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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It is not our sin; it is God’s purpose

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Applications from 1 Kings 

1 Kings 17:16-24

If you read the last post, Things won’t always be this way, please skip ahead to the application.

The Story:

Well, Elijah is really on a roll. He has stopped the rain. He was fed by the brook. He was used to feed this widow. Things are great, but then this widow’s son dies. She is upset with Elijah and Elijah is questioning God.

The Application:

Anytime something bad or out of the norm happens in life we immediately look for sin. Can you imagine what life would be like if God sent bad for every sin? While God doesn’t like sin, He also does not sit in heaven planning bad to send into every single person’s life each time they sin. He will judge sin and we have a biblical record of where He has. But we also have a biblical record of forgiveness for sin. So, if not for sin…why then does bad enter our lives?

Let me answer that question with another question. Why did God send Elijah to the King? Why did God sit Elijah by the brook? Why did God satisfy Elijah with the barrel? Why did God save a boy through Elijah? To prove that God lives.

This bad that came proved just that. Notice the widows words in verse 24. “By this” I know (that you are a man of God and that the Word of God is Truth). This what? — The bad. Her son died, but God brought him back to life. This is how she came to know and testify.

Didn’t she know when God told her Elijah was coming and he came? Didn’t she know when God kept the flour and oil flowing? None of that was enough…God had to bring her to her edge to get her to fully believe. She confesses that the word of the Lord is truth. God exists. God is alive. God did not send bad into her life to punish her. God sent bad to accomplish His purpose. His purpose was for all to see and know that He is alive, and to turn from worshiping Baal.

Conclusion: We can know that there will be good and bad times in life. Through both we can be sure that God is working His purpose in and
around us.

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.

Leviticus-God is Holy

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Bible Text: Leviticus

God is Holy
Leviticus

As God’s people we too must be holy. Listen to Pastor Chanc as he shares “God is Holy” from Leviticus.

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Things won’t always be this way

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Applications from 1 Kings 

1 Kings 17:16-24

The Story:

Well, Elijah is really on a roll. He has stopped the rain. He was fed by the brook. He was used to feed this widow. Things are great, but then this widow’s son dies. She is upset with Elijah and Elijah is questioning God.

The Application:

Things won’t always be this way, or it won’t always be like this. Have you heard this? Maybe you were told this to console you through a tough time. Maybe you gave this advice to someone who was in a trial. I would like to flip this advice. Instead of using it during the bad time….use it for the good times.

Things won’t always be this way. Wow, Elijah! You went before the king and stopped the rain. You were fed by a brook. God caused a barrel to never run out of flour, but things won’t always be this way.

Just a few verses later we see Elijah cry out to God in distress. He is sitting there with a dead boy in his hands. While before he brought life to this house, now he has seemingly brought death. He cries out to God.

Things won’t always be this way. This is great advice to a person in a trial, but this is even better advice to a person on a mountain top. You are going to face a valley. You are going to see some rain. There will be cloudy days. Today it’s sunshine, tomorrow it may not be.

Enjoy the Good times. Soak them up. Give God His due glory. Allow them to refresh you…because you know that tomorrow you will have to fight another battle.

Never assume once you have had a victory that things will always be like this…because they won’t. Soon you may have a dead boy on your hands. Soon you may have an angry mother in your face. Allow the good times to prepare you for this.

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.

Exodus-God’s Purpose Revealed

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Bible Text: Exodus

God’s Purpose Revealed
Exodus

In the overview of the book of Exodus we see God’s purpose revealed to His people. Listen to Pastor Chanc as he shares “God’s Purpose Revealed” from Exodus.

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Allow God to Use what you have

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Applications from 1 Kings 

1 Kings 17:8-16

If you read the last post, Give up the Certain for the Uncertain, please skip ahead to the application.

The Story:

In this story Elijah is on his way to meet a widow. He had spoken the word of God to the people and stopped the rain. The people were being punished for serving Baal. God was going to prove to them that He was the only God. After speaking this, God sent Elijah to rest by the brook. His brook has dried up and now God tells him to go and find this
widow who will take care of him. When Elijah finds her he asks her to bring him something to drink. As she goes he asks for something to eat. She tells him that all she has is enough flour and oil to make one last meal for herself and her son then they will starve. Elijah tells her if she will make bread for him first, that God will not
allow the barrel of flour nor the cruse of oil to run out until rain comes. She did what Elijah said and sure enough she didn’t run out. Twice now we are seeing that God’s people have what they need when Baal cannot provide. As the rain ceased Elijah has water and is fed by the brook while the Baal worshipers are in drought. Once the brook dries up God supplies through a helpless widow.

Baal can’t provide because he isn’t real. God will provide.

The Application:

I like this lady! Did you notice her response to Elijah in v.15? “She went and did…” Elijah told her that God was going to provide and she trusted He would and went forward with what God wanted her to do.

There are two things that come into consideration here: God spoke to this widow before Elijah ever knew her. “I have commanded a widow…to sustain thee.” She wasn’t doing what man told her, she was obeying God. Elijah wasn’t telling her what he wanted her to do. “For thus says the Lord God of Israel…” Elijah was just giving her God’s Word.

All this widow had was an empty barrel… But, she allowed it to be used of God! Elijah went from a dried up brook to an empty barrel, but in both places saw the abundance of the blessings of God!

Allow God to use what you have. “Well, I only have this empty vessel…” Those are really the only ones He can use anyway. Sometimes we get so full of self that God can do little with us. If we will just empty ourselves of everything but Him, He can make a miracle.

John 3:30 “He must increase, but I must decrease.”

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.

Genesis-God’s People Revealed

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Bible Text: Genesis 12-50

God’s People Revealed
Genesis 12-50

God is revealed through His people. Listen to Pastor Chanc as he shares “God’s People Revealed” from Genesis 12-50.

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1011 Butterworth Road
Kingston Springs, TN
615-378-1136
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Give up the Certain for the Uncertain

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Applications from 1 Kings 

1 Kings 17:8-16

If you read the last post, Move when God leads, please skip ahead to the application.

The Story:

In this story Elijah is on his way to meet a widow. He had spoken the word of God to the people and stopped the rain. The people were being punished for serving Baal. God was going to prove to them that He was the only God. After speaking this, God sent Elijah to rest by the brook. His brook has dried up and now God tells him to go and find this
widow who will take care of him. When Elijah finds her he asks her to bring him something to drink. As she goes he asks for something to eat. She tells him that all she has is enough flour and oil to make one last meal for herself and her son then they will starve. Elijah tells her if she will make bread for him first, that God will not
allow the barrel of flour nor the cruse of oil to run out until rain comes. She did what Elijah said and sure enough she didn’t run out. Twice now we are seeing that God’s people have what they need when Baal cannot provide. As the rain ceased Elijah has water and is fed by the brook while the Baal worshipers are in drought. Once the brook dries up God supplies through a helpless widow.

Baal can’t provide because he isn’t real. God will provide.

The Application:

This widow was certain she had enough to make one more meal. If she fed Elijah she was uncertain where food would come from. She gave up the certain for the uncertain. She was promised that her barrel would not run out.

Give up the certain for the uncertain. What do we call this? _______ (Faith) Not foolishness…faith.

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.

Genesis-God Revealed

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Bible Text: Genesis 1-11

God Revealed
Genesis 1-11

God’s self-existence is revealed through His creation. Listen to Pastor Chanc as he shares “God Revealed.”

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This podcast is a ministry of Harpeth Baptist Church in Kingston Springs, TN“Holding Forth the Word of Life.”

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1011 Butterworth Road
Kingston Springs, TN
615-378-1136
http://www.harpethbaptist.org 

Move when God leads

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Applications from 1 Kings 

1 Kings 17:8-16

The Story:

In this story Elijah is on his way to meet a widow. He had spoken the word of God to the people and stopped the rain. The people were being punished for serving Baal. God was going to prove to them that He was the only God. After speaking this, God sent Elijah to rest by the brook. His brook has dried up and now God tells him to go and find this
widow who will take care of him. When Elijah finds her he asks her to bring him something to drink. As she goes he asks for something to eat. She tells him that all she has is enough flour and oil to make one last meal for herself and her son then they will starve. Elijah tells her if she will make bread for him first, that God will not
allow the barrel of flour nor the cruse of oil to run out until rain comes. She did what Elijah said and sure enough she didn’t run out. Twice now we are seeing that God’s people have what they need when Baal cannot provide. As the rain ceased Elijah has water and is fed by the brook while the Baal worshipers are in drought. Once the brook dries up God supplies through a helpless widow.

Baal can’t provide because he isn’t real. God will provide.

The Application:

Elijah has just completed the single greatest thing he has ever done in his life. He walked in and turned off the rain! God sends him out by the brook…surely to retire.

But, the brook dries up and God sends him to find a widow. Elijah doesn’t drop to his knees to beg God to restore the brook. He doesn’t remind God of who he is and all the things he’s done. He doesn’t remind God that he is going to die without
water. He gets up and goes on a 100 mile trek to find this widow. He moves when God leads.

Move when God leads. Modern Christians seem to struggle with this. The brook dries up and it is obvious we don’t need to be where we are anymore. God says, v.8 “Arise, get…” but we wonder if He really is finished with us here! Can I give you a very simple Bible principle? If the brook dries up you better move to water or you will die of thirst. If God tells you to “Arise, get…” He is not going to change on this because you won’t move. He dried up the brook. I assume the raven stopped the food delivery. God would have sent ants or bees or whatever it took to get Elijah to move. Of course, He didn’t have to with Elijah…Elijah just went.

We admire Elijah for all the wrong reasons. We love that he called fire from heaven, brought a boy back to life, etc….but God did all of that. We should admire Elijah for his obedience.

What is God going to have to send to get you to move? When the brook dries up start looking around for where God wants you to move.

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.