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Who Is God?

Here are two great sermons I heard preached last Sabbath at the Lynnwood Reformed Seventh-Day Adventist church in Washington. A gentlemen from Virginia gave the message. Jeff works for the Keep The Faith ministry. Here are the sermons:

Sermon #1 Truth sanctifies us.
John 14:9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, andyou still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen theFather. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?

Isaiah 60:1-2 Arise, shine, for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
For behold, darkness shall cover the earth,
and thick darkness the peoples;
but the Lord will arise upon you,
and his glory will be seen upon you.

Acts 2 shows how important Fellowship is in Christian community.

Exodus 33:18, 21-22 Moses said, “Please show me your glory.” And the Lord said, “Behold, there is a place by me where you shall stand on the rock, 22 and while my glory passes by I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and I will cover you with my hand until I have passed by.

Exodus 34:6-7 The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no meansclear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the childrenand the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation.”

Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
John 9:1-3 As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.

God utilized a blind man to show His Love and Mercy. Christ work wasbenevolence as He healed the sick showed mercy and fed the hungry. ReadIsaiah 58. By helping others we help ourselves. Find God in Face ofJesus who has my highest thoughts.

Revelation 14:6 Then I saw another angel flying directly overhead, with an eternalgospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth, to every nation andtribe and language and people.

Psalms 119:72 The law of your mouth is better to me
than thousands of gold and silver pieces.

Isaiah 51:7 “Listen to me, you who know righteousness,
the people in whose heart is my law;
fear not the reproach of man,
nor be dismayed at their revilings.

Revelation 7:11-12 And all the angels were standing around the throne and around theelders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their facesbefore the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying,“Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor andpower and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”

John 3:7  Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’

Romans 3:20 For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.

Galatians 3:23-24 Now before faith came, we were held captive under thelaw, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed. 24 So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith.

Read Romans 7, 8, 9, 13, and 20
Read James 2

Acts 13:38-39 Let it be known to you therefore, brothers, that through this man forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, 39 and by him everyone who believes is freed from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses.

Matthew 12:37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.
Christ credited His 33 years of sinless life to us.

Romans 11:6 But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace.

Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.

Romans 4:6 Just as David also speaks of the blessing of the one to whom God counts righteousness apart from works.

Sermon #2

Do a search on Amazon with the keywords “God” and “Suffering” and there are over 20,000 books returned in the search query. Many authors are writing about why God causes suffering on the earth. Question, Who Is God? God means everything to us. How can we cope when bad things happen to us?

Revelation 4:8 And the four living creatures, each of them withsix wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and nightthey never cease to say,

“Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty,
who was and is and is to come!”

Hebrews 1:8-9 But of the Son he says,

“Your throne, O God, is forever and ever,
the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
therefore God, your God, has anointed you
with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.”

Life is based on what you love and hate. Ten Commandments are perfect love. Love what Jesus loves.
John 17:3 And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.
1 John 3:2 Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.

Devil doesn’t want you to know God. Arab terrorists misconception of God caused Twin Towers catastrophe.
Matthew 7:21-23 “Noteveryone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom ofheaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Onthat day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in yourname, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works inyour name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

Revelation 12:7 Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back. Michael means ‘who is like God’.

2 Corinthians 4:4 In their case the godof this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep themfrom seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is theimage of God.

John 20:19-23 On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors beinglocked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came andstood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” 22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.”

Romans Chapters 6, 7, and 8 are chapters that Paul writes extensively about ‘dying to self’.

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