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February 18, 2012, 7:13 PM

Preview of Tomorrow


Sitting here wondering if we are going to be having church tomorrow as we are under a winter storm warning with up to 7 inches of snow expected by sundown tomorrow night.  We shall see.  As of now -- we are on!

I wanted to drop my three points on the sermon tomorrow.  The text is Isaiah 48:1-11.  That's the focus.  Here are my points:

  • GOD’S ACCEPTANCE OF YOU IS NOT BASED ON YOUR ABILITY TO EARN IT.
  • WALKING WITH AND SERVING GOD DOES NOT COME NATURAL.
  • THE LIFE OF FAITH IS NOT THE PATH YOU WOULD EXPECT OR DESIRE.

I describe these observations as basic Christian truth.  You must grasp these points to really understand the Gospel.  In fact, getting these points makes you appreciate jesus even more.  I started to describe these as Reformed, Presbyterian truths -- but, shux, it's bigger than that!

The context of Isaiah 48 is God finishing up describing how he's going to judge Babylon for all the nasty things they've done.  Taking Judah captive being chief among them!  But, Isaiah now has to remind Judah that it's not because of anything they've done to deserve it.  In fact, he unloads some pretty stiff charges against them -- all so that they will better appreciate and live into what God has called them to do and be.

Now one thing that I will warn you about:  This sermon has no application section!  Once again, I ran out of time.  Just too much to put in one little sermon!  For the application, you will have to check back here on Monday........Or, if we get scrubbed tomorrow, NEXT Monday! 


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