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					                      OUR GOD IS FAITHFUL, 100%!



(SCRIPTURE: "Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who
was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and
the Holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit
that he would not die before he had seen the Lord's Christ". Luke 2:25-26).

Prayer: Dear Jesus, thank you for coming to this earth to die for us, thank
you for your matchless love. Help us now to accept you as our Saviour and
Lord. Amen.

Have you ever read the story, "Horton Hatches the Egg" by Dr. Seuss? It is
a wonderful story about an elephant named Horton. The story begins with a
lazy bird named Mayzie sitting on her egg in a tree. Sitting on the egg was
tiresome and boring and Mayzie hated it. "I'd take a vacation, fly off for a
rest if I could find someone to stay on my nest!" said Mayzie.


That’s when Horton walked by. Mayzie asked Horton if he would sit on her
egg while she took a little rest. Horton objected at first, but Mayzie
promised that she would not be gone long, so Horton finally agreed and
soon he was sitting on the nest while Mayzie flew off to Florida for a
vacation.
In Florida, Mayzie had such fun that she decided she would never return to
her nest. Days turned into weeks and weeks turned into months, but Horton
kept sitting there, day after day. Winter came and icicles hung from
Horton's trunk and his feet, but still he remained faithful to his promise to
Mayzie.


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"I'll stay on this egg and I won't let it freeze," he said with a sneeze. "I
meant what I said and I said what I meant. An elephant is faithful, 100%."


Now, I don't know if elephants are really faithful 100% or not, but I know
someone who is. God is faithful, 100%! The Bible is full of the promises of
God, and God is always faithful to keep his promises.


In the Bible, there is a story about a man named Simeon. Simeon was a
very old man who had faithfully served God all of his life. Simeon was
looking forward to the coming of the Messiah. God had promised Simeon
that he would not die until he had seen the Christ, the promised Messiah. A
few days after the birth of Jesus, Mary and Joseph took Jesus to the
temple to dedicate him to God. Simeon was in the temple. As soon as
Simeon saw the baby, he knew that Jesus was the Christ and that God had
kept his promise that he would not die until he had seen the Messiah. God
is faithful to his promises, 100%! If God is faithful to keep his promises to
us, don't you think that it is important for us to keep our promises to him?
God always love us…should we always love him too? And, if we love him,
He says we will keep his commandments (John 14:15).


When we make our promises to God, let us say, like Horton, "I meant what
I said and I said what I meant. I'll be faithful to God, 100%."

Our height and colour doesn’t’ matter to God. We are all the same in His
sight. He loves all just the same.

The Bible tells us about a man who became great even though he was not
very tall. His name was Zacchaeus.


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I know that most of you know the story of Zacchaeus. Zacchaeus was not
only short, he was also hated by almost everyone because he was a tax
collector. As a tax collector, he often cheated people and collected more
taxes than they owed. One day Zacchaeus heard that Jesus was coming
to town. He had heard about Jesus and he wanted to see him, but he was
so short that he couldn't see over the crowd. He climbed up in a tree so
that he could see. As Jesus passed by, he called to Zacchaeus, "Come
down, because I am going to your house today." Zacchaeus climbed
down and took Jesus to his house. While Jesus was there, Zacchaeus told
Jesus that he was sorry for the wrong things he had done and that he
would give half of all he owned to the poor. He also said that he would
repay anyone he had cheated four times that amount. He may not have
been very tall, but Zacchaeus became a giant in God's kingdom that day,
because he decided to follow Jesus (Luke 19:2 - 8).

The Bible also tells us that Jesus was walking through a large crowd of
people one day. The people were crowding around so that he could hardly
move. There was a woman in the crowd who was sick and had been
bleeding for twelve years. She had been to many doctors, but none had
been able to help her. She had heard about Jesus and she believed that he
could heal her, but there were so many people crowded around him that it
seemed hopeless.
The woman thought to herself: "If I could just get close enough to touch his
robe, I would be healed." So she pushed through the crowd and reached
out and touched Jesus' clothes. Her bleeding stopped immediately and her
suffering was ended (Matthew 9:20 - 22).




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The Bible tells us that as soon as the woman touched him, Jesus felt the
power go out of him. He turned to the woman and said, "Your faith has
healed you. Go in peace and be free from your suffering." Today, Jesus
can free us from all our suffering!



This week we looked at several areas of God's love:

Sunday - God's Love makes us shine like new
Monday - We can't measure God's love
Tuesday - God can turn failures into successes
Wednesday - There is no need for fear
Thursday - God forgives over and over again
Just before I got up to speak you were told about - The "Gos-Pill" of Jesus



Won't you reach out to Jesus today? Jesus can be the answer to all your
problems! You too can feel his power in your life today. Jesus is the same
yesterday, today and forever. He is still 100% faithful to his promises. He is
waiting for you to allow him to work in your life today.

If it is your desire to see and touch Jesus in faith today, won’t you stand. If
it is your desire to accept Jesus in your life today, knowing that his coming
is very soon; If you would like to accept Him as your personal Savior from
sin before it is too late…will you come to altar for prayer.

Today is the day, if you hear him calling there is no need to hesitate. Come before
it’s too late!.
Our First Elder will now pray a special prayer for those who have come forward.



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