Does Jesus Care In The Storm?

“And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?” (Mark 4:38) In the midst of a fierce storm of tribulation in our lives, we are prone to the same response as the apostles during their…

Strength to Do What?

(This article was first published on the Dallas Primitive Baptist Church website.) Philippians 4:13 (KJV) I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13 is, on the one hand, a very powerful and comforting verse, on the other, it is one of the most miss-used texts in the canon of scripture. The…

Shake & Shine

“13) Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. 14) Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot…

A Note on Interaction Between African and Caucasian Churches Prior to the Civil War

I found an interesting statement while reading some historical references online today. Initially, I was looking for information on our constituting pastor, John Nicholson. Then I took my typical rabbit trail, perusing local historic markers, a google search of our church’s name, etc., eventually coming across a note on Saint Bartley. Originally known as the…

The Spirit among the Body

The Holy Spirit can lead a man to study and prepare for a message on a specific subject to be delivered many weeks in the future. The Holy Spirit can change a man’s mind when he steps into the pulpit. The same Spirit gives what is needed regardless of when or how the opportunity develops….

“It Is Finished” – A Past Tense Salvation

When we consider eternal salvation, as Primitive Baptists we simply take Jesus at his word on the cross when he declared “It Is Finished”! We must then ask, what did Jesus actually finish on the cross? Did Christ just do his part of salvation and now he is waiting and dependent upon the sinner to…

Why Didn’t the 10 Commandments Forbid Things Like Rape and Slavery?

Christians are occasionally asked thought provoking questions such as why God didn’t forbid sinful behaviors like rape and slavery in the Ten Commandments, as found in Exodus chapter 20. The quick answer to that question, is that it does so by giving an overarching, governing principle that automatically forbids the sinful behaviors under consideration. In…

All These Things Are Against Me

“And Jacob their father said unto them, Me have ye bereaved of my children: Joseph is not, and Simeon is not, and ye will take Benjamin away: all these things are against me.” (Gen. 42:36) When we endure tragedy, we have a tendency to develop a “woe is me attitude”. It is very easy in…

Eschatology Affects Our Perspective

Believe it or not, but a person’s eschatology affects their political views. If you are amillennial, you recognize that the “Kingdom of Heaven is at hand,” so the affairs of your particular nation take a rightful backseat, since you belong to a greater kingdom, have a certain reigning King, and you are concerned with the…