An evening spent with friends... I think I have always misunderstood Hebrews 12:1, convinced that the "cloud of witnesses" meant all the unconverted people in our lives, watching, criticizing, condemning. But what joy to hear you say that these "witnesses" are the brethren who lived and died to teach us some great lesson about the LORD Jesus Christ. Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sara, all the others listed in Hebrews 11 and throughout the entire Word of God - these all bear witness to us of some specific, glorious attribute of God in His gracious dealings with His loved ones. I thank you so much for teaching this to me, for now, I can run to Hebrews 12:1 with joy to find friends there, instead of cringing back from this verse, knowing how I disgrace my LORD before the eyes of strangers. It was so nice to spend the evening with friends (in heaven and on earth) last night as you were preaching in Almont, Michigan. Thank you so much.
Great Sermon! Thank you Brother Jim for this message. First time to hear how my name was already written down in the Book.
I am just realizing how wonderful God's true salvation is truly wonderful and all God's doing.
It has taken me 40 years to see this, and to surrender to Jesus.
This passage is so rich... We love to envision the many, many incredible events surrounding the birth of our LORD Jesus Christ - and find Matthew's account of the visit of the Magi entourage to be one of the most fascinating and awe-inspiring of all the events told to us! Thank you, Pastor Byrd, for the connection you pointed out concerning the prophet Daniel. This is such an incredible thread to consider! Oh! What great revelations we will enjoy throughout all eternity, as Christ unfolds to our waiting hearts, ALL that we wonder about as we read His Holy Word here on earth, seeing through a glass, darkly. We had a foretaste of the glory to come this evening, worshipping our God and Saviour with you all. May He bless us in the days to come, as we meditate upon the wonders of His grace. Goodnight.
Powerful Sermon! As Brother Jim said, Jesus Christ is ALL. The Holy Bible tells us that we must have Him as our Lord and Savior or perish. And our job, so to speak, is to desire to know Him better each day. And the great part of that is as we know Him better each day, we continue to want to know Him even more if we are one of His children. The Holy Bible will reveal more each time we read it.
Great Sermon! Bro Jim, being moved by the Spirit, brings such sound messages that invoke an intimacy with our Lord! His messages have helped to show me with a scriptural assurance, whom it is I belong to! Thank you Lord for faithful servants! Lord come quickly... COME!
Great Sermon! A comprehensive sweep of the great truths from genesis to revelation. Awonderful exposition of the truth that we can only approach God thtough Christ, and God can only approach us through Christ. Listen and be blessed.
'A Debtor To Mercy Alone' Pastor Byrd, We were so blessed by Kathy's singing of the Augustus Toplady hymn, "A Debtor To Mercy Alone". It is one of my favorite hymn poems and I especially love the E minor tune, "Trewen". At the close of your service, your whole congregation sang a most wonderful John Newton sacred poem, "How Sweet The Name of Jesus Sounds" to the John Peterson tune, "Bridgewater". I was thinking how Toplady, called home in 1778, never saw the publication of Newton's Olney Hymnal in 1779. And Mr. Peterson (of Scottsdale, AZ) went to be with the LORD in September 2006, a few days before his 85th birthday. He did not hear your webcast featuring his melody. Nonetheless, we are all woven together in His eternal tapestry in time, each redeemed soul, complete in Christ, doing those good works that have been ordained by our loving Father before time was. Your incredible sermon on John 15 is another golden thread. Thank you so much.
How rare and exquisite! ...is the preaching of the glorious Gospel of our LORD Jesus Christ. Pastor Byrd, thank you for the care you take, each and every time you speak, to tell the whole truth of the Person and Work of our Saviour. It is so very evident to us and is such an encouragement. This particular message, like hundreds of others you have preached, outlines the message of Scripture so clearly, so simply. For the folded sheep, for the wandering sheep and for those who are "none of His" - the LORD has a word to each and you have told it. God bless you and so happy to see you recovery from your surgery. We will see you (via webcast) this Sunday, LORD willing and may He bless you in your studies this week.
What an incredible sermon Pastor Byrd, I have hoped that a great revival would come in our day, a true revival in the Biblical sense - that God's Gospel of sovereign grace would go forth with extraordinary power, be embraced by His elect with great joy as the whole world looks on with astonishment. I have believed and hoped for this, yet always remained hesitant to point to any particular Scripture to defend my inclination. As you described the resurrection of the two witnesses in Revelation 11, for the first time, I was riveted on this passage as proof that I could freely pray, according to His Word, for this, my heart's desire. Your sermons through this entire portion of Scripture are the very best I have ever heard. So much enlightenment has been granted to me through your studies and I thank you. In Christ, I thank you.
What a wonderful gift Pastor Byrd, We celebrated our 17th wedding anniversary on the day you preached this incredible sermon (November 25, 2012). We consider this message to be the most wonderful gift we have ever received, even though we received it a few days later via SermonAudio. Yes, He was on His way to Calvary from all eternity past and how immense is the thought, the truth, that He met us and all our sin there. And how awesome to know with certainty, that we met Him at Calvary, and in Him, we received the forgiveness of sin and life everlasting in the death that He died. He accomplished all He set out to do. "It is finished!" Praise His Holy Name. Thank you for this word to our hearts.