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Book: Practicing the Power

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Back to books! This book was provided by Booklook and this review first appeared at my personal website.

Sam Storms’ newest book, Practicing the Power, takes a look at the activity of the Holy Spirit in Christian believers today. At the outset, a few things should be made clear. 1: Storms is writing for Christians, as such the discussion and interaction in this book is meaningless outside of the family. It’s about family issues—if you’re looking for an overall introduction to Christianity, this does not claim to be one—look onward. 2: Storms comes to different conclusions than I have held regarding how the Holy Spirit works in Christians today.
That being said, let’s take a look at this book. First, Storms approaches the work of the Holy Spirit from a Bible-driven perspective. That is important to note: though he reaches different conclusions on what the text means from other pastor-author-teachers (e.g. John MacArthur), he is not standing on whipped cream. His argument is based on the …

Memorial Day 2017

I won’t take much time, but I thought would offer this observation:I’m sitting here doing homework for Advanced German. I’m translating and watching Hitler, particularly his speech at the Sportspalast upon becoming Reichskanzler. As a speaker, he’s mesmerizing. I can make out some of what he says (I can read it better than hear it) and his use of rhythm, cadence, gestures—it is all remarkable.Through the hindsight of history, though, I know what comes from his speaking. While he speaks of not lying or swindling (nicht lugen, nicht schwindeln,) he starts his own people on the course to destruction and horror. He sets out the groundwork for destroying all those who do not conform to his image—his efforts killing millions of civilian Jews, Gypsies, and myriad others—all through his words.And then there are the millions who had to shed their blood to stop that one madman and what he caused.If you think about it, before then there were the men and women who died that we would have a countr…

Sermon Recap for May 28

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Here is what you'll find: after each sermon title, there's an "audio" link that allows you to play or download that sermon's audio file. Then there should be an embedded Youtube Link to the sermon.If you'd like, you can subscribe to the audio feed here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/east-end-baptist-church/id387911457?mt=2 for iTunes users. Other audio feeds go here: http://www.eebcar.com/sermons/feedThe video is linked on the East End Baptist Church web page here: http://www.eebcar.com/sermons-2/ or on my personal Youtube Page here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJBGluSoaJgYn6PbIklwKaw?view_as=publicGood morning! Here is yesterday’s sermon and the video, properly fixed, for last Sunday night. 2 for the price of 1!
Doug
May 28: Psalm 73 “What of the Wicked?"
Context Asaph: Player of CYMBALS! Temple Era Hebrew Language Poetry

Review: NLT Breathe Audio New Testament

We’re closing on summer. For some of us, that means plans for hours in the car in travel. While we all love hearing the same 89 songs repeated over and over on the iPod, there might just be better ways to spend some of that time. I would suggest that a good audiobook is one way to pass the highway. Even beter? A great audio Bible.That’s where the NLT Breathe Audio New Testament comes into play. This is a fully dramatized version of the New Testament drawn from the New Living Translation of the Scriptures. The NLT deserves its own consideration, but briefly, this is an easily-readable Bible translation. You will get the point from it even if you will not quite get the extra-long sentences that Paul actually writes with.Now, there’s more to an audio Bible than just the translation. This version is a dramatized version, meaning it’s not just one reader. You have voices—not just voices in your head, but voices on your radio. I must admit that having John Rhys-Davies is excellent and diff…

Sermon Recap for May 21

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Here is what you'll find: after each sermon title, there's an "audio" link that allows you to play or download that sermon's audio file. Then there should be an embedded Youtube Link to the sermon.If you'd like, you can subscribe to the audio feed here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/east-end-baptist-church/id387911457?mt=2 for iTunes users. Other audio feeds go here: http://www.eebcar.com/sermons/feedThe video is linked on the East End Baptist Church web page here: http://www.eebcar.com/sermons-2/ or on my personal Youtube Page here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJBGluSoaJgYn6PbIklwKaw?view_as=publicThanks!
I’m a little late because I tried uploading the evening sermon at home. Since I was on AT&T’s so-called “high-speed” service, it took about 20 hours to upload. That puts the sermon blog onto Tuesday instead of Monday.Sunday Morning audio is here.
Merciful Cleansing!ContextOverviewReflections Nothing is more characteristic of a Christian than m…

Sermon Recap for May 14

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Here is what you'll find: after each sermon title, there's an "audio" link that allows you to play or download that sermon's audio file. Then there should be an embedded Youtube Link to the sermon.If you'd like, you can subscribe to the audio feed here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/east-end-baptist-church/id387911457?mt=2 for iTunes users. Other audio feeds go here: http://www.eebcar.com/sermons/feedThe video is linked on the East End Baptist Church web page here: http://www.eebcar.com/sermons-2/ or on my personal Youtube Page here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJBGluSoaJgYn6PbIklwKaw?view_as=publicThanks!
Good evening!Here is yesterday’s sermon. We took last night out to encourage those blessed to still have their mothers to take the time and be with them. Mother’s Day can be a challenging time, where we want to celebrate the gift that mothers are to most people while being sensitive to those who are not; to encourage rebuilt family relationships w…

Marriage....1 Corinthians 7

In Summary: Oh boy. Last week, lawsuits. This week, marriage. And singleness. It’s like Paul was deliberately planning to make it hard to blog through 1 Corinthians. Or, perhaps, that the problems in the Corinthian Church were right down the line of where we have troubles today. Marriage and sex are not the only things addressed here. We also see Paul address dealing with being a slave, being circumcised, and being betrothed.
And, of course, this chapter leaves the reader with a challenge regarding how to take Paul’s instructions. After all, verse 25 says that he has “no command” from the Lord. Does that make this an option? Or do we say that Paul can command from the Lord without him realizing it? That is, as he writes Scripture that we recognize is inspired, does it matter if he thought it was a command from God?
Settling that issue takes a lot of ink in commentaries on 1 Corinthians. For our purposes, let us zoom out and consider the whole chapter. Paul’s recommendation on life sta…

Sermon Recap for May 7

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Here is what you'll find: after each sermon title, there's an "audio" link that allows you to play or download that sermon's audio file. Then there should be an embedded Youtube Link to the sermon.If you'd like, you can subscribe to the audio feed here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/east-end-baptist-church/id387911457?mt=2 for iTunes users. Other audio feeds go here: http://www.eebcar.com/sermons/feedThe video is linked on the East End Baptist Church web page here: http://www.eebcar.com/sermons-2/ or on my personal Youtube Page here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJBGluSoaJgYn6PbIklwKaw?view_as=publicThanks!
Sunday AM, May 7: Psalm 14 (audio)

Sunday PM, May 14:I had hoped to give you two options, but I can’t find where the crew recorded Walter Wills’ preaching Sunday night here at East End Baptist. So, you get my message from the conference on parenting, which is here. I’ll get Walter’s message uplinked when I have it.

Overplannered

I might get in trouble for this, because my wife is in the planner business. (Seriously, she works at wellplannedgal.com and makes planners.) But I think I’m overplannered.Not overplanned. But I sit here, and I’ve got a great big calendar on the wall, two different apps on the Mac, an Android phone, a smart watch, and 4 different paper planners. All of which use different systems. In other words, I’ve got too much stuff to have any idea what’s going on in my world.So, as an observation: you need a system of keeping yourself organized. That much is absolutely true. But you don’t need two systems. It’s like the old proverb that a man with one watch knows what time it is, but the man with two has no idea. The man with 4 calendars doesn’t know where he was supposed to be last Tuesday.This is my thought: get a system and use it. Stick with it. I need a calendar/planner for events and my week flow guide. I’ll develop the latter a bit more in another post. But don’t chase every “awesome” pla…

Out-of-Court: 1 Corinthians 6

In Summary: I’ve struggled with sitting down to deal with 1 Corinthians 6. At present, there is a lawsuit pending against one of the mission boards of my denomination, and my first thought was that I would appear to be aiming specifically at that issue. Then it dawned on me: if we reserve speaking of challenging Scripture points for the times when they do not appear immediately relevant, what good are those points in Scripture? None at all. But this is like being a series preacher: I didn't pick the topic. It's just time for this text.
We continue on through 1 Corinthians, hitting chapter 6. This chapter addresses two major themes. The first is lawsuits and court challenges among believers. The second is sexual immorality and our responsibility about it. Given that the true Author of Scripture is the Lord God Almighty, it should not be a surprise that we continue to deal with both of these issues.
First, let us deal with the second issue. Paul reminds the Corinthians that forgive…

Sermon Recap for April 30

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Good evening! Here are the sermons from yesterday. There was a glitch with the file for the video on Sunday night. Remember that you can click on the audio link to listen or download.Morning Sermon: Psalm 5 (audio here)Evening Sermon: 1 John 5 (audio)Thanks for watching!