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Resources on Providence Of God

The first thing we’ll see in this passage is God’s providence. Now if I could summarize the message of the book of Genesis in just a few words it would be – life, death, and the sheer promises of God. The Bible begins, as Cory told us just a little while ago, that God created the world out of nothing, that He brought all life into being by...

God Remembers

Now would you please take your copies of God’s Word in your hands and turn with me to the book of Exodus, chapter 1.  You’ll find that on page 44 in the church Bibles.  Before we read, a word of preface.  We’re beginning a new series in Exodus, a foundational book if we’re to understand the history of God’s dealings with His people.  It is of course more...

Gospel Pattern: Old Testament Stories & The Grace of God

Good evening everyone. It’s really great to be with you. And I’d like to invite you to turn with me in your Bibles to Genesis 28. Genesis 28. As we’re going to read from verses 10 through to verses 22. It’s a very well-known passage of Scripture. And of course it’s part of the summer series: Great Old Testament Stories and the Gospel of Grace. And it’s a...

Esther: Sudden Reversals

Now if you would please, turn with me in your Bibles to the book of Esther, chapter 6; Esther chapter 6.  You’ll find that on page 413 if you’re using one of the church Bibles.  Hear now the Word of Almighty God.  Actually, before we hear God’s Word, would you pray with me?

Father, Your Word is spread before us but we confess how inclined we are...

Esther: Sudden Reversals

Now if you would please turn with me to the book of Esther, chapter 2 - Esther chapter 2.  We’re going to be reading from verse 19 to the end of chapter 3.  Before we do that, let me highlight a couple of themes that I want you to be looking out for.  One of the major thematic emphases of the book of Esther really throughout the book...

Esther: Sudden Reversals

If you would please now take your Bibles and turn with me to the book of Esther chapter 1.  If you’re using one of the church Bibles you will find that on page 410.  Esther chapter 1.  Before we turn our attention to the reading of God’s Word, let’s join our hearts together as we pray.  Let us all pray.

Our Father, we come to You this...

Psalms Book 5

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Psalm 147. We’re coming close to the end, not just to the fifth book of the Psalter but of the entire Psalter, and you can feel, in these final psalms, that the arranger is building to a crescendo of praise to God. This psalm, like many other praise psalms, begins and ends with an exhortation...

175 and Counting

The Lord's Day Evening

April 22, 2012

“175 and Counting: The Providence of God”

Acts 27

The Reverend Dr. William K. Wymond

Some years ago, I was visiting a great aunt of mine and she told me that she had something special for me, something from family history that she wanted to give me. So she left the room and came back with this old fashioned, metal lockbox....

Psalms Book 5

Take your Bibles in hand and turn with me to Psalm 121. We continue our way through the songs of ascent. We said the last time, in describing the meaning of that term, that is probably refers to the pilgrims on their way from various parts of Israel ascending to Jerusalem, which is on a mountain, coming up from the valleys and the byways and the highways on...

Luke

The Lord's Day Morning

October 23, 2011

“Weep for Yourselves”

Luke 23:26-31

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke 23. We’ll be looking at verses 26 to 31. Luke has us following along the way with Christ on the way to the cross. As you look at this passage together, I'd like you to...

2 Samuel

The Lord's Day Evening March 13, 2011 “Walking by Faith When You Don't Know the End of the Story” 2 Samuel 17:1-29 The Reverend Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Turn with me if you would to 2 Samuel chapter 17. 2 Samuel chapter 17. David King David, has fled the city of Jerusalem. His son, Absalom, has declared himself king in Hebron and he is making his way...

2 Samuel

The Lord's Day Evening

February 20, 2011

“Enemy Territory”

2 Samuel 16:1-23

The Reverend Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me if you would once again to 2 Samuel to chapter 16; 2 Samuel chapter 16. We continue to watch how David's sin with Bathsheba and Uriah seems to cast a shadow over these chapters. David is now on the run. Absalom has gone to Hebron...

2 Samuel

The Lord's Day Evening

February 13, 2011

“Conspiracy Theory”

2 Samuel 15:1-37

The Reverend Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me if you would to 2 Samuel chapter 15, 2 Samuel chapter 15. I wrote down what Mark Windham said in his prayer, that “sin will take you further than you planned to go and keep you there longer than you planned to stay and cost...

2 Samuel

The Lord's Day Evening

October 10, 2010

2 Samuel 1-25

“Long Live the King!”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me if you would to 2 Samuel 5. And if you were listening carefully to Denny Terry's wonderful prayer earlier on you’ll have got some of the salient details of this chapter. We come finally to the point where David will be anointed king in the...

1 Samuel

The Lord's Day Evening

May 2, 2010

1 Samuel 26

“A Flea that Refuses to Bite”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me once again to 1 Samuel. We find ourselves this evening in chapter 26. In chapter 25 you remember Nabal, whose behavior with David had been quieted by the intervention of a wiser wife, Abigail, by the end of the chapter Nabal is dead...

1 Samuel

The Lord's Day Evening

April 25, 2010

1 Samuel 25

“A fool with too much money made to look better by a smart wife”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Turn with me if you would to 1 Samuel chapter 25, 1 Samuel chapter 25. We've just looked last week at the sparing of Saul's life in the cave at Engedi and now in the first verse of chapter...

1 Samuel

The Lord's Day Evening

April 18, 2010

1 Samuel 24

“A Call of Nature vs. a Call of God”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me if you would to 1 Samuel chapter 24. The significance of the title will become apparent in just a moment. You remember in chapter 23 David had been pursued once again by Saul. At the end of chapter 23 David...

1 Samuel

The Lord's Day Evening

April 11, 2010

1 Samuel 23

“Man Does This — God Does That!”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me if you would to 1 Samuel chapter 23, 1 Samuel chapter 23. And there are a few people here tonight who probably have not been part of the regular series on Samuel so let me tell you the story in a minute...

Psalms Book 4

“Bless the Lord, O my soul.” So whereas Psalm 103 focuses our attention on God's tenderness and compassion as it's revealed in His grace, especially the grace of forgiveness, Psalm 104 focuses us on the greatness of God especially as it is revealed in His creation and in His providence over creation, the way He provides for His creation — not only man, but even the animals.

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Psalms Book 4

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Psalm 91, as we continue to work our way through the Fourth Book of the Psalms, which runs from Psalm 90-106.

Last Lord’s Day, as we began our journey through this great portion of the word of God, we said that the Psalms in large measure answer the question of what a true believer...

Numbers

The Lord's Day Evening

April 27, 2008

Numbers 34:1-29

With God in the Wilderness

Divvying Up Canaan

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Amen. Please be seated. If you have your Bibles with you I'd invite you to turn with me to Numbers 34. Back on Sunday evening, April 6, when we were last together in Numbers with God in the wilderness on the Lord's Day, we were in...

Ezra

The Lord's Day Evening

April 20, 2008

Ezra 6:1-15

“Behold — The Temple!”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Please be seated. Now turn with me once again to the book of Ezra. We come this evening to chapter 6. The people of God have been in captivity in Babylon; 586-587 B.C. was a devastating year in the life...

Ezra

The Lord's Day Evening

February 3, 2008

Ezra 1:1-11

“Freedom!”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me if you would to the book of Ezra, the first chapter of the book of Ezra. You’ll find it in your pew Bibles on page 389.

We begin tonight a new series of sermons on the books...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith

“Whate'er My God Ordains is Right”

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, and Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of the Faith” brought to you by Jackson's First Presbyterian Church. The minister of the First Presbyterian Church is Dr. Ligon Duncan. Stay tuned for “Hymns of the Faith.” And now with...

Numbers

The Lord's Day Evening

October 21, 2007

Numbers 21:10-35

“The Wars of the Lord”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Amen. Please be seated. If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Numbers 21. The last time we were together in the book of Numbers, we were looking at Numbers 21:1-9, that deeply moving story of the Lord bringing judgment on the grumbling people...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith “If Thou But Suffer God to Guide Thee”

Psalm 55

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, and Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of the Faith”, brought to you by First Presbyterian Church. The minister of First Presbyterian Church is Dr. Ligon Duncan, and I give you now Dr. Ligon Duncan...

To the End of the Earth

Wednesday Evening

September 12, 2007

Acts 27:1-14

“Peril at Sea”

Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas

Well, it's a joy to be with you again as we continue now in The Acts of The Apostles. Some of you have a map in the back of your Bibles of Paul's missionary journeys, and in particular the journey to Rome that we want to look at. It's a fairly complicated journey, and...

Numbers

The Lord's Day Evening

September 2, 2007

Numbers 18:1-32

“Levites’ Duties and Priestly Portion”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Amen. Please be seated. If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Numbers, chapter 18. For those of you who haven't been with us on Wednesday nights working through this great book, we have called this series “With God in the Wilderness,” and we've...

Numbers

Wednesday Evening

June 6, 2007

Numbers 11:1-15

“Grumbling”

Dr. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Numbers, chapter 11, and let me just remind you of one thing from last week together. You can take a look at Numbers 10:33-36, and just remember that at the end of Numbers 10, Moses is reminding you of how God visibly demonstrated...

Numbers

Wednesday Evening

May 30, 2007

Numbers 10:11-36

“Leaving Sinai”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan

If you have Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Numbers 10. If you don't, there should be a copy somewhere around your table of the text of Numbers 10:11-36.

We’re continuing to study through the book of Numbers together, and tonight we're in Numbers 10, verses 11-36. Let me just remind you:...

Numbers

Wednesday Evening

March 21, 2007

Numbers 6:22-27

“The Total Blessing”

Dr. Ligon Duncan III

Fourth, appreciate the context of this. Before this blessing is given, the children of Israel are assembled, getting ready to leave on a dangerous journey across the desert. Many of them were going to die in the wilderness. They were going to be assaulted by enemies. They were going to face thirst and starvation....

Leviticus

Wednesday Evening
August 17, 2005
Leviticus 25:1-7
“Rest for the Land”
Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Leviticus, chapter 25. We are coming to the end of this great book. If you’ll allow yourself to turn over just a couple of pages, you come to Leviticus 27, the final chapter, and, God willing we’ll be in...

Leviticus

Wednesday Evening
June 20, 2005
Leviticus 23:1-44
“Holy Assemblies: Feasting to the Lord”
Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Leviticus 23, as we continue to work our way through the Book of Leviticus and see the gospel displayed in all its Old Testament glory.

We've come to a passage that is about holy feasting. We see...

Mark

Wednesday Evening
November 17, 2004
Mark 8:1-21
“No Bread”
Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me, if you would, to the Gospel of Mark. We are in Mark, chapter eight, and we're going to read together in a moment from Mark 8:1-21. This is the story of the feeding of the four thousand.

Just a while ago, at least in the Gospel of Mark it was...

Psalms Book 2

We’re continuing through the Psalms that we've been studying week by week, and tonight we're at Psalm 60. It's entitled, “A lament over defeat in battle and a prayer for help.” It has probably one of the longest introductions of any Psalm. It says, “For the choir director; according to Shushan Eduth. A Mikhtam of David, to teach; when he struggled with Aram-naharaim and with Aram-zobah, and Joab...

Mark

Mark 1:1-8 The Beginning of the Gospel

Dr. Derek Thomas

Now this evening we begin a new series of sermons on the Gospel of Mark that should take us at least through spring and possibly into the fall of this year. We’re returning, after considering the Gospel of John last year, we're returning again to another gospel. But we've just sung those words, “I love to tell the...

Psalms

Psalm 44 The Christian Experience of Dark Providence

Turn with me to the forty-fourth psalm as we continue to work our way through the second book of the Psalms, from Psalm 42 all the way to Psalm 72. I do need to pause and say that tonight our brother Ed Bowman is here with us. And I don't mean to embarrass you, Ed, but he's right up front,...

An Empty Life? (A series on Ecclesiastes)

Turn with me to Ecclesiastes, chapter 9. The author of this Book of Ecclesiastes, he called himself the Preacher, has a thesis and his thesis is: Life is empty; life is vain; life is meaningless; life is futile; life is frustrating; life is trivial; life is without satisfaction. And furthermore he says people attempt to fill that emptiness; they attempt to get relief from the lack of satisfaction...

An Empty Life? (A series on Ecclesiastes)

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Ecclesiastes 3. We've been working these last few weeks for about at month now, in fact, through the first two chapters of this great book of Ecclesiastes, and we've found it to be a very modern book in the sense of speaking to dilemmas that have a very contemporary ring about them, both the questions...

Exodus

The People Believe, Worship and are Afflicted Exodus 4:27-5:14

If you have your Bibles I’d invite you to turn with me to Exodus 4, verse 27. Now we’re continuing our study in Exodus. We have seen throughout this message of God’s deliverance, especially in the first eighteen chapters it is emphasized that we are redeemed by God, and we are within the first of three...

Exodus

God Remembered His Covenant Exodus 2:23-25

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Exodus, chapter 2, to the end of the chapter, beginning in verse 23. In Exodus, chapter 2, verses 23 through 25 we continue a story that we’ve been looking at for a number of weeks now. As we have looked at God’s dealings in the book...

Exodus

A Failed Delivery Exodus 2:11-22

Today we come to Exodus, chapter 2, verse 11. Let’s hear God’s holy word:

"Now it came about in those days when Moses had grown up that he went out to his brethren and looked on their hard labors; and he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his brethren. And so he looked this way and...

Job

Job’s friends have so far said nothing. They have sat in silence with Job as he grieved the loss of his children, and felt the pain take hold of his body (2:11-13). Sometimes it is right to say nothing.

But the situation changes from this point onwards. Job’s friends can keep their peace no more. What is it that they say? There are some subtle nuances...

Exodus

The Midwives, Who Feared God Exodus 1:15-22

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Exodus, chapter 1 again. We’re going to concentrate on the final words of the chapter, beginning in verse 15. I couldn’t help but think as Derek was preaching on Job, chapter 2 on Wednesday night, that the same struggle of Job not knowing what God’s...

Genesis: The Foundations of the Faith

Genesis 47:1-31 The Land of Goshen

If you have your Bibles, I would ask you to turn to Genesis 47, as we continue to work through this glorious book of Moses. We are really coming to a section which is the beginning of the end. The last couple of weeks, we have exalted in this providential reunion engineered by God, in this family which had...

Genesis: The Foundations of the Faith

Genesis 44:1-34 A Cup in the Sack

If you have Bibles, I would invite you to turn with me to Genesis 44, as we continue through our study of Joseph. We have noted throughout the over-arching theme of God's providence, not only does the Lord tell us in the story of Joseph, how Israel wound up in Egypt, not only does He tell us how...

Genesis: The Foundations of the Faith

Genesis 43:1-34

The Brothers Return to Egypt

If you have your Bibles, I would invite you to turn with me to Genesis 43. We have said several times as we have worked through the life of Joseph together that two over-arching purposes in God's providence are apparent as we read the history of Joseph. First of all, the story of Joseph tells us how...

Genesis: The Foundations of the Faith

Genesis 41:38-57

Ruler in Egypt

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Genesis 41. In the last several weeks we have been working through the life of Joseph together. We've emphasized on a number of occasions that two overarching themes are found in this whole section of the book of Genesis. First, the providence of God. And second...

Genesis: The Foundations of the Faith

Genesis 40:1-23 Joseph Imprisoned

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Genesis, chapter 40. As we have been looking these last few weeks in the life of Joseph it has struck us that in the overarching scheme of what God is doing in the life of Joseph, He is on the one hand telling us here in these passages...

Genesis: The Foundations of the Faith

Genesis 38:1-30 The Shame of Judah

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Genesis 38. The last couple of weeks we have been launching into a study of the final section of the book of Genesis, chapters 37 through 50, and the story of the life of Joseph. And as we have said several times, it's important to note...

Genesis: The Foundations of the Faith

Genesis 33:1-20 The Meeting of the Brothers

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Genesis 33. We’ll study this chapter tonight which recounts the meeting between Esau and Jacob. This much-anticipated reunion of the brothers. Jacob wasn't much anticipating a positive experience in this reunion. And so there has been some tension building in the succeeding chapters as we...

Genesis: The Foundations of the Faith

Genesis 31:22-42 Laban's Pursuit

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Genesis 31. We’ll pick up with the second section of the chapter, beginning at the 22nd verse. Let me just remind you that there are three great scenes in this chapter. If it were put in the form of a play, no doubt the playwright would have...

Genesis: The Foundations of the Faith

Genesis 31:1-21 The Flight to Canaan

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Genesis, chapter 31. Last week's study provides the backdrop for the events which will occur here in the first half of Genesis 31. Indeed the whole of Genesis 31. And so as you turn to Genesis 31, you may want to sneak a peek at Genesis...

Genesis: The Foundations of the Faith

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Genesis 30:25-43

The Prosperity of Jacob

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Genesis 30, and we’ll begin in verse 25. We continue our study in the life of Jacob. And it struck me, as I was reading through this passage again this week how much God emphasizes of His providence in this section of...

Genesis: The Foundations of the Faith

Love Story

Genesis 29:1-20

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Genesis 29, as we continue our study in the life of Jacob. We have seen Jacob obtain both the birthright and the blessing through trickery and cunning and policy. We have seen that blessing confirmed to him by his father, Isaac. We have seen Jacob...

Ruth

The Lord's Day Morning

Ruth 1

“Some Graces Grow Best in Winter”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Turn with me, if you would, to the Book of Ruth. And we will look this morning at Naomi and Ruth. As our choir has just reminded us, there are times in our Christian lives when it is difficult to sing the Lord's...

Genesis: The Foundations of the Faith

The Search for a Bride

The Covenant Continues (The Life of Isaac)

Part I

Genesis 24:1-27

The Search for a Bride

If you have your Bibles with you I'd invite you to turn with me to Genesis, chapter 24. This week we begin a new series of studies in Genesis concentrating on the life and times of Isaac. Abraham is still alive, but Genesis 24 turns the focus upon Isaac and his future. Genesis 24, verse...

Matthew

If you have your Bibles I'd  invite you to turn with me to Matthew 15.  We're in Matthew 15, and I'd like to direct your attention to  verse 21.  Verse 21 begins a new segment in Jesus' ministry.  The great Galilean ministry is done.  It ends in verse 20 of chapter 15.  And now Jesus enters into a distinctively Gentile  territory.  He is now in the region of...

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