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Eric Ludy Sermon Podcast: Church at Ellerslie
61 minutes | 9 days ago
The Outrageous Joy of the Spittle-Faced // The Dangerous Edge 03
Spittle upon the face has historically been the symbol of shame, rejection, and degradation. So, the idea of considering a spittle-covered face a joyful occasion seems a bit odd. But, that is what the Bible teaches. It teaches us that trials are our friends and sufferings are our bosom companions. In this message Eric unpacks the strange but amazing concept that pure joy is not found in the absence of trials, but BECAUSE of trials.
51 minutes | a month ago
Laughing at the Future // The Revival of a Nation 05
The Christian is built as a happiness machine. But much of the Church today is doing more moaning and groaning than laughing and praising. This ought not to be. In this message, Eric Ludy delivers a powerful reminder for the church to get in stride with God and get our laughter back.
61 minutes | 2 months ago
The Potato Farmer // The Revival of a Nation 02
Difficult circumstances are the seed bed for miracles. However, impossible circumstances are the stage for huge miracles. Most of us want to stay far and away from challenge. But, it is the narrow straits of life that offer us the clearest glimpses of God’s greatness, power, and sufficiency. Revival on the personal level and on the national level is desperately needed right now. But, it will only be found when we embrace the current challenges swirling about us instead of grumbling about them, and we turn toward God and say, “I want you to know, dear Lord, that even amidst this impossible situation, I trust You!"
52 minutes | 2 months ago
The Superhero Glasses // The Revival of a Nation 01
It’s easy for the Church at present to forebode the portending difficulties ahead. But, as the saints of God, we were not built to forebode, to fret, to whine, or to grumble. We were built to rejoice. But, to rejoice as we were intended by God to rejoice, we need to swap out our perspective — change out of our earthly glasses for a pair of heavenly ones. When we view things through God’s perspective, even the darkest trials become glorious opportunities for the glory of God to shine forth.
55 minutes | 3 months ago
The Counter Punch // The Rescue of a Nation 02
Name: The Counter Punch // The Rescue of a Nation 02 Podcast: The Church at Ellerslie SermonsTitle: The Counter Punch Sub-title: a study in the boxing brilliance of the Most High God Date: November 15, 2020 Series: The Rescue of a Nation — Part #2 Description: Following the 2020 Presidential elections, an evil foreboding is attempting to undermine the soul-stability of believers across this country. The question that is pressing itself with unrelenting force into the Christian’s psyche is, “If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” This sermon is a fresh reminder that not only do we as believers have an answer to that question, but we have a victory dance to go with it.
52 minutes | 4 months ago
The Plot Twist // The Rescue of a Nation 01
Name: The Plot Twist // The Rescue of a Nation 01 Podcast: The Church at Ellerslie SermonsTitle: The Plot Twist Sub-title: a study in the sovereign dexterity of God in impossible straits Date: November 8, 2020 Series: The Rescue of a Nation - Part #1 Description: Following the 2020 Presidential elections, a great uncertainty looms before the Church of Jesus Christ in America. Eric delivers a timely message of hearty encouragement to the Body of Christ. God WILL indeed prove Faithful and True.
57 minutes | 4 months ago
The Plot Twist // The Shadow Nation Rises 09
Name: The Plot Twist // The Shadow Nation Rises 09 Podcast: The Church at Ellerslie SermonsTitle: The Plot Twist Sub-title: a study in the sovereign dexterity of God in impossible straits Date: November 8, 2020 Series: The Shadow Nation Rises - Part #9 Description: A Post-Election Message. This is the ninth installment in Eric’s series entitled, The Shadow Nation Rises. Following the 2020 Presidential elections, a great uncertainty looms before the Church of Jesus Christ in America. Eric delivers a timely message of hearty encouragement to the Body of Christ. God WILL indeed prove Faithful and True.
50 minutes | 4 months ago
Sixteen Days to Extinction // The Shadow Nation Rises 07
Name: Sixteen Days to Extinction // The Shadow Nation Rises 07 Podcast: The Church at Ellerslie SermonsTitle: Sixteen Days to Extinction Sub-title: a study in the Christian response to threats of doom Date: October 18, 2020 Series: The Shadow Nation Rises - Part #7 Description: This is the seventh installment in Eric’s series entitled, The Shadow Nation Rises. In this message he discusses the Kingdom pattern for God’s intervention in the darkest hours of history. God always has a deliverance for His people, even though such deliverance seems utterly inconceivable at the time. When His people humble themselves and walk concurrent with His Word — He converts the machinations and movements of evil into the destruction of the evil itself and into a profound good for His people and for His purposes. And so it is right now in the year 2020. God has not abandoned His Church, He has not turned His back on His children — He is in anguish over the dismantling of righteousness, truth, and justice taking place in our world today. And He WILL have a response.
63 minutes | 5 months ago
If God is for Us // The Shadow Nation Rises 05
Name: If God is for Us // The Shadow Nation Rises 05 Podcast: The Church at Ellerslie SermonsTitle: If God is for Us Sub-title: a study in audacious faith Date: October 4, 2020 Series: The Shadow Nation Rises - Part #5 Description: This is the fifth installment in Eric’s series entitled, The Shadow Nation Rises. In this message he explores the prescription of Moses in Deuteronomy chapter six for the Israelites to not “test the Lord” in the Promised Land as they did at Meribah. This idea of “testing the Lord” is a crucial concept and one that can be easily be misunderstood in the Christian life. For there is a “testing" that flows out of unbelief and there is a “testing" that flows out of faith. The first form of testing has zero part in Promised Land living, whereas the second form of testing is the essence of Promised Land living.
51 minutes | 5 months ago
Removing Old Sandals // The Shadow Nation Rises 04
Name: Removing Old Sandals // The Shadow Nation Rises 04 Podcast: The Church at Ellerslie SermonsTitle: Removing Old Sandals Sub-title: a study in God’s pattern for bringing us into new things Date: September 27, 2020 Series: The Shadow Nation Rises - Part #4 Description: This is the fourth installment in Eric’s series entitled, The Shadow Nation Rises. In this message he walks through the idea of putting off our sandals when we step upon God’s holy ground. Time and again in Scripture we see this “removal of sandals” happen, and each time it is when something new is unfolding. The book of Deuteronomy brings us to this same place of holy ground. It’s the transition from something old into something new. Could it be that the Church of Jesus Christ is needing to remove its sandals and follow God into a new, and more powerful work.
63 minutes | 6 months ago
How to Vote this November // The Shadow Nation Rises 02
Name: How to Vote this November // The Shadow Nation Rises 02 Podcast: The Church at Ellerslie SermonsTitle: How to Vote this November Sub-title: a study in reasoning according to the Word of God Date: September 13, 2020 Series: The Shadow Nation Rises - Part #2 Description: This is the second installment in Eric’s series entitled, The Shadow Nation Rises. In this message he dives into the formation of the first godly national government. Ancient Israel, in 1445 B.C., will supply history with a governmental model that is still, in many facets, actively employed in today’s U.S. Constitution. It’s an amazing format for the governance of a large body of people. And yet, in and of itself, this wonderful governmental model is unable to save the people of Israel (then) or the people of America (now) from their sinful propensities. However, another government, a “second” government, was ratified on this Earth two thousand years ago by God’s own Son, Jesus. This “second” government is able to perform on behalf of its citizens, what the first government was powerless to accomplish.
55 minutes | 6 months ago
The Shadow Scriptures // The Shadow Nation Rises 01
Name: The Shadow Scriptures // The Shadow Nation Rises 01 Podcast: The Church at Ellerslie SermonsTitle: The Shadow Scriptures Sub-title: a study in the principle of firsts and seconds Date: September 6, 2020 Series: The Shadow Nation Rises - Part #1 Description: Deuteronomy means “second law”. Many scholars believe that this book title is a mistake from an improper translation in the Latin Vulgate. However, Eric Ludy presses the point that this unusual title (Deuteronomy), though it could very well be a mistaken translation, perfectly matches this extraordinary and supernatural book. This book is about the “second” — it is a second invite to a second generation to follow a second leader. It is a brilliant shadow of the glorious Gospel invite found in the New Testament. This message marks the first episode in Eric’s new series which walks through the profound textual landscape of Deuteronomy in order to showcase the profound Man, Jesus Christ.
74 minutes | 6 months ago
The Sacrificial Generation
Podcast: The Church at Ellerslie SermonsTitle: The Sacrificial Generation Sub-title: a study in the privilege of bearing other’s burdens Date: August 30, 2020 Series: The Spiritual Biography of a Nation - Part #14 Description: Most of us struggle with carrying our own burdens let alone the burdens of others. But a Christian, set on fire by Love isn’t just willing to carry the burdens of others, but is desirous to do it. Whatever it is that causes men like C.T. Studd to eagerly long to go to the most difficult place on earth to speak of Christ or that causes men like Jim Elliot to seek out the most dangerous native tribe for evangelism and then get genuinely excited when they are found — this strange and bewildering attitude is desperately needed in the Body of Christ again.
65 minutes | 6 months ago
Readied for the Crisis
Podcast: The Church at Ellerslie SermonsTitle: Readied for the Crisis Sub-title: a study in overcoming impossible circumstances Date: August 23, 2020 Series: The Spiritual Biography of a Nation - Part #13 Description: What causes one man to shrink back and cower before Goliath and the next man to rise up and sprint after him? This mysterious function of bold spiritual daring is often chalked up to being nothing more than a function of extraordinary personality that someone either has or doesn’t have in their native DNA. But, in actuality, this soul moxie is the result of something sturdy and gritty being built into the soul over time and through the joyful encounter of many trials. It’s the result of a vigorous faith being continually exercised in the human soul. This particular message is installment #13 in Eric Ludy’s series entitled, “The Spiritual biography of a Nation”. It rewinds the calendar 400 years to 1620 and sticks us in the middle of the Atlantic in a ship known as the Mayflower. A magnificent crisis is going to unfold before our eyes, and yet, the 102 people on board this small ship are going to shock us, because they are not going to give way to panic. Why? Because they were readied for this crisis.
46 minutes | 6 months ago
Surviving the Second Cut
Podcast: The Church at Ellerslie Sermons Title: Surviving the Second Cut Sub-title: a study in enduring to the end Date: August 16, 2020 Series: The Spiritual Biography of a Nation Part: #12 Description: Many Christians start out strong, but few finish strong. Many believers come out of the gate with gusto but instead of continuing steadfast they either limp to the finish line or bail out altogether from the spiritual fray. Using the Pilgrim’s extraordinary send-off from England in 1620 as powerful illustration for the need of spiritual resilience, Eric Ludy will make every listener crave to be a William Bradford rather than a Robert Cushman.
56 minutes | 7 months ago
Title: Choosing Difficulty Sub-title: a study in the brilliance of going it the hard way Date: August 9, 2020 Series: The Spiritual Biography of a Nation Part: #11 Description: In 1618, the unthinkable took place in England — King James I officially kicked every religious non-conformist out of his country. He boldly declared that these “fanatics" were no longer welcome to live in grand ‘ol England. That meant the Puritans were out on their backsides and all the Separatists needed to find a new country to call home. Long and short, it was a tough time to be a strong Christian in lukewarm England. This great purge of spiritual strength out of England strangely changed the course of the United States of America, because it brought all this spiritual zeal and strength into North America — and dramatically changed the course of our nation.
57 minutes | 7 months ago
Dangers of Gentleman Christianity
Title: Dangers of Gentleman Christianity Sub-title: a study in the perils of self-coddling Christianity Date: July 26, 2020 Series: The Spiritual Biography of a Nation Part: #10 Description: Spanish and French missionaries both made a sizable impact on the North American territory in the 15th and 16th centuries, but England remained quiet on the New World landscape until the 17th century. And when they finally decided to put their proverbial foot in the water, they experienced total disaster in Roanoke. In the year 1607, England postured themselves as if they were coming to this New World with the intent of sharing the Gospel of Christ with the natives. But their “Gentleman” Christianity was anything but a light shining in a dark world. The Jamestown settlement is a study in self-centered, self-coddling Christianity and its ramifications on the world around it. The Modern American Church in its manner and in its thinking runs a strange parallel with the gentleman settlers of Jamestown in 1607. Hopefully history can be our tutor and steer us toward a Pilgrim landing in this hostile season of American history instead of Jamestown landing.
58 minutes | 7 months ago
The Burning of Rome
Podcast: The Church at Ellerslie Sermons Title: The Burning of Rome Sub-title: a study in the historic pattern for cultural blame-shifting Date: July 19, 2020 Series: The Spiritual Biography of a Nation Part: #9 Description: When the missionaries brought the light of the Gospel to North America in the seventeenth century, there was a cultural retaliation amongst the Amerindians. Some natives viewed these Christian missionaries as blessings and bearers of the New Life in Christ. While others viewed them as harbingers of death, bearers of small pox, malaria, and dangerous ideas. This tension represents the historic animosity that exists between light and darkness. Christianity has always been a threat to those who love the darkness. And it has always been a blessing to those yearning to find Life.
62 minutes | 8 months ago
Grains of Wheat
Podcast: The Church at Ellerslie Sermons Title: Grains of Wheat Sub-title: a study in the historic attitude of Christian self-sacrifice Date: July 12, 2020 Series: The Spiritual Biography of a Nation Part: #8 Description: America prior to the 16th century was dark and savage — a land of lawlessness, fear, and extreme violence. Then the light of the Gospel came to this North American territory — men gave up everything to come here and share the hope of Jesus Christ with a depraved people. Now five hundred years later the people of this same territory are actively seeking to snuff out the light of Truth and return to that ancient darkness that once ruled this land — reverting back to lawlessness, fear, and violence. It was the willingness of Christians to sacrifice everything, including their very lives, that originally turned this American territory from death towards life — could it be that, to turn this country back from its errant ways, the same willingness amongst the Christians to forsake everything is once again required?
66 minutes | 8 months ago
Into the Savage Wilderness
Podcast: The Church at Ellerslie Sermons Title: Into the Savage Wilderness Sub-title: a study in the historic adventure-filled boldness of the Church Date: July 5, 2020 Series: The Spiritual Biography of a Nation Part: #7 Description: In the 16th century, two movements were afoot — 1) the lust-driven pursuit of gold, and 2) the love-driven pursuit of souls. The gold pursuers turned south and claimed Central and South America, while the soul pursuers (the missionaries) turned north and pursued the souls of the native peoples of the territory we now know as North America. The heritage of America is decidedly one of boldness and unashamedness for the Gospel. That is a piece of our heritage that ought not to be lost in the midst of our present-day “erase-everything” and/or “reinterpret-everything" movement.
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