SUNDAY SERMON SERIES – The World, the Flesh, and the Devil

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Ephesians 2:1-10


There is a popular show on TV called The Walking Dead. Although I have never seen an actual episode, the commercial made it clear it is all about the aftermath of an apocalypse and zombies. 

While the bible does not specifically refer to the unsaved as “zombies” but when we really think about it that is exactly what we were. Those apart from Christ are walking about the earth with no hope, children of wrath, just waiting for the day of eternal judgment. 


Today’s sermon comes from Voddie Bauchman, who at the time was Pastoring a church in Houston, TX but now is Dean of Theology at African Christian University in Zambia. 

Voddie Baucham: The World, the Flesh, and the Devil

To become a Christian is to be enlisted in a war, one that is fought on three main fronts. In this session, Rev. Voddie Baucham will remind us how the world, the flesh, and the devil work against the kingdom of God. He will explain why battle, struggle, and hardship should not surprise us as Christians. 

This message is from our (Ligonier) 2014 National Conference, Overcoming the World:

2021 Bible Reading Plans

R.C. Sproul reminded us that “The Scriptures are absolutely key in the process by which the Spirit gives—and strengthens—the faith of Christians.”

The beginning of a new year is a time when many Christians evaluate their Scripture reading habits and begin or change a Bible reading plan. For your convenience, we’ve compiled a list of effective Bible reading plans for you to choose from. Whether you are looking to complete the Bible in a year or focus on different books and themes, we hope these plans will be of great help to you, your family, and your church.

(With nearly 20 different plans there is one here for everyone)



Have you struggled to read through the entire Bible? R.C. Sproul’s basic overview of the Bible may help you.


What does it mean that Jesus is our Wonderful Counselor (Isaiah 9:6)?



His Name – The Counsellor, C.H. Spurgeon

Wonderful Counselor, Part One, Alistair Begg

Wonderful Counselor, Part Two



How to Biblically Defend the Sanctity of Life

How to Biblically Defend the Sanctity of Life

God placed a higher premium on protecting the life of the unborn child and the pregnant mother than protecting the life of anybody else in Israelite society…


Devotional Thought for Today – 11/09/2020

Thanksgiving: Psalm 30 – July 5, 2020 – Solana Beach Presbyterian Church



The obvious context, PRAISE, of this Psalm is found in the opening verses 1-3 where the writer implores the people (righteous ones)  to Give thanks to the Lord with the lyre; Sing praises to Him with the harp… Sing to Him a new song; Play skillfully [on the strings] with a loud and joyful sound.

Why praise and not worship, is there a difference. Many in modern evangelical circles think not, I disagree.  Take a moment to look at the two definition links in the last sentence.  I hope you can se the difference, Praise is an expression of approval or admiration in this case of the Lord.  Worship on the other hand while it can include praise,  is an expression of adoration and reverence.  Expressing our gratitude “Thank you Jesus” when we narrowly escape a predicament is Praise not Worship.  

Most churches begin with some form of “Worship” in fact many morning services are called “Worship Services” in the bulletins. Just as many churches have varying forms of worship services. Worship doesn’t mean “to lift your hands” or “bow your kneels” you can not show me that in the book.  For me that is the issue, God. The bible says that praise comes from the mouth Hosea 14:2 and worship from the heart Luke 6:45. 

So I am convinced that we should follow the biblical principles for life at all times. If you are a True born again Christian that should not seem an unreasonable thought to you.  How does that apply here, glad you asked, there are two types of “worship” generally accepted in modern evangelical churches.  They are the Normative Principle of Worship and the Regulative Principle of Worship.  The easiest way I have ever had it explained was the NPW says if its not in the bible its okay while the RPW says only stuff in the bible is okay.  

For those inquiring minds, I hold to the RPW, for a variety of reasons my main one being the fact that just because the bible does not explicitly command us not to does not mean we should,  All things are lawful [that is, morally legitimate, permissible], but not all things are beneficial or advantageous. All things are lawful, but not all things are constructive [to character] and edifying [to spiritual life]  1 Corinthians 10:23.  I am always afraid or at least overly cautious of what corrupt things man can bring into God’s house. 

What is the difference between praise and worship?

What is it to praise God?

What is Christian Worship?

Regulative vs. normative principle of worship—which viewpoint is correct?

The Regulative Principle of Worship by 


Devotional Thought for Today – 11/05/2020

One Thing (Psalm 27:4-6) - YouTube


I do not thing God wants us to settle for “one thing” in our lives spiritually. I believe He expects us to reach a goal and then set a new one continually maturing and growing.  Yet the point of David’s prayer here in these verses is that his undivided focus will be on achieving the goal of, dwell[ing] in the house of the Lord [in His presence] all the days of my life, for it is  the very foundation of his faith.  David is not and neither should we be settling for one thing but focusing on on the one thing that matters most, God.

The Psalm as a whole can be broken down into 4 parts;

The poet first sounds forth his sure confidence in his God, Ps 27:1-3, and his love of communion with him, Ps 27:4-6. He then betakes himself to prayer, Ps 27:7-12, and concludes with an acknowledgment of the sustaining power of faith in his own case, and an exhortation to others to follow his example. Charles H. Spurgeon’s Treasury of David

I offer a few of the comments from Spurgeon’s Commentary for your edification: 

v.1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? Alice Driver, martyr, at her examination, put all the doctors to silence, so that they had not a word to say, but one looked upon another; then she said, “Have you no more to say? God be honoured, you be not able to resist the Spirit of God, in me, a poor woman. I was an honest poor man’s daughter, never brought up at the University as you have seen; but I have driven the plough many a time before my father, I thank God; yet, notwithstanding, in the defence of God’s truth, and in the cause of my Master, Christ, by his grace I will set my foot against the foot of any of you all, in the maintenance and defence of the same; and if I had a thousand lives they should go for the payment thereof.” So the Chancellor condemned her, and she returned to the prison joyful. Charles Bradbury.

v.4 One thing have I desired of the Lord, etc. Seeing David would make but one request to God, why would he not make a greater? for, alas! what a poor request is this–to desire todwell in God’s house? and what to do? but only to see? and to see what? but only a beauty, a fading thing, at most but toenquire; and what is enquiring? but only to hear news; a vain fancy. And what cause in any of these why David should make it his request to God? But mark, O my soul, what goes with it! Take altogether —to behold the beauty of the Lord and to enquire in histemple. And now tell me, if there be, if there can be, any greater request to be made? any greater cause to be earnest about it? For though worldly beauty be a fading thing, yet “the beauty of theLord, “shall continue when the world shall fade away; and though enquiring after news be a vain fancy, yet to enquire in God’sTemple is the way to learn there is no new thing under the sun, and there it was that Solomon learned that “all is vanity.” Indeed, this “one thing, “that David desires, is in effect that unumnecessarium that Christ speaks of in the gospel; which Mary makes choice of there, as David doth here. Sir Richard Baker.

The house of the Lord. It (the tabernacle, the sanctuary), is called the house of God because he is present there, as a man delights to be present in his house. It is the place where God will be met withal. As a man will be found in his house, and there he will have suitors come to him, where he reveals his secrets. A man rests, he lies, and lodgeth in his house. Where is a man so familiar as in his house? and what other place hath he such care to protect and provide for as his house? and he lays up his treasures and his jewels in his house. So God lays up all the treasures of grace and comfort in the visible church. In the church he is to be spoken with as a man in his house. There he gives us sweet meetings; there are mutual, spiritual kisses. “Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth.” So 1:2. A man’s house is his castle, as we say, that he will protect and provide for. God will be sure to protect and provide for his church. Therefore he calls the church of God, that is, the tabernacle (that was the church at that time), the house of God. If we apply it to our times, that answers the tabernacle now is particular visible churches under particular pastors, where the means of salvation are set up. Particular visible churches now are God’s tabernacle. The church of the Jews was a national church. There was but one church, but one place, and one tabernacle; but now God hath erected particular tabernacles. Every particular church and congregation under one pastor, their meeting is the church of God, a several church independent. Richard Sibbes.

I pray today you have that focus fellowship with God that David so enjoyed.


Psalm 19:1-2 (KJV) — Today's Verse for Tuesday, June 12, 2018



Have you ever seen the perfect sunset, maybe gazed upon the Grand Canyon or a snow covered valley and thought ‘God can sure paint a majestic picture.’  Those are priceless memories that we will always treasure. In essence that is what David is doing here in Psalm 19, he has gazed upon God’s word (Law, Torah) and how beautiful it is and how valuable (more than Gold) it for His people. 


Geoff Thomas Sermon Archive

Psalm 19: The Heavens Declare the Glory of God

Other Resources: 

Treasury of David—Psalm 19 – C.H. Spurgeon’s Classic Commentary 

The Skies and the Scriptures – Psalm 19 | Monergism  – from chapter 19 of  The Psalms (Volume 1 – Psalms 1 to 41), Volume 1: Rejoice, the Lord Is King (Preaching the Word) by James A. Johnston

Do all worship the same God?

Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Exodus 20: 3

These days, it’s popular to claim that adherents of various religions all worship the same God. To claim otherwise is to be labeled intolerant and promptly silenced. But what does God Himself say in His Word? Our 2020 State of Theology survey shows that many professing Christians are listening more to culture than to Scripture. Conducted in partnership with LifeWay Research, the full results of this survey are now available.

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Today, 42 percent of U.S. evangelicals* agree with the following statement: “God accepts the worship of all religions, including Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.” On the contrary, the Bible teaches that “there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Tim. 2:5). Only worship that is offered through Christ is acceptable in God’s sight.

One of our Teaching Fellows, Dr. Stephen Nichols, recently commented on these disturbing results from the State of Theology survey.

Religious pluralism may be a popular idea in America, but it has damning consequences. No one comes to the Father but through Jesus Christ, who alone is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). Christians must be unyielding in proclaiming the exclusivity of Christ. By God’s grace, we hope the 2020 results from our State of Theology survey will encourage the church to stand firm for the truth of God’s Word.

* Evangelicals were defined by this survey as people who strongly agreed with the following four statements:

  • The Bible is the highest authority for what I believe.
  • It is very important for me personally to encourage non-Christians to trust Jesus Christ as their Savior.
  • Jesus Christ’s death on the cross is the only sacrifice that could remove the penalty of my sin.
  • Only those who trust in Jesus Christ alone as their Savior receive God’s free gift of eternal salvation.


Devotional Thought for Today – 10-12-2020

8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
9 For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck. Proverbs 1:8-9

AMP and RVR 1960 


I remember back in the day when men thought it was cool to wear some of the gaudiest chains around their necks. I am not sure who started the craze but I am certainly glad it’s gone (or should be).

Here the bible makes clear what our true ornamentation should be the righteous teachings of our parents

I know some of you are going to say or throw the stats at me about the number of single family homes and parentless children. Then reader, you as aunt, uncle, brother sister, grandparent, etc. step up and impart the Law and Wisdom of God. If behoves you to give them the chains to wear. 

Sunday Sermon Series – Whose Name is Jealous

Exodus 34:14 King James Version (KJV) For thou shalt worship no other god:  for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealo… | Exodus 34, Exodus,  Treasures in heavenExodus 34:14 King James Version (KJV)

AMP and RVR 1960


There is no direct parallel quote in the New Testament for this verse. Of course when one reads the NT we find most of it to be just that a New covenant and new information with select quotes from the Old Covenant.

The influence of the Old Testament is seen throughout the New Testament. The New Testament writers included approximately 250 express Old Testament quotations, and if one includes indirect or partial quotations, the number jumps to more than 1,000. It is clear that the writers of the New Testament were concerned with demonstrating the continuity between the Old Testament Scriptures and the faith they proclaimed. They were convinced that in Jesus the Old Testament promises had been fulfilled.Holman Bible Dictionary)

Why the select certain verses over others? My theory (I have yet to do a comprehensive study or analysis) is that since the OT was available in Hebrew and the common Greek; the matter of God was for the most part settled. So the main topics to reinforce were Christ and man’s fallen nature. 

In context here we find our text in the center of a portion of scripture defining the Covenant between God and the Nation of Israel; Exodus 34:10-17. They are called to destroy all other idols, put aside all other practices, and worship the one true God. In return v.10, God promises He will do wondrous works (miracles) such as have not been created or produced in all the earth nor among any of the nations.



Four things does Rev. Spurgeon call upon his reader to ponder carefully: 

I. Reverently, let us remember that THE LORD IS EXCEEDINGLY JEALOUS OF HIS DEITY.




A Jealous God

Charles Haddon Spurgeon March 29, 1863

Scripture: Exodus 34:14 From: Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Volume 9

Additional Sermon

The Lord Whose Name Is JealousJohn Piper