Malachi – Promises to the Faithful

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Bible Text: Malachi

Malachi – Promises to the Faithful

Though His people fail to trust Him, break their promises, and disregard His Word God still ends the Old Testament with a promise to them! Listen to Malachi – Promises to the Faithful.

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Call to Worship for November 11th, 2018

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Our special music this Sunday is The Lord Is My Salvation.

 

Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.  Psalms 111:1

 Call to Worship is a weekly post to help prepare our hearts for corporate worship in our Sunday morning service. 

 

Zechariah – God’s future for His People

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Bible Text: Zechariah

Zechariah – God’s future for His People

In the book fo Zechariah we learn that no matter the prophecy, the outcome is always Jesus! God reveals here that He is not finished with His people, He would provide for them a second chance.  Listen to Zechariah – God’s Future for His People.

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Call to Worship for November 4th, 2018

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Our special music this Sunday is His Mercy Is More.

 

Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.  Psalms 111:1

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James – Faith that Works

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Bible Text: James

James – Faith that Works

Do you have faith that works, or is your faith dead?  In this passage James addresses just that point.

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Like Father, Like Son

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Applications from 1 Kings 

1 Kings 22:1-28

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

The Story:

In this passage we get the conclusion of 1 Kings. We read of the end of Ahab’s life. We read a summary of Jehoshaphat. And we read a little of Ahab’s son who replaces him. Let me take you through these verses and give you our final applications from 1 Kings.

The Application:

The sad part of Ahab’s story is that his son was just like him. You can’t have your cake and eat it to. You have to do right. If you don’t, it will effect those coming behind you. Time after time in scripture we read of sons doing just as their fathers have done.

So it is with us today…it isn’t a rule, but generally…. If parents deny God, children do. If parents are not disciplined, children aren’t. Like father, like son.

So do right for those looking up to you.

The Conclusion:

The good news is, if you are the one looking up to someone, you can
break the chain of poor behavior. Someone eventually has to decide, I am not going to be like my fathers.

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.

Call to Worship for October 28th, 2018

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Our special music this Sunday is the Reformation Hymn.

 

Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.  Psalms 111:1

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Haggai – Don’t be Lazy

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Bible Text: Haggai

Haggai – Don’t be Lazy

The purpose of Haggai’s ministry was to awaken the lazy people and encourage them in finishing God’s temple. It was easy to get the work started when they first arrived because everyone was dedicated and enthusiastic. But after months of trial and opposition, the work lagged and finally stopped. As we consider the book of Haggai today, let’s see how the things he points out then can also be a hindrance to us now. 

The message of Haggai is — Don’t be lazy. Consider your ways: are you putting yourself ahead of God, do you dwell in the past instead of the future? Remember, God has chosen you and will bless you: Confess your sins and have faith.

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Do Right

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Applications from 1 Kings 

1 Kings 22:1-28

If you read the last post, You can’t have your cake and eat it too, please skip ahead to the application.

The Story:

In this passage we get the conclusion of 1 Kings. We read of the end of Ahab’s life. We read a summary of Jehoshaphat. And we read a little of Ahab’s son who replaces him. Let me take you through these verses and give you our final applications from 1 Kings.

The Application:

Very little is said of Jehoshaphat here. We read that he did right in the eyes of the Lord. He made peace with Israel. He removed the remnant of idolatry left in Judah. He made some ships that broke.

So he did some things that worked, and some that didn’t!

But for all of time he will be remembered as a King who did right. Many debate Ahab’s actions in going to war. One prophet said go, this is God’s will. Another said don’t go, you will die. So who should he listen to? And if you over think it, you can really get confused here on what is right.

But to you and I, only one thing seems right. He shouldn’t have gone to war. God allowed the prophet to show him this. But to those motivated by things other than God’s will, “right” can become confusing.

Do Right. You will do some things in life that are a success. You will do other things that are not. No matter what, just DO RIGHT.

It is not complicated or hard to figure out.

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 Heavens Declare the Glory of God” – Gary Murray

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Gary Murray – The Heavens Declare the Glory of God

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“It Was Good” – Eric Hovind

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Eric Hovind – It Was Good

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You can’t have your cake and eat it too

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Applications from 1 Kings 

1 Kings 22:1-28

The Story:

In this passage we get the conclusion of 1 Kings. We read of the end of Ahab’s life. We read a summary of Jehoshaphat. And we read a little of Ahab’s son who replaces him. Let me take you through these verses and give you our final applications from 1 Kings.

The Application:

One prophet told Ahab to go to war; another told him he would be killed. Ahab decided to do what he wanted to do and go… but, dress like someone else to keep him from getting killed. A stray shot from a random archer killed him!

Many points can be made from these verses, but if nothing else we should learn from this that we can’t have our cake and eat it too. We can’t ride the fence. We can’t have one foot in the world and one in church.

God sent Micaiah with one last chance for Ahab, but he didn’t take it. Elijah had already told him the dogs would get him. This is exactly what happens. He tried to have his cake and eat it too.

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.

Call to Worship for October 14th, 2018

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The Old Testament,  an overview

Haggai

Don’t Be Lazy

 

Text: The Book of Haggai

Responsive Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:50-58

 

Songs for the 8:30 service:

537  In My Heart There Rings a Melody

617  I’ll Fly Away

636  Revive Us Again

Songs for the 11:00 service:

296  At the Cross

292  When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

106  How Deep the Father’s Love for Us

661  O Church Arise

 

Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.  Psalms 111:1

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The Truth Hurts

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Applications from 1 Kings 

1 Kings 22:1-28

If you read the last post, Ask Someone Else, please skip ahead to the application.

The Story:

In the text here, Ahab has grown impatient with Syria. After 3 years of peace they still have not fulfilled their treaty and given up the lands promised. Ahab and Jehoshaphat (Kings of Israel and Judah) decide together to go and take Ramoth as it is rightly theirs. Before they do Jehoshaphat asks Ahab to seek God’s wisdom/blessing. Ahab gathers 400 prophets who all tell him it is God’s will to go to war. Jehoshaphat asks if there is not another prophet of the Lord. Ahab says there is Micaiah, but he hates him because he never brings good news!

Micaiah eventually tells the Kings that they should not go to war. This angers Ahab and he decides Micaiah should be put in prison. As we will find out next time, they go to war and Ahab is killed.

The Application:

Obviously, Micaiah could be believed, but the leaders around him wouldn’t believe him. Even though he was trying to go with the flow! Once you become someone who sticks with the Truth, there is no turning back.

Ahab didn’t like what he heard. Even after hearing what he needed to hear from 400 others, 1 man’s words were messing things up. This could alter his plans with Jehoshaphat. This, if true, would mean the end of his life/reign. When you are wrong, the truth hurts. Take the “out” God gives and avoid the pain.

Micaiah suffered physically. He was hit in the face. He was publicly defaced. He was threatened with prison. We aren’t promised that things will always go well for us as we follow truth. At times, the Truth will hurt us.

The Conclusion:

Do you see the contrast here? There is Ahab and his 400 prophets with what seems like a good idea and plan. Then there is Jehoshaphat, seemingly just along for the ride… and Micaiah, the prophet nobody likes and who has bad news.

While much can be said about the contrasting personalities, the methodology, and the forthcoming end result…the key to this entire story seems to be the fact that God is offering Ahab an escape from himself, but he is too “right” to take it.

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.

Ask Someone Else

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Applications from 1 Kings 

1 Kings 22:1-28

If you read the last post, Pray About Everything, please skip ahead to the application.

The Story:

In the text here, Ahab has grown impatient with Syria. After 3 years of peace they still have not fulfilled their treaty and given up the lands promised. Ahab and Jehoshaphat (Kings of Israel and Judah) decide together to go and take Ramoth as it is rightly theirs. Before they do Jehoshaphat asks Ahab to seek God’s wisdom/blessing. Ahab gathers 400 prophets who all tell him it is God’s will to go to war. Jehoshaphat asks if there is not another prophet of the Lord. Ahab says there is Micaiah, but he hates him because he never brings good news!

Micaiah eventually tells the Kings that they should not go to war. This angers Ahab and he decides Micaiah should be put in prison. As we will find out next time, they go to war and Ahab is killed.

The Application:

Ahab had 400 prophets who agreed this was God’s plan. Jehoshaphat wondered, “Is there anyone else we can ask?” As dominant as mainstream can become, it never hurts to ask someone else. That one person, book, or idea may be the key to getting to the heart of the matter. Ask someone else.

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.

Zephaniah – Great Reformation

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Bible Text: Zephaniah

Zephaniah – Great Reformation

Throughout church and biblical history there have been many instances of reformation.  Sadly, at some of these times it was a reformation of all but the heart.  The book of Zephaniah teaches that we need a Great Reformation, a revival of the heart.

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Pray About Everything

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Applications from 1 Kings 

1 Kings 22:1-28

The Story:

In the text here, Ahab has grown impatient with Syria. After 3 years of peace they still have not fulfilled their treaty and given up the lands promised. Ahab and Jehoshaphat (Kings of Israel and Judah) decide together to go and take Ramoth as it is rightly theirs. Before they do Jehoshaphat asks Ahab to seek God’s wisdom/blessing. Ahab gathers 400 prophets who all tell him it is God’s will to go to war. Jehoshaphat asks if there is not another prophet of the Lord. Ahab says there is Micaiah, but he hates him because he never brings good news!

Micaiah eventually tells the Kings that they should not go to war. This angers Ahab and he decides Micaiah should be put in prison. As we will find out next time, they go to war and Ahab is killed.

The Application:

Jehoshaphat was willing to work with Ahab. He had a family alliance via marriage. He agreed that the move to recover Ramoth was beneficial. But he felt they should seek God’s will before moving forward.

No matter how open and shut a situation is, always seek God’s will. Pray about everything. Why would we ever not pray about something? We have access to the creator and ruler of the universe. We can speak with Him at anytime. Pray about everything.Consult scripture for wisdom. Get advice from trusted Godly friends.

Always seek God’s wisdom no matter how obviously right a situation may seem.

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.

Habakkuk – Why doesn’t God do something

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Bible Text: Habakkuk

Habakkuk – Why doesn’t God do something

Have you ever wondered, “Why doesn’t God do something?” In Habakkuk’s prophecy we learn that God is at work, though His ways are not our ways. In the midst of your circumstance, ask God to help, wait for Him to answer, and praise Him all along.

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The Worthless Men

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Applications from 1 Kings 

1 Kings 21:7-16

If you read the last post, Leaders of the City, please skip ahead to the application.

The Story:

Last time we looked at Naboth and Ahab, this time we will continue this story with a look at Jezebel. In Naboth we saw an example of living by conviction. In Ahab we observe just the opposite, he is a complainer, pouter, liar, manipulative, and greedy.

What does Jezebel do? Jezebel scorns Ahab for being “heavy & displeased”. She tells him to get up and get happy…she will take care of things. So she devises a plot to have Naboth killed so that Ahab can have the vineyard he covets so much.

To grasp the depravity of Jezebel’s actions, we can also look at those around her… Never would we directly say that anyone in her life is the reason she is so wicked. She is just utterly depraved and these people aren’t going to change her. Similarly, you and I are in a world full of wicked people. We cannot change them. While God can, we need to realize that many will never change.

So what are we to do?

What is the only way for evil to triumph? (Good people do nothing…)

Let’s take our application from these verses about Jezebel by looking at those around her and what they did (didn’t).

The Application:

Let me just say simply here: Don’t be a worthless man. Don’t be a “patsy”. Don’t be so eager to please or be liked that you will do anything. If you live and die with nothing else, maintain your integrity.

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.

Call to Worship for September 16th, 2018

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Our special music this Sunday is Mercies Anew.

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Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.  Psalms 111:1

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Nahum – Trusting God during trouble

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Bible Text: Nahum

Nahum – Trusting God during trouble

From Nahum’s writing we learn that God is jealous, God is judge, and that God is just. From this we learn that we can trust God during trouble. Romans 8:31, “…If God be for us, who can be against us?”

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Leaders of the City

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Applications from 1 Kings 

1 Kings 21:7-16

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

The Story:

Last time we looked at Naboth and Ahab, this time we will continue this story with a look at Jezebel. In Naboth we saw an example of living by conviction. In Ahab we observe just the opposite, he is a complainer, pouter, liar, manipulative, and greedy.

What does Jezebel do? Jezebel scorns Ahab for being “heavy & displeased”. She tells him to get up and get happy…she will take care of things. So she devises a plot to have Naboth killed so that Ahab can have the vineyard he covets so much.

To grasp the depravity of Jezebel’s actions, we can also look at those around her… Never would we directly say that anyone in her life is the reason she is so wicked. She is just utterly depraved and these people aren’t going to change her. Similarly, you and I are in a world full of wicked people. We cannot change them. While God can, we need to realize that many will never change.

So what are we to do?

What is the only way for evil to triumph? (Good people do nothing…)

Let’s take our application from these verses about Jezebel by looking at those around her and what they did (didn’t).

The Application:

In their defense, these leaders were simply working at the pleasure of their King.

Were they that naive? Really?

Were they that devoted to God that they would jump right at the opportunity to stone an accused man? Come on! Baal worship was rampant here. They could have walked out in the street and found 3 guilty people, and they are going to stone this accused. The only person killing off those guilty of anything was Elijah.

These leaders either feared Jezebel or were operating with blind obedience. Neither is a good way to live life. You cannot live a life motivated by fear. Many do as they are told at work for fear of being fired. This is a poor way to spend your working years. This is a disservice to your employer. Get out of debt, set a budget, and be financially able to not be motivated by fear in your work place.

Many act/react socially for fear of being disliked. You know the best solution for this? Stop sharing so much of your business. Some things just need to stay private. Become aware that not everyone is going to like you.

Many have a relationship of fear with God. We are to have a healthy fear of God, but when we only serve Him for fear of what He could do to us or those around us we don’t really have a relationship. You cannot live a life motivated by fear.

You cannot live a life of blind obedience. Yes, we are to obey those who have the rule over us. Yes, we are not to rebuke an Elder in the church. Yes, we are to work as asked by those who employ us. This doesn’t mean we aren’t to determine for ourselves if our employer is “right” and determine if we need a new job. This also doesn’t mean we should never question government and laws. Definitely this doesn’t mean we don’t study the Scriptures ourselves and just take what our church gives us as right. Don’t live a life of blind obedience, you may find yourself indirectly guilty of murder! Educate yourself. Be aware of the world you live in. Stand against evil before it takes over.

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.

Call to Worship for September 9th, 2018

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Our special music this Sunday is He Will Hold Me Fast.

 

Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.  Psalms 111:1

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Micah – Trust in the Lord

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Bible Text: Micah

Micah – Trust in the Lord

In the Old Testament, an overview, this week we have the book of Micah.  Micah preached that judgment was coming, but the deliverer was coming as well…so trust in the Lord! Listen to this story of redemption…

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Jezebel

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Applications from 1 Kings 

1 Kings 21:7-16

The Story:

Last time we looked at Naboth and Ahab, this time we will continue this story with a look at Jezebel. In Naboth we saw an example of living by conviction. In Ahab we observe just the opposite, he is a complainer, pouter, liar, manipulative, and greedy.

What does Jezebel do? Jezebel scorns Ahab for being “heavy & displeased”. She tells him to get up and get happy…she will take care of things. So she devises a plot to have Naboth killed so that Ahab can have the vineyard he covets so much.

To grasp the depravity of Jezebel’s actions, we can also look at those around her… Never would we directly say that anyone in her life is the reason she is so wicked. She is just utterly depraved and these people aren’t going to change her. Similarly, you and I are in a world full of wicked people. We cannot change them. While God can, we need to realize that many will never change.

So what are we to do?

What is the only way for evil to triumph? (Good people do nothing…)

Let’s take our application from these verses about Jezebel by looking at those around her and what they did (didn’t do).

The Application:

Jezebel’s first words to Ahab were somewhat helpful. You are king! Get up and be happy. If things would have only stopped there, but from there things go down hill.

She writes letters in Ahab’s name. Ahab should not have allowed this. Well, he shouldn’t have allowed the plot at all…but surely he shouldn’t have allowed her to do it in his name. He shouldn’t have allowed it to happen through the office of the King of Israel. Even if Ahab will not stop Jezebel for the sake of himself and his home, he could at least deal with her for the sake of his office, God, or the nation of Israel. We’ll look at the leaders of the city in a moment, but in their defense these letters do come to them with the seal of the king. God help us to not sit idly by while bad people misuse God-given places of authority. Ahab was more concerned with what he wanted and could not have. Really, who is more depraved here? Jezebel, a raised Baal worshipper, or Ahab, King of Israel allowing this to happen?

She devises a plot to have a man wrongfully stoned. No matter your feelings on the ethics of this story, having someone killed is murder. How could Ahab sit by while someone is murdered just so he can have a material possession? (Nothing is worth that) Not only is this murder, but it is also a misuse of OT law. She uses God’s words & law as the means to her end. Can you grasp how awful the thing Ahab is allowing truly is? It’s not just a “let’s kill this guy to get what you want”, this is a “let’s use your God-given office as the power needed to cause others to act upon the Word of God to have them murder Naboth” to get what you want.

No matter how bad you get in this life, eventually there has to be a line drawn where you stand and say, “this is enough.”

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.