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The Words of Eternal Life

The Wordsof Eternal Life - John 6:60-71

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Eating To Live

EATING TO LIVE Introduction: An article written by M. J. Stephey, a writer for Time Magazine, reveals some interesting information about hunger strikes. The date of the article is 03 May 2009. An excerpt from the article states: For nearly two weeks, Roxana Saberi has been refusing food. The jailed Iranian-American journalist, who was sentenced by Iran's Revolutionary Court to 8 years in Tehran's Evin prison on charges of spying for the U.S., continues to proclaim her innocence while both President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continue to call for her release. So far, the case's presiding judge has not been moved, calling the fast a ploy for propaganda purposes. One judiciary spokesman denied the news altogether: "She is in good physical condition and not on a hunger strike," Ali Reza Jamshidi told the country's official news agency on April 28, two days after Saberi's 32nd birthday and a week after she told her parents she had stopped eating. (The Paris-based group Reporters Without Borders said Saberi was briefly hospitalized after she began refusing water too). When it comes to publicity stunts, it doesn't get much more desperate — or dangerous — than a hunger strike. From college campuses in the Midwest to the oil fields of Kazahstan, the practice has become a daily, global phenomenon that has been by turns successful, gruesome, tragic and sometimes all of the above. In 1981, a 27-year-old member of the Irish Republican Army named Bobby Sands led a hunger strike at Her Majesty's Prison Maze in Belfast, where he was serving time for gun possession, and used the attention to win a seat in the British parliament. He never served his term, though; he starved to death after 66 days without food. (See pictures of how Northern Ireland has transformed itself.) As the article relates, when someone chooses to refuse food and / or water, the results of such action can be very hurtful to the individual. It often affects loved ones as well. As we continue our study in the Gospel of John today, we will see once again God’s offer for man to be nourished for eternity through feasting on the bread of heaven. Let me ask you a simple question. Are you on a hunger strike? Have you chosen to feast on the Bread of Life, or have you decided that you don’t need it, and have chosen something else as your source of nourishment? Our text for today comes from John 6:51-59. If you have your Bible, please turn there with me.

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Life-giving Bread for You

LIFE-GIVING BREAD FOR YOU Introduction: One of life’s enjoyments to me is eating bread. I really enjoyed it during my childhood years. It tasted especially good, when I put two slices of bread together with peanut butter and jelly in between. Of lately, I have grown accustomed to having fresh baked bread served on a regular basis at the home where I am residing. It tastes great. There’s only one problem. After the family has devoured the bread, there is a need for more. Thus, there doesn’t seem to be a way to permanently satisfy this hunger for fresh-baked bread. The reality is bread will never fully satisfy our hunger. However, there is bread that satisfies which God has provided for everyone who will accept it. Our text for today will help us to clearly understand the nature of this bread. Our text for today comes from John 6:30-50. If you have your Bible, please turn there with me. Background thought: As we continue to walk through the Gospel of John together, we see that John, in various ways, continues to make his case to his reading audience that Jesus is the Son of God, the Messiah for all who will believe. As we have observed in the past two weeks, Jesus had provided bread for a group of more than 5000 people through a miracle, and we observed the contrast between a true and false disciple. This leads us into our discussion for today, the Bread of Life. The title of our message today is “Life-Giving Bread for You.” Let’s read our text together. Text: John 6:30-50

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Living The Truth

LIVING THE TRUTH Introduction: Albert Lee, a writer for Our Daily Bread, wrote a devotional thought for 04 January 2009, which speaks directly to what it means to live a truthful life. He shares: The year 2007 was labeled the “Year of Living Deceptively” for South Korea, because of the country’s numerous scandals involving fake academics and corrupt politicians. A survey of 340 professors selected the Chinese phrase “ja-gi-gi-in” (deceiving yourself and others) to sum up the year. It should not surprise us to hear of deception like that. The apostle Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 3:13, “Evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.” To deceive is to make others believe falsehood as truth and accept wrong as right. This short thought reflects the essence of our message for today. The question I want for you and me to consider today is “Are you living the Truth?” In other words, is there a truth that so influences your life that you have changed or are willing to change the way that you live to effect a better future for you and those whom you love? Today’s message provides an excellent example of what it means to live the truth. Our scriptural focus will be John 6:16-29. If you have your Bible with you, turn there with me.

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Feed Your Need

FEED YOUR NEED Introduction: One of the most exciting times that I have experienced in my life is when I retired from the Marine Corps to begin following God’s lead into full-time ministry. One critical part of that excitement I still experience today is seeing people’s needs met, when they choose to place their trust in God. After all, 1 Peter 5:7 tells us to cast all our cares or anxiety upon Jesus, because He cares for us. Some of you may be saying, “Well, Pastor Bob, how can God help me when I cannot see any evidence of His involvement in my situation?” Let me share a personal experience with you.

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