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Four Anchors of the Faith

An anchor is that which gives stability or security; that on which we place dependence for The Four Anchors of the Faith. A Baptist Sermon taught at Irvington Bible Baptist Churchsafety.  We have some anchors in the faith that help to keep us rooted and grounded and keep us from being tossed to and fro when the storms of life assail us.  We are going to look at the four anchors of the faith, that we have as demonstrated by the life of the Apostle Paul, that will keep us rooted and grounded as we journey through this life.

1)  The presence of God (Acts 27:23)

The first anchor that we will look at is the Anchor of the Presence of God in your life.  If you have accepted Jesus as your personal Lord and Saviour, then the Bible teaches that you have the presence of God within you: Continue reading Four Anchors of the Faith

Three things that Saul did to publish the gospel

The unintended consequences caused by the persecution of the early church.  In life, we find that with whatever we are attempting to accomplish, often times we end up with some unintended consequences.  For instance:The unintended consequences caused by the persecution of the early Church.

In the 1950s, a malaria outbreak occurred among Borneo’s Dayak people. The World Health Organization (WHO) tried to alleviate the problem by spraying the Dayak people’s thatch-roofed huts with DDT. The DDT killed the malaria-bearing mosquitos but also killed the parasitic wasp that kept thatch-eating caterpillars under control. At nightfall, the buzz of the malarial, bloodsucking mosquitoes was stilled, but sharp cracks and then wild screaming followed as people’s roofs caved in.
But this was hardly the end of the problem. The geckos ate the toxic mosquitos. Normally these lizards can race over water for yards. They reeled like drunks on a DDT Saturday night. The neighborhood cats, after seeing all these drugged geckos couldn’t help but stuff themselves full of geckos.
Then the cats died.
Thus the rats rejoiced. With their primary predators gone, their population exploded. Rats were everywhere and they were all scurrying over and through the Dayak’s roofless hut. The rodents were a greater threat than the mere skin-crawling, toe-biting mosquitoes. The rats are known to carry diseases like bubonic plague – a condition that’s more serious than malaria. (hundreds of millions of people in Europe died because of this plague.)
So what was the World Health Organization to do? They were afraid of additional disasters that might occur if they poisoned the rats.
Someone finally had the bright idea that what was needed was to reintroduce the natural predators of the rats. They needed cats. New cats. A lot of new cats. But how could the WHO transport thousands of cats into a remote section of Borneo?
Introducing: Parachuting cats!

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Infallible Proofs

In some areas of life, a small margin of error won’t really make much of difference in the outcome; however, when it comes to your faith, even a small margin of error is In some areas of life, a small margin of error won't really make much of difference in the outcome; however, when it comes to your faith, even a small margin of error is unacceptable. Click through to Irvington Bible Baptist Church for more informationunacceptable.  For instance, in  1983, an Air Canada flight ran out of fuel above Gimli, Manitoba. Canada had switched to the metric system in 1970, and the plane is reported to have been Air Canada’s first aircraft to use metric measurements. The plane’s onboard fuel gauge was not working, so the crew used measuring “dipsticks” to check how much fuel the plane took on during refueling. Things went wrong when they converted this measurement of volume into one of weight. They got the number right, but the unit wrong – mistaking pounds of fuel for kilograms. As a result, the plane was carrying about half as much fuel as they thought. Luckily, the pilot was able Continue reading Infallible Proofs

Good News and Bad News

In the Gospel of Luke chapter 4, we find recorded, the return of Jesus to Nazareth, the town where he grew up.  First, it is important to note that the scriptures teach us that it was the custom of Jesus to attend Synagog on the Sabbath.   As a Christian, it should also be your Good news versus Bad news. Which do you like to hear first? In this podcast we will study the Good news and the Bad news that Jesus preached about in Luke chapter 4. Click through to visit Irvington Bible Baptist Churchcustom to attend church (Hebrews 10:25) on the appointed day, which is Sunday (1 Corinthians 16:2).  Your friends, neighbors, and family, should know exactly where you will be each and every Sunday.

When Jesus arrived at the service, he stood up to read out of the Book of Isaiah, and once finished he sat down, and told them all that “today this prophecy is fulfilled in your ears.”  The people in attendance knew full well that this passage was about the Messiah, and by saying this Jesus did in fact claim to be the Messiah.

Jesus delivered them some Good News and some Bad News.  What makes the news good or bad, Continue reading Good News and Bad News

Four ways to handle anger

I have had my own issues in the past with not handling anger very well.  In fact, my wife will tell you that at one time, she was pretty sure that I held the world record for broken Television remote controls.  To this day, I don’t know what they ever did to me, but I bounced them off of theFour ways to handle anger. An Independent Baptist Sermon on anger|Irvington Bible Baptist Church wall, the floor, coffee-table or anything else that I could find.  I had real anger management issues.

Anger, when it is misused, may come and go quickly, but so does a tornado, and just like the aftermath of a tornado, it takes a lot of effort and time to clean up the mess that is left behind.

We tend to believe that anger is always a bad thing, but sometimes it is a sin to not be angry.  In John chapter 2 we see a time that the Lord Jesus Christ got angry.  Angry enough to make a weapon, and we know that Continue reading Four ways to handle anger

Pressing for Higher Ground

Shortly after Herman Ostry purchased some property in Bruno, Nebraska; a nearby creek flooded his new barn with 29 inches of water.  Herman’s son, Mike, started to We need to always be moving to higher ground. In 2 Corinthians chapter 8, The Apostle Paul gives us a list of Five things that we need to abound in, to move to higher ground. A sermon from Irvington Bible Baptist Church.think about how they could resolve this problem.  he counted how many boards, timbers, nails, etc. and estimated the weight of the barn at 19,000 pounds (9.5 tons).  He figured that if everyone would pitch in (344 We need always to be moving to higher groundtownspeople) that each person would only need to lift 55 pounds each, to carry the barn to higher ground.

On  June 30, 1988, Mike designed a grid of steel tubing to serve as “Barn Handles”.  Herman counted 1..2..3..Lift!  The barn rose up off the ground with no trouble at all.  The 344 townspeople carried the 9-ton barn up hill 50 yards to higher ground.

We need always to be moving to higher ground

We need always to be moving to higher ground.  In 2 Corinthians chapter 8, the Apostle Paul gives us Continue reading Pressing for Higher Ground

Can Defeated, Dead, Dry Bones Live?

The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst ofCan defeated, dead, dry bones live? That is the question that God asked Ezekiel, and it is the question that we explore in this podcast from Irvington Bible Baptist Church. the valley which was full of bones,
And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry.
And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O LORD God, thou knowest.
Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.
Thus saith the LORD God unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live:
And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone.
And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them.
Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the LORD God; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.
So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army. - Ezekiel 37:1-10
Sometimes it can feel like nothing can go right.   Like all hope is lost.  

Israel was now in Babylonian captivity, Their home had been Continue reading Can Defeated, Dead, Dry Bones Live?

Why you can’t see The Big Picture

Have you ever seen those, What did you see first, hidden picture games?  Where they show you several pictures that have other pictures embedded or hidden within them?  For instance, Irvington Bible Baptist Church, We often don't see what the Lord is trying to show us, because of the attacks of Satan. Click through to see how to overcome those attacks.you will see a picture of a face, but within that face, they have embedded other pictures of different things, and you are supposed to select what you saw first.  How do you do on them?  Me? Not so good.  I usually only see the main image at first and have to study to see what else is there.  Or sometimes you may see one that says hit “share” when you see it, and I have to look long and hard to see what I am supposed to be seeing!

In this podcast we will discuss why we often miss the big picture: Continue reading Why you can’t see The Big Picture

Stay the Course

Stay the course is a phrase that originated as a nautical metaphor on maintaining a constant, unaltering course while navigating the Sea.   It was also a recurring phrase used in the Mel GibsonFor the keys necessary to stay the course in your Christian life, click through to Irvington Bible Baptist Church film The Patriot.  Mel Gibson played a former soldier, turned farmer and then Colonel of the local Militia during the Revolutionary War.  Throughout the movie Two of his sons were killed, his friends and supporters were burned out of their homes and killed.  He almost quit.  He decided to Continue reading Stay the Course

The Ultimate Guide of Things to Continue

To be continued….Those are arguably the most disappointing words on television.  Especially at the end of a season.  Before Netflix, you would actually need to wait until next week or longer for the conclusion of the matter.  The most famous cliffhanger of them all was from the show Dallas, Who shot J.R?  In the Christian life there are things to beThe Ultimate Guide of Things to Continue. A podcast from Irvington Bible Baptist Church. To see the list of things to continue doing in order to not get discouraged in the Christian LIfe click through to Irvington Bible Baptist Church. continued, but contrary to the entertainment industry, the things to be continued are not discouraging or disappointing, but rather encouraging.  Helping us not to quit!  Everywhere you look, there are people quitting on everything.  They quit jobs, they quit Continue reading The Ultimate Guide of Things to Continue