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A study of the Book of Revelation exploring the end of the world and the only thing that can save it.
Elijah challenges the King of Israel to a "god challenge" on the top of Mt Carmel. The one true God wins the contest and the 450 prophets of the Rain Baal are killed. What is the point of this story? How does this story inform how we live today?
As the old year turns to the new, we often make resolutions for things we'd like to do differently. Sadly, many of these great ideas will remain just that - ideas. Of those that make it through as far as actions, a very high proportion will be self-improving, being of little use to others. Change is hard and experience has proved it, so why bother? Fortunately, there is another way. We can't change ourselves, but we CAN be changed! Psalm 115 points us to the soverereign creator God who can control the whole of creation, in contrast to the man-made god-substitutes we so often put our faith in: sex, power, money, success, selfish ambition. These false gods cannot help us. Only God has the power to actually change things. This year, put your trust in God, don't make idol resolutions!
The story of Micah and the Danites. The dangers of idols, false religion and self created religion.
Reenlistments are a part of life. In everything from military life to going to work every day, we're choosing to "reenlist" in something we believe in. God periodically calls for his people to "re-up" in their commitment to Him. He did so with Israel before they entered the Promised Land. In so doing, he calls us to let go of the gods of our day and love God fully. As with the Israelites, God promises a host of amazing blessings for those who get rid of false gods in their lives and hold steadfastly to the only true, living God. To do so, we must identify and foresake false gods and take public steps of commitment to Jesus Christ.
God's plan for His people is blessings - not cursings. But, God's plan requires devotion to Him. As believers, we have an enemy who's plan is to seduce us and keep us from that devotion, and ultimately, the blessings of God. God did not leave us defenseless - our protection from the enemy is the Word of God.
Paul understood the goal of his ministry was to see Christ formed in them. This was very different from the false teachers who sought to make them in their own image, instead of Jesus'. Paul reveals his passion for them which results in his own emotional rollercoaster ride.
Rachel took her fathers household gods. Laban searched through Jacobs belongings but was unable to find his gods. This sermon looks at how false gods have no power to seek out mankind and no power to save man.