Archive for May, 2005

It Shall Be A Memorial

28 May

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Memorial Day is a day that America sets aside to remember those who have given their lives in the cause of gaining and preserving freedom. It’s like a monument. The Idea is that we would have a day off to celebrate liberty and remember the price of such a blessing.

The Idea of setting up monuments of remembrance or setting aside a day to remember is not new. God has been doing this for centuries.

In this sermon we will look at some of God’s memorials which He set up for us.

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Quotable Quote
“When Israel obtained special victories after leaving Egypt, memorials were preserved of these victories. Moses and Joshua were commanded of God to do this, to build up remembrances. When the Israelites had won a special victory over the Philistines, Samuel set up a commemorative stone and called it Ebenezer, saying, “Hitherto hath the Lord helped us” (1 Samuel 7:12).

Oh, where, as a people, are our commemorative stones? Where are set up our monumental pillars carved with letters expressing the precious story of what God has done for us in our experience? Can we not, in view of the past, look on new trials and increased perplexities– even afflictions, privations, and bereavements–and not be dismayed, but look upon the past and say, “‘Hitherto hath the Lord helped us.’ I will commit the keeping of my soul unto Him as unto a faithful Creator. He will keep that which I have committed to His trust against that day. ‘As thy days, so shall thy strength be.’”—Ellen White Selected Messages Book 3 p. 320.

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Jonah and the Whale

21 May

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In Romans 15:4 Paul tells us that the reason God inspired the old testament stories to be written is for our learning and to give us hope.
This is the 4th in a series of sermons on the well-known Old Testament stories. I pray that God will reveal some new truths to us through these old, well-known, stories.

Jonah and the Whale.

The story of Jonah has all the features of a great story. It’s filled with suspense and surprises not the least of which is a miraculous rescue followed by a time-out in the belly of a great fish. But this true story can teach some important life lessons for us because even though none of us have become as intimately acquainted with an aquatic creature as Jonah we struggle with many of the same pitfalls as Jonah did.

Quotable Quote
Nineveh was a very wicked city. God’s justice demanded that the wickedness of Nineveh be punished but His mercy wanted to extend one last bone-jarring warning in the hope that it would shake them out of their sin blinded existence, see their desperate, depraved condition and repent.

“Nineveh, wicked though it had become, was not wholly given over to evil. He who “beholdeth all the sons of men” (Psalm 33:13) and “seeth every precious thing” (Job 28:10) perceived in that city many who were reaching out after something better and higher, and who, if granted opportunity to learn of the living God, would put away their evil deeds and worship Him. And so in His wisdom God revealed Himself to them in an unmistakable manner, to lead them, if possible, to repentance.

The instrument chosen for this work was the prophet Jonah, the son of Amittai. To him came the word of the Lord, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before Me.” Jonah 1:1,2.

As the prophet thought of the difficulties and seeming impossibilities of this commission, he was tempted to question the wisdom of the call. From a human viewpoint it seemed as if nothing could be gained by proclaiming such a message in that proud city. He forgot for the moment that the God whom he served was all-wise and all-powerful. While he hesitated, still doubting, Satan overwhelmed him with discouragement. The prophet was seized with a great dread, and he “rose up to flee unto Tarshish.” Going to Joppa, and finding there a ship ready to sail, “he paid the fare thereof and went down into it, to go with them.” Verse 3.

In the charge given him, Jonah had been entrusted with a heavy responsibility; yet He who had bidden him go was able to sustain His servant and grant him success. Had the prophet obeyed unquestioningly, he would have been spared many bitter experiences, and would have been blessed abundantly. Yet in the hour of Jonah’s despair the Lord did not desert him. Through a series of trials and strange providences, the prophet’s confidence in God and in His infinite power to save was to be revived.”—Ellen White Prophets and Kings pp. 265, 266


Noah’s Ark–Saved by Grace

15 May

1 Corinthians 10:11 tells us that the Old Testament stories were written as an admonition “upon whom the ends of the ages have come.” When we look at the world around us in light of Bible prophecy we can easily see that we are nearing the end therefore these stories have some direct applications to our lives.
This is the 3rd in a series of sermons on the well-known Old Testament stories. I pray that God will reveal some new truths to us through these old, well-known, stories.

Noah’s Ark–Saved by Grace 05/15/05
Key passage: Genesis 6:1-9:17

There is one story that Jesus said had special implications to the end times. Jesus said that just before He comes again people will be living in frivolity, ignoring the warning signs around them just like they did in Noah’s day.

This week we will find out how the Story of Noah and the ark is a picture of how God leads us to salvation.

Because of His grace God gave Noah all the provisions for his salvation but Noah had to obey God’s instructions or else he would have been in the same boat (or out of the same boat) as the wicked.
“Noah was saved by grace but he acted upon that grace by obedience.”

Just as with Noah, God has provided everything we must just accept it. God makes it clear that if you believe you must be baptized.

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