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The message below was preached by Rob Willey, Senior Pastor at Harvest Bible Chapel Davenport, on November 30 - December 1, 2013. The message came from Isaiah 40:1-11 and was titled "Thanks Be To God - Part 1".
Join Brad Lewter, our Lead Pastor, as he begins a new sermon series on the book of Jonah.
We continue our study in Samuel where the boy Samuel, now consecrated and left with the priest Eli will grow in stature and favor before the Lord despite the corruption that surrounds him. The life of Samuel reminds us that God can take a cracked vessel, cleanse it and mold it into something beautiful for His glory and our good.
The Gospel sets us free to face the hardships of life - and there will be a variety of them! - as the training from a loving Father Who has a goal and purpose for our life bigger than the comfort of the moment. Like Joseph in Genesis 50, who could look at many evil things that had been inflicted upon him over the course of years, we too can see that "though it was intended for evil, God worked all things for good so that many might be saved."
This Isn't a casual meaning to follow after, but to be imitators of Him. He said "Do as I do and you will be ok." This means to think like, walk like and act like Him. Mimicking, replicating and acting like another person are the results of real discipline.
A look at the purpose of fasting from someone who admittedly doesn't want to fast. Fasting is not simply a behavior change for kicks, but a representation of the longing for God's kingdom yet to come.