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The Psalm of Provocation

Here is the message I preached Sunday at Sovereign Grace Baptist Church.  We appreciate the hospitality and friendship of Pastor Sonny Hernandez.  It was a pleasure to be able to worship and fellowship with them.

The Only Thing That Matters

By James Brown Jr.

“For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” — James 4:14

This week I went to the funeral of the father of one of my best friends in my youth.  It was one of those events that causes you to pause and consider reality—the reality of an aging life; the reality of a fleeting life; the reality of a fragile life.

It has been thirty years since the closeness of our teenage years when we were full of dreams and youthful optimism.  Life had separated us to different ambitions but this week we returned to the location where we had shared a wonderful friendship growing up in Brown County, Indiana.

A Warning to Young Men

By James Brown Jr.

“Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:” —2 Peter 2:14 

We live in a pornographic world that is escalating predator behavior not only in men but women as well.  Every day the news is filled with aggressive sexual behavior that has led to all sorts of deviancy.

The Law Established by the Gospel

By John Gill
March 22, 1739

“Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid; yea, we establish the law.” —Romans 3:31

That vice and immorality, disobedience to the laws of God and men, prevail among us; and that practical religion and powerful godliness greatly decline, will he acknowledged by every serious, thoughtful, and considering Christian; but what are the springs and sources of this sad scene of things, or to what all this is to be ascribed, is not so generally agreed; in this men differ.

Dancing in Destruction

By James Brown Jr.
“See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:  Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.  And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.  Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:  For our God is a consuming fire.” –Hebrews 12:25-29

“The corruptions of heaven and earth will be purged by fire…” –John Calvin

The language here is very symbolic but it is evident we are dealing with the judgment of God upon the temporal reign of Satan, the kingdom of men and the dominion of sin.

We Will Not Be Silent

By James Brown

“For Zion's sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth.” –Isaiah 62:1

Secularists are increasingly demanding Christians retreat from the public square and remain in silence.  This has been a trend since the 1960's Cultural Revolution.  Of course, secularists are not demanding anything that the Church has not taught and demanded of itself for several decades.

CBN News recently broadcasted a report concerning the oppression of free speech in Britain.  While the climate in Britain against Christians is very hostile, we must remember it is not much better here in the United States.

Victory must be Won

By James Brown Jr.

“And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” —Matthew 16:18 

"We’re not accustomed to occupying defensive positions. It’s destructive to morale." —Lt. Gen. H. M. “Howlin’ Mad” Smith (USMC)

There was a day when the Church and the Marine Corps bore many similarities.  Both were disciplined, courageous and fierce warriors.  While these distinguishing marks are quickly fading away, they both still bear many similarities today as they are being led by women and overran by sodomites.