2 Samuel – Repentance

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Bible Text: 2 Samuel

Repentance

God is Holy, we are sinful. How are sinful people to respond to a holy God? Listen to “Repentance” from the book of 2 Samuel.

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God will send Rain

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Applications from 1 Kings 

1 Kings 18:40-46

If you read the last post, Great Expectations, please skip ahead to the application.

The Story:

As we finished last time the fire of God fell and consumed the sacrifice. This led the people to proclaim, “Yahweh is God!” Tonight Elijah has all of the prophets of Baal killed. Then he tells Ahab that rain is coming. Next, Elijah goes atop Mt. Carmel and kneels. He tells his servant to go up and look toward the sea. The servant sees nothing, but Elijah tells him to look again 7 times. The 7th time he sees a cloud the size of a man’s fist. This small cloud grew into great rain. As everyone heads home, Elijah outruns Ahab who is in a chariot and got a head start!

The Application:

It may have started in just a cloud the size of a man’s hand, but it ended as a great rain. God had promised to send rain and He did.

Please realize that while literal in our story, the rain here is symbolic of the lesson God wanted to teach Israel.

God is God…Baal is not. God protects & provides for his prophets, while Baal lets his die. The Lord feeds the orphans and widows and raises the dead, Baal lets those who need suffer. God can send fire or rain from heaven, Baal cannot
respond to his most loyal and dedicated followers. Baal is no God at all. God is Lord of all, the one true God. Rain here is evidence of God’s absolute sovereignty over the Earth and human affairs.

These people did not just get rain…they got God!

Conclusion: Address the problem instead of treating the symptom, Have great expectations, watch God send the rain.

Pastor Chanc Strickland
Harpeth Baptist Church
Kingston Springs, TN

This blog post was adapted from a sermon preached at Harpeth Baptist Church in the summer of 2012.

Secret Church 2018

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What is Secret Church? It is a version of “house church” taught by David Platt where we meet with other believers around the world through a live simulcast, for an intense time of Bible study – lasting 6+ hours – including a time of prayer for our brothers and sisters across the globe who are facing persecution and for those who still have not heard the gospel.

When is it? Friday, April 20, at 6:00pm
What is this Year’s Topic? The topic for this year is Cults and Counterfeit Gospels
Where is it? Harpeth Baptist Church via live simulcast

The apostle Paul was astonished that some followers of Christ in his day were “turning to a different gospel,” and he pleaded with them not to be deceived by those who wanted to “distort the gospel of Christ.” These warnings given to the church in the first century are just as relevant today for the church in the 21st century.

For the good of our souls and for the sake of the church’s mission followers of Christ need to ask, “What false gospels are being taught today?” and “How can I recognize the true gospel among so many counterfeits?” Answering these questions will be the aim of Secret Church 2018, “Cults and Counterfeit Gospels.”

We will consider the claims of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons and other groups that claim to teach the truth. We will also explore more subtle distortions of the gospel, including prosperity teaching that is rampant across the church. In the end, our goal is to walk away from this Secret Church not only enabled to discern false gospels, but also equipped to share the true gospel with people around us and with peoples around the world.

What can we expect from the evening? During this fast-paced, intense study you can expect to learn how to better identify and combat false gospels, enjoy times of prayer and worship, munch on yummy snacks throughout the night, and grow closer to God and your brothers and sisters sitting next to you. Also, it is not mandatory to stay the entire evening.

Sign-up here or at the church before April 1:

1 Samuel – Leadership

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Bible Text: 1 Samuel

Leadership

Samuel, Saul, and David were not the leaders Israel needed…God was.  So it is for us, His people now. Listen to “Leadership” from the book of 1 Samuel.

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Great Expectations

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Applications from 1 Kings 

1 Kings 18:40-46

If you read the last post, Treating the Symptom, please skip ahead to the application.

The Story:

As we finished last time the fire of God fell and consumed the sacrifice. This led the people to proclaim, “Yahweh is God!” Tonight Elijah has all of the prophets of Baal killed. Then he tells Ahab that rain is coming. Next, Elijah goes atop Mt. Carmel and kneels. He tells his servant to go up and look toward the sea. The servant sees nothing, but Elijah tells him to look again 7 times. The 7th time he sees a cloud the size of a man’s fist. This small cloud grew into great rain. As everyone heads home, Elijah outruns Ahab who is in a chariot and got a head start!

The Application:

Elijah’s actions show us that he expects God to do what He said He would do. Elijah tells Ahab…I think I hear a rain storm coming! Elijah goes up high so he can see it on the way. Elijah tells his servant to keep checking…I know it is a climb, but keep checking and let me know. Even if you have to go 7 times! Elijah had great expectations.

God said (18:1) that He was going to send rain. Why should Elijah assume God would do anything else? Had God ever failed Elijah? When God said he would stop the rain…it stopped. When God sent Elijah to the brook…He fed him. When God sent Elijah to the Widow…He fed them. When the widow’s son died…God raised him. God had never failed Elijah, thus Elijah had Great Expectations.

Has God ever failed you? Jesus never fails! Live your life with Great Expectations. Live believing that God will do what He said He would do.

Pastor Chanc Strickland
Harpeth Baptist Church
Kingston Springs, TN

This blog post was adapted from a sermon preached at Harpeth Baptist Church in the summer of 2012.

Ruth-Redemption

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Bible Text: Ruth

Redemption

In this overview sermon of the book of Ruth we find Redemption by God’s grace through faith alone.

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Treating the Symptom

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Applications from 1 Kings 

1 Kings 18:40-46

The Story:

As we finished last time the fire of God fell and consumed the sacrifice. This led the people to proclaim, “Yahweh is God!” Tonight Elijah has all of the prophets of Baal killed. Then he tells Ahab that rain is coming. Next, Elijah goes atop Mt. Carmel and kneels. He tells his servant to go up and look toward the sea. The servant sees nothing, but Elijah tells him to look again 7 times. The 7th time he sees a cloud the size of a man’s fist. This small cloud grew into great rain. As everyone heads home, Elijah outruns Ahab who is in a chariot and
got a head start!

The Application:

You notice here that Elijah doesn’t just beat the prophets of Baal in a contest, but he also has them killed. Many may see this as too much…Why kill them now that they had been proven wrong?

This leads us to distinguish between the problem and symptom. Was Israel’s problem the lack of rain? No, this is the symptom. Israel’s problem was worship of Baal before God. The contest treated the symptom…they got rain. Eliminating Jezebel’s prophets addressed the problem.

We must be careful to address the problem not just treat symptom.

Physically. Have you ever had a doctor discuss with you the health implications of American’s eating habits. Many of our health issues would go away if we had better self-control in our diet.

Financially. The same holds true with our budgets. We don’t need more money, better credit, or a different economy. We need to control our personal spending.

Spiritually. Just as we can treat the symptom but never get to the problem with our health/finances…we really can with the spiritual matters of our life, home, and church. Most of the time we don’t need a fresh start, new program, or whatever great idea surfaces. Usually we just need to address the sin, idolatry, or the need for awakening.

Instead of treating the symptom address the problem.

Pastor Chanc Strickland
Harpeth Baptist Church
Kingston Springs, TN

This blog post was adapted from a sermon preached at Harpeth Baptist Church in the summer of 2012.

Judges-God’s People’s Failure

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Bible Text: Judges

God’s People’s Failure

In this overview sermon of the book of Judges we see God’s people fail to fully trust God and obey His Word. God’s people today, must take note and love and obey God always. Listen to “God’s People’s Failure” from the book of Judges.

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Composure

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Applications from 1 Kings 

1 Kings 18:22-39

If you read the last post, Concession, please skip ahead to the application.

The Story:

In this text we read of the show down between Elijah and the Prophets of Baal…or God and Baal. Elijah sets up the situation to prove who is really God. We will put out a sacrifice. Whoever can get his god to send fire wins. He allows the Baal prophets to go first. After they fail Elijah takes his turn successfully.

While the story is very fun to read and very helpful to our faith, I
would like to show you 3 things about Elijah’s character from this
reading.

The Application:

From the text we can see that Elijah is a man with composure. Notice how the Baal prophets acted: They leaped on the altar until it broke. They cut themselves. They were loud, showy, and charismatic. Why did they have to act this way? Their actions were all that was really there in regards to Baal. He wasn’t real…nothing would be done that they didn’t do.

Now see Elijah…. He rebuilt the altar. He prepared the sacrifice. He prayed. He had composure. There was no real show in what Elijah did. Everything he did, allowed God to get more glory.

Conclusion:

Be a Christian with conviction. Don’t be afraid of concession. Operate with composure.

Pastor Chanc Strickland
Harpeth Baptist Church
Kingston Springs, TN

This blog post was adapted from a sermon preached at Harpeth Baptist Church in the summer of 2012.

Joshua-God’s Inheritance

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Bible Text: Joshua 

God’s Inheritance

In this overview sermon of the book of Joshua we see God’s people Israel enter in and claim their inheritance. The church today, God’s people, must do the same on the spiritual level. Listen to “God’s Inheritance” from the book of Joshua.

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Deuteronomy-God and His People

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Bible Text: Deuteronomy 

God and His People

Here in the book of Deuteronomy we see the two-way relationship between God and His people. Listen to this overview sermon of the book of Deuteronomy as we continue through the Old Testament.

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Concession

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Applications from 1 Kings 

1 Kings 18:22-39

If you read the last post, Conviction, please skip ahead to the application.

The Story:

In this text we read of the show down between Elijah and the Prophets of Baal…or God and Baal. Elijah sets up the situation to prove who is really God. We will put out a sacrifice. Whoever can get his god to send fire wins. He allows the Baal prophets to go first. After they fail Elijah takes his turn successfully.

While the story is very fun to read and very helpful to our faith, I
would like to show you 3 things about Elijah’s character from this
reading.

The Application:

We see Elijah is a man who doesn’t mind a little concession. That is to say he didn’t mind giving a little. He let the Baal prophets go first. He let the contest be based on fire, Baal was supposedly the storm god responsible for lightening…so this should be easy for him. He put water around his sacrifice. Did you ever give head starts or spot points as a child? The fastest guy always had to give a head start in a race. The tall guy had to spot points in basketball. Sometimes convincing the other party or even getting them onto the field requires a bit of concession.

Often people of conviction really struggle also being people who don’t mind concession. We are so set on what we know, what we love, what we are convinced is right that we will not budge. We won’t even budge enough to allow the other party room to move over to our side. What was the point Elijah was trying to make here? That he was right and they were wrong? No, he wanted to prove that God was God…not Baal.

Elijah was a man of conviction, but he didn’t mind conceding a bit to allow the other side to see what he knew. You catch more flies with honey… Don’t be afraid to give a little.

Pastor Chanc Strickland
Harpeth Baptist Church
Kingston Springs, TN

This blog post was adapted from a sermon preached at Harpeth Baptist Church in the summer of 2012.

Conviction

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Applications from 1 Kings 

1 Kings 18:22-39

The Story:

In this text we read of the show down between Elijah and the Prophets of Baal…or God and Baal. Elijah sets up the situation to prove who is really God. We will put out a sacrifice. Whoever can get his god to send fire wins. He allows the Baal prophets to go first. After they fail Elijah takes his turn successfully.

While the story is very fun to read and very helpful to our faith, I
would like to show you 3 things about Elijah’s character from this
reading.

The Application:

From the text we can see that Elijah is a man of conviction. In fact we could also say that the prophets of Baal had conviction. Both believe their god to be the solution to Israel’s problem. Both are willing to publicly put their faith to the test.

Elijah says, “I am the only prophet of God left who will stand against Baal and Jezebel.” Times when we feel like we are ‘the only one’ are times when our conviction is tested. We learn tonight that being a person of conviction works.

What is conviction? A strong persuasion or belief. The state of being convinced. I was always taught that a conviction is something you would die for, everything else is a preference. This led me to stop saying ‘convictions’ and just say conviction. Realistically, there is very little that I would die for.

Elijah was a man of conviction. It is important to note that he had properly placed
conviction. The prophets of Baal had as much conviction as Elijah: thy publicly prayed, cut themselves, and prophesied. However, their conviction achieved little. Elijah’s conviction was rooted in Almighty God.

We should be people of conviction, especially in regards to God. Our faith should be the one thing we are so convinced of we would die for it. We must be careful to not allow ourselves to have misplaced conviction like these Baal prophets did. Because many things in life require give and take. Elijah also had this as part of his character.

Pastor Chanc Strickland
Harpeth Baptist Church
Kingston Springs, TN

This blog post was adapted from a sermon preached at Harpeth Baptist Church in the summer of 2012.

A New Year

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Bible Text: Philippians 4:13-14

A New Year
Philippians 4:13-14

Listen to Pastor Scotty Marcum as he shares “A New Year” from Philippians.

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You can’t straddle the fence

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Applications from 1 Kings 

1 Kings 18:17-21

If you read the last post, The truth hurts, please skip ahead to the application.

The Story:

The part of the story read here gives three good thoughts. We left Elijah last time waiting for Obadiah to bring Ahab. We pick up here with Ahab and Elijah meeting for the first time since Elijah announced that God would stop the rain. Ahab immediately blames Elijah for Israel’s trouble. Elijah quickly reminds Ahab that the trouble comes from Baal
worship. Elijah tells Ahab to gather Israel and the false prophets for a meeting
at Mt. Carmel. Once there Elijah asks the people how long they will halt between
two opinions. He challenges them to either serve God or Baal.

The Application:

“You can’t straddle the fence” has become our modern way to say what Elijah said, “How long halt ye between two opinions?” Ahab was proving that one cannot serve Baal and God.

Elijah calls on the people to stop this and choose one or the other. Try to picture what Elijah was saying to these people… One author puts it this way: “How long will you keep on dancing from one leg to the other, like a bird trying to straddle a widening branch or a man trying to take both forks of a road at the same time?” In other words, “How long will you try to worship both Yahweh and Baal at the same time?” The statement is clearly a metaphor to condemn halfhearted, double-minded indecision.

For you and I things are the same. We cannot have one foot in the world and one with God. We must choose to fully serve God and allow Him to be Lord. “If He is not Lord of all…He is not Lord at all.”

You can’t straddle the fence.

Conclusion:
Do you see the correlation between the three applications in this text? I don’t want to face the truth… So I put the blame on someone else… But I want the benefit of the right and the wrong so am I not going to leave either. This mentality simply doesn’t work. You cannot serve God and ______.  It will lead to dryness in your life just like the drought in Israel.

Pastor Chanc Strickland
Harpeth Baptist Church
Kingston Springs, TN

This blog post was adapted from a sermon preached at Harpeth Baptist Church in the summer of 2012.

God Sent His Son

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Bible Text: Galatians 4:1-7

God Sent His Son
Galatians 1:1-7

We are redeemed through Christ—Redemption and We have now become heirs—Adoption. Listen to Pastor Chanc as he shares “God sent His Son” from Galatians.

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The truth hurts

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Applications from 1 Kings 

1 Kings 18:17-21

If you read the last post, Blamed for something you didn’t do, please skip ahead to the application.

The Story:

The part of the story read here gives three good thoughts. We left Elijah last time waiting for Obadiah to bring Ahab. We pick up here with Ahab and Elijah meeting for the first time since Elijah announced that God would stop the rain. Ahab immediately blames Elijah for Israel’s trouble. Elijah quickly reminds Ahab that the trouble comes from Baal
worship. Elijah tells Ahab to gather Israel and the false prophets for a meeting
at Mt. Carmel. Once there Elijah asks the people how long they will halt between
two opinions. He challenges them to either serve God or Baal.

The Application:

Being falsely blamed, Elijah speaks the truth. I didn’t cause this. You and your fathers did. You have forsaken the Lord and followed Baal.

We see two polar opposite characters here… Ahab, who even when misplacing blame tries to do it in a nice way to avoid hurt feelings. Elijah, who isn’t concerned with anyone’s feelings but God.

Elijah speaks the truth even when the truth hurts.

You and I have a tough job before us trying to decide which route to take when dealing with others. Mainly because…the truth hurts.

Here are some things to remember. Speak the truth in love….love never fails. Be aware that the truth hurts and don’t be surprised when it does. The first time you speak the truth to someone may the last time you get to speak with them. If someone speaks the truth to you listen knowing that it might just hurt a bit to hear what they have to say.

Pastor Chanc Strickland
Harpeth Baptist Church
Kingston Springs, TN

This blog post was adapted from a sermon preached at Harpeth Baptist Church in the summer of 2012.

What is the purpose of the law

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Bible Text: Galatians 3:19:29

What is the purpose of the law?
Galatians 3:19:29

The law brings us to Christ through which we have peace with God Listen to Pastor Chanc as he shares “What is the purpose of the law?” from Galatians.

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Blamed for something you didn’t do

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Applications from 1 Kings 

1 Kings 18:17-21

The Story:

The part of the story read here gives three good thoughts. We left Elijah last time waiting for Obadiah to bring Ahab. We pick up here with Ahab and Elijah meeting for the first time since Elijah announced that God would stop the rain. Ahab immediately blames Elijah for Israel’s trouble. Elijah quickly reminds Ahab that the trouble comes from Baal
worship. Elijah tells Ahab to gather Israel and the false prophets for a meeting
at Mt. Carmel. Once there Elijah asks the people how long they will halt between
two opinions. He challenges them to either serve God or Baal.

The Application:

Ahab blames Elijah for the state of things…. Notice how he goes about it….Are you the one? What he is really saying is, “This is all your fault…” Ahab just has too much tact to say directly what he feels. Nonetheless Elijah is getting blamed for what is Ahab’s fault.

Two things we need to keep in mind about BLAME.

Be careful not to push your own blame on someone else. When in the wrong, work hard to make it right. In the midst of a crisis (famine here) who cares whose fault it is…we just need rain.

Realize the root cause when someone is pushing blame on you. Why is Ahab pushing this on Elijah? He doesn’t want to deal with his own sin. He needs someone to take the fall publicly. Things are similar now.

When being blamed for something you didn’t do… Try to become aware of the true problem (Ahab’s Baal worship), and consider addressing it. Don’t allow yourself to become the scapegoat. Proverbs 26:20 Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out:
So where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth. Sometimes it is best to be silent and not add wood to the fire. The truth needs no defense.

Pastor Chanc Strickland
Harpeth Baptist Church
Kingston Springs, TN

This blog post was adapted from a sermon preached at Harpeth Baptist Church in the summer of 2012.

We are not justified by the law!

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Bible Text: Galatians 3:10-18

We Are Not Justified By The Law!
Galatians 3:10-18

God’s love can be seen through justification by faith. Listen to Pastor Chanc as he shares “We are not justified by the law!” from Galatians.

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Elijah– 3 years of training for just 1 sermon

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Applications from 1 Kings 

1 Kings 18:1-16

If you read the last post, Obadiah– A good man in a bad place. If you read the last post, , please skip ahead to the application.

The Story:

This is one of the most exciting chapters in all of scripture. Soon we will read of Elijah going up against 450 prophets. In these verses Elijah meets Obadiah and then heads to meet up with Ahab. About 3 years after his first encounter with Ahab, Elijah is told by God to go back to him. God is going to send rain. Ahab and Obadiah are out in the land finding a place for animals to graze. We are told that Obadiah feared the Lord. Also, he hid 100 prophets from Jezebel in a cave.

While they are out Obadiah runs into Elijah. He explains to him that Ahab has been looking all over for him. Once Elijah promises not to leave he goes to get Ahab to meet him.

In this story there are 3 major characters: Ahab, Elijah, and Obadiah. There is an application from each.

The Application:

Ahab is on his way to meet Elijah. Elijah has had 3 years of private training by the brook, from the barrel, and with the boy. Now God will use him to overcome Baal and bring the rain. It took 3 years for God to get him ready and now He will use him mightily.

Don’t rush God. If it takes Him 3 years to prepare you for just 1 action….wait, and allow Him to prepare you.

Looking over these three characters I hope you can see a bit of yourself in each. In each case, God (or the absence of God) made the difference.

Pastor Chanc Strickland
Harpeth Baptist Church
Kingston Springs, TN

This blog post was adapted from a sermon preached at Harpeth Baptist Church in the summer of 2012.

The Hope of Righteousness by Faith

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Bible Text: Galatians 3:1-9

The Hope of Righteousness by Faith
Galatians 3:1-9

Abraham’s faith, the model for Christian faith, was our hope prior to Christ’s birth. Listen to Pastor Chanc as he shares “The Hope of Righteousness by Faith” from Galatians.

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Obadiah– A good man in a bad place.

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Applications from 1 Kings 

1 Kings 18:1-16

If you read the last post, Ahab–Old habits are hard to break, please skip ahead to the application.

The Story:

This is one of the most exciting chapters in all of scripture. Soon we will read of Elijah going up against 450 prophets. In these verses Elijah meets Obadiah and then heads to meet up with Ahab. About 3 years after his first encounter with Ahab, Elijah is told by God to go back to him. God is going to send rain. Ahab and Obadiah are out in the land finding a place for animals to graze. We are told that Obadiah feared the Lord. Also, he hid 100 prophets from Jezebel in a cave.

While they are out Obadiah runs into Elijah. He explains to him that Ahab has been looking all over for him. Once Elijah promises not to leave he goes to get Ahab to meet him.

In this story there are 3 major characters: Ahab, Elijah, and Obadiah. There is an application from each.

The Application:

Look at the facts we read of Obadiah. He is the governor of Ahab’s house. He fears the Lord greatly. He saved 100 prophets form Jezebel’s wrath. He is a wise man. He wants Elijah to be sure which side he is on.

By the facts, Obadiah is a good man.

In spite of the facts it must be noted that he is living/serving in a very wicked house and only privately doing something about it. Obadiah is a good man in a bad place. While some would dishonor him here for not being more like Elijah, I will commend him for doing what he could.

Times have/will come when we will be in a bad place: neighborhood, job, social setting, etc. Obadiah proves two things. We don’t have to be of the world to be in the world, and just because we aren’t wired like Elijah doesn’t mean we are bad people.

Work hard to be a good person when in a bad place.

Pastor Chanc Strickland
Harpeth Baptist Church
Kingston Springs, TN

This blog post was adapted from a sermon preached at Harpeth Baptist Church in the summer of 2012.

Ahab–Old habits are hard to break

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Applications from 1 Kings 

1 Kings 18:1-16

The Story:

This is one of the most exciting chapters in all of scripture. Soon we will read of Elijah going up against 450 prophets. In these verses Elijah meets Obadiah and then heads to meet up with Ahab. About 3 years after his first encounter with Ahab, Elijah is told by God to go back to him. God is going to send rain. Ahab and Obadiah are out in the land finding a place for animals to graze. We are told that Obadiah feared the Lord. Also, he hid 100 prophets from Jezebel in a cave.

While they are out Obadiah runs into Elijah. He explains to him that Ahab has been looking all over for him. Once Elijah promises not to leave he goes to get Ahab to meet him.

In this story there are 3 major characters: Ahab, Elijah, and Obadiah. There is an application from each.

The Application:

Ahab. Consider Ahab’s actions here. First, Ahab is in the midst of a three year “sore famine”. Sore famine can be literally translated here as ‘had a firm hold on Samaria’. This is not just a dry season. This is a time calling for immediate extreme action. Next, Ahab decides to go out and sends Obadiah as well to try and find a place for the animals to graze and stay alive. To help better the situation Ahab decides to move animals to try and keep them alive. While I commend his efforts, I hope you see that he is just putting a band-aid on a wound that needs stitches. Finally, Ahab searches high and low for Elijah. Ahab’s mentality is that Elijah caused this and Elijah can fix it. (See v.17b)

What is Ahab trying to accomplish? It seems he is trying to fix the famine. Is he going about it correctly? No, instead he is doing everything but the one thing he needs to.

Ahab is keeping to the standard that he always has, the same the kings before him did. Let me try to fix this without using God. I know that all I have to do is repent, but I want to try my own way first. This is an old habit in Israel and it is hard for him to break.

Old habits are hard to break aren’t they? I am sure we all have one we wish we could break. We should strive to be careful when allowing ourselves to develop habits… especially in regards to spiritual matters. An entire nation is suffering drought and famine because King Ahab is just doing what he has always done.

Pastor Chanc Strickland
Harpeth Baptist Church
Kingston Springs, TN

This blog post was adapted from a sermon preached at Harpeth Baptist Church in the summer of 2012.

Numbers-God is Gracious

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Bible Text: Numbers

God is Gracious
Numbers

God is gracious in spite of His people’s lack of trust. Listen to Pastor Chanc as he shares “God is Gracious” from Numbers.

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