Gone, But Still Applicable | Jon Cardwell

In speaking of a new covenant, he makes the first one obsolete. And what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away. Hebrews 8:13

It has been said by some, “Since the new covenant has been instituted by Christ, the civil and ceremonial laws of the Mosaic covenant have been abolished.” Have they? That’s not what our text says. The apostle tells us the old covenant is obsolete. The English words “obsolete” and “old” are translated from the Greek root word παλαιοω (palaioo). This word means “worn out” or “declared to be obsolete.” It doesn’t mean it has been completely eliminated, abolished or replaced. To replace it altogether actually would be antinomianism, a false doctrine. If Jesus fulfilled the law by His perfect sacrifice (Heb 5:9) and by His perfect priesthood (Heb 7:28), the law is not eliminated it but elevated. Read More »

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True Love | Brief Sermons for Busy Folks-Pat Loftin

pat loftin The church folks were giving testimonies of the good they had received from the recent revival. A dear lady member rose up to tell of the great blessings she had received. She testified thusly, “Before this revival meeting I hated my brother-in-law so much that I would not even go to his funeral. But since this revival I feel so different toward him— in fact, I would now be glad to go to his funeral any old day.”

Love for others is a proof of loving Jesus and obeying His Word! Jesus said in John 13:35, “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” Some folks are easy to love but some are not! Jesus has the power to enable us to love the unlovely! One thing that helps us to love people is to remember how much God loves us! God loved us so much that He gave His Son to die on a cross so we could be saved and go to Heaven. All we have to do is believe in Christ and He will save us!

Pat Loftin has served as a Baptist minister for some 62 years and resides in Epps, LA where he has been the husband of Kathy for 59 years, the father of 3, grandfather of 6 and great-grandfather of 3 more. His hobbies include fishing but his passion is for preaching, teaching and writing. To contact Bro. Pat Loftin, you may email him through our contact page here

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Altogether Desireable | Jon Cardwell

From the daily email devotional by Pastor Jon Cardwell:

Blessed Monday to you! Today is April 30, 2018.

Here’s my devotional thought pulled from one of today’s portions of R. M. M’Cheyne’s “Daily Bread” Bible Reading Calendar.

His mouth is most sweet, and he is altogether desirable. Song of Solomon 5:16

Isaiah describes the Lord Jesus’ physical appearance as plain and unimpressive: “he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him” (Isaiah 53:2). Yet, to His beloved bride, the church, Jesus is altogether lovely.

Jesus is pure in righteousness, red by His shed blood in sacrifice, and holy, separate and distinguishable from any other (Song 5:10). He leads His people while upon His throne in heaven and the beauty of His provision is found in the supply of God, just as Elijah was fed by the ravens at the brook (Song 5:11; 1 Ki 17:4-6). Jesus, the Prince of Peace, views His kingdom from heaven above and sends forth the Holy Spirit to minister to His people, with abounding promises, which are precisely crafted as a jeweler setting precious gems (Song 5:12). Christ’s presence is a sweet fragrance; moreover, His words are beautiful to behold and powerfully sweet when understood, especially as it pertains to His atoning death (Song 5:13). Every action of Christ is ordained in heaven, both precious and beautiful; and His humanity is pure and glorious (Song 5:14). The Lord’s walk and stance is unwavering and ordained in heaven; and His glorious presence hovers high above all men, providing shade and repose for His people and resources for His people to further the kingdom (Song 5:15). The words of Jesus are the most savory, moreover, the scriptures reveal His beauty and majesty (Song 5:16).

Christ is our beloved Savior,
Not beautiful by sight;
Yet, in Spirit, His beauty’s more
Lofty than highest height.

Jesus, very God, yet human;
Describ’d in heav’nly song,
Reveal’d in holy acumen
To those, in Him belong.

With love in Christ by God’s grace,

Jon

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Smart Phones and Reading Habits | Jared Longshore

from Founders.org

“I know I really need to scroll through Facebook, but it is just so much easier to meditate on the Bible.” Said no one ever. Thinking deeply upon Scripture requires discipline. Mindlessly ingesting breaking news, tweets, and posts requires wifi and thumbs.

I’ve mentioned before that the we and our smart phones are like the neighborhood boys with the 4th of July fireworks. They could light up the night sky commemorating something worth remembering. Or, they could burn down the neighborhood. When it comes to our smart phones and our reading habits, we want to make sure those bottle rockets are pointed in the right direction.

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Is It Necessary to Preach Divine Wrath? | Steve Lawson

from Ligonier.org

The Genevan Reformer John Calvin said, “Preaching is the public exposition of Scripture by the man sent from God, in which God Himself is present in judgment and in grace.” Faithful pulpit ministry requires the declaration of both judgment and grace. The Word of God is a sharp, two-edged sword that softens and hardens, comforts and afflicts, saves and damns.

The preaching of divine wrath serves as a black velvet backdrop that causes the diamond of God’s mercy to shine brighter than ten thousand suns. It is upon the dark canvas of divine wrath that the splendor of His saving grace most fully radiates. Preaching the wrath of God most brilliantly showcases His gracious mercy toward sinners.

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Thank You Dear Brother….

I have experienced another change of season, if you will, in my life. One chapter ends, another begins. After 15 years and over 1500 broadcasts, we recently recorded the final episode of On Call with Dr. Edney.

These things are so bittersweet. Bitter that a relationship that I have had with this good man, Dr. Dan Edney, is changing. Sweet in that God will be opening other doors of service. The practical reasons the show is ending is that the demand of our personal and work schedules is making it a greater challenge to have the time to record the weekly broadcast. Dr. Edneys always active medical practice, family obligations and ministry work take a great of time. The work load for my day job will soon be greatly increasing and I also hope to revive my old radio program as a weekly podcast. So we saw this as a time to move on.

But I wanted to stop and share a few thought s about this man, Dr Edney, or Danny as I call him. He has been more than just a friend and a coworker. He is and has been a brother. We have been through so much together; some good, some bad. He has always been there for me through thick and thin either with some sort of tangible support or many times, with just a kind word or two of encouragement.

What most people don’t know is that when the radio station faltered and eventually closed, I owed a significant debt on it. Without hesitation, Danny said that we would take moneys from the profit of the On Call program to pay towards the debt of the radio station. It took a few years, but we eventually paid it off and I am eternally grateful for his generosity.

But hasn’t been just business. There have been many time when he helped me out of jams and problems and he did so as a gracious friend and brother, always with love kindness. I have one younger brother and I love him dearly, but Danny Edney has been a brother to me as well. I will miss our times together in the studio and away; our exchanges in conversation, both heated and calm. But I always know that he is just a call of text away and that I can reach out to him at any time.

Thank you brother for all you have done. Thank you for being my brother.

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