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God Reigns

As a family, one of our favorite things to do is to visit the national parks of this great country. And before each trip, you know, we try to find out as much detail about each of the parks as we can, particularly about the wildlife in the parks. We want to, we talk about which animals we really want to see while we’re there. And every day...

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I was reading something this week about military disasters and the author offered a definition of a military disaster. He said there are three parts of the definition of a military disaster. The first part is chronic mission failure; your forces fail to achieve their objective. The second part is successful enemy action; your forces fail but the enemy succeeds. And the third part is the total denigration...

God Reigns

Over and over again we’ve heard this particular warning every hurricane season; we heard it at the last hurricane that was threatening the east coast just recently from the governor of Florida, Rick Scott, you remember. “This storm will kill you,” he said. The message was clear. “Listen to the evacuation warning. Get yourself and your family to safety. This storm will kill you.” And yet this time...

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You know, to get a car started sometimes you’ve got to get out and push, right? Sometimes there’s a problem; it won’t start. If there’s a hill you can roll the car down, that often helps. Of course, there’s no point pushing the car down the hill and beginning to pick up momentum if, as you begin to build speed, you suddenly remember the reason the car won’t...

God Reigns

Let me confess to you that I am not much of a one for camping. I’ve done it once or twice in my life and it has, quite frankly, been a miserable experience! I don’t like bugs. I don’t like inflatable mattresses. I don’t like tents! I don’t like camping! I don’t understand why anyone would take free time and waste it on so miserable an experience! And...

God Reigns

Well, this morning we are beginning another major section in the book of Exodus in which God gives instructions for the building of the tabernacle and its various furnishings and equipment. And as we’ll see as we begin to work our way through this material today and in the coming weeks, God gets specific; quite specific. There are detailed directions on scale and proportion on the materials to...

God Reigns

George Mallory and Sandy Irvine attempted the first ascent of Mount Everest. They disappeared only 800 feet from the summit on the eighth of June, 1924. To this day, the question of whether they actually attained the summit or not before Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay finally managed it in 1953, remains unsettled. Among those who have doubted their success is Hillary himself who famously said, “If you...

God Reigns

In the city of Glasgow, my hometown, there’s a park to the east of the center of the city called Glasgow Green. It was gifted by King James II to the people of the city in the year 1450. Today, it is a beautiful, modern, landscaped park filled with historic monuments, a wonderful old museum called, The People’s Palace. There’s a Victorian glass house called, The Winter Gardens...

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One of the things I have enjoyed about life here in Mississippi is learning its cultural rhythms. I’m not speaking about the music of our state so much as the rhythms of our people, the life of our culture, the ebb and flow of our calendar. And there are different factors that shape those rhythms, aren’t there? So for example, football season has just begun and with it...

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Over the last few weeks, in a variety of counseling situations with people of different ages and stages, coming with different problems and concerns, there’s been something of a common theme, one I’m sure will resonate with many if not all of us. Over and over again, people have expressed to me a struggle with the need to fit in, to find approval, to belong to the crowd...

God Reigns

Now if you would please take a copy of the Scriptures and turn with me in them to the book of Exodus, chapter 21. If you’re using one of our church Bibles, you’ll find them in the pew racks in front of you or under your chair and Exodus 21, we’re going to be looking at the first eleven verses, that’s on page 62 in our...

God Reigns

We return this morning to our ongoing explanation and examination of the teaching of the book of Exodus. You will remember, as the summer began, we worked our way through the teaching of the Ten Commandments and now we’ve come back to resume the next section of the book. So let me invite you if you would please, to take a copy of the holy Scriptures...

God Reigns

I want you to see four things – I mentioned them earlier – four things in verses 18 to 21. The Law of God here shows us God Himself, the Law shows us ourselves, the Law shows us at least a glimpse of the future judgment, and the Law shows us Jesus Christ.

God Reigns

In a fascinating book entitled, Affluenza: How to be Successful and Stay Sane, Oliver James analyzes the dysfunctions of contemporary western culture that have been generated by the relentless acquisitiveness and greed that is so characteristic of our age. “Consumption,” he says, “holds out the false promise that an internal lack can be fixed by an external means. We medicate our misery through buying things.” And then he illustrates...

God Reigns

Please open your Bibles to Exodus chapter 20. If you’re using a church Bible, you’ll find it on page 61. In a few moments we will read together the words of the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20:1-17. We’ve come this morning to the ninth commandment, “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.” Of all the commandments, I’m not sure there’s one of them more frequently broken...

God Reigns

We’ve had cause, over and over again, as we’ve worked through the summary of God’s own moral character given to us in the Ten Commandments and so we have cause here again as we study the eighth commandment to return to the beginning of the whole story, back to the Garden of Eden, and to see God’s original design for us. You remember when God placed our first...

God Reigns

A tectonic shift has taken place in our culture when it comes to answering the identity question, “Who am I?” a vital question. For most of our history the way we answered that question had to do with a complex of issues - things like gender, culture, ethnicity, economics, education, employment, upbringing and religion. They all helped us locate ourselves in our world and understand who we are...

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I am not a fan of the theology of Pope John Paul II nor am I given really to quoting him, but he was right when he said that ours can justly be called “a culture of death.” Let me give you just a couple of examples to justify that statement, the first from the realm of entertainment. Film critic, Vincent Canby, writing for The New York Times back in...

God Reigns

Now if you would please take a copy of the Scriptures and turn with me once again to the book of Exodus, chapter 20, as we continue to examine the teaching of the Ten Commandments together. We have looked at the first four commandments and we looked at the Sabbath command last Lord’s Day, which brings us to the fifth commandment and the beginning of what’s...

God Reigns

Now please take a copy of the Scriptures in your hands. You’ll find copies of our church Bibles in the pockets in the pews in front of you. Turn with me to the book of Exodus. We’ve been working our way through Exodus and we’ve slowed down as we’ve come to Exodus chapter 20 to the Ten Commandments so that we can work our way through...

God Reigns

Now please take a copy of God’s Word in your hands and turn with me to the book of Exodus, chapter 20; Exodus chapter 20. Page 61 in the church Bibles. We continue this morning our ongoing expositions in the Ten Commandments, thinking today about the third commandment which you will find in verse 7, though we’ll read all ten commandments together. Before we do that...

God Reigns

If you have a copy of God’s Word to hand, turn with me in the Scriptures to the book of Exodus, chapter 20. If you’re using one of our church Bibles, you’ll find that on page 61. We have been working our way through the Ten Commandments; we’re really only beginning. Last time we looked at the preface to the Ten Commandments in Exodus chapter 20 verses 1...

God Reigns

If you would please, take a copy of God’s Word in your hands and turn with me in them to page 61; Exodus chapter 20. We are going to be thinking about the Ten Commandments. Israel has been rescued from Egyptian slavery; they have begun their journey through the wilderness towards the Promised Land. They have camped at the foot of Mount Sinai. We saw in...

God Reigns

Now if you would please, take a copy of Holy Scripture and turn with me in it to the book of Exodus, chapter 19; Exodus chapter 19. If you are using one of our church Bibles you’ll find that on page 60. We are going back to our ongoing series studying the book of Exodus. We’ve come to a section that will occupy our attention for the next...

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