Finding Grace When God’s Providence Leads To Suffering

This morning as I studied for tonight’s overview of Lamentations I found the following quote in Mark Dever’s book The Message of the Old Testament.  It is from the Puritan William Gouge’s biographer who said, “His sufferings were never do deep but he could see the bottom of them, and say, ‘Soul, be silent: soul, be […]

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A Great Reminder for a Monday!

I don’t often read or quote from The Message Bible, but let me share the first part of Psalm 2 today. “Why the big noise, nations? Why the mean plots, peoples? Earth-leaders push for position, Demagogues and delegates meet for summit talks, The God-deniers, the Messiah-defiers: ‘Let’s get free of God! Cast loose from Messiah!’ […]

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A Story of Providence and Marriage!

19 years ago today Kim and I were married.  I can say without any hesitation that I rank her second only to God’s gift of salvation in terms of His greatest gifts to me.  From time to time I hear people speaking despairingly of their wives, but I have been blessed beyond all my imagination […]

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The Fourfold Purpose of Suffering

I try to talk about Providence a lot in my sermons and most often when I deal with Providence I talk about Romans 8:28.  I want to do all that I can to prepare the people who listen to me Sunday after Sunday to suffer for the cause of Christ.  Matthew Henry talks about Romans […]

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Viewing the World through Jesus’ Eyes!

Yesterday our journey through John’s Gospel brought us to chapter 9, which is the story of Jesus healing the man born blind.  In that sermon we looked at how radically different Jesus’ view of life was from the worlds.  Jesus gave us a different view of suffering—the man was born blind for the glory of […]

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A Story of Providence at Boyce College

Sorry about the delay in writing, but I was gone this week to Louisville for the trustee meeting at Southern.  One of the committees meetings I attended while at the meeting was for Boyce College and in that meeting I heard an incredible story of God’s Providence. A young man from Kazakhstan is now a student […]

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Praying for a Five Dollar Rain!

There is a local grocery store close to my house called Richey’s Grocery.  I love that store, the people that run it, and the people that hang out around it.  Every morning you’ll see a group of men hanging out and talking…some call them the Liar’s Club, but I wouldn’t go that far. Kim and […]

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The Means of Sanctification

The buzzword in the theological circles lately seems to be sanctification.  It turns up in sermons and on blogs and I’m thrilled to see it because I am convinced we don’t think about it enough…we either see God’s part or our part, but rarely do we have a proper balance. I was going over John […]

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Trusting the Providene of God

Years ago I set out on an endeavor with full assurance that I was in the will of God.  I had worked hard, sought God’s blessing, and even laid out several ‘fleeces’ to see if God was indeed leading me and every answer was a resounding “Yes!” In the midst of that endeavor things turned […]

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Nov 7, A Story of Providence

Let me tell you a story…it all started years ago in Ocean Springs, MS.  In December of 1979 God led my father to FBC Boaz, AL.  To say that the move was hard on me would be a massive understatement.  I was in the middle of the 9th Grade and hated the thought of leaving […]

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