Homecoming 2017

Well, I think it’s safe to say that a mighty fine time was had by all the folk who joined us last weekend.  Good messages, good fellowship, good food, and good company.  What more can you ask?  As of today, it sounds like everyone got home safely (aside from those who chose to hang around Smyrna for a few days).  So, I’m very grateful.

Here are the audio files, all in one place, from this weekend’s gathering … along with a special file of music from both our Saturday and Sunday services.  Plus, I’ve included a pdf of my notes, since I didn’t quite make through them all.  So, enjoy.  Listen.  Sing along.  And hopefully the joy that we all felt will transfer via these audio files.

Here is Tom’s Saturday message.

Here is Alex’s Saturday message.

Here is our Sunday morning communion message.

Here is the song and music file.

And here are my notes.

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The Sovereignty of God at ETT 2017

I was privileged to be at the Embracing the Truth Conference 2017 last week.  I taught for three mornings.  God was good.  My health held out, my voice didn’t wain too much, and I got to see friends and brothers who I only get to visit with a couple times a year.  So, all in all, a mighty good week.

In the weeks to come, the other messages from the conference will be posted on the conference website: sovereigngracebibleconference.org

In the meantime, here are my three presentations.  The third day, the ear-mounted microphone gave me some trouble.  That’s the cause for the various clicks and pops.  But, I think the audio is still quite listenable.

ETT 2017 – Sovereignty and Prayer

ETT 2017 Sovereignty and Suffering

ETT 2017 – Sovereignty and Evangelism

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Embracing the Truth 2017

January is nearly in the history books.  Time’s flying.  And it’s nearly conference season.  If I do go everywhere I’ve agreed to go, I will travel more this year than in most recent years … if the Lord wills.

The first conference I’ll be attending in 2017 is the Embracing The Truth gathering in Gladeville, TN.  March 7-10.  I love this conference, for more reasons than one.  Great fellowship, great food, great preaching, and it’s close enough to home that I get to sleep in my own bed.  So, here are the details … the announcement poster and the schedule of speakers.  If you’re anywhere in the Middle Tennessee area, make sure to plan some time at ETT 2017.

Poster

Schedule

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Some Online Photo Albums

I have been experimenting with ways to share some of my photography online. I do post to an online photography community site, and a Facebook photography page, but I recently started experimenting with Adobe Spark, a new offering that allows users to create their photo albums, videos, and various shareable pages.  Here are links to my first two efforts:

Cannonsburgh Village: https://spark.adobe.com/page/MZizR2SKtaDZi/

Cincinnati Zoo: https://spark.adobe.com/page/qJLHqg0Eu5x8y/

Frist Museum Cars: https://spark.adobe.com/page/1tUMKR54PzRjV/

Sam Davis Home: https://spark.adobe.com/page/qs9HXcBSOs0Yf/

Enjoy!

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The Sovereignty Series in Ohio

My daughter and I had a very good trip to Ohio and back.  We spent Saturday with the fine folk of Riverside Bible Church in Columbus.  They treated us like family …. you know, the way Christians do.  🙂

I spoke for more than three hours, reviewing the teaching that I have called “The Sovereignty Series.”  To our regular listeners, most of this will sound familiar.  But, we spoke about God’s sovereignty in suffering, in prayer, and briefly, in salvation.  Here is the audio of that day’s teaching.

Part one —

Part two —

And, part three —

By the end, my voice was getting tired and raspy.  But, I appreciate all the folk who stuck around to the bitter end.

On Sunday afternoon, Meg and I visited the Cincinnati Zoo.  Great zoo, by the way.  Photos are forthcoming.  Then, we drove home that evening.  Long day.  Really long day.  Have I mentioned what along day it was?

But, all in all, a mighty fine weekend.

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Heading for Ohio

September is nearly upon us.  Autumn is not in the air here in Middle Tennessee, however.  The only solution?  Head north.

Lord willing, I will be visiting Columbus, Ohio in the near future.  On Saturday, September 10, I will be speaking at Riverside Bible Church.  Here’s the website for directions and so that you become familiar with them: Riverside Bible Church

If you’re in the area, come by and say hello.  The schedule I was given looks like this:  We’ll start with breakfast about 8:30 AM, hopefully some singing around 9:15, and then I will have three time slots of 45 to 60 minutes each.  We’ll start the first around 9:30, a break 10:15 to 10:30, a second session at about 10:30, eat lunch about 11:45 to 12:30 and finish with the last session.  So, it’s a half-day affair.  Plenty of time to visit with friends and meet new ones.

I’m planning on teaching the “Sovereignty series,” addressing questions and issues that commonly arise from our theology of God’s supreme sovereignty.  I’ve been assured that Riverside has a reputation as “sovereignty central,” so I should be right at home.  🙂

And I’m looking forward to Ohio in September.  Hopefully Autumn is beginning up there.

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