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The Seamless Tunic

A Good Friday Sermon

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The Seamless Tunic

John 19:23-24 Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His outer garments and made four parts, a part to every soldier and also the tunic; now the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece.
24 So they said to one another, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it, to decide whose it shall be”; this was to fulfill the Scripture: “They divided my outer garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots.”

What is shame?
It is an uncomfortable feeling of intense humiliation caused by an awareness of wrongdoing, hurt ego, or guilt.

1. Kinds of shame

    a. Shame of ________________

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

    b. Shame of ________________

Hosea 4:7 The more they multiplied, the more they sinned against Me; I will change their glory into shame.
Ezra 9:6 and I said, “O my God, I am ashamed and embarrassed to lift up my face to You, my God, for our iniquities have risen above our heads and our guilt has grown even to the heavens.
2 Corinthians 7:9 I now rejoice, not that you were made sorrowful, but that you were made sorrowful to the point of repentance…

    c. Shame of _________________

2. Responses to Shame
a. Proper response
Jeremiah 6:15 “Were they ashamed because of the abomination they have done? They were not even ashamed at all; They did not even know how to blush. Therefore they shall fall among those who fall; At the time that I punish them, They shall be cast down,” says the Lord.

b. Improper response

Guilt vs Shame

Guilt – Romans 7:19 For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want.
Shame – Romans 7:24 Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death?

3. The Remedy for Shame:: The Cross
Jesus Christ bore shame:
a. Philippians 2:5-8:
5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,
6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped,
7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.
8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
John 1:12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name,

b. 2 Corinthians 5:21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

c. John 19:23 Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His outer garments and made four parts, a part to every soldier and also the tunic; now the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece.

1 Corinthians 1:23 but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness.

Hebrews 12:2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

 

A Leather Sign

A cursory observation of human life reveals that sin has pervaded it. It is a problem that a mere change in cuisine, healthcare, social status or presidency cannot fix. Human depravity had a definite origin. This sermon explores the details of that origin and consider the solution that has been offered.

A Leather Sign

Genesis 3:1-8

3:1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?”

2:16 The LORD God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”

a. Really?
b. God vs Lord
c. Not… Any
d. Freely

3:2 The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat;
3:3 but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.’ ”

Genesis 3:4-5
4 The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die!
5 For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

1. Satan attacks the Freedom of life in God. 3:1
2. Satan denies the Penalty of sin. 3:4.
3. Satan questions Motives of God. 3:5.

Genesis 3:6 When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.

They believed:
1. The Freedom Lie
2. The Penalty Lie
Romans 6:23 wages of sin is death.
Ezekiel 18:20 The person who sins will die.
3. The Motive Lie

Genesis 3:7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings.

Genesis 3:21 The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife, and clothed them.

Hebrews 9:22 … without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.

Genesis 4-5: Abel
Genesis 8 – Noah
Genesis 22 – Abraham
Genesis 31, 46 – Jacob
Exodus 18 – Jethro

Hebrews 10:4: it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.

At the cross:
1. Freedom
Romans 8:1 Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Galatians 5:1 It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.
2. Penalty of Sin:
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
3. Love of God:
Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Prayer

No one wants to waste time or energy. How can we pray so that our prayers are effective and not wasted?

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Prayer

1.0 Components of prayer:

1.1 Adoration or Worship

Psalm 100:4 “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.”

1.2 Confession and Consecration

Matthew 6:12; 1 John 1:9; Psalms 19:12 James 5:16

1.3 Thanksgiving

Luke 17

1.4 Supplication or Requests

1 Peter 5:7 “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”

Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

James 5:13-18

1.5 Intercession.

2.0 The Basis of Prayer

2.1 God __________.

2.2 Prayer ___________.

Exodus 32:14 So the LORD changed His mind about the harm which He said He would do to His people.

Jonah 3:10 When God saw their deeds, that they turned from their wicked way, then God relented concerning the calamity which He had declared He would bring upon them. And He did not do it.

2 Sam 24:16 When the angel stretched out his hand toward Jerusalem to destroy it, the LORD relented from the calamity and said to the angel who destroyed the people, “It is enough! Now relax your hand!”

Jeremiah 15:6 You who have forsaken Me,” declares the LORD, “You keep going backward. So I will stretch out My hand against you and destroy you; I am tired of relenting!

2.3 Prayer is something we ___________.

The disciples asked Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray” Luke 11:1

3.0 Effective prayer

3.1 _______________ others

Matthew 5:23-24 “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.

3.2 _____________

Acts 13:2 While they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”

3.3 _____________

James 5:16-17 The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. 17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months.

Hebrews 5:7 In the days of His flesh, He offered up both prayers and supplications with loud crying and tears to the One able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His piety.

3.4 ______________

Psalms 66:18 If I regard wickedness in my heart, The Lord will not hear

1 Peter 3:12 For the eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous, And His ears attend to their prayer, But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil;

1 John 3:21 Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; Ephesians 4:26 Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and do not give the devil an opportunity.

3.5 ___________ Prayer

3.6 According to God’s will

The Bronze Favour

Humans sometimes have an interesting relationship with God, and it is not because God changes. On the contrary, due to human foibles, our relationship with God cycles through a common, historical, contemporary, recurring, ridiculous but avoidable pattern.

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The Bronze Favour

Text: Psalm 90

  1. Relationship. Psalm 90:1
  1. Wrong doing

Numbers 21:5 The people spoke against God and Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we loathe this miserable food.”

Psalm 90:8: You have placed our iniquities before You, Our secret sins in the light of Your presence.

Heb 4:13 (NIV) Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

  1. Repercussions:

Numbers 21:6 The Lord sent fiery serpents among the people and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died.

3.1 Fellowship broken – separation.

Psalm 90:13 Do return, O Lord; how long will it be? And be sorry for Your servants.

3.2 Favour removed 5-7, 9-10.

5 You have swept them away like a flood, they fall asleep; In the morning they are like grass which sprouts anew. 6 In the morning it flourishes and sprouts anew;  Toward evening it fades and withers away. 7 For we have been consumed by Your anger And by Your wrath we have been dismayed.  9 For all our days have declined in Your fury; We have finished our years like a sigh. 10 As for the days of our life, they contain seventy years, Or if due to strength, eighty years, Yet their pride is but labor and sorrow; For soon it is gone and we fly away.

  1. Reflection

4.1 Reflection on Gods greatness Psalm 90: 1-4

1 Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations. 2 Before the mountains were born Or You gave birth to the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God. 3 You turn man back into dust And say, “Return, O children of men.” 4 For a thousand years in Your sight Are like yesterday when it passes by,  Or as a watch in the night.

4.2 Reflection on human frailty Psalm 90:5-6

5 You have swept them away like a flood, they fall asleep; In the morning they are like grass which sprouts anew. 6 In the morning it flourishes and sprouts anew; Toward evening it fades and withers away.

  1. Respond in prayer

Numbers 21:7 So the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned, because we have spoken against the LORD and you; intercede with the LORD, that He may remove the serpents from us.” And Moses interceded for the people.

5.1 For the power to seek God. Psalm 90:11-12.

11 Who understands the power of Your anger And Your fury, according to the fear that is due You? 12 So teach us to number our days, That we may present to You a heart of wisdom.

Psalms 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Hebrews 13:20-21 Now the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord,  21 equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

5.2 For the restoration of fellowship Psalm 90:13-17

13  Do return, O Lord; how long will it be? And be sorry for Your servants. 14 O satisfy us in the morning with Your lovingkindness, That we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. 15 Make us glad according to the days You have afflicted us, And the years we have seen evil. 16 Let Your work appear to Your servants And Your majesty to their children. 17 Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us; And confirm for us the work of our hands; Yes, confirm the work of our hands.

Numbers 21:8-9 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a standard; and it shall come about, that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, he will live.” And Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on the standard; and it came about, that if a serpent bit any man, when he looked to the bronze serpent, he lived.

John 3:14-16 As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up 15 so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life. 16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

Tiramisu

Anyone who has lived for any length of time will know that the power of sin over a person’s life is real and strong. In this sermon we examine ways in which to overcome sin.

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Tiramisu

1 John 3:1-10; 5:1-5

1. A Christian’s Identity – Sonship/Daughtership

1.1 Born into God’s family
3:1 See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God;
5:1 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God
5:5 Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
John 1:12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.
Romans 8:15 …The Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”
3:2 Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be.

1.2 Against the World
3:1 See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.
John 15:18 “If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you.

 

2.0 A Christian’s Iniquity – Sin:

2.1 Altered relationship to sin.
3:9 No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God

2.2 Against God:
3:8 the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning.
3:10 anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God

3.0 A Christian’s Integrity – Subjugation:

3.1 Do – Purify ourselves and practice righteousness
3:3 And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.
2 Timothy 2:22 Now flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness
I Corinthians 9:27 – but I discipline my body and make it my slave.
3:7 the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous;

3.2 See – Becoming a Christian
3:6 No one who abides in Him sins; no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him.

Why did Jesus come?

  1. To take away sins – 1 John 3:5
  2. To destroy the devil’s works 1 John 3:8
  3. To seek and to save those who are lost (Luke 19:10).
  4. So that his sheep might have the abundant life (John 10:10).
  5. To save his people from their sins (Matt. 1:21).

3.3 Know – Fellowship with Him.
3:6 No one who abides in Him sins; no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him.

 

The Octagon

Sometimes we are privileged to see a fight ringside; many times we may have to get into the Octagon and fight.

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The Octagon

Text: Romans 8:1-8

  1. Law vs Sin.

1.1 The Law Shows Sin

Romans 3.20 for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin.

1.2 The Law Stimulates Sin

Romans 7.5 For while we were in the flesh, the sinful passions, which were aroused by the Law, were at work in the members of our body to bear fruit for death.

Romans 7.7 I would not have come to know sin except through the Law; for I would not have known about coveting if the Law had not said, “You shall not covet.” 8 But sin, taking opportunity through the commandment, produced in me coveting of every kind; for apart from the Law sin is dead.

1.3 The Law cannot Stop Sin

v.3. For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh,

 

  1. Christ vs Law/Sin

2.1 Law

Matthew 5.17 Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. Wins against Law by keeping every last command. He fulfilled the Law.

Hebrews 4.15 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.

Mark 14.55 The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death, but they did not find any.

2.2 Sin

8:3 sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh.

2 Corinthians 5.21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

 

  1. Us vs Law/Sin

3.1 Law

8.4. He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

Rom 3.23 not one righteous. But for those IN Christ Jesus, there is no condemnation.

8:1 Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

1 Cor 12.13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.

3.2 Sin: 5-8.

8.5 For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.

Romans 7.22-23 For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man, but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members.

 

War on the Law War on Sin
Baptism of the Spirit Filling of the Spirit
Justification Sanctification
Christ Enabled Spirit Enabled

 

The filing of the spirit produces

  • Powerful witness – Acts 1.8
  • Christlikeness – Gal 5.22
  • Victory over sin – Romans 8

Turn to Grace

If justice is what one expects and mercy is only a wish, then grace lies beyond the wildest imagination.

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Turn to Grace

Text: Isaiah 53:6, Luke 15

  1. Lost sheep – The Lost v.3-7

Isaiah 53:6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

  1. Lost Coin – The Search. V.8-10
  2. Lost Son – The Restoration.

11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons.

12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.

Deuteronomy 21:17. He must acknowledge the son … as the firstborn by giving him a double share of all he has.

13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living.

14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need.

15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs.

16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.

17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death!

18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.

Ezra 9.6 and prayed: “I am too ashamed and disgraced, my God, to lift up my face to you, because our sins are higher than our heads and our guilt has reached to the heavens.

19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’

Lev 19:13 … ‘Do not hold back the wages of a hired worker overnight..

20 So he got up and went to his father.

Hebrews 12:2 (LEB) … fixing our eyes on Jesus, the originator and perfecter of faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding the shame….

Joel 2:27 Then you will know that I am …. the Lord your God, and that there is no other; never again will my people be shamed.

21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.

22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.

Ephesians 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.

23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.

Psalms 23:5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies…

Romans 5:20 Where sin increases, grace increase all the more

Isaiah 53:6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Vulnerability

We are all vulnerable. Not everyone is vulnerable all the time, but all of us are vulnerable at some time. Here are seven situations when we can be vulnerable to sin.

 

Vulnerability

  1. Frustrated

Daniel 3:16-18 Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. 18 But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”.

Habakkuk 3:16-18 16 I heard and my heart pounded, my lips quivered at the sound; decay crept into my bones, and my legs trembled. Yet I will wait patiently for the day of calamity to come on the nation invading us. 17 Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, 18 yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior.

  1. Influences.

2.1 Social. I Corinthians 15.33 Bad company corrupts good character.

2.2 Familial

Proverbs 29:15 The rod of correction imparts wisdom, but a child left to himself disgraces his mother.

Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go, and even when he is old he will not depart from it..

  1. Mountaintop

I Kings 18, 19

  1. Indisciplined.

Exodus 20:20

Romans 2:4 Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?

  1. Youth.

Job 13:26 For You write bitter things against me And make me to inherit the iniquities of my youth…

  1. Second time.

James 1:15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

  1. Alone

Genesis 2:18 It is not good for man to be alone.

Hebrews 9:14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!

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The Third Degree

Pure perfection is an attribute that frail human minds cannot even fathom. In this sermon we attempt to understand that essential attribute of God that uniquely sets Him apart from His creation.

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The Third Degree

Text: Isaiah 6:1-7

Isaiah 7.14 The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.

Isaiah 9.6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given … And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 53.7 He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.

  1. In the year of King Uzziah’s death I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple.

2 Chronicles 26:16

  1. Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.

Revelation 4

Exodus 33:20-23

  1. And one called out to another and said, “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts, the whole earth is full of His glory.”

Ps 110:1 The Lord says to my Lord

Isaiah 6.9-10

John 12:41 “He has blinded their eyes, and deadened their hearts, so they can neither see with their eyes, nor understand with their hearts, nor turn—and I would heal them. Isaiah said this because he saw Jesus’ glory and spoke about him.

Acts 28:25 The Holy Spirit spoke the truth to your forefathers when he said through Isaiah the prophet: “‘Go to this people and say, “You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.”

Isaiah 40:25 “To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal?” says the Holy One.

  1. And the foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out, while the temple was filling with smoke.
  1. Then I said, “Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I live among a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.”

Matthew 5

Revelation 8:13 Then I looked, and I heard an eagle flying in midheaven, saying with a loud voice, “Woe, woe, woe to those who dwell on the earth, because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of the three angels who are about to sound!”

Moses: Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God… Exodus 3:6

Gideon: When Gideon realized that it was the angel of the Lord, he exclaimed, “Ah, Sovereign Lord! I have seen the angel of the Lord face to face!” Judges 6:22

Habbakuk – I heard and my heart pounded, my lips quivered at the sound; decay crept into my bones, and my legs trembled. Habakkuk 3:16

Ezekiel: This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. When I saw it, I fell facedown Ezekiel 1:27

Job: My ears had heard of you, but now my eyes have seen you, Therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes. Job 42:5-6

Daniel: I, Daniel, was the only one who saw the vision; the men with me did not see it, but such terror overwhelmed them that they fled and hid themselves. So I was left alone, gazing at this great vision; I had no strength left, my face turned deathly pale and I was helpless…. I was speaking and praying, confessing my sin and the sin of my people … Daniel 10:7-8, 9:20

John: When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. Revelation 1:17

Peter: When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” Luke 5:8

  1. Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal in his hand, which he had taken from the altar with tongs.
  2. He touched my mouth with it and said, “Behold, this has touched your lips; and your iniquity is taken away and your sin is forgiven.

The Frugality of God

Frugality is commonly seen as a vice, but when appropriately managed, it can be a virtue. This sermon explores this extremely beneficial virtue that God displays.

 

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The Frugality of God

John 6.12 When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” 

  1. Sin

Judges 14.4
Joshua 23:12-13 “But if you turn away and ally yourselves with the survivors of these nations that remain among you and if you intermarry with them and associate with them, then you may be sure that the Lord your God will no longer drive out these nations before you. Instead, they will become snares and traps for you, whips on your backs and thorns in your eyes, until you perish from this good land, which the Lord your God has given you.
Deuteronomy 7:1-3 When the Lord your God brings you into the land you are entering to possess and drives out before you many nations … Do not intermarry with them. Do not give your daughters to their sons or take their daughters for your sons.
Numbers 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind.
Isaiah 40:8 The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever.

  1. People Encounters

Acts 8:1 And Saul was there, giving approval to his death. On that day a great persecution broke out against the church at Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria.
Acts 22.20-21 And when the blood of your martyr Stephen was shed, I stood there giving my approval and guarding the clothes of those who were killing him.’ “Then the Lord said to me, ‘Go; I will send you far away to the Gentiles.’”

  1. Time

Isaiah 49.8 This is what the Lord says: “In the time of my favor I will answer you.
Joel 2.25 Repay for the years the locusts have taken.
Philippians 3.12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.
II Corinthians 11.23 – I have worked much harder….

  1. Prayers

Romans 8.26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.
Revelation 5.8 And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.
Revelation 8.3-4 NASB Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all the saints, on the golden altar before the throne. The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of the saints, went up before God from the angel’s hand.

  1. Experiences

Romans 16.13 Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord, and his mother, who has been a mother to me, too.
Mark 15.21

Mark 8.36 What good is it for a man(or woman) to gain the whole world and yet lose his soul?