Featuring acapella hymn singing and Bible exposition, Words of Grace is the radio ministry of Benjamin Winslett, pastor of Flint River Primitive Baptist Church near Huntsville Alabama.
Concluding our series on the life of King David, we consider a passage of scripture which refers to itself as his last words. Though the meaning of that label is debated, its message is not. Despite having a life of ups and downs, triumphs and failures, God had made an everlasting covenant with David and … Continue reading "The Last Words of David"
Of the many stories in David’s life that foreshadowed an aspect of our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, the blessing of Mephibosheth ranks at the top of the list. Seeking to honor the memory of his dear friend Jonathan, David performs an unprecedented act of kindness upon Mephibosheth, Jonathan’s remaining heir, a disabled man. Radio … Continue reading "The Blessing of Mephibosheth"
Many times, the way of this world is to seek vengeance upon one’s enemies. This is true for all people, but especially true in ancient monarchies, when the throne could be won by might. Returning to the life of David, in today’s broadcast we consider three examples when David refused to indulge in vengeance on … Continue reading "To Avenge Or Not To Avenge"
One of the most tragic and painful accounts in all the Bible is that of David and Bathsheba. Rather than the hero we’ve known him to be throughout his life, David – in a period of personal idleness – lusts after a woman and sins. Worse, he conspires to cover it up before committing the … Continue reading "When Good Men Fall"
We all know the epic account of David and Goliath. As one old preacher commented when introducing this passage in a sermon, “David always wins.” Familiar as it may be, this passage is extremely encouraging and there are many practical lessons we can derive from it. Join us for this message, a continuation of our … Continue reading "David and Goliath"
Some define integrity as doing the right thing when no one is looking. In today’s broadcast, we revisit the life of David once again to consider two stories in which David walks in mature integrity, choosing to do right even when it would have benefitted him to do otherwise. Integrity
In his run from king Saul, David came across a dastardly character named Nabal. Unreasonable, foolish, rude, and equally wealthy, Nabal’s sinful behavior would finally be judged by God after his encounter with the man after God’s own heart, the future king David. Radio broadcast for September 5, 2021. Don’t be a “Nabal”
A popular Christian slogan in contemporary times is “Let go and let God.” But is this the best way to express encouragement in times of trial? We think not – for the simple reason that human beings cannot “let” God do anything, for He is sovereign. Learn a more biblical way to express this truth … Continue reading "Letting Go and “Letting” God??"
Disciples of Christ are to be forgiving people. In fact, God’s dealings with us as sons, as it relates to chastening, is often administered consistently with our willingness to forgive others. This is a sobering motivation to be more forgiving. In today’s broadcast, we consider 5 thoughts to help us grow in our ability to … Continue reading "Growing in Forgiveness"
Don’t we yearn to hear the sweet words from our Saviour, “thy sins be forgiven thee”? In this broadcast our message primarily focuses on the interaction between a woman of the city and the Lord Jesus, a story full of grace and forgiveness. Radio broadcast for August 15, 2021 Forgiveness in an Eternal Sense, Part … Continue reading "Forgiveness in an Eternal Sense, Part 2"
Forgiveness is a concept at the forefront our minds as well as scripture itself. In this broadcast, we share part 1 of a message in which Ben Winslett speaks of the forgiveness of sins through Christ Jesus. Radio broadcast for August 8, 2021 Forgiveness in an Eternal Sense, Part 1
The orthodox word “Trinity” is one that expresses the theological truth that the Godhead is one God in three Persons; Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. In this message, Pastor Winslett speaks to the great and perfect, eternal unity there is between these three Persons of the one Godhead. The Trinity as a Tri-Unity
Borrowing from a warning Jesus’ issued about the doctrine of the Pharisees and Sadducees, Ben Winslett warns against a concept popular among some conservative evangelicals that many times leads to either to pride or discouragement: Lordship salvation. Radio broadcast for July 11, 2021.
We all look at life through the lens of our presuppositions. Sometimes these are correct. Many times, they are not. In this broadcast, we consider a few theological points from scripture that ought to frame the way we interpret the Bible and also the world around us. Radio broadcast for July 4, 2021. Presuppositions
To put it mildly, it is extraordinarily easy to misunderstand not only another person’s words, but their actions as well. Sometimes, we misunderstand or misinterpret such and become offended, and so misunderstandings are a tragic cause of grief to God’s people. In today’s broadcast we focus on the danger of misunderstanding, how common misunderstandings were … Continue reading "The Ease of Misunderstanding"
One of the most commonly spoken of but least understood concepts among the Christian world is faith. We're all familiar with the term. We all hear it and use it often. And to some level, most Christians have some sort of a working knowledge of it. But arguably, biblically speaking, the common understanding of it … Continue reading "The Special, Uniqueness of Faith"
It’s a clearly established fact that the central theme of the entire Bible is Christ. While He is revealed in the New Testament, He was foreshadowed and prophesied of in the Old Testament. In today’s broadcast, Ben Winslett considers one such “shadow,” drawing a parallel between Moses and Joshua and their respective relationships to the … Continue reading "The Law as a Shadow (Moses and Joshua)"
As a continuation of our thoughts from last week entitled “Jesus Knows,” we consider Jesus’ blessed and comforting words to those who mourn in the Sermon on the Mount. We all have sadness in this life – it’s common to all mankind. But through the gospel, our troubled souls are comforted. Furthermore, there is coming … Continue reading "Them That Mourn"
Sometimes people wonder if God really knows what they’re going through or if He is too separated from life on Earth to care or even know about our struggles. But we have good news, not only does God know, our Saviour Christ Jesus is touched by the feeling of our infirmities! Learn more in this … Continue reading "Jesus Knows!"
As Jacob lay sick and nearing death, he gave a series of blessings to his offspring. On the surface, one might think that his dying words might merely be his predictions or wishes for them. But on a closer look, one particular blessing contained vivid prophecies of Christ. Radio broadcast for May 16, 2021 Judah’s … Continue reading "Judah’s Blessing"
Concepts such as poverty and the poor are often hijacked by political figures and redefined as mere statistics. In reality, poor people are just that – human beings with needs. While scripture does condemn laziness, it also consistently commands those with material resources to help and care for the impoverished. Join us for this episode … Continue reading "Biblical Principles for the Care of the Poor"
The New Testament is emphatic that the Old Covenant law stands forever fulfilled in Christ Jesus. He kept it to a jot and a tittle in our stead. But just because the law is fulfilled doesn’t mean we can’t learn from it. First, there are often underlying practical reasons for many of the laws (touching … Continue reading "Practical Applications from the Law"
What did the Psalmist mean when he wrote of Christ, “For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption” in Psalm 16:10? Theories about this passage abound, but the truth is likely far simpler. Tune into this week’s episode of Words of Grace as we … Continue reading "Thou Wilt Not Leave My Soul In Hell"
As the hymnist John Newton wrote, “One there is above all others, well deserves the name of Friend; his is love beyond a brother’s, costly, free, and knows no end.” There really is no one else like Jesus Christ, and we confess that sentence is a vast understatement! In this message, we consider common reactions … Continue reading "The One Above All Others"
Did Jesus know how much He would suffer before and during the cross? With absolute scriptural certainty, we can say yes! As Jesus rode into Jerusalem the week of His crucifixion, He knew all that He would suffer for the sins of His people. And yet He went, He drank of the bitter cup, He … Continue reading "Face Set as a Flint"
Shortly after the Lord Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, a surprising individual offered a prophecy of the death of Christ. This man? An unbelieving high priest named Caiaphas! Although his meaning and the Lord’s intent was quite different, he nonetheless spoke of Christ’s death for a great body of people. Radio broadcast for March … Continue reading "Caiaphas’ Surprising Prophecy"
Is empathy a sin? Unusual question, right? Believe it or not, there has been quite a bit of “chatter” recently on the subject of empathy in view of movements such as “woke-ism,” with some conservative Christian teachers going as far as to say that having empathy for another’s suffering is actually sinful. What are we … Continue reading "Is Empathy Sinful?!"
Have you ever noticed how the early disciples faced hardships with a different perspective than Old Testament saints? Take Job for instance. His sufferings initially resulted in much confusion and even bitterness in his heart. Yet when the Apostles were persecuted, they rejoiced. What made the difference? Tune in to this week’s episode of Words … Continue reading "What Makes the Difference?"
The book of Job is quite unique, an historical account of a family’s suffering written as a work of poetry, and full of sadness, bitterness, confusion, and even restoration and hope. But did you know there there are also pictures of Christ in Job? Join Ben Winslett for this episode of Words of Grace, in … Continue reading "Finding Christ in the Book of Job"
Suffering is inescapable in this fallen, cursed world. Whether major issues such as a pandemic or regional ice storm, or our own personal battles with disease and affliction, every single one of us will suffer at some point in our lives. Turning to God’s word for counsel in times of trial, we find two great … Continue reading "A Word to Those Who Suffer"
One might think now is a time in which we stand more in need of wisdom than in other seasons. However, the truth is that each and every day, we need the wisdom of God to help us navigate life. I have good news for you – God gives wisdom to all who ask, and … Continue reading "Wisdom"
In Mark chapter 12, Jesus was asked three different questions; two by groups of conspirators and one by a curious scribe. We consider Jesus’ witty outsmarting of his detractors in today’s broadcast, as well as His interesting exchange with the scribe, a man Jesus described as being near to the Kingdom of God. Radio broadcast … Continue reading "Three Questions, From Mark Chapter 12"
Humanity has a long, destructive history with idolatry. From early societal idol worship, to individual failures in the lives of the patriarchs, to God’s nation Israel worshipping the golden calf; image worship has been an ongoing problem for all people. While our idols today aren’t often made of wood, stone, or gold, we would be … Continue reading "Warnings Against Idolatry!"
Two very notable characters in the bible are the twin sons of Isaac and Rebekah named Jacob and Esau. In this episode of Words of Grace, pastor Winslett shares thoughts about depravity, grace, and salvation from the lives of these two men. Radio broadcast for January 31, 2021 Observations from Jacob and Esau
Throughout the last decade and in particular, over the past 12 months, we’ve seen mob violence in America. Did you know there are several examples of mobs in the Bible in both the Old and New Testaments? In each occurrence, a group of emotionally charged people came together in a fog of confusion, ultimately leading … Continue reading "Avoiding the Mob!"
As American believers undergo one of the most trying times in recent history, keeping a strong and steady focus on Christ and our identity in Him is as crucial as ever. In this broadcast, Ben Winslett exhorts us to focus our attention on the Kingdom of God, rather than tossing to and fro with every … Continue reading "A Time to Rebuild"
The gospel ministry is a good work! God’s children are the sheep of His pasture. In nature, sheep need feeding, protection, leadership, and even medicine if they are sick. As with actual sheep, so is it for God’s elect! Therefore, God calls and gifts men to preach His gospel for the benefit of His people. … Continue reading "The Important Work of the Gospel Ministry"
As the Apostle Paul began his letter to a dear friend and minister named Titus, he unleashed one statement after another about God’s sovereignty in our salvation. In this broadcast, we share a sermon by Ben Winslett from these heavy-hitting passages, considering election, faith, hope, and God’s faithfulness. In Hope of Eternal Life
Continuing our message from last week’s radio broadcast from Isaiah 7 through 9, on the birth of Christ. The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined. – Isaiah 9:2 Light Amidst Darkness, Part 2
Some of the most beloved prophecies of the Messiah are found in Isaiah chapters 7-9. With the threat of invasion as the backdrop, Isaiah shares a message of hope, of a Saviour who brings a much greater salvation than a national deliverance. Light Amidst Darkness, Part 1 (Download link)
Continuing our message entitled His Story, we consider various pre-incarnate manifestations of Jesus, demonstrating the fact that though the world changes, despite the person or the battle, God remains the same and works His will in the world. Radio broadcast for December 13, 2020. His Story, Part 2
While we’re naturally self-centered individuals, it’s so helpful and encouraging for us to remember human history is HIS-Story, that is to say, Christ’s story. From the Old Testament, we look at several “theophanies,” or preincarnate manifestations of Christ to His people in moments of affliction and judgment, reminding us that though the times and the … Continue reading "His Story, Part 1"
From selected passages of scripture, we consider examples of effective prayer. First, with a brief examination of the Model Prayer, and then from powerful stories of prayer as found in the Old and New Testaments. Radio broadcast for November 22, 2020 Example of Prayer, Part 1 (Download link)
The continuation of last week’s message, on the crucial importance of prayer in our lives every day, and especially in the difficult times like we’re presently facing. Radio broadcast for November 15, 2020. Recommitting Yourselves to Prayer, Part 2 (Download link)