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Reviving the Third Angel’s Message

26 Apr

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Reviving the Third Angel's Message4/26/08

 

Imagine you’re going to visit a friend at their home for the first time. He’s given you a map with detailed instructions and many landmarks to make sure you don’t get lost. Just as you come to the last turn you see that there is a house that looks exactly like he said his does and it’s exactly where he said it would be. You knock on the door at it is indeed his house. Would you be surprised? Of course not! Yet many people are surprised, even scandalized, when they see the fulfillment of prophecy in the proclamation of the third angel’s message. This is not a new message. In fact in 1889 Ellen white, one of the founders of our church wrote,

“Several have written to me, inquiring if the message of justification by faith is the third angel’s message, and I have answered, ‘It is the third angel’s message in verity.’”–Review and Herald, April 1, 1890.


But sometimes when we preach righteousness by faith people say, “It’s a new, liberal message” or “It’s cheap grace”! I say, “It’s good news-the Gospel.” Today, we’ll spend some talking about that all important message.

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$5.00 Car!?!

Imagine I have a friend whose name is Bill. He decides I should have a new car so he goes to the Ford dealer and picks out a brand new shiny red Mustang with all the bells and whistles, pays cash for it and drives it to my house. He tosses me the keys and says, “Here, this is my free gift to you.”

That’s pretty cool, huh? Now, imagine that I say,” That’s too great of a gift, here, let me help pay for it.” and I pull out a five dollar bill and give it to him to help pay for the car. Then I drive the car to another friend’s house and say, “Check out the car my friend Bill and I bought together!”

What an insult to Bill and his gift! Yet many people do the same thing with Jesus’ free gift of salvation. Read or listen to this sermon to find out how!

 

LP07: Two Feasts

01 Mar

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Lens of Prophecy Pt. 7 3/1/08

 

In Bible times, a feast was considered a very important event. If someone invited you to his feast it was a gesture of friendship and good will. To accept the invitation was to accept that man as a friend but to deny the invite was to reject the person as a friend. A denied invitation could even be considered an act of hostility. At the end of time there will be two great feasts; everyone will be present at one or the other. The invitation you choose to accept will be a life and death issue.

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Key Passage: Revelation 19:6-9, 19:17-21

 

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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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LP03: The Little Horn

26 Jan

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Lens of Prophecy Pt. 3 1/26/08

In the great debate of world religions, many people point to the many atrocities done in the past in the name of Christianity, and they say, “See, Christianity isn’t any better than any other religion.” It is true that many sad things have happened in the name of Christianity. We cannot and should not deny that dark part of our history. However, Bible prophecy not only predicted that these things would come about, but also told us who was behind these things and why they happened. In order to gain a helpful understanding in response to our critics, we first need to understand one of the most prominent figures in the book of Revelation–The Little Horn of Daniel also called the Beast of Revelation. The truth of the identity of this power is not only important prophetically and historically, it answers the accusations against Christianity’s past. It also serves as a personal warning for us. When an organization or person begins to be concerned primarily about self-promotion instead of God’s mission, they are opening themselves up to be used by the devil, like this church was. They didn’t want to do wrong, but they compromised to the place where they didn’t know right. Christianity did not persecute; Satan hijacked Christianity and persecuted.

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Key Passage: Daniel 7:1-25, Revelation 13:1-8

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LP02: The Skeleton

12 Jan

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Lens of Prophecy Pt. 2 1/12/08

Fast Fact: Most kinds of octopi “have almost entirely soft bodies with no internal skeleton. They have neither a protective outer shell like the nautilus, nor any vestige of an internal shell or bones, like cuttlefish or squids. A beak, similar in shape to a parrot’s beak, is the only hard part of their body.”–Wikipedia.com. Because of this, a 600 lb Octopus can squeeze itself through a hole the size of a quarter or transform itself into the shape and texture of whatever they want in their immediate surroundings for camouflage! Like the Octopus, if you don’t have the skeleton of prophecy in place you can make it say or go whatever or wherever you want it to–but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re getting the right picture. In this sermon we’ll find the right skeleton off of which to build our understanding of prophecy.

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Key Passage: Daniel 2

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