Grandparents

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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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He has raised Him from the Dead!

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Bible Text: Acts 17:22-34

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He has raised Him from the Dead!

Listen to this sermon from Easter Sunday 2017 as Pastor Chanc Strickland shares Paul’s sermon from Mars Hill.

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Strange Things

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Bible Text: Acts 17:16-21

Strange Things

What is real to Christians, is strange to others. In today’s sermon from Acts 17 Pastor Chanc Strickland speaks to us from Paul’s encounter in Athens with the Stoics and Epicureans.


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How to receive the Word

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Bible Text: Acts 17:10-15Acts

How to receive the Word

Have a ready mind, search daily, and believe what the Bible says.  Let us listen to Pastor Chanc as he shares the Word of God and helps us to be ready to receive it. 

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A Cheap Substitute

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THE STORY: 1 KINGS 14:21-31

If you read the last post, Creeping In, be sure to skip ahead to the Application…

Did you happen to catch Rehoboam’s mother’s name? It seems the writer is trying to make a point. Yet again we see the failure of Solomon impacting the nation. The story here is very simple. After finishing up the story on Jeroboam we get the entire record of the reign of Rehoboam.

Who is Rehoboam? He is Solomon’s heir who was given just the two tribes when God divided the Kingdom. Jeroboam ruled over Israel (North), Rehoboam ruled Judah (South).

In reading of his reign, we see that he embraced false religion. People worshiped in the high places. They worshiped sacred pillars. They worshiped wooden images on every hill and under every tree. They even mixed sexual perversion with their worship.

The record here is that Judah provoked God to jealousy with their sin even more than their fathers had. After just 5 years Rehoboam was taken over by Egypt. Solomon’s mighty nation and the capital city has fallen.

The Application: 

A Cheap Substitute (1 Kings 14:26-28)

Part of me understands Rehoboam here. Where is he going to get more gold shields? But really, does he have to bring in a cheap substitute?

No matter how you spin it, this is a cheap substitute. His guards hide the bronze shields away when not in use. But at this point, it is just one more thing on the list.

When you allow the world to creep in, it won’t be long until you are fine with the cheap substitute it offers. This why there are false religions, false Gods, anti-Christs, etc. Satan, Sin, the World always has a cheap substitute to put on a form of godliness.

Conclusion:

  • Be careful what you sow, you are going to reap.
  • Be careful what you do, the world will creep in.
  • Be careful what you allow, don’t settle for a cheap substitute.

Pastor Chanc Strickland

HARPETH BAPTIST CHURCH
1011 Butterworth Road
Kingston Springs, TN 37082
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These that have turned the world upside down

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Bible Text: Acts 17:1-9bOOK OF aCTS

These that have turned the world upside down

Are we operating in any way to disturb the peace like this? Let us listen to Pastor Chanc as he shares the Word of God and helps us realize how to work with God accordingly as we turn this world upside down.

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Creeping In

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The Story: 1 Kings 14:21-31

If you read the last post, Reaping, be sure to skip ahead to the Application…

Did you happen to catch Rehoboam’s mother’s name? It seems the writer is trying to make a point. Yet again we see the failure of Solomon impacting the nation. The story here is very simple. After finishing up the story on Jeroboam we get the entire record of the reign of Rehoboam.

Who is Rehoboam? He is Solomon’s heir who was given just the two tribes when God divided the Kingdom. Jeroboam ruled over Israel (North), Rehoboam ruled Judah (South).

In reading of his reign, we see that he embraced false religion. People worshiped in the high places. They worshiped sacred pillars. They worshiped wooden images on every hill and under every tree. They even mixed sexual perversion with their worship.

The record here is that Judah provoked God to jealousy with their sin even more than their fathers had. After just 5 years Rehoboam was taken over by Egypt. Solomon’s mighty nation and the capital city has fallen.

The Application: 

Creeping In (1 Kings 14:23-25)

Egypt overtakes Jerusalem. Egypt is a type of the world throughout scripture. While Egypt does physically take over the nation. It is interesting to note that worldly religion and worship take over around this same time. Yet, this is always the case for God’s people. Anytime they allow anything “anti-God” into their nation, God allows another to take over. Anytime they serve only God, He protects them.

The succession that leads to the World (Egypt) taking over, seems to creep up on Judah. From worship in the High Places (God told them to tear down), to worshiping images or memorial stones, to worshiping groves (wooden poles on hills and under trees) and even sexual perversion mixed in with their worship. Then Egypt takes over.

Egypt takes over during a time of military soundness. Solomon had established things very well, but now they were in a civil war. They were also not fighting with God’s help.

It just creeps in on them. It will creep in on us as well. Historically 2 things happen: The world gets churchy. The church gets worldly. When both happen together, the moral state of a society drops. Hasn’t our world become somewhat “churchy”?

Some of the most wicked people out there will get on tv and thank God or Jesus. Anybody who is anybody seems to be involved in “good-works” (Humanitarian efforts). This isn’t bad, however, it doesn’t save.

And many of our churches are “worldly”? I realize we need to be relevant, but I think we have forgotten how relevant scripture is without us trying to help it along.

For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Jude 1:4

Pastor Chanc Strickland

HARPETH BAPTIST CHURCH
1011 Butterworth Road
Kingston Springs, TN 37082
615-378-1136

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For all the Saints, Acts 16:35-40

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ACTSDo you live for self or others? Can you forgive others, even those who persecute you? Here in Acts 16:35-40 we read of Paul taking a stand for all the saints. In the end, his heart of forgiveness speaks volumes to the people of the city.

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The Philippian Jailer

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Here in Acts 16:16-34 Pastor Chanc Strickland gives a sermon on the Philippian jailer addressing his question, “What must I do to be saved?”

And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.”

Acts 16:31

The Philippian Jailer

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Reaping

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Applications from 1 Kings 

THE STORY: 1 KINGS 14:21-31

Did you happen to catch Rehoboam’s mother’s name? It seems the writer is trying to make a point. Yet again we see the failure of Solomon impacting the nation. The story here is very simple. After finishing up the story on Jeroboam we get the entire record of the reign of Rehoboam.

Who is Rehoboam? He is Solomon’s heir who was given just the two tribes when God divided the Kingdom. Jeroboam ruled over Israel (North), Rehoboam ruled Judah (South).

In reading of his reign, we see that he embraced false religion. People worshiped in the high places. They worshiped sacred pillars. They worshiped wooden images on every hill and under every tree. They even mixed sexual perversion with their worship.

The record here is that Judah provoked God to jealousy with their sin even more than their fathers had. After just 5 years Rehoboam was taken over by Egypt. Solomon’s mighty nation and the capital city has fallen.

The Application: 

Reap (1 Kings 14:21-22 & 29-31)

What is the law of the harvest? You reap what you sow.

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 8For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.”

Galatians 6:7–8

From the reading, it is obvious that Rehoboam and Judah have fully embraced false religion. Where did this come from? Solomon married outside of Israel for political alliance. Here those outside religions have come in. It is certainly being emphasized by the writer in his twice pointing out that Rehoboam’s mother was an Ammonite. Solomon sowed, the nation is reaping.

Reap. It is a good thing and a bad thing. A blessing and a curse. Example: If I eat well, I feel good. If I eat bad, I feel sick. This is true more-so spiritually. If I sow to the flesh, I reap corruption. If I sow to the Spirit, I reap life everlasting.

Pastor Chanc Strickland

HARPETH BAPTIST CHURCH
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Kingston Springs, TN 37082
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Lydia, Acts 16:11-15

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ACTSAre you religious?  Have you been saved?  In Acts 16:11-15 we read the story of the conversion of a lady named Lydia.  We learn here that though she was very religious, she still needed to be saved.  A religious person still must be saved.

Lydia, Acts 16:11-15 

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Missions Sunday 2017

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There is a God – 1 Samuel 17

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Roy Seals Missions Sunday

Listen as Roy Seals speaks to Harpeth Baptist Church about Missions from 1 Samuel 17 during the morning service of our 2017 Missions Sunday.

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The Macedonian Call

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Are we listening for the cry of those who need help? Pastor Chanc Strickland delivers a sermon titled “The Macedonian Call” from Acts 16:1-10.

  And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us.

Acts 16:9

 

The Macedonian Call

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Do Right

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Applications from 1 Kings 

THE STORY: 1 KINGS 14:1-20

In the story, Jeroboam’s son Abijah is sick. This must be his heir since Jeroboam is so concerned. Jeroboam sends his wife in disguise to Ahijah the prophet in Shiloh to see if he can tell what will happen to Abijah. God forewarns Ahijah who has gone blind and wouldn’t be able to see who was coming to him that Jeroboam’s wife is coming in disguise.

When she arrives he immediately begins to tell her of God’s judgement on their family and kingdom: First, he condemns Jeroboam for making idols, which makes God consider him “more evil than all who lived before” him. Second, “every last male” in Jeroboam’s line will die. Third, Ahijah states that her sick boy will die, be mourned in Jerusalem, and will be buried. Fourth, with Jeroboam’s family gone, Israel will obviously receive a new royal dynasty. Fifth, Ahijah makes the long-term promise that Israel will go into exile because of their adherence to Jeroboam’s religion.

Our passage ends with Jeroboam’s death after 22 years of being king.

The Application: 

Do Right (1 Kings 14:17-20)

I am pretty sure this one is a repeat. Nonetheless, it is a worthy repeat. We live in a time of such loose morals. Jeroboam had reigned 22 years. In this time we have read of many wrongs he committed. God simply wanted Jeroboam do right in God’s eyes. No other standard had to be kept.

I wonder how many under his reign did right in spite of him? The tone of the reading leads me to think he leads the nation as a whole away from God. Probably their excuse was, “If we just had a king who would do right…” They should have done right no matter what Jeroboam did.

So should we…no matter what our world does.

Conclusion:

Be yourself, Don’t make things bigger than they are, and Do right.

Pastor Chanc Strickland

HARPETH BAPTIST CHURCH
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Sharp Contention

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At times, strife arises even among fellow Christians following God. Pastor Chanc Strickland delivers a sermon titled “Sharp Contention” from Acts 15:32-41.

  And the contention was so sharp between them, that they departed asunder one from the other: and so Barnabas took Mark, and sailed unto Cyprus;

Acts 15:39

 

Sharp Contention

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No Greater Burden

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Wiersbe says, “Church problems are not solved by passing resolutions, but by practicing the revelations God gives us from His Word.” Pastor Chanc Strickland delivers a sermon titled “No Greater Burden” from Acts 15:22-31.

  For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things;

Acts 15:28

No Greater Burden

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Don’t Make Things Bigger Than They Are

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THE STORY: 1 KINGS 14:1-20

In the story, Jeroboam’s son Abijah is sick. This must be his heir since Jeroboam is so concerned. Jeroboam sends his wife in disguise to Ahijah the prophet in Shiloh to see if he can tell what will happen to Abijah. God forewarns Ahijah who has gone blind and wouldn’t be able to see who was coming to him that Jeroboam’s wife is coming in disguise.

When she arrives he immediately begins to tell her of God’s judgement on their family and kingdom: First, he condemns Jeroboam for making idols, which makes God consider him “more evil than all who lived before” him. Second, “every last male” in Jeroboam’s line will die. Third, Ahijah states that her sick boy will die, be mourned in Jerusalem, and will be buried. Fourth, with Jeroboam’s family gone, Israel will obviously receive a new royal dynasty. Fifth, Ahijah makes the long-term promise that Israel will go into exile because of their adherence to Jeroboam’s religion.

Our passage ends with Jeroboam’s death after 22 years of being king.

The Application: 

Don’t Make Things Bigger Than They Are (1 Kings 14:5-16)

When Jeroboam’s wife arrived, the prophet just called it like it was without any charades or fluff. He could’ve let her go on for a while leading to further embarrassment. However, he didn’t.  He just got right down to business. The message he would have to deliver to them was bad enough that it didn’t need any added drama.

Don’t make things bigger than they are. Or, don’t make things worse than they are. There is an old saying, “When you are the anvil, bear. When you are the hammer, strike!”

I get it, but I don’t know that it is completely Christ-like. Jesus taught the concept of turning the other cheek. Jesus went to the cross willingly “as a lamb”. There is nothing aggressive about a lamb. How about, “When you are the anvil, bear.  When you are the hammer, take it easy on the poor anvil…”?

There will come times in life when you have the upper hand. Very easily you could make the other party squirm. You should remember two things when in this position:

  1. Some day you will be on the other end.
  2. You could use this time to illustrate God’s mercy and grace.

Don’t make things bigger than they are. Leave out the fluff and drama. Just deliver the tough news and move on.

Pastor Chanc Strickland

HARPETH BAPTIST CHURCH
1011 Butterworth Road
Kingston Springs, TN 37082
615-378-1136

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Be Yourself

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Applications from 1 Kings 

The Story: 1 Kings 14:1-20

In this story, Jeroboam’s son Abijah is sick. This must be his heir since Jeroboam is so concerned. Jeroboam sends his wife in disguise to Ahijah the prophet in Shiloh to see if he can tell what will happen to Abijah. God forewarns Ahijah who has gone blind and wouldn’t be able to see who was coming to him that Jeroboam’s wife is coming in disguise.

When she arrives he immediately begins to tell her of God’s judgement on their family and kingdom: First, he condemns Jeroboam for making idols, which makes God consider him “more evil than all who lived before” him. Second, “every last male” in Jeroboam’s line will die. Third, Ahijah states that her sick boy will die, be mourned in Jerusalem, and will be buried. Fourth, with Jeroboam’s family gone, Israel will obviously receive a new royal dynasty. Fifth, Ahijah makes the long-term promise that Israel will go into exile because of their adherence to Jeroboam’s religion.

Our passage ends with Jeroboam’s death after 22 years of being king.

The Application: 

Be Yourself (1 Kings 14:1-4)

Jeroboam had gotten away from what was right and knew it. He still knew where to turn or where to go in a tight spot, but he felt he couldn’t. He couldn’t go so he sent his wife. He couldn’t even let it be known that she was his wife. So he has her go in disguise.

All the while, All-knowing Almighty God goes before them. By the time his wife arrives, the prophet knows she is coming. They should’ve just gone themselves, as themselves. The news would have been the same either way.

Be yourself. It is important that we just be who we are no matter what. Uncomfortable situations cause us to want to act differently:

  • Attending church out of fellowship with God.
  • Facing something publicly we thought we could hide.
  • Interacting with those different than us.

Be yourself…the news will be the same either way. In the end, you won’t be left standing there in costume fooling no one.

Pastor Chanc Strickland

HARPETH BAPTIST CHURCH
1011 Butterworth Road
Kingston Springs, TN 37082
615-378-1136

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By Grace

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Salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone is difficult for hu-
mans to grasp. Pastor Chanc Strickland delivers a sermon titled “By Grace” from Acts 15:1-21.

  But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.

Acts 15:11

 

By Grace

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A Tale of Three Cities

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What is your philosophy of ministry? Why, to you, does the church exist? Pastor Chanc Strickland delivers a sermon titled “A Tale of Three Cities” from Acts 14:1-28.

  And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they rehearsed all that God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles.

Acts 14:27

 

A Tale of Three Cities

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