By Franklin L. Kirksey, Pastor, First Baptist Church of Spanish Fort, Alabama, and author of Sound Biblical Preaching: Giving the Bible a Voice.
These expositions by Dr. Kirksey are offered to suggest sermon or Bible study ideas for pastors and other church leaders, both from the exposition and from the illustrative material, or simply for personal devotion.
Dr. Alexander Maclaren (1826-1910) comments on this psalm, “It is a prayer of a harassed soul, tempted to slacken its hold on God, and therefore betaking itself to Him.” Listen to the heart cry of one harassed by cruel hate, as we read in Psalm 141, “Lord, I cry out to You; / Make haste to me! Give ear to my voice when I cry out to You. Let my prayer be set before You as incense, / The lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; / Keep watch over the door of my lips. Do not incline my heart to any evil thing, / To practice wicked works / With men who work iniquity; / And do not let me eat of their delicacies. Let the righteous strike me; / It shall be a kindness. And let him rebuke me; / It shall be as excellent oil; / Let my head not refuse it. For still my prayer is against the deeds of the wicked. Their judges are overthrown by the sides of the cliff, / And they hear my words, for they are sweet. Our bones are scattered at the mouth of the grave, / As when one plows and breaks up the earth. But my eyes are upon You, O GOD the Lord; / In You I take refuge; / Do not leave my soul destitute. Keep me from the snares they have laid for me, / And from the traps of the workers of iniquity. Let the wicked fall into their own nets, / While I escape safely.” Continue reading
PRESIDENT’S ADDRESS, SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION, 1961,
St. Louis, Missouri. Speaker: Ramsey Pollard, Memphis, Tennessee.
I wish to read from the sixteenth chapter of the book of Matthew: When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples saying, “Whom do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” And they said, “Some say that thou art John the Baptist, some Elias, and others Jeremias, or one of the prophets.” And he saith unto them, “But whom say ye that I am?” And Simon Peter answered and said, “Thou are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered and said unto him, “Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jonah, for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Continue reading
By Walker Moore
Walker Moore is founder of AweStar Ministries. His commitment to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ is reflected in his very lifestyle. He also has a burden for young people to be 0n the mission fields of the world. For more info on how the young people in your life can learn missions first-hand, go to www.awestar.org.
As a child returning to school in the fall, I almost always had to write a paper entitled, “What I Did with my Summer Vacation.” Since our family did about the same thing every summer, I turned in the same report year after year. Now that I’m older, I know I could have made things much more interesting. If had to do it today, I’d describe my summer on the mission field by the numbers. Here goes: Continue reading