Emmanuel Baptist Church Podcast

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

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November 30, 2014                         First Sunday of Advent: HOPE

 

The Voice of a Child

Psalms 8:2

 

Synopsis: If a baby could speak, what would he or she say assuming of course that we wanted to understand what he or she said?  A baby crying is not always a welcomed sound, but apparently the babe thinks we need to hear it.  It may just be instinct that causes a baby to cry when he or she is hungry, wet, cold, hurting or just lonely.  It may be just instinct that causes the baby to goo, giggle and make what we think are happy sounds.  We think they mean all is well in the baby’s world, but that may not be the case at all. 

      Now imagine that the infant you are listening to is the Son of God, what would He say?  This is the beginning of Advent, a time when believers are called to come close to the manger to listen for “The Voice of a Child.”  Is it possible for us to hear those first words coming from a babe born in a manger long, long ago?  I believe it is because the babe in our worship today is the WORD made flesh (John 1:14).  His word to us is the word of the Heavenly Father.  If we cannot hear these words from the babe we will not hear them from the Father.

      Do you remember how close you have been drawn to a baby just to hear that first syllable?  Now imagine being drawn that close to the baby Jesus so that you might hear Him speak the words of the Father, “HOPE, PEACE, JOY, and LOVE.”  Advent calls us to listen to “The Voice of a Child.”

 

Scripture Text: Psalm8:1-9; John 1:14, 1-5

 

Scripture Reading: Psalms 8

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November 16, 2014                                               Base Budget Vote

 

Baseline

Luke 14:25-27

 

Synopsis: From my title today you might think I am using a sports motif.  The dictionary lists the meaning of “baseline” that way before coming to the definition I am using: “a basic standard.”  What is the “Baseline” for believers? 

      Jabez was mentioned in the records of the Old Testament that noted him as a person of faith and faithfulness (1 Chronicles 4:9-10).  In his prayer he asked God to increase his boundaries and to bless him in life.  Jesus taught that blessings like that come as a result of faithfulness (Luke 16:10-12).  Of course the greatest blessing is eternal life.  Surely that blessing comes as a result of what God has done for us in Jesus Christ.  Our part is to believe.

      Faith and faithfulness go together in the lives of those who believe (Luke 14:25-35).  The baseline for believers is the Holy Spirit.  Those who have the Spirit have life.  Those who do not have the Spirit do not have life (Romans 8:9-11).

 

     

Scripture Text (CEV): 1 Chronicles 4:9-10, NIV; Luke 16:10-12, NLT; Luke 14:25-35, CEV; Romans 8:9-11, NLT

 

Scripture Reading: Luke 14:34-35

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Guest Speaker Bobby Griffen

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November 2, 2014                                                                             

 

Excused From The Blessing

Luke 14:15

 

Synopsis: How many times do we get so caught up in the activities of our lives that we excuse ourselves from the blessings God has in store for all of those who respond to God’s invitation?  That is certainly one of the lessons I take away from Jesus’ parable found in Luke 14:15-24.  The parable is often identified The Great Banquet or Feast.  Whatever you call it, the message of the parable should strike fear into the hearts of those who take for granted the blessings of God and at the same time bring tears of joy to those often understood to be outside of the blessings of God.

      The apocalyptic implications of this parable are clear.  The invitation to the banquet is the invitation to the Great Banquet in heaven at the end of time.  What we do now will make a difference of whether or not there we will have a place at God’s table.

      This week there will be a new video presentation released by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.  It is the second in a series called My Hope.  The title for this message is Heaven.  “Heaven … but first, there must be a decision here & now in this life.” Billy Graham.  Heaven will air on November 7th, Billy Graham’s birthday.  We already have a DVD copy of the message and will be using it in different setting during the coming weeks.

 

Scripture References: Luke 14:15-24; Matthew 22:1-4; Luke 11:27-28; John 4:27-38

 

Scripture Reading: Luke 14:15-24

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