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Before we start, just a reminder of some of the things that Cory introduced to us a couple of weeks ago in that excellent introductory sermon to this series. Remember that Cory was talking to us about wisdom being more than morality and wisdom being more than righteousness, though Biblical wisdom really promotes and elevates and leads us to both of those things. Yet, it’s more than that...

Let me ask you to turn to Luke chapter 2. We want to look at the very end of that chapter. We've had a marvelous Advent season, a marvelous opportunity to examine the titles of Christ given to Him in the Scripture and understand His mission and His work, understand what it means for Him to be our Redeemer. Now that Advent is over, Christmas has come and...

Let me get you to turn to Luke chapter 17. We want to look at verses 11 to 19 - the exchange and the healing of the ten lepers. Let me offer a couple of words of introduction first before I pray and we read. Jesus is on His way to Jerusalem; He's on His way to Jerusalem for His crucifixion. This is Luke's travel narrative and it...

I want us to think about something tonight, and that is this – that the Word of God is sufficient for every purpose for which God has sent it. In fact, let me read, even though I’m not preaching this passage, let me read from Isaiah 55 where the prophet makes it so plain and so beautiful as the Word of the Lord. “For as the rain and the...

Before we pray and read that passage, let me just say a little bit about Lamentations. It’s not a book we really delve into much. It seems somewhat dark and foreboding and troublesome. It is a collection of five lament poems, all built around the events of the Babylonian conquest and destruction of Jerusalem. Now there’s a happy subject! Why would we not want to learn more about...

Before we do so, just a moment to remember together where we’ve been. The apostle Paul has introduced us to some marvelous concepts, some beautiful truth, and we have enjoyed together some soaring preaching and teaching on this portion of God’s Word. That’s not Acts chapter 8; Romans chapter 8. I’ll get there eventually! I mean, I don’t even know how we got off verse 1 – “There...

I think Psalm 40 shows us something. Psalm 40 shows us David reflecting on God’s past deliverance and drawing conclusions that help him trust God in his present troubles. I think the psalm breaks that way. Around verse 11, David begins to talk about the present. Up until that time, he’s talking about the past. Let’s remember, with David, God’s past deliverance.

As I said, we’re parachuting into a narrative here. Let’s back up. Let’s back up and find ourselves; let’s start with a familiar place first of all. Let’s start with the stoning of Stephen; the martyrdom of Stephen in Acts chapter 7. In the beginning of Acts chapter 8, there is the first general persecution against the church beginning in Jerusalem. And that persecution is engineered in part...

What is "The Peace of Belonging"? Well, maybe we should start by defining, "What is belonging?" Let me tell you where I want to go in this sermon today. We want to talk about what is belonging, we want to talk about what belonging looks like, and then we’ll finish with asking the question, “Why does it matter?”

Let’s look briefly at Ahab’s faith because it does help us understand more clearly Obadiah’s faith. It provides a backdrop or a foil for it. Ahab’s faith is simple to understand. It’s faith in Ahab. It’s faith in Ahab. Ahab has been faced with the man of God speaking the Word of God, “There’s no more rain until I say,” and he knows why – because he has...

Let me invite you to open your copies of God’s Word, or the Bible, from the pew rack in front of you to Psalm 84. We will be walking through Psalm 84 this morning and during the month of July on Sunday mornings, several of our assistant ministers will be taking us through some of the psalms. In preparation for that or in introduction of that...

Let me invite you to take your copy of the Scriptures. We’ll look at Mark chapter 11 verses 12 to 14 and then move to verses 20 through 25. It’s always a privilege to fill this pulpit. It’s a great honor because I know who’s been here before me. It’s a great honor to be here, not only serving here, but in this pulpit today. Before...

I would invite you to turn in your Bibles to Luke chapter 7. We will be looking at the end of that chapter beginning with verse 36; verses 36 to 50. I’ll be honest with you, I am hesitant to preach this sermon, but however, if the Reverend Lowry were to read it, it would be a masterpiece, wouldn’t it? I’m telling you, that man can read! The...

This evening I’d like to think a bit, though I’m not a merchant, I’d like to think a bit about Christmas.  I know you don’t like to think about Christmas right now, but it’s upon us.  And pardon the expression, but I’d like to not see us belly-flop into Christmas.  You know how to belly-flop into Christmas?  All of a sudden Christmas Day is upon you and you...

Colossians: The Preeminence of Christ

Wednesday Evening Prayer Meeting

 

October 22, 2014

 

The Preeminence of Christ

“No Living in the Shadows”

Colossians 2:16-23

 

The Reverend Mr. Billy Dempsey

Good evening folks.  Let me ask you to open your Bibles if you would to Colossians chapter 2.  I’ll read verses 16...

Colossians: The Preeminence of Christ

I don’t know to what I owe the privilege of preaching two Wednesday nights in a row.  There’s either a short list or a short memory somewhere, but that’s alright!  I’m glad to get to preach tonight.  I’m always glad to open God’s Word for you fine folks.  Let me ask you to turn to chapter 1 of Colossians.  I’m supposed to preach verses 1 through 8; I...

We have been horrified as we read news weekly of persecution on an unprecedented scale,  unprecedented in our day, in the Middle East as ISIS fighters make their advance across Syria and Iraq.  And I thought it might be wise for us to take a moment tonight and just look at what God does with our enemy’s efforts and draw some encouragement, not just for the crisis of...

I’d invite you to open your copy of the Scriptures to Matthew chapter 17. We’ll read verses 1 to 9 this morning.  We want to look at the transfiguration.  It’s not always a passage we go to or one we think about much.  We read it and we think, “Hmm, I wonder what’s going on there?” and often pass along to other things that seem more plain to...

Gospel Pattern: Old Testament Stories & The Grace of God

Kelly has prayed for us so we will go right to the reading of God's Word. Numbers chapter 20 beginning with verse 1.   

And the people of Israel, the whole congregation, came into the wilderness of Zin in the first month, and the people stayed in Kadesh. And Miriam died there and was buried there.

Now there was no water...

Let me get you to either turn over to the back side of your evening bulletin or open your copy of the scriptures to Psalm 13. That will be the text that we’ll use this evening. And before we begin to read it, let’s go again to the Lord in prayer.

Father, thank you that you know us and you know that we are...

It’s always a pleasure to open God’s Word; it’s always a pleasure to open God’s Word at times of the year like this.  Every Lord’s Day is the first day of the week.  Every Lord’s Day we gather to worship we celebrate the resurrection and we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection in particular, and yet the calendar drives us to some degree.  We pay particular attention to the Lord’s resurrection...

Scandalous Grace: Jesus' Meals with Sinners

I’m going to preach from one of the Bible’s most controversial books.  Thank you, Reverend Strain!  Thank you, thank you, thank you.  Lots of phone calls coming tomorrow, Ralph, just to tell you.  Stay by that phone tomorrow!  Let’s go to the Lord in prayer.

Father, open our hearts; open our minds.  Help us think Your thoughts after You as we look at Your...

Let’s go together to the Lord in prayer.

Father, open our hearts now to Your Word and would what You say be uppermost in our hearts and our minds.  May we hear from You; may we hear Your voice and Your Word. Feed our souls, O Good Shepherd of the sheep.  We make our prayer in Jesus’ name and for His sake.  Amen.

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Scandalous Grace: Jesus' Meals with Sinners

Turn with my in your copy of God’s Word to Luke chapter 10 verses 38 to 42 - Jesus in the home of Mary and Martha.  It’s a passage we know well.  It’s a passage in which we identify quite easily with one of these sisters and perhaps not quite so easily with the other.  It’s a passage that we’ve looked at both in Bible studies and worship...

Please be seated.  David’s welcomed visitors; I also extend a warm welcome to Belhaven students I see several of out here tonight.  We’re glad you’re here. It’s a big night for all of us.  It’s a big night for RUF Belhaven.  We appreciate you being here this evening. Seth’s installation tonight as RUF campus minister at Belhaven University gives us an opportunity to think together about what the...

The Lord's Day Evening

April 14, 2013

“When Jesus Waits” John 11:1-57

The Reverend Mr. William E. Dempsey

Father, how we thank You for Your Word. It is rich, it is true, it is sweetness to our souls. Now Father, let us lay aside everything else. We have nothing better to do than sit at Your feet and hear from You and learn of You. We would ask...

The Lord's Day Evening

June 17, 2012

“Gospel-Shaped Relationships”

Philemon

The Reverend Mr. William E. Dempsey

We turn our attention this evening to Paul's letter to his friend of Philemon. Before we do so, let's go to the Lord in prayer.

Father, we need to hear from You. We are insufficient of ourselves. We are dust, and You have made abundant provision because You have spoken to us....

The Lord's Day Evening

May 27, 2012

“Don't Miss It”

Mark 8:11-21

The Reverend Mr. William E. Dempsey

Before we read God's Word, let's go to Him in prayer.

Father, we thank You that You have spoken and You've spoken in a language that we understand. You've spoken about life; You've spoken about faith and sin. You've spoken about death and resurrection; You've spoken with authority about all...

The Lord's Day Evening

February 26, 2012

“The Withered Fig Tree: A Teachable Moment”

Mark 11:12-14, 20-25

The Reverend Mr. William E. Dempsey

Let me ask you to open your Bible to Mark chapter 11. We’ll give attention to a visual parable tonight. We are accustomed to hearing Jesus teach in parables. Tonight we watch as He takes an object lesson as He takes a fig tree that...

Christmas Series

The Lord's Day Morning

December 11, 2011

“Receiving God's Greatest Gift”

Mark 1:1-4

The Reverend Mr. William E. Dempsey

Let me ask you to open your Bibles if you will to Mark chapter 1. We’ll give our attention this day to verses 1 through 4, the beginning of Mark's gospel. And before we do so, let's go to the Lord in prayer.

Father, You have made it plain...

The Lord's Day Morning

September 25, 2011

“Good Words”

Numbers 6:22-27

The Reverend Mr. William E. Dempsey

If you’ll turn to Numbers chapter 6, verses 22 through 27, that will be my text today. In a moment I'm going to pray and ask God to open our hearts.

Let's go to the Lord in prayer.

Father, it's Your Word, not ours. It's Your Word, now speak, and help...

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