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Kitchens Creek Baptist Church
7231 Monroe Hwy @ Kitchens Creek Rd
Ball, Louisiana 71405

Email: Pastor Milton W Howard
PO Box 740

Ball, Lo
UiSiAna  71405

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08/13/17

Text Box:  "Trusting Christ" 

(Romans 10:13-17)  "How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed?  How shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard?  How shall they hear without a preacher?  How shall they preach, except they be sent?...So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." 

When God is going to save a person, He sends a messenger who preaches the Gospel to that person.  When the Gospel is preached, that person hears of only One who can save – the Lord Jesus Christ.  The Spirit of God points us to Christ.  The Law of God points us to Christ, and when we hear of Christ, we believe on Him and we call on Him. 

We stand before God, not because of anything we do, but by faith.  Salvation is not an option of either keeping the Law or believing on Christ.  Salvation has always been in Christ alone.  Many ignore the righteousness of God, which is Christ, and try to establish their own righteousness.  If what we know about the Law of God, the Law of Moses, and the Ten Commandments, does not point us to Christ, all we know is error. 

The Law of God shows us what is required and the punishment for not doing it – it does not give life.  It points us to Christ who alone can do for us what must be done before God.  The Law of God comes to those who are alive, and shows how to maintain that life – by perfect obedience to it.  But, since we have all failed in perfect obedience to it, the Law of God "brings forth death".  The Gospel comes to us as "dead in trespasses and sins" and gives us life through the Lord Jesus Christ. 

The Word of God shows us that all who "Call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."  But we cannot call upon someone we do not trust, and we cannot trust someone of whom we have not heard, and we cannot hear without a preacher, and that man cannot preach unless he is sent of God. 

God requires of us 2 things – A righteousness which we do not have and a faith which we cannot produce. 

Faith is not something which we develop or work up, but it is given to us by God through hearing the preaching of the Gospel.  True faith produces a heart that seeks after true holiness.  The true faith of the elect of God – that faith which saves the soul – is a faith which produces a living union with a living Redeemer. 

Faith receives a complete Christ as He is revealed in the Scriptures – Prophet, Priest, and King. 

This is not "trying Christ", or "experimenting with Christianity."  Saving faith always and only looks to Christ.  It is not an isolated act that happened to us many years ago.  It is a principle of life, and it continues to the end.  You will never be moved from the hope of the Gospel. 

This is the faith of the elect of God.  It looks to Christ alone. 

Milton W. Howard is pastor of Kitchens Creek Baptist Church.
He can be contacted at www.KitchensCreek.com.
Radio broadcasts M-F: 7:45 a.m. on KWDF 840 AM

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07/08/17

"The Chief Corner Stone"

Text Box:  (1 Peter 2:6-8)  "Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.  Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,  And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed."

Every time you see the Lord speaking, He is dividing those who are listening to Him into two groups – believers and unbelievers – obedient and disobedient.  There is nothing scarier than to be an unbeliever and to have to face God without Christ. 

Most of us have been in church all our lives.  We have heard of this matter of God's punishment on sin mentioned since infancy, but we have become immune to it.  But, when we doubt the truth of God in His Word, we have opposed His authority and deny His Godhead, and deny Him the rights of His throne. 

When He sets forth His Son to be a propitiation for sin, the only One who can cover our sin in His sight – when He sets Him forth and we refuse to receive Christ and look to Him – this rejection is flagrant disobedience. 

Unbelief of God's Word is the root of all other sin.  When we reject the Gospel, we reject everything He said, for everything He has said, is saying, and shall say, points to the Lord Jesus Christ.  God has made Christ the chief corner stone, and you either bow to Him or you must face God in judgment all alone. 

Every time this Rock of Christ is been presented to you, you find something you do not like about it, so you cast it aside because it will not fit into your life.  When we take that Stone and look it over and say it will not work for us in our plan, we call God a liar.  If you stumble on this Stone, you will be broken, but it will not affect this Stone in the least.  Philosophies have come and gone, and the Gospel is still preached. 

Heresy strikes at the very foundation of Christianity.  It strikes at His substitution and His sacrifice.  Heresy has made the cross a beautiful thing that people bow to and worship.  Satan is so subtle.  One of his greatest tools is religion.  We are encouraged to give God's glory to things.  But, God is still on His throne, and the Lord Jesus Christ is still the only way to Him. 

In spite of all that men and devils have done, not one elect soul has been, or will be lost.  Jehovah has set His King upon His Holy Hill of Zion, all His decrees shall be fulfilled, the throne of Christ shall stand, and the covenant sealed with his blood will be sure to His chosen seed.  Not one soul redeemed by His blood will be taken from the Saviour's hand. 

There is only One who can meet God's demands.  The justice of God can only be satisfied by One of infinite nature becoming the propitiation for our sin – the Lord Jesus Christ. 

This rejection of Christ will cost you everything.  All opposition to Christ is futile, because God made Him the Chief Corner Stone, the Stone of stumbling, a Rock of offense.  There is a way of salvation by Christ Jesus, the incarnate God, and I beg you to receive it. 

Milton W. Howard is pastor of Kitchens Creek Baptist Church in Ball

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05/21/17Text Box:

"When They Heard This" 

(Acts 2:37)  "Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?" 

Peter's sermon on the day of Pentecost is one of the best that has ever been preached.  Through it 3000 were brought to conviction, to conversion, to faith in and union with Christ.  It is plain and clear.  It hit them hard.  It was very personal.  It was to the point.  It was full of Scripture. 

It was a powerful sermon because Peter believed what he was saying.  He knew that these, with wicked hands, had crucified our Lord and Saviour.  He knew that the Lord Jesus Christ had risen from the grave, and returned to Heaven. 

It was a powerful sermon because it was full of Scripture.  He quotes Psalm after Psalm, for that is the best way to preach. 

It was a powerful sermon because he was filled with the spirit.  He had heard "the sound from Heaven as of a rushing mighty wind," which "filled all the house where they were sitting."  He was so filled with God's Spirit in his preaching that many cried out, "Men and brethren, what shall we do?" 

"They were pricked in their heart" – and this is painful.  The best preaching is that which pricks our heart.  This is the only kind of impression that is a saving impression.  It is not if I please your ears, your eyes, your sense of smell, but if your heart is pricked. 

Many attempts are made to make people religious from the outside.  It is done with clothes, and how you wear you hair.  How can our heart be affected by what we wear?  None have ever been brought to Christ that way. 

Some say salvation comes by eating or not eating, by drinking or not drinking.  Our Lord said, it is "Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man, but that which cometh out of the mouth, that defileth a man."  It is the heart which must be changed.  If your conversion is produced in the flesh, it will only be concerned with fleshly things.  Never be satisfied with a religion which does not affect your heart.  Never be satisfied with worship that is not from the heart.  If you are to be blessed by the hearing of this Gospel, then you must be pricked in your heart. 

When Peter preached in Acts 5:33, we find that, "When they heard that, they were cut to the heart, and took counsel to slay them."  Did you notice the difference in some being pricked in their heart, and the others only cut to their heart?  Being only cut to their heart, it did not go all the way – and since it did not go all the way, they were not converted, but tried to kill the preachers.  These are the 2 impressions the preaching of the Gospel always makes.  If the Sword of the Spirit does not prick you in the heart, no lasting, saving work will be done. 

When these heard that Jesus was the Christ, they bowed to Him.  That is what Peter told them.  He told them who Christ was, what He came to do, WHAT He did, WHO sent Him, and WHERE He is now.  He spoke of Christ.  That is all he talked about, for it was the preaching of Christ alone that pricked their hearts.  And this is what we are to preach, for nothing will more pierce your heart than the discovery of God's great love in giving His well-beloved Son to die for you.  If that does not prick your heart, nothing will. 

Milton W. Howard is pastor of Kitchens Creek Baptist Church in Ball

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04/16/17
Text Box:  "By Grace Through Faith"

(Ephesians 2:8)  "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:" 

Today's religion has become no more than an ethical system – its purpose being to teach morality to mankind.  But according to the scriptures, the true Christianity is that supernatural, saving, transforming work of God, through the sacrifice of Christ, which in sovereign grace is freely bestowed on all who believe.  In its spiritual blindness, the world, led by blind preachers, sees religion only as the rule of life. 

Salvation is by grace through faith.  It is the result of the transforming work of God for man, and not the result of the work of man for God.  It is what God does for him who trusts the saving work of the Lord Jesus Christ.  The neglect of this fundamental truth is the key error of modern day religion. 

When we deny that the death of Christ was a substitutionary death for sinners, we reject the only grounds upon which the saving work of God can be applied to the sinner.  Until God becomes real to the heart through Christ, all His ways and works are unknown.  And not knowing God, we have no idea of grace and the necessity of salvation by grace.  Those who are blind are unconscious of their blindness until they are saved by the power and grace of God through Christ. 

This work of grace is declared in the Word of God by the finished work of Christ.  This is all His redemption, reconciliation, and propitiation, as they are related to a world lost in sin.  What Christ did for us is the good news of the Gospel of saving grace.  Preaching the Gospel is the proclamation of the mighty, transforming grace of God, which brings eternal life and glory to all who believe. 

This work of grace is declared in the Word of God by the convicting work of the Spirit.  By this work of God, the Gospel of His saving grace is revealed to the mind and heart of the unsaved by the Spirit of God by which the sin-blinded mind understands the way of salvation in Christ Jesus. 

This work of grace is declared in the Word of God by the saving work of God the Father.  This includes every aspect of the work of God that is accomplished at the instant the sinner believes on Christ. 

This work of grace is declared in the Word of God by the keeping work of God.  The believer is kept always and only through the grace and power of God.  By the saving work of Christ on the cross, God is presented as not only being free to save sinners, but He is presented as being free and just in keeping those whom He has saved.  He alone is able to keep us from falling. 

This work of grace is declared in the Word of God by the delivering work of God.  The person who is delivered from the guilt and penalty of sin is delivered from the reigning power of sin. 

This work of grace is declared in the Word of God by the presenting work of God.  The final work of the grace of God is to present us faultless before the presence of His glory.

Milton W. Howard is pastor of Kitchens Creek Baptist Church in Ball

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04/09/17

(Psalms 103:1)  "Bless the LORD, O my soul." Text Box:

This Psalm was written by David in his later years – when he had a greater understanding of the preciousness of pardon and the wickedness of sin, than he had in his younger years.  It finishes with the same words with which it started – "Bless the LORD, O my soul."  We begin by blessing the Lord, and after reviewing all He is and all He does, we end our praise and worship of Him the same way.  In this Psalm there is not one word of petition or supplication, but it is a song of praise. 

David sings this Psalm from his inmost self.  His way of praising the Lord is with this word Bless.  There is a lot of difference in God blessing us and us blessing God.  He blesses us by bestowing on us mercies and favors – pardoning our sin – and giving us promises of a future hope, but when we bless Him we add nothing to Him.  For us to bless God is to show gratitude for what He has done for us. 

To bless the Lord is to acknowledge His divine excellencies – which make Him the best and greatest of Beings – the only Object worthy of praise.  To bless the Lord is to give Him the praise of all His glorious attributes.  To bless the Lord is to embrace every opportunity we have of declaring to all around us, the goodness and grace of His conduct towards men.  To bless the Lord is to do it from a heart full of gratitude.  To bless the Lord is to do it with our life – in holy conduct – and with a desire to be cleansed from all iniquity. 

This blessing of God must come from the soul.  When we give Him the soul in a duty, we give Him the best.  This is more than saying some things with the mouth.  My prayer is to bless the Lord, O my soul

If the Law of Justice demands that I love the Lord my God with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength – how much more will the law of gratitude bless the God of all grace.  David calls on all his inner parts to bless Him – Conscience – Judgment – Imagination – Affections – Memory – Thoughts – Hope. 

The Psalmist calls on all that is within him to "Bless his holy name."  Eleven times Jehovah is used in these 22 verses.  Some praise His divine goodness – but the mature in grace praise His holiness.  His Name shows the revealed character of God – and Holiness is the glory of this Name.  Nothing more exalts the glory of divine grace and redeeming love towards a soul than the consideration of God's Holiness. 

"Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits"  David is showing us how we must stir ourselves up from within when we are going to worship God.  We must not forget what He has done for us.  Our memory is treacherous about the good things God has done for us.  We have to be constantly reminded of His benefits

And David is praising God for the most important of all God's blessings on us.  "Who forgiveth all thine iniquities."  Pardon for sin is a preparation for all that follows.  For until iniquity is forgiven, all other blessings are unknown.  This forgiveness is continual, for He still forgives.  It is divine, for He gives it.  It is far reaching, for it removes all our sins, for if just one small iniquity – in thought, word, or deed – were left unforgiven, we would be just as bad off as if we bore the whole weight of our sins. 

(1 John 1:9)  "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 

Milton W. Howard is pastor of Kitchens Creek Baptist Church in Ball.

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Text Box:  "A Man With A Need"
(Mark 10:47)  "And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth"
 

I have spoken to you several times concerning this man, Bartimaeus – a blind man of Jericho, who was sitting by the side of the road begging when Jesus passed by on His way to Jerusalem. 

Mark says of him that "when he heard it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou son of David have mercy on me."  Those around the Lord Jesus Christ tried to quieten him down, but the Word of God tells us that "he cried the more a great deal, Thou son of David, have mercy on Me."  There was no stopping this man who knew something of his need, and that his only hope was a word from the Lord of Glory. 

Whenever a sinner gets to the door of mercy and begins to cry out unto the Lord, all the beasts of Hell set themselves against him.  Satan will do all he can to drive that seeking sinner away.  And if Satan gets his way, the sinner will do all he can to flee from the only One who can "do him good." 

One of the first weapons used by Satan is trying to convince the sinner that this Bible is not true – that there is no God, no Heaven, no Hell, and no life after death.  But if the Holy God of Heaven has started you seeking the Saviour, all of Hell will not prevail against you. 

Another weapon used by Satan is pleasure.  Once you start to seek Christ, you will be invited to places that you never even heard about before.  You will suddenly have friends you never heard of before.  But if the Lord put the cry in your heart, you will cry out even louder. 

Another weapon used by Satan is the ridicule of this world.  You will be called a fanatic.  You will be scorned.  "But what shall it profit a man if he should gain the whole world and loose his soul?" 

Another weapon used by Satan is religious people you have always looked up to.  The religious will tell you that you are not good enough to be saved by Christ.  The religious hates for a person to get a true sense of sin and to see his need of a Substitute to come before God, because the religious is looking to his religion to help him out in need.  His religion is a system of works and ceremonies performed by the flesh.  A believer is one who looks to Christ alone as his only hope. 

How this world hates for a man to come to his senses.  How this world hates for a person to start putting the correct value on eternal things.  That is why Heaven is taken by force.  A seeker must overcome all these obstacles.  Never give up until you have taken hold of Christ to the saving of your soul. 

This man Bartimaeus took these weapons that Satan used against him and turned them to his own use.  He knew that the Word was true.  He cared not for the cares of this world, when he compared them to the value of his soul.  He knew that "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners."  He knew that "This man receiveth sinners."  He knew that being a sinner was the only qualification he needed to come to Christ.  

The more you can prove your case hopeless before God, the more right you have to come.  Sinners are the only ones who can come and who will be received and saved. 

So look away from yourself and look to Christ "all the ends of the earth, and be ye saved."  

Milton W. Howard is pastor of Kitchens Creek Baptist Church in Ball
www.KitchensCreek.com

Radio Broadcasts Monday-Friday: 7:45 a.m. on KWDF AM 840

 

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Text Box:  "He Forsakes Not" 

(Psalm 9:10)  "Thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee."  

In spite of the fact that we are a "Christian" nation, few know anything about the God we claim to worship.  I hear so much about "our tradition", "our belief", "our church", and "my concept" but so little about what God's Word says. 

We are afraid to take a stand because of the fear of hurting feelings – the fear of offending.  But, where is the fear of offending God in all of this?  This is the best sold book in the world, yet the least known, the least read.  It is bought as a table decoration, or a place to keep family records, but not to know the One of whom it speaks. 

Oh, to know the mighty workings of God.  What a comfort to us to know something of what God did in days gone by.  The more you know of God's attributes, the more you understand of His acts – the more you know of His promises and His covenant, the more difficult it will be for Satan to tempt you to despair. 

Satan is constantly attacking God's people.  And the greatest attack he uses is the one referred to in these words of the Psalmist – to think that God has forsaken us, and will be gracious no more.  David had been there.  He saw his enemies and it looked like they were winning.  They seemed to be more than his friends.  

But always remembering this comforting promise – "When thou passest through the waters I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee."  He says to us, "Fear not, for I am with thee; be not dismayed, for I am thy God."  The Lord has not forsaken them that seek Him. 

(Isaiah 49:15)  "Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee." 

If we could ever find a hint in this Word that He has ever forsaken one of His own, then we might shut our Bible in despair.  Trusting a God that cannot and will not keep a promise is not worth trusting.  The shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ would be worthless if it failed to bring one blood-bought soul safely home to glory.  The Holy Spirit of God would be powerless if He could not cause us to hear when He calls. 

It is an unchanging God, an everlasting covenant, a sure mercy that delights our soul.  Take that away and we have just another religious organization – a foundation of wood, hay, straw, and stubble.  But this foundation stands sure.  "The Lord knoweth them that are his," and He will bring them to glory. 

So when Satan comes and tells you God has forsaken you, send him on his way.  "Thou Lord hast not forsaken them that seek thee," nor will He ever do it.  So, seek the Lord.  Peace is only found in God through His mercy and grace to us in the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Take this promise home with you, go to bed tonight with it, get up in the morning with it, and carry it with you to work. 

Milton W. Howard is pastor of Kitchens Creek Baptist Church in Ball
www.KitchensCreek.com
Radio Broadcasts Monday-Friday: 7:45 a.m. on KWDF AM 840

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11/19/16
"Something I Know"
Text Box:

(Jeremiah 10:23)  "O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps." 

Jeremiah says, "O Lord, I know" – and he uses his knowledge as a source of comfort in his hour of need.  What Jeremiah knew was this – The affairs of this world are not under the control of men – no matter how much we think they are.  There is a power which rules – and overrules – and works according to its own perfect will – no matter what we may desire or determine to do.

At this time Nebuchadnezzar was about to carry the Jews away into captivity to his own country.  But the Prophet comforted himself with the knowledge that whatever Nebuchadnezzar would do – he was only the instrument in the hands of God for the accomplishment of the divine purpose.  Jeremiah knew that every step of Judah's way was mapped out, and that the Lord God would make it all work for His own glory and the good of His people in the end.

Though the responsibility of our actions lies at our own door, at the same time, God is omnipotent.  He is still working out His wise designs – as He has always done.  He is all the time manifesting His sovereign will among men – even as the potter forms the vessels on the wheel according to his own will.

This truth ought to be remembered by us – because it tends to take from us all fear of man.  Why should we be afraid of a man that will die?  If we are a child of God how could we ever fear harm when we remember that ancient promise – "No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord" (Isaiah 54:17).

(Proverbs 21:1)  "The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will."

Suppose that the Lord does allow Nebuchadnezzar to destroy the land that He gave to His people by covenant – it is God who permits it – so do not think so much of the instrument employed by Him as of the Hand in which that instrument is held.  Do not be angry or afraid of the second causes of your trouble – but believe that the Lord permits this to be for our good – so we submit ourselves to Him.

It is an easy thing to trust God when everything goes smoothly – but true faith trusts God in the storm.  Faith in a calm may be, or may not be, genuine faith – but faith in the storm is true faith – that is the faith of God's elect.  It proves it has divine life in it.  Circumstances will crush that faith, which has to do only with flesh and blood.

It is still true that "all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose" – and that "no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly".

Milton W. Howard is pastor of Kitchens Creek Baptist Church in Ball
Radio Broadcasts Monday-Friday: 7:45 a.m. on KWDF AM 840

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11/12/16
"He Cried Out"

Text Box:  (Mark 10:47)  "And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me."

This is the third time I have spoken to you from this passage of Scripture.  The message here is very important. 

This man began to cry out when "he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth."  He had a great desire to be heard of the Lord – such a desire that he forgot everything else in order to be heard. 

We tend to make a lot of excuses as to why we will not seek the salvation of our souls.  This man could have blamed his lost condition on his hard luck at being born blind – and looked to that as making him worthy to receive mercy from the Lord.  God does not pity people who are down on their luck.  He has mercy of those who come to Christ.  Nor are those who are down and out the only ones who need salvation from the Lord. 

We who possess all of our faculties tend to think we are OK, and that the only ones who need salvation are those who are worse off than we are.  We tend to think that because we have fine buildings to go to on Sunday, fine clothes to wear to church, and fine robes to dress the choir in, we are doing all right.  We even carry this to the extent that if one comes along who does not meet up to our standard of finery, we will not let him in the door. 

But the Lord Jesus Christ receives sinners.  That is the only qualification for coming to Christ – being a sinner.  Rich sinner, poor sinner, seeing sinner, blind sinner, clean sinner, and dirty sinner – they all come to Christ.  "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners."  And sinners are the only ones who can come to Christ. 

This man was a beggar in the streets.  He was looked down on by all the hard workers of his day.  We have been led to believe that dirty hands manifest a clean heart.  That the harder we work here the better place we will have in Heaven. 

This man's business was begging, and he was going about his business the day Jesus passed by.  But, had he stuck to his begging this day, and not cried out to the Lord when He passed by, he would still be blind, he would still be standing before the Holy Bar of God, unable to see God's Glory in Christ.  He would still be lost in his sins.  But, he forgot his begging in order to find his eyesight – a picture of how we forget our doing in order to find mercy. 

When will you have time to stop all of your doing in order to find Christ, and when you find Him, cry out to Him for mercy?  It would be worth your while to stop your doing, trying to please God by your doing, and come to the Lord Jesus Christ.  Religious doing will not put us in good standing with God, but will only leave us without Christ.  

This soul salvation – pictured here – will never be a hindrance to you in this life.  It will never be a burden to heavy to bear.  It will make life worth living.  It will bring joy and rejoicing to your heart. So, do as Bartimaeus did, cry out to the Lord, "Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me." 

Milton W. Howard is pastor of Kitchens Creek Baptist Church in Ball
Radio Broadcasts Monday-Friday: 7:45 a.m. on KWDF AM 840
Look for Kitchens Creek Baptist Church on Facebook and at www.KitchensCreek.com

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10/22/16

                                                                                               Text Box:  "And When He Heard"

 (Mark 10:47)  "And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me."

 The last time I spoke to you it was concerning Bartimaeus' cry for mercy.  Today I want us to look at what he heard that brought him to cry for this mercy.

 Did you notice how short this sermon was that this man heard?  We tend to think that the length of the sermon has something to do with its importance.  We tend to think that for a person to be saved, he must almost become a theologian.  But this is all that this blind beggar heard.  "He heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth."  That was enough – and what he heard caused him to cry out to God for mercy.

 This is so different from us.  Some of us have heard preaching so long that we could probably give a pretty good imitation of it.  We have heard so much teaching that we are probably the most biblically instructed people in the world today.  We know the letter of the Law almost to perfection, but with all of our learning, we have not been led to cry out to the Lord.

 What we have learned is only theory if it does not cause us to cry out to the Lord to save our souls – to cry out as this poor blind beggar, "Thou Son of David, have mercy on me."  We hear these same things repeated so many times that they become unimportant to us, and indifference is the greatest danger to our soul.

 What is done in our churches today is nothing more than a theatrical performance which we judge with a critical ear.  What we hear in the sermon is so soon forgotten.

How I wish that the message of the Gospel of God's Grace would pierce your heart in such a way that you would cry out unto the Lord who alone could heal it.  What good is a cloud if it brings no rain?  What good is the sun if it gives no light or heat?  What good is smoke if there is no fire?  This poor beggar, with but one short sermon, never quits crying out until the Lord meets His need.

He cried for mercy for himself – "Have mercy on me."  Can you see your own need before the Holy God of Heaven?  Do not pass this off to someone else.  I am the one with sin.  I am the one who cannot stand before the Lord God of Heaven.

I pray that God would make this effectual to your heart.  I am responsible for the faithfulness of my preaching, but you, as the hearer, are responsible for your hearing.  I cannot hear for you.  I cannot cry out for you.  I cannot believe for you.  I cannot wash away your sins.

I pray that you can see "Jesus of Nazareth passing by," and will cry out to Him as the "Son of David" to "have mercy on you".

When he cried out, the Scriptures say that, "Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called."  And when he came, Jesus said to him, "Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way."

Milton W. Howard is pastor of Kitchens Creek Baptist Church in Ball
Radio Broadcasts Monday-Friday: 7:45 a.m. on KWDF AM 840
Look for Kitchens Creek Baptist Church on Facebook and at www.KitchensCreek.com

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10/08/16

Text Box:  "Have Mercy On Me" 

(Mark 10:47)  "And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me." 

I love this passage of Scripture – so much so that one day between 7:30 AM and 8:30 PM, I preached from this passage thirteen times to thirteen different groups of people.  It is a passage that speaks to every one of us – everyone who is blinded by sin – and in need of a Saviour to give sight to the spiritually blind. 

One thing we can learn here is that where we find the Lord Jesus Christ, a great work is going to be done.  We do not worship a God who sits by helplessly wondering what we are going to do.  When the Lord has a lost sheep that He is going to save, He always sends the Shepherd. 

When the Lord Jesus Christ is present, there is a great change in those around Him.  Even blind beggars are touched by His presence.  Even the most worthless to society is moved to cry out with hope when he hears the Good News that Jesus of Nazareth passes by. 

When Christ is present, all cry out to Him.  There is not one mouth that is silent.  If there is no spiritual movement in our hearts and in our congregations, it is because the Lord of Glory, the Lord Jesus Christ is not present.  When He is not exalted, He leaves.  But when the Lord Jesus Christ works among us, we will soon see our hearts revived – raised from the dead. 

Wouldn't you like to know when He passes by?  Wouldn't you like to feel His holy influence on all this that we call religion?  Wouldn't you like to see the spiritually blind eyes opened?  Wouldn't you like to know that the spiritually deaf ears could now hear?  Wouldn't you like to see the spiritually lame and halt, jumping with joy before the Lord of Glory?  Wouldn't you like to see the Lord Jesus Christ working effectually to make hopeless sinners feel their need for Him, and come to Him that they might be saved? 

These things do not just happen.  It was providence that brought this poor blind beggar to the place where grace brought the Lord Jesus Christ to pass by.  Four things were necessary.  First – the Lord had to be passing by this place.  Second – this blind beggar had to be sitting by the road to Jericho begging.  Third – this blind beggar had to have a need.  Fourth – the Lord Jesus Christ had to be willing and able to provide for his need. 

All of these things came together to give this poor beggar his sight.  He did live in Jericho, he was by the wayside begging, he was blind, the Lord was passing that way, and He was willing and able to meet the need of that one who cried out to Him.  Had the blind beggar not cried out, Christ would not have stopped to help him.  "He is able to save to the uttermost, all that come unto God by Him." 

As you read this today, the Lord is passing by one more time.  Do you have a need?  Are you blind and unable to "see the kingdom of God?"  There is only ONE who can give us light.  Christ alone can "give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace." 

Milton W. Howard is pastor of Kitchens Creek Baptist Church in Ball.
Radio Broadcasts Monday-Friday: 7:45 a.m. on KWDF AM 840
Look for Kitchens Creek Baptist Church on Facebook and at www.KitchensCreek.com

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09/24/16

"Power To Forgive" 

Text Box:  (Matthew 9:6)  "The Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins."

Did you hear what these words said to us?  The great Physician's mightiest and greatest works have been seen by the people.  He has the power to forgive sin!  Even while He lived on this Earth – even before He poured out His life's blood on that Cross as a ransom for us – even before that blood was sprinkled on the mercy-seat – He had power to forgive sin.  Does He not have power to forgive sin now that He has died? 

What power He must have if He can forgive sin – if He can discharge and take away the sin debt of His people.  Only the one to whom the debt is owed can discharge the debt.  Only the God of Heaven can write on that debt, Paid In Full!  The Lord Jesus Christ has the power to "forgive sins," because He has finished transgression and made an end of sin.  He has destroyed sin by His death on the cross. 

If you ever doubt this, look at the fact that He rose from the dead.  Look where He is raised to.  "He is seated at the right hand of God in Heaven."  He is there pleading before the eternal Father, pointing to His wounds, pleading the merit of His suffering as our Substitute, for us. 

(Acts 5:30-31 "Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins." 

(Isaiah 1:18)  "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." 

The crimson fountain of His blood removes our sins that are "red like crimson".  But it matters not how great our sin may be, the Lord Jesus Christ has the power to pardon us, and many more such as we are. 

(1 Timothy 1:15)  "This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners." 

He only has to speak a word to pardon us.  He needs not do any thing else but this. He has done it all.  He cried, "It is finished." All the atoning work is done.  He can today forgive your sins and cause you to know that your sins are taken away.  He can breath into your soul today a peace with God "Which passed all understanding" – a peace which can only come from a perfect pardon.  Do you believe that?  Do you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ to forgive sin?

(Romans 10:9)  "If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." 

Did you hear what Jesus said to me, They are all taken away!

 Milton W. Howard is pastor of Kitchens Creek Baptist Church in Ball.
Radio Broadcasts Monday-Friday: 7:45 a.m. on KWDF AM 840
Look for Kitchens Creek Baptist Church on Facebook and at www.KitchensCreek.com

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08/27/16

"They Testify Of Me" Text Box:

(John 5:39)  "They are they which testily of Me. 

The Lord Jesus Christ is the Alpha and Omega of the Bible.  There is only one theme in this Bible.  It is the Lord Jesus Christ.  He is the constant theme in every one of its sacred pages.

Every page speaks of a Substitute.  Every page speaks of a Saviour.  Every page speaks of a Redeemer.  Every page speaks of the Christ Of God.  From Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21, the whole Bible speaks of Him.

At Creation we see Him as one of the sacred Trinity.  We catch a glimpse of Him in the Promise of the woman's seed.  We see Him pictured in the Ark Of Noah.  We walk with Abraham as he sees the Messiah's Day.  We dwell in the tents of Isaac and Jacob, feeding upon and trusting in the Gracious Promises.  We hear Israel talking about Shiloh.  And in all the types of the Law – the ceremonies, rituals, and sacrifices – we find our Redeemer pictured, promised, and prophesied.

Whether we found them to be Prophets or Kings, whether Priests or Preachers, they all looked the same way.  They all looked to Christ.  They all stood as the Cherubims did over that Ark of the Covenant, desiring to look inside – to read and know the great mystery of God's Great Propitiation, which is Christ Jesus.

But in spite of all this, still in the New Testament we find even in greater clarity our Lord Jesus Christ, the one pervading subject.  He is not like a gold nugget the gold miner might find occasionally, just scattered around in some places, but He is the Mother Lode.  He is the Solid Gold Foundation upon which the whole thing stands or falls.

The whole substance of the New Testament is "Jesus Christ and Him Crucified".  Even in the last Words of the closing sentence of the Bible we find it graced with the Redeemer's name.

This is how we ought to read Scriptures.  This is the light by which it must be read.  We should consider the Word of God to be as a Mirror into which Christ looks down from Heaven; and then when we look into that Mirror we see His face reflected.  We do see it darkly no doubt, but one day we will see Him face to face.

The pages of this Bible are the garments of our great King.  They speak of Him.  They tell of His person, of His holiness, of His love.

The Heart Of The Word Of God Is The Lord Jesus Christ.  He is the key that will unlock this Treasure Chest to us.

If you miss Him you miss it all.  "They are they which testily of Me."

Milton W. Howard is pastor of Kitchens Creek Baptist Church in Ball.
Radio Broadcasts Monday-Friday: 7:45 a.m. on KWDF AM 840
Look for Kitchens Creek Baptist Church on Facebook and at www.KitchensCreek.com

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07/16/16

"The Shepherd Of The Sheep"

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(John 10:2)  "He that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep." 

In the Word of God, the Lord Jesus Christ is described as our Shepherd, and three words are used to describe the characteristics of our Shepherd.  These words describe His relationship with us as the Shepherd of the redeemed – and His work of redemption for us. 

The three words used are the Good Shepherd – the Great Shepherd – the Chief Shepherd. 

He is the Good Shepherd – "I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep" (John 10:11).  As our Good Shepherd the Lord Jesus Christ is presented as the Redeemer.  It is as the Good Shepherd that He "gives His life for the sheep."  He has done it.  He came into this world and worked out our redemption by His obedience and sufferings on the cross. 

He is the Great Shepherd – "The God of peace that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant" (Hebrews 13:20).  When the Word of God speaks of Christ as being our Good Shepherd, the emphasis is on the Death of the Lord Jesus Christ, and that work which He accomplished for our redemption by means of this death.  But here in this passage of Scripture, we see the Resurrection of Christ and the present Administration of this salvation – the application of all the benefits of this salvation. 

He was raised by virtue of the "blood of the eternal covenant," because the blood of Christ – His death by which He paid our sin debt, suffering the wrath of God for the sheep – was the evidence that the justice of God had been satisfied completely.  That is why God raised Him from the dead.  The resurrection was God's seal of approval on all that Christ did. 

With this sin debt completely paid, Christ was raised from the dead, because all the terms of the Covenant of Grace had been fulfilled, and now all in Him were justified before God.  Christ now lives in the Glory of the Resurrection as our Great High Priest to administer grace to "those whom the Father gave Him." 

He is the Chief Shepherd – "And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away" (1 Peter 5:4).  Here the Word says that Christ is the Chief or Prince of the Shepherds.  

As the Good Shepherd, Christ is our Redeemer, "giving His life for the sheep."  As the Great Shepherd, Christ is resurrected from the dead, giving to us the benefits of this saving work.  And now in this passage as the Chief Shepherd, He is manifested in the consummation of that work of redemption at His second coming. 

At this time He will bring His sheep into the Glory of final salvation.  Then "this corruption will put on incorruption, this mortality will put on immortality." 

 Milton W. Howard is pastor of Kitchens Creek Baptist Church in Ball.
Radio Broadcasts Monday-Friday: 7:45 a.m. on KWDF AM 840
Look for Kitchens Creek Baptist Church on Facebook and at www.KitchensCreek.com

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05-28-26
"Why Do The Heathen Rage"

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(Psalms 2:1-3)  "Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us."

Most people will agree that Christianity sets forth a beautiful system of morals, and that if obeyed will have a good effect on society.  Even the infidels have not contradicted the common sense of mankind so far as to deny this.  None will deny that the Author of these precepts obeyed these same rules. 

We know that though the Lord Jesus Christ suffered many things, yet never do we find Him working one miracle for His own use.  He gave sight to the blind.  He gave health to the sick.  He wiped away the tears of the sad.  He gave life to the dead.  He fed the hungry.  Though He was ridiculed and scorned, yet He continued to do good. 

So the question is, Why did men hate Him so?  Why did all the political and religious leaders of His day rage so furiously against Him who did no wrong?  Why did those who were so opposite in interests, politics, and sentiments – who could agree on nothing else – all join together in agreement in opposing the Messiah, whose message teaches us "that denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world"

This world now wears the name of Christian, but it still has the same spirit as those of the Psalmist's day – as those of Christ's day.  What is that one common principle which unites people of all ages who differ so much in other things?  It is that unified hatred of God, His Messiah, and His Gospel. 

The Gospel of God's mercy and grace, through the Lord Jesus Christ, has always produced a happy change in those who receive it.  And it has always provoked the same opposition and hatred in those who do not receive it.  The way the Gospel is opposed may differ as the circumstances change, but the principle is the same – Hatred of God! 

The Gospel offends the pride of men, by considering them all on the same level – as sinners in the sight of God – and by declaring only one Way of salvation. 

The Gospel offends the Dignity of men because of its strictness.  Like Herod, we might agree to obey in some things, if we have the liberty to please ourselves in others. 

The Gospel allows for no sin, but demands a perfect righteousness. 

We preach a free salvation by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and proclaim His obedience unto death as the only grounds for our acceptance with God.  We proclaim the words of the Apostle Paul to the vilest of sinners, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved."  Though not believed, the words are still true. 

This is our only hope of eternal salvation.  This is our only access to the Father.  The Lord Jesus Christ said, "I am the way, the truth and the life.  No man cometh unto the Father but by me." 

Milton W. Howard is pastor of Kitchens Creek Baptist Church in Ball.
Radio Broadcasts Monday-Friday: 7:45 a.m. on KWDF AM 840
Look for Kitchens Creek Baptist Church on Facebook and at www.KitchensCreek.com

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"Sheep Going Astray"
05-07-2016

Text Box:  (Isaiah 53:6)  "All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all." 

God's people are called sheep throughout the Scriptures.  It is a good picture.  Salvation is not the conversion of goats to sheep.  Salvation is a calling of God's sheep to Christ through the preaching of God's Word, through the operation of God's Spirit.  Now, all illustrations will break down if we carry them too far, so we must learn to use the illustration to learn a point and then leave it before we pervert it. 

When wandering sinners are compared to wandering sheep, we have a good picture of the danger they are in, and of their inability to recover themselves.  Sheep, wandering without a shepherd, are exposed to great danger and without defense.  They become easy prey for their enemies.  They may even die for a lack of pasture.  Sheep are unable to provide for themselves, or to find the way back to the place from which they strayed.  No matter what they suffer, they continue to wander, and if not sought by the shepherd, they will be lost. 

Now that is a good illustration of God's people.  "All we like sheep have gone astray."  Having known the goodness of God, we have willfully rejected Him.  We have renounced His protection.  We have voluntarily chosen to plunge ourselves into danger, rather than remain with God any longer.  Our Wandering is rebellious.  God made man "upright," but man has "sought out" to himself "many inventions" (Ecclesiastes 7:29)

God has appointed for mankind a safe and pleasant way.  If we walk in this way, we "shall find rest for our souls."  But we declare that we will not walk in this path. 

(Jeremiah 6:17)  "They said, We will not walk therein.  Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet.  But they said, We will not harken." 

The Lord God of Heaven has made us capable of knowing the consequences of going astray. We are repeatedly warned of the consequences.  When we wander away, we are repeatedly shown the way to return.  But we refuse. 

We mock His messengers.  We prefer the misery we bring upon ourselves to the happiness of being under His care.  That is why the Lord Jesus Christ deserves the name of the Good Shepherd, for He freely lays down His life for His sheep.  "The Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all." 

Have you noticed the personal and possessive pronouns used in the text I have read today?  These words spoken by the Prophet Isaiah are words spoken only by those who have seen the misery of their fallen condition before God – who have a deep concern for their wicked ways – and see and receive the way that God has provided for their deliverance and recovery. 

In these words is a confession of our guilt, and an acknowledgment of our misery before the Holy God of Heaven.  Here alone is our only hope of recovery.  In Christ alone is our only hope of acceptance with God. 

(Isaiah 53:6)  "All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all." 

Milton W. Howard is pastor of Kitchens Creek Baptist Church in Ball
Radio Broadcasts Monday-Friday: 7:45 a.m. on KWDF AM 840

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"Awake Thou That Sleepest"

Text Box:  (Ephesians 5:14)  "Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light." 

The light of the Gospel not only shows the most important things to those who can see, but the Gospel has the wonderful power to open the eyes of the spiritually blind – to awake those that are spiritually asleep – to raise the spiritually dead.  The Gospel is the appointed instrument of Divine Power for this purpose. 

All of the work and hope of the farmer would be in vain if God did not send the rain to water the earth, and the life-giving influence of the sun, to cause the seed to germinate and the plant to grow and to ripen the fruit. 

This is the same way it would be with the preaching of the Gospel to sinful men.  Though in itself it is the truth and wisdom of God, and just what the sinner needs, and that thing which is so important to the eternal welfare of our souls, it would be useless if the Lord God of Heaven did not send His Spirit to make it effectual to our hearts.  And He promises that He will, and this is what encourages God's preachers to go into all the world and preach this Gospel. 

(Isaiah 55:10-11)  "For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:  So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it." 

It is a great sorrow, but no surprise, that the Gospel is so neglected.  Because it says that "salvation is of the Lord," it offends man's pride.  Because it requires absolute "holiness, without which we shall not see the Lord," it contradicts man's desires and passions.  We love this present world.  There is no desire in us for communion with God here, and we do not desire the Heaven proclaimed in the Scriptures for the here-after. 

When the Lord of Glory is pleased to send forth this Gospel, clothed with the influence of the Holy Spirit of God, it is as quick, powerful, penetrating, and irresistible.  It speaks to the deaf ear.  It gives light to the blind eye.  It gives life to the dead. 

We are aware of the impossibility on our part to save the souls of those who hear us, if all we have to depend on is our own power of argument and persuasion.  Our business is to deliver the message, and water it with the tears of our prayers.  When we have been faithful to do this, we can do no more.  "God must give the increase." 

Like the prophet Ezekiel, we are commanded to preach and prophecy to dry bones.  And He who sends us can cause the dry bones to live. 

In His name we proclaim pardon and peace to all who will seek Him.  But seek Him today, while it is called today.  Tomorrow is not yours.  Seek Him now while He may be found. 

Milton W. Howard is pastor of Kitchens Creek Baptist Church in Ball.
Radio Broadcasts Monday-Friday: 7:45 a.m. on KWDF AM 840
Look for Kitchens Creek Baptist Church on Facebook and at www.KitchensCreek.com

 

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"Thy Light Is Come"

Text Box:  (Isaiah 60:1-3)  "Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.  For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.  And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising."

One of the strongest proofs that the Bible is the divine revelation of God, is its subject matter.  The Bible is the only book which teaches us to think highly and honorably of God, for there is no correct knowledge of God where the Bible is not known.

What are all of these little gods that have been worshipped by the people of the ages of this world compared to the God of Israel, as He is declared to us by His prophets?  To have any right thoughts of God, it will be by the Lord God of Heaven making Himself known to us by divine revelation.

All of the greatly admired writings of antiquity, are unspeakably inferior when compared to the Bible.  These writers of the Bible could only speak as they did because they were inspired by Him who alone can speak worthily of Himself.  Everything else is as dust in the balance compared with the great Creator.

His Purpose is final, and His Voice is power.  He speaks, and it is done.  That is how He called this universe into being.  And that is how He still maintains and governs it.  The great God of Heaven is seated on His throne, directing all of nature – every particular event – to the honor of His glory, and for the good of His people.

The greatest of all His purposes was the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.  All of the prophecies announced this event.  As the time of His appearing approached, the prophesies became clearer.  And in the text of this message, the Prophet Isaiah is announcing the effects of His actual appearance.

This earth is looked upon as in a gross state of darkness.  But the Sun of Righteousness is about to rise.  But the effects of His coming will not extend to all, "For many will love darkness rather than light."

But Christ will not shine in vain.  There will be a people prepared to receive Him, and to rejoice in His light.  They will arise as though waking up from a sleep, as though rising from the grave, and His light reflected in them will cause them to shine also.

Darkness will still cover those who reject Him, and this darkness will even increase.  But the glory of the Lord shall be seen upon all who believe.  Nations shall come to Him.  Kings will bow at His feet.

Darkness is used in the Scriptures to describe the state of ignorance, sin, and misery.  Light is used in the Scriptures to describe true knowledge, holiness, and happiness.  And as the sun is the source of light to this natural world, so is the MESSIAH to the moral and spiritual world.

 Without Christ, we "walk in darkness," but when the Light of this world comes, "We who were at times darkness now are we light in the Lord."

Milton W. Howard is pastor of Kitchens Creek Baptist Church in Ball.

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Text Box:  "Saving Knowledge"

"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Romans 10:13)

 My word for you today is the same that Paul gave to the Philippian jailer – "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house" (Acts 16:31).

This world is full of preachers who are not giving sinners any hope.  They are telling us that we have to do something which we are not capable of doing.  One of Adolf Hitler's closest associates is credited with saying, "If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it."  This is the message of today's religion.

But, in this whole context of Romans 10, Paul tells us that true faith and true salvation come as the result of knowledge.  I do not suggest that you must become a theologian to be saved, or that you can obtain salvation through your own mental powers.  What I am saying is that where there is no knowledge of the Gospel there is no true saving faith.

God's messengers are sent into the world to declare unto all men the Gospel of Christ – the accomplishment of salvation through Him – so that they might believe unto the saving of their souls.

If salvation is simply believing that there is somebody in Heaven who is willing, by some means, to forgive my sins, then all religious people everywhere are saved, Hell is a joke, God's holiness is a joke, and the preaching of the Gospel is a fraud.  That is religion, but you can get religion and never know Christ as Saviour.  It is not enough to simply believe; you must believe the Testimony of God revealed in His Word.  In order to believe in Christ you must know who He is and what He has done.

I Must Know Who He Is.  Salvation begins with a knowledge of Christ's Lordship.  He is the God-Man – the Lord of Glory.  In the Scriptures, men and women sought mercy from the hand of the Lord and called upon the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ.  It is not possible for me to trust Christ as the all-sufficient Saviour of my everlasting soul until I know Who He Is – the Lord Jesus Christ.

I Must Know What He Has Done.  Being both God and man, by His one great sacrifice, through the shedding of His blood unto death, the Lord Jesus Christ has put away all the sins of all who trust Him, and now the risen exalted Christ reigns in Heaven to save sinners.

This saving knowledge that produces faith comes by divine revelation through the preaching of the Gospel.  Anyone who is ignorant of the Gospel cannot believe the Gospel.

(Romans 10:13)  "Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.  How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?  And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!"

There are no exceptions, no qualifications, and no limitations.  The proclamation is as free as the salvation it proclaims.  Anyone in the whole wide world who will call upon Christ as Lord will be saved.  EVEN YOU!

 Milton W. Howard is pastor of Kitchens Creek Baptist Church in Ball.

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"Jesus: King Of Kings" Text Box:

(John 18:37)  "Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice."

 Customs – traditions – society – require us to remember at this time the birth of the Jesus.  But today I want us to skip forward to Calvary – hoping we might learn something from what our Lord said concerning the Kingdom over which He rules, and by this be led to appreciate more His coming to this world. 

When our Lord stood before Pontius Pilate, He was truthful, gentle, prudent, patient, and meek, but uncompromising and courageous.  He was not cowed by Pilate's power, nor was He frustrated by Pilate's mockery.  Both in His silence and in His speech He remained the model Witness for the Truth.  And though He said little, that little was all that was necessary.  He claimed His crown rights – and, at the same time – declared that His kingdom was not of this world, nor would it be sustained by force. 

Pilate asked, "Art thou a king, then?" – as though a nobody, as he thought the Jesus to be would claim royalty.  How could one in such a sorry condition have kingly claims?  The question was joking but the answer was solemn – "I am a King". 

He who came to redeem men by His sacrifice, had no ambition for worldly honors and the vain glories of a temporal crown.  But now having been betrayed and falsely accused, He is in the hands of an unjust ruler, and speaks plainly, saying, "Thou sayest that I am a king". 

There was no mistaking His words – "I am a king".  He who certainly did not look the part after spending most of the night in the Garden in the agony of prayer – then at midnight dragged from Annas to Caiaphas – and from Caiaphas to Herod – and now that it was early morning, He is led to the judgment hall of Pilate – given no rest. 

This world tries to dress the part – look kingly – but there has never been a truer King than the Lord Jesus Christ.  The carnal eye can not see this; it is trained to look on the outside.  But to the spiritual eye it is as clear as the sun at noonday.  The day comes when our Lord's claim to be a King will be acknowledged by all mankind. 

He is the King of kings and Lord of lords – and though He died in weakness as man – yet He ever lives and rules as God.  The Father has given Him power over all flesh, that He may give eternal life to as many as are given Him. 

For, "To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world."  He did not need to be born to be the Lord of all.  He was always that.  But to redeem us it was essential that He be one with us – one of us.  He was born that He might be able to save His people.  His birth was a necessary step to His redeeming death.  His incarnation was necessary to the atonement. 

So, now when you hear the bells ringing out at Christmas, think of the reason why Jesus was born – not just to find a bunch of presents under your tree.  Look into your heart and say, for this purpose He was born – that He might be King – that He might rule through the truth in the souls of a people who are by grace made to love the truth of God.  Come to Him – bow to Him as King – trust Him as Saviour – for He "will save to the uttermost them that come unto God by Him".

 Milton W. Howard is pastor of Kitchens Creek Baptist Church in Ball.
Radio broadcasts of the church are Monday-Friday: 7:45 a.m. on KWDF  AM 840

Look for Kitchens Creek Baptist Church on Facebook and at www.KitchensCreek.com

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"Why Christ Came" Text Box:

(1 Timothy 1:15)  "This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief." 

There are a lot of things in this world that are very doubtful.  Sadly, we must realize that a lot of what people are telling sinners is suspicious and questionable. 

It will be in our best interest to search the Scriptures and try and prove what we are being told.  There are no contradictions in the Scriptures.  The eternal welfare of our soul depends on what is written in God's Word. 

The faithful saying of God's Word is, "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners" – and it never changes.  The God with Whom we have to do never changes.  Salvation never changes.  Christ Jesus never changes.  Man never changes.  The way of salvation never changes.  The way we meet God's requirements never changes. 

This "saying" is the same in any culture, any society, and any walk of life.  I can say to all men every where, without any fear of saying something wrong, "that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners." 

I have learned some things in my life that I want to share with you this morning 

The first thing I want to tell you is that I am a great sinner.  I am not proud of this, but it is true.  I pay my debts.  I am a preacher of the Gospel of Christ.  But, nevertheless, sin is mixed in everything I do.  In my life, I have never had a thought, never spoken a word, and never done one thing that was not stained with sin.  I have been saved by the grace of God.  I have been redeemed through the shed blood of Christ, yet sin is always present with me.  The foolish imaginations of my mind increase with the years.  I open this Bible to read the blessed Word of God and sin grabs me.  I bow to pray, and my mind wanders up and down every road of iniquity.  I join together with the saints of God to worship the Lord, and my heart is filled with unholy imaginations.  With Paul, my soul cries, "O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?" 

But I have learned something else, and that is that God is love.  That gives me a hope.  By nature I am guilty, without hope, lost, and condemned, and sentenced to death for sin.  Divine justice demands the death of every sinner.  But, "God is love."  There is hope for sinners like me.  Because of His great love for sinners, God sent His Son into this world to die on that Cross so that the sinners that He loves with an eternal love, can be eternally saved by Him. 

Then I learned that the Lord Jesus Christ is the all sufficient Substitute and Saviour of sinners.  The Lord Jesus Christ has never saved a good person.  Christ did not die for just and holy people.  Christ does not show mercy to those who according to their own thoughts have no need of His mercy.  "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners."  God shows mercy to me in Christ.  God saves me in Christ.  God pardons me in Christ.  God accepts me in Christ.  

If you come to Christ as a sinner, a poor bankrupt sinner, He will save you also.  As a guilty sinner, simply trust in Him – the all-sufficient Saviour – and you have eternal life. 

Milton W. Howard is pastor of Kitchens Creek Baptist Church in Ball.
Radio broadcasts of the church are Monday-Friday: 7:45 a.m. on KWDF AM 840

 

 

 

 

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                                                                                           Text Box:  "The Sin Of Self-Trust" 

(2 Corinthians 1:8-9  "For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life:  But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead." 

Everywhere Paul went preaching the Gospel, the religious stirred up the mobs against him.  The pressure on him was beyond his strength.  He gave himself up for a dead man.  But, he said, "We had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead." 

The worst disease we will ever be faced with is the tendency to trust in ourselves.  What is there in us to trust in?  This self-trust can only hurt us. 

God arranges providence to prevent His people from falling into self-trust.  He makes us sick of ourselves and causes us to turn to Christ. 

Self-trust is so terrible that the Lord pronounced a curse on it – "Cursed is the man that trusteth in man and maketh flesh his arm."  If I am relying upon myself for acceptance with God, I am cursed.  Trusting in myself is idolatry – it puts self in place of God.  "He that trusteth in is own heart is a fool."  And to cure it, God must make us feel the sentence of death in ourselves. 

Can you imagine the feeling of a man who has just had the sentence of death passed on him by a judge?  Nothing short of this sentence of death could prevent Paul from being polluted with self-trust.  And it is only the sentence of death that will cause us to see our complete helplessness. 

God will also use the same treatment in dealing with men who are not saved.  The first work of grace in us is to take away all our comfort and hope in ourselves and our things.  The first part of human salvation is the sentence of death on all human merit and power. 

In order to bring us into the "Light of God's dear Son," all the candles of our self-trust must be blown out.  And when all hope in self is gone, Christ comes in, and with His infinite grace, rescues the soul from destruction. 

If you have not trusted Christ today to save your soul, it is because you are still trusting yourself – you are still finding some hope in yourself. 

This sentence of death is strong medicine, but it worked.  Under its influence Paul preached as though he would never preach again – a dying man to dying men. 

A knowledge of the brevity of this life is good for us.  We must get familiar with the grave so we will not trust in ourselves.  We need to forget self.  And we will never do it until we write this down in our hearts – that "Self is Dead!" 

Oh! For a state of weakness that is strong in the divine strength.  Oh! To be nothing, that God may be all in all in us, that we might look to Christ alone. 

Milton W. Howard is pastor of Kitchens Creek Baptist Church in Ball.
Radio broadcasts of the church are Monday-Friday: 7:45 a.m. on KWDF  AM 840
Look for Kitchens Creek Baptist Church on Facebook and at www.KitchensCreek.com

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"The Chief Corner Stone"

(1 Peter 2:6-8)  "Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.  Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,  And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed."

Every time we see the Lord speaking, He is dividing those who are listening to Him into two groups – believers and unbelievers, obedient and disobedient.

We have been in church most of our lives.  We have heard of this matter of God's punishment on sin mentioned often, but we have become immune to it.  When we doubt the truth of God in His Word, we have opposed His authority, deny His Godhead, and deny Him the rights of His throne.

When He sets forth His Son to be a propitiation for sin – the only One who can cover our sin in His sight – when He sets Him forth and we refuse to receive Christ and look to Him, this rejection is flagrant disobedience.

Unbelief of God's Word is the root of all other sin.  When we reject the Gospel, we reject everything He said, for everything He has said, is saying, and shall say, points to the Lord Jesus Christ.  God has made Christ the Chief Corner Stone, and we either bow to Him or we must face the consequences.  And there is nothing scarier than to be an unbeliever and to have to face a holy God without Christ.

Every time this Rock of Christ is presented, you find something you do not like about it, so you cast it aside because it will not fit into your life.  And, when we take that Stone and look it over and say it will not work for us in our plan, we call God a liar.  If we stumble on this Stone, we will be broken, but it will not affect this Stone in the least.

Satan is so subtle – and one of his greatest tools is religion.  We are encouraged to give God's glory to things.  But, God is still on His throne, and the Lord Jesus Christ is still the only way to Him.  In spite of all that men and devils have done, not one elect soul has been, or will be lost.

The Lord God has set His King upon His Holy Hill of Zion – all His decrees shall be fulfilled – the throne of Christ shall stand – and the covenant sealed with His blood will be sure to His chosen seed.  Not one soul redeemed by His blood will be removed from the Saviour's hand.

There is only One who can meet God's demands – the Lord Jesus Christ.  The justice of God can only be satisfied by One of infinite nature becoming the propitiation for our sin.  And if you reject Him, it will cost you everything.  All opposition to Christ is futile, because God made Him the Chief Corner Stone – the Stone of stumbling, a Rock of offense.

There is a way of salvation by Christ Jesus the incarnate God, and I beg you to come to Him.  If not, unbelief will be your eternal ruin.  Whether you look to Him now or not, you will have to look to Him in that day when Heaven and Earth shall tremble at His great judgment.

(Psalm 2:12)  "Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him."

Milton W. Howard is pastor of Kitchens Creek Baptist Church in Ball.

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"A Gamble We Cannot Afford!"

Text Box:
(Mark 8:36-37)  "What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?  Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?"

Think about this – gaining the whole world at the loss of your soul.  A man once told me, "Never gamble more than you can afford to lose."  That is good advice.  There are many people in this world today who will take great chances to get ahead and who end up losing all they have – always with that hope of winning the big one, but in the process, losing all they have.  That is gambling more than you can afford to lose.

The Lord Jesus Christ is speaking to us about "What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?"  That is, laying it all out, wagering everything we have to gain this world, but in the process of gaining this world, losing our soul.

There is nothing more dangerous than playing games like this with our soul.  If we were to take care of our business like we care for our soul, we would all be bankrupt.  We play games with our soul that we would never think about doing in business.

There is a trade that is conducted almost every day called Futures Trading, which is betting on future events and staking what you have now on the outcome of things to come.

Now when it comes to our soul, we are not just talking about tomorrow or six months from now, but we are trading on eternity.  This is a much more serious gamble.  When we start gambling away the welfare of our soul for the gain of this world, we are trading eternity for a little time.  We are trading our standing before the Holy God, for a little pleasure in time.

What would we gain if we gained the whole world?  Would we gain happiness?  No!  You can read almost every day of people who have gained this world and have not found happiness.  Would we gain fame?  We might, but it is very fickle.  Would we gain fortune?  Maybe, but even that corrupts with time.

Seeking to gain this temporal world at the expense of our eternal soul is saying that we really do not believe what God's Word says about sin and God's righteousness.  We are saying that we really do not believe we are sinners.  We are really saying that we have no need of a Saviour.

"What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?"  Nothing!  We will not profit by this.  If our soul is lost, no matter how much of this world we gain, we have profited nothing.

(Mark 8:36-37)  "What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?  Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?"

Milton W. Howard is pastor of Kitchens Creek Baptist Church in Ball.
Radio broadcasts of the church are Monday-Friday @ 7:45 a.m. on KWDF  AM 840
Look for Kitchens Creek Baptist Church on Facebook and at www.KitchensCreek.com

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Text Box:  "Our Inheritance"

 

"In who also we have obtained an inheritance"  (Ephesians 1:11)

 When the Lord Jesus Christ gave Himself for us, He gave us all the rights and privileges which went with Himself.  And now, although as the eternal God, He has essential rights which no creature can have in and by himself, yet as Jesus the Christ, the Mediator, the federal Head of The covenant of grace, He has nothing apart from us for whom He died.

All the glorious consequences of His obedience unto death are the joint riches of all who are in Him, and on whose behalf He accomplished the divine will.  He enters into glory, but not for Himself alone.  According to the Scriptures, He is the forerunner, who for us and before us is entered.

(Hebrews 6:19-20)  "Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec."

The Lord Jesus Christ, who is our forerunner, now stands in the presence of God for us.

(Hebrews 9:24)  "For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:"

Now believer, think about this.  We have no right to Heaven in ourselves.  Our only right lies in the Lord Jesus Christ.  If we are pardoned, it is through His blood.  If we are justified it is through His righteousness.  If we are sanctified, it is because He is made of God unto us our sanctification.  If we are to be kept from falling, it will be because we are preserved in Christ Jesus.  If we are perfected at last, it will be because we are complete in Him and by Him.

This inheritance is made certain for us.  It is obtained in Him.  It is because it is in Him, that each blessing of this life is a little sweeter – and even Heaven itself is brighter, because it is in Jesus our beloved "in whom" we have obtained all.

Who can estimate what will be our divine portion in Grace?  Who could weigh the riches and treasures of Christ in scales, or count all the blessings that are ours in Christ?  Who can understand the joy and happiness which God has prepared for them that love Him?

 (1 Corinthians 3:21-23)  "Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours; Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours; And ye are Christ's; and Christ is God's."

 Milton W. Howard is pastor of Kitchens Creek Baptist Church in Ball.
Radio broadcasts of the church are Monday-Friday: 7:45 a.m. on KWDF  AM 840
Look for Kitchens Creek Baptist Church on Facebook and at www.KitchensCreek.com

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"We Preach Christ Crucified" Text Box:

(I Corinthians 1:23-24)  "We preach Christ crucified… the power of God, and the wisdom of God."

 At Kitchens Creek Baptist Church our purpose for meeting is to worship the Lord Jesus Christ.  To us, "We preach Christ crucified" is not merely a slogan.  It is the sum and the substance of all we say and do.

 The Apostle Paul said in (I Corinthians 2:2) "For I determined not to know anything among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified."

 We too have determined to know nothing, or esteem nothing as truly important, save Jesus Christ (Who He is), and Him crucified (What He did).  This glorious message tells how a sinner can be accepted by a Holy God on the grounds of the Person and the Work of the Lord Jesus Christ.  We meet together to worship Him, study His word, sing His praises, and encourage one another in His Gospel.  Here is our stand.

 Scriptures Alone – The Bible is the Word of God.  All Scripture is given by inspiration of God.

 (2 Timothy 3:16) "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness."

 It contains no error whatsoever.  We do not derive our doctrine from men or denominations.  The Bible is our rule of faith and practice.  "To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them" (Isaiah 8:20).

 Christ Alone – Christ is the Gospel.  He is both the subject and the object of the Gospel.  It is about Him, it is "concerning  his  Son  Jesus  Christ our Lord," and it is for His glory.  "That in all things he might have the preeminence."

 "Christ is all" are the words of Scripture.  He is All in the Scriptures, All to God, All in Salvation, and All to every believer.  The SURE and ONLY hope of every child of God is wrapped up in the Person and Work of Christ.  Salvation  is the  work  of Christ – His effectual atonement for His people.  Salvation is experienced by knowing and bowing to the Lordship of Christ.

 Grace Alone – Every aspect of Salvation, from the beginning (election) to the end (glorification), is all of God's grace.  Salvation is not what you do for God, but what He does for you.  No part of Salvation can be ascribed to man.  To ascribe any part of Salvation to the religious efforts, good works, or free will of man is to deny Salvation by grace.

 (Ephesians 2:8-9)  "Salvation is of the Lord."  "By grace are ye saved, through faith, and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God; not of works lest any man should boast."

 Faith Alone – Christ and His Salvation is not received by doing, but by believing.  "This is the work of God, that ye believe on Him whom He hath sent."  Anybody who looks to Christ alone for Salvation will be saved.

 Milton W. Howard is pastor of Kitchens Creek Baptist Church in Ball.
Radio broadcasts of the church are Monday-Friday: 7:45 a.m. on KWDF  AM 840
Look for Kitchens Creek Baptist Church on Facebook and at www.KitchensCreek.com

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Risks Of "Believing Not The Gospel"

Text Box:  (1 Peter 4:17)  "What shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?" 

There are those who do not obey the Gospel – those who do not believe the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.  The ungodly is that one without God, without Christ, and without hope. 

What more can Peter say?  No words can describe the judgment that will come upon the unbeliever for not believing and obeying the Gospel. 

The apparent prosperity of the disobedient will end.  We seem to think that no matter how we respond to the Gospel, or what we think of God and His Christ, when it is all over, everything is going to work out OK.  But the prophet tells us that the happiness that the disobedient person has is like the flame of a candle that ends with a puff of wind – or as a flower from which the beauty fades. 

Isaiah cried,  "All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field: The grass withereth, the flower fadeth."  The very foundation of all our comfort will fade as the grass, but our sins, which have always offended God, will never end unless they are taken away by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. 

The Lord God passes over our sins and iniquities for a while, and we think it will always be this way.  But it will all end in misery and poverty. 

When we do not walk in the light God has given to us, He will remove that light and leave us alone.  And if God were to leave us alone for just a little while, there would not be one drop of water to cool our tongue. 

The fall of the disobedient and unbeliever is so terrible that Peter did not attempt to describe it.  He only said, "What shall be the end of them?"  Can you imagine what the end will be of them who obey not the Gospel? 

The Gospel of God is contained in Christ Jesus our Lord, who is the heart and center of the message of God.  That is why we must learn that when we reject the Gospel we reject God – "We refuse to have this Man to rule over us!"  

Heathenism is not a place where the Gospel has not been preached and heard, but it is where the Gospel has been preached, heard, and rejected. 

To obey the Gospel is to receive Christ to justify and sanctify us.  It is to receive Christ as King to reign over us and as Priest to save us.  To look to another is to disobey the Gospel. 

Beware of going through life left alone by God.  Beware of going to your death without a Saviour. 

(1 Peter 4:17)  "What shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?"

Milton W. Howard is pastor of Kitchens Creek Baptist Church in Ball.
Radio broadcasts of the church are Monday-Friday: 7:45 a.m. on KWDF  AM 840.
Look for Kitchens Creek Baptist Church on Facebook and at www.KitchensCreek.com

 

 

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"In The Beginning God"

Text Box:  (Genesis 1:1-5) "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.  And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.  And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.  And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.  And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day."

This is a literal and accurate account of God's first day's work in the creation of this world.  There are many who deny this work of God, but do not let that bother you.  Men are in darkness; and in darkness they cannot see.  Never try to convince a man that "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."  Just like every thing else that is Holy and Spiritual, this must be revealed from Heaven.

The person who denies that "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth" must deny every thing else about the Word of God.  Every thing we know concerning the Word of God is founded on these first words of the Bible, "In the beginning God."  Every thing we know concerning the Lord Jesus Christ and redemption through His blood falls to nothing if we do not believe that, "In the beginning."  There is no need for prayer if it is not true that, "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."

If God did not create this world, He has no power over this world.  Why pray to a God like this?  If He has no power over this world, there is not a thing He can do about the events of this world.  If God did not create this world, He would be a usurper of an authority that is not His, if He intervened in the affairs of this world.  It would be no different than me going into a house that does not belong to me, and where I have no right to be, and intervening in the affairs of it.

But if God did create this world, as the Scriptures – God's Word – declare, then this world belongs to Him and to Him alone, and He can do with it as He pleases, and make demands on those who occupy His domain.

Listen to how it is expressed in the Bible.

(Romans 9:14-22)  "What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.  For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.  So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that showeth mercy… Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth… O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?  Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?  What if God, willing to show his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:  And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory… "

"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."

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Milton W. Howard is pastor of Kitchens Creek Baptist Church in Ball.
Radio broadcasts of the church are Monday-Friday: 7:45 a.m. on KWDF  AM 840.
Look for Kitchens Creek Baptist Church on Facebook and at www.KitchensCreek.com

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"Preaching Good Tidings"

(Isaiah 61:1)  "The Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted."

Such honor does the Lord of Heaven and Earth put upon the ministry of the Word that, as one of the old Puritans said, "God had only one Son, and he made a preacher of him."  It was His business to preach, and He was always preaching.  He preached by every work He did – by every miracle He performed.  He even preached when He did not speak.  He preached when He gave.  He preached when He received.  He preached by His patience before Pilate.  He preached from the cross.

Then He sent His disciples out to preach.  He did not teach them to conduct religious services.  He did not teach them to please people.  He taught them to preach the Gospel.  The preaching of the cross, which is to them that perish foolishness, but unto us who are saved is the wisdom and the power of God, is the way it pleased God "to save them that believe".  When His life on this earth was ending, the last thing the Lord Jesus Christ said to His disciples was "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature."

This is what He preached – "Good Tidings".  The Good Tidings are pardon for the chief of sinners.  He preached life given to men dead in sin.  He preached glad tidings concerning the resurrection.  He cried, "I am the resurrection and the life; and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die."  He preached man's poverty that we might be made rich by His grace.  He made men feel weary and heavy-laden, that He might give us rest.  He loved to preach to publicans and sinners.

Our business is not to teach politics.  We do not teach morals.  We do not waste time declaring what men ought to do, but use the precious time we have to preach the Good News of what God has done for them.  We are determined not to know anything among men, save Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

These are those to whom He preached – "The Meek".  These are those who are not proud and lifted up.  These are those who have been brought down.  These are those who are in darkness.  Those who are rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing will not look on the Gospel as Good News.  But, to him who is down and has nothing, when he hears there is food to be had, without money and without price, this is Good News.  When God empties you, this will be Good News to you.  The Gospel is not for the good and deserving.  The Gospel is for the nobody.

He was sent – "To bind up the broken-hearted".  Are you broken-hearted because of your sin?  Have you given up on self-salvation?  Have you cast aside all your self-righteousness?  Do you find no comfort in ceremonies?  Is your heart broken because of your wicked heart?  The Lord Jesus Christ came into the world "to bind up the broken-hearted."

If this is the condition of your heart, Christ came to cure you, and He will do it.  With sovereign power from on high, He saves the worst among us.  "The Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted."

Milton W. Howard is pastor of Kitchens Creek Baptist Church in Ball.
Radio broadcasts of the church are Monday-Friday: 7:45 a.m. on KWDF  AM 840.

Look for Kitchens Creek Baptist Church on Facebook and at www.KitchensCreek.com

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TRUE RELIGION

 It seems we have more religion in the world today than ever before.  There are churches on every corner, and new ones are starting every day.  You can hear preaching of some kind on radio and TV 24 hours a day.  Everybody claims to be a Christian with some kind of religious experience.  But, the strange thing is it has not done much good.

 If you consider the results it has produced, we might be better off without the religion of today.  Most of what goes on in the name of religion today is a show, and has no lasting effect on those who participate in it.  Most have no idea what true religion is.

 1.  True religion is knowing who God is.  The God of the Bible is totally, absolutely, and universally sovereign in all things; in creation, in providence, and in salvation.  God does what He will, when He will, with whom He will, in the way He will, and gives account of His actions to no one.  He is not some helpless old man standing on the sidelines with His fingers crossed, hoping everything is going to work out all right.  If God is not absolutely sovereign, He is not God.  It is hard to say which is worse, the atheist who says, "There is no God," or the religionist who says, "God cannot do as He pleases."  The Scriptures declare that God is God!

 2.  True religion is knowing what man is.  Is man wicked or is he good?  Is man moral or is he depraved?  Is man spiritually sick or is he spiritually dead?  You do not have to read much of the Bible to find out the truth concerning man.  All men are spiritually dead, without life toward God.  All are morally depraved.  Their hearts are evil continually, incapable of doing what is good in the sight of God.  All are justly condemned.  If God does not intervene and do for us what we cannot do for ourselves, we will end eternally separated from God, eternally punished for our sin.

 3.  True religion is knowing how salvation is accomplished.   The Scriptures declare that, "Salvation is of the Lord."  Salvation is not an offer but a free gift.  Salvation is accomplished by the sovereign power of God the Holy Spirit, irresistibly drawing sinners to Christ and creating faith in them.  Salvation is by the revelation of Christ to us by God.  Salvation is bowing to Christ the King.  To be "Born again" is sinners being awakened by God.  It is God giving life to the dead.

 4.  True religion is knowing who Jesus Christ is.  He is God, the Sovereign Lord, manifest in the flesh.  We are never asked if we will receive Jesus, but, will He receive us.  We are never asked if we will accept Jesus, but, if we will be accepted by God.  We must bow to the Lord Jesus Christ as the same Lord God of Heaven, the Great King, and plead for mercy.

 5.  True religion is knowing what the Lord Jesus Christ did.  If there is anything taught in the Scriptures, it is this:  By His one great sacrifice for sin, the Lord Jesus Christ has put away the sins of His people.  He obtained eternal redemption for us, when He poured out His life's blood unto death at Calvary.

 Today, the Lord Jesus Christ, lives in Heaven and saves to the uttermost every sinner who comes to God by Him.

 Milton W. Howard is pastor of Kitchens Creek Baptist Church in Ball
Radio broadcasts of the church are Monday-Friday: 7:45 a.m. on KWDF  AM 840
Look for Kitchens Creek Baptist Church on Facebook and at www.KitchensCreek.com

 

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"True Faith"

(Romans 10:13-17)  "How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed?  How shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard?  How shall they hear without a preacher?  How shall they preach, except they be sent?...So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."

The Lord God of Heaven requires of us a righteousness, which we do not have, and a faith, which we cannot produce.  The faith of God's elect is not something which we develop or work up.  It is a life giving principle created in us by the power and grace God.  So, when He is going to save a soul, He sends a man who preaches the Gospel.  In that Gospel you hear of only One who can save your soul.  The Gospel speaks of Christ.  The Spirit of God points us to Christ.  The Law of God points us to Christ.  And hearing of Christ, we believe on Him and call on Him.  We stand before God, not because of anything we do, but by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Many ignore the righteousness of God, which is Christ, and try to establish their own righteousness.  If all you know about the Law of God, the Law of Moses, and the Ten Commandments, does not point you to Christ, all you know is error.  The Law shows us what is required and points us to Christ who alone can do for us what must be done before God.

Paul tells us that all who "call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."  But you cannot call upon someone in whom you do not believe – in whom you have no confidence – and you cannot believe in someone of whom you have not heard.  You cannot hear without a preacher, and that man cannot preach unless he is sent of God.  Faith comes through hearing the preaching of the Word.

True faith produces a heart that seeks after true holiness.  It is one thing to profess Christ, and another thing to possess Christ.  It is one thing to call Christ Lord with your lips, and another thing to submit to the Lord Jesus Christ in your heart.  The true faith of the elect of God – that faith which saves the soul – is a faith which produces a living union with a living Redeemer.

Saving faith receives a complete Christ as He is revealed in the Scriptures – Prophet, Priest, and King.  Saving faith always believes God – always loves God – always walks with God.  Saving faith looks to Christ alone.  Saving faith always serves God – always submits to the will of God – always glorifies God in all things – perseveres to the end – and dies believing God.  All those who live by faith die in faith, for their heart is fixed on the Lord.

Do you every wonder why someone bounces around so much in this thing called religion?  It is because their heart is not "fixed" on the Lord.  When your heart is fixed on the Lord, you do not bounce into church for a while and then bounce out.  You cannot stay away when your heart is fixed on the Lord.

True believers will continue steadfast until the end.  They will not be moved from the hope of the Gospel.  This is the faith of the elect of God.  It looks to Christ alone.

Milton W. Howard is pastor of Kitchens Creek Baptist Church in Ball.  Radio broadcasts of the church are Monday-Friday: 7:45 a.m. on KWDF AM 840.  Look for Kitchens Creek Baptist Church on Facebook.