Category: Scripture References


5 KEYS FOR YOUR 2016 SPIRITUAL TRAVEL GUIDE

Two things are important when you take a trip: transportation and discrimination. You must know how you are going to get there and you must determine what to take with you. If you want to ruin your trip, take too much luggage. It is the same in your Christian life. Knowing what to take and   …Continue Reading


JESUS AND HANUKKAH

In 165 BC, Israel was under the control of the Syrian ruler Antiochus Epiphanes. A cruel and ruthless dictator, he attempted to force the Jews to embrace the Greek culture of the day and cease to obey the Mosaic Law. Antiochus went so far as to desecrate the temple of Jerusalem by sacrificing pigs on   …Continue Reading


The Best of Things in the Worst of Times

Some years ago I read an author (I’ve forgotten whom, though I took some notes) who talked about doing the best of things in the worst of times from 1 Corinthians 16:8-9: “But I will stay in Ephesus until Pentecost, for a wide door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many   …Continue Reading


THE MINISTRY OF THE THORN – CANCER & GOD’S GRACE – 2 Corinthians 12:7-10

On Thursday, October 22, I preached in chapel at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. It was my first chapel sermon since the home going of my wife, Sherri. The text is 2 Corinthians 12:7-10.  During her 3 year and 9 month battle with cancer, Sherri learned to depend upon God’s grace. She discovered that it truly   …Continue Reading


GOD’S GUIDANCE – NUMBERS 9:15-23

These past two Sundays I’ve preached a two-part sermon on Numbers 9:15-23 at First Baptist Church, Irving, TX, where I am the new interim pastor. Numbers 9:15-23 signals the conclusion of the time of Israel’s one-year encampment at Sinai and their embarkation on their journey through the wilderness to the promised land. During that year, between   …Continue Reading


“GET SHED OF IT!” – Hebrews 12:1 and Laying Aside Weights

I love preaching on Hebrews 12:1-3: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, and laying aside every weight and the sin that so easily entangles us, let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith . . .   …Continue Reading


Sermon Video – “My Anchor Holds” – Hebrews 6:13-20

Here is the video of my sermon at FBC Sunnyvale, TX, on July 19. The text is Hebrews 6:13-20. The Title is “My Anchor Holds.” https://t.co/HLL4ydQdPE


THE EXPOSITOR IN THE PULPIT – Part 9 – “Distinction Between Expository and Topical Preaching Artificial”

NOTE: This article is an excerpt from an excellent little book on preaching, The Expositor in the Pulpit, by the Greek scholar Marvin R. Vincent. The book is the content of his lectures given to students at Union Theological Seminary in 1884. The book is a must read for expository preachers and teachers. This section   …Continue Reading


HOW TO SEND YOUR GUILT TRIP PACKING – 1 John 3:19-24

Have you ever been praying and suddenly your conscience says something like this to you: “Look at you! Who do you think you are to come before God and ask anything from him! Why just this week, you did things and said things that would disqualify you from ever receiving anything from God. Don’t you   …Continue Reading


THE EXPOSITOR IN THE PULPIT – Part 7 – “Broad Treatment”

NOTE: This article is an excerpt from an excellent little book on preaching, The Expositor in the Pulpit, by the Greek scholar Marvin R. Vincent. The book is the content of his lectures given to students at Union Theological Seminary in 1884. The book is a must read for expository preachers and teachers. This section   …Continue Reading