Archive Monthly Archives: October 2012

The Happy People

October 15, 2012

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.

Psalm 144:1-15


The happy people understand things others wish they knew.  It is amazing to note the number of articles, books, movies, and songs about happiness.  I have a suspicion that deep down inside everyone wants to know the secret of happiness.

Dr. Jerry Bridges explains in his book titled, The Fruitful Life: the overflow of God’s love through you, “Kindness and goodness are so closely related that they are often used interchangeably. . . .  Kindness is a sincere desire for the happiness of others; goodness is the activity calculated to advance that happiness.”[1]

Dr. J. C. (John Charles) Ryle (1816-1900) shares, “An atheist was once addressing a crowd of people in the open air.  He was trying to persuade them that there was no God and no devil, no heaven, and no hell, no resurrection, no judgment, and no life to come.  He advised them to throw away their Bibles, and not to pay attention to what preachers said.  He recommended them to think as he did, and to be like him.  He talked boldly.  The crowd listened eagerly.  It was ‘the blind leading the blind.’  Both were falling into the pit (Matthew 15:14). Continue reading

Mandate to Minister

October 14, 2012




H. FRANKLIN PASCHALL, was pastor of  First Baptist Church of Nashville, Tenn. A native of Kentucky, Paschall was pastor of the First Baptist Church of Bowling Green, Ky., from 1951-55, before coming to Nashville. Previously he was pastor of the Hazel Baptist Church in Hazel, Ky.  He is a graduate of Union University, Jackson, Tenn., and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Ky., where he earned the Doctor of Theology Degree. Paschall was born May 12, 1922, in Hazel, Ky.

President’s Address:  Mandate to Minister, part I

By H. Franklin Paschall


Jesus said, “The Son of Man came not to be ministered unto but to minister.”  And again He said, “As the Father hath sent me even so send I you.”  From the mountains of inspiration and worship we go down into the lowlands to serve.  Sir Walter Scott observed that the most beautiful scenery in Scotland is where the highlands and lowlands meet.

The Pattern of Ministry in the New Testament

There is a pattern of ministry in the New Testament.  It is a ministry under authority.  One word translated “minister” means under-rower.  It is the picture of a servant rowing the boat under the authority and direction of the captain.  In the New Testament, ministry is not optional but mandatory.  It is under the authority and direction of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Chief Captain. Continue reading

Group Activity

October 13, 2012

By Walker Moore

Walker Moore founded AweStar Ministries, a missions organization that has put thousands of teens on fields ‘white unto harvest’ around the world.

I just finished a book entitled Men are like Waffles—Women are like Spaghetti by Bill and Pam Farrel. The authors try to explain the differences between men and women and the ways they approach life. I thoroughly agree with their statement that men think in little squares. When I’m in my work square, all I think about is work. When I’m in my TV-watching square, the house could burn down around me and I wouldn’t notice.

If you look at a waffle, you’ll notice there are no doors to connect the squares. Men have trouble thinking about more than one thing at a time. Since women are like spaghetti, every physical, mental, spiritual or emotional aspect of their lives interacts with everything else. A woman can be mad at the cat and by the time her husband comes home from work, she’s mad at him, too—even if he did nothing wrong.  And of course there’s always one leftover emotion at the end of the day with nowhere to go. I’ll find my wife crying and inquire, “What’s wrong?” She always answers, “Nothing.” Men don’t have a square to process this type of response. Continue reading

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