A pastor once told his congregation that you can never take your mental acumen for granted. There may come a time, as it has and does with so many, when you're no longer able to make sense of much of anything. It's not that God can't punch through any thick wall, but if you have not seriously considered the eternal condition of your soul, don't let it turn out to be too late. Dying and finding yourself in hell is a hefty price to pay for procrastination. And the solution is so simple. Trust. Do it soon.
So sorry for the late posting; we're still in our post Easter messages and discussing the raising of Lazarus. We've got to understand where our future is headed.
Joni Eareckson Tada; you'll hear about her this morning. So much to be learned as we consider Jesus delaying before going to raise Lazarus from the dead.
This week is the first effort of VIDEOING the sermon. It wasn't planned, obviously, as you will see. So please don't let that distract you as Nancy continues in our post-Easter subject matter. This week focuses on God's sometimes delay in meeting our requests. Sometimes love requires an unanticipated delay.
Jesus, willing to give His life as a sacrifice for all of mankind, has always been Plan A.
Quite frequently Christianity is criticized for being male dominant and chauvinistic. If you're willing to spend even a modicum of time reading the accounts of the resurrection, you'd be hard pressed to make that argument. If it weren't for the women, we'd all still be stumbling around in the dark feeling the wall to find the light switch. Here's this Easter's message; it's a good one.
You know, Israel's kings were not to accumulate horses, a key instrument of military might. They were instructed to ride a donkey. And here is the King of kings, riding into Jerusalem the week of His laying down of His life for us, being born not by just a donkey, but the foal of a donkey. He could have the power of the universe at His command, but no. When He arrived as a babe in a manger, where I'm sure there were sheltered donkeys, the heavens opened and a choir of angels appeared giving praise to the newborn King. And now, at the end, riding in on a foal, praises for this man-God-king explode from the crowd. Praising God; a good lesson for the day.
In this week's discussion of Jacob, we look at a slightly different slant of Jacob's encounter with the Lord.
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