All that really matters in life

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Applications from 1 Kings 

1 KINGS 15:25-16:28

If you haven’t read part one of this post, you can find it here: How did things get SO BAD?

The remainder of chapter 15 and most of chapter 16 simply records the repeating pattern of wicked Kings in Israel.
These were all during Asa’s reign in Judah:

  • Nadab reigned for 2 years (15:25-31)
  • Ba-asha reigned for 24 years (15:32-16:7)
  • Elah reigned for 2 years (16:8-14)
  • Zimri reigned for 7 days (16:15-20)
  • Tibni reigned (16:21)
  • Omri reigned 12 years (16:22-28)
  • Ahab reigns after Omri for the next 22 years (16:28-34)

Each of these kings is said to have done worse than the king before them in the eyes of the Lord. All going back to Jeroboam. As you may remember, Jeroboam didn’t do anything “too” bad, but each generation behind him embraced false religion and moved a step further away from God. Before we get to Ahab, Israel is left with it’s very own civil war and the nation is in a state of chaos. All of this seemingly stemming from Jeroboam’s introduction of a little bit a sin.

The Application:

The one thing that really matters in life is your relationship with
God. Here in 1 Kings, one certain point of the book is, “Our relationship with God is all that really matters in life.”

All of the impressive accomplishments of Israel’s kings seem to
boil down to the one sentence conclusions of their life’s: Military victories, building projects, international fame….all boiled down to: He did that which was right in the sight of God. He did that which was evil in the sight of God.

One day we will all stand before God. Celebrity, legacy, beauty, wealth, education…all may impress now. But when judged by a righteous judge all that will matter is our
relationship with God. It is very unique, but true; in eternity life will still depend upon not what you know, but Who you know.

Conclusion:

How is your relationship with God? If Bad: You can look forward to similar troubles as these kings. Civil war within yourself or your family. End of life…that isn’t how you would like. Legacy of nothing good, or no legacy at all. If Good: You can still look forward to struggle, sin, and troubles, but your end will be good. “He/She did that which was right in the eyes of God.”

What better thing could be said of a person?

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.

Paul before Festus

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Bible Text: Acts 25:1-27

Paul before Festus – Acts 25:1-27

Our God is the God of all. Learn to trust God for He is in control of our lives. Trust His Word. Like Christ, take up your cross and follow. Open your heart as we listen to Pastor Chanc Strickland share the Word of God.

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Fall Men’s Bible Study

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Kingdom Man

Take this challenge and join us every Tuesday from October 3 to November 7 at 6:30pm as we learn how to build up our biblical manhood.

In Kingdom Man, Tony Evans, challenges and equips men to fully understand their position under God as well as their position over what God has given them. It provides concepts men can follow that will help them to actively pursue ways to maximize and develop the character qualities of biblical manhood in their lives.

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Fall Ladies Bible Study

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The Armor of God

Join us every Thursday from September 7 to October 19 at 6:30pm as we learn how the enemy always fails when he meets a woman dressed for the occasion.

All day, every day, an invisible war rages around you — unseen, unheard, yet felt throughout every aspect of your life. A devoted, devilish enemy seeks to wreak havoc on everything that matters to you: your heart, your mind, your marriage, your children, your relationships, your resilience, your dreams, your destiny.

But his battle plan depends on catching you unaware and unarmed. If you’re tired of being pushed around and caught with your guard down, this study is for you.

The Armor of God, more than merely a biblical description of the believer’s inventory, is an action plan for putting it on and developing a personalized strategy to secure victory.

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Paul before Felix

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Bible Text: Acts 24:1-27

Paul before Felix – Acts 24:1-27

“Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee.” (Acts 24:25) Listen to a sermon by Pastor Chanc Strickland from Acts 24 on Paul before Felix.

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Paul before the Sanhedrin

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Bible Text: Acts 23:1-35

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Paul before the Sanhedrin – Acts 23:1-35

“And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.” (Acts 23:11) Listen to a sermon by Pastor Chanc Strickland from Acts 23 on Paul before the Sanhedrin.

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What Is My Purpose?

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Bible Text: Ecclesiastes 5

 

What Is My Purpose – Ecclesiastes 5

“Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.” (Psalm 139:16) God has a plan for each of us.  From Ecclesiastes 5 Pastor Scotty Marcum helps us to consider our original plan, trivial pursuits, ultimate purpose, and internal preparation.


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Paul’s Defense

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Bible Text: Acts 22:1-30

Paul’s Defense – Acts 22:1-30

“Men, brethren, and fathers, hear ye my defence which I make now unto you.” (Acts 22:1) Listen to a sermon by Pastor Chanc Strickland from Acts 22 on Paul’s defense. 3 crucial applications are seen here. First, we must never underestimate the importance of our past. Second, we must be ready always to tell of our conversion. Third, we should obey God’s leading no matter what.

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How did things get SO BAD?

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Applications from 1 Kings 

1 KINGS 15:25-16:28

The remainder of chapter 15 and most of chapter 16 simply records the repeating pattern of wicked Kings in Israel.
These were all during Asa’s reign in Judah:

  • Nadab reigned for 2 years (15:25-31)
  • Ba-asha reigned for 24 years (15:32-16:7)
  • Elah reigned for 2 years (16:8-14)
  • Zimri reigned for 7 days (16:15-20)
  • Tibni reigned (16:21)
  • Omri reigned 12 years (16:22-28)
  • Ahab reigns after Omri for the next 22 years (16:28-34)

Each of these kings is said to have done worse than the king before them in the eyes of the Lord. All going back to Jeroboam. As you may remember, Jeroboam didn’t do anything “too” bad, but each generation behind him embraced false religion and moved a step further away from God. Before we get to Ahab, Israel is left with it’s very own civil war and the nation is in a state of chaos. All of this seemingly stemming from Jeroboam’s introduction of a little bit a sin.

The Application:

How did things get SO BAD? One author calls what we read here, “The progressive momentum of evil.” How true this is. We observe this with: drugs, alcohol, sex, gluttony, poor money management, and any other habit that exploits the user.
But often it is overlooked in the most simple area: our relationship with God. How did things ever get so bad? “Even the smallest departure from God inevitably intensifies into gigantic proportions unless God intervenes with forgiveness and renewal.”
Jeroboam’s sin was minor: he set up images of Yahweh (God) to help the people visualize His power. 50 years later there was intentional idolatry.

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.

Paul’s Arrest

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Bible Text: Acts 21:18-40

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Paul’s Arrest

And when he had saluted them, he declared particularly what things God had wrought among the Gentiles by his ministry. And when they heard it, they glorified the Lord, and said unto him, Thou seest, brother, how many thousands of Jews there are which believe; and they are all zealous of the law:” Acts 21:19-20. In Acts 21 Paul arrives back to Jerusalem and is taken by the mob. Listen to the exposition of Acts 21:18-40 giving the account of Paul’s Arrest.


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The will of the Lord be done

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Bible Text: Acts 21:1-17

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The will of the Lord be done

“And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done.” Acts 21:14. In Acts 21 Paul is bound to go to Jerusalem although many ask him not to.  In the end, the resolution of all is that the will of the Lord be done. Listen to the exposition of Acts 21:1-17…


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Replenish, Repair, Revive

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Applications from 1 Kings 

1 KINGS 15:9-24

In this text we read of Asa, King of Judah. Since David, Asa is the first good king. Of the facts we have recorded here and in Chronicles…these are the highlights of his reign:

  • The civil war that was started when the kingdom was divided is continued here with Asa, v.16.
  • He banished those who practiced sexual perversion in the religious rituals, v.12.
  • He removed all the idols his fathers had made, v.12.
  • He removed the queen because of her idolatry, v.13.
  • He removed and burned the queen’s idol, v.13.
  • He replenished the treasures of the temple, v.15.
  • From Chronicles we see he repaired the altar of sacrifice at the temple, and revived worship of Yahweh.

It seems the pattern Asa followed for his life allowed him to be blessed with 41 years as king. What can you and I learn from him?

The Application:

Remove, Replenish, Repair, & Revive. If you didn’t catch the last post, “Remove”, you can find it here.

Replenish, v.15.

Asa replenished the Temple. Churches need to be replenished: With sinners & saints. God blessed him for it, and He will us as well.

Repair, 2 Chronicles 15:8.

Asa repaired the altar. We need to repair the altars in our life (Prayer). Do you spend time in effectual and fervant prayer on daily basis? (James 5:16)
Do you have a time to pray with your family? Do you pray when we pray at church? Do you pray without ceasing? (1 Thess 5:17) Asa repaired some things.

Revive, 2 Chronicles 15:9-15.

Asa revived the worship of Yahweh. Judah had fallen into idol worship, but they also were no longer worshipping God. Here they worshipped God. They sought God, He was found of them, He gave them rest. Asa revived some things.

Asa is blessed with 41 good years because he had courage to remove, replenish, repair, and revive. We can really learn from his positive example.

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.

Remove

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Applications from 1 Kings 

1 KINGS 15:9-24

In this text we read of Asa, King of Judah. Since David, Asa is the first good king. Of the facts we have recorded here and in Chronicles…these are the highlights of his reign:

  • The civil war that was started when the kingdom was divided is continued here with Asa, v.16.
  • He banished those who practiced sexual perversion in the religious rituals, v.12.
  • He removed all the idols his fathers had made, v.12.
  • He removed the queen because of her idolatry, v.13.
  • He removed and burned the queen’s idol, v.13.
  • He replenished the treasures of the temple, v.15.
  • From Chronicles we see he repaired the altar of sacrifice at the temple, and revived worship of Yahweh.

It seems the pattern Asa followed for his life allowed him to be blessed with 41 years as king. What can you and I learn from him?

The Application:

Remove, Replenish, Repair, and Revive.

Remove, v.12-13.

Asa removed the idols. Because of this, even with other mistakes, the scripture records that his heart was perfect with the Lord all his days. The text provides the mistakes that he made: 1- In v.14, we are told he did not remove the high places. 2 – In v.18, he removed the treasures from temple. Still, he is said to have a perfect heart before God.  We learn from this that God can work with mistakes; He will not compete with idols.

  • For more on how God deals with mistakes, see 1 John 1.
  • For more on how God deals with idols, see Exodus 20.

Asa enjoyed a long and blessed life because he removed idols. What idols do you need to remove? Anything that takes priority in your life over your relationship with God is an idol.

Check back next week for more from this text…

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.

Paul’s Farewell

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Bible Text: Acts 20:17-38

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Paul’s Farewell

“And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified,” Acts 20:32. In Acts 20 Paul gathers the elders from Ephesus in Miletus to bid them farewell before heading to Jerusalem.  Listen to the exposition of this passage full of wisdom from the Apostle Paul.


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Children

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Applications from 1 Kings 

1 KINGS 15:1-8

In 1 Kings 15:1-8 already we have looked at

Now, let us consider children.

Children 

Asa his son reigned in his stead… We will learn more next time about Asa, but I would like to make a point  just from the facts we know from v.1-8.

All we know this far about Asa is that he reigned in his father’s place. We don’t know just yet if Asa does good like David or follows his father in wickedness. But, we do know that he follows both in becoming the king. He grows up, and takes on the world. Surely Abijam had some idea that his son would become king. Did he not think of the consequences of his actions during his reign upon the reign of his son? What did he think his life would lead to?

Kids grow up! And it really doesn’t take long. We must do our best by them while we have them. Once they are gone we can do very little, but we can pray for them.  Further, we must always strive to never allow our relationship with our children to reflect their relationship with God once they leave our home.

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. 

Sleeping in Church

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Bible Text: Acts 20:1-16

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Sleeping in Church

 “And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.” (Acts 20:7) In Acts 20:1-16 we see the utter devotion of the early church to the Word of God. Listen and allow this text to increase your devotion for the Word as well.


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The Riot in Ephesus

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Bible Text: Acts 19:21-41

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The Riot in Ephesus

“And the same time there arose no small stir about that way.” (Acts 19:23) “And the whole city was filled with confusion…” (Acts 19:29b). When Christ begins to change lives, evil cannot be silent.  Listen to this sermon from Acts 19:21-41 about the Riot in Ephesus.


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Who are You? Acts 19:11-20

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Bible Text: Acts 19:11-20 

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Who are You?

And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye? Acts 19:15


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Parents

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Applications from 1 Kings 

1 KINGS 15:1-8

Considering 1 Kings 15:1-8, the last post was focused upon grandparents. Here, keeping the same theme let us consider parents. If you haven’t read the previous post you can find it here: Grandparents.

Parents

For parents here we could focus on Solomon and Rehoboam. Knowing that most of the trouble being faced here stems from Solomon, let’s take our focus from Rehoboam. Abijam had a short reign. This was due to the fact that he continued in the sins of his father.

Rarely in Kings will we read of a child reversing the pattern of his parents before him. It does happen…then and today. But, usually we read of the children following the parents’ pattern. Abijam could have followed after David. He could have taken from the wisdom of Solomon. Still, he stayed with what he knew and followed those he was comfortable with…Mom and Dad.

Fathers & Mothers…please never underestimate the impact you have on what will become the adults of this world. More times than not, our children will grow up to be like us. Abijam certainly did.

“Fruit never falls far from the tree.” The Germans have a proverb, “Whatever the old sing, the young chirp.” We shouldn’t expect our children to learn from our mistakes. We should change our ways and instruct them in what is right. Do you fail to pray? Do you neglect reading the Word? Do you handle money poorly? Do you have poor eating habits? Are you frequently late? Do you have a poor attitude? Are you a grumbler? Your children will. Unless you begin NOW to change yourself and instruct your children.

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. 

Grandparents

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Applications from 1 Kings 

1 KINGS 15:1-8

This next section of 1 Kings is very interesting. We’ll get to read of 7 kings within 2 chapters. Maybe I shouldn’t say interesting, if these were more interesting kings we would have more recorded history of them!

Nonetheless, chapter 15 and 16 are very unique chapters. This text tells about King Abijam. King Abijam reigns in Judah. He is Solomon’s grandson, Rehoboam’s son. He reigned for 3 years. The majority of what we learn about him here is that he did not do right in the eyes of God.

What can you and I learn from the small amount of information we have here about Abijam? Interestingly enough, in just 8 verses here, we get reference to 3 generations of David’s family. For this post, let us consider the grandparents.

Grandparents

Nevertheless for David’s sake! Great-grandfather David was still impacting his family years after his death. Solomon, Rehoboam, and now Abijam have failed and God still gives them a place.  Why? Because David did right. David never turned away from the commandments of God all the days of his life.

Whether you are a Grandparent or some day will be, take a page out of David’s book. Know that how you live today will impact your family for the rest of history. Have you ever wanted to change the past? We know that we can’t, but we can change today what we will look back on in 5 years. Thus, we change the past….and the future.

Does God expect us to be perfect? No, “save only, in the matter of Uriah the Hittite.” David was not perfect and we are reminded of this here. Essentially David died with an asterisk next to his name. Neverless, he is given credit for God’s generational blessing.

Pastor Chanc Strickland
Harpeth Baptist Church
Kingston Springs, TN 37082

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

Have you received the Holy Ghost?

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Bible Text: Acts 19:1-10

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Have you received the Holy Ghost?

Have you met the Holy Spirit? Here in Acts 19:1-10 Paul speaks with a group in Ephesus about true salvation…


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Apollos

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Bible Text: Acts 18:24-28

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Apollos

Learn more about the journey and faith of Apollos as we listen to the sermon prepared by Pastor Chanc.

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Jochebed

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Bible Text: Exodus 1:22-2:10

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Jochebed (Mother’s Day)

Listen to this sermon from Exodus titled, “Jochebed”.

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If God Will

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Bible Text: Acts 18:18-23

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If God Will

A Christian living at God’s will and not his own can rarely make a promise. Listen to this sermon from Acts titled, “If God Will”.

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How to have Christ with you

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Bible Text: Acts 18:1-17

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How to have Christ with you

Have you quit? Do you ever feel like quitting? Listen to this sermon on how Christ was with Paul as he testified of Him.

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