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Sermons from First Baptist Church of St. Charles

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God's Sovereignty Over Suffering and Satan's Hand in it.

God is absolute and eternal and infinite. Everything else and everybody else is dependent and finite and contingent. God himself is the great supreme value. Everything else that has any value has it by connection to God. God is supreme in all things. He has all authority, all power, all wisdom—and he is all good “to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him” (Lamentations 3:25). And his name, as Creator and Redeemer and Ruler of all, is Jesus Christ.

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Our Suffering and God's Grace

One of the major causes of devastating grief and confusion among Christians is that our expectations are false. We do not give the subject of evil and suffering the thought it deserves until we ourselves are confronted with tragedy. If by that point our beliefs—not well thought out but deeply ingrained—are largely out of step with the God who has disclosed Himself in the Bible and supremely in Jesus, then the pain from the personal tragedy may be multiplied many times over as we begin to question the very foundations of our faith. Of course, not all doubts and fears arise from false expectations based on questionable beliefs. At the intellectual level, a Christian may be as orthodox as the apostle Paul, yet so lack the apostle’s spiritual maturity that when the first crisis hits all the orthodox commitments are again thrown into the melting pot. Dr. Don Carson

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Give Thanks to the Lord

We are to be thankful because God is good; meaning we are not good. While we were still sinners Christ died for us. Then why is it so hard to give God thanks! Because we are focused on earthly things instead go the things of God. Is your soul tired of man-made, churchy and religious things? Has your soul fainted? Are you at your wits-end and ready to cry out to the Lord? Give glory to Him and let Him deliver you from all your inequities.

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The Exhortation That Addresses You As Sons

Are you running the race, but forgot why you do it? One thing we can't forget it that we are His children. By professing faith in Him we automatically became His children. Being His children, we undergo His discipline. Any father disciplines his children. If you don't get disciplined by by God, you have to check your relationship with Him, as He disciplines those He loves.

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As We Gather At The Table of The Lord

Baptism is the first outward sign of obedience toward Christ. The Lord's Supper is the sign of our continuous commitment toward our Lord Jesus Christ. And we are to be obedient until His glorious return. When we participate in communion we look for the spiritual nourishment this ordnance brings to our soul. Communion affirms our unity as Christ's Church.

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