The anointing of Jesus – John 12:1-11

The event recorded in John 12 is also recorded in Matthew 16:6-13 and Mark 14:3-9. Even though there may be some debate to the contrary, I also believe that Luke 10:38-42 is the same event. As we study this passage, there are five people or groups of people represented. We see Lazarus and Mary who…

State of the Church 2017

Colossians 3:15 says, “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body and be ye thankful.” At First Baptist Decherd we certainly have much to be thankful for. God has given us a great vision and that vision is being fulfilled before our very…

The birth of Ishmael – Genesis 16

The events recorded in Genesis 16 is another example of how our decisions affect those around us. This one event changed the course of history and set the stage for the conflicts that we see in our day. With the birth of Ishmael, we have the birth of the birth of the arch enemy of…

Sanctification

Sanctification is one doctrine that we tend to shy away from. We love to talk about the doctrine of redemption, justification, propitiation, and glorification. When these doctrines are preached we respond with shouts of ‘amen’ and ‘glory to God.’ However, when it comes to sanctification it is met with silence. The apostle Paul prays that…

Abram Believed – Genesis 15

Abram’s story reminds us of a soap opera. In one episode we find him the triumphant man of faith, believing God for the birth of a miracle child, and we say to ourselves, “Abram believed God!” But in the following episode, we see him fathering an illegitimate child, squabbling with his wife, and in a…

Jesus is the Son of God – John 10:19-42

Not only does the scriptures testify that Jesus is the Son of God, but Jesus Himself also testifies to this fact. In the context of Jesus’ conversation with the Jews concerning His healing of the blind man, Jesus makes it very clear that He is the Son of God. In this passage we see two…