Emmanuel Baptist Church Podcast

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

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January 10, 2016

                                           Turning Pages

                                            Acts 8:14-17


Synopsis: We are all familiar with turning pages of a book or newspaper even if it happens to be a digital version.  I want you to look with me at a couple of Scripture passages where the Holy Spirit turned the pages for believers.  First let’s look at Acts 8:14-17.  The ones who were considered to be “not my people” were transformed into “my people” (Hosea 1).  When it happened the “insiders” of the faith were shocked at how the Samaritans received the Holy Spirit. That made them one in faith.

      The Holy Spirit turned the pages of faith forward at the baptism of Jesus.  John said it was going to happen.  He saw the beginning of it but knew there was much more to come (Luke 3:15-22).

      This is the time of the year when we turn the pages on our calendar and march forward into a new year.  Calendars are not the only thing that needs turning.  Is it time for you to allow the Holy Spirit to turn the page in your life?  You probably already know what needs to happen, but that doesn’t mean you know how to make it happen.  The Holy Spirit knows.  Maybe it involves turning the page on a relationship, or finding new meaning for your life, or ... well … you know.  God knows too.


Text (NLT): Acts 8:14-17; Hosea 1; Luke 3:15-22


Scripture Reading: Psalm 29:1-2

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December 20, 2015                                      4th Sunday of Advent

The Light of Christmas

Sharing the Love of God With Others

Matthew 2:1-2


Synopsis: The Love Light of God got the attention of the Magi even though they live in a far and distant land.  They were not of the linage of Abraham, but they were attracted to the light of God’s love (Matthew 2:1-12).

      Their journey of discovery led the Magi to Herod but there was no “LOVE LIGHT” shining there.  The religious leaders in Jerusalem pointed to Bethlehem but it was the “LOVE LIGHT” of God that guided them to Jesus.  Even as just a child the love of God radiated from His presence.  The same is true today.  God’s “LOVE LIGHT” shines brightly from the resurrected Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Plus, the “LOVE LIGHT” of God is reflected through the lives of believers every day.

      Believers need to let the “LOVE LIGHT” of God shine through their lives every day of the year and especially at Christmas.  People all around them will be attracted to the LOVE LIGHT of God.

      Every gift has the potential of blessing in two ways.  There is the joy of the giver and the joy of the one receiving the gift.  All who receive God’s gift of love are filled with joy.  That is the joy that the gift brings to the ones who receive the gift, but that pales in comparison to the joy that the giver receives.  There is great joy in heaven whenever someone else receives God’s gift of love in Christ Jesus.  You will never know a greater joy than the joy of the gift of love God has given you in His Son Jesus Christ. 


Text (NLT): Matthew 2:1-12, NRSV; John 15:9-17


Scripture Reading: John 15:9-17

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December 6, 2015                                     2nd Sunday of Advent

The Light of Christmas

Sharing the Peace of God With Others

Luke 1:76-79


Synopsis: The Light of Christmas shines bright because the spark of HOPE has set the kindling of PEACE ablaze.  Soon we will see what the logs of JOY can do when all are fanned into flames by LOVE.  It is the season of Advent and we are celebrating the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. 

      People who live in the shadows need the spark of HOPE that comes from the light of God in Christ Jesus.  That spark would be short lived if not for the kindling of PEACE.  Together they start a fire burning that will light the way for others.  Today we celebrate the PEACE of God born in Christ Jesus.  The PEACE of God is not a place but rather a journey.  It is not defined by the absence of things by but rather the presence of Christ.  Yes, Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem, but we know He still lives and journeys with us throughout our lives.


Text (NLT): Luke 1:76-79; NIV


Scripture Reading: Psalm 60:1-3

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November 29, 2015                                       1st Sunday of Advent

The Light of Christmas

Advent Series

Sharing the Hope of God With Others

Matthew 4:12-17


Synopsis: “Hope” is the spark that starts the fire for the Light of Christmas!  What is it that you are hoping for this Christmas?  I hope that our Christmas Eve Candlelight service will be the best ever.  Yes I hope we will have more people but I am especially hoping for a movement of the Spirit of Christ in the service that will bless all of us throughout the coming year.  Why?  Because The Light of Christmasis the “hope” of the world.  So I am not hoping for a certain present under the tree, but rather your presence to honor, remember, and celebrate the birth of savior Jesus Christ.

      Today marks the first Sunday in our preparations for Christmas.  Thanksgiving has prepared us well for our journey.  Even so people can get a little selfish at times and Christmas season is no exception.  And even though more gifts are given to charities at this time of the year than any other time some people still want to get all they can and sit on the can.  I’m hoping you are some of those people who have hope because of the Light of Christmas and that you want to share that hope with others.

      How do you share the Hope of God with others?  There are many ways.  One way I want to invite you to employ this Advent Season is to invite others to join you for worship, especially on Christmas Eve.  Keep in mind that “HOPE” is the spark that starts the fire for the light of Christmas.


Text (NLT): Matthew 4:12-17


Scripture Reading: Isaiah 9:1-3

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July 27, 2014                                                                                     


Authority Figure

Matthew 8:5-13


Synopsis: Who are the “Authority Figures” in your life?  Context has a lot to do with identifying an “Authority Figure” and determining their sphere of influence or limits to their power. Most two year olds I have known have little to no concept of authority figures.  Parents think their words are authoritative, but toddlers seem to operate on the “catch me if you can” line of authority.  They require a more “hands on” approach to authority.   Lack of understanding leads to frustration on the part of the parents and can get toddlers into a lot of trouble.

      My message today comes from the story of a Roman authority figure who comes to Jesus as an authority figure (Matthew 8:5-13).  They don’t clash, instead their encounter can lead us to a better understanding of Jesus as the “Authority Figure” for the lives of all believers.  First, notice the context.  This story comes after the Sermon on the Mount where the writer notes “he taught with real authority.” (Matthew7:29)  Our story for today is a demonstration of how “real authority” works.  The Roman Centurion knew it, lived by it, recognized it in Jesus and had no problem making an authority figure in a life and death situation, “Just say the word…”

      Who is the “Authority Figure” in your life?  I know you have several authority figures that come and go according to the context of the moment.  In other words, you have established boundaries for their authority.  I am not talking about those various authority figures.  I want to call your attention to the Authority Figure that knows no boundaries, who speaks life to you, and calls you to the fullness of life every day.  His name is Jesus!


Scripture Text (NLT): Matthew 7:28-29; 8:5-13 (Luke 7:1-10); Romans 9:24-26


Scripture Reading: Romans 9:24-26

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May 18, 2014                                                                                     


Your Next Step

James 4:13-17


Synopsis: Do you remember the first steps you ever took?  Probably not, but I bet those who were with you marked the occasion with celebration.  After a few of those first steps children go from waddling to walking and then before you know it they are running and jumping so fast that adults can’t keep up with them.  In fact they, like all of us, soon get so adept at taking steps that they don’t always notice where the next step is going to take them.  And that overconfidence can land them in ER.

      You might not be able to remember the first step you took as a child but some of you were old enough to remember your first step after an accident or knee replacement, hip replacement, or maybe even a stroke.  That was a special occasion wasn’t it?  It might have even brought tears to your eyes.  Some first steps take a lot more work than others but stress the importance of preparing for “Your Next Step.”

      What are you doing in preparation for your next step?  I want to challenge you in the church to make plans to be acceptable to the Lord whether Jesus returns today or after your death and make your next step accordingly.

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March 16, 2014                                                                                 


Did I Hear That Right?

Matthew 5:3-12


Synopsis: Have you ever heard someone say something that when you heard what they said it just didn’t sound right?  That is what many in Jesus’ audience must have thought when He shared with them what we call the Beatitudes (Mt 5:3-10).  Humanly speaking these statements are paradoxical.  That perception is at least a part of the human problem.  I believe Jesus was sharing God’s view of things and painting a word picture of what it will be like when the Day of the Lord comes.


Scripture Text (NIV): Matthew 5:3-12; Isaiah 55:8-13; James 3:13-18; Psalm 37


Scripture Reading: Isaiah 55:8-13

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February 9, 2014                                                                               


Are You Talking To Me?

Matthew 7:12


Synopsis: Peter, James and John on the Mount of Transfiguration heard the voice of God the Father say, “This is my own dear Son, with whom I am pleased—listen to him!” (Matthew 17:5, NLT)  The question I hear echoing from their mountain top experience is “Are you listening?”  All too often our reply is “Are You Talking To Me?”

      Jesus boiled all of the words of the law and the prophets down into two statements (Matthew 22:34-40).  One dealt with our relationship with God.  The other dealt with our relationship with one another.  Generally speaking, we don’t do really well with either one of them.  We typically single out Matthew 7:12 as the “Golden Rule.”  Let’s see if we can make out what it says and yes, I am talking to you!


Scripture Text (NLT): Matthew 17:5, 22:34-40; Leviticus 19:18; Matthew 5:43-48,7:12; Romans 14:13; Matthew 7:1-5.


Scripture Reading: Matthew 7:1-6

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February 2, 2014                                          Souper Bowl of Caring


I Was Hungry!

Matthew 25:35


Synopsis: A few weeks ago I made reference to Murphy’s Law as a way of drawing attention to the phrase, “Jesus said.”  After that I called your attention to what God the Father said of Jesus and what the disciples Peter, James, and John were to do.  Simply put “listen to him!” or “hear him!”  Today, I want to call your attention to what Jesus said about feeding the hungry.

      Have you ever been hungry?  I mean really hungry, not the kind of hungry that comes between meals, but the kind of hungry that comes because there is no meal. I know that a lot of know what it is to fast for a certain period of time, maybe for a religious observance, but most often because of a medical test.  That is not the kind of hunger I am referring to.  I am referring to the kind of hunger that most of us don’t live with day after day.  Those who are hungry matter to God.

      Jesus told a story about the separation of the sheep and the goats in which one of the criteria he named was feeding the hungry (Matthew 25:34-40).  It is what Jesus taught His disciples to do and what they were to teach others to do.  You might call it a sign of life, eternal life.


Scripture Text (NLT): Matthew 17:5, John 14:1-7; Matthew 25:34-40; James 1:22-25, 27; Matthew 28:19-20; Matthew 28:19-20; 2 Corinthians 5:10


Scripture Reading: Matthew 25:34-40

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September 29, 2013                                                                           


The Seventh Blessing

Revelation 22:12-15


Synopsis: What is your favorite number in the book of Revelation?  There really are a lot to choose from.  In fact, John does more with numbers in the Revelation than there are numbers used in the Old Testament book of Numbers.  John’s favorite number seems to be “seven.”  At least you will find he uses it more than any other number.

      Today I want to talk about The Seventh Blessing found in the book of the Revelation.  They are not numbered, but there are seven beatitudes in the book and the one found in Revelation22:14 is the seventh.  Let’s look first at the seventh blessing and then examine the context of the blessing.  Then we will zoom out to look at the use of beatitudes in the New Testament before zooming in on the seventh blessing again.

      The question I want to keep before you is simple.  Are you one of those who are blessed?  Yes, we are all blessed in many ways, but are you one of those who are receiving the Seventh blessing?  If not, would you like to do be?  Do you know what you need to do to become one of the blessed?  I invite you to join me in the journey of The Seventh Blessing.


Scripture Text (NLT): Revelation 22:14, 12-15; Matthew 5:3-12, NAS; Revelation 1:3, 14:13,16:15, 19:9, 20:6, 22:7-9, 12-15, 7:9-17 (Scripture Reading)


Scripture Reading: Revelation 7:9-17

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June 17, 2012                                                                     My Brother Series 2 of 3


Who is My Brother

Luke 10:25-37


Synopsis:     This is the second sermon in a series dealing with the question of relationships.  “Am I My Brother’s Keeper” was raised by Cain in regards to Able whom he killed.  Today my sermon deals with the question raised by a lawyer in response to the demand of the law to “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:25-37) 

        This question of who is my brother is raised in several of Jesus’ parables.  The older brother in Luke 15:11-32 was acting like his brother was dead, but the Father insisted that he was alive. 

        There is a third parable most often identified with judgment (Matthew 25: 31-46).  It is told in reference to the separation of the sheep and the goats.  The distinction of the two groups is drawn from the way they treated Jesus’ brothers.

        I need to be sure you know that I am not using the term “Brother” as a term of gender.  I do not believe the text is trying to limit its lesson to gender specific relationships.  I believe Jesus is present a truth that transcends gender.  In other words I think the lesson of this text crosses the gender barrier, kinship barrier, socio-economic barriers to make a simple point.  Your brother is the person the Father places in your path who needs you or you need him.


Scripture Text (NLT):  Luke 10:25-37; 15:11-32; Matthew 25: 31-46




Dr. Sonny Strange, Pastor


Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1916 Overlook Ave., Jefferson City, TN 37760

Sharing Hope, Meeting Need, Through Word, Gift and Deed

Web Page: www.emmanueljeffcity.com, Podcast of sermons available online.

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November 13, 2011                                         Veterans Recognition


More Than A Wish

Romans 13:6-7


Synopsis: There is a price for citizenship.  In Romans 13:6-7 Paul talks about taxes and honoring those in authority.  Military service is a price of citizenship too.  We are here today to honor those who have responded to the call of the nation to military service.  Some served a short time while others served on to retirement.  We want to take this opportunity to say “Thank you for your service.”

      Politically speaking, freedom for most people throughout the world is just a wish.  It isn’t that way for people in the USA.  Why?  It is a blessing from God, no doubt.  It is the product of a nation that has freedom in its DNA.  Our national freedom is also the result of those who answered the call to military service.  They are the ones who continue to make freedom in the USA More Than A Wish.

      Freedom isn’t free.  We all know that.  Today we want to take time to express our appreciation to the men and women among us have contributed to our freedom to worship.


Scripture Text (NLT):  Romans 13:6-7; Psalm 33:1, 119:45; 2 Corinthians 3:16-18; Galatians 5:1


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August 21, 2011


Language of Grace

1 Corinthians 5:9-11


Synopsis: Language sometimes forms a barrier to communication even when people seem to be using the same words.  That is certainly the case when believers try to communicate the Gospel to those who have never experienced it. 

        Paul called believers to a high standard of relationship that was not to be confused with standard of relationship with unbelievers (1 Corinthians 5:9-11).  In making that distinction he admonished believers to reach out to unbelievers even though they did not live by those higher standards as a means of winning them to faith.

        This brings up a good question.  How does a believer communicate the Gospel to an unbeliever when he or she does not know the language of grace.  Believers use the language of grace all the time.  Other believers understand them perfectly, because they have a common experience.  We fill our worship with songs of praise that have words which communicate on multiple levels. 

        Sometimes believers are mocked because of the choice of words that they use to communicate the meaning of grace.  Those outside of faith often don’t appreciate their sincere attempt to communicate with words their experience of grace.


Scripture Text (NLT):  1 Corinthians 5:9-11

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July 24, 2011


Closet Time

Stewardship of Personal Devotion

Matthew 6:5-6


Sermon Series: This is the third in a series of sermons dealing with stewardship.  All believers are “Gifted for a Purpose.”  The first sermon dealt with financial stewardship under the title of “Managing Gnats.”  Sometimes we think financial stewardship is the most important.  It isn’t.  Believers are “Gifted for a Purpose” financially and every other way.

      The title of the second sermon in this series (July 17) is “Talent Search.”  It deals with the stewardship of personal talents and spiritual gifts as they relate to the work of the local church.  Each year local churches conduct a “Talent Search” of sorts as they seek to find people in the congregation who are willing and able to minister in various areas of church work.

      “Closet Time” is the third sermon in the series (July 24).  The sermon examines personal stewardship of time in the development of prayer life and personal devotion.

      The title of the final sermon in the series is “Environmental Impact” (August 7).  It deals with our stewardship of God’s creation.  Environmental issues are often absent in our discussion of stewardship issues, but believers certainly do not get a pass when it comes to the stewardship of natural resources.


Sermon Synopsis: “Closet Time” picks up on a phrase Jesus used to describe personal devotion.  Enter your closet, close the door and spend time with the Father comes from the KJV translation in Matthew 6:5-6.  Two words are examined closely: closet and devotion.  Personal Devotion is not about changing God.  It is about changing the person praying.

      One of Jesus’ parables examines this challenge even more openly.   In Luke 18:9-14 a Pharisee and Tax Collector go up on the roof to pray.  Only one closed the door to outside influence and went home justified before God.

      There are a lot of noises in our world that can distract us from devoting time to God.  When a believer devotes time to God it doesn’t meant the problems cease.  It just means the believer refuses to be devoted to the problems.  People choose who or what they are devoted to or the “who and what” of life will control them.

      How much time each day do you devote to the eternal?



Scripture Text (NLT):  Matthew 6:5-6; Luke 18:9-14

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July 17, 2011


Talent Search

Stewardship of Talents

1 Corinthians 12:12-13


Sermon Series: This is the second in a series of sermons dealing with stewardship.  I began with financial stewardship under the title of “Managing Gnats.”  Sometimes we think financial stewardship is the most important.  It isn’t.  Believers are “Gifted for a Purpose” financially and every other way.

      Today’s sermon “Talent Search” deals with the stewardship of personal talents and spiritual gifts as they relate to the work of the local church.  Each year local churches conduct a “Talent Search” of sorts as they seek to find people in the congregation who are willing and able to minister in various areas of church work.

      “Closet Time” is the third sermon in the series (July 24).  The sermon examines personal stewardship of time in the development of prayer life and personal devotion.

      The title of the final sermon in the series is “Environmental Impact” (August 7).  It deals with our stewardship of God’s creation.  Environmental issues are often absent in our discussion of stewardship issues, but believers certainly do not get a pass when it comes to the stewardship of natural resources.


Sermon Synopsis: Today’s sermon “Talent Search” deals with the stewardship of personal talents and spiritual gifts as they relate to the work of the local church.  Each year local churches conduct a “Talent Search” of sorts as they seek to find people in the congregation who are willing and able to minister in various areas of church work.

      Believers are “Gifted for a Purpose,” and God has a purpose for every believer in the work of the church.  No excuses or exclusions are permitted among Kingdom workers.  Find a place to apply your talents and spiritual gifts and get started.  You are “Gifted for a Purpose in the Local Church.”




Scripture Text (NLT):  1 Corinthians 12:12-13


Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:4-6

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July 10, 2011


Managing Gnats

Financial Stewardship

Matthew 23:23-34


Gifted for a Purpose Sermon Series: This is the first of a series of sermons dealing with stewardship issues (July 10).  I begin with financial stewardship.  The title, “Managing Gnats” comes from the text in Matthew 23:23-24, NLT where Jesus says, “You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.” 

        The title of the second sermon in this series (July 17) is “Talent Search.”  It deals with the stewardship of personal talents and spiritual gifts as they relate to the work of the local church.  Each year local churches conduct a “Talent Search” of sorts as they seek to find people in the congregation who are willing and able to minister in various areas of church work.

        “Closet Time” is the third sermon in the series (July 24).  The sermon examines personal stewardship of time in the development of prayer life and personal devotion.

        The title of the final sermon in the series is “Environmental Impact” (August 7).  It deals with our stewardship of God’s creation.  Environmental issues are often absent in our discussion of stewardship issues, but believers certainly do not get a pass when it comes to the stewardship of natural resources.


Sermon Synopsis: Stewardship is a big word that calls our attention to a lot of issues of life.  It should also call our attention to our purpose in life.  What is your life all about?  If someone else were to take a good look at your life would they give the same answer you give? 

        We are gifted with life for a purpose, but we often gobble up life as if there were no tomorrow and in the end miss that purpose (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14).  We often divert our attention to the details of life as a distraction or disguise for the things that we really regard as important.

        Believers are called to recognize the important things in life and give them their due attention.  Today I want to call your attention to the business of managing gnats (Matthew 23:23-24).  If the issue is stewardship of life, then we cannot hide behind one little effort to do right and excuse the rest.  Neither can we wait until later.


Scripture Text (NLT):  Matthew 23:23-24; Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

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July 3, 2011


Free to Be

Romans 6:15-18


Synopsis: We in the United States have a national holiday we celebrate on the 4th of July.  It is in honor of the Declaration of Independence signed by a bunch of very brave men back in 1776.  It was only 235 years ago. 


      We in the church have a believer’s holiday we celebrate every Sunday.  It is in honor of the declaration of independence signed in the blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and sealed in His resurrection from the grave.  It was almost 2,000 years ago.  He made us “Free to Be” children of the Living God our Heavenly Father (Romans 6:15-18).


      We are not “Free to Be” anything we want to be, but free to be what God desires us to be.  Our Heavenly Father wants us to know the abundance of life possible. 


      We are citizens of the United States of America by birth or nationalization.  We are not citizens of the United States of America in order to be Christian nor are we Christians because we are citizens.  We Christians because of our faith in the resurrected Lord.  It is our obedience to our resurrected Lord that marks us as Christians.


Scripture Text (NLT):  Romans 6:15-18

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June 19, 2011                                                               Father’s Day


Daddy Did

Mark 14:35-36


Synopsis: Kids like to brag about their dads.  That is not always a bad thing.  Sometimes their imagination is not a part of their reality.  “My Dad is bigger…smarter…richer…etc. than your Dad.” 

      A little over a year ago my earthly Father went home to be with his Heavenly Father.  Today, I am not only the earthly kid remembering my Dad, but I am also a kingdom kid honoring my Dad of glory.

      Jesus taught us about our relationship with the God of creation and eternal glory.  He said that God wants to be our Abba.  That is Aramaic for “Daddy.”  So let me tell you about what my “Daddy Did” for me and you and all of creation.


Scripture Text (NLT):  Mark 14:35-36; Galatians 4:4-7; Romans 8:14-17; Psalms 50:10-11


Scripture Reading: Galatians 4:4-7

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May 22, 2011                                                    Children in Worship


Bring Them In

Genesis 7:6-10


Synopsis: Today is a very special day for worship at Emmanuel.  This is the day we try to create a worship experience for the children in the congregation.  They are involved in every aspect of what we are doing and become the target audience for the message.

      The story of Noah is one that captures the imagination of everyone of every age.  My simple message for today points out that Noah’s primary qualification to build the ark was obedience.  He was of the habit of doing what God wanted.  So he built an ark according to God’s design that was large enough to carry animals and Noah’s family through the flood.  I use the kids to “build” an ark capable of having room enough for everyone in the worship center to fit inside.  Then I invited everyone to get on board, which they did.  WOW!  What a wonderful sight.  The adults got into the service and emptied the pews.  What a story.



Scripture Text (NLT): Genesis 6 & 7

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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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January 16, 2011                                                                              


It’s Personal

John 1:14


Synopsis: Defining relationships are personal.  That is the way it was with God in the beginning.  Creation was and is personal with God (Gen. 1:1-2).  That is the way it was with Christ coming into the world He had created and among the people He had chosen.  God got personal with creation in Christ Jesus (John 1:1-5).  Redemption is personal with God and it must be personal (John 1:14) with everyone who comes to God in faith. 


Scripture Text (NLT):  Genesis 1:1-2; John 1:1-5, 14


Scripture Reading: John 1:14

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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 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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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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Guest Speaker Rick Loy Guest Speaker Rick Loy
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The Joy of Christmas Angels Luke 1
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The Power of the MIte Psalm 127; Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17; Hebrews 9:24-28; Mark 12:38-44
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Traditions of Thankfulness Psalm 132:1-12; 2 Samuel 23:1-7; Revelation 1:4b-8; John 18:33-37
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Happy Happy, Psalm 1; Let’s Start at the Beginning, Psalm 1; The first word of the Psalms is “Happy.” Proverbs 31:10-31; James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a; Mark 9:30-37
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A Simple Truth November 1, 2009 A Simple Truth Mark 12:28-34 Sermon Synopsis: Although we establish thousands of laws, public ordinances, and rules of order people seem to have a great deal of difficulty simply doing the right thing. Jesus said that “doing the right thing” was not that complicated. When asked about complicated issues of life Jesus spoke “A Simple Truth.” In Mark 12:29-30 you will find a simple statement Jesus gave in response to what some think is a very complicated question. Jesus said the most important things in life are made simple when we put God first and treat others as we want to be treated. That simple truth works in stewardship too. How much should a believer give to God through the church? Some have said ten percent (tithe). Others ask is that before or after taxes? The simple truth Jesus said was that the believer should give to the government the things that pertain to government and to God the things that belong to God. The New Testament doesn’t talk a lot about the tithe. Maybe that was because believers were giving a lot more than ten percent. Some were giving their all. The simple truth is that God has given us time, talents and personal treasures to use in ways that honor our relationship with God and our responsibilities with those around us. Scripture References (NIV): Mark 12:28-34; Psalm 146; Matthew 7:2; Genesis 14:19b-20; Matthew 24:15-22; Luke 4:8
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From Victim to Victor October 11, 2009 From Victim to Victor Psalm 22:1-2; Job 23:16-17 Sermon Synopsis: From Victim to Victor serves as an introduction and an invitation to the Lord’s Table. Last week during the dedication of our Restore the House Projects we erected an Ebenezer (1 Samuel 7:12, “rock of hope”) made from the tools and supplies used in the project. On top of the construction platform we raised a cross. The renovations were not an end within themselves, just a platform for the proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The cross of Christ means a great deal to us. It is the focus of our worship center inside and out. The cross represents the suffering and death of Jesus of Nazareth. He was the victim of those who wanted to silence his message. When Jesus rose from the grave he became the victor. We gather at the Lord’s Table to remember his suffering and celebrate his victory. God was not defeated by the worse that man could do to Jesus. Instead of defeat God used it as an occasion to bring redemption to all of creation. Salvation is the finished work of God the Father through Jesus Christ the Son as revealed through the continuing work of the Holy Spirit. Jesus has issued an invitation to whoever will come. Jesus invites you to take him into your body as bread and drink the cup of the new covenant established in his death and life everlasting. Scripture References (NIV): Psalm 22:1-15, Job 23:1-9, 16-17
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Whatcha Thinkin' ? Dr. Sonny Strange asks: What do you think about Jesus?
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The House Restored The Restore the House project culminates with the dedication of our new Sanctuary.
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Ephphatha (Open Up) Ephphatha (Open Up), Mark 7:24-37; James 2:1-10 Open Up to new possibilities of inviting others to join you in worship next Sunday. Open up to the guests who will sit next to you or even in the seat your are sitting today. Open up to the movement of the Spirit of Christ in your life.
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Without a Prayer Without a Prayer, Psalm 84; 1 Kings 8:22-30, 41-43 Do those on the outside of faith stand Without a Prayer unless those within the kingdom lift them up to God in prayer? Is it not the work of the faithful to make a way of faith for those on the outside of faith?
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Welcome to Episode 4 of On the Path. On this episode we try a new format and have a round table discussion on why we should go to church. We stay on topic for most of the discussion but as with any group we go off on a few tangents. Our panel includes Scott Waisner, Susan Waisner and Jeff Smith. We continue our presentation of the Practice of the Presence of God by brother Lawrence. If you have any comments please send them to m423studios@gmail.com.
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 A Metaphor of Life Sermon: A Metaphor of Life, John 6:51-58; Ephesians 5:15-20 Jesus offers Himself as a Metaphor of Life in John 6 and Paul invites us to see ourselves in that role with one another and with those outside of the church.
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Homecoming: 40th Anniversary of move to Emmanuel Homecoming: 40th Anniversary of move to Emmanuel Sermon By: Rev. Charles Phillips
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Nathan's Story Nathan’s Story, 2 Samuel 12:1-13; Psalm 51:1-12 Nathan’s Story forced David to reevaluate his actions and assumptions. Stories do that. That is part of the power of the Gospels. Certainly, it is one of the reasons Jesus told stories.
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On the Path Episode #3 On the Path Episode #3 A Tribute to Steven Jones Ending Music "Callie's Eyes" composed by Jeff Smith performed by Joseph North
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That's Smart July 26, 2009 That’s Smart Psalm 14, Ephesians 3:14-21 Sermon Synopsis: That’s Smart deals with the source of wisdom. The Bible presents God as the starting point for wisdom and the relationship between God and mankind as key to the path. Some start without God in the equation and rely on scientific “facts” as key. The sermon ends with the story from John of Jesus walking on the water. How did He do that? Did Jesus know something the rest of us don’t know? I think Jesus knew that wisdom begins with faith in God the Father. I don’t know how he did it. By faith I cling to the who. Scripture References (NIV): Psalm 14; Ephesians 3:14-21; John 6:1-21 Grace and peace to you in Christ Jesus, Dr. Sonny Strange, Pastor Emmanuel Baptist Church 1916 Overlook Ave., Jefferson City, TN 37760 Phone (865) 475-9424 Sermon podcasts available online at www.emmanueljeffcity.com
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Left Behind Left Behind, Mark 6:53-56; Ephesians 2:11-13
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Freedom Sermon Synopsis: This is the Fourth of July weekend. People all across the United States continue to celebrate the nation’s independence. The word “freedom” is spoken often, but it’s meaning is anything but clear. This sermon deals with issues of freedom and prerequisites for finding freedom. Freedom doesn’t mean the absence of rule. The Declaration of Independence served as a prerequisite for freedom from British rule. Jesus made his own declaration by quoting Isaiah 61:1-2 as found in Luke 4:18-19. Jesus was determined to be ruled by the will of God the Father. Psalm 51 tells how that can happen. Paul talked about his “out of the body experience” and some seem to think that is a good definition of freedom. Paul saw it as a reason to trust his all in all to God in Christ Jesus. He said that trusting Christ is the true prerequisite for freedom. Jesus’ final cry of freedom came for him and us as he cried, “It is finished.” Now that’s freedom. Scripture References (NIV): Luke 4:18-19; Psalm 51:1-12; 2 Corinthians 12:2-10 The Message
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Father's Day Welcome to this Episode of The Emmanuel Podcast Happy Father's Day! In addition to Dr. Sonny Strange's sermon we have a short drama presented by Susan Waisner and Sharon McGinley.
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Gideons International In this episode Rick Finchum of the Gideons International gives a report on the activities and mission of the Gideons. More than Missionaries The Gideons International is an interdenominational association of Christian business and professional men who are members of Protestant/evangelical churches. Our members are dedicated to saving the lost through personal witnessing and the distribution of God's Word in more than 180 countries around the world. The majority of Gideons live and serve in their local communities, making us very effective and efficient because . . . They know the local language and customs. They know where the hotels, schools, prisons, hospitals and other locations where Scriptures need to be distributed are located. Sometimes, we're able to establish local groups of Gideons in countries where traditional missionaries aren't allowed to go. http://www.gideons.org
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On the Path Episode #2 Welcome to On the Path Episode #2. In this episode we have an interview with Gail Hickman of Samaritan House and Angie Bergess of Appalachian Outreach. http://web.cn.edu/ao We also have the first installment of a new audio drama written by Scott Waisner and performed by Mark McGinley and the second installment of the practice of the presence of God by Brother Lawrence. Thanks to the following: Scott Waisner Mark and Sharon McGinley Angie Bergess and Gail Hickman Beatsuite.som Librivox.org Merritt Music Productions
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Overflowing Presence May 31, 2009, Pentecost Sunday Lord’s Supper Overflowing Presence John 16:12-15; Acts 2:1-4 Sermon Synopsis: The worship on this Pentecost Sunday is different in many regards. First, worship will start in our Fellowship Hall which has served as our temporary place of worship while the sanctuary was being renovated. Second, the seats are arranged so that people are facing one another as much as possible. Third, children will remain in the worship service with adults and will teach the congregation a lesson on unity. Fourth, following the Lord’s Supper the congregation will move into the newly renovated worship center. All of these factors combine to fill this service with wonderful teaching opportunities. Lessons on various elements of worship are included throughout the service. Overflowing Presence is a reflection about the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of believers. It is intended to prepare believers for taking part in the Lord’s Supper on this Pentecost Sunday and for making the move into the newly renovated worship center. The prayer is: May the “Wind” of the Spirit of God’s presence overflow our assembly and fill the lives of those around us. Scripture References (NIV): John 16:5-15 Acts 2:1-21
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Establishing a Worthy Memorial We will all be remembered for things that we have done. That is not always good. Establishing A Worthy Memorial deals with factors the Bible associates with establishing memories that we would like for others to remember. It starts with Psalm 1 (righteous/wicked), Acts 1 (Judas/Matthias), God established the greatest memorial 1 John 5:9-13; John 17:6-19.
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Child of God Child of God deals with the declaration that “Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God...” 1 John 5:1 and that as believers Jesus’ calls us to “remain in my love.” John 15:9-17.
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"Every Mother's Child" Every Mother’s Child deals with the need to proclaim the righteousness of God to all. Philip was sent into the desert region of Gaza in search of one mother’s child who was rejected by others but made acceptable to God. As believers we are called to love every mother’s child as God loves them. That kind of love is possible only through the supply of God’s love flowing through us. Our attachment to Jesus causes us to search for every mother’s child until the love of God is realized in all. Psalm 22:30-31; Acts 8:26-40; 1 John 4:7-21; John 15:1-8
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Welcome to the first episode of On the Path. We are a monthly podcast bringing you Christian and family oriented content. We are a companion podcast to The Emmanuel Podcast from Emmanuel Baptist Church in Jefferson City TN. In this episode we have an interview with Dr. Sonny Strange covering the new Prayer Garden and the ongoing renovations of Emmanuel Baptist Church's sanctuary. We also have a presentation from Bob and Alisa Lemons on their Honduras Mission trip. To round out our first episode, we have an Essay from our very own Geek Deacon on the ESRB video game rating system and the first installment of The Practice of the Presence of God. Contributors: www.merritmusic.com www.beatsuite.com www.librivox.com Dr. Sony Strange Scott Waisner Bob and Alisa Lemons
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The Shepherd is Calling The Shepherd is Calling presents Jesus as the “good shepherd” who is calling “his sheep” to follow him to fullness of life. Salvation and fullness of life is found in no one else because no one else has laid down his life for us like Jesus. Psalm 23; John 10:11-18: Acts 4:5-12; 1 John 3:16-24
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I Didn't Do It! April 26, 2009 Second Sunday Worship in the Fellowship Hall I Didn’t Do It Acts 3:16 Sermon Synopsis: Acts 3 tells the story of the healing a lame man who sat at one of the entrances to the Temple. The people who knew him realized that a true miracle had taken place. They gave Peter credit for it. Peter said, “I didn’t do it. Faith in the name of Jesus did it.” Peter went on in Acts 3 to offer the same hand of faith to the crowds who were gathered in the Temple. “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Peter’s word to the crowd was “Repent and turn to God.” Faith in the name of Jesus that healed the lame was offered as the way of spiritual healing for the crowd that had betrayed Jesus. That same hand of faith is extended to all of us today. “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Well! What are you doing just sitting there? Get up and get going. “Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known.” (1 John 3:2) Scripture References (NIV): Acts 3:12-19; 1 John 3:1-7 Grace and peace to you in Christ Jesus, Dr. Sonny Strange, Pastor Emmanuel Baptist Church 1916 Overlook Ave., Jefferson City, TN 37760 Phone (865) 475-9424 Sermon podcasts available online at www.emmanueljeffcity.com
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The Touch of Christ Guest speaker Brad Bull talks about the healing power of touch and how often Jesus used touch to heal. This is the first podcast from our temporary Sanctuary while our main Sanctuary is being remodeled.
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An Easter Affirmation of Life April 12, 2009 An Easter Affirmation of Life John 20:1-18 Sermon Synopsis: An Easter Affirmation of Life makes three observations. The first word from the tomb was centered on the fact that Jesus had risen from the grave. The second word affirmed the fact that Jesus lives. That word came from many witnesses after the resurrection and even from Paul who affirmed it after the ascension. The third word comes from the church in its continuing affirmation that Jesus lives. Jesus has not only risen from the grave, He was seen alive by many witnesses. Worship continues to reveal that Jesus lives. That reality is affirmed in the hearts and lives of believers every day and especially on Easter. Scripture References (NIV): John 20:1-18; Acts 10:34-43; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11. Grace and peace to you in Christ Jesus, Dr. Sonny Strange, Pastor Emmanuel Baptist Church 1916 Overlook Ave., Jefferson City, TN 37760 Phone (865) 475-9424 Sermon podcasts available online at www.emmanueljeffcity.com
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His Eyes: A Palm Sunday Presentation We hope you enjoy this special episode of The Emmanuel Podcast. Actors: Jesus of Nazareth: Micheal Burleson Nicodemus : Scott Waisner Joseph of Arimathea: Mark McGinley Disciple: Norman Eskridge Peter: Darryl Hendricks Narrorator: Dr. Sonny Strange Music for this episode in order of appearance Shout Praise: Words by Scott Waisner, Music by Joseph North, Arranged by Jeff Smith Action Kevin McCloud (incompetech.com) As We Come Words and Music by Mark Hussung, Harmony by Joseph North, Arranged by Jeff Smith Peter's Song - Words and Music by Mark Hussung, Harmony by Chris Merritt (Merritmusic.com) Sung by Darryl Hendricks and Mark Hussung Callies Eyes Music by Jeff Smith, Performed by Joseph North As We Come Words and Music by Mark Hussung, Harmony by Joseph North, Arranged by Jeff Smith Cafe Diem Music by Jeff Smith
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Did You Ask Me Why? March 29, 2009 Did You Ask Me Why? John 12:27-28 Sermon Synopsis: Children like to ask the question “Why?” I suppose we all do. This message deals with some of the answers about Jesus’ journey to Calvary. Why did the Geeks coming to see Jesus tell Jesus that it was time. Knowing what lay ahead, why was Jesus willing to be obedient to his Heavenly Father? Why the voice? The Hebrews passage gives a lot of possibilities for answers. Everything about Jesus made him better than any other alternative. He provided the way of salvation to who every will come. Have you responded to his invitation? Why not? Time is running out. Scripture References (NIV): John 12:20-33; Heb 5:5-10 Grace and peace to you in Christ Jesus, Dr. Sonny Strange, Pastor Emmanuel Baptist Church 1916 Overlook Ave., Jefferson City, TN 37760 Phone (865) 475-9424 Sermon podcasts available online at www.emmanueljeffcity.com
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Celebration of Church March 15, 2009 Celebration of Church Dedication of Renovated Baptistry and Baptism, Deacon Ministry, The Lord’s Supper Text Sermon Synopsis: This year Baptists around the world are celebrating the 400th anniversary of the Baptist Movement. Today’s service will celebrate three distinctive of the Baptist Church: baptism, deacon ministry and Lord’s Supper. We are Baptist partly because we celebrate the distinctive of believer’s baptism. The church works to bring people to faith in Jesus Christ and attempts to lead new believers to make a public profession of their faith. Then, in obedience to the command of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ believers are baptized (immersed in water) as a “living sign” of their death, burial and resurrection with Christ. It is a public celebration of faith. We have a newly renovated baptistry at Emmanuel and today we dedicate it with a baptism service. A second part of our worship will feature Emmanuel’s deacon ministry. Deacons are, as the name implies, servants of the congregation and minister to various needs of people in the church. A third part of our worship will feature a celebration of the Lord’s Supper. Like baptism, the “breaking of bread” has been celebrated by people of faith since the very beginning. This service is also identified as The Last Supper, Eucharist, or communion. It is a celebration in remembrance of Jesus Christ. We invite people to receive Jesus, broken so that they might be made whole. Participants receive a small piece of bread as a “living sign” of their acceptance of Jesus into their life. And they receive a small cup of grape juice as a “living sign” of entering into the New Covenant of life through the blood of Jesus Christ.
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Why Should We Forgive? Our sermon this week is presented by Dr. J. Randall O'Brien, Carson Newman College's new President. Dr. O'brien is an ordained Baptist Minister and published author. Dr. O'brien speaks on forgiveness and why we should forgive.
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Happy Anninversary Pastor Sonny! Join us as we celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Pastor Sonny Strange at Emmanuel Baptist Church. You will hear stories and testimonies from church staff, community leaders and church members who have been touch by this wonderful man of God. Thank you Sonny for allowing us to produce and distribute this podcast. Without you we would not be here to spread the message of Jesus Christ Emmanuel Podcast Team emmauelpodcast@gmail.com M423 Studios m423studios@gmail.com
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Chariots of Fire February 22, 2009 Chariots of Fire 2 Kings 2:1-12 Sermon Synopsis: Chariots of Fire highlights God’s presence among the saints. The sermon starts and ends with an African-American Negro spiritual first recorded in 1909, Swing Low Sweet Chariot. Like the song, this sermon is inspired by the “chariots of fire” that separated Elijah and Elisha and the whirlwind that took Elijah to heaven. Elisha never lost sight of those chariots of fire. He knew they were always there watching over him. This story provides insights into what was happening on the Mount of Transfiguration when Elijah and Moses came to meet with Jesus. Peter, James and John said Jesus glowed bright with the glory of God. The fire had not lost its power. The chariots had not come to separate Jesus from his disciples not even death could do that. There was no whirlwind that day, but there would be. Jesus didn’t take off that day because he knew we needed him to finish the course laid out for him. Paul talked about the need of others keeping him in the fight. How much more important was it for Jesus to stay. Though others cannot see him, he is with us still. The day is coming when he will once again come in the power and glory of God to take the redeemed to be with him forever. Are you ready to climb on board? Scripture References from NIV: 2 Kings 2:1-12; 2 Kings 6:12-17; Mark 9:2-9; Philippians 1:23-26; 2 Corinthians 4:3-6. Grace and peace to you in Christ Jesus, Dr. Sonny Strange, Pastor Emmanuel Baptist Church 1916 Overlook Ave., Jefferson City, TN 37760 Phone (865) 475-9424 Sermon podcasts available online at www.emmanueljeffcity.com
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Are You Willing? February 15, 2009 Are You Willing? 2 Kings 5:1-14 Sermon Synopsis: Has any one ever approached you with the question, “Would you like to try something new?” If so, what were your first thoughts? Were you suspicious or adventurous? Sometimes our response depends on how much we trust the one making the offer or on how desperate we are at the time. Leprosy Bible times was feared as much then as AIDS is today. Naaman had it. He was a mighty general but had no power over the disease. Was he desperate enough to trust word of a captive slave girl, a prophet he never saw, a method he had never tried? Was he willing? Yes, and he was healed. There were people with leprosy in Jesus’ day who were just as desperate as Naaman. Mark 1:40-45 tells about one asking Jesus if he were willing to heal him. The man found that Jesus was willing. Jesus is still willing to heal men and women, boys and girls of the most dreaded disease that plagues humanity, sin. The consequences of this disease lead to death, eternal separation from the blessings of God. The question is “Are you willing to be healed?” God has a plan to heal all who are willing to come to Jesus. Scripture References in NIV: 2 Kings 5:1-14; Mark 1:40-45; 1 Corinthians 9:24-27. Grace and peace to you in Christ Jesus, Dr. Sonny Strange, Pastor Emmanuel Baptist Church 1916 Overlook Ave., Jefferson City, TN 37760 Phone (865) 475-9424 Sermon podcasts available online at www.emmanueljeffcity.com
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Until Everyone Knows February 8, 2009 Until Everyone Knows Mark 1:29-39 Sermon Synopsis: We begin with a statement about the importance of story in determining cultural and religious identity. Isaiah 40:21-24 supports this concept with a series of questions. “Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood since the earth was founded?” These question emphasize the role of people in a society (civil or religious) to tell their story and the role of the individual to understand or accept the story. A New Testament illustration is found in Mark 1:29-39. It is the story of Jesus raising Peter’s mother-in-law from her death bed. The news of the miracle spread to others in the area and many who were sick came to Jesus to be healed. I suppose that as the news spread throughout the community one could hear the lines of Isaiah, “Have you not heard?” Once everyone knew, Jesus moved on to tell others the good news. His goal was to share the story of redemption until everybody knew. In 1 Corinthians 9:29-39 Paul shared his since of urgency in telling the story. He said he was compelled but wanted to do it voluntarily instead of forced. Therefore, he made himself the slave of the gospel so that he could share the good news with all types of people. The burden is placed upon the people of faith to tell the stories of the faith. Those stories give us our identity. In order to tell the stories we must first learn the stories. That is a part of what church is all about. Then we must experience the truth of the stories in our own lives. Then we must demonstrate the truth of the stories in our relationship with God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and all the others we encounter. We must become tellers of the story in “Word, Gift and Deed.” Scripture References from NIV: Isaiah 40:21-24; Mark 1:29-39 (Jesus heals Peter’s mother-in-law); 1 Corinthians 9:16-23 (willing slave); Isaiah 40:21-24, 28-31. Grace and peace to you in Christ Jesus, Dr. Sonny Strange, Pastor Emmanuel Baptist Church 1916 Overlook Ave., Jefferson City, TN 37760 Phone (865) 475-9424 Sermon podcasts available online at www.emmanueljeffcity.com
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The Fire Still Burns February 1, 2008 Souper Bowl Sunday The Fire Still Burns Mark 1:21-28; Deuteronomy18:15-20 Sermon Synopsis: Cold winter weather brings out a threat of house fires and dramatically increases the since of loose associated with a fire. Why would we then go without smoke detectors and fire alarms since they are so readily available? Every time a house fire is reported our since of urgency mounts as does the demand for us to do something! The fear of fire caused the people of Israel to distance themselves from God. The fire that guided them was no natural fire and that made them even more fearful of it. They feared the fire and the voice of God that spoke through the fire. John the Baptist introduced Jesus as the one who baptizes with fire. That may explain why some are afraid to approach him. Fire not only heats our homes it has the potential of destroying them. The fire of Jesus purifies and empowers believers in the face and adversity and frees them of the fear of a judgment of fire. The job of the church is to keep the fires of the Gospel burning bright. The fire of Jesus still purifies and empowers believers for life. Let’s keep the fires burning. Scripture References from NIV: Deuteronomy 18:15-20 (people afraid of the fire); Matthew 3:11 (baptism of fire); Mark 1:21-28 (Jesus in Capernaum). Grace and peace to you in Christ Jesus, Dr. Sonny Strange, Pastor Emmanuel Baptist Church 1916 Overlook Ave., Jefferson City, TN 37760 Phone (865) 475-9424 Sermon podcasts available online at www.emmanueljeffcity.com
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Restore the House: Now is the Time Restore the House: Now is the Time Presented on January 25 2009
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Restore the House: Called to Action January 18, 2009 Restore the House Called to Action Sermon Synopsis: This sermon examines the call of Samuel in 1 Samuel 3:1-10 and the call of Nathanael in John1:43-51. Both calls demonstrate the importance of the voice of the Lord to bring light to the darkness they were experiencing. When people neglect their place in worship and their place of worship darkness sets in. Notice too that the call of God must be followed by acts of obedience. Make no mistake about it, God knows you. God knows your hiding place and all your excuses. God knows where you are right now. God knows your need of transformation and is ready to turn on the light. Are you ready for the transformation that the light brings? This year transform everything! Grace and peace to you in Christ Jesus, Dr. Sonny Strange, Pastor Emmanuel Baptist Church 1916 Overlook Ave., Jefferson City, TN 37760 Phone (865) 475-9424 Sermon podcasts available online at www.emmanueljeffcity.com
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Restore the House: It Is the Time for New Beginnings January 11, 2009 Restore the House It is the Time for New Beginnings Sermon Synopsis: Sermon continues the theme of transformation. Three passages of Scripture provide a metaphor for the uncontrolled aspects of life. In the story of creation, Genesis 1:1-5, the God of Creation is introduced as the God of New Beginnings. God looked down on creation and breathed life into it. You and I often see the dark and murky side of life. God wants to turn the light on so we can see new possibilities with God. The story of Jesus’ baptism, Mark 1:4-11, provides another look at what happens in the water. Jesus’ baptism transformed the baptism of repentance to the baptism of the Spirit. Again, the breathe of God descended on creation. This time God’s light illuminated Jesus as the Son of God. The baptism of John’s disciples by Paul, Acts 19:1-7, provides the backdrop for us to consider our own baptism. The God of creation wants to be the God of transformation for all of us. Grace and peace to you in Christ Jesus, Dr. Sonny Strange, Pastor Emmanuel Baptist Church 1916 Overlook Ave., Jefferson City, TN 37760 Phone (865) 475-9424 Sermon podcasts available online at www.emmanueljeffcity.com
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Called  to Restoration: This Year Transform Everything "Of the Father's Love Begotten" Of the Father's love begotten Ere the worlds began to be, He is Alpha and Omega, He the Source, the Ending He, Of the things that are, that have been, And that future years shall see Evermore and evermore. January 4, 2009 The First Sunday of the New Year Called to Restoration: This Year Transform Everything 2 Chronicles 24:4-5 Sermon Synopsis: The sermon is a challenge for believers to start the year off “right” not mounting up debts, but paying tribute instead. We begin with the story of Joash King of Judah calling the people to “restore the temple of the LORD.” The people responded by providing funds for the restoration, but the Levites, the priests, did not act. Joash realized the time had come to do the right thing so he stepped in to get the work started. It was time to restore the house. I hope 2009 will be your “Year to Transform Everything.” At the beginning of this New Year, I invite you to survey the house in which you live. Assess the damages. Evaluate the needs. Estimate the cost. Start now! Set aside personal resources. Address what is needed. Begin to work where you are. Don’t wait! Prayer of Restoration O God help me restore my house: Body, Mind, and Soul/Spirit. I don’t want to be defeated again this year. O God help me restore my relationships with others. Family: Start at home, we all have homework to do. Spouse, Parents to children and children to parents, Brothers and Sisters Friends and Associates O God help me, restore my place in worship. Start with the restoration of your relationship with God and with your brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus. O God help me, restore my place of worship. We’ve waited long enough. The time has come to do the right thing. It is time to restore the house! This Year Transform Everything Grace and peace to you in Christ Jesus, Dr. Sonny Strange, Pastor Emmanuel Baptist Church 1916 Overlook Ave., Jefferson City, TN 37760 Phone (865) 475-9424 Sermon podcasts available online at www.emmanueljeffcity.com
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Christmas Eve Service 2008 Welcome to our Christmas Eve Service. We hope you will enjoy this special presentation of the Emmanuel Podcast. Tonight you will from Dr. Mark Hussung, Norman Eskridge, Tony Hickman, Tammy Ogle, Fred and Kathy Wilson and Dr. Sonny Strange. Thank you for joining us for this special service. The production team of the Emmanuel Podcast wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. May God bless you greatly in 2009.
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Adventures in Faith #3 Love Welcome to a Christmas edition of the Emmanuel Podcast from Emmanuel Baptist church in Jefferson City TN. In this episode, Pastor Sonny Strange continues his series entitled Adventures in Faith. This installment is subtitled “Love”. Thank you for spending time with us today. If you would like to learn more about Emmanuel Baptist Church and the oppurtunitie availible there please vist our website www.emmanueljeffcity.com. If you have any questions or comments about our podcast, please email us at emmanuelpodcast@gmail.com. Have a very Merry Christmas.
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Adventures in Faith #2: Peace Welcome to a Christmas edition of the Emmanuel Podcast from Emmanuel Baptist church in Jefferson City TN. In this episode, Pastor Sonny Strange continues his series entitled Adventures in Faith. This installment is subtitled “Peace”.
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“Adventure in Faith: Hope” The First Sunday of Advent Advent Theme: Christ Before Christmas Adventurous Praise Sermon Synopsis: Today we begin the season of Advent. For centuries, the church has set aside this time for believers to prepare their hearts for the coming of the Son of God. “Advent” of course refers to Jesus, the Son of God, coming to dwell on earth. Today, believers should use the four Sundays of “Advent” to prepare their hearts for Christ’s coming. It does not mark the number of shopping days until Christmas. The four Sundays of the Advent Season should be an “Adventure in Faith.” 1 Our Adventurous Hope abounds in Anticipation. 2 Our Adventurous Joy resonates in Praise. 3 Our Adventurous Peace feeds our Courage. 4 Our Adventurous Love reaches out to all. My sermons for our Adventure in Faith will center around the theme Christ Before Christmas. The aim of my presentations will be to show Christ before, above and beyond the Christmas celebrations. I will present Old Testament prophecies that portray the hope of Christ that is not often the focus of our popular culture. I will present the New Testament stories of events leading up to the birth that will examine the world before Jesus was born. Finally, I will present ways Christ can live in our experiences after the Christmas lights are gone. Remember, the name that is above every name is Jesus. (Philippians 2:9, NIV) Our Adventure in Faith will seek to raise His name above all others. Scripture: Isaiah 64:1-9; Mark 13:24-37; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, NIV
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Community Thanksgiving Service Welcome to a special Thanksgiving Edition of the Emmanuel Podcast. Each year, the Jefferson City Ministerial Association puts together a Community Thanksgiving Service. This year it was hosted at Emmanuel Baptist Church. In this podcast you will hear from several of the area pastors and a message from Stephen Jones of Heritage Fellowship. The names of all the pastors and links to their church websites will be available in our show notes. Please enjoy and be uplifted by our presentation. Rev. Nenette Measles http://www.cn.edu/studentaffairs/campusministries.htm Dr. Gene Wilder http://www.fbcjeff.org/ Rev. Dan Whitman http://www.usachurch.com/tennessee/knoxville/churches/church_69157.htm Stephen Jones http://www.heritagefellowship.us/ Jean Ann Washam http://web.cn.edu/ao/ Bernice Farrow http://www.tennhelp.com/tennHelpView?th_id=5219 Pastor Jim Price http://www.heritagefellowship.us/ Rev. Doug Wilder http://www.firstumcjc.com/
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God invested Christ in you.  What is your rate of return on God’s investment in you? Sermon Synopsis: God does not call anyone that God does not gift and God does not gift anyone that God does not call. “Stewardship” is a word we use to identify the things we do in response to the gifts God has given us. Jesus’ parable of the talents given for service while the master was away illustrates possible responses as well as expectations. The parable is found in Matthew 25:14-30. There is a similar parable in Luke 19:11-27. Both indicate that God is serious about receiving a good return on His investment. In I Thessalonians 5:1-11 Paul writes “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” God invested Christ in you. What is your rate of return on God’s investment in you?
Direct download: EBC_Podcast_November_16_2008.mp3
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Saint's A Marchin'! Sermon: Dr. Sonny Strange Saints A Marchin: The waters of Jordan don’t part until the saints (priests) start to march, Joshua 3:7-17. God recognizes the column of the saints because of their walk, 1 John 3:1-3; Psalm 34:1-10. Saints march in an eternal parade in glory, Revelation 7:9-17. The blessings of sainthood are revealed in the kingdom, Matthew 5:1-12. There isn’t any thing like it when the saints start “a marchin.”
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Ever wonder why we have so many laws? Sermon Synopsis: Ever wonder why we have so many laws? I do. Some people say it is to bring order to our civilization. I think it is because people keep finding loop holes in the laws we have. God gave Moses the Ten Commandments and they were eventually turned into 613. That didn’t stop the leaders from finding a way to falsely accuse Jesus and condemn him to death. Jesus made “doing the right thing” simple. He summarized it all in two short commands. Matthew 22:37-40, NIV " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments." Who is the Lord your God? Jesus identified the Lord your God as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He taught his disciples to call God “Abba,” Daddy. Do you want to know who Jesus identified as your neighbor? Jesus said it was any one you can help. “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 7:12, NIV) Who are the “others” living around you? God the Father has called the church to be a “holy people” in Christ Jesus empowered by the Holy Spirit within them to love others in Jesus’ name. Scripture References (NIV): Lev. 19:1-2, 15-18; Matt. 22:34-46; 1 John 3:16-24 Grace and peace to you in Christ Jesus, Dr. Sonny Strange, Pastor
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What is Success?

Guest speaker Tom Huebner discusses success and 7 biblical principals to achieve it.


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Golden Calf or Golden Opportunity?

October 12, 2008

Golden Calf or Golden Opportunity?

Exodus 32:1-14

Sermon Synopsis: We are often like the people of Israel as they stood at the foot of Mt. Sinai.  Moses was away on business (an extended meeting with God) when the people decided to make a significant investment.  They had a “golden opportunity” but ended up investing in a “golden calf.”  They committed their glory to “an image of a bull, which eats grass.”  Had Moses not “stood in the breach” before God, the people would have been destroyed.  An even worse fate would be our today had not Jesus stood in the breach for all of us.

      What do you commit your glory to?  It really does make a difference.  It not only makes a difference in the direction of your life.  Your decision makes a difference in where you spend eternity.  What kind of return do you expect on your investment of your life?

Scripture References: Psalm 106:19-23; Exodus 32:1-14; Philippians 4:1-9.

Direct download: EBC_Podcast_October_12_2008.mp3
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Our Common Provisions

October 5, 2008

World Communion Sunday

Our Common Provisions

Philippians 3:10-11

Sermon Synopsis: Today is World Communion Sunday.  Believers of various denominations set a side this Sunday to remember together the things we have in common.  What do we have in common with other people of the Christian faith?  Jesus!  The broken bleeding body of Christ Jesus is offered to any one who will come in faith as part of His body, the church.

      The provisions of the Lord’s Table are supplied by Jesus.  We take a piece of bread in remembrance of Jesus, broken for our healing.  We drink the cut in remembrance of Jesus’ life offered to establish the new covenant, a covenant of love.  The love of God for humanity is expressed in the gift of God’s one and only Son.  The love of humanity for God is expressed in our acceptance of the love God offers us in Christ Jesus.  Our love for God Father, Son, and Holy Spirit finds expression in our relationships with one another.  The love of God is expressive in its true nature.

      Religion is always held accountable by God for how well that love finds expression in what, why and how they do church.  Psalms 80:7-15; Isaiah 5:1-7; and Matt. 21:33-46, NIV share a vineyard theme.  In each God has created a fruitful vineyard but for one reason or another God is denied the fruit of that vineyard.  God executes judgment in each case but never stops trying.  Each new venture opens the door of opportunity for others to be a part of God’s grand venture. 

      In Philippians 3:4b-14 Paul lays out his religious claims to God’s vineyard and then declares those claims to be worthless.  What matters then?  Jesus!  Paul writes,

10 I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.

      As we come to the Lord’s Table in concert with churches around the world, let us pause to consider the fruit of our lives that we bring to God.  Fruit of love a sacrifice of our daily lives offered freely, humbly, without restitution.

      Behold the provisions of the Lord’s Table.  Jesus’ brokenness and life offered to whoever will come.  So come!  Come you who are barren desolate creatures and be transformed into fruit vineyards of God’s grace.  Heaven belongs to all those who come to God in Christ Jesus and are transformed.

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Personally Responsible

Personally Responsible

Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32; Psalm 25:6-9


Sermon Synopsis: Using Ezekiel’s prophesy as a template this sermon deals with issues of personal accountability. 

      We live in a society that loves to blame someone else for our problems.  Psychology has been used to propagate the notion that our actions are the results of our parents or our environment.  The thief couldn’t help it.  The murderer was not in charge or fully accountable for his or her actions.  The list goes on and on and there seems to be no one who is held accountable for their actions.  In fact, there seems to be no one who is capable of holding any one accountable for their actions. 

      What ever excuses we offer God and others for the wrongs in our lives wrong is still wrong and “sin is still sin.”  Sin is “simply wrong” actions.  God views “sin as sin” no matter who does it.  God views “sin as sin” no matter who is impacted by it.  We all sin and we are all impacted by the sins of others, but that is not an excuse for it.  

      God’s solution for sin starts with “repentance.”  Maybe you have heard someone say, “If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.”  Offering excuses to God for wrong actions just digs the hole a little deeper.  Repentance, on the other hand, opens us to God’s provisions for filling in the hole.  If you wait long enough and dig deep enough, that hole could become your grave.  Jesus is the only one to find an answer for the grave.

Scriptural References: Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32; Psalm 25:6-9

Direct download: EBC_Podcast_September_28_2008.mp3
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Jonah’s Death Wish

Jonah’s Death Wish

Jonah 3:10-4:11


Sermon Synopsis: Jonah’s death wish was an expression of being out of step with the will of God.  We do not have to struggle to understand why Jonah didn’t want to go to Nineveh.  There were a lot of other places that suited him better.  He chose the one that was in the opposite direction of Nineveh.  Jonah told the sailors on the boat to throw him into the sea, because he would rather die than go to Nineveh.  Jonah wasn’t any happier when he finally went to Nineveh.  He was still out of step with the will of God.  He was angry enough to die.

      Now consider the story of Saul of Tarsus.  He didn’t like anybody who wasn’t a Jew like himself.  His conversion experience isn’t a fish story like Jonah, but it was life changing.  Saul (Hebrew of the Hebrew) became Paul (Greek form of his name) Apostle to the Gentiles.  He never stopped preaching and reaching out to those he once hated.  Paul’s death wish was an expression of being in step with the will of God.  He was ready to go just as soon as God was finished with him on earth. 

      “The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.” (Psalm 145:8.NIV)  Have you experienced his grace today?  Have you extended God’s grace to others?  Have you gone to your Nineveh yet?


Scripture References: Psalm 145:8; Jonah 3:10-4:11; Phil. 1:21-30

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May the Force be with you

September 14, 2008

May The Force Be with You

Psalm 114:1-8

Sermon Synopsis:  May the Force be with you is a line from Star Wars movies, but in this sermon it is a reference to the power of God in and among the people of God.  Psalm 114 draws on a number of Old Testament narratives to make clear that it was the presence of God among the people of Israel or Judah that made the difference in times of conflict.  In the same manner, it is the presence of Spirit of God in the church today that makes it possible for the church to make a difference in the world.  The forces of evil are not afraid of the people in the church but they know to be afraid of God.  The Spirit of Christ also makes a difference in the lives of the believers making it possible for them to be forgiven as well as to forgive.  The Force in believers transforms believers into a force the world cannot resist.

Scripture References (NIV): Psalm 114; Exodus 14:19-31; Romans 14:1-12; Acts 19:13-16; Matthew 18:21-35; Mark .

Direct download: EBC_Podcast_September_14_2008.mp3
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Marks of Our Faith

Welcome to the September 7 th edition of The Emmanuel Podcast. Today we dedicate a prayer garden that has been in the planing stages for the last five years. Pastor Sonny Strange speaks about the marks of our faith and we participate in the Lord's Supper.


Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen.

He named it Ebenezer, saying, "Thus far has the LORD helped us."

1 Samuel 7:12, NIV

Like Samuel in the Old Testament, we seek to establish as a witness and “Ebenezer” which means “a stone of help.”  We have selected twelve words which have been etched in stone to guide us and others in the path of pray. 

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Sincerely Yours; Romans 12:9

Sermon Synopsis:

      We often express the words of the psalmist (26:8) “I love the house where you live, O LORD...” but how often do we show up to meet together in the presence of the LORD.  Isn’t our attendance at the times of assembly a measure of the sincerity of our love for the house of the Lord?  “Love must be sincere.” Paul writes, or it is not love at all.  In Romans 12:9-21 Paul defines the actions and sentiments of sincere love.

      The greatest example if sincere love is found in the actions of Jesus of Nazareth (Matthew 16:21-28). 

Scripture References: Psalm 26:8, NIV; Romans 12:9-21, NIV; Zechariah 7:6-8, The Message; Galatians 5:13, NIV; Matthew 16:21-28, NIV; 1 John 2:7, NLT; I John 4:11, NIV

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Forgiving Others Dr. Sonny Strange speaks on fogiving others for their sake and our own,
Gen 45 1-7.
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Remembering What God Has Done for You It's Homecoming at Emmanuel Baptist Church!  Guest speaker Dr. Steve Fry speaks about the importance of remembering what God has done for you. 
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Special Edition #3: Costa Rica Mission Team Report Our mission team presents a report about their experiences in Costa Rica and how it has changed them and how they see the world.
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Special Edition #2 Interview with Costa Rica Mission Team

Karen Smith interviews members of Emmanuel's Costa Rican Mission Team. She interviews Bob Ogle, Haily Ogle, Jacob Lemons, Mark Hussung and Dale Gentry.


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Let's Sit Together

Sermon Synopsis: Let’s Sit Together

Matthew 14:13-21; August 3, 2008

      The Gospels tell of Jesus performing miracles (often translated miraculous signs) wherever he went.  A total of thirty-seven of these stories are recorded in the Gospels.  Only one of them, feeding of the 5,000, is found in all four.  What does that say about the importance of this story?  

      All of the miracle stories teach something about the kingdom of God.  What signs of the kingdom are to found in this story?

      Jesus served “dinner on the ground” to more than 5,000 that day.  He invited everyone to sit down together.  It is easy to miss the message in this act.  Sometimes churches use the slogan “everybody welcome” as an open invitation for people to come to a revival or just come to church.  The people in the church, however, often don’t really mean it.  Jesus did! 

      All who were there that day ate their fill and still there was enough to feed more.  How many more?  Surely, the twelve baskets full remaining indicates God has provisions for the twelve tribes of Israel.  

      If everyone is invited then that includes you.  Have you accepted the invitation?  Are you ready to sit down with the rest of those who have?

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Trusting God in the “All Things” of Life

Sermon Synopsis: Trusting God in the “All Things” of Life

Romans 8:26-39

July 27, 2008

      What does it take for a believer to trust God no matter what happens?  Answer: Faith, yes but in this context Paul wants you to answer Spirit.  It takes the Spirit of Christ in the believer to give life to faith in the “all things” of life.  Jesus said the kingdom is like yeast in flour.  In time it will be apparent that the little yeast within the flour will make a big difference in the outcome.  Life of the Spirit of Christ in believers is made apparent in “all things.”

      Serenity Prayer: 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.

      Scriptural References (NIV): Romans 7:24-25a; 8:1-2, 9, 12, 26-39; Matthew 13:31-33.

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Special Edition #1: Pastor's Point of View

Why are we here?  Why do we come to Emmanuel?

What is our purpose?  What are we to be about?

At least part of the answer is easy to come by.  Some parts of the answer may not be so easy to find.  Certainly, we are here to

Share Hope, Meet Need, Through Word Gift and Deed.





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Recognizing God's Children

Sermon Synopsis: Recognizing God’s Children

Romans 8:12-25

      Are there recognizable characteristics of the children of God?  Paul starts Romans 8:12-25 with another “therefore.”  Because we are unable to save ourselves God sent His Son to establish the way of righteousness and His Spirit to birth believers into the kingdom “therefore” believers have an “obligation ... to live according” to the Spirit of Christ within them.  It is a family trait.

      Another trait is that believers are gifted for special service to the body.  Gifts vary from believer to believer.  We do not all have the same gifts, but all are gifted.

      God believers have a special relationship.  The children of God are recognized because they relate to the God of all creation as “Abba.”

      Faith is another characteristic of God’s children.  What will be has not yet appeared, so believers wait for it.

Direct download: ebc_podcast_july_20_2008.mp3
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Life Giving Spirit

Sermon Synopsis: Life Giving Spirit

Romans 8:1-11

      This sermon examines the struggle between the sinful and spiritual natures.  Paul describes the sinful nature as having a mindset of death whereas the spiritual nature has a mindset of life and peace.  Outward actions come from the inward nature that controls them.  Actions, however, cannot give birth to the spiritual nature it is the gift of God. 

      The story of Rebekah’s struggle in giving birth to Esau and Jacob provides an illustration of how God’s promise works.  It is not based on works but grace.  God chose Jacob and transformed him into Israel.  God has chosen you in Christ Jesus and has issued an invitation of adoption.  The Spirit of Christ comes to dwell in every one who responds in faith.

      Scriptural References (NIV): Romans 8:1-11; Proverbs 6:16-19; Romans 1:18, 29-31; Romans 7:15-25; Genesis 25:19-34.

Direct download: ebc_podcast_july_13_2008.mp3
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Dancing to God's Music

Sermon Synopsis

      Emmanuel is commissioning 20 volunteers who make up Costa Rica Partnership Mission Team # 22.  Some of them will share their witness during the service.  The commissioning message will be followed by a prayer of commissioning and a celebration of The Lord’s Supper.  The message starts with Zechariah’s (9:9) call for the people to recognize their king who comes in righteous gentleness, not might.  In Matthew 11:16-19 Jesus pointed out that people often are more interested in what they want than being open to what God wants.  The people did not recognize Jesus when he came because he did not come and do what they wanted.  The mission volunteers are being commissioned to go with the message of God in the Spirit and power of Christ, not in the spirit and power of this world. 

Direct download: ebc_podcast_july_6_2008.mp3
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Dead Man Walking

Dead Man Walking

Romans 6:1-11

June 22, 2008

Sermon Synopsis: “Dead Man Walking” is what prison guards in the United States say as they lead condemned prisoners from Death Row to the place of execution.

      Jesus experienced the taunting of Roman guards and a hostile crowd as he was led to be executed.  He was one of three “Dead Man Walking” that day.

      Jesus was executed, pronounced dead at the scene and buried in a tomb not far from the place of the execution. Jesus is the dead man who was raised to life by the power of God.  Therefore, in one sense of the word, Jesus continues to be the “Dead Man Walking.” 

      The resurrection of Jesus Christ has the power to transform our human understanding of death.  Humanity lives on Death Row.

      The promise of Scripture is that Jesus will continue to walk with believers on their journey to death.  It also promises that Jesus will walk with believers on their journey beyond death.  There is nothing morbid about that thought!

      Paul experienced Death Row on more than one occasion.  That might be one of the reasons he considered himself to be already dead.  Not dead in the physical sense, but dead to sin.  He taught that sin has no power on those who have been “buried” with Christ in baptism.

      Paul’s invited believers to “...count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 6:11, NIV)  Jesus invites believers to be like him, and “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10:28, NIV)

      The believer’s sentence of death has already been carried out in our behalf by Christ Jesus.  Therefore, believers are walking away from their execution not toward it.

Direct download: ebc_podcast_June_22_08.mp3
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How Could I Ask for Anything More?

Happy Father's Day!

In this weeks sermon, Dr. Strange asks how could we ask for anything more than what Christ has already given us?


Direct download: EBC_Podcast_June_15_08.mp3
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EBC Sermon from February 10 2008

Due to technical difficulties, this week's podcast will be from February 2008.  It includes different theme music, a Children's sermon given by Dr. Karen Borchert and a presentation of the Lord's Supper.  We hope you enjoy this podcast.

God bless you

The EBC podcast production team.

Direct download: EBC_Sermon_21008a.mp3
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Gospel Debtors

Dr. Strange preaches about our indebtedness to Christ.  He uses three "power points” to illustrate his message.

Scripture reference Romans 1:16-17; 3:22b-28.


Direct download: EBC_podcast_June_1_2008.mp3
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Just in Time (Memorial Day)

Sermon presented on May 25th by Dr. Sonny Strange.

Direct download: ebc_podcast_may_25_2008.mp3
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"Multiplying the heart of God" This Sermon was presented on May 18th 2008.
Direct download: ebc_podcast_51808.mp3
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Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day!  In this sermon Sonny speaks about Mother's and the creation of the Church at Pentecost.


Direct download: ebc_podcast_May_11_2008.mp3
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This sermon was presented on May 4th 2008 by Dr. Sonny Strange.


Direct download: EBCpodcastmay4.mp3
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"Life in the Shadow Lands" This Sermon was presented on April 27th 2008 by Dr. Sonny Strange.
Direct download: EBC_Sermon_4-27-08.mp3
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Emmanuel Baptist Church Sermon for April 13th 2008 Sermon presented by guest speaker Dr. Gerald Borchert.
Direct download: ebc_Podcast_4-13-08.mp3
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