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					• C.S. Lewis said that “one year it will be the
  last November. Jesus is coming back again.
  On that day everyone will see what was true
  all along – that the supernatural world is as
  close to you as the person who is right now
  sitting on the other side of your door. There
  is perfect continuity between the seen and
  the unseen worlds. This is evidenced over
  and over again throughout the Bible, as
  “causes” in the spiritual world have “effects”
  in the material world, and vice versa (Andree
  Seu, 11-8-2010, Worldmag.com).    “Sinful Census”
• “While we look not at the things which are seen,
  but at the things which are not seen” (2 Cor 4:18).
• “We walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor 5:7).
• “He was looking for the city which has
  foundations, whose architect and builder is God”
     - (Hebrews 11:10).
• “Considering the reproach of Christ greater riches
  than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking to
  the reward. By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the
  wrath of the king; for he endured, as seeing Him
  who is unseen” - (Hebrews 11:26-27).

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Seeing The Handiwork of God in Creation
• “The heavens are telling of the glory of God; and
  their expanse is declaring the work of His hands”
  (Psalm 19:1).
• “For since the creation of the world His invisible
  attributes, His eternal power and divine nature,
  have been clearly seen, being understood through
  what has been made” (Romans 1:20).




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• Consider a sampling of what scientists have discovered
  about our planet and solar system:
• Oxygen comprises 21 percent of the atmosphere. It if
  were 25 percent, fires would erupt, if 15 percent, human
  beings would suffocate.
• If the universe was expanding at a rate of one millionth
  more slowly than it is, the temperature on earth would be
  10,000 degrees.
• If there was even a slight variation in the speed of light,
  this would alter everything else, and there would be no
  life on earth.
• If Jupiter was not in its current orbit, the earth would be
  bombarded with space material. Instead, Jupiter acts like
  a giant vacuum cleaner, and attracts asteroids and comets
  that otherwise would hit us.                 “Sinful Census”
• If the centrifugal force of planetary movements did
  not precisely place the gravitational forces,
  nothing could be held in orbit around the sun.
• If the gravitational force were altered by 1 part in
  10 to the 40th power, the sun would not exist.
• If the thickness of the earth’s crust was greater,
  too much oxygen would be transferred to the crust
  to support life.
• If the rotation of the earth took longer than 24
  hours, temperature differences would be too great
  between night and day. If the rotation were
  shorter, atmospheric wind velocities would be too
  great.                                “Sinful Census”
   Seeing the Answer to Our Prayers
• The Bible affirms that God hears and answers
  prayer (Psalm 65:2; Proverbs 15:8).
• The apostles considered prayer to be so
  important, that they were involved in
  praying as much as they were involved in
  teaching or preaching (Acts 6:4).
• It is simply amazing to realize that we have
  the ability to speak words even while driving
  a car, that will change the course of history.
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 Seeing the Effect of Rebellion
• “The way of the treacherous is hard” (Prov 13:15).
• “The one who commits adultery with a woman is
  lacking sense; He who would destroy himself does
  it. Wounds and disgrace he will find” (Prov 6:32, 33).
• “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for
  whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For
  the one who sows to his own flesh shall from the
  flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the
  Spirit shall from the Spirit reap eternal life”
  (Galatians 6:7-8).
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• Over and over again, we actually get to see with
  our own eyes what happens when people ignore
  the reality of the spiritual realm.
• We see both the impact of sin on the ordinary
  people and the elite, the small and the great.




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    The Impact of One Sinner
• “But one sinner destroys much good” (Eccl 9:18).
• It was Cain who killed his brother and started an
  ungodly line of people, it was Achan who
  brought trouble on Israel, it was Jehu who set up
  idolatry in the Northern Kingdom, it was Ahab
  who brought Jezebel to Israel, it was Manasseh
  would did so much damage in Judah, and in
  modern times, two world wars would basically
  started by the actions either one individual or a
  small group.
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     The Changed Lives of the Saved
• “And all those hearing him continued to be
  amazed, and were saying, ‘Is this not he who
  in Jerusalem destroyed those who called on
  this name.” (Acts 9:21).
• The New Testament is filled with the
  changed lives of people who walked away
  from sins that some today say are impossible
  to leave (1 Corinthians 6:9-11; 1 Peter 4:1-6).
•
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        Therefore, Do Not Be Ashamed
• “The problem is that we have a tendency to speak of the
  supernatural in a weird way, especially in the company of
  unbelievers. I think the explanation is nothing more esoteric
  than embarrassment. Jesus said that if we are ashamed of Him
  before people, He will be ashamed of us before His Father
  (Luke 9:26). This is a very sobering statement; He does not
  soften it at all. Yet how many times have we toned down our
  profession before folks we esteemed, especially the
  intellectual crowd. We say ‘God’ rather than ‘Jesus’ because it
  is slightly more acceptable in society. We do not deny the faith
  outright but it is somehow not as sharp and clear as it ought to
  be. My desire is to stop denying Christ in subtle ways, and be
  able to say to anyone I converse with – the intellectual– that
  ‘Jesus Christ was raised from the dead’” (Andree Seu).
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• “Everyone therefore who shall confess Me
  before men, I will also confess him before My
  Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 10:32).
• “Therefore do not be ashamed of the
  testimony of our Lord, or of me... but join
  with me in suffering for the gospel”
     - (2 Timothy 1:8).
• God even expects us to not be ashamed and
  to confess Christ even when we are
  surrounded by much opposition (Phil 2:15).
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                    Conclusion
• Who Should Be Ashamed?!
• People who have never taken the time to read the
  Bible! – the Creator has spoken, let us show some
  interest and respect!
• People who do not take the time to worship the
  God who brought them into existence.
• People who read the Bible yet remain unimpressed
  or deny its obvious inspiration and truthfulness.
• People who read the Bible looking for mistakes,
  contradictions, some loophole or way out.
                                       “Sinful Census”
• People who bail on God when the going gets tough.
• People who let a handful do the hard work and fight
  the battles for the souls of men.
• People who know the truth – and yet keep it hidden.
• People who hear others speak the truth and do not
  come to their aid.
• People who do not pass on the truth they were
  handed to the next generation.
• People who choose to live selfishly rather than a life
  that reflects gratitude.
• People who love things and use people, rather than
  using things and loving people.
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• Faith includes an unquestioning devotion
  and belief that God is holy and is always
  doing what is in our best interest.
 • Romans 8:38-39 “38 For I am persuaded that
       neither death nor life, nor angels nor
   principalities nor powers, nor things present
   nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth,
   nor any other created thing, shall be able to
   separate us from the love of God which is in
               Christ Jesus our Lord.”
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