The After Easter Podcast

The After Easter Podcast

A ministry of First Baptist Church of Belle Chasse, LA featuring the weekly teachings of our Pastor, Rev. Brian Dedmon.


September 17, 2023 44 mins
Judges: Israel, Part One
Judges 1:1-2:5

Main idea: Loyalty to God is rewarded but disloyalty is severely punished.

The wicked and disobedient will be judged by God (1:1-20).

The wickedness of the world is a trap for the righteous (1:21-36).

Despite our failure to obey, God never breaks his promise (2:1-5).


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Temptation Come My Way: Run
2 Timothy 2:22; Proverbs 4:14-15

Main idea: Don’t give sin the opportunity to tempt you.

Run from tempting people, places, and things (Proverbs 4:14-15; Genesis 39:6-23).

Run to accountability (1 Samuel 18:1-4; 2 Samuel 12:1-15; Judges 14-16).

Run toward the things of God (2 Timothy 2:22).


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Temptation Come My Way: Prepare
Ephesians 6:10-20; Isaiah 59:17

Main idea: We must be prepared for times of temptation.

Temptation is not a question of “if”, but a matter of “when” and “how” (James 1:12-15).

We cannot defend ourselves against temptation in our own strength (Ephesians 6:10, 12).

God provides the armor, we need only to utilize it (Ephesians 6:11-20; Isaiah 59:17).


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Temptation Come My Way: Trust
1 Corinthians 10:13

Main idea: God is with us in times of temptation.

Jesus experienced temptation and resisted it (Hebrews 4:15).

God doesn’t give us more than we can handle, we bring it upon ourselves (Romans 7:14-25).

It's never too late to turn from temptation and sin (Psalm 50:15).


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The LORD is Great
Psalm 135

Main idea: The LORD deserves our admiration and devotion.

The LORD is great because of who he is (1-5).

The LORD is great because he is in control (6-7).

The LORD is great because of what he has done (8-12).

The LORD is great because he is eternal (13-14).

The LORD is great because he is immaterial (15-18).

The LORD is great because he is the epitome of greatness (1-4; 19-21).


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Blessed are The Persecuted
Matthew 5:10-12

Main idea: Suffering on Christ’s behalf is a mark of the Christian.

The tears of repentance and the blood of persecution are the costs of following God (Luke 14:28).

Persecution is necessary to Christendom - it produces strength, sincerity, and purity of faith (James 1:2-4).

True Christianity gives no charter of exemption from suffering (1 Peter 4:12-19).

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Blessed are the Peacemakers
Matthew 5:9

Main idea: To be peaceful is to be like Jesus.

Christians are to be advocates of peace, like Christ (John 14:27; Philippians 4:6-7).

You can fight for what is right and still be peaceful (1 Timothy 1:5-8).

Becoming “children of God” is a process of adoption (Galatians 4:3-7).


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Special guest, Dr. Bo Rice, presented a Word from God at FBC Belle Chasse on July 30, 2023.

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Blessed are the Pure
Matthew 5:8

Main idea: God requires of us a pure heart.

Purity comes from a heart that has been changed by Christ.

The pursuit of purity is the pursuit of God.

Morality springs from purity.

A pure heart reflects the heart of God.


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Blessed are the Merciful
Matthew 5:7

Main idea: Those who have experienced mercy give and receive mercy.

Those who do not show mercy do not know mercy (James 2:12-13).

Mercy is an act of love (Colossians 3:12-14).

When we show mercy, we are more like God (Isaiah 58:10).

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Blessed are Those Who Long for Righteousness Matthew 5:6

Main idea: We should desire God’s righteousness.

The pursuit of righteousness is proof of godly character (Psalm 73:25).

In order to gain righteousness, avoid anything that will curb your appetite (1 John 2:15).

Those who seek righteousness will be filled (Matthew 5:6).

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Guest Preacher: Dr. Cory Barnes

The standards of the world stand opposed to God's purposes and his people (7:1-8).

The father is sovereignty victorious (7:9-12).

Christ reigns in glory (7:13-15).

Trusting human government for order and peace is a fool’s errand.
Trust fully in the sovereign power of the Father.
Submit to Christ who reigns in glory.

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Blessed are the Meek
Matthew 5:5

Main idea: Following Christ requires humility.

Meekness is revealed in us through submission.

Meekness makes us more like Jesus.

Meekness comes with a reward.


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Blessed are Those Who Mourn Matthew 5:4

Main idea: Brokenness over sin results in sorrow for sin.

Men have tears to shed for other things - but have none to spare for their sins.” -Thomas Watson

Spiritual mourning is evidence of conviction and repentance.

Spiritual mourning serves a purpose.

Spiritual mourning is not without hope.

Spiritual mourning results in God’s comfort.

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Blessed are the Poor in Spirit Matthew 5:3

Main idea: Coming to God requires brokenness over our sin.

To be “poor in spirit” means to be broken over sin and fully aware of our need for a Savior.

Without spiritual poverty we are incapable of receiving God's grace.

The spiritually poor man… is separated from himself (Psalm 131:2); is dependent upon Jesus (Philippians 4:13); is always aware of his shortcomings (2 Cor. 12:9-10); is sub...
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Minor Prophets, Major Faith: Malachi

Main idea: God deserves our best.

God accepts those who turn to Him (1:2-5).

Our corruption is evidenced by our disobedience (1:6-2:16).

God’s judgment serves to refine us (2:17-3:5).

Faithfulness to God requires our best effort (3:6-4:6).


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Minor Prophets, Major Faith: Zechariah
Main idea: God has a plan to redeem his people.

Returning to God requires repentance (1:3-7:14).

God’s love is for everyone and it can not be earned, only given and accepted (8:1-23).

In the end, many will come to God (9:2-13:21).


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Minor Prophets, Major Faith: Haggai

Main idea: Our obedience reveals our priorities.

What we give our hearts and time to reveals our priorities (1:2-6; 2:10-19).

We can not lose the Lord’s favor, but we can miss his blessing (1:7-14; 2:4-5).

We are either working toward God’s end or our own (2:1-9).


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Minor Prophets, Major Faith: Zephaniah
Main idea: God will sustain his people through difficulty.

God will give us purpose (3:9-10).

God will give us humility (3:11-13).

God will give us joy (3:14-15).

God will give us peace (3:16-20).


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