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#82 – Air Date 8/2/2020
This Weekend – You may have never been in a jail or lock up, but you know what bondage means. Bondage can take different forms in our lives. Bondage doesn’t have to be physical to be real. The writer of the book of Hebrews in the New Testament said that people can be in bondage to the “fear of death” all their lives. Fear is the great “slave taker” of many lives! Not just fear of death, but the fear of life! Jesus came to take away the fear of death, and any other fear that binds us! He is the Deliverer; His deliverance deals with the fear that haunts you and maybe that binds you!
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“THE GOD WE KNOW…. THE GOD WE BELIEVE!“
The God Who Molds Us
Message #8 in the Series
Airing Week of 8/3/2020
This Week – Many scholars say that Jerimiah 18:1-12 is the most famous of all the passages in this book of the Bible. Others would say it is one of the top three! Regardless, it’s an important statement for your life and mine. Simply put, God is the “potter” of my life; I’m simply the clay or material formed! That’s a scary thought for some; it means God is in charge of my life from start to finish. To some that is comforting; to others it is downright offensive.
Monday (8/3) – We begin with a true story of a man who did a backflip off of the bar at a tavern. He sued the bartender and won a $5,000.00 judgement! He contended it was the bartender’s fault. We talk about the spiritual lesson of that story that involves our disobedience to the God who made us! The text will illuminate your thinking on that as well. He’s the potter; we are they clay.
Tuesday (8/4) – People resent this scripture about God being the “potter” and my being the “clay”. You may privately resent that thought line. Why? It’s because that it means that God is in charge of my life. The potter has full control and discretion over the clay. That’s just an unacceptable concept to many if not most people. We like to think that we are both the potter and the clay. We are in charge of this thing called my life!
Wednesday (8/5) – What part does “brokenness” play in the life of a minister? We talk about that today. We then share a story about a box of broken pottery pieces (from Israel) that meant absolutely nothing to me for years. Then I took it to a professor of archaeology who explained each piece in terms of history. God can take the broken pieces of your life and mine and do even more with them than the professor did!
Thursday (8/6) – We share the story told by Chuck Swindoll about a young man who came into a church sanctuary late at night, probably under the influence of drugs or alcohol. What he did, what he wrote, and what he prayed to the Lord God almighty may be something you and I need to do! God can hear you regardless of your level of sobriety right now! He’s the potter; we are the clay!
Friday (8/7) – We close in a special way today. We tell the story of a young man who was told he has terminal cancer by his doctor. He goes home to tell his father that he loves him, something he admits he has never done before. What happens next in the story will grab your heart; it did mine. We close with the song, “Change My Heart, Oh God!” You may never sing that song in the same way again!