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									Special Talk
“The God You’re Looking For”



               February 22, 2002




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Are you looking for a God…
    1.   Who gives you lots of goodies
    2.   Who just notices your good side
    3.   Who is strong & powerful
    4.   Who is righteous & just
    5.   Who just loves you to death

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1) Who gives you lots of goodies
        Like a nice generous grandparent
            Showers you with gifts
            Automatically forgives everything
            Makes you happy 

        But is pleasure the primary goal for life?
        How would you feel if everyone else got
         what they wanted?

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And even if we get everything…
        …we will not be satisfied
        The more you feed your desires, the more it
         wants
            “Greed is a bottomless pit which exhausts the
             person in an endless effort to satisfy the need
             without ever reaching satisfaction”
                         [Erich Fromm, US Psychologist]

            “The entire world is not enough for one man’s
             greed…” [M. Ghandi]
      You want a God who gives more than pleasures

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2) Who just notices your good side
        Like a smiling positive-outlook optimist
            “Don’t worry, you’re ok”
        But ignoring “bad aspects” is not really loving
            e.g. doctor ignoring your cancer
        Besides, follow a God who’s lacking integrity?
            Just arbitrary, no right/wrong to uphold
            Cruel sometimes, kind sometimes
        Or would you want an ignorant God who
         doesn’t know everything?
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A God who knows us intimately
       Psalm 139 describes a God who knows us:
        “You know me…
         You perceive my thoughts from afar…
         You created my inmost being…”

       God sees through my mask and knows all
        about me
           Darkest sins, deepest worries, hidden
            insecurities, fears & anxieties, etc.

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…And does something about it
       God is not aloof, comfortable up in heaven,
        too busy to care
       God gets down to our level
           Jesus came to dwell with us
                “For we do not have a high priest who is unable
                 to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have
                 one who has been tempted in every way, just as
                 we are--yet was without sin.” [Hebrews 4:15]


     A God who knows and deals with all aspects
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3) Who is strong & powerful
        Like a cosmic police officer
            “Enforcing justice & peace 24 / 7”
        But then, not much room for freedom
            Such display of power fosters more of a
             prisoner/warden relationship
            Might as well make us to be robots


        Bible describes God who is not just a
         mysterious overbearing force out there
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A personal God
       Bible reveals a God who speaks, loves,
        rejoices, regrets, pleads, suffers, etc.
           Personally desiring a love relationship

       And God gives us freedom to choose to
        love Him or reject Him
           Cannot force us to love Him


     A God who is powerful & yet powerless
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4) Who is righteous & just
        Like a fair, unbiased judge
            Blindfolded, weighing the balance
        But then we would all be proven guilty
            Sin = “calling my own shots”
                 “I’m going to be god myself!”
                 Cosmic treason
            The just penalty for sin is death
                 Being cut off from the source of life
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God is a compassionate judge
        God sees the oppressed and downtrodden
            Sent Jesus to:
             “…preach good news to the poor
              …proclaim freedom for the prisoners
              …recovery of sight for the blind
              …release the oppressed”        [Luke 4:18]
            We’re morally & spiritually oppressed from sin
        Pays the price for our release
            Even for the most horrendous sins


      A God who’s a compassionate & merciful judge
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5) Who just loves you to death
        Like a sacrificial parent
        But even parent’s love is conditional
            “If you do ___, then I will love you”

        We’ve been let down by this many times
            Your family
            Your friends
            Yourself
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God’s unconditional love
        “…Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will
         anyone die for a righteous man, though for a
         good man someone might possibly dare to die.
         But God demonstrates his own love for us in
         this: While we were still sinners, Christ died
         for us.”                 [Romans 5:6-8]


        God loves everyone in the world
            Vastly different from this world
            No discrimination, no exclusiveness
            Not even just for those who are good
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Such amazing love
       Jesus’ sacrificial love: [Isaiah 53:3-5]
        …despised and rejected by men, familiar with
         suffering
        …took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows
        …was pierced for our transgressions, crushed for
         our iniquities
        …by his wounds we are healed


     A God who would love us to His death

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God you’re looking for…& more
       God who provides more than mere pleasures,
                             …He provides the truth.
       God who knows and deals with our “bad” side,

                           …and strives to cleanse it.

       God who is powerful and yet, to give us freedom,
        becomes “powerless”,

                …to gain a genuine love relationship.
       God who is a compassionate & merciful judge
                     …to free us from captivity to sin.
       God who would love us to the point death
                               …so that we may live.       15
And this God is looking for you!
        This all-knowing, powerful, merciful, righteous,
         and loving God is looking for a loving
         relationship with you!


         "I myself will search for my sheep and look after
          them… I will rescue them from all the places
          where they were scattered… I will tend them in
          a good pasture… I will search for the lost and
          bring back the strays. I will bind up the injured
          and strengthen the weak… I will shepherd the
          flock with justice.”      [Ezekiel 34:11-16]
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