Emmanuel Baptist Church Podcast

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

The Podcasts

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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