I feel like I need to point out that this website is not intended to be an ego trip or anything of the sort. However, it does serves several purposes. First of all, this is just where I post what ever I find interesting and want to share. Secondly, I use this site to archive the recordings of my sermons for future reference and to share with my family members that are interested in hearing them. Finally, I hope this website will someday serve as a sort of Resume for me in ministry. I can only pray that someday the Lord will make me worthy of serving Him full time in pulpit ministry.

Sincerely,

Charlie Holmes

 


 
 
 

Blog entry 11-21-2011: Oh, to truly know the Bible!

My Homiletics professor taught me to look for the “eternal principles” in a passage and preach and make my applications based on those “eternal principles.” I have learned more recently from a book by Haddon Robinson that this is the most widely used style of preaching.

Research Paper: Overview of the Book of Hebrews

 

Overview of the Book of Hebrews

Authorship

The simple truth of the matter is that no one knows for sure who wrote the letter to the Hebrews. It is apparent that the early church believed it to have apostolic authority since they included it in the Canon. However, we have quotes as early as Origin that support the fact that the author is unknown. Many attempts have been made to argue for one author or the other. Most of these have little support and even less acceptance.

Many people have believed that the author is Paul. There are several reasons why one might believe the author to be Paul. First of all the author did appear, in Hebrews 13:23, to have a relationship with Timothy to whom Paul wrote a couple of letters to. Secondly, the author uses Israel as a bad example in Hebrews 4:11, just like Paul does in 1 Corinthians 10. Thirdly, the author places an emphasis on the new covenant as Paul often does. Finally, the author of Hebrews argues for the end of the Mosaic system, just as Paul does.1 It should be said here that some very influential Christian leaders have held to a Pauline authorship including John Calvin and Clement of Alexandria.

Blog entry 8-7-2011: Preaching

I have heard it all of my life. "If you can do anything else, besides preaching, and be happy then you should do that instead."

That never really made a lot of sense to me. Quite honestly I thought, wouldn't we be better off if we had more people going into the ministry? Wouldn't we be better off if every one was striving to be a preacher? All of a sudden I find myself understanding what they meant. 

Blog entry 5-13-2011: Arrogant?

Fair Warning: If you are passionate for the Gospel, sooner or later someone will call you arrogant. Be prepared and don't let it dissuade you from discerning truth from error. You have to know the truth before it can set you free.

Blog entry 10-13-2010: Insincere Worship

"Christians don't tell lies, they just go to Church and sing them." A.W. Tozer Wow,pretty scathing rebuke, but it is so true. Do you go think about what you're singing and make sure you mean it before it comes out of your mouth?

Blog entry 6-18-2010: God told you what?

Maybe we should be a bit more careful with our choice of words!

In Deuteronomy 18:20-22 God says,
“But if any prophet presumes to speak anything in my name that I have not authorized him to speak, or speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet must die. Now if you say to yourselves, ‘How can we tell that a message is not from the Lord?’ whenever a prophet speaks in my name and the prediction is not fulfilled, then I have not spoken it; the prophet has presumed to speak it, so you need not fear him.”

Blog entry 5-14-2010: True contentment

True contentment is never conditional. If you can still be at peace, even after everything you love has been taken from you, then you will have learned what true contentment is. The lesson is to find your peace in something that can never be taken from you. I only pray that it does not take losing everything in order to realize where we have placed our trust. Since God is the only thing that is truly eternal we should find our peace in Him alone. My wife once said, "You cannot make peace with God, until you have made peace with the Cross." I love her so much! Psalms 20:7 "Some trust in chariots and others in horses, but we depend on the Lord our God." (NET)

Blog entry 4-29-2010: Deception

"Tell a lie loud enough and long enough and people will believe it." Adolf HitlerHitler was intentionally deceiving his people, and in this quote we see that he understood exactly how to manipulate people. So, why have we not learned the lesson? Just because someone pounds their fist and yells something over and over does not make a thing true.Everything must be judged according to the word of God.There are far too many False Christs out there today for us to be lax in knowing how to spot them.

Blog entry 4-9-2010: A Point of Clarification

I have been reading about heresies in the early church and how the early Church Fathers dealt with them. The book is called Heroes and Heretics: Solving the Modern Mystery of the Ancient Church by Michael Svigel. In the process I ran across a heresy known as Nestorianism.

Blog entry 8-28-2009: Proverbs 28:26

I just read Proverbs 28:26. This is so very contrary to what I have heard all of my life from countless movies and even from pulpits. I have always heard that you should just believe in yourself and follow your heart. On the other hand I know scripture says that they heart is more deceitful than anything. Here it says that only a fool will trust his own heart. What a paradigm shift.