Pulpit Points (Audio Archive)
The Joy of Answered Prayer – The are many joys or times to rejoice in the Lord and having a prayer answered is one of them. In our walk as a Believer in Christ there will be many times in which we will be struggling with a situation. We may need some encouragement and hope for the next step and God is both aware and concerned. He cares for us (Pro. 12:25, 1 Pet. 5:7).
In today’s message. Leroy Ricks shared from Psalms 30 that in times like these, God wants to reminds us of his love, kindness towards us that we may have hope.
In The Spirit –
In today’s message, Leroy Ricks, Sr shared points from varied biblical passages of the reality we have in Christ Jesus. We are blessed beyond measure because of the finished work of the Lord (1 Peter 1:3).
– We Have Been Regenerated, Titus 3:5
– We Have the Indwelling of the Holy Spirit
1 Cor. 6:19
– We Have Received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit of God, 1 Cor. 12:13
– We Are Sealed into the Body of Christ by the Holy Spirit, Eph. 1:13,14 & Eph. 4:30
Biblical accuracy is critical to our eternal destination and the testimony of the Lord God. It is of the utmost importance, that when both hear and share the scriptures, that is true and accurate to the Spirit of God. 2 Cor. 4:1-6.
A Good God In Bad Times – In today’s Pulpit Points message, Dr. Lamont shared with the attending group this morning how that even in bad times, God is good. We have been known to say, “God is good, all the time and all the time God is good”. But that normally is in response to a favorably answered prayer.
God is a God who cannot change (Heb. 6:16, 17) is good all the time regardless of the circumstances, favorable or not. From the account of Hezekiah in 2 Kings 20, Dr. Ricks reminds us of these three points:
– Bad News Can Come from Good People (v1)
– Bad News Expose Our True Relationship With A Good God (v2,3)
– Bad News Does Not Mean A Bad Ending (v4-6)
We are in situations every day to demonstrate the goodness of God even in bad times and the Lord wants us to know He can be trusted in all .
Saved But Not Sanctified – Many of us go under the guise that being seals and insulates us from sin and the evils of our world. But on the contrary as pointed out in today’s message, Dr. Ricks reminds from the scriptures otherwise. Even though we are saved we are not exempted from the ills of the world or the influence of this world on our sinful nature. Follow us today as we examine the scriptures to learn of the wonderful life we can now live in Christ Jesus.
Something About That Name J-E-S-U-S –
Strengthen By Encouragement –
In this walk, this journey, this experience as Christians, we will sometime walk through valleys. Sometimes we will journey through some dark days and experience some dry seasons. We are not always strong. There are going to be times in which we need to be strengthen and God will use the encouragement of the scriptures and through others to supply that needed strength.
God’s desire is that through our valleys of shadow of death, we need to be strengthen by encouragement. In today’s message Pastor Ricks takes us through a series of passages to remind us of the encourage God uses to strengthen us along this way:
1 – Psalm 18:2, He is our Rock, our Fortress and Deliverer
2 – Psalm 34:6, When we cry out, He will save us from those troubles
3 – Psalm 121:1- 2, He is our Help, in whom we can run
4 – 1 Peter 1:6-7, Our faith in Him is our hope
We are not fitted or suited to be strong enough for the cares of this world. The bombardment of racial and social injustices, political and financial oppression and the more than frequent deaths in our circles – we are overwhelmed at times. But God wants to strengthen us by His encouragement until our time of deliverance. “Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.” (Matt 5:12)
Jesus: The One Above All – Today’s Pulpit Points message spoken by Dr. Lamont E. Ricks, reminded us the reason why we serve, worship, honor, obey the Lord Jesus Christ. He by the Word God declared to be;
- The LIGHT of The World
- The LIVING Water and
- The BREAD of Life
Be encouraged and empowered as you live, move and have your being in a world that seems to acknowledge god with respecting His Son.
Feed On God’s Faithfulness – It has been said, “You are what you eat”. As Believers in the Lord Jesus, we live by every word that proceeds out of mouth of God (Matt. 4:4). Our lives are sustained by the truth of God’s word, but there are times due to circumstance and situations, we are distracted. But in today’s Pulpit Points message, Pastor Ricks reminded us of the truth learned by Paul & David, that we are safe and secure and possess an unparalleled level of hope because of God’s faithfulness.
The Danger of Missing “What Is” – More often than not we can find ourselves of getting caught up into things that are not as significant as they are made out to be. In today’s message, Ralph Richardson, Pastor of Little Grove Baptist Church, reminded us in”The Danger of Missing “What Is” we can and will cause ourselves to forfeit some significant blessings the Lord has prepared for us. Join on the night as we celebrate our 29th Pastor and Church Anniversary.
The Church That Jesus Founded – If you ask people in a random survey, if they are a members of the church that Jesus founded, you may a number to affirm they do. But if you ask them a follow-up question, do they know what is the church of Jesus you will get a number of various responses. In today’s message, guest speaker, Dr. Donald Holley of New Swamp Missionary Baptist Church of Emporia, NC shared from the text of Acts 2:41-47 what elements make up Jesus’ church. The three basic elements of the church of Jesus Christ is .
- It Has the Right Message – The message of the church of Jesus is that it is founded on Jesus himself (Matt. 16:13-19) The single most important aspect of Jesus’ church is it’s foundation. The foundation is that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God. If there is any other claim of who Jesus is, it challenges and compromises this truth. The message is the
- It Has the Right Membership – The second most important element is in it’s membership. God and God alone calls and gives people, the right to become members of this church.
- It Has the Right Methodology – Lastly, the methodology of Jesus’s church is in the follow-though or subsequent developing each and everyone of these Believers. After one receives this divine right of God (Jhn. 1:12), they are to be baptized and discipled in the things of Jesus.
Saved To The Uttermost – Every now and then we need to be re-adjusted in our faith. There are times during this walk, this journey, this experience that the cares of this world will overwhelm us and get out of tuned with the reality of
who we are in the Lord. God’s word, the truth of his word and the benefits of his word have
never, nor will they ever changed but sometimes we lose focus. In today’s message “Saved To The Uttermost” Pastor Ricks reminded us that there is a distinct difference between the saturation of the word and an application. Most of us have the word in our hearts, can recall it and quote it at the drop of a hat. But the gap or disconnect comes in the practical application of the word. Be encouraged as Pastor Ricks reminds us of where God has saved us.
Time To Overcome – All of us as Believers have a past. We all have things that we have to continually ask God’s grace. In today’s message, Dr. Lamont shares with us how that even with all our past we all can be over comers.
Through an examination of the account Numbers 13 and Habbakuk 2.
The Will of God – As the Sovereign God he is God has a divine plan for all of his creation. When he created all He created (Genesis 1-3) his plan was for all of it to operate as he intended. And when he saw it operating as it intended, he said it was good.
In today’s Pulpit Points message, Pastor Ricks shared his thoughts on both God’s will for us and our important response to the knowledge of that will. In accepting God’s Will for our lives:
– We Affirm That We Belong To Him
– We Affirm That He Has A Plan For Our Lives
– We Affirm That God’s Plan is Best For Us (Selected: Prov. 3:5-6, 1 Cor. 6:19-20, Prov. 19:21 & Psalm 33:11)
Speak, But Don’t Strike – Have you ever pushed to the point of saying or doing something out your Christian character? We all have experienced times as such and in today’s Pulpit Points message, Dr. Lamont Ricks shares with us the account of
Moses and the children of Israel. Every now and then, our faith will be tested and
challenged to extremes where if we don’t stop and consider God’s glory, we will enter into actions that may be irreversible. God wants us to know he can be and should be trusted as the faith God he is. Join us as we take a look in the scriptures, Numbers 20
Gifted But Misguided – The Space Shuttle is designed, built and programmed with a purpose – to explore space and it’s galaxy. It is an experience to see the power demonstrated when it is launched.
Changed For a New Mission – When the Lord God knocked Saul of Tarsus off his beast on his quest to terrorize christians in Damascus, He had a divine purpose planned. God called him, sent him to Ananias who was fearful of Saul because of his past, but used him to set up Saul’s path for the future. In today’s Pulpit Points message, Leroy Ricks shares with us several elements God used to call Paul and Changed Him for a “New Mission”.
Focused On His Faithfulness – In our life, we all will be accosted, entertained and accompanied by some unfavorable circumstances. There will some things happen to us due to our unfaithfulness. Some things will happen because of the sin of others and things will happen just because we are Christians. Things will happen because of the fallen or simple ungodliness of our world.
In today’s Pulpit Points message, Dr. Lamont, shared with us the account of Jesus’ disciples who were with him in the boat (Matt. 1421:36), that just as they experienced a moment of desperation we too experience the same from time to time. The Lord led his followers out on the sea and were fearful.
Dr. Ricks wants us to be assured of the faithfulness of our God above our abilities that regardless of the situation. God has been, is and will be faithful (1 Cor. 1:9).
Have A Good Look A God – With all the chaos, busyness and activities going on around us at times, we sometimes lose focus of God. Too many times we’ve been caught up in the event or circumstance directly in front of us and forget all of who God is.
But in today’s Pulpit Points message, Leroy E. Ricks, Sr. shares with us why it is important every now and then we need to take a step back and take a good look at God Psalm 121). For in doing so we will be able to see that God is Helper, our Protector, and our Preserver.
The Reason I Choose Jesus Life is full of choices. One of the more intriguing questions of life is ” why would a loving God send anyone to hell?” But the reality is God does not “send” anyone into eternity forever separated from his divine hope but it’s a choice each individual makes.
When Life Goes Bad – Every now and then we will experience unfavorable seasons in which seem won’t go away. Challenging seasons of doubt, spiritual, mental, physical and emotional we’d pray would go away. But as sure as we’d live this life in Christ, we are not exempt from this moments but the really is God has assured us of some things we need to remember. In today’s Pulpit Points message Leroy Ricks shares how David, King David experienced a moment of his life that went bad and how he was able to transition through this moment.
When Depression Comes – As we sojourn through this Christian walk, we will experience all kinds things. We will go through the good time and bad. In today’s message, “When Depression Comes” Pastor Ricks share with us that as real as these times are God has some things to comfort and strengthen us.
Don’t Feed the B.E.A.R.S – For the Believer, everything in our life happens for the purpose of glorifying our Lord. All of our experiences are intended to elevate the sovereignty of a Holy God. In our Pulpit Points message today, Dr. Lamont E. Ricks shares with us that regardless of the circumstance or situation when find ourselves, we are encouraged to be reminded that our God is the overall authority and is our very present help.
Mothers, Tell Your Children – Today’s Pulpit Points message from Leroy E. Ricks Sr, encourages mothers to encourage our children in obedience to our Lord. Our children are an heritage of the Lord which requires us to listen and heed the instructions regarding his gift to us.
The Power of Humility – In today’s “Pulpit Points” message, Dr. Ricks shared with the attending congregation how important the characteristic of humility needs to be a part of our lives in the execution of our testimony for biblical ministry. Humility is the deliberate demonstration of modesty and low esteem in the knowledge of ones position of authority. It is recognizing who we are and not being over asserting our biblical or god-given authority as a means of influencing others.
In his message, Dr. Ricks highlighted three points from the account of Elisha and Gehazi (2 Kings 5:15-27) what humility demonstrates to the world divorced it.
Don’t Be So Quick To Walk Away –
Seeing Beyond This Life – Too many times the cares and the pains of this life have captivated our lives more so than they should. Some have have devastated by our sin, failures of other and the disappointments of others but in today’s message, Pastor Leroy, examined the the scriptures of Psalm 73. to remind us that just we were have been at times, Asaph was. Asaph too saw some things that troubled him as tings do trouble us.
Be encouraged that just as God encouraged Asaph’s heart when he cried out, he sees ours and wants, desires and pleads with us to see beyond the things of this life. From Psalm 73 we find that; 1) God Holds Us – v23, 2) God Guides Us – v24, 3) God Strengthens Us – v26 and 4) God Helps Us – v28
What is Your Aim For The Lord – When we set goals, we usually are motivated more so by external sources than internal. As we gain strength and build ups steam towards those ambitions, they become more internal and few external things can influence us negatively, we become driven and more focused on the goal, the target. In today’s Pulpit Points message, Leroy Ricks encourages us, as children of God, aim and focus more so on the things of God and less on the things of this world and of our own selfish desires. Let’s aim for the Lord’s desires.
You Can Only Pretend For So Long – Today’s Pulpit Points message “You Can Only Pretend For So Long”, delivered by Dr. Lamont Ricks reminds us of our responsibility to make sure we are walking with Lord as we ought and not focus on so much on others, the costs and consequences of unfaithful behavior as well as the blessings and rewards of faithful obedience.
When God is Silent – There are going to be times when it seems there is silence from God. In today’s Pulpit Points Leroy Ricks shared with the attending group that God’s silence seems to be more real 1) When Our Heart is Broken, 2) When Our Eyes are Filled with Tears and 3) When We are Going To & Fro Looking For God. God’s silence is designed to strengthen our faith.
What is Life To You – From Psalm 146, God through the writer reminds us of what life is to us, or rather what ought to be to us. We are accosted by the ill effects of our sin, generational sin, or sin that has been passed on to us from the first man, Adam. All these things that we experience can take us away from our God-intended purpose of life but Pastor Leroy took a moment to share the Psalmist’s intent of our life and what is it really is.
Look Again – Tonight’s Watchnight message was a challenge to all of us to Look Again at the God of our salvation and the blessings we have in Him when we obey. But it was also a challenge to us that when we waver in our faith we run the risk of losing God divine favor and direction over our lives. Dr. Lamont expounds from 1Kings and Elijah
Pick A Side – On this last Sunday of the year 2018, Dr. Lamont reminded us of the warning and encouragement God gave to Solomon, to be careful and chose who he will serve and worship even in a world where the lines drawn are blurred. When God is blessing we are quick to praise Him, but when we are not as “blessed” we are not as equally responsive but God is still the same.
The Purpose of God’s Redemption – Ultimately, everything done or said has the same end purpose. The bible instructs us to do all we do to the glory of God (1 Cor. 10:31). Leroy E. Ricks Sr, shares with us this morning why we should what we do and why we should do it to God’s glory.
God’s Gift This Christmas – Gifts given during Christmas are often give out of compulsion, as a result of us not wanting to leave someone out. God’s gift to the world (John 3:16 ) was given out of a deeply rooted love for His human creation. God gave us his only begotten son, that the world would not be subjected to his righteous judgment against sin.
The Great God of Love – In some settings, you may make the statement, “God is Good” and the response you might get is, “All the Time”. In today’s Pulpit Points message, Pastor Ricks shares from selected biblical passage why God is good.
The Purpose For Living – Every day hundreds of people who are frustrated with unresolved answers to their most important questions, take their lives or hurt and harm other people. Their demise is so painful, they would rather not live through the experience. But our God loves us so much, he’d rather reassure us in those moments of his everlasting love so that we may bear the weight and experience his grace.
The Body of Christ – What does the “Body of Christ” look like? does it look like the body a physically fit person, a body showing signs of abuse or years of mis-misuse? On the contrary, if we look in the mirror, we’ll see some of what his body looks like. We are often and more time prone to default to images that do not accurately give us the visual we need. Today’s message by Leroy E. Ricks is presented to help us see, from a biblical perspective just what Christ’s body looks like.
The Right Attitude For Serving Christ – Yes there is a right and a wrong way to serve the Lord. In today’s Pulpit Points message, Leroy Ricks, Sr shares with us how and why it is important that when serving the Lord our God, we do it in faith and not in unbelief.
Motivation for The Believer – In today’s Pulpit Points message, Dr. Lamont Ricks, shared with the attending congregation some of the things that will motivate us to continue on in our walk with the Lord through selected passages (Eph. 2:1-10, 1 John 3:1. 2)
Intense or In Tuned – One’s level of intensity is not necessarily equal to one who is in tune with God’s will. Today’s message by Dr. Lamont, is a reminder of how important it is to make sure we are both for the cause of Christ.
The Power of God’s Timing – Timing is everything especially when there is not a lot of time to do things. Gears and machinery are engineered, designed and manufactured to operate on precise timing sequencing and God is no different. Dr. Lamont shares with us today that it is important we are in sync with his timing so we can bring glory as He originally engineered and designed.
The Power of Self-Control – Dr. Lamont Ricks take various biblical passages to remind us that there is power in be under control. When we are out of control we are subject to lose control when situations arise and cause us to behave out of our godly nature. Listen with us as Dr. Ricks explains what godly self-control is rooted in, solidified by, anchored in and perfected by God’s word.
Trauma – Trauma as defined, is an unfavorable, unpleasant or difficult experience that causes one to move in a direction that will change one’s mental state. Today’s message, Dr. Ricks shared with New Berean, that all of us will at some point of time experience trauma. God’s eternal plan through salvation is to use some of these traumatic experiences to change our spiritual mindset towards Him. In effect. trauma will cause us to…
Pain Before Prosperity – All of us as Christians, have a journey that has taken us through the process of molding and shaping us into the image of Christ. For some of us, the road has been rough and for some of the road has been rougher. None of us will escape the process for in the process, we’ll cross opportunities to grow deeper in our faith. We’ve been forced to deny ourselves more time than we’d like to admit although now are glad for them. God has proven himself to be faithful through them all and in today’s message, Dr. Lamont E. Ricks, shared with the congregation of New Berean Baptist Church how and why the process is necessary and in place to bring God glory.
Praise For Deliverance – Praying for deliverance is different from praising for deliverance. If you’ve ever been in a desperate situation, you wanted to be delivered. In those times when you were delivered, the overwhelming emotions took over and moved from one extreme to another. Leroy E. Ricks, Sr shares with the New Berean congregation the importance of giving God praise when He delivers us.
Called For A Purpose – Most of us understand and accept the reality that God has called us into salvation by his divine will. We are in agreement with this calling for in it there are blessings and treasures forevermore (Ps. 16:11), but many of us are not as aware that this calling has a definite and divine purpose. Today we’ll examine a specific purpose for which the Lord has opened his heart unto us.
Stay In Your Lane Of Grace – God’s grace is moved by His love. It is the single most overwhelming element of His character that closes the gap between our sin and his holy righteousness. Pastor Leroy Ricks reminds us there is nothing we have done that can stay or prevent his grace from covering our sin or rescuing us from our sin. Be encouraged.
Citizens of Heaven – We as Believers in the Lord Jesus are assured that this life (which is temporal) is not all we have. God has declared in His word we are promised and new eternal place of residency that will not fade away but is reserved for us who believe. We are not only citizens of our respective communities but we are now “Citizens of Heaven”.
Stand Still and See – If we were stand on the corner of a busy intersection, we will see a lot of things happen and we will probably miss and lot. It is in the things we miss, that are the most important. God is operating and doing a lot in our lives and in the lives of other people around us. He wants us to not only see what is happening but how He is orchestrating his will in our lives to his glory. Join us today and we invite you to “Stand Still and See”.
I Cried Hosanna
Encouragements – During certain times we will enter into seasons of distress and want even as Believer. David, a man after God’s own heart experienced a moment in which he felt abandoned, alone and discouraged (1 Sam. 30:6). But God wants us to know, that even though these times will come, His word declares his comfort and encouragement to us
Attitudes That Win
Why Do We Suffer
Seven Things God Hate
Pray Like Jabez
Choices To Be Made in 2016 – Choices are made every moment of everyday. Some choices either take long thought, some take only a minutes to make. But none the less, we as believers and unbelievers alike are encouraged to consider God’s wisdom in everyone of our choices. When we do consider God’s way, we can rest assured his abundant grace will be supplied to help us through the process of making choices for 2016
Learn From David – None of us have it all together. We do not have all the answers for all the questions. It has been said the “experience is the best teacher”. But what has not been said as much is that we do not have to personally experience at thing in order to learn a lesson. We can take the experiences of others and learn valuable lessons from theirs. In today’s Pulpit Points message, Pastor Leroy E. Ricks Sr, shares with an experience from David in which we can learn a thing or two.
Wait On The Lord – It is never good to put pressure on the Lord or rush Him into saving, delivering or rescuing us, or our loved ones or even think that it’s acceptable to think this way. In today’s message, Pastor Ricks explains how God’s divine wisdom allows him to move as he desires. He expects us to trust his wisdom and trust that He has everything under His sovereignty.