Emmanuel Baptist Church Podcast

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

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On this episode of On The Path Scott Wasiner interviews Jason Eldridge, a photagraher from Homestead Florida who recently took a trip to Cuba.  Jason has graciously shared his story with us. Below are links to both of Jason's photography sites and his Facebook page.



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February 27, 2011                                                                             


What is the Relationship of

Giving & Receiving?

Luke 6:37-38


Synopsis: Where does one start when examining the relationship of “Giving and Receiving”?  In this message I started with God instead of with believers.  What I quickly discovered was that God has been giving for a long, long time.  In fact Scriptures paint a portrait of God as one who was giving before time began.  One might say that giving is part of the very nature of God.  It is more than just something God that does.  This may be the biggest clue of all about what God desires of and for believers.

      Then I began to search for times when God was on the receiving end.  I couldn’t find very much.  Indeed, what can others give to the one who has everything? 

      I had to reverse my approach when I began to examine “Giving and Receiving” from the human perspective.  Receiving seems to be a part of our human nature.  We are born dependent and some seem to never grow out of it.  When we are born again we receive a new nature that turns us from receivers into givers.  Jesus is the greatest gift.

      Have you received the gift of God’s giving?  If you have then you know it comes with a new nature.  Believers have the nature of God that transforms them from receivers to givers.


Scripture Text (NLT):  Luke 6:37-38; Genesis 28:20-22; Malachi 3:10-12; Genesis 1:27-30; Psalm 50:7-14; Acts 20:33-35; Luke 14:12-14; Matthew 16:24-28; John 3:16


Scripture Reading: Luke 6:37-38

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February 20, 2011                                                                             


Is That Music That I Hear?

Prayer as a Melody in the Ear of the Lord

Romans 8:18-30


Synopsis: Have you ever wondered how our prayers must sound to God?  Individually we make up only one part of what must be one of many notes when arranged together in the ear of God they must make a very pleasing sound.  I imagine it might sound like music.  Think about it.  Prayer heard in the ear of God as music from the soul a melody of the heart not the mouth.

      I you take any of our hymns apart and listen to only one note at a time it is difficult imagine what it would sound like when all the notes are played together.  Sometimes we get so caught up in the notes we are playing that we forget that prayer is never a solo performance.  We never pray alone.  Other believers join in the chorus and the Holy Spirit joins us as well (Romans 8:18-30).

      Come join the chorus of prayer.  Play your notes faithfully because it is part of the grand melody heard in the ear of God the Father as the Son stands to join us and the Spirit hums in harmony with our prayer and the will of God the Father.


Scripture Text (NLT):  1 Kings 19; Romans 8:18-30

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Guest Speaker Dr. Brad Bull discusses the six most important words in a relationship.  He also asks a question: What is something we have to do that Jesus never did?



Psalm 119: 33 - 34

Proverbs 9:1 -12

Matthew 18: 15 - 17

Titus 3: 10 - 11

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February 6, 2011        Souper Bowl of Caring

It's Not a Secret
Discerning the Heart of God
James 1:22-27

Synopsis: It's not a secret; in fact, it's not really that difficult to
discern the Heart of God.  The words of the prophets continue to proclaim to
those who will hear.  God desires justice.  Jesus came to earth as a living
demonstration of what is at the heart of God.  Love is what God desires.
Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5 declares what it that God the
Father blesses.  The disciples taught the same thing to the church following
Christ's ascension.  Paul declared that when he was weak God was strong.
James simply said that if you want to worship God then you need to be sure
your religion reflects the heart of God.  Elements of "true religion"
involve our lives in activities initiated in the heart of God.

 Scripture Text (NLT):  Matthew 5:3-12; James 1:22-27

Scripture Reading: James 1:26-27

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