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Songs of Summer
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n the book, Amazing Grace, an interesting story is told about a young man named Arlo.  He had a godly grandfather.  When Arlo got married to his wife, his grandfather gave them a wedding gift.  It was a beautiful, leather-bound Bible with their names engraved on its cover.  Arlo and his wife appreciated the gift of a Bible, but never took it out of the box.  He stored it away. 


Every once in a while, his grandfather would ask, “Did you like the Bible I gave you?” They assured him that they did.  They sent him a thank-you note.  But he wouldn’t let it rest.  “What did you think about the Bible I gave you?” he would ask with frequency.


Finally, Arlo took the Bible from its box and began to leaf through it.  When he did, he discovered that his grandfather had put a $20 bill at the beginning of Genesis, and $20 at the beginning of Exodus, and $20 at the beginning of every book in the Bible—$1320 in total in cash!  Arlo says that he never would have discovered how valuable that gift was had his grandfather not kept prompting him.


I am a grandfather now and I want to imitate Arlo’s grandfather.  Do you like the Bible that you hold in your hands today?  Do you like the Bible that you have on your shelf or night stand?  Have you leafed through its pages and discovered the unbelievable wealth of wisdom it contains?  It is not worth $20 or $1320.  It is worth more than all the silver and all gold the world contains.


It is “God’s Wisdom for Your Way.”  In today’s message, God’s word will remind us of the treasure it is both for our day-to-day living and for all of eternity.

Songs of the Summer

“God’s Wisdom for Your Way”

Psalm 119:9-11


  1. A common struggle

How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word (119:9).


  1. The way is hazardous
  2. The word is helpful
  1. A certain spirit

With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments (119:10)!


  1. A spirit of determination
  2. A spirit of dependence
  1. A crucial strategy

I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you (119:11).


  1. Learn the word
  2. Live the word
Direct download: IBC_20180708.mp3
Category:Songs of Summer -- posted at: 4:19pm EDT

The sports world is caught up in World Cup fever [slide with World Cup logo].  On June 17 Mexico played Germany.  Germany is a soccer powerhouse.  They have won the World Cup four times (second only to Brazil’s five).  Mexico has never won the World Cup but they are officially soccer crazy and desperately hungry for a title.


Estimates are that 75,000 people jammed the main square in Mexico City to watch the televised game.  When Mexico scored the winning goal, the fans erupted in pandemonium.  Nearby seismic meters registered their celebration.  There was, on a small level, an earthquake.


Is it possible that a crowd could get so excited that the earth could quake?  Yes!  And I say, “Let the earth quake again!”  But this time, let the earth quake for the celebration of God’s people for the victories that He has won on our behalf.


Psalm 100 encourages and even commands God’s people to exalt Him in exuberant praise.  Let’s dive into the truths of this Psalm and “let the earth quake.”


Songs of the Summer

“Let the Earth Quake”

Psalm 100


  1. Sing to the Lord

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth. . . . Come into his presence with singing (100:1-2).


  1. With all enthusiasm
  2. With all the earth
  1. Serve the Lord

Serve the Lord with gladness!  (100:2a)


  1. With a clear focus
  2. With a correct feeling
  1. Study the Lord

Know that the Lord, he is God!  (100:3a)


  1. Then thank Him for His actions
  2. Then thank Him for His attributes
Direct download: IBC_20180701.mp3
Category:Songs of Summer -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Martin Luther was a devout Roman Catholic priest.  He loved the word of God and held to its truths tenaciously.  He came to question some of the practices and teachings of his church.  He posted 95 theses (or points of concern) to the door of the parish church in Wittenberg, Germany where he often preached. 


For his protests, he was ultimately put on trial before the emperor and ecclesiastical leaders.  He was ordered to recant but he refused.  He famously said,


Your Imperial Majesty and Your Lordships demand a simple answer. Here it is, plain and unvarnished. Unless I am convicted [convinced] of error by the testimony of Scripture or (since I put no trust in the unsupported authority of Pope or councils, since it is plain that they have often erred and often contradicted themselves) by manifest reasoning, I stand convicted [convinced] by the Scriptures to which I have appealed, and my conscience is taken captive by God's word, I cannot and will not recant anything, for to act against our conscience is neither safe for us, nor open to us.  On this I take my stand. I can do no other. God help me.


For his disobediences he was excommunicated by the Pope and condemned as an outlaw by the Holy Roman Emperor.  He could be killed with immunity.


A German prince gave him refuge in the Wartburg Castle.  It became his temporal fortress and there he translated the Scriptures into the German language.   But his true and eternal fortress was the Lord God. 


To this point he wrote one of if not the best-loved hymn of all time: “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.”  Some of the lyrics are:


A mighty Fortress is our God,

A Bulwark never failing;

Our Helper He amid the flood

Of mortal ills prevailing:

For still our ancient foe

Doth seek to work us woe;

His craft and power are great,

And, armed with cruel hate,

On earth is not his equal.


Did we in our own strength confide,

Our striving would be losing;

Were not the right Man on our side,

The Man of God’s own choosing:

Dost ask who that may be?

Christ Jesus, it is He;

Lord Sabaoth His Name,

From age to age the same,

And He must win the battle.


And though this world, with devils filled,

Should threaten to undo us,

We will not fear, for God hath willed

His truth to triumph through us:

The Prince of Darkness grim,

We tremble not for him;

His rage we can endure,

For lo! his doom is sure,

One little word shall fell him.


That word above all earthly powers,

No thanks to them, abideth;

The Spirit and the gifts are ours

Through Him who with us sideth:

Let goods and kindred go,

This mortal life also;

The body they may kill:

God’s truth abideth still,

His Kingdom is forever.


For Martin Luther, God was his fortress.  In that confidence he defied emperor and pope.  In God he trusted. 


What is your fortress?  In what or in whom do you trust?  To whom do you run in times of trouble?


Psalm 91 makes clear who ought to be our fortress and refuge. It also makes crystal clear the blessings that come when our God is our fortress.  Let’s open our Bibles and our hearts to these truths this morning.


Songs of the Summer

“A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”

Psalm 91:1-16


  1. Dwellin the Lord

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty (91:1).


  1. Enter His shelter
  2. Enjoy His shadow
  1. Dependon the Lord

I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” (91:2)


  1. Proclaimyour trust in Him
  2. Personalizeyour trust in Him
  1. Deliveranceby the Lord

For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence(91:3).


  1. He will deliver from evil
  2. He will deliver for eternity
Direct download: IBC_20180624.mp3
Category:Songs of Summer -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

In August of 2016 a terrible flood hit the greater Baton Rouge area.  The financial impact was catastrophic.  Thousands of homes and businesses were flooded and lives were lost.


The people of the United States, through their elected officials, stepped forward to help meet the need.  According to reports, approximately 1.3 billion dollars were granted to Louisiana for restoration efforts.  Nell and I are grateful recipients of some of that money.  I know that many of you have been too.


Would anyone care to venture how much of that amount has actually been distributed to needy families?  Approximately $60 million.  That may sound like a lot (and it is); however, relative to the amount allotted.  It is a small percentage.  It is a little less than 5%!  In fact, more money has been spent on administration of the program than has actually been given to those who suffered losses in the floods (see attached jpg).


For those who’ve suffered in the flood, you might want to say to the agency , “That money was given to you so that it might be channeled through you to the hurting!  Please pass it on!”


We instinctively know that it is not right to hoard resources that have been entrusted to us that were intended to bless others. 


But before we get embittered at governmental ineptitude, could it be that we too have been guilty of keeping the blessings of God that have been entrusted to us to ourselves?  Instead of being rivers of blessings, we’ve become reservoirs of God’s bounty.   Instead of being channels of blessings, we’ve siphoned off inordinate amounts for ourselves.

Restore LA chart of disbursement funds.jpg



Songs of the Summer

“Blessed to Be a Blessing”

Psalm 67:1-7


  1. Prayerto God

May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us (67:1).


  1. This prayer has a progression
  2. This prayer has a precedent
  1. Purpose of God

For that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations (67:2).


  1. His purpose is gracious
  2. His purpose is global
  1. Praisefor God

Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you (67:3).


  1. For gladness(v. 4a)
  2. For governance(v. 4b)
  3. For guidance(v. 4c)
  4. For gifts(vs. 5-6)


This morning God will challenge us to lives of greater generosity from Psalm 67 in a message I’m entitling, “Blessed to Be a Blessing.”

Direct download: IBC_20180617.mp3
Category:Songs of Summer -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

“To err is human; to forgive, divine.”  We probably all recognize that quote and the truth of it, but let me tweak it: “To err is human; to botch the confession is too!” 


I can illustrate this with several recent blunders and the gaffes in the accompanying “apologies.”  Let me begin with a relatively insignificant example and then ratchet up to more significant ones.


  1. R. Smith crushed the hearts of his teammates and the whole Cavalier nation in an epic error in game 1 of this year’s NBA Finals.  A mental error cost them that game (and maybe the whole series).  Rather than coming clean and admitting that he didn’t know that the score was tied as time elapsed, he stumbled through an incoherent “apology” that actually threw his teammates under the bus! 


To err is human; to botch the confession is too.


Roseanne Barr, riding a wave of popularity for the reboot of her namesake show, tweets a cruel and widely-viewed-as-racist comment about another lady.  Her “confession” was that she was not really responsible.  It was the Ambien she was taking. 


To err is human; to botch the confession is too.


In a still more serious example, the governor of Missouri cheats on his wife and gets into all sorts of problems.  He ends up resigning.  Here’s a portion of his speech:


"Today I am announcing that I will resign as governor of Missouri . . . . We have accomplished a lot. I am proud of . . . all our work. The last few months have been incredibly difficult for me, for my family, for my team, for my friends and for many, many people. This ordeal has been designed to cause an incredible amount of strain on my family; millions of dollars of mounting legal bills, endless personal attacks designed to cause maximum damage to family and friends; legal harassment of colleagues, friends and campaign workers. . . .  I know, and people of good faith know, that I am not perfect. But I have not broken any laws or committed any offense worthy of this treatment. . . .  This is not the end of our fight. I will always be a fighter. . . . So for the moment, let us walk off the battlefield with our heads held high.  We have a good and a proud story to tell our children. Let's love them and each other every day. May God continue to bless you and to bless the great state of Missouri."


To err is human; to botch the confession is too. 


In all three of these examples, their “confessions” made their errors worse, not better.  Before we, as erring, sinning humans can get to divine forgiveness, we must learn to confess.  To say it another way, “To come clean, we’ve got to come clean.”  We’ll never be forgiven, unless we learn to confess humbly and genuinely our sins.


King David was human.  He erred often and greatly.  But the good news is that his great sins were covered by a greater grace. 


Psalm 51 is the account of David’s confession.  God will teach us that we too have to “come clean to come clean.”


Songs of the Summer

“Come Clean to Come Clean”

Psalm 51:1-12


  1. A humble request

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!  (51:1-2)


  1. The backgroundof the request
  2. The basisfor the request
  1. A heartfelt remorse

For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. 4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment(51:3-4).


  1. For our guilt
  2. For our God
  1. A happy restoration

Restore to me the joy of your salvation (51:12a).


  1. The Lord restores our witness
  2. The Lord restores our worship
Direct download: IBC_20180610.mp3
Category:Songs of Summer -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Canciones que confortan

“Aguas con el agua”

Salmo 37.1-5

  1. Desilusionadoscon el Señor.


“No te inquietes a causa de los malvados, ni tengas envidia de los que hacen lo malo. Pues como la hierba, pronto se desvanecen;como las flores de primavera, pronto se marchitan.”(37.1-2)


  1. La causade la desilusión.


  1. La curapara la desilusión.


  1. Depender del Señor.


Confía en el Señor y haz el bien;entonces vivirás seguro en la tierra y prosperarás.”(37.3)


  1. Confiar en el Señor.


  1. Recibir del Señor.


  1. Deleitarseen el Señor.


“Deléitateel Señor, yél te concederá los deseos de tu corazón.” (37.4)


  1. El mandamientode deleitarnos en el Señor.


  1. La consecuenciade deleitarnos en el Señor.
Direct download: IBC_20180603_Espanol.mp3
Category:Canciones que confortan -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Recently I took our grandkids to an ice cream shop.  We got our goodies and sat down outdoors at a picnic table to enjoy them.  Our grandson, Forest, finished his ice cream (stuffed with gummy worms) quickly.  Apparently he didn’t get his fill.  He happened to spot a gummy worm on the ground that someone else had dropped earlier.  He reached down, grabbed it, and was about to eat it when I said, “No!” 


It broke his heart.  He welled up with tears and began to cry.  He couldn’t understand it.  There was a perfectly, delicious gummy worm that he had found fair-and-square.  Now here I was, Grumpy Grampa, denying him the delight of eating it!  He didn’t know that it was dirty and covered with germs.   From his preschool perspective, this was grossly unfair. 


Little did he know what I had planned.  On the other side of the “no” was a giant “yes.”  I scooped him up in my arms and carried him to the window of the shop for a gift of a whole cup of fresh, clean gummy worms.


I think the Lord must look at us much like I looked at Forest that afternoon.  He wants the best for us.  But He sees us digging in the dirt for polluted pleasures.  He must say to Himself, “If only they could grasp what I intend for them!”


I also think we tend to view the Lord much like Forest must have viewed me that afternoon.  We think He is aiming to rob us of pleasure, happiness, and joy when the exact opposite is true.


Psalm 37 drives these lessons home in an unforgettable way.  Join me there for this morning’s message.


Songs of the Summer

“Gummy Worms and God”

Psalm 37:1-4


  1. Disillusioned with the Lord

Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers! For they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb (37:1-2).


  1. The cause of disillusionment
  2. The cure for disillusionment
  1. Dependent on the Lord

Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness(37:3).


  1. Rely on the Lord
  2. Receive from the Lord
  1. Delighted in the Lord

Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart (37:4).


  1. The command to delight in the Lord
  2. The consequence of delighting in the Lord
Direct download: IBC_20180603.mp3
Category:Songs of Summer -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Dwayne Pitre

Direct download: IBC_20180527.mp3
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Direct download: IBC_20180520_Espanol.mp3
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Mike Holmes


Direct download: IBC_20180520.mp3
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