Praising the One True God as He Deserves

Sermon audio from “Bless the Lord! What a God: The Benefactor and His Benefits,”  (28:06) preached during morning worship at Little Sandy Ridge Presbyterian Church of Fort Deposit, Alabama on January 27, 2019.

Sermon text: Psalm 103

Sermon outline: (1.) Acknowledge and Praise the Benefactor, 1-2. (2.) Proclaim the Benefits, 3-5.

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And So God Responds to Him

Sermon audio from “God and Jonah,” (25:06) preached at the morning worship of Little Sandy Ridge Presbyterian Church of Fort Deposit, Alabama on January 20, 2019.

Sermon text: Jonah 4:3-11

Sermon outline: “God and Jonah” Jonah 4:3-11. The Dilemma of the Prophet, 4:1-5, 9. The Providence of God, vv. 6-8a, 10. The Scope of Salvation, v. 11

Comparing Jonah to Jesus in Luke 13:34-35. “Jonah grieves that a repentant city shall be spared; Jesus grieves that an unrepentant city must be judged. Jonah laments the prospect of loss for his people that could be brought about by the salvation of heathen sinners; Jesus laments that even the surrendering of his own lifeblood will not bring salvation to Jerusalem.” O. Palmer Robertson

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Not Exactly the Right Response

Audio from the Sermon: “I Knew this Would Happen!” (28:13) Jonah 4:1, 2 preached during morning worship at Little Sandy Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Deposit, Alabama on January 13, 2019.

Sermon text: Jonah 4:1, 2

Sermon outline: “I Knew this Would Happen!, or An Angry Sinner in the Hands of  a Gracious and Merciful God” Jonah 4:1, 2

(1.) A description of Jonah’s emotions, 1. (2.) A preface to Jonah’s supplications, 2. (a.) Jonah’s knowledge of God, 2ab. (b.) Jonah’s actions toward God, 2c (c.) Jonah’s accurate description of God, 2d

“Despite his blatant disobedience and narrow-mindedness, Jonah understands the character of God.” notes, Reformation Study Bible

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New Year’s Message 2019

Sermon audio for the Communion sermon, “Another Year. What a God!” (32:27). Morning worship at Little Sandy Ridge Presbyterian Church, Fort Deposit, Alabama, January 6, 2019.

Preaching the  sermon earlier in the week (26:54).

Sermon text: Psalm 104

Sermon outline: (1.) LOOK AT GOD, 1-4. (2.) OBSERVE HIS CREATION, 5-9. (3.) PONDER HIS PROVISION, 10-23. (4.) NOTICE THE WISDOM OF CREATION AND PROVISION, 24-26. (5.) GOD AND CREATION: WHAT IS YOUR RESPONSE? 27-35.

Two quotes:
“We are alive today because of a vast causal nexus above and below us. The same is true of our abilities, and, therefore, our achievements….Given the greatness of the universe and our own frailty, is it not wondrous that any of us survive, and even more wondrous that any of us accomplish what we do? That wonder at the sheer greatness of it all is on of the roots of religion.” –John Frame

“Faithful Christian thinking about (and action within) culture requires a recognition of creation’s ordered goodness. Each of those three words is essential to cultural faithfulness.” –Ken Myers

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Merry Christmas 2018

Sermon audio from Little Sandy Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Deposit, Alabama for December 23, 2018: “A Christmas Meditation on the Love of God.

Sermon Scripture texts: John 3:16; Ephesians 1:4-5; Isaiah 43

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Listening and Responding to Spirit-filled Preaching

Sermon audio from morning worship at Little Sandy Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Deposit, Alabama, December 16, 2018. Sermon:  “Responding to the Light: the Awakening.”

Sermon text: Jonah 3:6-10

Sermon outline:

(1.) Fruits in keeping with repentance, 6-8. (2.) Faith in the mercies of God, 9. (3.) Fulfillment that surprises us, 10.
The Ninevites’ faith “had grasped something about Jonah’s God even when the message appeared to be one of unmitigated gloom: he was a God who might have mercy. Trusting in his gracious character, they pled with God that he might be merciful to them. They were not his people; they were strangers to the covenant and the promises, but they hoped that the God who had sent his Jewish preacher might be a God of love as well as a God of holiness.” Sinclair B. Ferguson
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A Second Chance

Sermon audio from morning worship at Little Sandy Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Deposit, Alabama, December 9, 2018. Sermon: “The Call, Round 2: It’s Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas.”

Sermon text: Jonah 2:10-3:5

Sermon outline:

(1.) Look at God’s gracious dealing with his run-away servant, 1, 2. (2.) Look Look at God’s servant’s response, 3, 4. (3.) Look at the power of Spirit-filled preaching, 5.

“That word [of the Lord] can only come with power to our hearers when it has first come with power to our own hearts.”
–John Owen (1616-1683)

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