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A Life Worth Living

Nobody wants to live a wasted life but unless we are living a life that reflects the worth, ability and gracious strength of God in our lives that's exactly what we're doing!

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Strategy for Satan's Schemes

Satan is constantly out to attack, tear down and halt the progress of God's Kingdom and people. Thankfully we can be fully equipped to be successful over his schemes by applying God's principles for victory to our lives!

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The Conquering Lamb!

A one world religion is coming soon to the world- and its presence is already among us. She will stand fiercely against all Who love Jesus but God controls our destiny, if even the destinies of those that deny Him. He will conquer and His called, elect and faithful people will be with Him in the victory!

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Who Will Not Fear and Glorify Your Name? Revelation 15:1-8

Lord, Who Will Not Fear and Glorify You? Revelation 15:1-8 Introduction A couple of months ago my wife and I received an official letter in the mail informing us that we might be called up to perform jury duty. Now thankfully, we were not called up. And I say thankfully because, I don’t know about you, but I personally believe when it comes to courts they are best viewed on the television screen, not in real life. It probably stems from the single time I had to appear before a judge. A Kentucky State Trooper pulled me over for speeding and I learned that the Law frowns on you not having an insurance card to show them you’re covered. So, to the court I was sent, insurance card in hand, to stand before the judge. He asked me how I pled to the speeding charge “guilty your honor.” He asked me to show my insurance card, which I did. The whole event took about three minutes, he dismissed me from court, I paid the clerk $150 for the privilege of being there and I couldn’t get out of the courthouse fast enough! I decided then as a teenager that it’s just best to stay out of courts. It’s not so much the court but the judgment we have a problem with. But there is a court and Judge we can’t avoid. The Bible says that we must all stand before the judgment seat of Christ to answer for the deeds done in the body, whether good or bad. In that day we’ll not be judged to go to Heaven or Hell- that decision is made right here while we on this Earth when a man decides for or against Christ Jesus. Now I pray that you like me have been touched by the grace of God and He’s given you repentance and faith to believe on Jesus and be saved and worked obedience to Him in our hearts that we are ready for that day. But our Scripture today is showing us that there are many, many, many souls who are not ready because they have refused the Lord as their Savior, as the Lamb of God, and now they are going to meet the fierceness of Him as Judge of All the Earth, the Lion of Judah! And what we will see today in our Scripture is God’s judgment come to the Earth and to men who refused Christ but gave allegiance to the Antichrist. We are going to see this morning that God is Righteous and all His Works are Righteous and He will always be praised by a people He has made righteous. May God open the eyes of our hearts to see more of Him as we see first- I. The Seven Angels and Their Seven Judgments The Seven Angels and Their Seven Judgments as we read from verse 1. Then I saw another great and awe-inspiring sign in Heaven: Seven angels with the seven last plagues, for with them, God’s wrath will be completed. As the Apostle John is raptured up in this heavenly vision the Lord lays upon him an awesome sign- seven angels having the seven last plagues, the seven last judgements. God in grace had reached out to turn men to Himself with fourteen lesser judgments- seven seal judgments and seven trumpet judgments- but now the day of grace is up. He no longer stands and knocks that men will come to Him, He throws open the door and comes in to judge in righteous judgment! Now friends, that is a thing we don’t like to hear in our delicate society, our snowflake world where the least little amount of truth just melts men like the sun melts snow. But its truth a man better know for the salvation of his soul! Listen, God is holy. He cannot brush the sin of man under the rug. He cannot wink the eye at the man that rejects His Son Jesus. Judgment is His holy, righteous response to sin, to wrongs done against Him. He gave the world a means of escape and redemption and life through His Son, our Lord Jesus, the crucified and the ultimate insult to His goodness is to reject the Son of His love. God gave all He could give, His very life- and the thought that a man can turn His back on that grace and love and cling not to Christ but to the Antichrist, elevates the punishment due on a righteously divine level! Now the time of intercession is finished, the day of grace over. These men wanted life without a righteous God and God is going to give it to them. We Must Never Forget that God is Righteous, so He Must Judge Sin. And we must never forget that He is Righteous in His Judgment of Sin. My brothers and sisters, God is right in all He does and all He does, whether works of redemption or works of judgment, are marvelous both in their magnitude and also because of their intrinsic righteousness. I was reminded of this truth just last Sunday. When my family got home from worship my wife and I discussed the passage preached that morning, particularly 14:20 where it is written the press was trampled outside of the city, and blood flowed out of the press up to the horses’ bridles for about 180 miles. My dear wife, I believe, was taken back by just how many lost people, how many enemies of the Lord there are who have never believed. We talked about how we must seek to evangelize more, to get the gospel out in this world more that people might avoid meeting the wrath of God. And then we thought about the reality that as horrible as it is that anyone would suffer that fate, it is more horrible that they would deny and reject Jesus as Savior and Lord. And I point that out to you now that you might see and know that any idea of God which ignores his immense hatred of sin and ignores the utterly wicked choice to reject Christ reveals much more about man than it does about God. Its man that thinks God goes too far to judge this harshly because man does not measure sin to be as wickedly deep and vile as God does. I think a dramatic change in the church and in culture would occur if we did. But because men won’t, let us glorify our Lord for it is written righteous are You, Oh Lord, and upright are your judgments! Now, I say all of that to prepare you for what happens when these last seven judgments come to Earth. This come fast and the come complete, God is no longer doing quarter measures in judgment, it’s 100%. In verses 5-8 John sees these seven angels come from a Temple that is filled with smoke and no one is able to enter it. This means that God is absolutely consumed with judging this world and bringing it to an end through the establishment of His Son, its’ rightful and righteous and final King! Those who, as verse 2 says, had the mark of the beast and who worshiped his image are now going to receive the bowls of wrath in the angels’ hands. In chapter 16 we read that the first angel pours his bowl on the Earth and boils infest the skin of unbelievers causing intense pain with every movement. The second angel dumps his bowl and the sea water and ocean life die. The third angel pours his bowl and fresh water turns to blood. An angel sings about it saying You are righteous, who is and who was, the Holy One, for You have decided these things. Because they poured out the blood of the saints and the prophets. You also gave them blood to drink; they deserve it! And someone shouts Yes, Lord God, the Almighty, true and righteous are your judgments. The punishment fits the crime. The fourth angel pours his bowl upon the sun and the sun scorches men with intense heat. But instead of sheltering in the Lord, the blasphemed the name of God who had the power over these plagues, and they did not repent or give Him glory. Then the fifth angel pours his bowl upon the throne of the beast’s kingdom and it is plunged into darkness. Yet even then men blaspheme God for their pain and refuse to repent. Now the sixth bowl pours and Hell is opened. Demons come forth to move the nations towards to stand against Christ in the great, last battle of the Earth- Armegedon. And Jesus says Look, I am coming like a thief. Blessed is the one who is alert and remains clothed so that he may not go naked, and they see his shame! He’s calling to us to hold on, hold on a bit more- for that seventh bowl is about to be poured and when it is the whole Satanic system of the world is done as God shakes its foundations from below, removes its adversaries on the horizon and reigns down hail stones weighing 100 pounds on those remaining. And men still blaspheme Him, right to the bitter end, right till the jaws of Hell itself swallow them. Oh friend, I tell you it’s a scary terrifying thing to think about falling into the hands of an angry God. But many will because they love this world, this life and the ruler of this fallen world- Satan. Friends, there is a man that is so deceived in his own abilities and his own thoughts that he doesn’t believe God should be loved or feared or obeyed. Jennifer and I once went to a house in hopes of sharing the gospel with whoever was home. A man answered the door and I said “hello, I’m Pastor Milam…” and I got no further, he slammed the door. Now friends, that’s a pearl before swine situation, you just shake the dust off your feet and go on. That man was afraid of what it could mean that he be taken off the throne of his life and Christ put upon it. He doesn’t know his real fear should be that the Christ who could be his Lord will be His Judge! That’s the end of those who refuse Him, let me show you know the life of we who love Him as we see secondly- II. The Saints and Their Song Look at this in verse 2 with me. John says I also saw something like a sea of glass mixed with fire, and those who had won the victory from the beast, his image, and the number of his name, were standing on the sea of glass with harps from God. They sang the song of God’s servant Moses, and the song of the Lamb: Great and awe-inspiring are Your works, Lord God, the Almighty; righteous and true are Your ways, King of the Nations. Lord, who will not fear and glorify Your name? Because You alone are holy, because all the nations will come and worship before You, because Your righteous acts have been revealed. John directs our minds to see once again this glassy sea before the throne of God. He says it is mixed with fire possibly having a reddish glow to it as we stand above God’s judgment on the unbelieving world through Christ. And John specifies that those who are standing on that sea are those that won the victory from the beast, his image, and the number of his name. These are those that did not fall in the moment of trial and endured all they had to endure to persevere to the end in Jesus! And there we are, the faithful before God, and we are singing, singing, singing to the Lord with harps in our hands, says verse 2. I’ve been up close and personal with a harp and harpist once in my life. When I graduated from seminary the president of the seminary invited us all- the whole class and our families- over to his home. My rural KY upbringing didn’t quite prepare me for what I witnessed there. There was a huge harp and a man strumming the strings, letting that golden music ring! I can only imagine how glorious the sound will be when we all strum those harps and we all sing to God. I mean we will all be singing and it will sound good! And you might be asking yourself “will even the preacher be singing and sounding good?” Oh yes, even the preacher. When Jesus raises us and perfects us in our minds and bodies and souls, I believe our voices are included! Now what will we be singing? John says they sang the song of God’s servant Moses, and the song of the Lamb. Oh my, what a beautiful compilation. You see friends, Israel sang this song of Moses after God delivered them from the Egyptian army. Israel got themselves into a point where the Red Sea was in front of them and the Egyptian army and their chariots behind them and it seemed all was lost. But when your God is God of all Heaven and Earth, nothing is impossible. He split the Red Sea, exposing the solid ground for Israel to cross. And they crossed safely to the other side. The Egyptians thought they too could cross, but they forgot Yahweh is a God of His people only. So as they were in the middle of that crossing the Lord dropped the sea upon them and in an instant that army was there and in an instant they was gone! It is written that when Israel saw the great power that the Lord had used against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord and believed in Him and in His servant Moses. And they sang a song to the Lord in praise and glory. I will sing to the Lord, for He is highly exalted; He has thrown the horse and its rider into the sea. The Lord is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation. This is my God, and I will praise Him, my father’s God, and I will exalt Him. The Lord is a warrior; Yahweh is His name. And they would sing you overthrew Your adversaries by Your great majesty, you unleashed Your burning wrath; it consumed them like stubble. And they ended the song with this line- The Lord will reign forever and ever! Every Sabbath day the Jews sang that song of praise to the Lord. And now you might be asking what that has to do with the church in singing in Heaven? Here’s the answer. Just like Israel facing Egypt the last days will prove to be days where the church is chased and driven everywhere by Satan. And it will get to the point that it seems for us like there’s a rock in front of us and hard place behind us. But just when all seems lost, in the same way God intervened that Moses would triumph over Pharaoh, so Christ has triumphed over all sin, Satan, death and Hell by His death and resurrection! It is Jesus Who delivers us and we will sing to Him like Israel sang to Him to many years ago! Indeed Lord great and awe-inspiring are Your works, Lord God, the Almighty; righteous and true are Your ways, King of the Nations. Lord, who will not glorify Your name? Because You alone are holy, because all the nations will come and worship before You, because Your righteous acts have been revealed. And in the eternal Lord’s Day of Heaven, we’ll praise Him in this song. Conclusion Who will not glorify Your name? What a question. Are there any among us today that came here not glorifying His name but you are leaving glorifying His name? Has God touched your heart today to show you His greatness and draw You to Himself? Yes brothers and sisters, every knee is going to bow, every tongue is going to confess that Jesus is Lord! Blessed are we who by grace bend that knee and use our tongues to confess Him as Lord today- have you? Do you know Jesus? Do you know the Lord? He’s coming soon, his judgment is with him. He is your Judge, but believe in Him and today He will become your Savior. Let’s pray.

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Samson: A Perfect God Working Through Imperfect People

God is perfect and He works His perfect will through we imperfect people! We can all be thankful for that truth because we are all works in progress. This message details the life of Samson as he looked for love in all the wrong places, working off of lust more than love. Yet God works through Samson, sin and all, to begin delivering His people Israel.

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