We all have times of reflection. Especially in tragedies or difficulties, we are confronted with our circumstances and reflect. David had a moment like this in a place he never should have been – the land of the Philistines. In the life of David series, I come to an epoch moment for David. He went to war against the will of God, almost went to war against his own nation, and now he has lost his family. In such times of tragedy, my prayer is that we could all react as David did.
In this message Brother Luke continues a series on the basics of our beliefs. Having begun with the authority of God’s word and continued with the sovereignty of God, now this message focuses on the depravity of man. When Adam sinned in the garden, did he become mostly good with a little bit of bad within? Or did he become mostly bad with a little bit of good in him? Brother Luke addresses these questions and others in this message.
In this message, I look at the 2nd thing that kept David focused during times of great distress. As he was continually pursued by Saul and betrayed by his own kin, David focused on his faith in God and worshipping the Lord. In this broken world where we are continually harassed and pursued by Satan, we can experience victory in these two things just like David did.
One of the major hurdles to overcome in understanding salvation by grace, is the sovereignty of God. God’s children usually agree that God is sovereign in general terms. But when we get into the details of His sovereign authority to choose whomever He will to receive salvation, this is when it becomes more difficult to digest. In this message, Brother Luke looks at the truth of God’s sovereignty in salvation.
In the Life of David series, I come to the 19th recorded time that Saul tried to destroy David. How could a person make it through that much trauma? It is likely that 10 years have now passed since David faced off with Goliath. In this message, I begin to look at what enabled David to make it through such troubled times.
What is the basis for our beliefs? Some use their experience, or feelings, or science – the list can go on. If we let the word of God be the authority on which we base our beliefs, it is life changing. In this message, Brother Luke begins a series on what we believe. And the starting point for our beliefs must be the authority of God’s word.
In the life of David series, we come to the death of 2 great men, who were great for very different reasons. I Samuel 25 opens with the death of the great man Samuel – last of the Judges, arguably one of the greatest prophets in the Old Testament. The chapter closes with the death of another great man – Nabal. But Nabal was only great in the sense that he had many possessions, many cattle and much land. As a person, Nabal wicked and cruel. In this message, I look at how David’s life intertwined with these 2 men.
Forbearance is not a common word today. For the child of God, it should be. Forbearance means to hold back, or to put up with. The opposite of forbearance is to express intolerance towards another. In a time when churches seem to be crumbling everywhere, Brother Luke preaches a needed message about how we should practice forbearance, for the sake of peace and to glorify our Lord.
In the life of David series, I come to an amazing account of providence. Urged on by his own men to kill Saul, David is faced with getting ahead of God’s will, and possibly committing a horrible crime. Instead, David chooses to stand on the promises of God and overcome evil with good. This is a pattern for all of God’s children to follow.
Sometimes encouragement comes from the most unusual sources. David experienced that firsthand while he was on the run from Saul. In this message, I look at how Saul’s own son Jonathan, came to encourage David. It took great effort and personal risk for Jonathan to do this, and we should follow this kind of example in how we encourage each other.
The word “gospel” means good news. A great majority of the tactics used in the religious world are scare tactics. But that is not good news. The gospel should never be something that strikes fear in the heart of a child of God but should be good news. In this message, Brother Luke warns about such scare tactics.
There are decrees of God that no power can prevent. But there are countless possibilities that we all face when making decisions in our lives, and God knows them all. Thankfully our eternal salvation is a not a possibility, but a reality. As God’s children, we should be seeking the best possibilities for our lives. David experienced this when he was on the run from Saul. The sovereignty of God doesn’t just encompass the things that do happen, but all of the possibilities that could happen. This should enable us to have a more magnified view of God.
If I told you the dumbest thing I had ever done was smarter than the smartest thing you ever did – you would feel insulted. But God’s word tells us that the foolishness of God is wiser than the wisdom of men. And if God’s “foolishness” is wiser than the wisest man, wouldn’t it be better to listen to God? In this message, Brother Luke shows how doing things God’s way is better than anyone else’s way, including our own.
David the king goes from running scared and acting like a madman, to hiding in a cave and eventually a forest. In both instances we find David penning beautiful, Holy Spirit-inspired psalms of praise. He was literally hiding, but he was also hiding in the praises of God. This is a lesson for us when we are running scared. The Lord is always praiseworthy, and we can hide in His praises no matter our circumstance.
Lord Lead Me On
O When Shall I See Jesus
When I Go Home
Cast Down But Not Destroyed
Day by Day
Where is Your Faith?
I’ll Fly Away
Who Am I?
Where the Soul Never Dies
Oh Christ He is the Fountain
How Great Thou Art
In the final message of the Anniversary meeting, Lic. Tim Lawrence, who is a member of Bethel PBC in Nashville, TN, preaches about God remembering us. We often forget things on a daily basis. We can even forget about the Lord at times. But it is comforting to know that the Lord will never forget us – He remembers His covenant and His children.
In the 2nd message of the anniversary meeting, Elder Danny Wisner, pastor of Irwinville PBC in Irwinville, GA, preaches a message about the 10 virgins in Matthew 25. Taking an often-misunderstood section of scripture, Bro. Danny brings out the clear teaching on this subject – that all of the 10 represent children of God.
We experienced a joyous time of worship recently in the Anniversary Meeting at Bethlehem. I wanted to share with you a selection of songs from the various song services during that time of festive celebration of our Lord and Savior.
The following is a link for the individual songs:
In the first message of the 2023 Anniversary meeting, Elder Adam Green, pastor of Old Union PBC near Hot Springs, AK, preaches about the good Samaritan. In a beautiful comparison, Brother Adam looks at how the good Samaritan is a picture of our Savior.
In part 2 of Praise from a Cave, I continue to look at the beautiful Psalm that David preached from a cave, following a close call with death. In the strangest of places and out of the deepest of despair, the Lord showed David that He was with David no matter where he went.
When we prevent ourselves from giving in to temptation, it keeps us from much suffering. But when we give in, we suffer. Thankfully that is not the end. The Lord extends great mercy to great sinners. In this message, Brother Luke concludes the series on prevent, suffer, and recover. He looks at 3 amazing examples where disciples made huge mistakes. Even though they thought God was through with them, His mercy proved otherwise.
In the next message on prevent, suffer, and recover, we see how we can suffer tremendous consequences as a result of not preventing sin. It would be much more honoring to God to suffer for serving the Lord, rather than for giving in to temptation. The cycle of preventing, suffering and recovering is something we all deal with. In this message, Brother Luke focuses on the suffering we experience for not preventing sin.
With a belly full of holy bread and traveling with a pack of lies, David the King took the weapon of his vanquished foe, then fled into the land of the enemy. He took refuge in the last place he should have ever considered. But like David, this is what we often do – we flee to the land of the enemy, thinking there is refuge there. In this message, I continue the series on the life of David.
If we are honest, we will find ourselves sometimes preventing the consequences of sin by listening to wise counsel, while at other times we fail to make good decisions and suffer the consequences of our sins. And even in those situations when we suffer, God’s mercy often spares us further suffering and we recover. To prevent, to suffer or to recover – this is an ongoing cycle we experience. In this message, Brother Luke focuses on the preventing part.
In the Life of David series, I look at David as he lies to the priest, eats the holy bread, and takes the sword of Goliath to defend himself. In a strange twist of irony, David somehow thinks that the sword of the vanquished giant, that did not protect Goliath from David’s stone, will now protect David! This is how we often think. We will quickly run to things of this world that are no protection for the child of God.
When a man and a woman are married, in God’s eyes they become one. This is a mystery, as they are still two separate people. But the Lord is able to create a unity that did not exist before. This is true for marriages, families and churches. In this message, Brother Luke looks at how the solitary are set in families – how we go from alone to united.
The providence of God in our lives is amazing. But we often miss it or even miss out on it, when we fail to recognize his power and His Presence. In this message, using the example of David, I speak about the providence of God and look at how it works in our lives.
The kingdom of God is mentioned over and over again in the New Testament. Most of the time it is referred to as something relative to here and now, and not exclusively heaven. In this message, Brother Luke relates how we are expected to press into the kingdom here and now.
David went from shepherd boy to anointed king, from nobody to somebody, from zero to hero. After the Lord blessed him, as the true king of Israel, to defeat Goliath, many pitfalls and snares came to him through his fame. I believe this a very timely today, when so many desire to be influencers and famous. This message is called “The Dangers of Fame.”
Some believe every event that happens, no matter how confusing or tragic it may be, is somehow the will of God. But does the Bible teach this? On the contrary, wicked acts and tragedies occur that are clearly contrary to the will of God. Certain decreed events, like the sacrifice of Christ, will occur without interference, but if we are honest with ourselves, we often find our daily walk in contradiction with God’s will. In this message, Brother Luke explains this subject, which impacts our daily fellowship with the Lord.
Through the years, much debate has occurred over what it means to “love your neighbor as yourself.” With the backdrop of Jonathan’s loyal friendship with King David, I explore the meaning of this subject.
Probably the most misunderstood verse in the Bible is Romans 8:28. The true meaning of this verse provides the greatest assurance a child of God can have. But it is not what the majority of God’s children understand it to mean. In this message, Brother Luke preaches on the true meaning of Romans 8:28.
The account of David and Goliath is one of the most well-known events in the Bible. There is an image in our minds of a shepherd boy facing off against a 10-foot-tall giant. David was probably closer to 18, but regardless, Goliath was a frightening opponent. In this message, I look at the reality of what was really going on that day when the great face-off occurred.
David’s life was an open book. As one of the most written about characters in the Bible, there is little that we do not know. In fact, we learn more about David’s early life than even Jesus. There are great lessons to learn from the life of David. In this message, I look at the early life of the solitary shepherd boy.
It is important how we see each other. All through the Bible, there are examples of seeing others incorrectly. The Lord always sees us in the right way, and we should strive to see each other as the Lord sees us. In this sermon, I look at the various ways that people viewed the blind man in John 9, including after he was healed. But Jesus saw him the right way.
When difficult times come, usually we call for help or aid from a lot of sources. But the Lord is so often the last one we call. The truth is, that we should call upon the Lord first, because He is the One most able to help us. In this message, Brother Luke looks at the subject, “Who Are You Going to Call?”
In this message, I look at the last article of faith. An old saying goes like this: “You saved the best for last.” There is no way to rank these truths, but in a way, this last article of faith may be considered as the best, just because it will happen at the last – at the end. Truly, the resurrection is the greatest hope we have. Here I look at our belief in the great culmination of all of time – the resurrection at the end of time.
In this message, Brother McNeil looks at examples in the scripture of how God comforts us in the midst of suffering. Life is filled with trouble and trials. Some of it we bring on ourselves, but when we suffer for serving the Lord, there is a comfort that the Lord brings to us, if we are looking to the God of all comfort.
In the fundamentals of the faith series, I come to the 2nd ordinance – The Lord’s Supper. In contrast to the public baptism of the Lord Jesus Christ, this 2nd ordinance was more private and intimate. After the conclusion of the Passover meal, Jesus implemented His own funeral festival – the sacred observance of his death, burial and resurrection.
Ecclesiastes 7:5 gives us good advice: It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools. The songs of fools are everywhere, and not just in the form of actual music and singing. In this message, Brother Luke teaches how we should resist listening to unwise counsel, which is a form of the song of fools.
In the ongoing fundamentals of the faith series, I look at Article 7 of Zion Primitive Baptist Church. This particular statement of faith has to do with baptism and the Lord’s Supper. In this message, I consider the foundational teaching of believer’s baptism.
To cast bread upon the water goes against nature. But the Lord commands this in Ecclesiastes, and it will yield a significant return if He blesses. The mystery of the kingdom of God often seems illogical, but our Lord often moves in ways that defy logic. In this message, McNeil Honea looks at the Lord’s spiritual investment strategy that was given to Solomon.
In “Christ the Pursuer”, I look at the way Christ pursued us, like a husband pursues his bride. The Lord set the ultimate example of pursuit, in His relentless push to save us from our sins and make us his Holy Bride. On a practical note, Christ set an example for young men today who are pursuing a spouse. In the social media world of texting and messaging, it is often confusing for young ladies to know the true intentions of suitor. Hopefully, there is direction for young men by looking to Christ the Pursuer.
Tests of discipleship are many and varied. From dry spiritual seasons to tragedies, from persecution to temptation – there are many ways we encounter tests of our commitment to the Lord. In this message, Brother Luke focuses on an often-overlooked test of discipleship – whether or not we embrace the doctrine of Christ.
If Charity were auctioned at an auction, would anyone bid for it? As one of the most valuable possessions any child of God could ever have, is there really any value placed on it today? In this message, Brother Luke looks at the price of charity.
In the final message on the taking a stand series, Brother Luke looks at the aftermath of Elijah’s greatest stand. From boldly standing up to the hundreds of prophets of Baal, to running away from Jezebel, Elijah teaches us great lessons about what it means to take a stand.
The word “reckon” in Romans 8:18 means “to take inventory”, like the inventory taken when someone dies. When it comes to suffering for serving our Lord, we should take inventory of our spiritual inheritance through Christ. When compared to the suffering we endure for serving him, they do not belong in the same category.
Shortly after Elijah took an amazing stand against hundreds of false prophets, we find him running from one woman – Jezebel. In this message, Brother Luke observes the astonishing way in which Elijah went from a literal mountain top experience, to running from Jezebel and having suicidal thoughts under a juniper tree.
Every word in the Bible is important and inspired by the Holy Spirit. There are no wasted words by the Lord. It is significant that the Lord tells us Ruth and Naomi arrived back in Bethlehem in the beginning of barley harvest. In this message, I look at why this was so important for them, and for us to understand even today.
Over 100 life application topics are covered in the book of Proverbs. There can be no doubt that God’s Word speaks to any issue we may encounter. In this message, I take a look at 2 dangerous people that we are warned about in the Proverbs – the evil man and the strange woman.
In the ongoing series on “taking a stand”, Brother Luke comes to the pivotal point in Elijah’s life that defined him as a prophet, who was not afraid to take a stand. In the great competition that took place before the king and all the nation, Elijah, hopelessly outnumbered, faces down the prophets of Baal in a showdown for the ages.
There are many spirits in the world. This does not just refer to demons and angels. At a football game there is the spirit of enthusiasm, or watching a movie can convey a spirit to a person, especially if it is a scary movie. When someone consumes too much alcohol, the spirit of the alcohol affects them. Basically, a spirit can be something that animates us. In this context, is the spirit that animates us good or bad? In this message, I take a look at what it means to try the spirits.
In the ongoing series on Elijah, Brother Luke Hagler presents the next message. In the coming storm the prophet would face, the Lord was equipping Elijah. Obadiah was one of the encouragers sent by the Lord to strengthen him. In the coming days, Elijah would need to remember this experience. Like Elijah, we often forget the encouragers the Lord sends our way.
It seems that one of the most confusing issues in Christendom, is the relationship between faith and the gospel. Does the gospel impart faith to a child of God when it is preached? Many believe this, but the scripture teaches something quite different. In this message, Brother Luke presents the Bible teaching about the connection between faith and the gospel.
In the Sunday morning message of the annual meeting, Michael Gowens presents “Returning to the Garden.” The creation of the world began with our fore-parents in a garden, where paradise was lost to all of mankind. And our eternal deliverance back to the paradise of heaven occurred in a garden, when Christ arose. Until we reach the garden city of heaven, there are ways in which we, by the grace of God, can return to the garden of the Lord.
In the last message of the day, Josh Coker presents the subject of suffering for the name of Christ. In order to suffer for serving God, a child of God must have a proper perspective of life. Jesus taught us to be of good cheer, even when mistreated. The only way we can do this is to understand that life is not about us, but about God’s glory.
In the afternoon service of the meeting, Michael Gowens presents 3 characteristics to look for when identifying a cult. This is a pressing need for God’s children to identify such groups, especially when they masquerade as Christ-based. The 3 identifying factors are 1) unaccountable leadership, 2) a mistaken view of who God is, and 3) false teaching about how we are saved.
In the 2nd message of the annual meeting, Michael Gowens presents an overview of the book of Acts. The first act reveals that Christ went up. The 2nd act shows the Spirit coming down. And the 3rd and final act sets forth the church going out to spread the truth.
In our present age, there is a great lack of direction, a lack of purpose for God’s children. When David arrived at the battlefield – where Goliath was blaspheming the name of God – he asked, is there not a cause? God’s people need a cause, and not just any cause, but a cause that is higher than themselves. People without purpose live without hope. In this message Josh Coker, pastor of Vestavia PBC, looks at the greatest cause a child of God can have.
In this message, I look at Article 6 of Zion PBC. This is one of the truths that draws a clear line from all other teachings. The new birth occurs to every single chosen child of God, but there is confusion on how it happens. Here I look at what the Bible teaches about it, which is what practically all Baptists embraced in years gone by! And if we embrace this truth about God’s sovereignty, one can only conclude that all glory belongs to God in the new birth!
In the ongoing series on taking a stand, Brother Luke looks at the next miraculous event in the life of Elijah the prophet. As Elijah experienced more and more of the provision of God in hostile and dangerous times, he collected more and more tools to use in the future. In this situation, Elijah would no doubt look back and remember the widow of Zarephath.
In the final message of the Minor Prophet series, I look at the last verses of the book of Malachi. The prophet used beautiful imagery to describe the rising of the Sun of righteousness with healing in his wings. The future sunrise of the Messiah pointed to the sun set on the old covenant.
This is a time of spiritual warfare. If we think we can sit on the sideline and watch as the war rages, we are kidding ourselves. The culture wars that are raging before our very eyes will affect us now or later. In this message, I look at the pressing need that is upon us as Christians to recognize the war, and to get into the fight.
In a recent message, I talked about how the things we say can offend others. In this message, I take a look at the brother offended – the one who has been hurt by the words or actions of another. The Lord provides clear and simple instruction about how to deal with being offended, and this is one of the tests of being a true disciple.
Continuing a series on taking a stand, Brother Luke looks in depth at the ministry of Elijah the prophet. In this message, he brings out the miraculous way that God sustained Elijah in a time of famine – an amazing providence that Elijah no doubt looked back on and remembered the ravens.
Can a man rob God? This is an interesting question posed by the last of the minor prophets, Malachi. While this is normally used in the sad context of those who would fleece the flock to give more money, the true context penetrates a deeper level than simply the giving of money. In this message, I take a look at the question Malachi asked.
A popular children’s saying goes like this: Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. This is a lie. In the time we live, we see words – especially online – that can have the effect of leading someone to tragically take their own life. In this message, I look at the wise old Proverbs to help us understand the tremendous impact of our words.
Now is the time in history when disciples of Christ must take a stand for truth. It is not the time to be silent, but in a loving, firm way, make the truth known in our lives and conversations. In this message, Brother Luke looks at how men and women through the years were able to take firm stands in the face of overwhelming political oppositions.
There are different challenges we can take in the Bible. These challenges have to do with how much we trust the Lord or not. In this message, I present the Bible Commitment Challenge, which is a guaranteed way to clear up our thinking.
One of the greatest accounts of the miracles of Christ is the feeding of the 5000. With very little money, a tiny amount of food, and no natural way to feed such a multitude, the Lord was not deterred. In this message, Brother McNeil Honea preaches about the ways in which the Lord even today feeds us in the wilderness that we encounter.
Sinners are going to sin. And sometimes sinners saved by grace will go off in directions that makes them appear as though they are not children of God. But the Lord has given us promises that cannot fail. In this message, Brother Luke brings the truth of God’s faithfulness to bear in the sad circumstance of wayward children of God.
When news is presented to us, there are multiple opinions given on how the news is to be interpreted. Most commonly we see a liberal or conservative take on the news. But when it comes to figuring out truth, whose opinion matters? In this message, Lic. McNeil Honea addresses this question.
In the next message on the minor prophets, I look at Malachi’s message to ministers. The Old Testament “minister” was the priest, who was given the charge of the spiritual welfare of the people. But God was not pleased with the way the ministry was handling itself. God’s message through Malachi to the ministry should ring true to the ministry today.
In last week’s message I spoke about the need for change in a child of God’s life. This week I take a look at how change works. There are 2 primary lessons taught about what change looks like – to renovate our thinking and to refresh our minds. In this message, I speak about how this plays out for us when we change.
A snare is a way to trap a small animal without the animal knowing it. As the noose of the snare tightens and the animal realizes it is trapped, it will struggle, which only tightens the noose of the snare. Satan is the great snare-layer for God’s people. In this message, Brother Luke takes a look at how we can become snared before we realize it.
Ever heard the phrase, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks?” Well, that phrase is not in the Bible. Young or old, born-again children of God need to change. It is not a one-time act, but an ongoing life of repentance – turning and changing from the course of sin we so often follow. In this message, I take a look at some examples of those who changed, or repented, from the way they were thinking and acting.
Is God a concept to us or can He actually be felt by us today? Is He relatable and touchable? Obviously, no one can put hands on Jesus like the Apostles could, but does that limit God to a mere concept? In this message, Brother Luke helps us to see that we can feel God, and He is not just a concept.
Many Christians ask questions of God, as if He is failing to do something for them. But the Lord has already taken care of all our needs by dying on the cross for our sins. In the days of Malachi the prophet, the people of Israel were asking similar inappropriate questions. In this message from the book of Malachi, I look at Malachi’s Monument to Mercy, which is God’s answer to the off-base questions they had about Him.
Music is everywhere. From gas station pumps to crowded restaurants, it seems our lives are set to music. Some say that music is just a personal preference and really has no impact. But the truth is God created music, so it belongs to Him. And we are kidding ourselves if we think music has no impact. In this message, I take a look at music from a Biblical view, and consider the impact music has on all of us – good or bad.
The Apostle Paul said that if there had been a law you could keep to get to heaven, it would have been the law given to Moses. But that was not the purpose of the law and there is no way to keep a law in order to go to heaven. Rather, we live under the law of life in Christ. In this message, Brother Luke explains how the only way to make it to heaven is by the Lord keeping the law for us.
The writer of Psalm 77 was overwhelmed with worry. In seeking God, he found no relief. But he continued to seek the Lord, and eventually found what he needed. If the Psalmist had stopped seeking, he would never have experienced the glory of the Lord and relief from his worry. In this message, I look at how we can all go from worry to wonder, just like the Psalmist.
In this message, I look at the prophecies of Jesus in the book of Zechariah. The prophecies are descriptive and graphic, and cover only about a 40-50 day time frame in the life of Jesus. One could almost consider portions of Zechariah as the “5th” gospel. I call this message “The Graphic Gospel of Zechariah.”
A benchmark is a point of reference. We often use benchmarks to assess and see where we are. In this message, Brother McNeil Honea speaks about “Spiritual Benchmarks,” as a way to assess our spiritual walk and see what out goals are and where we are.
It seemed hopeless and pointless for wealthy Joseph of Arimathea. The Christ was dead, and even though he had not consented to the wicked deeds of the Sanhedrin, there was nothing he could do now. But as he gazed upon the dead Messiah, hanging bloodied and lifeless on the cross – one burning thought came to his mind – how to get his hands on the dead body of Jesus. In this message, I look at the lengths he went to in order to get his hands on Jesus.
At the end of all things, Jesus will not discuss doctrine. This does not mean doctrine is not important, but when we arrive at the fulfillment of Matthew 25, everyone at that point will believe the same thing! Rather, Jesus will talk about events that occured during our lives that involved Him. Interestingly, at least 2 (and arguably 3) of the 6 things he speaks of, involve the table. In this message, I look at the important of “Kitchen Table Evangelism.”
When things are going good, we don’t usually give much thought about things going bad. But we should be preparing for bad times, when things are going good. In this message, Brother Luke looks at the great example of Asa, who fortified the defenses of the nation during a time of national peace.
In this message I continue to look at the 10 visions of Zechariah. The prophet was inundated with 10 visions in a single night. The theme of the visions continues to compare the city of Babylon with the city of God. And, as usual, the city of God ultimately prevails. I entitle this message “The Branch beats Babylon.”
With the powerful Egyptian army bearing down on them, positioned between two mountain ranges in a mouth-like gorge that opened onto the shore of the Red Sea, the children of Israel seemed to be in dire straits. But the Lord had placed them right where he wanted them, so he could spring his trap on Pharoah. In this message, I look at the ways we often find ourselves trapped, but the Lord provides a path that is unexpected.
We often feel alone, isolated, and like no one is on our side. The medicine to take when we feel this way is Psalm 124. In this message, Brother Luke expresses the comfort we can receive in knowing the Lord is on our side.
The Lord expects us to seek His guidance. How does that work? What does it look like? Is it just a warm, fuzzy feeling we may get about a decision? In a message entitled “Divine Guidance,” Brother Luke instructs about how this works for the child of God.
In the minor prophet series, I continue to look at Zechariah’s 10 visions. In a time of political and cultural turmoil, Zechariah’s visions from God were mysterious but encouraging, ominous yet enlightening. In this message I look at the 4th and 5th visions – the Brand and the Branch.
The men of Sodom gathered at the door of Lot and made demands. They were no different than the woke culture today. The main difference today is that Sodom is already inside our homes in the form of social media and television. If we are not aware of Sodom’s demands today, we have already given up the fight. In this message I look at a very clear, but somehow difficult subject for us to comprehend in our culture today.
Justification is a theme throughout the Bible. Job of old asked, “…how should man be just with God.?” To be just means to be innocent, and Solomon declared there is not a just man on the earth. In the articles of faith series, I take a look at the truth of how we are declared innocent, or justified, only by the work of Christ.
Scams are everywhere today. From emails to phone calls, many people suffer from scams daily. The original scam artist was Satan himself. In this message, Brother Luke preaches about the great scam artist and the strategies that Satan uses.
The next minor prophet I consider is Zechariah. He prophesied during the rebuilding of the temple, and his message is thick with Messianic foreshadowing. The title of this first message on the minor prophet is called “The Night Visions of Zechariah.”
In this message I look at origins, or, where we come from. In strong contrast with all other creation myths, the Hebrew creation account has a simplicity and confidence derived from a rugged monotheism (one God), as opposed to the polytheistic (many gods) legends of all other cultures. And perhaps the greatest origin myth is evolution, with the absence of any god. When we see the beauty and common sense of our true origin, we can come to no other conclusion than all glory to God.
This is a message that applies across the board to everyone. We all worry to some degree or another. Worry is a burden that can press us down into very dark places. But thankfully, our merciful Lord knows this, and has given us ample ways to deal with worry. In this message, Brother Luke presents healthy, Biblical ways to lighten the weight of worry.
In the fundamentals of the faith series, I take a look at the 3rd Article of Faith. Possibly the most controversial of all the articles, but without a doubt the most revealing of the heart of our merciful Lord, I consider the Bible truths of election and predestination. By using 2 notable examples, I trust that sinners saved by grace can understand why we must be chosen to be saved.
The Lord is a gift giver. As if the gift of eternal life through his Son was not enough, God gives more gifts. And every child of God has a gift. How are we using the gift God has given us? Do we even know the gift we have? In this message, Brother Luke preaches about gifts, and encourages us to recognize and use the gift we have from the Lord.
In the Christmas Day message, Brother Luke presents a stirring message of how the Lord is faithful to His promises. Abraham waiting over 25 years for the promised son. David waited around 15 years to take the throne promised to him. And the virgin Mary faced obstacle after obstacle in standing on the promise of salvation coming through the child she bore. But they waited – and God was faithful then to His promise, just as He is today to us.
As I continue to look at the articles of faith, I consider article 2, which declares that the Bible is inspired by God and the only rule of faith and practice for the church and our lives.
The faceoff between the armies of Israel and the Philistines in I Samuel 16 is a classic scene. A giant came out to defy God’s army and no man had the courage to face him. But David, a mere boy, accepted the challenge. He was faithful to the Lord. In this message, Brother Luke looks at this example and shows how the Super David – Jesus – was faithful to win the victory.
It is important to know how to rightly divide the word of God. To rightly divide means to interpret and understand passages of scripture in a way that does not take away, add to or subtract from the context and meaning. In this message, Brother Luke shows how this works as he looks at the subject of “Respect of Persons.”
This past Sunday, I began a new series entitled “The Fundamentals of the Faith.” Long ago when a church was formed, it would have a basic set of beliefs laid out to which all the founding members agreed. Sadly, this is often forgotten today. Bethlehem was established in 1901 as an extension from Zion church, established in 1847. In this first message, I look at the first article of faith of Zion – “The 3 in 1 God.”
In the Godly ladies and gentlemen series, I take a look at the greatest example of a Godly Man who has or ever will exist – the Man Christ Jesus. Specifically, I consider 4 interactions of Jesus with women, found in the gospel of John.
David was described as a man after God’s own heart. What does this mean and how does it impact men, young men and boys who are striving to be Godly. In this message, I take a look at the background and context of why David was referred to as a man after God’s own heart.
We have all heard the old question, “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” In this message, Brother Luke uses this old inquisitive adage to look at a timeless truth. The message is entitled, “The Bible Tells the Truth.”
There is much darkness in the world today. It can be hard to push back against the darkness. In this message, I examine the best way to push back against the darkness – by looking to the greatest Light that has ever existed. Are we looking at the Lord? Do we see Jesus?
In a timely message following the November elections, Brother Luke presents the reality of what revives a nation. To think we can merely cast a vote and cause change misses the point. Of course we should vote for people who line up with Biblical principles, but at the same time, true revival comes from repentance in our homes.
In the next message from Haggai, I take a look at what was going on during the rebuilding of the temple after the 70 years of captivity. In a direct fulfillment of God’s sovereign design, the little band of Jews were the right people in the right place, doing the right work for the right reasons.
It is not possible to treasure things, without putting our heart into those things, or being emotionally tied to them. It can be activities, status, people, accolades – the list is endless. In our materialistic society, we treasure so many things that let us down. But in treasuring spiritual things, the Lord will never let us down. In this message, I take a look at what it means to treasure things.
The Lord knows our motives. When Jesus fed the multitude in John 6, they sought him the next day only because their stomachs were growling. Jesus knew why they were there, and they were not sincerely seeking Him. In this message Brother Luke looks at the issue of our motives, and asks us the question, “Is your stomach growling?”
Abraham is described as the friend of God. What made him God’s friend? In this message, I take a look at what this means. Is it attainable by any child of God? Does it come with a price?
As we come to the minor prophet Haggai, it is quite a different situation than with the other minor prophets. Haggai’s prophecy follows the Babylonian captivity, after 70 years of exile in Babylon, after the thriving nations of Israel and Judah were completely destroyed by God. A small band of burdened believers brave the wilderness to accomplish God’s desire – to rebuild.
It only takes a moment to fall. When we put ourselves in certain positions, we are more prone to fall. Like David being at home when he should have been at the battle, or Peter spouting off before he took time to think about what he was saying – we can quickly make a place for temptation and the next thing you know we fall. In this message, Brother Luke looks at guarding against falling.
God created Adam to lead, but when he disobeyed God’s one command, he was cursed. Part of the curse involved what he was created to do. Now instead of Adam enjoying the blessing of why he was created, he was cursed by God to lead. This is the next sermon in the Godly Ladies and Gentlemen series.
In the Godly Ladies & Gentlemen series, I start at the beginning, literally, with the first man Adam. What did God create man to do? What was his purpose? In this message, we can see clearly that man was created to lead.
Cursing, or “cussin” as we say in the South, is everywhere. The Bible terminology is profanity, evil or corrupt communications. We have grown so accustomed to hearing or even speaking profanity until we may be numb to it. In this message, Brother Luke looks at the subject of profanity.
In the Godly Ladies and Gentlemen series, I begin to look at what the Bible teaches about Godly men and boys.
In the OT, the temple was a holy place. In the NT, the temple became a more localized place – the body of the child of God where the Holy Spirit in-dwells. Of course, the Lord has been in-dwelling His people for ages, but the gospel age ushered in an understanding of this like never before. And the new temple (our body) is to be a holy place. In this message, Brother Luke looks at what it means to keep our temples holy.
In the Ladies & Gentlemen series, I take up the subject of the great Shunemite woman of the OT. As one of the greatest women mentioned in scripture, what was it that made her so great? In this message I look at what was perhaps her greatest quality – she made room for the prophet of God.
Mephibosheth was the crippled son of Jonathan, and grandson to the ruined kingship of Saul. His name literally means “destroying shame”. Using this backdrop, Brother Luke brings out the beautiful lesson of how our covenant-keeping God destroys our shame.
In the Ladies & Gentlemen series, I continue to look at 1 Timothy 2, focusing on where Paul refers to “women professing godliness.” What does it look like to be a Godly woman?
When we speak of foolishness, it seems strange to mention God in the same sentence. But the Apostle Paul spoke of how the foolishness of God is wiser than men. In this message, Brother McNeil Honea preaches about how this is true.
The next minor prophet I consider is Zephaniah. He was the last of the pre-captivity prophets before the nation of God was finally disciplined into captivity for its rebellion.
Are there any Godly ladies and gentlemen left in the world? In a culture that celebrates the crude and rude, Biblical virtue in men and women is all but lost. In this message, I begin to look at the characteristics of Godly ladies and gentlemen – based on the Bible and not opinions of etiquette. In the nature of gentlemanliness, the first message is Ladies First.
The word of God has non-debatable issues that are crystal clear. Like homosexuality, adultery, fornication… but there are areas of Christian liberty that we must handle rightly and carefully. In this message, Brother Luke presents an accurate and God-honoring way to approach issues that may fall under Christian liberty.
In the next message on the God of the Festival series, I take a look at the concluding festival of the Jewish spring festive cycle, the Feast of the Pentecost. This final festival of spring still impacts us in a tremendous way today.
When a father first hears their child say “Daddy”, it has a unique, special meaning. But as years go by, those same children grow up and call upon their father as “Daddy” again and again. As years go by, being called Dad again and again loses the effect that it had the very first time. We grow dull of hearing and forget how special it was. In this message, Brother Luke exhorts us to never forget the uniqueness of the mercy of God.
The man who repented in Matthew 12 did not follow through to ensure his repentance. He went to dry places, or a desert, to find water and nourishment. Because he went to dry places, he wound up in a worst state than before. It is important that God’s children understand what spiritually dry places are. In this message, I take a look at dry places.
In the parable of the sower, one of the areas considered is stony places. In this message, Brother Neil Honea examines how we may find ourselves in stony places, tripping and stumbling over things that can get in the way of serving our Lord.
I continue in the minor prophet series by looking at the book of Habakkuk. Although it is a short book, Habakkuk is filled with glorious truth. The title of this sermon is not a misprint, but it is “The Wonder Wonder of God,” based on God’s statement in Habakkuk 1:5.
In this message, I look at Proverbs 27:11-12. Here we find a life-game of hide and seek, where the child of God is cautioned to hide from the evil throughout their life, and seek that which promotes the glory of God.
If a child of God is willing to follow the Lord in discipleship, there is no doubt he or she will encounter suffering. This seems to be a strange selling point – Come follow the Lord and suffer. And yet, we are guaranteed to experience greater things with the Lord when we lay down our comforts to follow him. In this message, Brother Luke looks at greater things we will experience.
In an interesting irony, we find that Proverbs 27:4 is the anti-type of I Corinthians 13:13. Just as charity is the greatest of 3 (faith, hope, charity), so envy is also the greatest of 3 (wrath, anger, envy). In this message, I take a look at the terrible effect of envy, or jealousy, as we more often call it.
Years after Jonah angrily wished for the doom of Nineveh, it finally happened. Nahum is the next minor prophet I look at and it is startling how he prophesied of the specifics of the final destruction of a world power. Where is Nineveh today?
In the God of the Festival series, I take a look at the next Jewish feast that occurred in the spring – the Feast of the Firstfruits. Set within the feast of unleavened bread week, the feast of firstfruits is yet another great and glorious foreshadowing of the ultimate Firstfruit that was to come – the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Lord is not only able to do what we ask in prayer, He is also able to do things that go beyond what we think or ask. This defies logic, but He can and sometimes does go beyond what our minds can comprehend. In this message, Brother Luke looks at the meaning of Ephesians 3:20.
In Luke 15, the Lord gives an account of the woman who lost one of her coins. She rejoiced when she found it and called her friends to celebrate. What are our lost coins that we rejoice when we find? In this message, Brother McNeil Honea delivers a message about the lost coins.
In the minor prophet series, we come to the book of Micah. Laced with beautiful Messianic prophecies, 700 or so years before the Christ, Micah follows the pattern of the other minor prophets. There are warnings to a dying society, and the Lord gives glorious hope of a brighter future.
In the spring festival calendar of Israel, on the heels of the Passover feast was the feast of unleavened bread. In the next message in the God of the Festival series, I take a look at the week-long celebration known as the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
The next message in the God of the Festival series is Passover. Perhaps the most significant, but at least the festival that initiates the spring festival season, the Passover holy day is important to understand. In this sermon, I take a look at the meaning of the Passover.
As a recap of the messages on the minor prophet Jonah, I looked at Jonah going to whale school, Jonah’s diploma, or graduation from whale school, then Jonah goes to work. In this final message on Jonah, I look at the last tragic event recorded in the stubborn prophet’s life – Jonah Goes to Worm School.
When we plant and tend a garden, we expect it to grow. And so the Lord expects His children, who have been touched by His grace, to grow. As the garden of the Lord, the people of God should be flourishing and producing fruit. In this message, Bro. Luke speaks about growing as plants in the Lord’s garden.
In order for the testimony of a witness to have any credibility, that witness must be trustworthy. This has to do with how the person conducts themselves. For the Christian, to profess they are a witness to our Lord, then live in a way that doesn’t reflect Jesus, is to lose all credibility as a witness for Christ. In this message, Brother Luke explains how we can be better witnesses for the Lord.
Each spring around graduation time, I try to bring a message that ties into our young people who are graduating from high school or college. I recently lost my high school coach to ALS, and in this message, entitled “How to Lift Weights”, I pay tribute to a great, Godly coach who never let a curse word fly, as well as honoring an even Greater Man, the Lord Christ Jesus who has taught us how to handle the burdens of life.
In the minor prophet series, I continue to look at the tragic case of Jonah. Following his harrowing experience in whale school, Jonah graduated and, in this message, I take up the subject of Jonah going to work.
In the God of the Festival series, I come to the weekly festival, or holy-day, that our festive God built into the Jewish calendar. Every Saturday, or sabbath, was the weekly holiday the Lord established in the Old Testament for the Jews. In this message, I look at the times when Jesus observed His own sabbath, and the reactions that occurred.
Before the world was formed, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit existed in perfect love and unity. There was no dissension, interruption or sin to mar this Existence. Yet when He created man, God’s perfect love somehow reached out to touch ruined sinners who mess up everything they touch. In this message, I take a look at how Christ’s perfect love extends to unworthy, hell-deserving sinners.
Our God is a festive God. He enjoys holy-days and festivals. He implemented many feasts, or times of holiday and celebration into the law. In this message, I begin a series that looks at our God of festive joy – our God of the festival.
In much of religion today there is a focus on “Look what I have done.” This is the opposite of what the Lord desires, which is for us to “Look at what HE has done.” In this message, Brother Luke preaches about a famous person who decided to focus on what he had done, and he wound up nothing more than a stump.
Do we sometimes find that Jesus gets in our way? When serving the Lord is not convenient, or doesn’t fit in with our own plans? In this message, I take a look at the great blessings we experience when, instead of Jesus getting in our way, we actually walk in the way with Jesus.
Assurance is a great blessing. For the child of God there is great comfort in the promises from our Lord. And there is a special experience of assurance for the child of God in walking in obedience. In this message, Brother Luke preaches about this experience of assurance.
The book of Philemon records incredible lessons about forgiveness and love. In this message, Brother Luke Hagler shares an insightful exposition of Philemon, that not only teaches the history of the book, but also how it applies to us today.
Life is like a hallway filled with doors. Each door represents the choices we make. Which door do we choose to enter? Behind each door is success or failure, happiness or sadness, rejoicing or regret. In this message, Brother Luke preaches on how we can make Godly decisions in choosing which doors we enter.
Personal evangelism should be an undercurrent of our lives as disciples. In light of the decline of so many churches today, this is of the utmost importance. There is a clear pattern in the book of Acts on how personal evangelism works. God’s people gather, then they scatter, and when they scatter, they go about gathering other children of God.
In the 2nd message from Jonah, the stubborn prophet graduates from whale school. Jonah’s diploma was a hard degree to earn, and he went through much affliction while he was in the belly of the whale. May we learn the lesson from Jonah, and not have to endure the harsh education he went through because of his pride.
The book of Isaiah gives 3 primary descriptions of the future Messiah. A coming King and a warring Conqueror were easy for the Israelites to identify with, but stuck in the middle was a shadowy, mysterious figure, known as the suffering Servant. Set in stark contrast to a King and Conqueror, the suffering Servant is presented in the form of a song. In this message, I look at the Song of the Suffering Servant of Isaiah.
On the Sunday morning of the annual meeting, Elder Derrick Kitchens brings the final message of the meeting. Entitled “Doing It God’s Way,” Brother Derrick makes the point of how doing things God’s way may not be the easiest way, but it is the best way.
In the final message of the Saturday meeting, Brother Shannon caps it off with a sermon on joy. While running the Christian race, we face many trials, but like Jesus, we can look to the joy that is set before us.
In the afternoon service, Elder Charles Kitchens preaches about truth. Living in modern times, it seems few are concerned about truth, or it may be that one person’s “truth” is different from another’s. It is comforting to know that God is truth, and He never deviates or changes.
In the final message of the morning, Elder Charles Kitchens continues the theme of the Christian race. In order to run a race, we must have patience, and in this sermon Brother Charles focuses on how we can gain and exercise patience.
In the 2nd message of the morning service, Elder Shannon Whipp brings a timely message on how we are running a spiritual race. Though sins can weigh us down, understanding how to train and run the race is the key for the child of God.
In the 1st of the sermons preached at our annual meeting in May, Elder Derrick Kitchens preaches on a topic that may be the hardest for all of us to do – seek ye first the kingdom of God.
In the series on the Minor Prophets, I come to the next minor prophet, who is probably the most well-known. The book of Jonah is only 4 chapters, but is packed with great lessons for us today, as well as one of the most direct references made by Jesus regarding His resurrection.
One of the most well-known verses in the Bible is Mt.7:1. This is the “Judge not” verse. It is often used as a shield to prevent others from passing judgment on sin a person is committing, but the true meaning is much, much different. In this message, I take a look at this verse.
In the final message of a series preached by Brother Luke, he continues to look at the ways in which we experience being saved here and now, but not in an eternal way. Here he takes up the subject of how baptism saves us now, and how that is distinct from Jesus saving us eternally.
The title of this message is “Kiss the Son”, which comes from Psalm 2. This is not a romantic image, but refers to kings, queens, rulers, dictators, and government leaders of the world paying respect to the King of kings, Jesus Christ. In this message, I look at some non-traditional kings of the earth who have foolishly attempted to cast God out of their kingdoms.
As I continue the Minor Prophet series, in this message I take up the book of Obadiah. Although it is one of the shortest books in the Bible, this prophet carries a significant message.
In continuing a series on timely salvation, Brother Luke brings the last message on what is probably the most misunderstood way in which confession saves us. Romans10 is often referred to as the Roman road of salvation, and this is true, but it is not in an eternal way. In this sermon, Brother Luke looks at the true way in which Romans 10 confession saves us.
In the 2nd message on suffering, I take a look at the transforming power of suffering. Instead of blaming God when we suffer for serving Him, we should rely on the Lord even more Who will see us through such times. This is another sermon in the “Lost Truth” series.
The 4th Sunday in March of 2022 marked the 20th year of serving as pastor to the dear saints at Bethlehem. Here is the message preached from that Sunday.
Here is a sermon I wanted to share from way back in 2005. The well-known idea of “accepting Christ as your personal Savior” has been popular for a long time. But when we look at whether or not this is in the Bible, we may be shocked. I hope you enjoy this message that looks at the difference between accept and receive, and traces the origin of another spiritual urban legend.
In the Minor Prophet series, I look at the interesting prophet Amos, who was a shepherd, a fig picker, an unrefined and rugged man. Amos is yet another proof of how the Lord in His sovereignty can use anyone He chooses as His tool.
There are different types of suffering – suffering for making bad decisions, suffering from natural disasters, etc. But there is one unique category of suffering that we have truly lost sight of, and that is suffering for serving Christ. In the lost truth series, I look at what this means in part 1 of Suffering for Serving the Lord.
In the lost truth series, I consider what is arguably the most significant lost truth of our time. As so many are searching for a “seeker friendly” church, the truth of Who the “Seeker” actually is, has been lost.
The prophet Joel is referred to in some important places in the NT. Who was Joel? What did he write? In this message in the “Minor Prophet Series”, I take a look at this prophet.
Here is a great message preached by Brother Luke back in 2016. I listened again to this again recently, and felt compelled to share it. Brother Luke presents important, factual, and honest information about why we use the KJV translation. Enjoy!
In the ongoing “lost truth” series, I take a look at the lost truth of the role of the Holy Spirit. Beyond the new birth, the earnest of the Holy Spirit is vital to our experience in this life. Have you experienced it?
In an ongoing series on the benefits of confession, Brother Luke Hagler examines the importance of confessing our offenses to each other. In a world where so many offenses and grievances are broadcast on social media, God’s pattern for dealing with offences is effective and leads to healing relations.
Pilate’s question to Jesus is often asked today: “What is truth?” In a time when many people’s reality has become relative to their circumstances, and so many have lost their way from all sense of reality and truth, the needed question is “Who is truth?” In this message, Brother Neil presents the answer.
In the minor prophet / major message series, I look at the 2nd half of Hosea. As a literal “living example”, Hosea’s life and words still teach a relevant message to us today.
When the people listening to Jesus preach told him that his mother and brothers were there to see Him, Jesus made a startling observation that still impacts us today. In this message, I look at the answer Jesus gave to the question, ‘Who are my brothers, my sisters, my mothers?”
The Lord is very clear in His word that He wants His people to know the difference between what is holy and what is unholy, or profane. In this message, I take a look at how far God’s people can drift, until they no longer know what to be ashamed of, when it comes to recognizing right and wrong.
Brother Luke continues to look at the ways in which confession saves us, making the point that confession never saves us in an eternal way. In this message, he deals with how confession of our sin brings mercy.
In a series of messages preached by Brother Luke about how we can experience timely deliverances in this life, here he speaks about deliverance from temptation. Just like a flashy car coming down the road, so Satan dresses up temptations, and if we are not aware of where it leads, destruction will certainly come upon us.
In a new series begun on Wednesday nights, I take up the subject of the so called “minor” prophets who had major messages. The first minor prophet we consider is Hosea.
The suicidal jailer is an amazing example of one who went from being on the verge of suicide to complete rest. Here Brother Luke Hagler describes how we all should experience this rest through the powerful message that was preached to the jailer.
A light bulb is an example of a medium. It conveys light. But a bare bulb conveys a different light than, for example, a lava lamp. Borrowing a phrase coined by a Christian visionary, I point out that the mediums we use to receive the message, seems more important nowadays than the actual message itself. Do you have an iphone or an android? A 55 inch tv or a 70?
There were two major items outside the Holy of Holies in the temple – the table of shewbread and the candlestick. In this message, I take a look at the timely significance of the candlestick.
To have an attitude of gratitude is not an option for a child of God, but a command. In this message, Brother John Morgan Owens preaches to us about how to have an attitude of gratitude.
In the 2nd part of this message in the “Lost Truth” series, the meaning of the purpose of God in predestinating a people becomes clear, as I look at the word “shewbread”, or the “bread of the face.”
In the first part of this message in the “Lost Truth” series, I look at the meaning of the word “purpose”, when Paul said we are predestinated by the purpose of God.
It is unreasonable to think we can become knowledgeable about anything by only applying ourselves to learn it for a mere hour and a half per week. In this message from Wednesday night, Brother Luke speaks of the need to study, and how it involves much more time than just the time we spend at church.
Here is a wonderful message preached by Brother Luke on Sunday morning, January 9. Although my family was quarantining and had to listen from the car via transmitter, it was a blessing to be instructed by Brother Luke about watching out for the devices and tactics of Satan.
This is the 3rd and final sermon in a series I preached on the March to Zion Broadcast back in 2014. Here is part 3 of Discipleship and Sonship.
Here is the 2nd message in a series I preached on the March to Zion Broadcast back in 2014. This is part 2 of Discipleship and Sonship.
Originally preached on the March to Zion Broadcast back in 2014, in this series of messages I wanted to bring out the important difference between being a disciple of the Lord and a child of God. A child of God can be a child but not a disciple. But a disciple can never be a disciple and not already a child of God. I hope sharing this series will help to make the distinction between sonship and discipleship.
I recently found a lost cover for the back of a remote, and it made me so happy to click it back in place. It makes me happy when broken or lost things are put back together. In an infinitely greater way, our Lord will bring all his broken things back together at the end of time in the great gathering. In this message, I present this truth about the coming return of our Lord.
The Lord could have saved us 2000 years ago and left us completely ignorant of what He did. But in His love and good pleasure, He not only saved us, but gave the gospel to let us know what He did for us. Brother Tim speaks on this subject, using the example of the shepherds to whom the angels appeared, and how they reacted, for an example of how we should now serve God.
The Meaning of the Cross – In this Wednesday night message, Brother McNeil Honea preaches about the meaning of the cross, not just from an eternal standpoint. In taking up our own crosses to follow Him as disciples, we must understand what the cross means.
Everything we buy has a price-tag, and we pay prices based on how much or little we value the item. We would never pay a price for something we deemed worthless. In this message, Brother Luke examines the price tag the Lord paid for worthless, sinful wretches.
The cultural concept of redemption was a part of life among the patriarchs, and later legislated into law by God. For us, understanding redemption is essential to appreciate what the Lord has done for us. In this message, Brother Tim preaches about redemption through the blood of Christ.
Today everyone wants to be popular. And with the phenomena of social media, practically anyone has the possibility for popularity. But popularity can be poison, and in this message, Brother Luke preaches of how popularity is not all it appears to be.
Although we know God is more powerful than Satan, we should never underestimate Satan’s ability to tempt, distract and manipulate. In this message, Brother Tim looks at Satan’s devices and how they impact and affect us.
Living in a time when no respect is shown for authority, it is difficult to see what it means to honor those in authority. From opposing political views to talk show hosts, the name of the game is disrespect and insults. In this message, Brother Tim focuses on the most elementary form of honor – to honor our parents.
But the Servants Knew – The governor of the feast at the wedding where Jesus turned the water into wine did not know where the wine came from – but the servants did. And so it is for the servant of God – there are many things that the servants are blessed to see and know when the world moves forward oblivious. In this message, Brother Tim looks at this humbling truth.
The Stones Will Cry Out – In this message preached by Brother Luke Hagler, the truth of praising God is presented. If men refuse to praise God, He can elicit praise from dead rocks. And in one sense, God’s mercy has caused spiritually dead sinners who, like rocks, are turned into lively stones that praise Him.
There are many ideas about how we can find favor with God. When it comes to our eternal salvation, that favor only comes through the sacrifice of Christ. But when it comes to daily fellowship with God, the Lord has a simple formula. In this message, Brother Luke Hagler shares this truth.
Predestination is much more than a theological term to be debated by scholars. When we see it in the light of what it really is – the pleasure of God – it becomes a revelation to us from the very heart of God. In this message, Brother Tim speaks of the pleasure of God in setting our destination.
The first blessing named by Paul in Eph.1 is God’s people being chosen. And being chosen was not a random process, but a specific act of love by God the Father, the Son and Spirit. In this message, Brother Tim speaks of this great blessing.
To render means “to give away to gain.” In the Kingdom, the only way to gain is to give away, and this goes against nature. In this message, Brother Luke Hagler looks at what it means for a child of God to render unto God.
One of the activities of the early church was to continue in the Apostles’ doctrine. In this message, Brother Tim looks at the doctrine, which he refers to as the marriage certificate, or covenant, and asks a big “What if?”
Fear is a powerful tool, and sadly, there are those in the religious world who capitalize on fear. The popular “left behind” series is an example of fear-driven tactics. In this message, Brother Luke presents the truth that dispels such fear – the fact that the Lord will leave none of His children behind.
Over the past weeks, Brother Tim has been preaching about the 4 activities of the early church, specifically focusing on the “fellowship” part. As a conclusion on the subject of how to deal with offenses, Brother Tim looks at two examples of great offenses against our Lord, and how Jesus reacted.
It is easy to appear to be spiritual, just as the Pharisees did. But to be truly spiritual is not an easy path. In this message, Brother Tim focuses on how to handle being offended, and what it means to be spiritual when doing so.
The Son Stands Still – In the OT we read where the Lord made the sun to stand still to help Joshua. In this message, Brother Luke looks at this and another example where the Son of God stood still to help his children.
The Scattered Sheep – In this message preached on a Wednesday night, Brother Luke Hagler preaches about things that scatter the sheep of God.
There are different experiences of salvation in the Bible. Understanding this is a must for understanding the Bible. In Peter’s first sermon in Acts, he calls on a large group of children of God to “save themselves.” In this message, Brother Tim examines the timely application of how they experienced this, and he asks the question – Are you saving yourself like they did?
In the troubled and directionless times we are living in now, we certainly need more valiant men. In this sermon, Brother Luke Hagler preaches about the need for more valiant men.
In such a dark and troubled time, Brother Neil Honea preaches a message that should draw us to the Light and focus our faith. Truly Christ Jesus is the only answer in such times as we are living now.
For several weeks, Brother Tim has been preaching about the church of God. In this message, he presents the focus of what it is all about when we come to the location where God is worshipped publicly – it is to connect with the Mediator Himself – Jesus Christ.
The wisdom of the world will complicate things. But the wisdom from above, from our Lord, will make things simpler. In this message, Brother Luke preaches about how we can tell the difference.
There should be no subject in God’s word that is “off limits”, or taboo, for the disciple of the Lord. Some teachings may be more intense than others, but we should be willing to believe it just because it is in the word of God. In this message, Brother Luke Hagler looks at some topics that may seem “taboo” but they are true.
In this message, Brother Tim continues to look at the descriptions of the church from the book of Hebrews.
In this message, Bro. Luke draws lessons of discipleship from the account of Jesus casting out the demon from the young boy who was vexed of a devil.
In the final message of the Saturday service, Larry Wise looks into the book of Job to ask this age-old question.
In the afternoon service, Jonathan Wise presents the ways in which we have peace through the Lord, who is described as the Lord of Peace.
In the closing message of the morning, visiting minister Larry Wise caps off the messages by encouraging us all to walk worthy of what the Lord has called us to do.
In the 2nd message of the meeting, visiting minister Jonathan Wise explains from Psalm 56, how we are to pray for salvation, or deliverance. And once again, this salvation does not refer to an eternal salvation, but a deliverance here and now.
Saved by Keeping In Memory – In the 1st message of the anniversary meeting, visiting minister David Wise speaks about memory salvation. The Apostle Paul tells us that if we keep in memory what we have learned, it will save us. But is this an eternal salvation?
In this message, Brother Tim looks at the next description Paul gives of the church in Hebrews 12. The City of the living God, which is a reference to Jerusalem, was the place on earth where the Lord chose to place His name. In the Old Testament it was the physical city of Jerusalem. In the New Testament, it is the spiritual city, the new Jerusalem – the church of the Lord Jesus Christ.
For the Israelite, the most intimate place to connect with Jehovah was Mt. Zion. And today, the most intimate place the child of God can connect with the Lord is the New Testament location that God has chosen to place His name – the Church of the Lord, or Mount Zion. In this message, Brother Tim speaks of this truth.
Who sits on the throne of our mind is a big deal. It determines our direction, our moods, our peace. Sadly, many of God’s children allow other influences to sit on the throne of their minds. In this message, Brother Luke encourages us to allow the Lord to sit on that throne.
Multiple times in the scripture the people listened to Jesus’ teaching of truth and their response was to be astonished. Brother Tim examines the occurrences and the reasons why the people were astonished. Keep reading →
It is not truthful to refer to one as a Master and no do the Master’s bidding. In this message, Brother Luke examines what it means to call the Lord our Master. Keep reading →
In a message preached from a series on our basic, fundamental beliefs, Brother Tim looks at what was probably the first public, doctrinal based sermon of Jesus. Keep reading →
In basically every area of life we find division. In politics, in vaccinations, in mask-wearing, in preferences in practically every area and region of our nation there is division. Division is what leads a nation to fall. In this message, Elder Luke Hagler examines who is the cause of division, using the basic definition of the word “devil.” Keep reading →
When a person first visits a Primitive Baptist church, there may be some oddities. The way we sing, preach and pray, as well as other things, could strike one as odd. In this message, Brother Luke Hagler, who experienced these oddities first hands, presents a message about a few of those odd things. Keep reading →
In a time of judgment, the prophet saw the Lord thundering through the land, and he was afraid. But after he settled into what was coming, he trusted and rested in the Lord. Today, many are so paralyzed by fear they have forgotten Habakkuk’s Prayer. In this message, Brother Tim reminds us that no matter how bad it gets, the Lord is still to be trusted. Keep reading →
From the dawn of time, the Lord established what was good and evil. And to this day, man is tempted by forbidden fruit that looks good from the outside but the end result if always bad. In this message, Brother McNeil Honea looks at the difference between forbidden fruit and fruit that is good for us. Keep reading →
Job spoke of man’s trouble, and he certainly knew about it first hand. Thousands of years have passed, and man still has trouble. In this message, Brother Tim examines the subject of trouble. Keep reading →
In this message, Brother McNeil Honea looks at times in which God’s people have wrestled with God – both spiritually and physically. Keep reading →
From Satan testing Job’s faithfulness to Peter’s colossal failure of faithfulness in denying Christ, we are all faced with various tests of faithfulness. Brother Luke Hagler examines how we can remain faithful when those tests come. Keep reading →
Christian liberty is an area we should consider prayerfully on a regular basis. In this message, Brother McNeil Honea looks at how we should approach this issue, and how the timely consequences can affect us. Keep reading →
We are told plainly that the church of Jesus Christ is built firmly on the Corner Stone of Jesus Christ Himself. To help understand the significance of this, Brother Tim examines what a corner stone is. Keep reading →
John the Baptist identified Jesus as the Lamb of God. And years later, the Apostle John saw Jesus described as the “Lion”, but appearing as a Lamb as it had been slain. In this message, Brother Tim preaches about how Jesus is both of those – The Lamb and the Lion. Keep reading →
In this message, Brother McNeil Honea looks at the often misapplied parable of Jesus. As a warning to God’s born again, chosen people, it teaches us to be diligent in our discipleship. Keep reading →
Today there is a strategic movement by anarchists to make citizens of our nation feel ashamed for being a citizen. From attacks against the founding fathers to anarchist movements like black lives matter, the real attack is against the God the Nation Maker. In this message, Brother Tim presents the Bible truth of who made nations to begin with, what makes up a nation and why the Lord founded nations in the first place. Keep reading →
If you looked at the Apostle Paul, he would have been something to behold. Scars from being whipped, beaten and stoned marked his body. As scarred and tortured as his body appeared, he viewed them as marks of his discipleship. In this message, Brother Luke examines how our following the Lord will leave definite marks on us. Keep reading →
Have you been told you cannot be saved unless you do certain things? This was taught in Acts 15, where people were told they must be circumcised to be saved. Today you may hear this: Unless you accept Jesus, pray the sinner’s prayer or be baptized you cannot be saved. In this message, Brother Luke Hagler presents how Peter stood up and settled the matter by teaching our salvation is not based on what we do, but by grace alone. Keep reading →
In the ongoing series about Godly character in young men, Brother Tim demonstrates how Boaz not only provided and protected Ruth, but he also preserved her. To provide, protect and preserve the females we come into contact with should be the goal of all men and boys. Keep reading →
In looking at characteristics of the Old Testament character Joseph, Brother McNeil Honea speaks of ways in which Joseph is comparable to Christ. Keep reading →
While we live on this earth we don’t have the luxury of looking up into Heaven to see our eternal home, so we must walk by faith. When enemies mock us and say ‘Where is thy God?’, it often leads us to ask ‘Is the Lord among us?’ In this message preached at Vestavia PBC, Brother Luke speaks of the wonder when the Lord reveals himself in special ways, strengthens our faith, and reminds us that, though now we see through a glass darkly, He is still very present. Keep reading →
The Apostles Paul and John wrote at different times directly to various churches, specifically calling on the churches to repent. In this message, Brother McNeil Honea examines the meaning and the effect that their letters had to those churches. Keep reading →
In the second sermon on this subject, Brother Tim examines how Boaz protected Ruth, even before he was romantically interested in her. Keep reading →
We are faced with so many social issues today. Is there really an answer to this? In this message, Brother McNeil Honea presents the truth of the answer to all of the social issues bombarding us today. Keep reading →
In the series for Godly character in men and boys, Brother Tim looks at the “Prince” Boaz and the “Pauper” the near kinsman. Keep reading →
In beginning a new series for Godly character in men and boys, Brother Tim looks to the example of God’s knight David, as opposed to the Knave, or fool, Nabal. Keep reading →
In this Wednesday night message, Elder David Wise, pastor of Macedonia Primitive Baptist Church, takes up the subject of praying for the Holy Spirit to guide us, fill us up and be present in our daily lives. Keep reading →
Psalm 85 verses 10-11 present a beautiful allegory from the Lord regarding our salvation. In this message, Brother Tim preaches about the showdown between these two characteristics of God, which culminated at the cross of our Lord. Keep reading →
As a legal term, testimony is important. But its importance is heightened when it comes to testimony for our Lord. Jesus gave the disciples great encouragement when it came to coming persecution. In this moving message, Brother Luke Hagler preaches of the Lord’s faithfulness to bless in the midst of great opposition. Keep reading →
A question we’re often asked is: what is the difference between Primitive Baptists and other Baptists? In this message, Elder Luke Hagler addresses that question.
In the ongoing series on parenting, Brother Tim looks at the proper objectives for the parent, who is in reality the agent of God, charged with caring for precious treasure that belongs to another. Keep reading →
The Untoward GeneraTION, TemptaTION and EvoluTION are three “tions” that we should shun, or avoid. In this message Brother Tim examines how important it is for all of us to shun these pitfalls. Keep reading →
In the final message in the series about Christian women finding a spouse, Brother Tim examines the incredible example of Rahab the harlot. If Ruth was the Cinderella of the Old Testament, then Rahab would be the anti-type of a fairy tale. And yet, God is merciful and able to intervene, overrule and provide regardless of the terrible conditions He finds His children in. Keep reading →
We put our treasures in safe places. You will never find an expensive piece of jewelry in a junk drawer at home. And yet, the Lord puts treasure in junk drawers. In this message, Brother Luke presents a message that deals with the irony of God’s treasure. Keep reading →
In the final message of the Saturday service, Elder Josh Coker preaches on the most important thing we could have during times of uncertainty – hope. Keep reading →
In the afternoon service, Elder Tom Corley presents the picture of how God’s children could not only survive while under terrible circumstances, but were actually blessed to help build God’s kingdom. Keep reading →
When the children of Israel were led into captivity, they had to learn to live in Babylon, yet still retaining their unique identity as the chosen people of God. In this message, Elder Josh Coker gives instruction on how we, as the chosen people of God, can retain our identity and glorify God today, while living in Babylon. Keep reading →
In the opening message of the May meeting, Elder Bryce Lowrance speaks from Isaiah 35 where a beautiful picture is given. From a desert wasteland to a blossoming garden, the Lord has given His children the church to blossom and bloom in their lives. Keep reading →
A child of God need look no further than to the word of God for instruction. In beginning a new series about Christian women finding a spouse, Brother Tim preaches about a barley harvest romance, in which the young woman Ruth displays notable characteristics that led to her finding a spouse. Keep reading →
Sadly most do not understand the true role of a parent. God views parents as agents, or fiduciaries entrusted to take care of treasure that belongs to another. In this message, Brother Tim examines the Biblical role of parents as agents of God. Keep reading →
Ruth went from gleaning grain to becoming a princess in Israel. The Shulamite went from gathering grapes to becoming a queen. In this message, Brother Tim examines the unusual courtship and rise to power of the Esther. Even in the most difficult of circumstances, we learn that the Lord can intervene and overrule. Keep reading →
In the next message in the series on finding a spouse, Brother Tim considers the Shulamite girl who found her true love in a strange and unexpected place. Keep reading →
Have you ever been ashamed to admit you were related to someone? What about the Lord? We are his adopted children and in a natural sense, we give him much more reason to be ashamed of us than proud, because of our sin! But thankfully, because of his mercy, Brother Luke Hagler explains that even though he should be ashamed of us, he rejoices to claim us as his own. Keep reading →
It would be natural to think that those who are good and righteous should only prosper. But in reality, that is not the case. Those who are righteous usually face trials and even persecution. This is due to the conflict that exists between righteousness and a fallen world. In this message, Brother McNeil Honea examines the characteristics of the righteous. Keep reading →
A special promise was made by Jesus, in which he would send the Holy Spirit in a to confirm His truth to born again believers. Paul used the Greek word “arrabon” to describe what the Spirit does for us in sealing, or confirming the truth to us. In this message, Brother Tim examines this special word and the beautiful picture it paints for us. Keep reading →
For the child of God, it often seems as though we are outnumbered. There are many examples in the Bible where God’s people are outnumbered and face impossible odds, but the Lord gives any child of God a majority. Brother Luke presents a message about how we can move forward even when we appear to be outnumbered. Keep reading →
In beginning a new series on Wednesday nights, Brother Tim revisits a subject that is timely – parenting. Keep reading →
In considering the 9th “my servant” found in the scripture, Brother Tim looks at the days of the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem by Zerubabbel. Keep reading →
Different children of God react in different ways to the truth of God. In this message, Brother McNeil Honea presents some of the ways God’s children react. Keep reading →
How do we know if we have idols? And what can be identified as idols? In this message preached at Vestavia PBC, Elder Luke Hagler asks 4 questions to help us understand our struggle with idols. Keep reading →
Throughout the “Servant Series”, various individuals have been considered. But none can compare to the Shadowy Messianic Servant presented in Isaiah 42, and viewed in Matthew 12. In this final message of the servant series, Brother Tim takes up the greatest Servant of all time and eternity – The Lord Jesus Christ. Keep reading →
The Bible presents a picture of blessed, spiritually healthy children. This is something every parent should strive for, but it comes with a price. In this message, Brother Luke preaches about what that price is for raising spiritually healthy children. Keep reading →
In the strangest of all the servants in the servant series, Brother Tim speaks of the “rock star” servant, Nebuchadnezzar. In a comparison to celebrities who are drunk on fame and power, so Nebuchadnezzar was the original rock star. Even so, there are lessons we can learn from the ways in which he served the Lord. Keep reading →
In this message preached on the Wednesday night service, Elder Buddy Abernathy presents the subject of justification – what is means and how it applies practically to the child of God. Keep reading →
Probably the least known servant of the servant series was Eliakim. He lived during the time of Isaiah, and we know very little about him. But the Lord referred to him as a servant, so we should take note of who he was. In this message, Brother Tim looks at the description of this servant, as he was referred to as a “nail.” Keep reading →
When people ask about you, what do they call you? We may know someone who has a quick temper, and when asked about them, say that they are “hot headed.” For the child of God it is the desire to be referred to as a Christian. But all children of God are not Christians, according to the Bible definition. In this message, Brother Luke Hagler examines this subject. Keep reading →
Many of the servants we see in the scripture have notable characteristics. Job was patient. Abraham was faithful. David was thoughtful. But we find that Isaiah was a sign himself. All servants should “signify” who they serve by the way the present themselves. In this message Brother Tim speaks about Isaiah the servant who was a sign. Keep reading →
It seems that the more we gain of earthly goods, the more we want. In this message, Brother McNeil Honea preaches about this trap, and where true and ultimate satisfaction comes from. Keep reading →
In this message preached at the Wednesday night service, Elder Chris McCool, pastor of Zion Primitive Baptist Church, examines how our attitude about our aptitude affects our altitude. Keep reading →
God commended David the King over and over for his thoughtfulness towards the Lord. In this message in the Servant Series, Brother Tim looks at the ways in which David was a thoughtful servant. Keep reading →