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Repent: 2 Corinthians 7

In Summary: Remember that Paul has written the Corinthians before this letter and that he has also been there. We are dealing with a slice of the history of their interactions. Added into that, we must consider that the Corinthians have both written and spoken to Paul, with other verbal messages sent via trustworthy messengers.
In short, we must admit there will be times when Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians will be a bit obscure and many times when we are looking at the far end of a discussion. A header like the NASB uses here, “Paul Reveals His Heart,” can lead us to short-change this, thinking that the Corinthians did not understand Paul before they got this letter. Rather, let us take 2 Corinthians 7 as evidence of the generally human nature of Paul’s relationship with the churches he started.
It is true, though, that this chapter helps reveal Paul’s heart. That revelation is to us, though, as it is more of a reminder to the Corinthians. They had seen his conflicts and depression (v.…

Sermon Recap for October 29: James 3

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.
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Morning Sermon: October 29 AM (audio)


Evening time was the Fall Festival!

Everybody Back to Work: Joshua 8

In Summary: They got knocked down…will they get up again? That is the question at stake for Israel at this point. You may recall from Joshua 7 that the Israelites faced their first defeat in the Conquest Era when trying to take Ai. They had not taken the whole of the people into that battle (Joshua 7:4) but the ones who went failed because they went without the power of God.
Joshua 8 tells of the return to Ai and its subsequent destruction. God gives Joshua instructions on setting up an ambush for Ai and then destroying it. It’s a classic “fake retreat” ambush—part of the army is in hiding and the rest goes up as if in a normal assault. When the evident troops retreat, they are pursued and the hidden warriors then come out and attack the undefended city. Then, the “retreating” forces turn and attack, leading to ultimate destruction.
It is worth noting that this time, God permits the people of Israel to plunder from the city. The people are still to be put to the death, but the Israelites…

Book: Preaching as Reminding

Book Review Preaching as Reminding Jeffery D. Arthurs IVP Academic 164 pp., softcover


What is the purpose of preaching? While we often consider that the task of the preacher is to challenge or to educate or to inspire the congregation, Jeffery Arthurs’ latest book challenges us to think of the purpose of Preaching as Reminding. This new book from Intervarsity Press is targeted as those who know how to preach but have, perhaps, let the task become a habit without life.
First, the structure of the book. Arthurs provides an introduction and conclusion around seven chapters of content. The Introduction sets up the need for the book and previews the upcoming content chapters. He also provides a timely warning of the difference in “remembering/reminding” and “nagging.” The seven chapters begin by examining the need to remember somethings and forget others, with robust Scriptural and historical references. The later chapters then address tools of the sermon for stirring memory.
Throughout each chap…

No Offense: 2 Corinthians 6

In Summary: Paul continues his instructions to the Corinthian church in chapter 6 by reminding them of the need to respond to the grace of God. 2 Corinthians 6:1 makes it clear that the grace of God is intended to result in response, else Paul would not caution the church that they are at risk of receiving grace in vain.
The chapter carries on to discuss the challenges faced by Paul and his fellow ministers and how they have endured the hardships placed on them for the sake of the Gospel. That’s the area we’ll return to in a moment.
Then we have the infamous passage used by multitudes of preachers (including me once or twice) to tell people not marry non-Christians. While that is an extrapolation from 2 Corinthians 6:14-17, there is so much more that this passage is about and we tend to overlook it, for the sake of focusing on just one application. Again, it’s a valid application—but one would also be wise to apply it to strong business relationships and to political alliances.
In Focus: I…

Sermon Recap for October 22

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://eebcar.libsyn.com/rss

The video is linked on my personal Youtube Page here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJBGluSoaJgYn6PbIklwKaw?view_as=public
Sermons are stockpiled here: http://www.doughibbard.com/search/label/Sermons

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Sunday Morning: Hebrews 12 (audio download link)
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Video: The video doesn't quite capture what was going on there at the beginning, but it's fairly well described. I got a few youth to come and join me, challenging them to a race. Then I encumbered them :)

Hebrews 12:1-3
Context:
Just after the “Faith Hall of Hame” section; reminders of all who …

Book: The Mentoring Church

The Christian church is awash in leadership books and conferences. Yet the real need within the church is not for great and lofty leaders but for leaders who know what it is to work, live, and love a congregation of God's people on an every week basis. That's not the type of thing you can do more than glean a smidgen of in a conference. You need an ongoing opportunity to learn what it is to live out ongoing service.

Now, some people are fortunate enough to be part of a church that already works out helping ministers learn how to live that way. However, many times our churches have not figured out a good way to develop life-invested leaders as an ongoing reality. That is where Phil Newton's The Mentoring Church comes in handy. Dr. Newton is the pastor of South Woods Baptist in Memphis, a church that I have known young ministers from. I say that to establish that what Newton writes about is not empty theory--he has walked down this road a good bit before writing about it.

O…

Intense Life in Tents: 2 Corinthians 5

In Summary:  Paul continues 2 Corinthians as he shifts his metaphor from the treasures in jars of clay (2 Corinthians 4:7) to the idea of dwelling in earthly tents (2 Corinthians 5:1). His aim is to build up the confidence of the Corinthians, that they would have the strength to keep on walking by faith. The flow of the chapter moves from how we, as individuals, hold a certainty of redemption because of the Spirit of God (v. 5) on to how we are to be involved in reconciling the world to God.
Paul does not separate here the work of Jesus in reconciliation (v. 18) and the responsive work of believers in showing others the reality of this reconciliation. Where we might be tempted to put a dichotomy, a conflict between the work of Jesus and the responsibility we hold, God has Paul put an "and," linking the two.
In the middle, though, are points not to be missed. First of all, we are reminded of the incoming judgment (v. 10)and how the fear of God which we know should drive us to…

Sermon Recap for October 15

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://eebcar.libsyn.com/rss

The video is linked on my personal Youtube Page here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJBGluSoaJgYn6PbIklwKaw?view_as=public
Sermons are stockpiled here: http://www.doughibbard.com/search/label/Sermons

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Morning Sermon: Hebrews 1 (audio)



Also, here's the original version of the song from special music:


Hebrews 1
Context:
    Authorship Unknown. Or Barnabas. Or Luke. (I like David Allen’s Luke theory)
    Date: Pre-70 AD (Destruction of Temple); probably Neronian Era
    Canonical Context: Directed to Israelites/Jews, probably Jewish Christians due t…

Weakly Stored Treasures: 2 Corinthians 4

In Summary: What is it that keeps us going? What drives the Christian to keep at the work in front of them? After all, there are times it just does not go well. Of course, those of us peacefully reading this on our home computers probably haven’t had it go as bad as Paul did at various times.
Yet he speaks in 2 Corinthians 4:1 of not losing heart—because of the ministry he had been given. His opportunities to bring other people to Jesus kept him going in the work. Specifically, he cites the fruit of his work among the Corinthians and the methods he used there. His preaching and ministry was done clearly, without compromise.
He then expresses just how challenging the ministry can be: struck down, afflicted, persecuted. But these are not final or fatal for the work. And it is the work of spreading the Gospel that Paul speaks of here, and that he commends to the Corinthians. This is the purpose of his ministry, and of what the Corinthians should be celebrating and focusing on: the treasure …

Sermon Recap for October 8

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://eebcar.libsyn.com/rssThe video is linked on my personal Youtube Page here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJBGluSoaJgYn6PbIklwKaw?view_as=publicSermons are stockpiled here: http://www.doughibbard.com/search/label/SermonsThanks!October 8: Proverbs 18 (audio)



Context Solomon’s gathered wisdom. The two “Women” the king must choose between: Wisdom or Folly Overview A slice of the wisdom Solomon; Remember that the Proverbs are NOT random Use Dan Philips definition of Living Skillfully in Fear of YHWH Reflection v. 1: The need for community v. 2: Are we listening? Or just broadcasting? v. 3: Wick…

A Personal Update

I thought I’d take a minute and give you an update on where we are and what we are doing. The “we” being the whole of the Hibbard family, though a good bit is just “me."First of all, we’ve passed the 2 year mark here in East End. Actually, we passed it back in June. I think we’re getting used to life in the big city. Olivia is now fully legal to drive, and drive alone. We have the old gold van back working somewhat, but we’re still pretty much a one-vehicle family so she doesn’t drive much. That’s okay. It’s better for my stress.After completing German and French across the last academic year, I was trying to choose between pursuing a Ph.D. or a D.Min. There were good arguments on both sides, and a good argument that I should have pursued an MBA or MPA instead. I looked into an MPA (Master’s of Public Administration), but as with a Speech Communications program I looked at, it was targeted at professionals with weekends to do school. I’m really a bit busy on Sundays, so I can’t d…

Book: Emotionally Healthy Spirituality

Today’s book,Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, is a revised/updated edition of one that has been around for a few years. I’ve read the earlier version and found it quite helpful. Short form of the review: grab the update if you liked the original. It’s a smidgen of improvement but well worth it.
Now, the long version: the human being is a mixture of will, thought, body, and emotion. Too often, we excel in one area while neglecting the other—and this results in a lopsided person. Peter Scazzero’sEmotionally Healthy Spirituality takes a look at the side of the whole which is the emotional side.
It’s too often neglected in the lives of Christians. We have adopted a viewpoint that our spiritual side is all that matters—or, perhaps, throw in some P90x and Couch to 5 K for the physical. But emotional health? Seriously? Who needs it?
In truth, we all do.We run like crazy and pour out of all that we have, and need to pay attention to the work of God to deal with our hearts and emotions.
Now, as a…

Three Cs: 2 Corinthians 3

In Summary: Paul continues his second letter to Corinth by reminding the church that he should need no recommendation to them. They already know him and their faith is the proof of his preaching—unlike others who need their credentials examined! It appears that the Corinthians had reached a shaky conclusion, that they now knew enough about walking with Jesus to sit in judgment over the one who introduced them to the Gospel!
Our chapter division puts 2 Corinthians 3:1-3 as the head of this chapter, but it could just as easily match up with 2 Corinthians 2. Go back and read chapter 2 and flow straight over onto the first paragraph of 3 (using the paragraphs in ESV)—just ignore the section headers for a minute. It makes pretty good sense there, doesn’t it?
Yet it also forms the turn into the contrast of the Law and the New Covenant. This contrast makes up the bulk of chapter 3, as Paul points out the work of the Holy Spirit and the supremacy of Christ. One should easily see from 2 Corint…

Sermon Recap for October 1

Before we get started—the news from Las Vegas is horrifying, which is becoming far too common. Do not become hardened to tragedy, even though it keeps happening and life must keep going for every one who isn’t right there in the midst of it.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://eebcar.libsyn.com/rssThe video is linked on my personal Youtube Page here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJBGluSoaJgYn6PbIklwKaw?view_as=publicSermons are stockpiled here: http://www.doughibbard.com/search/label/SermonsThanks!
Last night we had Darrel Ray from Arkansas Baptists with us, and he’ll be back next Sunday night. I’m saving his sermons…