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Sermon recap for November 10

Here is what you’ll find: there is an audio player with the sermon audios built-in to it, just click to find the one you want. You’ll also find the embedded Youtube videos of each 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/user/dheagle93Sermons are stockpiled here: http://www.doughibbard.com/search/label/Sermons

November 3 Sermon

Here is what you’ll find: there is an audio player with the sermon audios built-in to it, just click to find the one you want. You’ll also find the embedded Youtube videos of each 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/user/dheagle93Sermons are stockpiled here: http://www.doughibbard.com/search/label/Sermons
A note: as of right now (November 4, evening), the sermon audio is not uploaded yet. It should be by November 5 and then the player will have it ready-to-play. You may have to “skip” ahead to it.

Sermon Recap for October 27

Here is what you’ll find: there is an audio player with the sermon audios built-in to it, just click to find the one you want. You’ll also find the embedded Youtube videos of each 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/user/dheagle93Sermons are stockpiled here: http://www.doughibbard.com/search/label/Sermons
We would have had business meeting at the evening service but were 4 short of a quorum. I’m almost always ready to preach, so that’s the way we rolled.

Sermon Recap

Well, it’s the week of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, so I'm running behind on everything. I'm about to have breakfast for Tuesday, I think. All that to say, here's the morning sermon and the video embeds from the ABSC. The sermons from Jamar Andrews and Sonny Tucker are excellent. So is Greg Sykes', and unfortunately I'll be watching the rest of them this week as I was at other activities with the annual meeting and missed those sermons. I have no doubts about their quality, just haven’t seen them yet!First, though, here’s East End Baptist from October 20th.(please forgive the proud father moment of linking Angela/Steven doing “For the Cause,” which is Keith and Kristyn Getty’s work and the official hymn of the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary into the sermon video. They’re better than me.)Tuesday night, Sonny Tucker:Please note that you can go here: https://www.absc.org/watch to see all the video segments. Right now, Jamar Andrews’ Convention Se…

Reports of Others: 1 Thessalonians 1

In Summary:

So we come to the letters to the Thessalonians. Paul wrote two letters to these Christians, and most Biblical scholars are agreeable that 1 Thessalonians was written first. (You think that’s self-evident? It’s not—1 Thessalonians is first in your Bible because it’s longer than 2 Thessalonians. The chronology is a separate study.) This church was founded from Paul and Silas’ preaching in Acts 17, though the evidence in Acts is that the Apostle was not even in Thessalonica for a month!

1 Thessalonians opens as most of Paul’s letters do: with a standard greeting. Here, however, we see something different with Paul not asserting any title alongside his name. In most of his letters to churches, Paul identifies himself as either an apostle or a servant of the Lord Jesus. Here, he is simply “Paul,” writing with Silvanus and Timothy. Silvanus is the Latinized version of the name Silas, so this is Paul, Silas, and Timothy, the three men who were the initiators of Christianity in th…

Sermon Recap for October 13

Here is what you’ll find: there is an audio player with the sermon audios built-in to it, just click to find the one you want. You’ll also find the embedded Youtube videos of each 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/user/dheagle93Sermons are stockpiled here: http://www.doughibbard.com/search/label/SermonsNote: Sunday Night includes the opening Q/A session that we do on Sunday evenings. Some nights I don’t post it, but I think I remembered to repeat the questions well enough for it to make sense.

Sermon Recap for October 6

Here is what you’ll find: there is an audio player with the sermon audios built-in to it, just click to find the one you want. You’ll also find the embedded Youtube videos of each 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/user/dheagle93Sermons are stockpiled here: http://www.doughibbard.com/search/label/Sermons

Sermon Recap for September 22 2019

Here is what you’ll find: there is an audio player with the sermon audios built-in to it, just click to find the one you want. You’ll also find the embedded Youtube videos of each 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/user/dheagle93Sermons are stockpiled here: http://www.doughibbard.com/search/label/SermonsMorning Sermon: 2 Kings 3Evening Sermon

Sermon Recap for September 15

Looks like I’m running behind this week. Here is what you’ll find: there is an audio player with the sermon audios built-in to it, just click to find the one you want. You’ll also find the embedded Youtube videos of each 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/user/dheagle93Sermons are stockpiled here: http://www.doughibbard.com/search/label/Sermons

Context: Where does this fit in the Big Picture of God's Glory?Passing of Ahab, moving toward the handoff from Elijah to ElishaThere’s our friend, the Mesha Stele, celebrating the rebellion of Moab...Baal-zebub; Beelzebub; Lord of the FliesOverview: What's going on here?FIRE FROM HEAVEN, SUCKERS!Ahaziah does a bad thing.Then he does a dumb thing.Then, he sends soldiers to do an awful t…

Book: Trinity without Hierarchy

Today's book is Trinity without Hierarchy, from Kregel Academic. It’s edited by Michael F. Bird and Scott Harrower, both of Ridley College in Melbourne, Australia. No, there is not an audiobook of the whole thing done in Australian accents. Sorry.This is a theology book. It does not have a great over-arching narrative or passionate character development. Why? Because it’s a theology book. It does have a relevant backstory: theology debates, even within the bounds of orthodoxy, tend to go in cycles. One of the current cycles of debate relates to the Trinity and the interrelationship between the Father and the Son. (We’re not really on the Filioque Controversy and the Spirit right now.) It’s connected, by argument, to the ongoing discussion of family relationships, specifically the relationship between husband and wife.For those of you who do not keep up, and I don’t blame you for being one of those folks, there is a position which advocates that a wife’s submission to her husband i…

From a Solid Point: Jude

In Summary:
Jude. We’re in the ‘short letter’ section of the New Testament, though that’s not exactly how the Church initially classified these. Instead, these are counted among the “Catholic” or “General” Epistles, accepted as letters written to the Church-at-large, contrasted with the letters Paul wrote to specific churches or people.

The thrust of Jude is not all that different from 1 or 2 John, or Galatians, or several other portions of the Bible: correction of false teaching, including warning the church about false teachers. It was a recurring theme even in the era of the New Testament Church: False Teachers will show up. That’s something we tend to neglect when we pine for those supposed halcyon days of the Early Church. It had life-threatening persecution, family-splitting religious changes, AND false teachers.

It’s important to note that, while it seems much of Jude is condemning people who live wickedly, it is expressly targeted at those who have abandoned the Lord Jesus Chr…

Sermon Recap: September 8

Here is what you’ll find: there is an audio player with the sermon audios built-in to it, just click to find the one you want. You’ll also find the embedded Youtube videos of each 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/user/dheagle93Sermons are stockpiled here: http://www.doughibbard.com/search/label/Sermons

Sermon Recap September 1

Good morning! Here’s yesterday’s sermon—we didn’t have evening service because we wanted to provide folks time to enjoy the longer weekend.Here is what you’ll find: there is an audio player with the sermon audios built-in to it, just click to find the one you want. You’ll also find the embedded Youtube videos of each 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/user/dheagle93Sermons are stockpiled here: http://www.doughibbard.com/search/label/Sermons

Book: Into His Presence

And…I’m back in the book review business. I have let the blog basically go to see for the past year or so, and as a result have actually slipped up on some reviews that I owed—which I hope to fulfill, even if I’m now no longer in those review programs—and left several review programs due to lack of time and interest. Fortunately, my collapse coincided with a hiatus on the part of Kregel Academic and Ministry’s blog review program, so I didn’t lose my opportunity to write for them. I have yet to encounter a bad Kregel Academic work, so I am quite happy about this.

Today, we’ll take a look at my review copy of Into His Presence: A Theology of Intimacy with God by Tim Anderson. (The link will take you to Kregel’s page where you can read an excerpt, order the book, or see other reviews on Goodreads.) Anderson is a professor at Corban University, where he teaches theology and biblical studies. He also, as many theology professors do in the evangelical traditions, serves in various ministr…

Gatekeepers: 3 John

In Summary:
3 John is another short book in Scripture. In fact, at a little over 200 words in the original Greek, it’s the shortest book in the whole Bible. (You can compare Greek-to-Greek by using the Septuagint.)

One of the great things about Scripture, though, is every word is valuable, and every word is given by God with a purpose. So, even the short 3 John has value. We see a couple of points in summary:

First, John writes to a friend, opening with his concern for Gaius’ own health and prosperity. There is no reason to get carried away with “prosperity” in 3 John 3, as it can simply mean the overall meeting of needs and provision for life. And, it’s linked to the prosperity of his soul—the focus is on the relationship with Jesus not on material.

Second, John keeps his eyes on the importance of walking in the truth. Realize that this is the same pen that wrote “God is love” in 1 John 4:8, so John is not short on acknowledging the love of God.

But he sees that love as inseparable f…

Sermon Recap for August 25

Here is what you’ll find: there is an audio player with the sermon audios built-in to it, just click to find the one you want. You’ll also find the embedded Youtube videos of each 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/user/dheagle93Sermons are stockpiled here: http://www.doughibbard.com/search/label/Sermons

For the Sake of the Truth: 2 John

In Summary:

Well, we’ve hit a book that is just one chapter, so the summary will have to introduce the book and knock out the whole chapter in one fell swoop. Which should be easy, though it is not uncommon to write about 2 John and use more words than the whole of 2 John contains. In fact, take a minute and go read 2 John. I’ll be here when you get back in 5 minutes.

This letter, like four of John’s writings, is technically anonymous. It is written from “The Elder” and addressed to “The Chosen Lady.” How do we get “John the Apostle” (also, traditionally called “John the Evangelist,” as the author of the Gospel, or Evangel) from “The Elder”? Well, that’s a good question, dear reader, and it takes some examination. At this point, some 1900 years after the writing of 2 John, we can start as taking this as received tradition. When you look at it from that perspective, it’s like a replay of a football call: you accept what has been said, unless you find clear and convincing evidence to ov…

Sermon Recap for August 18, 2019

Here is what you'll find: there is an audio player with the sermon audios built-in to it, just click to find the one you want. You'll also find the embedded Youtube videos of each 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/user/dheagle93Sermons are stockpiled here: http://www.doughibbard.com/search/label/SermonsThanks!Doug

A Conquered World: 1 John 5

In Summary:

It’s taken me a long time to finish 1 John. Which is, honestly, somewhat odd because I’ve preached through 1 John several times and greatly enjoyed it. I do not remember who first suggested it, but I remember being advised that the best place to point a new believer in the Bible was to 1 John. Through these five short chapters, one can gather a background in the basics of Christian belief, the person of Jesus, and the way of walking with Him.

That being said, let us take a look at this last chapter.  John presents his closing arguments to the church. He is writing, per 1 John 5:13, to help them have confidence in the eternal life that comes through Christ. But that eternal life is not a “later-on” thing which holds no import in the current day. Instead, the beliefs underpin a changed life now. It starts with loving God, which is demonstrated by keeping his commands (1 John 5:3) but then goes on to “conquer the world,” (1 John 5:4). Conquest would be something clearly under…

Sermon Recap for August 4 2019

Here is what you'll find: there is an audio player with the sermon audios built-in to it, just click to find the one you want. You'll also find the embedded Youtube videos of each 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/user/dheagle93Sermons are stockpiled here: http://www.doughibbard.com/search/label/SermonsThanks!(There’s only video for the evening sermon because somebody named Doug left the audio recorder data card on his desk instead of taking it back to church.)

Sermon Recap for July 29

Here is what you'll find: there is an audio player with the sermon audios built-in to it, just click to find the one you want. You'll also find the embedded Youtube videos of each 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/user/dheagle93Sermons are stockpiled here: http://www.doughibbard.com/search/label/SermonsThanks!


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Sermon Recap for July 21

Here is what you'll find: there is an audio player with the sermon audios built-in to it, just click to find the one you want. You'll also find the embedded Youtube videos of each 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/user/dheagle93Sermons are stockpiled here: http://www.doughibbard.com/search/label/SermonsThanks!

Sermon Recap for July 14

Well, we had a pretty raging party for Bastille Day, so I didn’t get the sermon recaps posted Monday. Here they are.
Here is what you'll find: there is an audio player with the sermon audios built-in to it, just click to find the one you want. You'll also find the embedded Youtube videos of each 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/user/dheagle93Sermons are stockpiled here: http://www.doughibbard.com/search/label/SermonsThanks!Audio Player:

Beloveds: 1 John 4

Dear readers: yes, it’s a blog post from Doug. You may have forgotten you subscribed, but I hope you’ll stick around.In Summary:
It’s amazing, really, how much John packs into this chapter as we look at 1 John 4. He opens with the need to test the “spirits,” moves through the spirit of the antichrist, and then passes through to the importance of love for the family of God. It’s a well-packed chapter. 1 John has five of those, honestly, which make it one of the better “read this first!” sections of the New Testament. In fact, that’s usually my guidance to a new believer: start with 1 John. The Gospels give us the events of the life of Christ, the miracles and teachings that are key to understanding who Jesus is. 1 John, though, distills much of the Gospel and has deep truth for the long-time disciple of Jesus while still presenting great first step points for the new disciples.The chapter breaks down into three major sections, each one opening with John’s preferred address for the chur…

Sermon Recap for June

Well, folks, it’s been a few weeks since I’ve had the time to actually get this together on the blog. Keep in mind that the video channel has any sermons you may have missed and the audio player will just keep on going back as far as we have records.Thanks!Doug

Sermon Recap May 13

Here is what you'll find: there is an audio player with the sermon audios built-in to it, just click to find the one you want. You'll also find the embedded Youtube videos of each 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/user/dheagle93Sermons are stockpiled here: http://www.doughibbard.com/search/label/SermonsThanks!

Sermon Recap for April 21

Here is what you'll find: there is an audio player with the sermon audios built-in to it, just click to find the one you want. You'll also find the embedded Youtube videos of each 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/user/dheagle93Sermons are stockpiled here: http://www.doughibbard.com/search/label/SermonsThanks!It was Easter Sunday, so we had morning service and then encouraged family time in the evening.

Easter Sunday 2019Easter Sunday 2019Doug Hibbard / GeneralMark 15:33–38
Context
Mark 15:33–38 CSB
When it was noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. And at three Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lemá sabachtháni?” which is translated, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me…

Sermon Recap for April 14

Here is what you'll find: there is an audio player with the sermon audios built-in to it, just click to find the one you want. You'll also find the embedded Youtube videos of each 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/user/dheagle93Sermons are stockpiled here: http://www.doughibbard.com/search/label/SermonsThanks!
Fronds in Low PlacesFronds in Low PlacesDoug Hibbard / General
Context
Mark 11:8–11 CSB
Many people spread their clothes on the road, and others spread leafy branches cut from the fields. Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted: Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest heaven! He went into Jerusalem and into the t…

Sermon Recap for March 31

Here is what you'll find: there is an audio player with the sermon audios built-in to it, just click to find the one you want. You'll also find the embedded Youtube videos of each 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/user/dheagle93Sermons are stockpiled here: http://www.doughibbard.com/search/label/SermonsThanks!
Wet Feet: Joshua 3Wet Feet: Joshua 3Doug Hibbard / GeneralJoshua 3; Joshua 1
Context:
Book of Joshua
Probably 1400 BC (Give or take a few)
Joshua has been “Moses’ aide”

Overview
The People of Israel need to Cross the Jordan River
Joshua is new leader
Joshua 1 contains this command:
Joshua 1:8 CSB
This book of instruction must not depart from your mouth; you are to meditate on it day and night so that you may careful…

March 24 Sermon Recap

Here is what you'll find: there is an audio player with the sermon audios built-in to it, just click to find the one you want. You'll also find the embedded Youtube videos of each 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/user/dheagle93Sermons are stockpiled here: http://www.doughibbard.com/search/label/SermonsThanks!

Sermon Recap from March 17

Here is what you'll find: there is an audio player with the sermon audios built-in to it, just click to find the one you want. You'll also find the embedded Youtube videos of each 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/user/dheagle93Sermons are stockpiled here: http://www.doughibbard.com/search/label/SermonsThanks!

Sermon Recaps for a while

So, with several other things going on, I haven’t been too adept at getting the sermons posted to the web. Plus, I think I’ve tweaked a setting somewhere that now auto-posts them to the church website and was hammering the site. I think I have that fixed.We continue to search at East End Baptist for a music leader, so I’d appreciate it if you would pray for us in that search. Here are the sermons:Here is what you'll find: there is an audio player with the sermon audios built-in to it, just click to find the one you want. You'll also find the embedded Youtube videos of each 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/user/dheagle93Sermons are stockpiled here: http://www.doughibbard.com/search/label/SermonsThanks!

Sermon Recap for February 17 AM

Here is what you'll find: there is an audio player with the sermon audios built-in to it, just click to find the one you want. You'll also find the embedded Youtube videos of each 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/user/dheagle93Sermons are stockpiled here: http://www.doughibbard.com/search/label/SermonsThanks!Here’s a link to the outline.Here’s a link to a funny.

Sermon Recap for February 10

Here is what you'll find: there is an audio player with the sermon audios built-in to it, just click to find the one you want. You'll also find the embedded Youtube videos of each 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/user/dheagle93Sermons are stockpiled here: http://www.doughibbard.com/search/label/SermonsThanks!(Note: We observed the Lord’s Supper in the evening and it didn’t lend itself to video this time.)
Outline: Exodus 32 and Exodus 33Context:After the Golden CalfGod has relented from destructionOverview:God is about to send the people onwardwithout HimReflection: If the Presence of God is not There: DON’T GO!If a leader is not in the presence of God
Do not FOLLOW!If you are willing to go without God....be prepared fo…

Sermon Recaps for January and February 3

Well, it looks like I slipped up and didn’t get the summary post on sermon recaps. Sorry about that.A quick note from February 3 PM: a couple of people have noted that the healing of the blind man in Bethsaida from Mark 8 fits in between a couple of moments where the disciples were seeing some truths, but not seeing clearly. Looking at that, the meaning behind the partial healing could be reflected in the way the disciples are: seeing some, but not really getting it.That is a good way to explore Scripture: look at the wider context, what’s before it, what’s after it, and see how it affects your understanding. I remain hesitant to assign a meaning to a healing that is not explicitly stated, but that is a plausible idea.Here is what you'll find: there is an audio player with the sermon audios built-in to it, just click to find the one you want. You'll also find the embedded Youtube videos of each sermon.If you'd like, you can subscribe to the audio feed here: https://itunes.…

Because of Love: 1 John 3

In Summary:
John continues to emphasize the love of God for the church. Realize that this is John’s primary theme throughout 1 John: the actions of God are driven by His love. Why would this matter to John or the church in that era?

It matters because this is ultimate contrast between Christianity and the religions of the day, as well as the primary contrast between Christianity and the Judaism it formed from: God acts because of His own love for His creation. Greek and Roman myths, native and traditional religions, all had various gods and deities that operated for their purposes. Some acted on their truth, some acted on their love, some acted out of spite for the other gods in the pantheon!

But there were no major gods and goddesses that acted out of self-giving love. An all-powerful Deity that willing gave to those who, honestly, could not give anything back to Him? That was beyond comprehension. Every god of the age needed something back from his or her worshipers, even if it was …

Sermon Recap for January 6

Sunday night we did questions/answers and I haven’t separated the video yet into a coherent form, so here’s the morning!Here is what you'll find: there is an audio player with the sermon audios built-in to it, just click to find the one you want. You'll also find the embedded Youtube videos of each 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/user/dheagle93Sermons are stockpiled here: http://www.doughibbard.com/search/label/SermonsThanks!
ContextAfter the burning bush, Moses has gone to Egypt and to Pharaoh...And nothing has happened.We got here from the oppression in Chapter 1/2 and the life of Moses in 3/4Written in Pentateuch, Moses author, language of record is Hebrew (Ancient, not Modern)Date of events is debated---possibly 15…