Long Obedience by BWOnDD

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									Long Obedience
     I was glad I was wrong
• That our existence does not end at death
• That happiness is not found in material
  things (Ecclesiastes 5:10)
• Matthew 6:25 “Is not the life more than
  food, and the body more than clothing?”
• There is a meaning and purpose for my
  life
• God loves me (John 3:16)
           Nothing to do?
“An excellent way to test people’s values is
 to observe what we do when we don’t
 have to do anything. How we spend our
 leisure time, how we spend our extra
 money”
       “I don’t feel like it?”
• Feelings are great liars (Proverbs 16:25)
• The hero does the right thing even though
  he feels afraid
• “The Bible wastes very little time on the
  way we feel”
• Good feelings are the by-product of doing
  the right thing
• Embrace the unexpected (James 1:2-4)
     “Is Worship Worth It?”
• But worship isn’t some ritual
• What are we trying to accomplish
  (Ephesians 4:11-13)
• Colossians 1:28 “So that we may present
  every man complete in Christ”
• Are we prepared for the next stage in our
  lives (2 Timothy 2:21)
    We have a dangerous job
• Galatians 6:1 “So that you too will not be
  tempted”
• Jude 22-23 “And have mercy on some,
  who are doubting, save others, snatching
  them out of the fire; and on some have
  mercy with fear”
“Every day I put faith on the line—I persist
  in making the center of my life a God
  whom no eye hath seen. Every day I put
  hope on the line. I do not know what the
  next hour will hold. Before this day is
  over I may have to deal with death, pain,
  loss, and rejection. Every day I put love
  on the line”
   As we interact with people
• Remember they are accustomed of being
  lied to
• They will be tempted to think that the
  gospel is just one more example of false
  advertising and hype
  The Honesty of the Bible
It contains every skeptical thought, every
disappointing venture, every pain, every
despair that we can face. Good poetry (as
in the Psalms) survives not when it is
pretty or beautiful or nice but when it is
true: accurate and honest
         Evil is Temporary
• God will bring it to an end (Matthew
  25:46)
• The “worst does not last”. Nothing
  counter to God’s justice has any eternity to
  it
• No temptation or trial is everlasting
• Everything is lost or won in the moment
  (Genesis 39)

								
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