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A House Faith Pleases God | Hebrews 11:1-6 Part 3

A House Faith That Pleases God | Hebrews 11: 1-6 Part 1

A House Faith That Pleases God | Hebrews 11: 1-6

This is part one of a three-part study from my message entitled "A House Faith That Pleases God | Hebrews 11: 1-6. I hope it will be a blessing to you and encourage you with your walk with Jesus our Lord. :0)

Here is the outline we are working from.

A House of Faith That Pleases God. Heb. 11: 1-6

 

I) The Description of Pleasing Faith, vs. 1

A) Faith is being confident in the things we hope for, 1a

B) Faith is being convinced of the things we cannot see, vs. 1b

II) The Demonstrations of Pleasing Faith, vs. 2-5

A) The commendation of the saints, vs. 2

B) The creation of the Universe, vs. 3

C) The contribution of Abel, vs. 4

D) The companionship of Enoch, vs. 5

III) The Demands of Pleasing Faith, vs. 6

A) We are to have faith that pleases, Vs. 6a

B) We are to have faith that presumes, vs. 6b

C) We are to have faith that pursues, vs. 6c

There is a well-known story concerning J.C. Penny, the founder of the modern-day retail stores named after him. Mr. Penny had a great compassion for the men and women who served in the ministry. Whenever he was traveling about, wherever he was on the Lord’s Day, he would go to the nearest local church.

One Sunday he was in a small country town and after the worship service, the pastor of the little underfunded church asked Mr. Penny for lunch at his home. Mr. Penny could see that the church was in desperate need of funds as it was in disarrayed of sorts. And it was obvious that the pastor’s family was operating on a not so well funded budget.

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Lessons From The NT Book of James: I. Lesson of Perseverance in Suffering (1:1-12) Part 3

Lessons From The NT Book of James: I.    Lesson of Perseverance in Suffering (1:1-12) Part 3

Lessons From The NT Book of James

We have been looking at the first chapter of the lessons from the Book of James. Here is the outline we have been considering.

Lessons From James

(Christianity In Shoes)

I. Lesson of Perseverance in Suffering (1:1-11)

1) The Author (vs.1)

a. ) James, the brother of Jesus

b. ) James, the bond servant of Jesus

2) The Assembly (vs.1)

a) Scattered Jewish tribes

b) Saved Jewish tribes

3) First lesson James gives is in the area of perseverance while suffering trials

a) Perspective of suffering (vs.2-3)

b) Purpose of suffering (vs.4)

c) Petitioning through suffering (vs.5-8)

1) Petitioning is pre-supposed (vs.5)

2) Petitioning is personal (vs.5-8)

3) Petitioning is to be positively (vs.6-8)

d) People of suffering (vs.9-11)

1) The poor suffer (vs.9)

2) The prestigious suffer (vs.10-11)

e) Prize for suffering (vs.12)

1) Character

2) Crown

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The Parable of A Father With Good Gifts. Luke 11:11-13

The Parable of A Father With Good Gifts. Luke 11:11-13

I) The Parable of A Father With Good Gifts. Luke 11:11-13

“ If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?”

A) The Practical Rationalization of Our Humanly Father, vs.11-12

                 1) Our human fathers with correct gifts, vs.11-12

                 2) Our human fathers give us good gifts, vs.13a

 

B) The Promised Relationship of Our Heavenly Father, vs.13

                 1) Our Heavenly Father with greater gifts,vs.13b

                 2) Our Heavenly Father gives us heavenly gifts,vs.13b

 

A) The Practical Rationalization of Our Humanly Father, vs.11-12

1) Our human fathers with correct gifts, vs.11-12

Jesus rationalizes with us using the illustration of our humanly fathers giving correct gifts to our children when they are in need and ask us to help them. Here again in this passage He gives the illustration of three different things.

1) “If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone?”

2) “or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?”

3) “Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?”

Bread, fish and eggs. That’s not a bad combination by the way. A nice piece of mild fish with some eggs and toast make’s for a pretty good meal! Jesus wants us to think about prayer and God our Father answering our prayers in the same manner that we try to help give our children their correct needs when they ask.

     2) Our human fathers give us good gifts, vs.13a

And not only do human fathers give gifts that are correct but they also are good gifts even though they are coming from humans with a sin cursed nature.

Look at the beginning of verse thirteen (13) “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children:…”

The word Jesus used here is “ponēros” which carries the idea of one who is full of labours, annoyances, hardships and is bad, of a bad nature or condition. “If ye then, being evil (ponēros), know how to give good gifts unto your children:…” And even though our humanly fathers have an evil nature they still give good gifts to their children who asks! That’s the practical rationalization of our humanly fathers that Jesus used.

B) The Promised Relationship of Our Heavenly Father, vs.13

1) Our Heavenly Father with greater gifts,vs.13b

2) Our Heavenly Father gives us heavenly gifts,vs.13b

Now He turns our attention heavenward as He draws the contrast of how God, our heavenly Father promises an ongoing relationship. Look at verse thirteen (13) again.

 

“If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?”

1) Our Heavenly Father with greater gifts,vs.13b

How much more shall your heavenly Father give… "didomi"  which means more, to a greater degree, rather

  1. Much more, by far
  2. rather, sooner
  3. more willingly, more readily

2) Our Heavenly Father gives us heavenly gifts,vs.13b

Not only greater gifts, not only more willingly and sooner but our Father in heaven gives us heavenly gifts. “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?”

Better gifts, more gifts, greater gifts, …spiritual gifts. Keep in mind the time grame on God’s timeline. The Holy Spirit had not yet descended on Pentecost yet, the church age had not begun yet. Jesus was speaking to Jews and Judeans alike who were accustomed to God’s Spirit coming and going and being with certain select individuals such as prophets and John the Baptist.

They were very well accustomed to the Old Testament teaching that God’s Spirit will not always strive with man. They were very familiar with the silence of heaven for over 400 years until John the Baptist began his ministry. And yet here is Jesus telling them that they would enter into a relationship with Almighty God Who give His Spirit to those who asked!!!! Hallelujah!!! What a Savior, what a Heavenly Father Who gives greater gifts and heavenly gifts. “…: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?”

Matthew renders it this way, “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts G1390 unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?”

In Ephesians 4:8 the Apostle Paul said “Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.”

Some of the gifts of God our Father.

A) To eat, drink and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Eccl. 5:19, “

Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this is the gift of God.

B) Living water that springs up into eternal life, John 4:10

C) The Holy Spirit, Acts 10:45, “And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.”

D) The free gift of righteousness. Ro.5:17, “For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)”

E) Another gift of God is eternal life. Ro.6:23, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

F) God’s grace. Eph.2:8, “for by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:” “ Eph. 4:7, “But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.”

G) Good gifts and perfect gifts are from our heavenly Father. Jas.1:17, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”

H) Spiritual Gifts. Ro.12 and 1Cor.12

These are just some of the gifts from the heavenly Father to His children.

Pray and pray some more.

Keep on praying.

Ask, keep asking and you will receive!

Seek, keep seeking and you will find, it will be revealed unto you!

Knock on those doors and keep on knocking and you have God’s assurance that they will be opened for you. Yes my friend, YOU!

 

I would like to close with the words of a popular hymn written by the song and story Composer Joseph M. Scriven. What a friend we have in Jesus.

 

“What a Friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!

What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!

O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,

All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.

 

Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?

We should never be discouraged; take it to the Lord in prayer.

Can we find a friend so faithful who will all our sorrows share?

Jesus knows our every weakness; take it to the Lord in prayer.

 

Luke 11:10, “For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”

This has been part I of a three part series. Next time we'll pick up here where we left off.
Let’s go to church this Sunday. These are certainly troubling times that we live in. From the ever growing national debt, to corrupt greedy politicians, terrorists, slipping moralities to God only knows what’s next, I don’t remember when people had such a low opinion and dismal outlook about our country and where it is headed. Very few people that we come in contact with on a daily basis have a very positive attitude.

Both born from above and the Un-regenerate, very few! This great nation of ours is on a speeding train of declination. The train is on a track to degradation and she is picking up steam: fast! Ole Uncle Sam needs a revival. From Bubba and his administration in the White house right down to the kid behind the counter at McDonald's. We need a fresh awakening from the Holy Spirit of God. America needs another outpouring of the Holy Ghost as was experienced by the first century Church.

Join our pastor and our church in praying for revival. Won’t you join me today and start by carrying ourselves and our loved ones to church. If you are in the Clay county area of North Florida come worship with us at Harbor Baptist church located on the corner of Clay Street (1113) & US Hwy 17, Fleming Island, Fl. Morning worship is at 10:30 and we meet Sunday evening at 6:00 p.m.

We pride ourselves with being a smaller church with the big difference. I don’t believe you will find another fellowship of believers who have a greater love for God and as a result of His love for us, we have love for one another. You’ll find me and my family there, come visit, both you and our church will be glad that you did!

 

I am happy to speak on behalf of our Lord Jesus Christ in the North Florida area. I am a conservative, evangelical, fundamentalist teacher whose doctrinal beliefs align with those of the Southern Baptist Convention. My doctrinal views are listed in the menu section of this site. You can contact me by email at: michaelrosenbarker@gmail.com

 

The Parable of A Friend In Need At Midnight. Luke 11:5-10 Part 2 of 2

The Parable of A Friend In Need At Midnight. Luke 11:5-10    Part 2 of 2

Outline

 

A) The Requiring Predicament, vs.5-6

1) The Problem At Hand, vs.6

2) The Proposition For Help, vs.5

 

B) The Reluctant Philanthropist, vs.7-8

1) His Primary Response of Declination, vs.7

2) His Secondary Response of Distribution, vs.8

 

C) The Relentless Practicality, vs.9-10

1) The Practice of Persistent Praying Actions, vs.9

2) The Promise of Providential Answers, vs.10

Last time we left off with the second sub-point of the second main point of our message:

The Reluctant Philanthropist, vs.7-8 where we seen the first response of the man in need's friend was one of denial or declination. Now we will see that his second response is one of sharing or distribution.

2) His Secondary Response of Distribution, vs.8

Luke 11:8, “I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth.”

Jesus tells us that this friend’s second response is one of distribution. Even though the friend would not share with his needy friend because of their friendship (or lack thereof!), he will get out of bed, get dressed and move the door to loan him as much as he needs because of his “importunity”.

This word for importunity is pretty fascinating for it is only used once in the New Testament and that is here in Luke eleven. The original word is “anaideia” and comes from a compound of two words one of which means shamelessness and the other being persistent. The word therefore means that this man was shameless in his persistent entreaties banging on his friend’s door in order to get some bread!

Let’s review. We looked at the Requiring Predicament that the friend in need is in. And we seen that his problem at hand was him having an unexpected guest and no bread to set before him. The proposition for help was to seek out a friend and neighbor to borrow three loaves of bread for his unexpected guest.

The reluctant philanthropist at first declined his persistent friend but later conceded to distribute some of his bread for his friend in need, not because of friendship however, but due to the shameless persistence of the man in need. Now Jesus is going to give us practical advice based on the parable.

C) The Relentless Practicality, vs.9-10

1) The Practice of Persistent Praying Actions, vs.9

2) The Promise of Providential Answers, vs.10

Luke 11:9, “And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”

Jesus tells us about practicing three (yes there’s the number three again) relentless actions of prayer.

1) asking: aiteō; the verb means to ask, beg, call for, crave, desire, require and the action here is present and continuous. Keep -------asking.

2) seeking: zēteō; this verb means to seek out, to seek in order to find and it also can be rendered to crave or to demand something from someone. Keep ------seeking.

3) knocking: krouō; this verb literally means to knock at the door. Keep -----knocking.

And when we practice these three relentless, persistent acts of prayer Jesus promises very strong Providential answers. Luke 11:10, “For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”

1) Keep asking and you shall receive. The word (lambanō) means to receive (what is given), to gain, get, obtain, to get back. And again the verbs are in a continuous present action.

2) Keep seeking and you will keep on finding. This verb (heuriskō) means to find (literally or figuratively) find, get, obtain, perceive, see.

3) Keep knocking on the door and it will continue to be opened for you. The verb anoigō means simply to be opened. Knock on heaven’s door and it will be opened unto you. Keep knocking on heaven’s doors and they will continue to be opened for you. I wonder how many doors remain closed due to our laziness to persistently pray.

The relentless practical actions are quite simple really. Pray. Pray without ceasing. Ask, seek and knock on the door. Ask in prayer, seek for God and knock on the spiritual doors that the Lord Jesus Christ has for you just waiting to opened!!!

Did you see what type of prayer warrior that you have to be to get your prayers answered? Well now, you have to attend a soul winning church and be at every service to qualify for this. No? Oh that’s right, you have pray three times a day for at least thirty minutes to get your prayers answered as Jesus states.

Maybe you have to be sinless, blameless, upright and a tithing member of a New Testament church? No….. That’s not what Jesus said. He said everyone. Everyone. From the least to the greatest, everyone. From the shortest to the tallest, everyone.
Are you an "everyone"? it's just like the gospel of salvation: "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."

I am a whosoever, are you? In light of our test here in Luke I am an everyone, are you? Yes, we are an everyone.

From those who are tithing members to those who are shut-ins at home, everyone. From those who pray sitting down to those standing to those who kneel in prayer, everyone gets their prayers answered. “For every one that asketh receiveth

The word Jesus used is “pas” which carries the meaning of “ individually each, every, any, all, the whole, all things, everything, listen now, everyone!”  "Luke 11:10, “For every one that asketh receiveth;..."  Let's become men and women of prayer, let's cash in on Jesus promise to us that everyone who asks will receive, not might, no no my friend, "Luke 11:10, “For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”

All God’s children are promised answered prayers when they seek the face of God! Hallelujah, what a Savior!!!

This has been part I of a three part series. Next time we'll pick up here where we left off.
Let’s go to church this Sunday. These are certainly troubling times that we live in. From the ever growing national debt, to corrupt greedy politicians, terrorists, slipping moralities to God only knows what’s next, I don’t remember when people had such a low opinion and dismal outlook about our country and where it is headed. Very few people that we come in contact with on a daily basis have a very positive attitude.

Both born from above and the UN-regenerate, very few! This great nation of ours is on a speeding train of declination. The train is on a track to degradation and she is picking up steam: fast! Ole Uncle Sam needs a revival. From Bubba and his administration in the White house right down to the kid behind the counter at McDonald's. We need a fresh awakening from the Holy Spirit of God. America needs another outpouring of the Holy Ghost as was experienced by the first century Church.

Join our pastor and our church in praying for revival. Won’t you join me today and start by carrying ourselves and our loved ones to church. If you are in the Clay county area of North Florida come worship with us at Harbor Baptist church located on the corner of Clay Street (1113) & US Hwy 17, Fleming Island, Fl. Morning worship is at 10:30 and we meet Sunday evening at 6:00 p.m.

We pride ourselves with being a smaller church with the big difference. I don’t believe you will find another fellowship of believers who have a greater love for God and as a result of His love for us, we have love for one another. You’ll find me and my family there, come visit, both you and our church will be glad that you did!

I am happy to speak on behalf of our Lord Jesus Christ in the North Florida area. I am a conservative, evangelical, fundamentalist teacher whose doctrinal beliefs align with those of the Southern Baptist Convention. My doctrinal views are listed in the menu section of this site. You can contact me by email at: michaelrosenbarker@gmail.com

 

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The Parable of A Friend In Need At Midnight. Luke 11:5-10

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The Parable of A Friend In Need At Midnight. Luke 11:5-10    Part 1 of 2

Outline

 

A) The Requiring Predicament, vs.5-6

1) The Problem At Hand, vs.6

2) The Proposition For Help, vs.5

 

B) The Reluctant Philanthropist, vs.7-8

1) His Primary Response of Declination, vs.7

2) His Secondary Response of Distribution, vs.8

 

C) The Relentless Practicality, vs.9-10

1) The Practice of Persistent Praying Actions, vs.9

2) The Promise of Providential Answers, vs.10


 

I) The Parable of A Friend In Need At Midnight. Luke 11:5-10

     A) The Requiring Predicament, vs.5-6

          1) The Problem At Hand, vs.6 (For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him?)
The problem at hand was a friend showing up un-expectantly. The friend showing up at midnight was not an unusual event. Most Judeans traveled in the afternoon with an expectation of an evening arrival. The hot sun is very distressing on both man and his beast. Hence, a midnight arrival.

The customary requirement of a Judean was to be hospitable to his guests. He was under the customary rules to offer food and shelter and bathing as well. The predicament is that he doesn’t have any bread to offer his guest. We don’t know why he doesn’t have any bread for the Scriptures doesn’t tell us.

We can surmise why he didn’t. Maybe he ran out that evening and was going to make some more first thing in the morning. Maybe he was broke and needed to work the next day in order to buy groceries for his family. Who knows, your guess is as good as mine. What we do know is that he doesn’t have any bread to offer his guest. This was a requiring predicament indeed.

         2) The Proposition For Help, vs. 5 (And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves;)

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In dealing with the problem at hand the gentleman came up with a proposition for help by going to a neighbor friend to ask for some bread. Noticed he said, “Friend, lend me three loaves…” Numbers in the Bible have significant meanings. It is not by accident nor coincidence that Jesus used the number three here in referring to three loaves of bread.

The number three is a very sacred number in the Scriptures. It is the sacred number for the Holy Trinity. Number one being the Supreme God with number two being God the Son having flesh and spirit and number three for the Holy Ghost. Three is near and dear to the Lord Jesus Christ’s heart.

Jesus prayed three times in the Garden of Gethsemane before His arrest. He was placed on the cross at the 3rd hour of the day (9 a.m.) and died at the 9th hour (3 p.m.). There were 3 hours of darkness that covered the land while Jesus was suffering on the cross from the 6th hour to the 9th hour. Three is the number of resurrection. Christ was dead for three full days and three full nights, a total of 72 hours, before being resurrected just before sunset.

Jesus began his ministry at age 30 (3 + 0 = 3) and taught for three years. He faced three temptations in the desert and was in the tomb three days prior to his resurrection. The number three appears so often in relation to Jesus' life that the association cannot be random.

Stages of making bread flour dough and loaf of bread on wooden table over black background rustic Royalty Free Stock Photos

Some others have suggested that three loaves referred to having a loaf to feed his guest this evening, another for in the morning before sending him on his way and one to take with him. Whatever the reason, he asked to borrow three loaves of bread for his guest because he didn’t have any. This was his proposition for help from his neighbor. Now let’s look at the reluctant philanthropist in verses seven and eight.

 

B) The Reluctant Philanthropist, vs.7-8

          1) His Primary Response of Declination, vs.7

Luke 11:7, “And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee.

The first response of the neighbor is one of denial. He tells his friend in need not to bother him for three reasons (again, the number three). The first is that the door is shut. Don’t think of a door like we have in our usage today.

Our doors have hinges and nice pretty knobs with locks and all we have to do is to twist a lock button and turn a knob and open it. Not so with most of the doors of that day. It could have been a huge solid piece of wood that required a lot of effort to open or close.
Some doors were large wheels that were rolled into place. We’re not sure we only know that one of the reasons for denying the loan of bread was due to the door being shut.

The second reason for denial was that his children were sleeping. If you have children then you know how difficult it can be trying to get them to bed down for the evening. Baths, brushing the teeth, clean bed clothes to wear, making sure their homework is done and on and on the list goes.

I am not sure why but our children always fought us when it was time to go to bed. I think they thought their mother and I had the best time after they went to bed. It was like they were going to miss out on something! And this man denied his friend’s wishes to loan him some bread because the kids and himself were to bed.

The third reason he denied the importune neighbor was due to he himself was in his night clothes and in the process of getting much needed rest. You’ve had that happen haven’t you? Someone call you after you have been sleeping in your warm, comfortable bed? Nothing is more irritating then someone waking you out of a good night’s sleep.
Denial, no way, not happening. The noun used for trouble is kopos in the Greek and comes from a root verb meaning to labour or trouble

  1. to cause one trouble, make work for him
  2. intense labour united with trouble and toil

The Apostle Paul used this same word in 2 Cor.11:27, “In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.” And again used it in Galatians 6:17 where he said, “From henceforth let no man trouble me: (kopos) for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.”

Therefore we get the idea that it was going to be some troubling labor in order for this man to leave his children, get out of bed, get dressed and open the door in order to loan him bread for his guest.

baby and dad sleeping

The primary response of denial. Next time we will look at verse eight and see the secondary response which is that of distribution.

This has been part one of a three part series. Next time we'll pick up here where we left off.
Let’s go to church this Sunday. These are uncertainly troubling times that we live in. I don’t remember when people had such a low opinion and outlook about our country and where it is heading. Very few people that come into our store have very much optimism.

Both born from above and the un-regenerate, very few! This great nation of ours is on a speeding train of declination. The train is on a track to degradation and she is picking up steam: fast! Ole Uncle Sam needs revival. From Bubba and his administration in the White house right down to the kid behind the counter at McDonald's. We need a fresh awakening from the Holy Spirit of God. America needs another outpouring of the Holy Ghost as was experienced by the first century Church.

Join our pastor and our church in praying for revival. Won’t you join me today and start by carrying ourselves and our loved ones to church. If you are in the Clay county area of North Florida come worship with us at Harbor Baptist church located on the corner of Clay Street & US Hwy 17, Fleming Island, Fl. Morning worship is at 10:30 and we meet Sunday evening at 6:00 p.m.

We pride ourselves with being a smaller church with the big difference. I don’t believe you will find another fellowship of believers who have a greater love for god and as a result of His love for us, we have love for one another. You’ll find me and my family there, come visit, both you and our church will be glad that you did!

 

I am happy to speak on behalf of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Clay county, North Florida area. I am a conservative, evangelical fundamentalist teacher with my doctrinal beliefs aligning with those of the Southern Baptist Convention. My doctrinal views are listed in the menu section of this site. You can contact me at: michaelrosenbarker@gmail.com