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FEBRUARY 2006 SERMONS

February 5. 2006 

DOES GOD REALLY CARE WHAT YOU WEAR?”

 

SCRIPTURE READING: MATTHEW 22:1-14 

SCRIPTURE READING: MATTHEW 22:12  

    And he smith unto him, Friend, how calmest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.  

INTRO:   Does clothes really make a person? 

   How did you dress when you were looking for a job? 

   For us of the older generation we took a lot of care how we dressed when job hunting. 

   Today, it is a totally different story. 

   Today casual dress is the thing. 

   Yet, even today, how we dress is very important.   

   How you dress depends on who you are trying to impress. 

   How does God feel about how we dress? 

1 SAMUEL 16:7 But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seethe not as man seethe; for man looked on the outward appearance, but the Lord looked on the heart.  

  Too often we are more concerned with how a person dresses on the outside then how they are in the inside.   

MATTHEW 23:25 (GW) "How horrible it will be for you, scribes and Pharisees! You hypocrites! You clean the outside of cups and dishes. But inside they are full of greed and uncontrolled desires.” 

    God is very concerned how we are dressed but His concern is with the spiritual not the physical. 

I.  SIN BROUGHT ABOUT THE NEED FOR CLOTHING.     

GENESIS 3:7-10 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.  And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.  And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?  And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.  

NOTE: Until the Fall, man was clothed with the righteousness of God and needed no other covering. 

   Since the Fall man has always sought to cover his sins by some artificial means.     

·         Cain may have buried his brother Abel.

·         Achan buried the gold, silver and garment under the floor of his tent.

·         Saul, the king, sought to disguise himself when seeking a witch.

·         Ahab disguised himself when he went into battle.

   None of these worked because we cannot hide our sins by human endeavor. 

ISAIAH 64:6 but we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.  

   We think by hiding our sins for others we can hide our sins from God. 

ILL: The Emperor’s New Clothes. 

   After our greatest effort to hide our sins, we stand naked before God. 

II. GOD HAS PREPARED FOR US THE CLOTHING WE NEED.     

ZECHARIAH 3:1-5 And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him.  And the Lord said unto Satan, The Lord rebuke thee, O Satan; even the Lord that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?  Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel.  And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment.  And I said, Let them set a fair mitre upon his head. So they set a fair mitre upon his head, and clothed him with garments. And the angel of the Lord stood by.  

NOTE: God knew that we were incapable of covering our sins so He provided a covering for us.   

GENESIS 3:21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them.  

NOTE: The clothing God gives us goes far beyond covering our sins; it removes our sins from us. 

 JOHN 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.  

PSALM 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.  

HEBREWS 10:17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.  

EZEKIEL 33:11 Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?  

   God wants us dressed in the righteousness that He has provided through the death, burial and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ.    

   When the prodigal son returned to his father he was clothed in a new robe and his son ship was restored.      

LUKE 15:22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:  

    God has provided us with the BEST clothing that will allow us to come into His presence. 

ISAIAH 52:1 Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean.  

ISAIAH 61:10 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.

   Consider the promises God has given us in the Book of Revelation. 

REVELATION 3:5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.  

REVELATION 3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.  

REVELATION 4:4 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.  

REVELATION 7:9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;  

REVELATION 19:7-8 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.  And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.  

CONCLUSION: What are you wearing?  The filthy garments of self-righteousness or the White Raiment’s of God’s righteousness.  

  

February 12

WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DOWITH THE WINNING TICKET

SCRIPTURE READING: II SAMUEL 7:8-9, 16, 18-29 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: PROVERBS 11:24-26  

   There is one who scatters, yet increases all the more, and there is one who withholds what is justly due, but it results only in want.   The generous man will be prosperous, and he who waters will himself be watered. He who withholds grain, the people will curse him, but blessing will be on the head of him who sells it.  

INTRO: What would you do if you held the winning ticket for the largest lottery ever held? 

·         Fear

·         Greed

·         Generosity 

   Sue Thomas F B Eye.  Jack said, “I am so lucky, I feel like I have won the Lottery”.  Sue replied, “You are not lucky, you are blessed.”   

    In the Scripture reading, David realized just how blessed he was. 

   Have you recognized the blessings of God in your life? 

JAMES 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.  

   All of us who have experienced the Grace of Jesus Christ hold the greatest lottery ticket available.   

   The question we must ask ourselves is, “What are we doing with the ticket God has blessed us with?” 

   What we do with the winning ticket God has given to us is answered by the question, “What is the motive behind our service to God?” 

I.  MOTIVE FOR SERVICE TO GOD. 

NOTE: There are three motives why people serve God that we want to consider today: 

·         Fear

·         Self-indulgences

·         Gratitude

   A.  FEAR 

NOTE: There are many who serve God out of fear. 

ILL:  The Fearful Servant 

MATTHEW 25:24-30 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: and I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.  His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.  Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.  For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.  And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.  

   There is very little joy in serving God when fear is our motive. 

1 JOHN 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.  

    We will not serve God properly if our motivation is fear. 

   When we serve God out of fear everything depends upon us, what we do or don’t do. 

   When we serve God out of fear there are several things that are lacking in our lives. 

·         Trust

·         Peace

·         Love

·         Faith

   If we serve God out of fear we have not come into a proper understanding of His Grace. 

   B. SELF-INDULGENCES (Greed) 

LUKE 12:13-21 And one of the company said unto him, Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me.  And he said unto him, Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you?  And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.  And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: and he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?  And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.  But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?  So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.  

NOTE: There are those who seek to serve God for only what they can get out of it. 

   Those who serve God out of selfish motives, feel that they deserve God’s blessings and not that they receive them through His Grace. 

   When we serve God out of selfish motives we have no compassion or concern for the needs of others. 

EZEKIEL 34:17-19 And as for you, O my flock, thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I judge between cattle and cattle, between the rams and the he goats.  Seemeth it a small thing unto you to have eaten up the good pasture, but ye must tread down with your feet the residue of your pastures? and to have drunk of the deep waters, but ye must foul the residue with your feet?  And as for my flock, they eat that which ye have trodden with your feet; and they drink that which ye have fouled with your feet.  

MATTHEW 25:41-46 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: for I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?  Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.  And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.  

C.     SERVING GOD OUT OF GRATITUDE. 

PSALM 103:1-5 A Psalm of David.

    Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.  Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; Who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.  

NOTE: When we consider all the different ways God has blessed us, how can our heart not be filled with gratitude towards Him.   

   A heart filled with gratitude will cause us to do right with the winning ticket He has given us:    

1.      Praise God and give Him credit for all that we have.

2.      Seek to live a life that is pleasing to Him and that will bring Him glory and honor.

3.      We will seek to share the blessings He have given to us with others so that they too might come to experience His Grace and love. 

ILL: Jay and Mary Warner in Pinedale, Wyoming. 

4.      We will support to work of the local church in order to work together to further the Kingdom of God.

5.      We will serve God faithfully in spite of the circumstances that may surround us. 

NOTE: When we serve God out of gratitude we don’t withhold our service just because we don’t like what might be going on. 

JOB 2:10 But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.

 CONCLUSION: The question we must ask ourselves is; “Why am I serving God?” 

   We will find the answer by what we do with the winning ticket He has given us. 

 

February 19 

FINDING HOPE IN THE MIDST OF HOPELESSNESS 

SCRIPTURE READING: MARK 5:25-34 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: HEBREWS 6:18-19  

    So God has given us both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can take new courage, for we can hold on to his promise with confidence.

    This confidence is like a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain of heaven into God's inner sanctuary.  

INTRO: Each one of us, at one time or another will experience a time of hopelessness. 

   It may last for only a moment or it may last for many years. 

·        Death

·        Sickness

·        Divorce or separation

·        Financial ruin

·        Family problems 

   The question is; when we find ourselves in a hopeless situation, where can we find the hope that will provide us the strength and will to go on? 

   There are many who seek to cover up the hopelessness in their lives instead of seeking the One who free them from their hopelessness. 

·         Drugs

·         Alcohol

·         Sex

·         Activities  (legal and illegal)

·         Suicide

   Let us consider this woman who seemed to be in a hopeless state. 

I.  SHE WAS A WOMAN

 NOTE: In Jesus’ day, women were not given the respect that they deserved in society; women were considered secondary in the culture. 

   People who are facing seemly hopeless situations often have low self esteem.

   One of the biggest problems facing those who are in a seemly hopeless situation is that the feel unworthy to go to God for help. 

   The Prodigal Son:  LUKE 15:18-19   I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.  

II. SHE HAD BEEN SUFFERING FOR TWELVE YEARS 

NOTE: The longer you are in a negative situation the more hopeless you feel. 

PSALM 13:1-2 How long wilt thou forget me, O Lord? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me?  How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? how long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?  

    Think of Joseph, thirteen years as a slave and prisoner, what kept him from becoming totally discouraged? his faith in the promises of God.    

HEBREWS 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.  

   We must not allow the spirit of hopelessness over take us; we must be willing to trust God even during the difficult times.     

III. HER SITUATION MAKE HER UNCLEAN 

LEVITICUS 15:19-27 (19, 25)  And if a woman have an issue, and her issue in her flesh be blood, she shall be put apart seven days: and whosoever toucheth her shall be unclean until the even…And if a woman have an issue of her blood many days out of the time of her separation, or if it run beyond the time of her separation; all the days of the issue of her uncleanness shall be as the days of her separation: she shall be unclean.

  NOTE: She was totally ostracized from the outside world.  

    When we feel hopeless we feel all alone, no one cares about us and that we are rejected even from our family and friends.

PSALM 142:4 I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul.  

IV. SHE HAD TRIED EVERY HUMAN MEANS POSSIBLE 

MARK 5:26 And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,  

NOTE: Man has tremendous abilities to help but man’s ability is limited and comes to an end; that is when God enters the picture.     

   There are those who have tried everything but things only become worse. 

ISAIAH 41:28-29 For I beheld, and there was no man; even among them, and there was no counsellor, that, when I asked of them, could answer a word.  Behold, they are all vanity; their works are nothing: their molten images are wind and confusion.  

EZEKIEL 22:30 And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.  

V. SHE HAD HEARD OF JESUS BUT EVEN HE SEEMED

     UNAPPROACHABLE 

·         There was the Law of Uncleanness

   There are certain churches that have standards to keep the undesirables out. 

·         There was a great crowd between her and Jesus

     Too often we allow others to keep us from Jesus: 

            We worry about what they may think.

            We worry about how they may react.

            There are others who would seek to keep us from Jesus. 

·         She was in a weaken condition

   Her heart may have told her to go to Jesus but her mind said that she was unable to do so. 

·         Jesus was ministering to an important religious leader

   Why would Jesus stop to minister to her when there was an important church leader that demanded His attention? 

VI. SHE HAD REACHED DESPERATION 

NOTE: Desperate situations call for desperate measures. 

   She wouldn’t allow the rules and religious regulations keep her from coming to Jesus. 

   She wouldn’t allow the threats or opinions of others keep her from coming to Jesus. 

VII. SHE RECEIVED HER HEALING BUT WAS FILLED WITH  FEAR 

MARK 5:33 But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth.  

NOTE: What caused her to be fearful? 

   She had to expose herself and admit her true condition. 

1 JOHN 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  

MATTHEW 10:32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.  

ROMANS 10:9-10 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  

VIII. JESUS SPOKE WORDS OF HOPE AND ASSURANCE TO HER 

MARK 5:34 And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee hole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.  

 CONCLUSION: When we are faced with a seemly hopeless situation we must remember that trying hard is not that answers.  

   Trying harder will never be enough. 

   Looking to man will never bring us the victory we are seeking. 

   We must come to Jesus in faith, willing to set aside our fears and put our trust in Him and Him alone. 

 

February 26 

THE CROSS: A SYMBOL OF HATRED AND LOVE” 

SCRIPTURE READING: I CORINTHIANS 1:18-24 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: 1 CORINTHIANS 1:18  

    For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.  

NOTE:  There are three major attitudes towards the Cross: 

·         Indifference (the cross holds no significance towards God)

·         Hatred

·         Love

   It was during the Battle of the Milvian Bridge, that Constantine reportedly saw a cross in the sky with the words, “Conquer by this”.     

   From the time of Constantine, the Cross has been the symbol of Christianity. 

When you look at the cross, what thoughts go through your mind? 

I.  THE CROSS: A SYMBOL OF HATRED. 

   A.  HATRED OF MAN TOWARDS GOD ALL THAT IS HOLY. 

NOTE: There are many today who hate the cross and everything it stands for. 

JOHN 7:7 The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.  

   The closer that which is holy come to that which is un-holy, the more repulsive that which is un-holy becomes. 

   It was the hatred of the religious leaders of Jesus’ day, towards the teachings and workings of Jesus Christ which, brought the cross into it prominence.  

   The KKK used the cross as a symbol of hatred towards Blacks. 

·        They do not want God to rule over them. 

LUKE 19:14 But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us.

·        They hate God without a cause except their own willfulness. 

JOHN 15:25 But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.  

·        They hate those who follow Christ. 

JOHN 15:18-19 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.   

   B.  HATRED OF GOD TOWARDS THE SIN OF MAN. 

·        Sin is against the Nature of God 

PSALM 5:4 For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee.  

HABAKKUK 1:13 Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity: wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal treacherously, and holdest thy tongue when the wicked devoureth the man that is more righteous than he?  

·        All sin is an abomination to God 

PROVERBS 6:16-19 These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: a proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, an heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, a false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.  

PROVERBS 15:8-9, 26 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.  The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the Lord: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness…The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord: but the words of the pure are pleasant words. 

·        False worship is especially abominable unto God. 

ISAIAH 43:24 Thou hast bought me no sweet cane with money, neither hast thou filled me with the fat of thy sacrifices: but thou hast made me to serve with thy sins, thou hast wearied me with thine iniquities.  

JEREMIAH 44:4 Howbeit I sent unto you all my servants the prophets, rising early and sending them, saying, Oh, do not this abominable thing that I hate…The incense that ye burned in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem, ye, and your fathers, your kings, and your princes, and the people of the land, did not the Lord remember them, and came it not into his mind?  So that the Lord could no longer bear, because of the evil of your doings, and because of the abominations which ye have committed; therefore is your land a desolation, and an astonishment, and a curse, without an inhabitant, as at this day.  

·        Sin separates God from those He created to love. 

ISAIAH 59:1-2 Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: but your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.  

II.  THE CROSS: A SYMBOL OF LOVE. 

NOTE: Because of God’s hatred for sin, He made the penalty for sin death. 

GENESIS 2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.  

EZEKIEL 18:20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.  

ROMANS 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

    A.  THE LOVE OF GOD FOR FALLEN MAN. 

JOHN 3:16-17 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.  

ROMANS 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  

EPHESIANS 2:4-5 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)  

1 JOHN 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.    

JEREMIAH 31:3 The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with loving kindness have I drawn thee.  

   B.  THE LOVE OF REDEEMED MAN FOR GOD. 

PSALM 31:23 O love the Lord, all ye his saints: for the Lord preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer.  

1 JOHN 4:19 We love him, because he first loved us.  

NOTE: It is the worship of those who truly love the Lord that is acceptable. 

ISAIAH 56:6-7 Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the Lord, to serve him, and to love the name of the Lord, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the Sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant; even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.  

   Our love for God is a growing love that will only completely mature when we reach heaven. 

PHILIPPIANS 1:9 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;  

NOTE: If we truly love God we will hate what He hates and that is sin. 

PSALM 97:10 Ye that love the Lord, hate evil… 

CONCLUSION: The question I leave with you, “What kind of Symbol is the cross to you”?     

 

 

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