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#70 – Air Date 12/10/2017
This Weekend – According to the word of God, the three areas of life that we boast in are 1) boasting in what we have (riches), 2) boasting in what and whom we know (wisdom), 3) boasting in what we do or have done (strengths). Isn’t that true with you and me? And yet the same passage in Jeremiah 9:23-24 says that if we are going to boast in anything, we are to boast that we understand and know the Lord! That’s counter-intuitive, yet that’s where the power is in your life and mine!
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THE GOD WITH A PLAN
#15 – Air Date Week of 12/11/2017
This Week – Everything in life is wrapped around the word “covenant”. All of life is impacted by covenants kept and covenants broken. God is the God of all covenants! God made a covenant with His people in the Old Testament; He made a new covenant with the rest of us since the cross! One Bible scholar thinks this passage just may be one of the most important passages in the Old Testament!
Monday (12/11) – If you’re married, you are in a covenant relationship. If you have a mortgage or student loan, you are in a covenant with a bank or lending institution. The cross of Christ is the symbol of the new, spiritual, eternal covenant we have with the Lord God almighty! The 10 commandments stood for the “old “covenant. We live under the “new” one; Christ is the mediator and establisher of that covenant!
Tuesday (12/12) – We are either covenant keepers or we are covenant breakers. You and I may not take covenants seriously, but God does. His covenant with us is “sealed” with the blood of Christ, God’s son. When you and I get that; life is never the same. Marriage is never the same; life and death are never the same. Our concept of eternity is never the same. Covenant changes everything!
Wednesday (12/13) – Verse 34 says that God will “remember our sins no more”. What does that mean? God chooses to not remember our sins. That’s significant. We talk about what one counselor calls “retrievers” in today’s message, people who are good at confessing the sins of other people. You may be a retriever or married to one. God chooses not to remember a sin that is confessed and forgiven!
Thursday (12/14) – We quote Bill Hybels of Willow Creek Community Church who writes that “he will never look at a firefighter the same again” after 9/11/2001. That’s understandable! When we understand what Christ accomplished on the cross with His death and resurrection, we will never look at the word “covenant” the same again. We’ll never look at the cross the same as well.
Friday (12/15) – I couldn’t tell the story I close with today at the first service. It’s just too emotional. I barely got through telling it the second service that morning, but I did tell it completely at the third service. That’s what you will hear today, one of the most difficult stories for me to tell of a young minister’s death from cancer. It’s a message that will make you appreciate the covenant relationship we have with the Lord.