate, the Roman authority. As you read there are three things that I want you to be on the lookout for.
  • DUNCAN/‘I Am Among You As the One Who Serves’
    Wednesday, July 12, 2017 6:00 PM
    Turn to Luke 22:24-27 as we continue looking at the events of the last night before Jesus’ crucifixion. In this passage we find the disciples arguing about who is the greatest, and Jesus rebukes them for it. This is a pretty humiliating story about the disciples, but Luke doesn’t tell it to shame them. He tells it to teach us a lesson. You see, Jesus is getting at one main thing in his rebuke: our attitude, our ambition. He’s exhorting us to a life of other-centered, Gospel-motivated service. As we look at what Jesus says, I want you to see four ways Luke gets this point across: the blindness of the disciples, the blindness of the world, the nature of the kingdom, and the motivation for our service.
  • DUNCAN/‘My Words Will Not Pass Away’
    Wednesday, June 14, 2017 6:00 PM
    Turn to Luke 21:25-38 as we continue to make our way through a passage in which Jesus has been addressing His disciples about future events. There is a criticism of the Christian teaching on the end times that goes something like this. Because the Bible teaches that Jesus is coming again and that this earth will pass away, this keeps Christians from being involved in this world. Jesus’ teaching shows that that criticism misunderstands what the Bible's teaching on the last things is for. Jesus’ teaching about the last things is designed to equip us for today, and He shows us this specifically in this passage in several ways. Let me just give you four words as we work through the passage together: confidence, trust, watch, and pray.
  • “DUNCAN/Blessed is He Who Comes in the Name of the Lord”
    Wednesday, April 26, 2017 6:00 PM
    Turn to Luke 19:28-44. This passage takes place on the Sunday before the Friday of Jesus’ crucifixion. Jesus does things here that He does nowhere else prior to this point. So often in the gospel story, when someone comes to Jesus and says, “You’re the Messiah,” Jesus says, “Do not tell anyone this.” That doesn’t happen here. Here He is acclaimed as the Messiah, and He says, “That’s right. I am.” Why is that different here? Luke wants you to pay attention to that question. In this passage Luke is saying, “Behold, this is your King. This is what He’s coming to do.” He’s directing our attention to Jesus’ person and work.
  • DUNCAN/‘Temptation, sin, and faith’
    Wednesday, January 25, 2017 6:00 PM
    Turn in your Bible to Luke 17:1-6. I want to remind you that throughout Luke 16 Jesus has been dealing with both the Pharisees’ lives and their teaching. Their sin is leading the people of God astray, so here Jesus is concerned to say to His disciples, “Do not live and teach like the Pharisees.” In many ways it's a contrast; it's a positive exhortation in light of His negative criticism of the Pharisees in Luke 16.
  • DUNCAN/“What is the Kingdom of God Like”
    Wednesday, November 9, 2016 6:00 PM
    This week we will look at Luke 13:18-21. In this passage Jesus tells two parables describing the kingdom of God. ‘Kingdom of God’ refers to the reign of God in this world and especially in the hearts of men and women and boys and girls. Jesus talks about it all the time. His gospel is bringing in the kingdom, and the kingdom creates the people of the kingdom, the church of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • EDITORIAL/Jack Wilson for Court of Appeals
    Wednesday, November 2, 2016 6:00 PM
    There are three qualified candidates running for election in the race for the Mississippi Court of Appeals in our district, but we believe incumbent Judge Jack Wilson represents the best in young, conservative leadership.
  • EDITORIAL/Griffis for Supreme Court
    Wednesday, November 2, 2016 6:00 PM
    The race for Mississippi Supreme Court directly impacts everyone in Mississippi. With the longest elected term in Mississippi government (eight years), the decision on who sits on the high court is a serious choice on which voters should consider and turn out to the polls on Nov. 8.
  • Wednesday, October 19, 2016 6:00 PM
    Turn to Luke 12:49-59. As you look through this passage, let me give you a few clues along the way to help you follow the train of argument. There are at least three parts to this passage. First, in verses 49 and 50, and especially in verse 50, Jesus makes a powerful declaration. He’ll follow it up in verses 51 to 53 with a penetrating question. Then, in verses 54 to 59, He turns to the multitudes and gives them an admonition, warning them because they lack spiritual discernment.
  • Wednesday, October 12, 2016 6:00 PM
    Turn in your Bible to Luke 12:35-48. Jesus turns His attention here to the issue of how we live daily as His disciples. He's especially concerned that His disciples would live in such a way that they are ready for His return. And He is particularly interested that His disciples would be good shepherds of His sheep and that His people would live lives of mutual service.
  • Wednesday, October 5, 2016 6:00 PM
    Turn to Luke chapter 12:22-34 as we continue our way through this gospel. In the previous passage we saw a diagnosis of covetousness. The passage that we're going to study now has to do with the cure of covetousness. Jesus, having diagnosed the illness and held up the royal mirror of His Word that we might look into it and see our own sin, is now giving us direction on how we fight against that sin of covetousness.
  • Wednesday, September 21, 2016 6:00 PM
    This week we’ll be looking at Luke 12:8-12. The whole passage has to do with how we testify with our tongues to the Lord Jesus Christ. It begins by talking about our testimony to Jesus with our lips. In verse 10 it talks about those who oppose Jesus with their lips and with their words, and in verses 11 and 12 it talks about giving testimony to Jesus when we're called to give an account for the hope that is in us.
  • DUNCAN/“The Leaven of Hypocrisy”
    Wednesday, September 14, 2016 6:00 PM
    This week we’ll be looking at Luke 12:1-3. As you turn there you may want to allow your eyes to roam back over Luke 11 to remember what has occurred right before this discourse. A Pharisee had judged Jesus for failing to wash his hands before eating, and Jesus responded with a rebuke for the Pharisees. He later turned to his disciples and pronounced woes upon the Pharisees for their fundamental problem of hypocrisy.
  • Wednesday, August 24, 2016 11:58 AM
    We continue our way through Luke's Gospel today by looking at Luke 11:37-54, which contains the outline of a very awkward dinner conversation. Jesus has been invited into the home of a Pharisee, a respected leader.
  • Wednesday, August 17, 2016 1:45 PM
    We're in Luke 11:29-36 today. How are your eyes? I'm talking about your spiritual eyes. How clearly are you seeing things in life? How clearly are you seeing yourself? Are you able to see your sin and your need? Are you locked in on the true wisdom? When you hear true, heavenly wisdom does it resonate with you? And how about Jesus and the Gospel? Are the eyes of your heart fixed on Him?
  • Wednesday, August 10, 2016 1:51 PM
    As we continue our way through the Gospel of Luke, we come to an extraordinary passage in which Jesus casts a demon out of a man who has been made mute by the activity of that demon and it evokes varying responses from the multitude that were observing this. Some marveled but others ascribed Jesus' activities to the power of Satan while still others demanded that that sign of casting out a demon was not enough. And of course in this passage He identifies Himself as the One who is able to plunder the strong man and so He shows Himself to be the Ruler of the ruler of the demons.
  • Thursday, August 4, 2016 5:41 AM
    In this article we continue in our series on the Gospel of Luke by taking a look at Luke 11:5-13. Following up on our study of the Lord's Prayer, we started to see last week how Jesus isn't done with prayer. He has given an outline, a pattern of prayer to His disciples to pray in response to their request, "Lord, teach us to pray," but now He wants to urge them as to the importance of prayer.
  • Wednesday, July 27, 2016 2:56 PM
    In this article we continue in our series on the Gospel of Luke by taking a look at Luke 11:5-13. Over the past few weeks we have look at how, in the Lord's prayer, Jesus has given an outline, a pattern of prayer to His disciples to pray in response to their request, "Lord, teach us to pray," but now He wants to urge them as to the importance of prayer.
  • Wednesday, July 20, 2016 1:22 PM
    We've been slowly looking at the Lord's Prayer for the past few weeks found in Luke 11:1-4. And last week we came to the fifth and final request, "Lead us not into temptation." We looked at how this phrase teaches us that we are to pray for deliverance from sin, we are to fear sin, as well as fear the devil.
  • Wednesday, July 13, 2016 11:25 AM
    Do you want to be king or do you want to be in the kingdom? Those are your options. They're the only two options there are. Let me ask that question another way. Do you want to be free to do as you please, what you please, when you please, where you please, or do you want the freedom that only God can give, a freedom that comes at the price of renouncing the pursuit of doing what you please, when you please, where you please? Or I could ask the question still another way. Do you want to be independent?
  • Friday, July 8, 2016 10:23 AM
    In our last few articles we've stopped and parked on the Lord's Prayer and the five petitions that Luke gives in his rendition of Jesus' prayer, the prayer that He taught the disciples to pray, in Luke 11:1-4. And we're on a very important petition today.
  • Wednesday, July 6, 2016 2:18 PM
    In our last few articles we've stopped and parked on the Lord's Prayer and the five petitions that Luke gives in his rendition of Jesus' prayer, the prayer that He taught the disciples to pray, in Luke 11:1-4. And we're picking up where we left off last week on a very important petition today. It's the petition for the Lord to forgive us as we forgive those who have sinned against us.
  • Wednesday, June 22, 2016 1:17 PM
    In this article we continue working our way through the gospel of Luke and specifically the Lord's Prayer found in Luke 11:1-4. And we pick up where we left off last week on third verse in Luke's version of our Lord's Prayer concerning the petition, "Give us each day our daily bread."
  • Wednesday, June 15, 2016 1:29 PM
    In this article we continue working our way through the gospel of Luke and specifically the Lord's Prayer found in Luke 11:1-4. We come today to the third verse in Luke's version of our Lord's Prayer. We'll concentrate on it. We've seen already several things.
  • Thursday, June 9, 2016 5:05 AM
    In today's article, we continue to look at Luke 11:1-4 and the Lord's Prayer. Two weeks ago we saw how Jesus is simply teaching the disciples how to pray the Bible. And then last week we made a few preliminary observations about the priority and pattern of prayer. This week we are going to zero in on the second petition, "Your kingdom come."
  • Wednesday, June 1, 2016 1:04 PM
    In today's article, we'll be looking again at Luke 11:1-4 and making our way through the Lord's Prayer, the prayer that Jesus taught His disciples in response to their request that He teach them how to pray.
  • Wednesday, May 25, 2016 12:33 PM
    We continue to make our way through Luke's Gospel in this article as we look at Luke 11:1-4. We come today to the passage in which one of Jesus' disciples asks Him to teach them to pray, not an uncommon thing amongst disciples. But the very question and the answer that Jesus gives prompts us to ask the Lord in prayer to help us to pray.
  • Wednesday, May 18, 2016 12:51 PM
    We continue to make our way through Luke's Gospel in this article as we look at Luke 11:1-4. We come today to the passage in which one of Jesus' disciples asks Him to teach them to pray, not an uncommon thing amongst disciples. But the very question and the answer that Jesus gives prompts us to ask the Lord in prayer to help us to pray.
  • Wednesday, May 11, 2016 3:23 PM
    We continue today in our study in the Gospel of Luke by looking at Luke 10:38-42. This is one of the great passages in the Bible about discipleship. And it's important for us to understand that in the end, this passage is really not about Martha, it's about you and me.
  • Wednesday, May 4, 2016 2:19 PM
    As we continue our way through the Gospel of Luke we come to a passage today that contains one of the most well-known stories of Jesus, the story of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:25-37.
  • Wednesday, April 27, 2016 4:14 PM
    We continue our study in the Gospel of Luke this week by looking at Luke 10:17-24. The passage comes in three parts. Verses 17 to 20 recounts the report of the disciples and then Jesus' response to them in which He explicitly tells them what it is that they ought to rejoice in.
  • Wednesday, April 20, 2016 4:13 PM
    Today we continue in our journey through the Gospel of Luke by looking at Luke 10:1-16 where Jesus sends His disciples out again on a mission.
  • Wednesday, April 6, 2016 1:56 PM
    We continue our study in the Gospel of Luke in this article by looking at Luke 9:46-56. It was the twenty-fifth of February, 1964, a twenty-two year old boxer had just defeated the world heavyweight champion and a microphone was thrust into his face as he left the ring. And he declared, "I am the greatest!" His name then was Cassius Clay. He later became Muhammad Ali and I think that the whole of the United States was shaken up by his braggadocio.
  • Wednesday, March 30, 2016 2:35 PM
    We continue our walk through the Gospel of Luke by looking at Luke 9:37-45 today. This is the one time in Jesus' earthly ministry that something of the full glory of who He was shone through and only three people saw it, three human beings that lived and ministered with Him, His inner circle - Peter, James, and John.
  • Wednesday, March 23, 2016 3:00 PM
    This week we continue to work our way through the Gospel of Luke by picking back up from our examination of Luke 9:28-36 from last week.
  • Wednesday, March 16, 2016 3:50 PM
    This week we continue to work our way through the Gospel of Luke by taking a look at Luke 9:28-36.
  • Thursday, March 10, 2016 2:38 AM
    In this article we'll be looking at Luke 9:23-27 in this great Gospel of Luke together. The subject of this passage is self denial. But of course I'm not just talking about self denial in general.
  • Wednesday, March 2, 2016 2:38 PM
    We continue our way through the Gospel of Luke together in this article by looking at Luke 9:18-22. In the Gospel of Luke we have been confronted with the question, "Who is this Jesus?" Luke wants to get at this question with you and me because that question is a dividing question. There are two types of people in this world - those who have the right answer to that question and those who don't - those who have responded rightly and have identified correctly who Jesus is and thus have embraced Him and those who haven't, and so this question is of vital importance.
  • Wednesday, February 24, 2016 4:57 PM
    As we continue our way through this great Gospel of Luke, we come to a passage which deals with the feeding of the five thousand in Luke 9:10-17. It's a passage in which Jesus' compassion is on vivid display, especially in contrast to His disciples, who are not so much uncompassionate as they were practical. It's a passage in which the power of Jesus is on display. Quite deliberately, the disciples are powerless to do anything about the situation that confronts them. Jesus lacks no such power and displays it vividly. And of course finally, the provision of Jesus is on display in this passage.
  • Wednesday, February 17, 2016 3:54 PM
    In this article we continue our series on the Gospel of Luke by looking at Luke 9:1-9.
  • Wednesday, February 10, 2016 3:23 PM
    We continue our series in the Gospel of Luke today by looking at Luke 8:40-56.
  • Wednesday, February 3, 2016 11:11 AM
    We continue in this article in our series on the Gospel of Luke from Luke 8:26-39. And if you'll remember we are looking at these four miracle stories, which show Jesus reaching out to Gentiles, either in Galilee or even in even more Gentile territory across the river. It's a picture of His great commission outreach, not just to Jews but to Gentiles also.
  • Thursday, January 28, 2016 5:21 AM
    As we continue in our study of the Gospel of Luke we will look at Luke 8:22-25 in this article. Where is your faith when the unexpected comes? How do you react? What do you think? To the thousand potential situations and questions that are in our hearts in the midst of them Jesus has a question for you - "Where is your faith?" - because in this passage He is teaching His disciples something very important about Himself and about how they're supposed to live the Christian life in just those unexpected situations.
  • Tuesday, January 26, 2016 10:44 AM
    We are continuing in our study of the Gospel of Luke in this article by looking at Luke 8:16-21. How do you know if someone is listening to you? The only way you know is whether what you've said has been executed.
  • Thursday, January 14, 2016 7:12 AM
    We are continuing in our series in the Gospel of Luke in this article by looking at Luke 8:1-15.
  • Wednesday, January 6, 2016 10:36 AM
    We continue in this article in our study of the gospel of Luke by looking at Luke 7:36-50.
  • Wednesday, December 30, 2015 9:12 AM

    John Robert Pitts, 35, 398 Webb Goodin Rd., Charge: Warrant-Aggravated Assault
  • Wednesday, December 30, 2015 9:12 AM
    I would like to congratulate Coach Jones and the "Mighty Kemper County Wildcats" on advancing to the semifinals in the football arena.
  • Wednesday, December 30, 2015 9:10 AM
    We're going to be looking at Luke 7:18-35 in this article as we continue to make our way through the gospel of Luke together.
  • Wednesday, December 23, 2015 10:55 AM
    As we continue our way through this great Gospel we'll be in Luke 7:1-17 in this article. In this passage, Luke is telling us two stories that are designed to help us and his original readers appreciate more fully who Jesus is.
  • Wednesday, December 16, 2015 10:44 AM
    In this article, we're going to be reading from Luke 6:37-38 and the well-known verse stating: "Judge not, and you will not be judged" or its King James' equivalent, "Judge not, lest ye be judged. This is among the most misunderstood and misapplied passages in all of the gospels.
  • Thursday, December 10, 2015 7:51 AM
    In this article, we're going to be reading from Luke 6:37-38 and the well-known verse stating: "Judge not, and you will not be judged" or its King James' equivalent, "Judge not, lest ye be judged. This is among the most misunderstood and misapplied passages in all of the gospels.
  • Wednesday, November 18, 2015 10:56 AM
    We're going to look at Luke 6:20-26 today as we continue to work our way through this Gospel together. In the last article, we looked at Luke 6:12-23 as Jesus introduced the Beatitudes. Now today, we are going to go back to those Beatitudes again, but this time we're going to couple them with the woes. It's interesting that Luke is the only one, who in the Sermon on the Mount, records both Jesus' woes and Jesus' words of blessing.
  • Wednesday, November 4, 2015 11:00 AM
    In Luke 6:1-11, Luke recounts the hostile encounter between Jesus and the Pharisees, and points us to something very significant about our hearts and about the Lord's Day.
  • Thursday, October 29, 2015 4:17 AM
    Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst has a proven record of prosecuting public corruption and corporate malfeasance.
  • Thursday, October 29, 2015 4:16 AM
    Initiative 42 is not simply about better school funding because the plain language ultimately vests authority to decide what is "adequate" and "efficient" with the chancery courts.
  • Wednesday, October 21, 2015 11:58 AM
    Mississippians four years ago elected Phil Bryant Governor and Tate Reeves Lieutenant Governor as Republicans took control of the Legislature ushering in a new era of more efficient and transparent government.
  • Wednesday, October 21, 2015 11:16 AM
    III. What About Fasting?
  • Thursday, October 1, 2015 4:03 AM
    What would it be like if you encountered Jesus? If you could hear Him with your own ears explain, proclaim, and apply the word of God? What would it be like to encounter Jesus in one of His mighty miracles? What would it be like to be right in the middle of one of those like the disciples were that day? How would you respond? What would it be like to encounter Jesus in one of His amazing calls, where He gives this direct call to action to the people that are hearing Him?
  • Friday, September 25, 2015 6:38 AM
    Remember, the last time we looked at the Gospel of Luke, we saw Jesus having come out of the wilderness and the temptation by Satan and into Galilee preaching.
  • Wednesday, September 16, 2015 11:52 AM
    What would happen if Jesus came to preach at your church? How would you respond? Well, Jesus has come to preach there through His word, and His word is for us just as surely as it was for this synagogue in Galilee 2,000 years ago.
  • Wednesday, September 9, 2015 11:08 AM
    Jesus, and He is being tempted by Satan. I want to draw your attention to a number of things to look for and a few things to bear in mind in this great passage.
  • Wednesday, September 2, 2015 10:49 AM
    Luke's insertion of this genealogy after Jesus' baptism and prior to His temptation is designed to help us understand the right answer to the question: "What do you need to know about Jesus in order to fully appreciate the gospel?" You see, in this genealogy Luke manages to do five things all at once.
  • Wednesday, August 26, 2015 11:39 AM
    I want to ask you three questions. First, do you think that it would be a help to you in your Christian life to know how much Jesus is for you in your struggle against sin? To know just how closely He has identified himself to you and with you in your struggle against sin? Well, then this passage is for you today, because the baptism of Jesus is about His identification with you in the struggle against sin.
  • Wednesday, August 19, 2015 11:54 AM
    The Reformation of the church in the sixteenth century began with Augustinian German monk, Martin Luther, nailing 95 theological propositions to the Castle Church door in Wittenberg on October 31 of 1517.
  • Thursday, August 13, 2015 9:56 AM
    We're at a very special passage when we come to Luke 2:40-52. It is the only story that we have of Jesus between the time of His infancy and the beginning of His ministry as an adult of around thirty years old.
  • Wednesday, August 5, 2015 10:26 AM
    Shakespeare puts into the mouth of Hamlet in his famous play the words, "To be, or not to be? That is the question." If Luke had been around, I suspect he would have said, "Actually, Hamlet, that is not the question. The question is Who is Jesus? Who do you believe that Jesus is? That's the question?"
  • Wednesday, July 29, 2015 11:37 AM
    Let me ask you a set of three questions. What do you think of yourself? And, do you see yourself as a sinner? Is that part of how you assess who you are?
  • Wednesday, July 22, 2015 10:45 AM
    Have you ever had one of those moments in life where you ask yourself, "Why now? I'm trying to do the best I can to serve you, Lord. Why is this happening now? The timing just doesn't make sense to me."
  • Wednesday, July 15, 2015 12:24 PM
    Were we in Zechariah's shoes, what would we say had the announcement been given to us that our child had been chosen in the providence of God to be the Elijah that would go before the Messiah, to be the one who would prepare His people for the coming of the long awaited one?
  • Wednesday, July 8, 2015 11:56 AM
    Luke, throughout this portion of his Gospel, having investigated with eyewitnesses, first-hand players in the unfolding events that led up to the birth of Jesus the Messiah, is bringing us into that story.
  • Thursday, July 2, 2015 10:24 AM
    Quick! You've just been told by an angel that you're going to be the mother of the Messiah. What do you say? How do you respond?
  • Thursday, June 18, 2015 6:04 AM
    This passage is about Jesus first and foremost. And it's about God's redeeming purposes first and foremost. But even as we exalt God and Christ, as we see the redeeming purposes of the Lord and the work of the Lord Jesus Christ unfolded in this passage, we also learn some things about how to live to Christ and die to self and the world in this passage. Five words, I think, sum up some of these lessons that we learn: Humility, Privilege, Mystery, Sovereignty, and, Submission. Let me look at these five things with you briefly in this passage this morning.
  • Wednesday, June 10, 2015 12:00 PM
    So how would you react if you met an angel? You're on your way into church, preparing to worship, and you encounter an angel. Zechariah was scared stiff by his encounter with this angel, and struck dumb by his unbelief, but in this story there are many things for us to learn, and I want to think with you about five things we learn in this great passage.
  • Thursday, June 4, 2015 4:02 AM
    We begin today a study through this great Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Now, we call it the Gospel of Luke. When we refer to the Gospels, we're not talking about when we use the word gospel to refer to the message of salvation through Jesus Christ. We're talking about the four books that give you the context for appreciating that message.
  • Wednesday, May 27, 2015 10:18 AM
    After a year together in this glorious letter, we have come to our final exposition of Paul's word to the Philippians. In this article we are bidding farewell to the letter of the Apostle Paul to the Philippians in this series.
  • Wednesday, May 20, 2015 10:32 AM
    Philippians 4:11, 13, and 19 each read:

    "I have learned to be content in whatever circumstance I am." (Phil. 4:11.)
  • Wednesday, May 13, 2015 12:02 PM
    How often do you think? I mean really think. Are you so caught up in the hustle and bustle of every day that you find yourself, like I do, at the end of a long day filled up with all sorts of stuff at about 10:30 at night wondering if you've thought about anything of eternal significance?
  • Wednesday, May 6, 2015 12:21 PM
    Successful testing in March of burners to heat gasifiers at Mississippi Power's $6 billion Kemper County energy facility is one of the plant's most significant milestones to date.
  • Wednesday, May 6, 2015 12:14 PM
    Can you imagine being immortalized for the next two thousand years in every culture as being the two ladies in the congregation at Philippi that everybody needed to work together with to try and see if they could get them to get along again? Well, that's how Euodia and Syntyche are mentioned in this passage.
  • Wednesday, April 29, 2015 11:02 AM
    Today we're in a section of the letter to the Philippians in which the Apostle Paul is pressing home to Christians how to live the Christian life. He's saying, having been saved by grace through faith, this is how you live.
  • Wednesday, April 22, 2015 10:43 AM
    In the first couple of years that I was in Jackson teaching at Reformed Theological Seminary, a very godly, mature young couple showed up in my office one day after class.
  • Wednesday, April 15, 2015 12:13 PM
    1. What Paul Wants

    Last week, we look at the question from this passage, "What is Paul's treasure?" He makes it very clear that Jesus is his treasure. He wants to glorify Christ. He wants to fellowship with Christ. He wants to see Christ face to face. This is Paul's great desire. Jesus isn't a ticket to get Paul something better than Jesus. Jesus is the means to being brought into eternal, everlasting, glorious, joyous, overflowing fellowship with God.
  • Wednesday, April 8, 2015 11:06 AM
    As we look at this passage, which speaks to us about the triple gain of Christians you'll notice especially in verses 7-11 that Paul outlines for us what that triple gain is. In the language of the Westminster Shorter Catechism it is justification, sanctification, and glorification.
  • Wednesday, April 1, 2015 9:23 AM
    We've been looking at Philippians 3:1-11 for a few weeks now. And it's very appropriate that we think for a moment about the gospel that Paul preaches in Philippians 3:7-10 where Paul describes, or even defines, Christians in this passage.
  • Wednesday, March 25, 2015 10:32 AM
    In our passage, it appears that Paul is getting ready to conclude this letter, and then, by the guidance of the Holy Spirit, God burdens him to give yet another word of truth to the people of God so that they will understand more fully and live out more really the exhortation that he was about to end this letter with.
  • Wednesday, March 18, 2015 9:25 AM
    We've been looking at this great letter of the apostle to the Philippians for many weeks now, and now as we come to Philippians 3:1-11, we are coming to the final teaching portion of the book.
  • Wednesday, March 11, 2015 10:14 AM
    We've spent a lot of time looking at the center section of this letter to the Philippians (v. 1:27-2:18) where Paul is pressing home two realities at the same time. One is he wants us to grow in grace and to be disciples who live with one another, together, as a body in humble service of one another and obedience to God. On the other hand, he wants us to experience real joy. For the Apostle Paul those two things go together.
  • Wednesday, March 4, 2015 8:55 AM
    Recently, we've been looking at an extended section in Philippians in which the Apostle Paul is encouraging us and exhorting us to live the Christian life.
  • Wednesday, February 25, 2015 8:40 AM
    As we continue to make our way through this great letter of the apostle Paul. Paul, in this passage is reiterating an exhortation that he has been making since Philippians chapter 1, verse 27. He is exhorting us to obedience in the Christian life. Now he relates this to our purpose in life.
  • Wednesday, February 18, 2015 9:20 AM
    Last week as we looked at Philippians 2:12-13, we said that this was the main point that the Apostle Paul wanted us to appreciate about sanctification: that because God accepts us freely, change is possible.
  • Wednesday, February 11, 2015 8:08 AM
    We have come to a new part of the middle section of Philippians today, and it begins with the word "Therefore". And you know that when you come across the word "therefore" in the Bible, you're supposed to ask the question, "What's the therefore there for?"
  • Wednesday, February 4, 2015 11:14 AM
    Ramona and I will be getting a new mail man soon. I am moving across town to my Mom's house. Family will be moving to where I live now. I am looking forward to this move, but I have lived in this house since about 1950 except being in school. My math tells me this is 65 years. That means the Old Mail Man is the old Old Mail Man.
  • Wednesday, February 4, 2015 11:13 AM
    Over the last number of weeks we have been working through this letter to pay very close attention to what some theologians and New Testament scholars call the "hymn to Christ" recorded in Philippians 2:5-11. Now, we'll be looking at verses 9-11, in which Paul sets out the exaltation of Christ.
  • Wednesday, January 28, 2015 10:12 AM
    We've been studying this section of this great letter from Philippians 2:5-11: this great hymn to Christ, which celebrates His humiliation and His exaltation.
  • Wednesday, January 21, 2015 10:26 AM
    Last week we looked at what Paul said about Jesus' self-emptying in Philippians 2:7.
  • Wednesday, January 14, 2015 11:33 AM
    The Bible is the written word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit and without error in the original manuscripts. The Bible is the revelation of God's truth and is infallible and authoritative in all matters of faith and practice.
  • Wednesday, January 14, 2015 11:32 AM
    You will remember that the apostle's exhortation to us to live a life that fits the gospel comes in a context where the Apostle Paul very plainly acknowledges that this life is filled with all kinds of trouble, trials, and opposition.
  • Wednesday, January 7, 2015 10:06 AM
    How do you go about counting others as more significant than yourself? How do you go about counting someone ahead of you, above you, in preference to you, as more significant than you, when you think you are every bit their equal-if not their superior? Do you do it through false humility?
  • Tuesday, December 30, 2014 11:03 AM
    For eleven chapters in the book of Romans Paul has been pressing an argument to us, making points about sin and judgment and atonement and justification and union with Christ and sanctification and the law and the work of the Holy Spirit and predestination and the place of Israel and more. Today we come to the culminating point of those first eleven chapters of teaching.
  • Tuesday, December 23, 2014 10:06 AM
    We're going to look at the third goal that the Apostle Paul sets out in Philippians 2:1-4. There are four things that we can learn from the Apostle Paul about helping one another from this passage.
  • Wednesday, December 17, 2014 10:57 AM
    The Apostle Paul teaches us in Philippians 2:1-3 that if we are to experience the joy and spiritual oneness that God intends for His people, and if we are to thereby witness to the reality of gospel grace in the world, we are going to have to pursue humility, because humility is the key to unity. The Apostle Paul gives two arguments or motivations to our humility.
  • Wednesday, December 10, 2014 10:51 AM
    There are things that rob us of joy and cause us to fall short of the purposes that God has for us in living a life worthy of the gospel. The foremost among them are pride, self-centeredness, and selfishness.
  • Wednesday, December 3, 2014 10:32 AM
    What encourages you to live the Christian life? What motivations do you reflect upon when it comes to you living out the truth in the hardest places that God asks you to live out His truth? Where do you go to look for help, aid, motivation, incentive, assistance, and encouragement to live the Christian life? The Apostle Paul is giving the Philippians and us incentives, motivations, and encouragements in order to deal with what are fairly common problems in the Christian church in Philippians 2:1-2.
  • Tuesday, November 25, 2014 11:33 AM
    This week we're going to focus on the first part of what Paul intends to be an encouragement to the Philippians and to you and me: that is, faith is a gift from God.
  • Wednesday, November 19, 2014 10:59 AM
    Philippians 1:27-28 contain the first major exhortation in the main section of this letter. Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the Apostle Paul is exhorting the Philippians, as well as you and me, to live lives that are worthy of the gospel.
  • Wednesday, November 12, 2014 10:29 AM
    We enter the main section of the book in Philippians 1:27 where he starts with an ethical exhortation.
  • Wednesday, November 5, 2014 10:23 AM
    Today, in our study of Philippians 1:21-26, we will learn three things. First, we will see Paul's theme statement in Philippians 1:21.
  • Wednesday, October 29, 2014 12:01 PM
    The comfort that we all look for ,especially in the hour of death , and the comfort that we get in the second half of Philippians 1:21 in Paul's affirmation that to die is gain is reserved for those who know the truth of the first half of this verse. In other words, the second half of this verse makes no sense and holds no hope out to those who have not realized the grace in their experience of the first half of this verse. It is for those who "to live is Christ" that "to die is gain."
  • Wednesday, October 22, 2014 11:17 AM
    We continue in our study of Philippians: particularly, chapter 1 verse 21: to live is Christ. Today, we will answer the question, "If those, for whom it is true that to live is Christ, want to know, be like, make known, and delight in Christ as much as possible, what does that look like and involve?
  • Wednesday, October 15, 2014 10:39 AM
    We are in Philippians 1:21, which is virtually a "life verse" for the Apostle Paul.
  • Thursday, October 9, 2014 4:00 AM
    In Philippians 1:19-20, Paul tells you the purpose of his life: 'My hope,' he says, 'is that Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.' Paul, in other words, is saying 'The reason I am able to have hope and be confident even though I am in prison awaiting sentencing, is because my meaning and purpose in life is to exalt Christ in my body; whether it means me living or dying.' Now it is this that ramps him up to the statement that we find in Philippians 1:21; and that passage is virtually a life motto for the Apostle Paul.
  • Wednesday, October 1, 2014 12:15 PM
    The Philippians are concerned about the Apostle Paul's imprisonment and its ramification on the spread of the gospel. They are also concerned to know how they ought to respond to others who are preaching the gospel but are not in prison, while Paul, their evangelist, is imprisoned. They're wondering where Paul's heart is. The Apostle Paul writes verses 12-20 of chapter 1 to answer these questions. In the course of his answer, he teaches us something about the providence of God, our concern for the promotion of the gospel, and our purpose in life.
  • Wednesday, September 24, 2014 11:52 AM
    For our study of the book of Philippians, we are looking at verses 7-11 today. In this great passage we have an expression of Paul's thankfulness and a glorious example of Paul's prayers for God's people.
  • Wednesday, September 17, 2014 11:52 AM
    Last time we were together we said that the Apostle Paul shows in this passage his gratitude, his joy, and his focus on the gospel fellowship that he has toward the Philippians. That is the first reason why Paul was so thankful and joyful in his prayers. Verse 6 tells us the second reason, it is all about God. Paul, in this passage, is joyful, thankful, and confident because salvation is God's work.
  • Wednesday, September 10, 2014 12:59 PM
    We began our study of Philippians last week and we noted some of the great themes in this book. We said that the book of Philippians shows us a man with vibrant faith in difficult circumstances radiating a contagious joy-and how we need that ourselves in our own time. This is a book that beckons us to that fight for joy no matter what our situation is right now. Today, we will be looking at chapter one, verses three to five.
  • Wednesday, September 3, 2014 12:22 PM
    Having finished our series on Ecclesiastes from the Old Testament, we will now turn to the New Testament book of Philippians. The Apostle Paul covers many great themes in his letter to the Philippians. Today, we will be looking at the reason we need this letter, a brief overview of the letter, and the introduction of the letter from chapter 1, verses 1 and 2.
  • Wednesday, August 27, 2014 12:39 PM
    We are now in chapter 12. This is the end of this book. The whole book is a sermon that is pressing home the life of faith and contrasting it with the empty life of unbelief. What's the conclusion, then? In this concluding part of his message, the Preacher wants to drive home three grand things.
  • Wednesday, August 20, 2014 10:50 AM
    In Ecclesiastes 11, the Preacher is beginning to wrap up his argument and has entered into his final exhortation. He's calling us into the life of faith: to reject the life of faithlessness, the life of unbelief, and the life of indifference to spiritual things.
  • Wednesday, August 13, 2014 10:23 AM
    Today, we come to chapter 10. But what does this chapter have to do with what we've been talking about in chapters 1-9? Suddenly we get this unassociated list of parables and proverbs. What are we supposed to do with this? How does this fit with the flow of argument?
  • Wednesday, August 6, 2014 11:22 AM
    The author of the Book of Ecclesiastes who calls himself the Preacher, has a thesis and his thesis is: Life is empty, vain, meaningless, futile, and without satisfaction. And furthermore, people attempt to fill that emptiness and find some meaning in a meaningless life in various ways.
  • Wednesday, July 30, 2014 11:57 AM
    This week, we will continue to learn lessons from Ecclesiastes 8 from my dear friend, Dr. Derek Thomas, Senior Minister at First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina and the Robert Strong Professor of Systematic and Pastoral Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary Atlanta.
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