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 →
In the next sermon in the servant series, Brother Tim looks at the giant slaying faith of Caleb the Courageous. Keep reading →
Elder Luke Hagler presents a timeless and beautiful message from I Corinthians 13, a subject we are all familiar with, yet we often overlook the way that it works and applies in our own lives. In this sermon Brother Luke makes the practical application of sacrificial love very up close and personal. Keep reading →
In this message preached at the Wednesday night service, Brother Neil takes up the often discussed subject of the three parts of man. By comparing this often complicated subject to the basic attributes of the Trinity, he presents a picture of body, soul and spirit that is easy to understand and something we should all rejoice in. Keep reading →
In this strange time we are living in, when we are being encouraged to stay away from each other, it is easy to lose sight of the benefits of the social circle God created and commanded – the Church. In this message, Brother Luke reminds us of the benefits God designed for us through His church. Keep reading →
In this message, Brother Tim looks at the life of Abraham, the servant of God. What made Abraham great? How was he able to do the great things he did? It may be surprising to see where his greatness originated. And it is clear that the Lord has called us, like Abraham, into a quest. Keep reading →
In this message, Brother McNeil Honea presents the Old Testament subject of the scapegoat. The priest confessed the sins of the people with his hand on the head of the scapegoat, and the goat was sent out into the wilderness by a fit man. There are many comparisons to our Savior in this example. Keep reading →
We all have an appointment with death. Hebrews 9:27 tells us after death we face “the judgment.” By what standard will we be judged? Our repentance? Our confession? Our belief? All of these are actions or works, and the word of God declares we are not saved by our actions or works. In this message, Brother Luke Hagler presents the standard by which we will be judged. Keep reading →
In the final message on Job, Brother Tim goes down into the lowest point of Job’s life. He was opposed by Satan, surrounding nations, his wife and his closest friends. But even in the worst of circumstances, Job’s God was faithful to him. In learning how to be better servants of the Lord, Job’s example is instructive for us all. Keep reading →
A new term we often hear is that of the influencer. In order to be an influencer, one must have credibility, an audience and persuasiveness. One glance at popular social media and you will find influencers who have huge followings. In this message, Brother Luke shows from the scripture that to be a spiritual influencer, it doesn’t take credibility, an audience or persuasiveness – just the Lord. Keep reading →
In this message, Elder Mike Ivey presents the two opposing worldviews: secular humanism and a Biblical worldview. Humanism originates in man as an evolved life-form, and ultimately leads to despair, since it is limited to man. But a spiritual world view points to a glorious Creator, who we can revel and rejoice in due to our origin stemming from an eternal God. Keep reading →
In the ongoing servant series, Brother Tim looks further at the life of the servant Job. Based on his belief in God, Job was able to serve God during times of great success and great tragedy. In order to be better servants ourselves, we should look at the servant Job and learn from his example. Keep reading →
To say that these are perplexing times is an understatement. From politics to culture, the child of God often finds themselves shocked and perplexed, wondering how we have fallen so far away from the Lord. Yet there is a way to keep our perplexity from turning into despair, and in this message Brother Luke presents that very important subject. Keep reading →
In this first message of the servant series, Brother Tim looks at the servant Job. Out of his own mouth, Job confesses his belief about God, man, sin and other things that relate to Job being a servant. In order to comprehend why Job was considered such a great servant, it is important to know the foundation of his belief. Keep reading →
Using the acronym SUEU, Brother Tim presents 4 truths about the work of the Holy Spirit in the new birth. The Spirit is Sovereign, Unseen, Effective and Unstoppable. The text of the message comes from John chapter 3 where Jesus compares the work of the Spirit in the new birth to the wind. Keep reading →
Even though Jesus referred to his coming crucifixion and resurrection, the disciples avoided the subject. Because of their fear of what it meant, they would not ask. In this message, Brother Tim looks at this and how it relates to us. Are we afraid to ask Jesus about our issues? If we finally have the courage to ask, we must be prepared for his answer. Keep reading →
In a line borrowed from Charles Dickens, Brother Tim looks at the last prophecy in the Old Testament, spoken 400 years before the Messiah’s birth. Even after a 400 year pause, the Lord continued his unbroken train of thought, and the past became the present. And so, we must see that same true God as our very real and glorious future. Keep reading →
From the beginning when God spoke light into existence down to this very day, light is powerful in our experience. And since God is Light, it is important for us to understand how God functions as light in our lives. In this message, Brother McNeil Honea presents this truth. Keep reading →
When the rich young ruler came to Jesus, concerned about his eternal salvation, he felt something was lacking. But Jesus gently instructed this child of God that he was lacking something in his discipleship, not in his eternal life. Like the young man, we all have things on our own “lack list.” The question is, are we willing to ask Jesus what we are lacking? Keep reading →
In the final message from the Hall of Faith series, Brother Tim presents the exit plan from the hall of faith. As the portraits of faith have been viewed, the time has come now to go forward. The Apostle Paul presents a beautiful picture of the race that is before us. Keep reading →
In this message in the series from the Hall of Faith, Brother Tim presents the inner sanctum of the hall – the place where the heart of God can be seen most clearly. Keep reading →
If someone told you that you could be pain free for the rest of your life, it may sound good, but it would be a curse. In this message, Brother Luke examines the necessity for us to feel such things as pain, and also to be burdened by the convicting power of the Holy Spirit. Keep reading →
It is a marvel to read in the scripture that Jesus marveled, or was taken aback, by the unbelief of His children in His hometown. In this message, Brother Tim relates Jesus’ reaction to today. Keep reading →
This is a common phrase heard often, but so very often misunderstood as it appears in scripture. In this message, Elder Luke Hagler looks at the underlying issue and the true meaning of this verse. Keep reading →
In the next message from 1 Peter 1:2, Brother Tim examines the third element of our eternal salvation – the perfect obedience and blood of Christ. Keep reading →
In I Corinthians 4:1, the Apostle Paul used a unique word to describe a minister. The “under rower” is a visual reference to the lowest level gally slave on the Roman warship. In a time when ministers are often viewed as celebrities, the “under rower” brings a refreshing and accurate view of the ministry. Keep reading →
Grace is a mystery. To think that enemies could be made friends and the wicked changed into the righteous. In this message, Brother McNeil Honea answers this question using the beautiful picture of the grace presented in scripture. Keep reading →
Jesus uses two powerful agents to describe His children in the sermon on the mount (Matthew chapter 5). In this message, Brother Tim preaches about the way we, as salt and light, must act as our Lord intended and in a way that pleases Him. Keep reading →
In this message, Elder Luke Hagler examines the subject of suffering. No one wants to sign up to suffer, but the reality of life is that we do suffer. Yet, in the midst of suffering we can have a special experience with Jesus if we are looking for Him. He may not send the suffering, but He appears to minister to us when we do suffer.
An obvious fact was stated in Mark chapter 6, as the day wore away, and thousands needed to eat. But Jesus had called the Apostles to the desert place, and they were right where Jesus wanted them. In this message, Brother Tim compares this experience to our own today, as we often feel to be in a desert place ourselves. Keep reading →
In an ongoing series regarding salvation, Brother Tim preaches about the role of the Spirit in our eternal salvation. Keep reading →
Should a child of God vote? And how do we determine who to vote for? In Christ’s statement about the role of Caesar (or government) in our lives, we find the truth of this. In this message, Brother Tim presents this truth, as well as the clear, bright lines of scripture regarding several prevailing “hot topic” issues of our time. Keep reading →
Not only does the Holy Spirit bring the new birth to a child of God, the Spirit also renews our understanding and courage. In this message, Brother McNeil Honea speaks of these important roles of the Spirit. Keep reading →
In the next message in the series on the hall of faith, Brother Tim presents the amazing story of Rahab the harlot. This child of God went from a life of disgrace to a woman of faith. In her example we see proof of God’s work of mercy and grace in the life of God’s children, no matter the sin they have committed. Keep reading →
In the next message from I Peter 1:2, Brother Tim looks at the foreknowledge of God. From God’s general foreknowledge of all things that happen, as well as all the possibilities of things that could happen, it is truly humbling to see God’s foreknowledge of a chosen people. Keep reading →
In the next message in the hall of faith series, Brother Tim presents the example of the children of Israel going round and round the city of Jericho. As it often feels we go round in circles serving the Lord, if we are walking in faith we are definitely getting somewhere. Keep reading →
Our perspective of what we see usually comes through our viewpoint. In this message, Brother Luke presents the disciples view of various events in the ministry of Jesus. If they had not been looking through the lens of scripture, it would have made no sense to them. Like the disciples, if we choose to view our lives through the lens of the scripture, it will make all the difference. Keep reading →
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Please enjoy these select hymns from our October 2020 Anniversary Meeting. Keep reading →
In the midst of all the chaos now, it is sometimes hard to find purpose. But the Lord has called us to be kings and priests in His kingdom, and through Him we can lead purpose driven lives. In this sermon from Sunday morning, Elder Tom Corley preaches about how we can discover purpose in our lives through Christ. Keep reading →
In the struggle today to make our faith relevant, we often feel hopeless. And yet, in a real and tangible way, we discover that through the Lord Jesus Christ, there is an up to date relevance to our faith – and it is found in hope. In this final message from Saturday, Elder Mike Ivey preaches on the subject “Saved by Hope.” Keep reading →
We all like to think we have control over the various aspects of our life. But the reality is we are often tossed about and feel helpless. In this river of life, we need a refuge. The Lord has provided just such a refuge in Himself, His church and His word. Elder Bryce Lowrance preaches from Psalm 46 to bring out this point. Keep reading →
While hanging between two thieves, our Lord was initially cursed by both, but something happened to one of the thieves to cause him to actually take up for Jesus. In this message, Elder Mark Quarles brings before the congregation the amazing mercy of God in saving a ruined and justly condemned thief. Keep reading →
In hope of eternal life – It is said that happiness comes from 3 things – 1) someone to love 2) something to do and 3) something to look forward to. In this opening message at the anniversary meeting, Elder James Conley presents the beautiful picture of how all this is wrapped up in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Keep reading →
From one shore of the Red Sea to the other, the Israelites faced an impossible circumstance that turned into an improbable and amazing deliverance. In the transition to the shore of deliverance there is only One who is due the praise for such a marvelous work. In this message, Brother Tim speaks of the fact that we all face Red Seas. And in our various deliverances there is only One who can receive full glory, most notably in the area of our eternal salvation. Keep reading →
In the series on the virtuous woman, Brother Luke examines Proverbs 31:13 where it describes characteristics of the virtuous woman. It says she seeketh wool, which may be hard to identify with in our modern culture. But in this message, Bro. Luke brings out the truth that wool symbolizes purity, and virtuous women even today make it their goal to seek out purity in their lives. Keep reading →
Moses told the Israelites to “kill” the Passover the night God delivered them from Egypt. The Passover pointed to the sacrifice, or killing, of the lamb, as well as the festival itself. In this sermon, Bro. Tim presents the truth of the shed blood of the Lamb of God, by which we can celebrate Christ our Passover. Keep reading →
In this message Brother McNeil Honea preaches from the book of Proverbs, where it mentions the 7 pillars on which the house of wisdom is built. In the days this was written, there were 7 elements that went into the construction of a building. Keep reading →
If we heard about a guy who had to flee the country because he was in some legal trouble, we would think the worst. But Moses did just that. And yet it says his fleeing was an act of faith, not fear. In this message, Brother Tim considers “By Faith we Forsake”, and takes up the subject of Moses, who forsook Egypt and in a twist of providence, actually fled in faith. Keep reading →
In this message from I Peter 1:2, Brother Tim brings out one of the basics of our salvation. God has chosen, or elected a people. This is an undeniable truth found in God’s word, that we should rejoice in. Keep reading →
In this message, Brother Neil Honea looks at the example of the widow woman in the Old Testament who was instructed by Elijah to fill up her oil pots to pay the debt. Like the widow who was empty of all earthly help, we can find similar help from above when we fill our vessels with spiritual things. Keep reading →
Being hungry and thirsty for righteousness is similar to our natural eating experience. We should focus on cultivating an appetite for the word of God and spiritual things. In this message, Brother McNeil Honea speaks of how we can cultivate our spiritual appetites. Keep reading →
In the next message in the hall of faith series, Brother Tim presents some difficult adult decisions Moses had to make when he became an adult. Notably, these decisions were made before he saw any miracles or the burning bush. Like Moses, we can refuse Egypt and choose to identify ourselves with our Lord. This is all based on our what we value. Keep reading →
In this message preached by Brother Luke, he continues the series on the virtuous woman. One of the characteristics of a virtuous woman is she does not bring trouble into a home. She will do good, which means to bring peace and not trouble. Whether someone is trying to find a wife or in the midst of a marriage, a virtuous woman is a source of stability, not chaos. Keep reading →
For the parents of Moses, Egypt was everywhere. From enslavement to infanticide, the dark cloud of Egypt’s irreverent and illegal intrusion into their lives prevailed. Yet the light of the deliverer did not shine from great halls of government, or the seat of power, but from faithful parenting in a Godly home. Egypt is everywhere today. Darkness prevails and intrudes. But light still springs from homes where there are those who seek to parent their children by faith. In the next message from the hall of Faith, Brother Tim presents the subject, By Faith, We Parent. Keep reading →
Relax…you are going to die! Unless the Lord comes back, the only way we get out of this world and into the next is through death. But for the Christian, this is not a fearful thing. In the hall of Faith series, Brother Tim takes up 3 men who blessed, celebrated and magnified the Lord even in their death. Keep reading →
In the ongoing series of the Great Hall of Faith, we have considered many things we do in faith. By faith we comprehend creation, by faith we offer acceptable sacrifices, by faith we please God, by faith we move and by faith we go. In this message preached by Brother Tim, a different angle on faith is considered. By faith…we laugh. Keep reading →
In order for us to show mercy to others, we must understand what that looks like. An incredible example of this is given by our Lord in the account of the good Samaritan. In this message, Brother McNeil Honea presents the truth that our showing mercy to one another begins with understanding how Jesus shows mercy. Keep reading →
We never think about things until they quit working. If the air conditioner goes out in the middle of the night, or our car quits, or part of our own body shuts down- then we think about it not working. But as long as everything is working, we take it for granted. In this message, Elder Luke Hagler brings out a very relevant point for us today – that we don’t pay much attention to God until He quits working. Keep reading →
In the series on the hall of faith, the next person we consider is Abraham. By faith Abraham was called to go out, go walk about and go up to offer Isaac. In this message, Brother Tim looks at how relative Abraham’s faith is to our faith today. Keep reading →
With rising coronavirus numbers, rioting, unrest, political upheaval – there is really no way to find good news. So we need to follow the example of Enoch and BE good news, LIVE good news. Keep reading →
In the sacrifice of Christ, we find an eternal gift that will redound to God’s glory forever. But the Father still gives gifts to us today, in addition to that ultimate gift of eternal life in Christ. In this message, Elder Neil Honea speaks of the gifts that God still gives from above. Keep reading →
With so much unrest, it seems harder for a child of God to find a place of rest. In this message preached on Wednesday night service, Elder Luke Hagler presents two examples from the scripture of how we can find rest, even in very difficult and trying times. Keep reading →
What can we do in such a time as this? As things seem to grow worse and worse, do we feel insignificant? No doubt the Israelites felt helpless when in bondage in Egypt. But they did something that we can also do today. They sighed, they cried, and the Lord heard on high. In this message, Brother Tim preaches about the significance of sighing and crying to the Lord. Keep reading →
The old familiar account of David versus Goliath is a time-worn, glorious event of victory. In this message preached at Gum Log PBC near Meridian, MS, Brother McNeil Honea looks at this familiar story with the view of showing beautiful pictures of Christ in the brave example of David. Keep reading →
In this message from an ongoing series on the book of Proverbs, Brother Tim examines the subject of forgiveness. This is an issue we all deal with, as we are often offended. But the Lord has set the ultimate example of how to process offenses and dealing with such issues. It is not to seethe within, or blow up, but to cover the offense in the way Christ covered our own offenses. Keep reading →
As Brother Tim continues the tour of the Great Hall of Faith in Hebrews 11, in this message he considers how faith helps us offer acceptable sacrifices to the Lord. The first person of faith who is identified by name in the great hall is Abel. If we understand how Abel, by faith offered, we can learn how we offer acceptable sacrifices by faith. Keep reading →
It seems that many today see Jesus as still traveling up the road to the cross, and not in his current form – accomplished, risen and reigning. In this message, Elder Graham Sims, pastor of Wilson Creek PBC in Smyrna, TN, encourages us to not just look at Jesus on the way to the cross, but as the victorious Champion that He is. Keep reading →
As a Jew, the Apostle Peter was well acquainted with the Mosaic law. So in 1 Peter we find significant allusions and references to the Passover lamb and certain aspects of the law. Brother McNeil Honea shares the greater meaning of the law, as Peter described it, when he presented the picture of the Lamb of God Keep reading →
With the click of a button, events on the other side of the world come to our attention. How do we process this, especially if it has no immediate bearing on our own community. In this message Brother Luke Hagler presents the answer to this issue, by examining the difference between busybodies and peace makers. Keep reading →
We have all heard it said, “He is in a bad place…” when referring to situations people get into. Can we agree that we, as a nation, are in a “bad place”? When the world can be shut down by a microscopic germ, we are in a bad place. Usually we think that to get out of a bad place, we want to make it to a good place, but in reality it is quite different for the child of God. Our “escape” from a bad place, involves a Person, not a place. Keep reading →
Just like using peppermint treats to catch horses, so the devil will use any tactic he can to captivate and capture God’s children. In this message preached at Vestavia Primitive Baptist Church in Birmingham, Elder Luke Hagler presents the truth of how the adversary Satan tries to snare us in. Keep reading →
During good or bad times, faith is essential. But what exactly is faith? Faith is a term we are so familiar with yet do we really understand what it is and what the object of faith is? In this message, Brother Tim takes us on a tour of “The Great Hall of Faith”. Keep reading →
Last week Brother Tim spoke of worship, specifically asking the question, “Where is the Lamb?” This week, he asks the question, “Where are we when it comes to worship?” Coming before the Lord to worship involves the Lamb, but it also involves us coming before the Lord in the beauty of holiness. Keep reading →
When David brought the ark of the covenant to Jerusalem, it was a momentous occasion. After a first attempt to bring the ark failed, David endeavored to try again. In this message, Brother McNeil Honea speaks of the importance of not letting anything distract us when we come before the Lord to worship. Keep reading →
As many churches seek to re-enter public worship, it is a great time to examine what worship is all about. How do we actually connect with God in worship? In this message, Brother Tim presents the truth that it all comes down to one simple thing – a Lamb. Keep reading →
Regret will visit us all at some point. How we process that regret makes a huge difference in our lives. There can be no greater example than Paul, who actually killed Christians. In this message, Brother Luke presents the Bible truths of how to deal with the demon of regret. Keep reading →
In what appears to be the final drive in service, Brother Tim looks at the prisoner Ezekiel, who was a prisoner of war in the prison camp outside the great city of Babylon. Perhaps we have felt like prisoners captive away from the motherland due to the recent world events. But rest assured, heavenly Jerusalem, the mother of us all – the church of our Lord – is not bound. Keep reading →
When we look around at the kingdoms and governments of men, it can become disheartening to see so little regard for the Lord. But when we consider that the only Kingdom that will last through all of the fallen kingdoms of men is the Lord’s Kingdom, over which He is the King, we can be reassured. In this message, Brother Luke examines the kingdoms of men and how they are destined to end and lie at the feet of the Lord’s Kingdom. Keep reading →
In this message, Brother John Morgan Owens uses examples of how salvation came to two houses, to help us understand what it really means to make a decision for Christ. Unlike modern thinking on this phrase, the real decision for Christ is made when born again believers choose to be disciples of the Lord. Keep reading →
Jonah followed his own selfish signs and he wound up going down in a harsh way. And yet in the New Testament, Jesus points to none other than Jonah when describing what the people of Israel should be looking for. In this message, Brother Tim examines how Jonah’s self-serving signs were obliterated by the Sign of Jonah.
The Bible compares discipleship to building a tower. A half-finished tower or a tower that is torn down would make the builder look very foolish. In this message, Brother Luke examines the effort and construction that goes into building our tower of discipleship. Keep reading →
In using three objects to compare to types of people, Brother Tim looks at several scripture examples that reveal what people are made of. The heat will always show the heart, and if we are not founded upon the Rock Christ Jesus, we will melt in the fires of life. Keep reading →
Is the gospel an offer of eternal life? Is it a ransom note by which the Lord holds our salvation as ransom until we pay up? In this message, Brother Luke Hagler presents the useful way in which the gospel is to be used for born again children of God.
From the examples of people being born again, to the descriptions of the way the new birth occurs, the scriptures reveal that to be born again is completely the work of the Lord. In the concluding message of a series on the basics of salvation, Bro. Luke preaches on the subject of the new birth, and how it ties into evangelism and discipleship.
In a message about God’s specific instruction to Noah on building the ark, Brother Tim presents 4 unique characteristics of the ark, and how it applies to us today. Keep reading →
In this message, Elder Buddy Abernathy takes up the subject of the role of ministers. By examining an Old Testament prophet who had an encounter with a wicked king, Brother. Buddy points out simple truths about the responsibility of ministers. Keep reading →
In these times of uncertainty, there can be no moving forward without the mercy of God. In this sermon, brother Tim examines the origin of God’s affection, and how it can be expressed towards unworthy sinners. Keep reading →
In this message, brother Luke takes up the subject of God’s sovereignty in electing a people to be saved. When we understand God’s character and man’s depravity, the loving truth of God choosing a people is easy to embrace. Keep reading →
We all love happy endings, and fairy tales usually provide a happy ending. But the truth is a true happy ending is always conditioned with “until” something happens to mess up the happy ending. In this message, Brother Tim presents an upgrade from the worldly “happy endings”, which involves a much greater end result. Keep reading →
In this message, Brother Luke continues to examine the fundamentals of the faith. The atonement that Christ accomplished on the cross was sufficient to pay for all of the sins of every single one of His chosen. In a message that hearkens to the power and provision of our Lord, Brother Luke presents a beautiful picture of how Christ will lose none of his children. Keep reading →
A society goes as the family goes. And in our society we have completely lost sight of the age-old practice of family worship. In this message, Brother Tim emphasizes the importance of including family worship in our homes, especially in light of our present circumstance. Keep reading →