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Sermons January 30 Galatians 1

Morning Sermon Audio LinkEvening Sermon Audio LinkNote: Don't be mislead by the early AM posting times on the blog. Much of what I write is done the day or two before and then I schedule it to post at about the same time every day. That's at least my goal. So, no, I'm not up posting sermon outlines at 4AM. I try to do this before I go to bed Sunday Night. I don't always, but I try.Morning Outline:“I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed! ” (Galatians 1:6–9, NAS) Fundamental: Abandoning the truth of the Gospel is exactly…

A letter to Jeff Fisher

Note: it seems that the blog-flavor of the month is the “Open Letter” to someone famous. Usually they’ve contained rebukes, but occasionally admiration. Many of these posts have been high-traffic. Not one to avoid shamelessly copying success, here’s one from me.An Open Letter to Jeff Fisher:Dear Coach Fisher,We’ve never met, and likely never will. However, I thought I’d take the time to write you a brief note now that your name is all over the NFL news for a day or two. The first time I really heard anything about you was the Titans-Rams Superbowl. No, I don’t remember which one that was or what year, because I’m not that big of a football remembering person. I remember how that game ended, with your team about a yard from winning. I remember the “Music City Miracle” that it took to get you there. I was also happy you lost, because I was a Kurt Warner fan at the time.Next time I saw you was when you appeared with Kurt as a Dove Awards presenter. Not many people bother even watching th…

Reboot my life!

Something that has become the vogue in Hollywood in recent years has been the "franchise reboot." What that seems to mean is that: 1.)They're out of new ideas; 2.)The old ideas were better; 3.)All they can do is tinker with the old ones!Actually, the reboot works like this: a new writer takes an old idea, like Star Trek, uses the same characters and same general inspiration, and writes a whole different story line for it. This is what you've seen with Batman, Star Trek, Spiderman, The A-Team, Godzilla, and Robin Hood. The better reboots, like Batman, Star Trek, and Robin Hood, keep a level of truth to the original tales and universe of the first. The Star Trek movie, for example, even explains how both stories actually happen at the same time. Robin Hood keeps the characters and the important parts: bad King John, good Robin, Lady Marian as his love, and so forth.This has somewhat driven me to this point: I think I'd like a life reboot. In fact, most of us could …

Book Tuesday

Book TuesdayI had planned to stop doing book reviews at random times and just do one every Tuesday. I expected that I would have enough books that I would be able to rotate through and keep things read and ready to post.Well, the best laid plans of mice and men often go astray…usually distracted by cheese. The plan has faltered. First of all, there was a shipping delay with one book. Then two of the books I’ve gotten are not easy enough reading to knock out in a day, so those will have to come in another week or two. Finally, one of the books I’ve gotten is actually a scheduled blog tour, and I don’t even think it’s on a Tuesday. So, I don’t have a book review for you today. I do, however, have a recommendation for you. It’s an important recommendation, one I feel well worth your time. Ready for it?Read.Read books.Not just blogs or websites or magazines or even newspapers, but books.E-books are good, especially if you get an Amazon Kindle and start loading up on out of print and publi…

Sermons January 23: Galatians 1:1-5

LONG POST WARNING!!I've been writing out more of my sermons, even though I don't preach it word-for-word from what I write. It helps me wrestle out some of the thoughts more clearly. The evening sermon is still more of a short outline. I'll post it first, then the morning preaching guide.I'm in Galatians.  Here are the audio links to the:Morning Sermon on Galatians 1:3Evening Sermon on Galatians 1:4-5Paul, an apostle (not sent from men nor through the agency of man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised Him from the dead), and all the brethren who are with me, To the churches of Galatia: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins so that He might rescue us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forevermore. Amen. ” (Galatians 1:1–5, NAS) Evening Outline:January 23 PM Galatians c1v4t5 FBC AlmyraRescued from this age, the evil one, for that a…

Finding Encouragement

"Efforts are nice, but results matter."—Unofficial UPS Training MottoOne of my ever-lasting goals, like millions of Americans, is to lose weight and get fit. To that end, I've spent money on various devices and gadgets. One of them is a Nintendo Wii. I won't try and pass the whole Wii off as for fitness, but a large part of it is. Especially EA Active. This is a program that is designed to be a virtual personal trainer. It includes a strap to hold a Wii controller on your leg to measure leg movement and an elastic band for resistance. I won't call it fun, but it is challenging. The program also talks you through the variety of exercises and tells you how you're doing on each one. Good or bad, it gives encouragement or correction. Except sometimes the Wii controller doesn't correctly detect the motion. Then, the virtual trainer will rebuke and not record that you've done the exercise properly. My record shows fewer calories burned and fewer repetitions…

A name worth knowing

….though it's a name most of us have never heard. Robert Hunt. Ever heard of him? In context, he's one of the early settlers of America, Virginia to be exact. Still no good?Robert Hunt is, more appropriately, the Rev. Robert Hunt. He was part of the settlement at Jamestown, and had come to settle in America and be part of the spiritual leadership of the colony. He led the first prayer meeting there, on the day of landing. He also died the first year of the colony.Here's what the colonists, his flock said of him:    His people, members of the Colony, left this testimony concerning him. He was an honest, religious and courageous Divine.
    He preferred the Service of God in so good a voyage to every thought of ease at home. He endured every privation, yet none ever heard him repine. During his life our factions were ofte healed, and our greatest extremities so comforted that they seemed easy in comparison with what we endured after his memorable death.And to think, thes…

Losing your head

When John the Baptist first came preaching, he preached the need for repentance and to prepare for the coming of the Messiah. It was a simple message, really, when you read the New Testament.However, what John the Baptist seems most famous for is not the simple preaching but his execution at the hand of Herod. Yet what happened to move him from a wilderness preacher to the enemy of Herod? Why did he rate the enmity of the state like this?He crossed a line. A line that, to this day, many Baptist preachers that have followed him shy away from. His preaching became not just one of general "Repent!" messages, but rather he began to call out specific sins. You see it when he preaches in Luke 3 that he begins giving specific evidences of repentance that should be seen, he tells the wealthy to care for the poor, the soldiers to do their duty but not abuse the public, and the tax collectors to stop extorting money. (Sidebar: some of that counsel remains good.) This is not the line h…

Relinquish!

“What our fathers with so much difficulty attained do not basely relinquish.”---from Governor William Bradford's tombstoneThis was in my daily readings of "Great Quotations" from history.  It's from the tombstone of one of the early governors of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.  It's also on there in Latin, causing much rejoicing that it was translated for the quote book.It has me wondering how easily we in America have given up the things our forefathers attained.  Then, guiltily, I have to admit that I wonder what I've given up too easily that was attained with difficulty for me.I see it often in our churches: for a number of generations, people have struggled and sacrificed to establish churches, seminaries, ministries, and missions.  Yet each succeeding generation wants to trade those sacrifices for the flavor of the month in trends and ideas. Not that all the old things are good or the new things are bad.I see it in our nation: generation upon generation ha…

Book Tuesday

I've decided to try and rein in my rampant book reviewing and only do one book review a week, and to do it on Tuesday.  Typically the books I review don't have a specific date to be done.  Occasionally, there is a due date and it's often on a Tuesday, so that simplifies my scheduling.Plus it keeps me from seeming too much like all I want from the blog is free books.Today, however, I have not a book review for you.  I'm going to give you a few previews and a peak at my reading list.  Keep in mind that I read for five purposes:1. Personal growth and curiosity: there are books I read to help me be better at who God has made me.2. Professional growth: I need to get better at certain professional skills.3.  Academic requirement: I am working on a master's degree. I have to read for that.4. Blog reviews: I get free books in exchange for some of the reviews I write. So, I read books to write reviews to get books.5. Personal enjoyment: I like to read. That's one thing …

Sermon January 16 Galatians 1:1

Sermon Audio is hereJanuary 16 AM FBC Almyra Galatians 1Galatians 1:1: Paul, an apostle, not sent from men nor through the agency of man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father who raised Him from the dead, and all the brethren who are with me,Theological truths:I. Personal authorityII. Supremacy of ChristIII. Fellowship of followersThe letter is begun in the normal style of Greek/Roman letters. This is the identification of the author, the sender of the letter.In this case, the sender is Paul. Where to begin with Paul? Shall we spend the morning visiting his conversion from the persecutor to the persecuted? From the Pharisee to the servant of the Lord? Suffice it to say that Paul was not half-involved in the mission of the Gospel.His name would have reverberated when it was read, as the letter was intended to be, aloud in church.Here it was, a letter from Paul. Not a piece of junk mail or another fundraising letter or even just a quaint hello from a friend. Paul. Who had preache…

Philippians 1:7-11 Week 2 #P2R

Thought I'd already given up, did you? That one week of memory work was enough?No way.  While life never seems to slow down around here, Ann and I are still working on memorizing Philippians.  This week's section is Philippians 1:7-11 (ESV).It's going alright, but the verses are getting a little blurry.  I am trying to remember verse numbers with the passages, but I think I'm memorizing it as a section: I can tell you that something is in 7-11, but not if it's 8,9, or 10.What am I seeing?  A couple of things:1.  As frequently emphasized: love with knowledge and discernment. Biblical love, God's love, is not blind. God loves us while we are yet sinners, He loves with full knowledge.  Our love should be similar: we know what the objects of our love are not perfect. Discernment comes into helping us know what not to do, what not to allow in our love.2. Partakers of grace, both in imprisonment and defense and confirmation of the Gospel.  That's right: in 3 thin…

Assumptions

Just now, I heard the sounds of crunchy food being eaten behind me, and I was concerned.  Without going into too much detail, our family has been dealing with lots of sinus issues this week, and sinus gunk early in the morning tends to lead to upset stomachs.  What's an age-old upset stomach helper? Plain saltines, one of the crunchiest, driest foods on American grocery store shelves. So, I assumed that Ann wasn't feeling well and was munching down some saltines.  Except, when I turned around, I saw she had a glass of orange juice.Which is not upset stomach friendly.  Not at all.My first thought? My wife has lost her mind.  How can she possibly think that's going to help? How am I going to get any work done when she's sick and making it worse? What is she thinking, and …..You see the train-wreck of thought there, right? How one thought leads to another? How quickly a person can move from seeing one set of actions to questioning a person's whole motivation for behav…

Jacob and Esau

I had what was, perhaps, a "duh" moment looking at Scripture this morning.  In my daily Bible reading plan, I'm reading the story of Jacob and Esau, and how Jacob conned Isaac out of his blessing.  Essentially, Jacob received the bulk of the estate, the wealth, instead of the firstborn, Esau.Then Esau decided he's going kill Jacob. Now, until now, I've always read this, and I think heard it preached, that Esau is angry. That's why he's going to kill.  And that's part of his motivation.  There's another issue at stake, though, here.  The blessing that Isaac received was not just spiritual well-wishes or happy thoughts, but entailed with it the right to receive most of the estate.  Between that and the whole birthright-for-stew swap earlier, and Jacob gets basically all of Isaac's stuff and influence.And who inherits this if Jacob is dead? At this time, Jacob has no wife and no heir.  His stuff would go….to his brother, Esau.  It's not just …

This is not what we want

Like most Americans, I am beyond angry at the actions in Arizona that took the lives of six people and wounded many others. One crucial portion of my beliefs, both political and religious, is that every life is important and valuable to God and to others.That, apparently, this happened by someone that is claiming to be influenced by the conservative political movement is a disturbing situation.  Although someone that claims to have hated all religions and smoked marijuana, according to one of his acquaintances, hardly seems like a poster boy of the Tea Party.  It leas to this question: when people talk about political targeting and a grassroots revolution, is this what we want?  Are we really wanting to see unarmed civilians gunned down? Congress people and judges killed?If your answer is "this is what I want" then you are not what we, the American people, want.  One of the hallmarks of American democracy is peaceful transition of power. Peaceful.  As in, while we may fuss a…

Does Snowzilla go to church?

It's time for that nearly annual conundrum we have in the South.  According to the National Weather Service, we're due for a "winter storm" and potential "snow/sleet event" around here.Now, various people are already laughing.  Tricia Goyer, deservedly world-famous author that has recently moved from Montana to Little Rock has questioned our response to the few inches.  Other friends around the uncivilized-lands of New York, Montana, and the like have mocked us Southerners.However, it's important to note a few things: 1. We don't have snowplows down here. 2. "Snow event" rapidly degenerates into "ice event" which means you can't drive. Not "we can't drive," but nobody can. You don't learn to drive on ice, you learn to crash into the softest thing available. 3. Yes, it really is that bad. 4. Dirt roads don't freeze hard enough to drive on. You'd think the frozen mud would stay frozen, but it won't…

The purpose of the church

“The most valuable work a church can perform is to so minister to individual Christian lives that they shall enter into the presence of God for themselves and have a faith that will outlast and outlive all external helps.” --IJ Van NessI came across this quote when doing some reading, and I’ve been staring at it off and on for the day. It’s connected to the heart of a frequent discussion these days: What is the purpose of the church?To some, the church is about providing social services to as many as possible. This isn’t a totally bad work of God’s people, as even James 1:27 reminds us that pure and undefiled religion is looking after widows and orphans. Then there is the need to help find solutions for children in need of adoption and temporary care, families that are facing difficult times, and the ever-present need to feed the hungry.To others, the church is about education. The church should be teaching children to be moral, wives to be submissive, husbands to be leaders, and teen…

Disconnected

Sometime last year, I received a copy of John Maxwell's book Everyone Communicates, Few Connect.  It was a freebie that Michael Hyatt was giving away on his blog.  (side note: if I ever get to be a famous blogger, I'll give away more books than I do now.  Right now, I'm a receiver on this, and hope to someday give.)As I've read this book, I've seen something in me that I don't like, and that I'm striving to change.  It's actually summarized in the parenthetical above about books.  Often in communication, I'm taking more than I'm giving.  I have a broadcast mentality, and that's not all that effective for building relationships.That's a change I want to make.  Right now, I broadcast. Really. I write blog posts that people, at least a few, read.  I preach sermons.  I teach longer-than-necessary Sunday School lessons.  My sermons go out as podcasts.  This is all one-directional communication.I see this blending into my personal life as well…

Pros, Cons, Progress and Congress

"If pro and con are opposites, what does that say about progress and Congress?"Today, the new Congress gathers.  For the last 2 years, the ruling party of Democrats have claimed the Republicans have blocked them from doing what they wanted.  The Republicans have claimed the Democrats have done what they wanted, and that's why they're now in charge, to fix the mess.  To both of them, here's what I have to say:1.  Shut up and get to work.  Both of you spend so much time attacking each other that you can't possibly be also listening to the people you're supposed to represent.  You know, the citizens? That whole "For the people" concept?2.  Alongside that: cut out the "procedural vote" method of hiding what you voted for.  Seriously.  Bring the actual bills to the floor and vote on them, rather than killing them through votes that aren't actual votes.  Do something to produce an actual record.3.  We have 10% unemployment, and something…

Book Review—The Quotable Chesterton

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For the record: this book was received free from Booksneeze, part of Thomas Nelson Publishers.  They send the free book, I write the free review, and everybody's happy. Check it out for yourself if you're so inclined.The Quotable Chesterton: The Wit and Wisdom of G.K. ChestertonAs you can tell by the above graphic and the oh-so-not deceptive blog title, today we're looking at Kevin Belmonte's The Quotable Chesterton.  If you're like me, your first question was: Chesterwho?  Well, Belmonte has another book out right now that's a biography of Chesterton, so I'll just give you a short bio.  Chesterton was primarily a literary critic at the end of the 19th Century and beginning of the 20th.  He was also a Christian. He wrote, spoke, and was renowned for his insights into a great many things. The main thing I remember his name attached to was that, when a London newspaper asked the question "What is wrong with the world? Who is to blame for our problems?&qu…

New Blog Title

As you may have noticed, I've re-titled the blog.  It was "Doug Hibbard's Blog" and now it's "Obvious and Ordinary---The Online Musings of Doug Hibbard."  If you haven't noticed, that's ok.  If you don't change the link on your blog, I probably won't notice yours either.  Why the change?  Well, I'm kind of trying it out.  I started blogging as "BubbatheRev" and then decided that wasn't really the title I wanted to go by.  So, I went to "Doug Hibbard" since, well, that's my name.  It's also still my web address: http://www.doughibbard.com will be my web address for as long as I can afford to keep it renewed.  I like having my own name.  Someday, hopefully, I'll get the .net too.  However, I decided that perhaps "Doug's Blog" was a bit boring or maybe just bland.  Anyway, it's an option to go back to.  However, I was looking for something catchy.  Wade Burleson has "Grace and T…

January 3 Sermons

Morning Audio link is here.Evening Audio link is here.Here is the AM Outline.  There isn't one for the evening.Where knowledge begins: Proverbs 1:1-7I. The fear of the Goda. Notice here: the small caps. This shows us that it is God’s covenant name used, indicating specifically which God we’re talking aboutb. It is not a generic fear of some unknown deity that begins wisdomc. It is fear of the One True Godd. Fear: i. Respectii. Honoriii. Worshipiv. And, yes, intimidation: He is all-powerful and perfect and holy. II. From knowing and fearing God, we then move to understand:a. Righteousness: living a right lifeb. Justice: helping others understand what’s rightc. Equity: doing right for othersd. Prudence: making right choices in a chaotic worlde. Wise behavior: the decisions that sustain lifeIII. Good for all ages:a. Youths: those who have not learned from experiencei. Discretion: when not to do what the urge is to doii. Knowledge: the things that need to be knownb. Wise man: those wh…

Philippians and #P2R

Memorizing Scripture, word-for-word and with references, has not been one of my strong suits.  Sure, I can tell you about the Word, and I can tell you some of what's in the Word, but generally I need a copy in front of me.That's not all bad, because right now there are few times in America that reproducing Scripture from memory is all that necessary.  However, in an effort to think more on the things of God and grow in my understanding, I've wanted to do better memorizing.In the great milieu of Christians that blog, I caught a link to Timmy Brister's blog, where he put out a challenge to join him in memorizing Philippians between January 1 and Easter.  He created an easy to use document that you cut out, paste in a little pocket-sized notebook, and use to help with the process.  The document, found here, is a PDF that most computers can open.  Included are tips to help with memorization, and the complete ESV Bible text of Philippians, allocated into weeks. Ann and I us…

Starting the year off right

Looking over the past decade, one thing I want to express a thankfulness for is the number of people I'm grateful to still have in my life.  You see, my birthday comes before too much longer, and one thing I know is that the older I get, the older the people I look up to get, and the closer to their reward they become.  Now, for some, that reward is simply to retire and disappear somewhere, unbothered by the likes of me, but for others that reward has been to go home. The latter was the case with my speech professor in college, Dr. Buckelew.So, I'm going to express some personal sentiment here about people I'm glad are starting the new year alive.  Except saving the best for last, there's no order.  Also: this is about ministry mentors and teachers.  Just because you're not mentioned by name doesn't mean I'm not thankful for you to be alive too.1.  The old cohort of OBU professors: Drs. Hays, Duvall, Carter, and Vang, even though Dr. Vang has relocated to F…