About Paul Alexander

I was senior pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Huntsville, Alabama, from June 1958 until June 2001, I was director and then Resource Pastor of of our PCA mission to Ukraine from 20o1 to 2012, and now serve as occasional preacher in several churches in Missouri.

Anticipating the King of Glory

August 19, 2018  ANTICICIPATING THE KING OF GLORY  Ps.24, John 20:11-18                    

While David was living in the cave of Adullam, there seemed to be little hope that he would ever be victorious over his great enemy, King Saul.  David gives eloquent expression to his hopelessness in

I Samuel 27:1 “Now I shall perish one day by the hand of Saul. There is nothing better for me than that I should escape to the land of the Philistines.” His brothers and all the malcontents of Israel had gathered around him like a bedraggled gang of the homeless, huddled in a dark corner of the land expecting to be captured by Saul and probably executed. Sad state of mind from truly sad conditions in their land.

Then in a series of remarkable providences, really acts of God, David was rescued, Saul died in battle and the rightful king came to the throne. KING DAVID!!  He triumphed wonderfully and that seeming gang of THE HOMELESS surrounding him were elevated to positions of prominence, power and rule within the land that had rejected them.  They followed their KING INTO GLORY. Continue reading

GLORY OF THE LORD RISES UPON YOU

3/14/99 Hvl.        THE GLORY OF THE LORD RISES UPON YOU       Is. 60:1

Growing up in rural Kansas, I often worked for my Uncle during wheat harvest.  Temperatures almost always in the 90’s,, sometimes over 100 and after my cousin and I drove a load of wheat to town, the swimming hole on the way back to the farm was absolutely irresistible.  It was especially good if recent rains had swollen the creek to near flood stage.  We would dive into the torrent on one side of the bridge and come up on the other gasping for breath and climb out to do it all over again. Continue reading

Biblical Triumphalism

BIBLICAL TRIUMPHALLISM

 Thoughts on Present Day Triumphalism, II Corinthians 2:14

First: September 5, 2016,

Second: August 9, 2018

There is a place for “triumphalism” in our present Christian experience.

I say this with full awareness of the appropriate objections to the kind of “triumphalism” that exists in some contemporary Christian thought and teaching. There are some who want to preach, teach and live as if they had already experienced the full fruits of the Resurrection of Jesus.  The fact is that at present we have only what might be called a “down-payment” on the fruits of the Resurrection at work in our lives (Ephesians 1:13-14) .  The full fruits await the second coming of Christ, an event of unsurpassable glory that will fill our lives to overflowing with full Resurrection Joy, Triumphalism. Continue reading

OUR MISSIONARY WARFARE

June 10, 2018 – Revelation 11:19-12:17

Read only to vs. 12

Summer of ‘42 my father driving us through FORT RILEY, Kansas, when we were stopped by the M.P.’s. Fort Riley was home of the 9th and 10th Cavalry Regiments of the U.S. Army.  We waited by the road for a few minutes and then suddenly about 300 horsemen came charging right across the highway, hooves thundering, banners flying, our whole family watching with mouths agape at this spectacular display of military might. HAVE NEVER FORGOT THAT FASCINATING SPCTACLE!!  Continue reading

THE SON ALSO RISES

 

Isaiah 11:1-6     THE RIGHTEOUS REIGN OF THE “BRANCH”

When the sun starts to come up in the morning we first see only a faint glow in the East.  Then as it appears above the horizon that faint glow becomes a great fire that fills the sky.  In a very short time its radiance is so overwhelming that we cannot look directly at it. How we enjoy both its light and its warmth through another day under its gracious beams! Continue reading

I Have Seen The Lord Almighty

A Sermon Pastor Paul Alexander preached on Isaiah 6:1-13, at REDEEMING GRACE FELLOWSHIP PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH in Owensville, August 7, 2016

I will introduce my message this morning by quoting a Godly Bible scholar, Dr. George Beasley-Murray. In His commentary on the Gospel of John He emphasizes the massive influence of the RESURRECTION OF JESUS over ALL of scripture.  Beasley-Murray emphatically insists “…in John the lifting up of the Son of Man on his cross reaches to the throne of heaven; and as the shadow of the cross marks the entire story of Jesus, so the glory of the Resurrection event suffuses every hour of his ministry, and even reaches back to the morning of creation.  The eschatological glory for which creation was made was brought to actuality in the deeds and words of Jesus.” Continue reading

The Splendor of His Majesty

A Sermon based on Isaiah 2: 5-22, Preached July 10, 2016

In his commentary on the Gospel of John, Dr. G. R. Beasley-Murray, has made an important statement about the way the Resurrection of Jesus affects the rest of the Bible.  I use it here to show how the Resurrection affects the whole of scripture including this particular text in Isaiah, Murray’s words: Continue reading

Born into the Millenium

Letters to Our Dear Children #6

Dear Junia, Charysse, DeAnn and Greg,

            Our family vacation in the summer of 1973 is one of our favorite memories!

            Because I had been invited that summer to speak at a Bible camp in North Dakota, we decided to use the trip to the camp as a launching pad for a visit to the fabled national parks in Alberta, Canada, and northern Wyoming.  So after a week at camp, we set sail in our badly overloaded old station wagon for Jasper National Park in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Continue reading

Born into Covenant Nurture

Letters to Our Dear Children #5

Dear Junia, Charysse, DeAnn and Greg,

Perhaps our favorite family excursion when you were children was swimming in Guntersville Lake.  The lake was about a forty-mile drive from our house in Huntsville, Alabama, and we went there with a picnic lunch nearly every Monday during the summer months.  We were gleefully unaware of the alleged vermin filling our “ole’ swimmin’ hole” and enjoyed many hours of rompin’ in the surf.  (And, incidentally, those vermin never made us sick, well, not very sick anyway.) Continue reading