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Sermon recap for June 25

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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!
We started Vacation Bible School Sunday night, so I went through Psalm 23 4 times with kids. It was worth it…but not filmed. I did carry a large walking staff, which I might start doing every Sunday.
Morning Sermon: Psalm 119:65-72 (audio here)

Passage: Psalm 119:65-72 Context: Acrostic on the love of God law: 25 times word: 24 judgment: 23 command: 22 st…

SBC17 Trip: Headed out to Phoenix!

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I didn’t pre-blog the trip, or even blog and post about it while we were out. I’m always torn about how much information about being gone I should put on the Internet. I don’t have much people would like to steal, but that doesn’t mean I am going to advertise the vacant house!Two weeks ago, we set out for Phoenix, Arizona, with our primary purpose being to help with the Pastor’s Conference of the Southern Baptist Convention. Our secondary purpose was to loot as much free stuff from the exhibitors at the Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting. Mainly books, of course, like the CSB Study Bibles that we got, along with free breakfast, from Lifeway on Tuesday morning.Our first effort, though, was to make the drive from our house to Phoenix. Google Maps puts that at about 20 hours, 1300+ miles. Ann and the kids felt this made for too much driving for one day. So we split it in two, with our first stop being in Albuquerque, New Mexico. That day was basically all driving, all day. We sto…

The End Matters: 1 Corinthians 9

In Summary: 1 Corinthians 9 opens with Paul’s defense of his income. Seriously: apparently there had been some argument that he did not deserve to be supported by the churches in his work, and much of that seems to have been coming from Corinth. He goes on to ask why other apostles were permitted to draw a salary, but the expectation was that he and Barnabas should provide for themselves. It’s a fair question, and Paul draws from both normal life and the Old Testament (Deuteronomy 25:4) to highlight that it is appropriate for those who lead the church in spiritual matters to draw their living from doing so.
Though I expect Paul would take a dim view of those who live above the ordinary soldier, shepherd, or vinedresser (9:7).
He goes on, though, to point out how he has not claimed his rights as an apostle for the sake of spreading the Gospel. He did not want the Corinthians, or anyone else, burdened by supporting them. He wanted the Gospel to be preached without charge, though he had …

Sermon Recap for June 18

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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 afternoon! Here are the sermons for the past 2 Sundays.
June 18 AM: Psalm 113 (Audio here)




Passage: Psalm 113 Context: Psalm 113: More from the worship manual of the Old Testament Opening of the Hallel, specifically used on Jewish higher holy days Overview: Reflects on the otherness of God—“Who is like the Lord our God?” Who is like YHWH? Who is l…

Book: The Money Challenge

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Today, I’d like to point you to a handy little book from Art Rainer. It’s called The Money Challenge, and it’s from B&H Books. Now, it’s a short book, so I’ll honor that with a short review.

Rainer’s basic goal is to help Christian people see the ways of God in the use of money. It’s broken into three sections: Give Generously, Save Wisely, and Live Appropriately. Rainer has found these to be a good outline of how God intends for Christians to use the money He gives them.

These are excellent principles for Christians in understanding stewardship and it’s a great introduction for those who have never examined Christian stewardship. There is not a lot of new information here for those who have learned about Christian stewardship.

However, stewardship is about tried and true principles, so the lack of new ideas is not a problem. In truth, Rainer has artfully repackaged these with a story about Annie and her learning the principles of stewardship through a 30-day money challenge.

Her cha…

Grilled Sacred Cows: 1 Corinthians 8

In Summary: After working through the minefield that was Greco-Roman marriage and family relationships (1 Corinthians 7), Paul moves on to something even more challenging. He starts to work through a practical matter about being a Christian in a religiously pluralistic world: what about the offshoots of idolatry? Specifically, in this case, meat that had been sacrificed to idols.
Understanding this takes a bit of research into the ancient world, and even then our knowledge is a bit limited. For example, we know that Paul is talking about “meat that has been offered to idols,” as the ESV has in 1 Corinthians 8:1. What, though, does that mean? There are a couple of possibilities, and it’s necessary to touch on them here rather than write them off as belonging to the nerd domain. The first possibility is the less likely one: that meat which went all the way through ceremonies at the various temples in Corinth (and other places) would then end up resold in the marketplace for a profit. Th…

Sermon Recap for June 4

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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!
Please note that we’re having some trouble with the website and podcast feed. There is a built-in player here if you want to listen, and I should have the iTunes reset soon.
Sunday AM: Psalm 89 (audio)

Passage: Psalm 89 Context: Old Testament Overview: Retells of the Greatness of God Reflections: O such strictness toward the righteous! O such abundant for…