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Blog - Is God's Word Written to Intentionally Confuse Some People?

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It is true that "the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding." (Pro 2:6). It is true that God's commandments, testimonies, and precepts (in other words, His word) give wisdom and understanding (Psa 119:98-100). It is true that God commands His people to "get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth....wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding." (Pro 4:5,7).

Thoughts on Ordination

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76:16 minutes (16.4 MB)

Thoughts on Ordination

I. How do you know you're called to the ministry?
1. The standard answers:
A. I just feel God calling me.
B. God told me.
C. I have always wanted to be a preacher.
D. My mom/dad/grandma told me that they knew from the time I was a boy that I was going to be a preacher.
2. A desire to be a pastor is a good thing (1Ti 3:1), but the desire alone is not sufficient to make a man called of God.
A. There are many who desire to be teachers of the law who know not what they are talking about (1Ti 1:7).

Finding Contentment Being Single

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86:40 minutes (18.11 MB)

Finding Contentment Being Single

I. Marriage: God's design for most people.
1. When God created Adam, God Himself said that it was not good that man should be alone and he made him a companion (Gen 2:18).
A. From the beginning of time, it was God's design that men and women would marry and be fruitful and multiply (Gen 2:24 c/w Gen 1:28).
B. Jesus affirmed this principle (Mar 10:6-8).
C. The institution of marriage was a picture of the mystery of Christ and the church (Eph 5:31-32).
D. Marriage, along with everything else God made in the creation, was a very good thing (Gen 1:31).

Dealing With Problems in the Church (Part 2)

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79:09 minutes (16.33 MB)

VII. The Biblical way to deal with an offence which is private in nature between two brethren and which is not an excludable offence is to follow Jesus' instruction in Mat 18:15-17. This could also apply to a church member who was offended by the pastor.

Dealing With Problems in the Church (Part 1)

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89:14 minutes (18.52 MB)

Dealing With Problems in the Church

I. Problems will come.
1. Offences will come, but don't be the person by whom they come (Mat 18:7).
2. Heresies must come to manifest they who are approved (1Co 11:19).
3. Pastors will offend church members (Jam 3:1-2).
4. Trouble is common to all men (Job 14:1).
5. It is a given that problems will come, but what is important is how we deal with them.

II. Some types of problems that will arise in a church.
1. A church member will commit a sin which is witnessed by one or more other church members.

Blog - Why Christians Should Hate Their Parents

Now that I have your attention..... Oftentimes when explaining the doctrine of election to someone, Romans 9:11-13 will be used as a proof text to show that God chooses some people as the objects of His love and mercy ("Jacob have I loved" - Rom 9:13), but leaves others in their sins which they inherited from Adam (Rom 5:12), and they therefore remain the objects of God's judgment and hatred ("Esau have I hated" - Rom 9:13).

Sovereign Grace (Part 2)

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84:57 minutes (38.89 MB)

For a paperback book in outline form which addresses over 150 difficult verses that Arminians use against Sovereign Grace, check out: Problem Texts for Sovereign Grace: Rooting Arminianism Out of Every Verse.

4. Those whom God chose before the foundation of the world were chosen in Christ (Eph 1:4) and were given to Christ to give eternal life to (Joh 6:37-39; Joh 10:27-29; Joh 17:2).

Sovereign Grace (Part 1)

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89:40 minutes (18.73 MB)

For a paperback book in outline form which addresses over 150 difficult verses that Arminians use against Sovereign Grace, check out: Problem Texts for Sovereign Grace: Rooting Arminianism Out of Every Verse.

Sovereign Grace

Sovereign - n. 1. One who has supremacy or rank above, or authority over, others; a superior; a ruler, governor, lord, or master (of persons, etc.). Freq. applied to the Deity in relation to created things.

Blog - Be Still

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Living in a fast paced world and one which is characterized by uncertainty, we all too often wonder and worry about what the next decade, year, month, or even week will bring, which is the source of much tension, stress, and anxiety. In this state of madness, how often do we take a minute and "Be still, and know that I am God..." (Psa 46:10)?

Blog - Worshiping God in Spirit and in Truth

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"But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24) God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth." - Joh 4:23-24

Blog - Getting it Backwards

Gen 11:4- And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.

Blog - It's Out of This World

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Have you ever wondered why you can spend eight hours a day with coworkers with whom you share common career interests, and possibly even personal interests, and yet only ever connect on a superficial level with them, and if you were to never see them again you wouldn't even care? But at the same time, have you ever wondered why you can meet a person that has been newly baptized into your church, or a member of another church of like-faith, and you can carry on a conversation with them for an hour and walk away feeling like you have known them your whole life?

Happiness

86:24 minutes (18.02 MB)

Happiness - The quality or condition of being happy.

Happy - adj. Having a feeling of great pleasure or content of mind, arising from satisfaction with one's circumstances or condition; also in weakened sense: Glad, pleased.

Joy - 1. a. A vivid emotion of pleasure arising from a sense of well-being or satisfaction; the feeling or state of being highly pleased or delighted; exultation of spirit; gladness, delight.

I. Happiness is a good thing and as Christians it is something we ought to experience.

Blog - The Day of Small Things

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In an age of bigness -- Big houses, Big SUVs, Big screen TVs, Big Government, Big banks too Big to fail, Big Labor, Big Pharma, Big Agriculture, and yes, even Big Religion -- the small, but important, things in life are often marginalized or even held in contempt. We live in a time and culture where the prevalent philosophy is "If it's bigger, it's got to be better". If the question penned by the prophet Zechariah, "For who hath despised the day of small things?" (Zec 4:10) were asked to the average person on the street today, the answer would likely be, "I do."

Blog - Faith-Grace-Faith-Grace

Ephesians 2:8-9: For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9) Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Acts 18:27: And when he was disposed to pass into Achaia, the brethren wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive him: who, when he was come, helped them much which had believed through grace:

Blog - Damned if They Do, Damned if They Don't

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Adultery and Church Membership

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73:13 minutes (15.8 MB)

Adultery and Church Membership

I. The covenant of marriage.
1. Marriage is a covenant (Mal 2:14).
2. Covenant - 1. A mutual agreement between two or more persons to do or refrain from doing certain acts; a compact, contract, bargain; sometimes, the undertaking, pledge, or promise of one of the parties.
3. The covenant of marriage is different from any other covenant that men can establish.
a. It is life-long (Rom 7:2).
b. It is made between husband and wife, but it is enforced by God and His law (Rom 7:2; Mat 19:4-6).
c. The husband and wife become "one flesh" (Mar 10:8).

Blog - The Shirley God

We are told in the Bible that there are “gods many, and lords many” (1Co 8:5) and today is no exception. There is a god that is being promoted in the world today and she goes by the name of Shirley. Without realizing it, quite often many people profess to believe in and talk about this god named Shirley. Many of you have probably come across this god when you are witnessing to others of the many aspects of the truth of God’s word.

Blog - Does it Really Matter What Version of the Bible We Use?

Our God is the God of heaven and earth. He has revealed Himself to us in His holy word as the triune God, “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.” (1Jo 5:7). “God was manifest in the flesh” (1Ti 3:16) as the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the eternal creator God; for we are told that God created all things “by Jesus Christ” (Eph 3:9).

Alive Without the Law (Part 2)

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69:58 minutes (14.48 MB)

VI. "Sin...slew me" and "I died" -- What was this death?
1. Sin had been laying dormant in Paul, deceiving him (Rom 7:11).
A. Deceive - v. 1. trans. To ensnare; to take unawares by craft or guile; to overcome, overreach, or get the better of by trickery; to beguile or betray into mischief or sin; to mislead.
B. Sin had deceived Paul by making him think he was alive and righteous.
C. Like the people of Laish who dwelt carelessly, quiet and secure, because there was no magistrate in the land to put them to shame (Jdg 18:7): so it was with Paul.

Alive Without the Law (Part 1)

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56:46 minutes (11.85 MB)

Alive Without the Law (Rom 7:9)

I. The purpose of this study is to provide a proper Biblical understanding of Rom 7:7-13 and to answer the following questions:
1. Was Paul referring to being spiritually alive (in possession of eternal life) when he said that he was "alive without the law once"?
2. Was Paul referring to living in sinless innocence prior to the law coming to him when he wrote "without the law sin was dead"?
3. Did Paul die spiritually when the commandment came and sin revived and slew him?
4. If not, then what kind of death was he referring to?

The Husband of One Wife

68:38 minutes (31.42 MB)

"The Husband of One Wife" (1Ti 3:2; Tit 1:6)

I. One of the qualifications a man must meet to be ordained and hold the office of a pastor/bishop/elder/overseer is that he must be "the husband of one wife" (1Ti 3:2; Tit 1:6).
A. Does this mean that a pastor must be married?
B. Does this mean that a pastor cannot be a widower?
C. Does this mean that a pastor who is a widower cannot remarry?
D. Does this mean that a pastor cannot be divorced?
E. Does this mean that a pastor that is divorced cannot remarry?

Walking by Faith, Not by Sight

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84:06 minutes (38.5 MB)

Walking by Faith, Not by Sight

I. Questions.
1. Have you ever doubted the claims or existence of God or Jesus Christ?
2. Have you ever been in a trial or affliction and began to question your faith - things you once knew to be true?
3. Have you ever wondered if great men of faith have ever had the same struggles with doubt or unbelief as you?
4. Have you ever thought it would be nice to have God do a miraculous sign to prove His existence or His truth?
5. Have you ever wished that you could have been among Jesus' disciples when He walked the earth and personally met Him?

Partaking of the Divine Nature

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67:39 minutes (14.29 MB)

Partaking of the Divine Nature (2 Peter 1:1-11)

I. This study should accomplish the following:
1. Learn how to know Jesus more intimately.
2. Learn what it means to partake of the divine nature and how to do it.
3. Learn how to gain the assurance of eternal life.

II. The importance of the knowledge of God and Jesus Christ.
1. Grace and peace are multiplied unto us through the knowledge of Jesus Christ (2Pe 1:2).
A. Knowing God brings us peace (Job 22:21).
B. The knowledge of God comes through diligently studying the word of God (Pro 2:1-6).

The Hidden Gospel (Part 2)

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82:44 minutes (17.17 MB)

For a paperback book in outline form which addresses over 150 difficult verses that Arminians use against Sovereign Grace, check out: Problem Texts for Sovereign Grace: Rooting Arminianism Out of Every Verse.

The Hidden Gospel (Part 1)

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76:38 minutes (15.95 MB)

For a paperback book in outline form which addresses over 150 difficult verses that Arminians use against Sovereign Grace, check out: Problem Texts for Sovereign Grace: Rooting Arminianism Out of Every Verse.

The Hidden Gospel

Justification

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70:58 minutes (14.95 MB)

For a paperback book in outline form which addresses over 150 difficult verses that Arminians use against Sovereign Grace, check out: Problem Texts for Sovereign Grace: Rooting Arminianism Out of Every Verse.

Chad preaches an extemporaneous sermon on the twofold nature of justification: 1) how Jesus Christ justified His people in the sense of making them righteous by His knowledge, faith, blood, and grace, and 2) how believers are justified in the sense of being accounted righteous by their faith.

Flattering Titles

30:12 minutes (13.83 MB)

Flattering Titles

“Let me not, I pray you, accept any man's person, neither let me give flattering titles unto man. 22) For I know not to give flattering titles; in so doing my maker would soon take me away.” (Job 32:21-22)

I. The reason for this study.
1. Flattery is condemned in the scripture (Pro 26:28; Pro 29:5)
2. It is clear from Job 32:21-22 that it is wrong to give someone a flattering title.
3. Some have concluded from this that it is wrong to call a pastor "Pastor So-and-so" because to do so would be to give him a flattering title.

Offending the Little Ones

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67:17 minutes (8.67 MB)

Offending the Little Ones (Mat 18:1-14)

I. This study should be both convicting and edifying. The following should be accomplished:
1. Understand what is meant by “offending” and “despising” little children.
2. Learn how to not offend and despise little children.
3. Learn how Mat 18:8-9 fits with the rest of Mat 18:1-14.

II. The reason for Jesus’ discourse.

1. The disciples asked who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven (Mat 18:1).
A. They had been reasoning among themselves about who should be the greatest (Luk 9:46).