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Philadelphia: The Church with Little Strength and Great Power

August 14, 2022 • Pastor Paul Edwards

Click "View Item" to listen. The Church at Philadelphia had little about it that would garner the acclaim of the world, and yet it had great power because it had the acclaim of the Lord Jesus Christ who had given to this church "an open door" which He himself had opened with "the key of David." This letter is an encouragement to "little" churches" who faithfully minister with minimal visible result and yet are blessed with the commendation of their Savior, "Well done."

The Pattern of Spiritual Declension

August 7, 2022 • Pastor Paul Edwards

In an otherwise dark Psalm which details the rebellion of God's people against his law, statutes, and covenant, verses 34 through 42 are an island of hope. These verses reveal the pattern of spiritual decline which is true of all of God's chosen: In the midst of their sinful rebellion, God's people remember God and return to him, God remembers them and turns away his wrath, and God's people turn back from God and do not remember him. The hope comes when the Psalmist reveals that God is not surprised by this pattern of behavior and gives grace upon grace in response.

The Choice of a Contemptuous Generation

July 31, 2022 • Pastor Paul Edwards

The 78th Psalm is a narrative history of God's gracious dealings with the Israelites in leading them out of bondage in Egypt and feeding them in the wilderness. How did Israel respond to these numberless blessings? With insolence and contempt. How do we guard our hearts against the same calloused response to God's gracious and undeserved blessings upon us?

Heart Failure

July 24, 2022 • Pastor Paul Edwards

Psalm 78 is the record of God's overtures of love toward his people and His people reciprocating those overtures with continual rejection and rebellion. Verse 8 is God's epithet for the first generation of Israelites whom God characterizes as "stubborn and rebellious." And the source of this stubborn rebellion is heart failure: "who set not their hearts aright." What were their hearts set on which warranted God's anger toward them?

Sardis: The Church of the Walking Dead

July 24, 2022 • Pastor Paul Edwards

The church at Sardis had a name that they were alive, but were dead; a few names who remained undefiled, and individual names who will never be blotted out of the book of life. When Jesus tells this church that he will not blot the names of the overcomers out of the book of life, it isn't a threat that they could be blotted out. It's a glorious promise that they can never be blotted out!

The Attribute of Work

July 10, 2022 • Grant Blackmer

Shepherdless Sheep, Scattered and Harassed

July 10, 2022 • Pastor Paul Edwards

What does Jesus see when he looks upon the multitudes? The people came to him for remedies to their external concerns, but he saw what only the sovereign, omniscient Son of God can see: their aimless wanderings, their weariness and harassment as a result of the unfaithfulness of their spiritual leaders.

Raging Rulers Against the Reigning King

July 3, 2022 • Pastor Paul Edwards

Behind the turbulence in our culture is the spiritual reality of humanity's rebellion against God. The world is as it is because it has set itself in defiance against God's holy laws. God's response is to hold the world in derision even as sets His only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus, as King over all.

Ephesians: The Closing Benediction

June 26, 2022 • Pastor Paul Edwards

The Apostle ends his letter where he began: with grace and peace, but then adds "love with faith." With these four virtues, Paul summarizes what he has been saying in the entire letter.

Faithfulness in Obscurity

May 29, 2022 • Pastor Paul Edwards

The success of any church is dependent in large measure on men and women who are content to serve the church and the Lord Jesus in obscurity. The Apostle Paul closes his letter to the Ephesians by introducing us to a man who is a model of such faithfulness: Tychicus.

Thyatira: "That Woman Jezebel"

May 22, 2022 • Pastor Paul Edwards

Both Pergamos and Thyatira had been infiltrated by a false teaching and practice known by three names: the doctrine of Balaam, the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, and "the depths of Satan" propounded by "that woman Jezebel." This teaching was characterized by subtle compromises with the prevailing culture which led eventually to the destruction of the church.

"And Also for Me" (Part 2)

May 22, 2022 • Pastor Paul Edwards

The Apostle Paul asks for the prayers of his people, not for his own sake, but so that the mystery of the gospel might be proclaimed. He asks for two things specifically: "utterance" and "boldness." What is this "utterance"? And what is this "boldness"? And why are they so critical to Paul's ability to preach the gospel?

May Christ Be Exalted

May 15, 2022 • Grant Blackmer

The Apostle Paul is confident he will be redeemed from his imprisonment because Christ is - and will be - exalted through his life or his death. No matter how volatile our circumstances become, one thing that remains constant is our ability to glorify Christ in those circumstances.

The Ballast of Sovereign Love

May 8, 2022 • Pastor Paul Edwards

The first two chapters of 1 Samuel are a moving drama of God's sovereign actions to bring about the birth of His greatest prophet. This prophet would be the "kingmaker." In this drama, we learn that God is at work in the bleakest of circumstances to bring about His eternal purposes. God was at work in Hannah's drama, and He's at work in your drama, too!

"And Also for Me...."

April 24, 2022 • Pastor Paul Edwards

Having encouraged the believers in Ephesus to pray for one another, the Apostle Paul concludes his exhortation on prayer with, "And also for me..." Why does Paul need the prayers of the Ephesians? What is he asking them to pray for?

The Romans Doxology: "Incomparable Doxology"

April 17, 2022 • Pastor Paul Edwards

Good Friday: "Guilt and Glory at the Cross"

April 15, 2022 • Pastor Paul Edwards

The Romans Doxology: "Incomprehensible Design"

April 10, 2022 • Pastor Paul Edwards

When the Apostle says God's "judgments" are unsearchable, he means God's decisions or rulings as the Sovereign of the universe. When he says God's "ways" are past finding out, he means God's methods for bringing to pass all that His Sovereign will purposes to do. How do we respond when we find ourselves objecting to the decisions and the methods of God?

The Romans Doxology: "Immeasurable Depth - Part 2"

April 3, 2022 • Pastor Paul Edwards

When the Apostle Paul looks down from the lofty peak of the theological realities which he has just scaled in Romans 1 through 11, he breaks forth into an ascription of praise to God for the depth of the riches of His grace and mercy, the wisdom which implemented such a plan so contrary to the wisdom of this world, and the knowledge which devised it to His own glory.

The Romans Doxology: "Immeasurable Depth"

April 3, 2022 • Pastor Paul Edwards

The Apostle Paul has spent the first 11 chapters of his great Epistle to the Romans scaling the mountain of the great theological realities of God's way of making sinners righteous. When he reaches the peak in Romans 11:33, he looks back down from where he has just ascended and can only exclaim, "O the depth of the riches and the wisdom and the knowledge of God!" What has prompted this ascription of praise to our sovereign God?

Pergamos: Repent, or Else!

March 13, 2022 • Pastor Paul Edwards

The Church at Pergamos was syncretizing the sacred institution of the Lord's Table with the immoral orgies of the pagans under the pretense of understanding the schemes of the devil to better fight against him. Jesus gives this church one of his most severe warnings.

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