Emmanuel Baptist Church Podcast

Sermons presented at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Jefferson City TN by Dr. Sonny Strange

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December 26, 2010


Inspecting the Wall

1 Corinthians 3:12-15


Synopsis: This is the last Sunday of December and a good time to stop and reflect on what has happened during the year.  A few years ago I had the joy of traveling to Jerusalem and to see some of the ancient walls that remain intact.  I wondered if I had done anything in life that would last beyond by years.  Paul used the metaphor of building a wall to refer to our working together (1 Corinthians 3:10-15) and talked about God’s test of fire that was to come. 

      As we take inventory of our actions in 2010 I think there are things that we have done at Emmanuel that will stand the test of God’s fire.  First, let’s talk about the kingdom work.  Second, let’s talk about the fire.  Third, let’s talk about the work.

      Never forget, you are a gift God has given.  You are part of a family, a community, and a church.  What you do can make a difference for good in the lives of those around you.  Be a gift others will welcome and thank God for.


Scripture Text (NLT): 1 Corinthians 3:10-15

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December 5, 2010                             Series: He Was the Holy Child


He Was the Holy Child

The Abundant Life



Synopsis: Sometimes when thinking about the blood of Christ we lose sight of what it means.  Jesus, in his dying and coming to life again, brings life to all who believe.  Life in Christ is the abundant life.  The purpose for His coming was to make that abundant life possible for all who believe.  He continues to intercede for believers in the presence of God the Father that they may know true fullness of life. 

      In the Gospel of John Jesus offers himself as the bread and wine of the new abundant life in God’s grace to all who believe.  Isaiah used various images of the abundant life and declared they would be realized in God’s timing.  The Lord God of Heaven’s Armies has declared it to be so.

      As you journey through the Christmas Season, don’t forget the bread and wine of Christ.  These are the essentials of the Abundant life.


Scripture Text (NLT): Isaiah 54:1-17; John 10:6-10; Isaiah 55:1-13; John 6:26-58

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November 28, 2010                                             Series: He Was the Holy Child


He Was the Holy Child

The Bread of Life



Synopsis: There are three elements used in our Christmas Eve celebration of the Lord’s Supper.  Those elements will be featured in this series of sermons from Isaiah.  Jesus was the Holy Child born to be the bread of life for whoever will come and trust him.

        These are the elements of the Lord’s Table as we celebrate the Advent of Christmas.  Every time we approach this table we do so in response to the invitation of God the Father who in Christ Jesus the Son has made provisions for our wholeness and our holiness.

        I begin today with the story of Phillip and the eunuch from Ethiopia who was traveling back after his trip to Jerusalem (Acts 8:26-38).  The eunuch must have felt a real connection with the message of Isaiah 53.  Was God helpless to redeem him in his exile?  Phillip began with the text and question to tell the eunuch how God had provided the answer in Jesus Christ.

        Jesus came as the “manna of heaven,” the bread of life, the stuff of living, and the provision of God’s power and grace.  It would be a horrible tragedy for a believer to go through the Christmas season and forget the bread of life.


Scripture Text (NLT): Acts 8:26-38; Isaiah 53:1-12


Scripture Reading: Isaiah 53:5



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November 21, 2010                                                                           


An Apocalyptic Blessing

Jeremiah & Lamentations


Synopsis: Jeremiah was a prophet to Jerusalem at what might be considered the worse time of their history.  He lamented the situation and yet had to tell of the totality of the destruction.  Even with that he found reason for thanksgiving in the future with God.

      We do that when we gather at the Lord’s Table.  We know it only in the temporary setting but celebrate what God will do in the future.  In the end, all who trust in the Lord will find glorious provisions at His table.


Scripture Text (NLT): Jeremiah1:4-12; Lamentations 4:22a, 5:19; Jeremiah 33:1-18



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November 14, 2010                                                                           


The Inner Wheel



Synopsis: The sign of holiness cannot always be seen in external circumstances.  Ezekiel’s vision of God affirms something that God is every moving on the inside of believers and ruling above the fray of the circumstances of life.  Ezekiel saw a wheel turning in the middle of the wheel and he knew God was not trapped in the ruins of Jerusalem.  The God of Israel was ever on the move which brings up the question: what are you afraid of?

      The inner wheel of God’s presence is still turning and it can keep you upright in a lop-sided world.  Is the wheel turning in your life?

      Ezekiel’s vision of the valley of dried bones affirms that God’s plans for His people are still firmly set and God will accomplish His purpose in and through them.  What are God’s plans for His people today and what are you doing about God’s plans for you?

      Ezekiel’s vision of the glorious Temple of God sends a message for us today.  The ultimate rule or law of the Temple of God is “absolute holiness.”  We cannot get there on our own.  We must come through the sacrifice of Christ Jesus. 


Scripture Text (NLT): Ezekiel 1:19-21; 37:1-14; 43:1-12


Scripture Reading: Ezekiel 1:19-21

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Guest speaker Robert Young.

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Identity Crisis

October 10, 2010


Identity Crisis



Synopsis: Esther was a Jew.  She canceled her identity and became the queen of the Persians.  But Haman got King Xerxes to allow all of the Jews in the empire to be killed on a certain date.  Mordecai (Esther’s cousin who had adopted her after her parents deaths) warned her and told her that she might have been put in her position for “such a time as this.” 

      Esther called her people to a time of fasting and prayer.  She chose to be identified with the people of God.  Her challenge was great, but she was given wisdom to know how to turn the table on those who wanted to destroy all of the Jews.  Through her actions Esther brought about a change and deliverance for the people of God.

      Others through history have faced their own identity crisis.  Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. faced his crisis when confront by hate and threaten by violence.  Like Esther, King found the strength to face his fears when he made the choice to be identified with those who were hurting.  Like Esther, the challenge was greater than he could overcome on his own so King called fellow believers to a time of prayer and fasting.  And like Esther, King was granted wisdom to know how to confront his adversaries and bring relief to those like him who longed to be free.  A rifle shot ended his life, but not silence the message, “Let freedom ring…”

      Many believers today are faced with an identity crisis and the people of their communities are waiting for them to make a choice to be identified them in their need.  The challenge is great.  The needs are greater than our resources, but not greater than our God.  We need to come to a time of prayer and fasting.  “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

      Make your choice!  Accept your challenge!  Change your world!  Your time has come!


Scripture Text (NLT): Esther 4:13-16


Scripture Reading: Esther 4:13-14

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Accepting the Challenge

October 3, 2010


Accepting the Challenge

Ezra, Nehemiah


Synopsis: Like Billy Graham in our own time, Ezra and Nehemiah made a choice to follow God and be identified as the people of God.  It was a decision that brought danger to them and their families and those who travel with them.  They decided to return to the land of Judah and rebuild the temple and the walls of Jerusalem.  They not only made a choice, they accepted the challenge and when to work to make the change happen for them and for the lives of those around them.

      Billy Graham in an article in the October 2010 issue of Decision answered the question of “What is a Christian?”  He wrote, “I believe a Christian is three things: A Christian is a person who has made a choice, a person who has accepted a challenge, a person who has been changed through the new birth.”  Are you that kind of person?

      It is a truly wonderful blessing to live in a country where you are free to make that choice.  Most of the people in the world are denied the freedom to make that choice to follow Jesus Christ.  All who do make the choice are confronted with various challenges, starting with ourselves.  The choice is not enacted until the challenge has been meet and the change realized. 


Scripture Text (NLT): Nehemiah 8:2-3


Scripture Reading: Nehemiah 8:2-3

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Let Me Explain







September 26, 2010                                                 Casting a Vision

A Word about Casting a Vision from the Later Prophets


Let Me Explain

Joel & Malachi


Synopsis: Let me explain, the power within the life of believers is from above and will transform your life.  If the power is not in you then you do not belong to God.  If your life is not being transformed by the power within you then you do not have the Spirit of God within you. 

      Joel calls for repentance as a prerequisite to blessing and declares that God is waiting on your response.  What are you waiting on?

      Peter, on the Day of Pentecost, quoted Joel as part of his explanation of the experience of the early church.  God has a vision for the church and the only way we can live up to that vision is to be filled with the power of the Spirit. Malachi comes along to add some details to what the transformed life should be like.

      Malachi takes up the call to repentance and transformation with a declaration of God’s love.  Malachi even illustrates how God has proved his love for the people and calls for them to illustrate their love for God.  Judgment is coming and the only way to escape is to believe, repent, and be transformed by the Spirit of God.


Scripture Text (NLT): Joel 2:12-17, 2:28-32 (Acts 2:17-21), 3:1-3; Malachi 1:2-3, 3:1 (John 3:16-18), 2-4, 6-18, 4:2-3, 5-6.



Scripture Reading: Joel 2:12-13


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Responding to the need

September 19, 2010                                                 Casting a Vision

A Word about Casting a Vision from the Later Prophets


Responding to the Need

Obadiah, Haggai, Zechariah


Synopsis: Responding to the Need is a call for the people of God to open their eyes of faith and see the need God has prepared for them to meet.  We start with Obadiah (Means: servant of the Lord).  Judgment is pronounced on the enemies of God’s people the of Edom.  Obadiah offers a word to the wise, there is a perfect storm coming.  Don’t let it catch you unprepared.  Don’t trust in your own resources Believe, Pray, & Receive a life transforming Spirit.

      Haggai and Zechariah are both fond of referring to God as the “Lord of Heaven Armies.”  They tell the people of the restoration that God can be trusted.  Haggai points out the need for the people to establish a right relationship with God and not delay.  God must be their priority. 

      Zechariah points out many reasons to trust God.  One of those is illustrated through a vision of the high priest.  Zechariah 3:1-10 is one of my favorite passages of Scripture.  In the vision Jeshua (some translations use Joshua) the high priest was standing before the angel of the Lord and Satan, the Accuser of the Brethren, was making accusations against him.  “2And the Lord said to Satan, “I, the Lord, reject your accusations, Satan.”  Then Jeshua is stripped of his old garments and dressed in new ones.  What a blessing it is to be cleansed by the Word of God.


Scripture Text (NLT): Obadiah 1:2-4, 15-17; Haggai 1:3-6, 14-21, 2:3-5, 6-9 Zechariah 3:1-10


Scripture Reading: Haggai 1:2-6


Last Week’s Bible Question:

Of the Twelve Later Prophets in the Old Testament which two are not quoted in the New Testament?  Answer: Obadiah & Zephaniah


This Week’s Bible Question:

Of the Twelve Latter Prophets in the Old Testament which two are quoted the most in the New Testament?  Answer: Hosea & Zechariah


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Four  Words about Casting a Vision From the Later Prophets  Micah, Nahum, Zephaniah, Habakkuk

September 12, 2010

Four  Words about Casting a Vision From the Later Prophets

Micah, Nahum, Zephaniah, Habakkuk


Synopsis: I am using two metaphors to describe what the church needs to do to be the living organism God intends for it to be.  The term “casting” can mean a lot of different things.  I am using it as the process of filling the “mold” God has created for the church.  The term “mold” represents church structure.  “Vision” is the word we use to describe what God wants us to look like.  Casting a Vision is hard work. 

      Let’s talk about the mold.  Three elements of church structure are leadership, calendar and budget. 

      The Latter Prophets were trying to get Israel and/or Judah to realize some of the same sort of things.  They wanted them to change in order to avert judgment or to prepare for the new day that was coming.  The good news is that we are invited to be a part of what God is doing.


Scripture Text (NLT): Micah 3:1-4, 8-12; Nahum 1:15, 2:1-2; Zephaniah 3:9-10; Habakkuk 3:2, 16-19;


Scripture Reading: Habakkuk 3:2



Which two of the Latter Prophets are not quoted in the New Testament?

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Chasing the Wind

Dr. Sonny Strange teaches from the book of Hosea.

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Job: It Doesn't Work That Way

August 29, 2010


It Doesn’t Work That Way!

Job 40:1-2


Synopsis: Job had three friends who came to him in the midst of his crisis and offer him themselves as examples of being blessed by God.  They each in turn advised Job as to what he needed to do to be blessed like them.  I think you will find that the friends had two problems in the wisdom they presented to Job.  First, they were wrong in their evaluation of Job.  What happened to Job was not the result of “cause and effect.”  Second, they were wrong about God.  God is not the divine intervener who eternally supports their laws or understanding of “cause and effect.”

        Job came to the conclusion that “It Doesn’t Work That Way!”  Even a fourth voice is added to the mix before God speaks most clearly.  In the end God vindicates Job and affirmed his conclusion.  Job had a job to do.  God’s vindication indicates that Job did it well.

        If it doesn’t work as Job’s friends describe it, then how does it work?  God could tell you, but you probably wouldn’t understand.  How does a potter explain to the pot why he made it that way?  Faith is required for us to place our trust in the hands of our maker.

        Jesus came to earth as a witness to God’s love of creation.  Jesus had a job to do.  The resurrection is a witness to how well God thought he did.  It wasn’t “cause and effect” that brought Jesus into the presence of the Father.  It was love.


Scripture Text (NLT): Job 1, 2, Philippians 4:10-13; Job 40:1-2; Matthew 4:1-11; John 4:1-38; Job 42:1-6, The Message.


Scripture Reading: Job 38:1-7, David Eldridge

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Perspective Ecclesiastes & Song of Songs

August 22, 2010



Ecclesiastes & Song of Songs


Synopsis: The wisdom of Ecclesiastes challenges our perspective on life.  Ecclesiastes has a word for everyone from birth to death.  Basically, it says, “That too will pass.”  Your perspective on life may work well for who you are and where you are in life, but that same perspective will not work later on.  The preacher or teacher of Ecclesiastes imparts wisdom that will transcend one’s perspective and inform all stages of life.  If you live long enough, there is a time for everything under heaven. 

      To this is added the word from Solomon’s Song of Songs.  Yes, there is a time for sex.  Song of Songs is a vibrant celebration of sex.  Of course there is an appropriate time for it as there are appropriate relationships.

      The final word of Ecclesiastes speaks to the end of life when all other seasons of life have passed.  The wisdom of Ecclesiastes says when all other perspectives of life have failed, there is God to face.


Scripture Text (NLT): Ecclesiastes 1:1-11; 2:1-3, 3:1-8, Song of Songs 2:1-2; Hebrews 13:4; Ecclesiastes 7:1-4, 12:1-2, 8, 13-14


Scripture Reading: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, Scott Waisner


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Dr. Sonny Strange talks about the book of Proverbs.

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Homecoming 2010

Homecoming Sermon given by Dr. Steve Frye.

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An Alphabet of Praise


August 1, 2010


An Alphabet of Praise

Psalms 107-150


Sermon Synopsis: The Psalms are located at the center of our Bible.  That is an inspired location if you consider what they contain.  They speak to all of life and that is why I think they are central to a life of faith.  Jesus quoted from them as did Paul, Peter and others in the Bible.

        An Alphabet of Praise looks at book five of the Psalms.  It contains chapters 107-150 which are filled with praise.  The responsive praise “His faithful love endures forever” is found in the first verse and throughout the Psalm.  Psalm 117 is the shortest chapter in the Bible.  It only has two verses.  Psalm 199 is the longest with 176 verses.  It is literally structured around the Hebrew alphabet.  Psalm 118 is the middle chapter of the Bible.  What a book!


Scripture References (NLT): Psalms 107-150


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On The Path #6 C2 5K Couch to 5K

On the Path Ep #6

Interview w/ Rick Loy

Practicing the Presence of God #5



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Mission Report Preview

A Preview of the Reports from our summer mission teams.

Costa Rica

New Oreleans


Appalachian Outreach

Vacation Bible School

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Inside Out

July 11, 2010


Inside Out

Psalms 42-72


Sermon Synopsis: This sermon looks at Psalms 42-72 from the aspect of satisfying one’s soul hunger.  Then it proposes some soul searching questions.  Where or what is your deep hunger?  What is your soul hungry for?  We take a look at the past to identify sources of that hunger and to find ways to satisfy our soul hunger.  The Psalms, when taken personal, guide worshippers into the Holy and help them satisfy the hunger of their souls from the Inside Out.


Scripture References (NLT): Psalms 42-72

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NOAH Field Report #4 Round Table


On Thursday of our trip, I got to sit down with Greg Schloesser, the man responsible for organizing our trip, Tim Jones and Jeff Grace, the "foremen" of our work crews, and Dale Williams, the newest member of Emmanuel to be joining us to talk a little bit about their experiences thus far.  While hearing Greg talk is nothing new, it was great to hear the "Strong, But Silents" Tim and Jeff really open up about their time so far.  Listen closely to the end when Tim's wife Joan sneaks in!

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Freedom of Worship

Sermon By: Sonny Strange, Freedom of Worship

Text: Psalm 1-41 (23)

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NOAH Field Report #3

NOAH Field Report #3

Interview with Susan Waisner.

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The Gift

The Gift.


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Memorial Day

Memorial Day Sermon.

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NOAH Field Report #2

NOAH Field Report #2 Interview with Jordan Clark.

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NOAH Field Report

Hello from New Orleans!


Over the next few days we will have field reports from a missions team from Emmanuel Baptist Church that is helping in New Orleans.  Keep checking back for more reports from NOLA.



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Coming and Going

June 6, 2010


Commissioning of Summer Mission Volunteers

Coming and Going

Acts 1:7-8


Sermon Synopsis: Coming and Going is how the members of Emmanuel are responding to the needs around them and the world.  Today’s service is a worship of commissioning for the many different groups of mission volunteers serving the Lord in our community, our nation and around the world.  My comments address the need to “Preach the Gospel at all times and, if necessary, use words.”


Scripture References (NLT): Acts 1:7-8; John 1:10-14; Matthew 25:34-40.

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A Holy Task

May 25, 2010


A Holy Task

1 Samuel 3


Sermon Synopsis: A Holy Task takes a look at Samuel’s call.  He was just a youth when God called him to be the prophet to his own mentor.  Samuel’s first response was “I can’t do that!”  Later his response turned to a question, “Can I do that?”  To which The Lord replied, “Yes!”  He served Israel in that role the rest of his life.

      A God calling is based on what you can do on your own, but on what God can and will enable you to do in the power of his presence.  This story makes me wonder, “What must God do to get our attention in this fast paced world we live in?”  Or more to the point, “    What must we do to be found “in a place,” so to speak, where we can hear God speaking?”

      A searching question for me relates to what God is doing now.  Is this a time when the a “message from the Lord” are “very rare, and visions … quite uncommon”? or is it that believers are not listening or responding?  What is it that God the Father has called you in Christ Jesus to do by the power of the Spirit?  Are you listening?


Scripture References (NLT): 1 Samuel 3


Scripture Reading:  1 Samuel 3:1-10, The Lord Calls Samuel

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Holy Women

Happy Mother's Day

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The Battle for the Holy

May 2, 2010


The Battle for the Holy



Sermon Synopsis: The Promised Land was not conquered without a fight.  If you want the best in life, you might as well expect a struggle.  The Battle for the Holy involves conflicts within and without brought to life through adversity.  There is no question whether or not you will have adversity.  Everyone has adversity.  The real question is what it will do to you.  The conquest over adversity will challenge every part of who you are and whose you are.

      It is Senior Day at Emmanuel.  We honor our high school and college graduates and the seniors in our congregation.  The word to them from Joshua is simple.  Just because you have made it to this point in your life you shouldn’t expect the world to bow down at your feet.  You have battles to fight, adversity to overcome.  Your world has yet to be conquered.  Claim it first with God and grow in God until the promise has been fulfilled in you.


Scripture References (NLT): Joshua 1:1-5, 6-9; 14:10-12


Scripture Reading: Joshua 14:10-12


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Living as the Holy

Dr. Sonny Strange teaches from Deut.  and asks the question is Heaven watching?



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Numbered With the Holy

April 11, 2010


Numbered With the Holy



Sermon Synopsis: Numbered With the Holy takes its theme from the book of Numbers in the Old Testament.  The “Holy People of God” are numbered two times in the book.  The first took place at the beginning of their journey to the Promised Land.  The second took place as they were preparing to enter the Promise Land at the end of their 40 year journey.  There is a lot to learn from their experiences on the journey.

      There are many other times that believers are numbered in the Bible.  We usually think of the many numbers associated with the Book of the Revelation (4 Beasts, 24 Elders, 144,000, the number no man can number).  The truth is that we don’t have to wait until the end to be numbered with the Holy.  That happens at least once a week as we gather for worship.  Most believers are counted as members of the church, a Sunday School class or member of a ministry group.  If you’re not you could be and, may I add, you should be.

      We are all numbered with the living all of our days of our life.  Some day we will be numbered with the dead.  That doesn’t have to be a bad thing.  The one numbering that counts more than any other is the one that will take place in Glory.  Those who are numbered in the Lamb’s Book of Life are the ones who will be Numbered With the Holy forever.  Will you be in that number?


Scripture References (NLT): Numbers 1:1-4, 44-53; 14:27-30; 26:1-4


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Dancing With The Holy In Glory

April 4, 2010


Dancing With The Holy In Glory



Sermon Synopsis: Dancing With the Holy In Glory points to the ultimate worship celebration that is and will be happening in heaven.  Jesus is the first fruit of the resurrection that will continue until all of God’s children of all ages have been gathered together into God’s glory.  What a dance that will be when all of God’s children are gathered home. 

      “Do You Believe in Easter?” is what Edith Burns use to always ask people she met.  And then she would proceed to tell them the importance of death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Edith opened the doorway of faith to many through this simple phrase.

      Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ in the hope of our own resurrection.  The celebration here on earth may have mixed meanings and it may not mean anything to some, but in the hearts of believers the focus is on their risen Lord.  The celebration in heaven has already started and all who believe in the risen Savior will be “Dancing With the Holy in Glory” forever.


Scripture References (NLT): Revelation 4:1-6, 7:9-17, 19:1-8


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On the Path Episode #5

Welcome to On the Path Episode #5.  In this episode we have teaching from renowned Biblical scholar and translator Dr. Gerald Borchert on the Book of Hebrews.  We also have our usual features such as the Geek Deacon, a new episode of Limping Home and a new installment of Practicing the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence.  

Check back next week for another episode of On the Path.



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Dancing with the Holy

Dancing with the Holy

Please join us as we reenact the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem.


Narrator     Scott Waisner

Jesus  Micheal Burleson

James Dusty Shamblin

Peter Darryl Hendricks


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Jumping Off the Deep End

Guest Speaker Rick Loy

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Retreat Into the Holy

February 28, 2010


Retreat Into the Holy

Matthew, Mark, Luke


Scripture Reading                                                         Mark 1:35-39



The Synoptic Gospels

Matthew, Mark, and Luke are called “synoptic” Gospels because they have the “same look” or focus on Jesus’ ministry in Galilee. 

None of the Gospel writers take a chronological approach to Jesus’ life.  Instead, the Gospels are more topical, organized to provide a theological portrait of Jesus’ actions, teachings, and impact.  Each Gospel targets a particular audience.


Matthew’s Gospel is the Jewish Gospel.

Mark centers on Jesus as Messiah and Son of God.

Luke has more about social concerns than any other Gospel.


Each Gospel is meant to be studied on its own. Each has unique perspectives and theological messages that supplement the others and challenge readers in important ways. God chose to inspire four different writers because each perspective is important for the church.  All four Gospels tell the story of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection.





Retreat Into the Holy

Matthew, Mark, Luke


Sermon Synopsis: Our search for the holy in the pages of Scripture turns to the synoptic Gospels to examine Jesus’ Retreat Into The Holy

Point 1: Wilderness, Luke 4:1-13, 42-44

      Not an Option

Point 2: Transfiguration, Matthew 17:1-13

      Place of Revelation & Focus

Point 3: Garden of Gethsemane, Mark 14:32-42

      Place of Strength & Surrender


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Hebrews: A Mind Stretching Book

Guest speaker Dr. Gerald Borchert introduces us to  the book of Hebrews.

Check back later this week for more of Dr. Borchert's teaching from the book of Hebrews.  



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Learning to Dance in the Holy

February 14, 2010

Learning to Dance in the Holy


Love Feast: Dancing at the Table


Dance: The way I am using the word in this sermon does not reference social activities.  I am not talking about ballroom dancing, etc.   I am limiting the use of the word to reflect on expressions of reverence and that is why I say “Learning to Dance in the Holy” is so very important for believers.  Today I will be talking about what we do together.  The spontaneity of the dance (last week) is enhanced by the steps of our liturgy.  Learning the steps of liturgy is what the book of Leviticus is about.  It is also what the early believers did.  You see, there are very distinctive steps in the Christian’s dance (worship, liturgy). 

Liturgy: That which is found in public worship (ritual).

All along the way we must continue to ask ourselves a simple question, “What inspires our dance?”  Why do we do what we do when we gather for worship?  There really are a lot of good reasons.

Point 1: Learning the Steps of Worship, Leviticus

      Leviticus 16 Day of Atonement

Point 2: Steps of the Early Church

      Acts 2:42

Point 3: Dancing at the Table

      1 Corinthians 11: The Love Feast


Leviticus Outline: NLT Study Bible

1-7       The Offering System

8-10     The Institution of the Priesthood

11-15   Regulations Pertaining to Purity

16        The Day of Atonement

17-26   Expressions of Holiness in the Community

27        Regulations Pertaining to Vows and Tithes                          



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Dancing in the Holy

February 7, 2010


Dancing in the Holy

Exodus 15-40


Introduction: Building a vocabulary for the holy.

The Holy: God Creates the Holy; Humanity Rejects the Holy; God Reclaims Humanity (Worship, Scripture, Experience); Humanity Responds (Worship, Scripture, Experience).

Reverence: The outward manifestation of the feeling or attitude of deep respect tinged with awe.

      Spontaneous: That which comes from a natural impulse.

Dance: Moving one’s feet or body, or both, rhythmically in a pattern of steps, esp. to the accompaniment of music as an expression of reverence. The question we want to ask is, What inspired the dance?


Point 1: The Spontaneous Dance

      (Not learned the steps to the dance)

      Exodus 15:16-20

      2 Samuel 6:12-15, 16, 20-23

      Acts 2:1-2, 14-16

Point 2: What or Who Inspires Your Dance?

      Exodus 32:1-2, 6, 18-21, 25

      Exodus 35:20-22 ff

      Exodus 20:2-17 The Ten Commandments

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Discovering the Holy January 17, 2010 Discovering the Holy Genesis 12-50 Sermon Synopsis: Today’s sermon continues our journey through Genesis with an eye open to the holy. First, I want to remind you of four basic points about the holy. The Holy 1. God Creates It: The Holy is of God. 2. Humanity Rejects It: Must be Reclaimed. 3. Worship Brings People into the Holy: They are Reclaimed. 4. Scripture Brings People into the Holy: That is why we call it the Holy Bible. Discovering the Holy takes a look at Genesis chapters 12-50: 1. Abram’s Journey of Discovery: Gen. 12:1-9 Signs of the Holy: Abram gives Melchizedek the Tithe: Gen. 14:18-20, Circumcision: Gen. 17:9-14 Encounter with the Holy, Abram is transformed to Abraham: Genesis 18:1-2 Walking on God’s Mountain: Abraham surrenders Isaac, Gen. 2. Jacob’s Holy Nights: Sleeping on Holy Ground, Gen. 28:10-12 Struggles of the Night, Gen. 32:24-30 Transformation, Gen. 35:1-7 3. Joseph: Finding the Holy in Unholy Places, The Dreamer (Like Jacob before him), Gen. 37:5-8 In the Hands of Evil Brothers, Gen. 37:18-20 In the Hands of the Ishmaelites, Gen. 37:26-28 In the Hands of Potiphar, Gen. 39:1 In the Hands of Potiphar’s Wife, Gen. 39:7 In the Hands Pharaoh’s Prison, Gen. 39:19-20 The Dreamer Became the Interpreter: Chief cup-bearer & Baker, Gen. 40:1-4 Pharaoh, Gen. 41:14-15 The Dream Fulfilled, Gen. 43:26 Buried in Hope of a Resurrection: Joseph’s Request, Gen. 50:24-26
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Claiming the Holy Ground

Sermon Synopsis:

Last Sunday on the church calendar was called Epiphany. It is when the church typically celebrates the story of the magi and their journey to see the new born king of the Jews. An “epiphany”, which literally means “a showing,” happens every time we realize that we are standing in the presence of the Holy God. What I had hoped to do in my sermon was to introduce my 2010 emphasis. I wanted to lay the foundation for a year of sermons. In 2010 I plan to used texts from Genesis to Revelation that point to Holy Ground and what the realization of that has meant and should mean to believers. Today we begin with Genesis. Genesis 2:1-3 Holy: Is found throughout the pages of the Bible. Its meaning is easily defined. Holy is “sacred.” which brings me to my point that “holy” holds more meaning for us than definition. Things that are holy hold for us a sense of awe that is difficult to define. As in the story above, the completion of God’s labor is crowned with a rest declared by God to be “holy.” God creates the holy. It is not the work of humanity. If God made it, then it must be holy. Holy Time: I find it interesting, that the first time we find the word “holy” in the Bible it is not used to describe God or anything else on earth. Instead it is used to define time, or is it time? Did you notice that the description of the seventh day does not have the phrase, “And evening passed and morning came,” defining the day? The phrase is found as a formula describing each of the previous six days. Does that mean that the evening did not pass nor did the morning come? Maybe, it simply means that the Sabbath of God is a “heavenly experience,” a true “epiphany.” 1. God Creates the Holy. God created it the beginning and from the beginning and that is why and how we can claim the Holy in the first place. 2. Humanity Betrays the Holy. Humanity betrayed their relationship with God and therefore forfeited their right to the Holy Ground. You can see it in the story of Adam and Eve in the garden, Cain and Able, and countless other stories of throughout the Bible and repeated in our lives. 3. Worship Claims the Holy. Worship is how humanity reestablishes their broken relationship with God and how they are able to claim the Holy Ground. That is what happened with Cain and Abel. God wanted Cain to know the way of Holiness. Abel found it and Cain rejected it. Enoch walked with God and God took him (Genesis 5:21-24). Here is a brief story of someone who was so close to God that this world lost sight of him. The flood came to destroy but Noah found grace in the sight of the Lord and was able to build a sanctuary for himself, his family and portions of creation. He exited the ark and established an altar. Worship is how believers claim the holy. 4. The stories of Scripture invite believers into the Holy. There is a reason we call this book the Holy Bible. Yes, it is the collection of written materials that Christians call sacred. That is how we define it, but it holds far more meaning for us than just that. The words of this book have a way of bringing us to a realization of the presence of God the Father, Son and Spirit. The words of this book make it possible for us to stand on holy ground, again and again. Ephesians 3:12 In 1979 Geron Davis was 19 years old. His dad was the pastor of a congregation in Savannah, TN that was building a new sanctuary. Geron’s dad asked him to write a song for the congregation to sing on their first day of worship in the new sanctuary. On the Saturday night before the first worship, after everyone else had left, Geron sat down at the new piano and thought of what the people would want to sing on that occasion. He says the words came faster that he was able to write them down. In less than ten minutes he had written the words to We Are Standing On Holy Ground. And so are we when our worship brings us into the presence of the ever present God of the holy.

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