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Archive for February, 2008

LP06: How to Be Ready

28 Feb

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Lens of Prophecy Pt. 6 2/23/08

Bobby had the messiest desk in his classroom. One day the superintendent of schools announced a contest for the neatest desk when he returned unannounced. Bobby really wanted to win the contest so he decided to clean his desk every Friday. Then he thought, “What if he comes on Thursday?” so he decided to clean it every morning. Then he thought, “What if he comes just after school is out? I guess I’ll just keep it clean!” What’s more important than getting ready for Jesus’ return? Being ready!

To day we’ll look at the all important question, “How can I BE ready for Jesus to come.”

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Key Passage: Daniel 6

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LP05: Judgement

09 Feb

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Lens of Prophecy Pt. 5 2/9/08

There are few things that are so universally feared as seeing police lights in your rear view mirror. When I see someone else pulled over I automatically assume they broke the law. One night I was trying to find a friend’s home in a city that I’d never been to before and the directions had me totally baffled. I found myself way out in the country and I’d made so many turns that I had lost my sense of direction. Finally, totally exasperated, I pulled off the road by a power substation to get a better look at my map. As I did, I saw a police car coming down the road and pull in behind me. “Ah ha!” I thought, “I can ask him for directions-he should know!” so I turned on my dome light and held my map a little higher hoping he’d get out and investigate. Sure enough, pretty soon I saw his flashing lights turn on and he got out. I remember thinking it was strange that I was not at all afraid of his lights. By the time he got to my window, he had seen my map and figured out that I was lost. He gave me directions and I drove right to the house. I imagine that if someone had been driving by they would have thought that I was a law breaker instead of a seeker. Sometimes God’s judgment is feared and misunderstood too. Many people think that the judgment is when God will weigh all your good works against all your bad deeds and decide whether He’ll let you into Heaven or not. But is this view Biblical. Read or listen to this sermon to find out.

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Key Passage: Daniel 7:9-10, 21-22

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LP04: Wisdom from Insanity

02 Feb

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Lens of Prophecy Pt. 4 2/2/08

King Nebuchadnezzar was at the top of his game so to speak. By 568 BC he was the undisputed ruler of the world’s greatest superpower. But simply having vast power doesn’t bring true, lasting peace. Then the king tried his hand at building. He had three royal palaces built including one that contained the magnificent hanging gardens-one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world. But even nice houses and buildings don’t bring peace. Religious fervor was another way that Nebuchadnezzar tried to find peace. We see this in the 53 temples, 955 small sanctuaries, and 384 street alters the tallest shrine rose 300 feet over the site of the ancient tower of Babel1. All the while God had been trying to get this proud king’s attention. In Daniel 1 he saw that God’s followers are wiser. In chapter 2 God revealed the future to him in a dream. Next, in Daniel 3 God had shown Himself to be able to save His followers from certain destruction. But still the king followed after week and temporary earthly things. Today we’ll find how Nebuchadnezzar finally found peace.

NOTE: As you listen to this sermon you may notice my voice is not normal. I was suffering from a tough flu that had me in it’s clutches for over two weeks! Don’t worry, it’s not contagious through the internet :-)

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Key Passage: Daniel 4

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