10-18-2020 – Revelation 13

In Bible Classes, Sermons by Aaron Cozort

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<inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible> Good morning. We are in revelation. Chapter 13, did a bit of reviewing. I forgot the remote. Can, you can bring the remote. We did a little bit of reviewing on Wednesday night, kind of went over the, a little summary of the book,

but then also went through the questions of chapters 11 and 12, leading us up to chapter 13. Now back over in chapter 12 is the first time that we really are sorry in chapter 11. It’s the first time we really see the beast come up. We read that the beast from the bottomless pit comes up and kills two individuals. Who does he kill?

Alright. The two witnesses. Now the witnesses are pictured as to what at the beginning of the chapter. Well, they’re pictures to profits, but they’re pictured is two olive trees and two lampstands. Okay. So there’s, there’s two olive trees. There’s two lampstands. And these are the two witnesses of God. These are drawing forward the imagery from Zechariah chapter four,

and this idea of the revelation of God God’s anointed and the eternal light, that is the word of God going forth. And so here you have these two witnesses and they’re declaring the word of God. They’re shining. Volite They’re declaring the word of God. And they have the power of, to, to destroy their enemies by the word of, or by fire that comes out of their mouth.

You’ve got an imagery. They’re not of any prophet who literally in physical terms at any point in history, breathe fire. That’s not what we’re talking about. We’re talking about their ability to defeat Satan through God’s word and God’s testimony. So they have power to do that. They have power to withhold the rain. There’s a picture of Elijah. They have power to turn the water to blood and to bring forth plagues upon the lamb.

There’s a picture of Moses. And all of this is imagery to say, here’s the church and the church just like Moses. And just like Elijah, Moses representing the early prophets and the early leaders in Israel and Alijah representing the latter profits. The later prophets in Israel and in the later history of Israel, the church is the light of God, but the beast comes up and the beast Kills the two witnesses.

Everybody does. What pitches a fit? No. What do all the people who dwell on the earth do they rejoice now, as we’ve stated before, and we’re going to remain, continue to state it. Every time we come across it, those who dwell in the earth is not a reference to every person walking on the top of the planet. It’s not,

that’s not what the, the reference is. Every time that phrase is used all the way through the book of revelation, it is exclusively speaking concerning those who are ungodly and unrighteous, whose dwelling place, whose home is here. But the, all the new Testament tells us that as Christians, those who are righteous, their dwelling place, isn’t here, their citizenship isn’t here.

Very Turnell abode. Isn’t here. And the things that matter, most of them aren’t here. Jesus said in Matthew chapter six, lay up your treasure. Where in heaven for where your heart is or for where your treasure is there. Your heart will be also, well, if your heart isn’t here and your treasure isn’t here, then your home isn’t here.

So revelation a contrast. Those who dwell on the earth is always a reference to the unrighteous. And the reaction of the unrighteous to the two witnesses being killed is they throw a party. It’s Mardi Gras. It’s it’s rejoicing in the streets. It’s sin, sin gifts to one another. Because those people who, and here’s the phrase, tormented us with the word of God are now dead.

And they don’t, they don’t bury them. They let them lay in the street. They leave them in the street to be an example that this is what happens to those who speak the word of God and oppose the beast except three and a half days later, what happens? God says get up and they are given life. God gives them life. Again.

He resurrects them. That looks like the church is dead. It looks like the church has defeated, but no, it’s not. And then God tells them you come up here. Okay? The message. The picture, the imagery is the, the, the beast. And he’s going to look like he wins, but he doesn’t win because he only has power for 42 months,

for three and a half years for 1000, 260 days for time, times and half the time he has power is limited, and God has power that isn’t okay. So then chapter 12, we see the woman. And again, now we see the dragon. The dragon is trying to devour the child. And when he fails, goes up into heaven to try and succeed again,

but is met by who? Michael and the angels. Okay. You’ve got the dragon trying to overcome the Christ, but he can’t do it because he can’t even get to him. So he fails when the child gives birth or sorry. When the woman gives birth to the child, he fails in heaven. Then he, and all the angels that are all of his servants are cast out of heaven.

And by the way, this is not. And as I think I’ve said this before, this is not a picture of what happened before Genesis chapter one. Okay. Some people try and do that and say, Oh, this, this is what happened when Satan was cast. No, this is about the beast. This is about the time of Rome.

This is God’s saying, because of your actions, your presence, isn’t accepted here. And because of your intent, you go and you go to the earth and you’re not coming before me. And so he goes, and he immediately begins persecuting those dwell on the earth. He’s persecuting. Even the unrighteous he’s tormenting, even them. But then we see the transition and he begins to try and attempt to get to the woman.

Again, puts forth a, a water from his mouth and tries to use a flood of water to overcome her. But what happens to the water earth opens up and swallows the water. There’s an occasion in the old Testament. When the Israelites are wandering through the wilderness where they’re thirsty, and God tells Moses to smite a rock and out of that rock comes enough water to give water to all the people of Israel,

which as moderate estimates are between one and 3 million people and all of their cattle and all of their livestock and everything in the area. Water comes out of this rock sufficient to do all of that. And here’s the dragon. And he’s going to try and use water to defeat the woman. But there’s another occasion in Israel’s history where Moses is opposed by Korah Dathan and Abiram.

And in numbers, chapter 16, they rise up and they say, you’ve taken too much on yourself. You don’t have the authority to do this. We have the authority to be priest because we’re leaving lights. You Moses and Aaron have taken too much authority on yourself. All the congregation is Holy. And so Moses tells them, well, we’ll find out who God says are his priests tomorrow morning,

you show up at the tabernacle with your staffs and with your sensors and you be prepared to offer incense to God. And we’ll let him decide as it happens. Some of them showed up and some of them didn’t, but the ones who showed up what happened to them? Well, the ones that showed up fire came down from heaven, but the houses of Korah Dathan and Abiram,

all of their households were swallowed up by the earth. God says, you’re not my witnesses and you’re not my profits. And you’re not my priests. So you’ve got the dragon trying to act like God and God going. No, you’re not me. And he protects the woman. The woman goes into the wilderness for 42 months. And then the dragon,

when he can’t reach the child and can’t reach the woman instead persecutes the individual Christians. Okay. So the picture of the woman is the church as a whole. He can’t defeat the church as a whole, but he can get to the, her individual children as it is stated. Okay. That brings us to chapter 13. I’m going to skip forward through here just a little bit.

We’ve talked about a lot of them. This There’s the alright. Chapter 13 is connected to Daniel chapter seven. Okay. When you see the BESE that are in the book of revelation, begin to rise up so far, we’ve heard a description of a beast and we’ve heard a description of a dragon, but in chapter 13, we kind of have this all fleshed out for us.

Okay. Because there’s more than one beast, but they’re all using the derived authority and power of the dragon. Now, who did we say? The dragon was the devil or Satan. Okay. Chapter 12 made it very clear. The dragon whose name is Satan or the serpent? The devil. Okay. So it made it very clear who that is.

And all the authority that Rome has is derived from him, the persecuting authority. Okay. So chapter 13, verse one, then I stood on the sand of the sea and I saw a beast rising up out of the sea having seven heads and 10 horns. Okay. So the heads and the horns of the bees coming up out of the sea, he looks like the dragon.

Remember the description of the dragon was yet we over in chapter 17. We haven’t gotten there yet, but we’d noticed it earlier as he has seven heads and 10 horns, he’s got shared attributes of the dragon. He is Rome. Okay. The three B’s as we look at them, the dragon, the CVS and the lambaste, they’re not different BESE.

Okay. They’re different views of the same persecutor and it’s Rome. Okay. So you’re getting Rome from different perspectives back over in chapter 11, or I think, yeah. Chapter 11, we read about the spiritual names of the great city. And we talked about the fact that the spiritual names of the great city, Saddam and Babylon wait, sorry, Sodom and Egypt and the city where Christ was slain.

So you’ve got Jerusalem, all talked about three different facets, three different aspects of Rome in its persecuting nature. Okay. It was its persecuting power in its economy. It was its authority to bring captive and to bring about religious worship. That was idolatrous. And that was against God. All three of these facets were there, but they’re all talking about the great city.

They’re all talking about Rome. Okay. The three B’s are also all talking about Rome, again, looking at it from the same facets. So I stood on the sand of the sea and I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and 10 horns and on his horns, 10 crowns and on his heads, a blasphemous name.

Now the beast, which I saw was like a leopard. His feet were like the feet of a bear, his mouth, like the mouth of a lion. The dragon notice this gave him his power, his throne and great authority. Okay. First thing to know about the CBC is he comes up and he looks like the dragon in his head, seven heads,

10 or 10 horns and crowns on his horns. But his authority, his throne and his power are derived from where the dragon now did the dragon have a exhaustive and infinite and matched power authority and rain? No. So you have a derived authority from a limited authority. You have derived power from limited power. You have a derived thrown from a limited authority or rain or,

or Rome. Oh, throne. Okay. The beast is no more powerful than the dragon because the dragon can’t give to him what the dragon doesn’t have the beast isn’t God, because the dragon isn’t God. All right, but we need to go over to Daniel chapter seven. We need to read a couple of things over in Daniel, chapter seven, because it sets the,

it sets the perspective for what’s going on here. Daniel chapter seven, beginning of verse one in the first year of bell Shazard King of Babylon. Daniel had a dream and visions of his head while on his bed. Then he wrote down the dream telling the main facts. Daniel spoke, saying I saw in my vision by night and behold, the four winds of heaven were stirring up the great sea.

Now, where did the beast come out of the sea? Okay. In revelation. And in Daniel, the sea is pictured as the nations. It is always tumultuous. It is always in unrest and out of that unrest and out of that to Malden out of those nations comes, this authority comes these nations and these Kings. Okay. So he sees the vision and the stirring up of the great sea.

The four great beasts came up from the sea, each different from the other. Okay. So in this vision, all the beasts rise up out of the seat. Well, you’re going to see in this, you’re going to see all of the BS, culminating having a part in Rome. Watch what happens. The first was like a lion and had Eagles wings.

I watched till its wings were plucked off and it was lifted up from the earth and made to stand on two feet, like a man and a man’s heart was given to it. Okay. So you starts off looking like a lion, but he looks like a lion with wings. Then the wings are plucked off. And then he’s given the heart of a man and he stands up like a man.

He looks like a man. Okay. Now suddenly another beast, a second, like a bear. It was raised up on one side and had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. And they said thus to it arise devour much flesh. After this, I looked and there was another, like a leopard which had on its back for wings of a bird.

The beast also had four heads and dominion was given to it. Okay. As you’re going through Daniel seven, you’re seeing the same be there. You’re seeing the bees are the same thing as Daniel, chapter two, with the different nations in the statute, you’ve got the head of gold, which was what nation, Babylon and Nebuchadnezzar, by the way,

what, what King in all of history went and well like an animal and then came back and started acting like a man again, man. But can I hazard it’s you’ve got the picture of Babylon. Okay. So here’s Babylon as the lion who followed Babylon Medes and the Persians. So the shoulders and arms of silver in Daniel two are the bear in Daniel seven,

but then w who followed the Mito Persian empire? Greece did. And the belly and FYS of brass in Daniel too, are the leopard in Daniel chapter seven. Okay. So hold onto this for a minute. Then we read after this, I looked and there was another, I’m sorry, that’s verse six, verse seven. After this, I saw in the night visions and behold,

a fourth beast dreadful and terrible strong. It had huge iron teeth. It was devouring breaking in pieces and trembling the residue with its feet. It was different from all the bees that were before it. And it had 10 horns. And I was considering the horns and there was another horn, a little one coming up among them before whom three of the first ones were plucked out by,

by the roots. And they’re in this horn where the eyes like the eyes of a man and a mouth speaking, pompous words I watched till Thrones were put in place. And the ancient of days was seated. His garment was white as snow and hit the hair of his head was like pure wool. His throne was a fiery flame, its wheels, a burning fire,

a stream, a fiery stream issued and came forth from before him a thousand thousands ministered to him, 10,000 times, 10,000 stood before him. The court was seated and the books were opened. Here comes one beast and another beast and another beast. And finally an indescribable beast. And this 11th horn rises up out of the B’s head and begins speaking pompous words.

And immediately you cut scenes Mean to the ancient of days To the throne of God, to the one who’s sitting on the throne And Judgments coming. Now, this isn’t talking about the day of judgment. This isn’t talking about the final day when everything’s all done and the books are open, then no, Daniel chapter two sets the foundation for Daniel chapter seven in Daniel chapter two,

four kingdoms rise up four kingdoms exist. And in the days of these Kings, shall God raise up a kingdom that shall never be destroyed, but what would that kingdom do to the other four kingdom? The great mountain arises is a mountain cut out without hands. And it does what breaks in pieces. The statue grinds it to dust. It destroys those other kingdoms God through his kingdom judges,

those kingdoms and their judgment is destruction. So when the books are open in chapter seven, we’re not seeing the final day of judgment. We’re seeing the ancient of days preparing to judge the four B’s. Okay. Now let’s go through the four beats real quick. The four beasts were Elian, a bear, all leopard at an indescribable beast, go back to revelation,

chapter 13 and revelation chapter 13. Then I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and 10 horns and on his horns, 10 crowns and on his head, a blasphemous name. Now the bees, which I saw was like, now watch it in reverse a leopard. His feet were like a bear and his mouth like the mouth of a lion.

Okay. So here’s Rome and Rome is pictured as the culmination of attributes of Babylon and Greece or Babylon and the Mito Persian empire and Greece all culminating in this beast. Okay. He’s got these shared attributes. He’s got this lineage to him and John’s connecting him to Daniel seven. Okay. So here’s what the beast does. He rises up out of the sea.

He gets power from the dragon verse three. And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded. Now, when we read the words as if it had been, remember that over in rev revelation, chapter five, when you see the lamb, you first see the lamb and he’s the lion of the tribe of David. And he’s described as a,

the root of Jesse. He’s the one, who’s the Christ, but he’s pictured as a lamb. And here’s the words as though it had been slain now, as John trying to say that he looked like he was slain, but he never actually was. Okay. Here’s a picture of the Christ. And he had the been slain, the use of the term as though he was,

or as if it had been isn’t to give you the picture, given, give you the idea that it’s not actually true, that he wasn’t actually slaying was Christ put on the cross. Yes, he was. Was he actually slain? Yes. He was the use of the phrase as if it had been, is to tell you this is a vision.

Okay. And in a vision, you see things where it looks like one thing, but the rest of the perception is something else. Not to say that he was that the slaying didn’t actually happen. Now, if you go over to chapter 17, you remember what’s there in chapter 17, we’ve got the beast that was and is, and is about to come up.

The beast that was persecuting was slain and the persecution stopped, but it’s coming back. There’s a resurrection picture there. Okay. Just like you’ve got a picture of resurrection with the lamb. You have a picture of resurrection with the beast. He was slain, but he’s coming back. Okay. So that’s what you’re seeing here. So I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded and in his deadly wound or sorry.

And his deadly wound was healed. Okay. So he’s mortally wounded, which means he’s what Dead. But then his mortal wound is healed. Well, if you go from dead to healed, you did what you resurrected. Okay. And his deadly wound was healed and all the world marveled and followed the beast. So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast.

And they worshiped the beast saying who is like the beast who is able to make war with him. Then you remember the question over in Daniel, chapter six, sorry, revelation chapter six, over in revelation, chapter six, when that sixth seal was open and all the great and all the rich and all the powerful one in the mountains to fall on them.

And the question was asked, who’s able to stand in the day of the wrath of a one on the throne and other lamp. Well, here’s the question in an opposite form, from those who dwell on the earth, saying who can make war with the beast, who can make war with the dragon who can possibly defeat them. And that was the perspective of Rome.

Rome was going to last forever. Rome was untouchable. Nobody could stand up to Rome. Well, until Rome fell from within. And that’s exactly what happened. So they see the bees getting the authority from the dragon. They see the resurrection of the beast and they worship the beast and the dragon. And they think the beast is untouchable, but then notice.

And he was given a mouth speaking, great things and blasphemies, and was given authority to continue for how long, 42 months, a limited period of time. Okay. So the beast is blaspheming. The beast is powerful. The beast is, is, has a, has a, has a, an army that’s untouchable and undefeatable it’s Rome. Okay.

Just another picture of Rome. Then he opened his mouth and blasphemy against God to blaspheme his name, his and those who dwell in heaven. It was granted to him to make war with the saints, by the way, the phrase, those who dwell in heaven and the saints is talking about the same group of people. Remember those who dwell on the earth,

unrighteous. Those who dwell in heaven, righteous. It doesn’t mean they’re already dead and they’re already in heaven. It means their dwelling place. Their home is in heaven. And they’re also called the saints. Okay. So he says, or he has granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And a 40 was given him over every tribe,

tongue and nation, all who dwell on the earth will worship him. So there’s your contrast. Those who dwell in heaven, the saints they’re being overcome. What does that mean? When you’re talking about a persecuting power in an army, and one who makes war with the saints being overcome means they’re being Lud, dead. They’re being killed. His power is to overcome them.

They’re dying. If you remember, verse 11 of chapter 12, and they, this is speaking of the saints, overcame him by the blood of the lamb and by the word of their testimony and number three, and they did not love their lives unto death. So it looks like the beast is winning. He’s killing the church, he’s killing the saints.

It looks like they’re being overcome by him. They’re dying, but they are overcoming when they won’t give up the testimony of Christ when they stand in those coliseums and are killed by animals. But they’ll stand there and they won’t announce the name of Christ they’re winning, but it doesn’t look like it. The church is going to be victorious, but it doesn’t look like it.

Okay? So all who dwell on the earth will worship him. Whose names have not been written in the book of life of a lamb, slain from the foundation of the world. If anyone has an ear, let him hear. Now that phrase only comes up in the book of revelation. When you’re supposed to go, wait, wait, wait, pay attention,

pay, pay attention. Listen to this. It came up every time. When the churches, when he was finished, writing the churches, let, who has an ear hear what the spirit says under the churches. This phrase is an attention getter and notice the next he who leads into captivity shall go into captivity. He who kills with the sword must be killed with the sword.

Here is the patience and the word there is endurance. The ability to stand up under a heavy load here is the ability to stand up under a heavy load and the faith of the saints in your mind, go back to the old Testament and go back to Babylon. Babylon’s rising in power, and God has a prophet named Habakkuk. And Habakkuk is told.

You’re going to tell my people that they’re going to be destroyed and they’re going to be judged. And Judah is going to be decimated, and I’m going to use Babylon to do it. And Habakkuk can’t understand how is it, God that you can use a nation more wicked than us to punish us. And then Habakkuk says, I know I’m wrong. I know you’re right.

I’m paraphrasing. And I’m going to stand here until you correct me. And I’ll wait. And God does God sets forth that he will use Babylon to bring about his judgment on Judah. And then we’ll bring his judgment on Babylon. That’s this verse, those who take into captivity will be taken into captivity. The one who’s, the persecutor will be judged.

Those who kill with a sword will be killed with the sword. This is the patience, the endurance. This is the answer to the question of the saints who were under the alter in chapter five, crying out how long, Oh Lord, how long will you allow this to continue? Sorry. Chapter six. And they’re told rest for awhile. There dressed in white robes.

They’re given their rest and the lamb is going to deal with this nation. And so here’s the patience of the saints. Those who persecute, you will have their judgment. Come on them in like manner. Okay. But we’re not done with the beast. Verse 11. Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth and he had two horns,

like a lamb and spoke like a dragon. This beast comes up from the earth and this beast looks like lamb. Have you ever seen the little lamb? Have you ever considered that lamb to be incredibly threatening? I mean, I, I there’s, there’s some angry creatures out there that just are ornery, but I mean, you don’t stand off and look at a lamb walking around in the field,

go, I’m going to have the same reaction to that as a lion. No you don’t. But Satan and his adversity or his, his servants don’t always look like dragons. They don’t always look like beasts. They don’t always look like they’re as powerful and dangerous and threatening as they are. And so you have a picture of lamb, but when he opens his mouth,

what comes out the voice of a dragon? How strange would that be? You see a lamb opens in his mouth and you expect to hear, ahh, and instead you hear a roar. Here’s another analogy we’re told that Satan’s angels will appear as servants of God. And the reference is to false teachers, that those who are wolves will appear as lambs and the references to false teachers.

This view of the beast, this view of Rome is it’s religious faults, teaching it’s religious authority. Okay. We’re seeing here the idolatry and the false hood of Rome pictured in this beast. So he has two horns, like a lamb and spoke like a dragon. And he exercises all authority of the first beast in his presence and causes the earth. And those who dwell in it to worship the first beast who was deadly,

whose deadly wound was healed. So here comes this next beast and his influence, his authority is to cause those who dwell on the earth to worship the first beast, the CBS, the one whose head was mortally wounded and now healed. Okay. So he’s trying to get his, his, his whole thing is getting people to worship the beast. Okay?

And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs, which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and live. So here’s his authority. He, he does sign. He does wonders. Are these the same kinds of signs and wonders that God does?

No they’re deceptive signs and wonders. Here’s a picture of the Egyptian sorcerers and, and magicians trying to emulate the plagues. Remember in the first few plagues, every time Moses and Aaron did something, the magicians came followed after them and tried and did the same thing. Oh, it looks like they’ve got the same power, right? It looks like they can do everything Moses and Aaron can do.

And it looks like their gods are as powerful as Jehovah until they get to a plague where the magician say, Pharaoh, this fierce to be the hand of God, we can’t do this. It’s deceptive power to cause people to worship the beast, okay. To worship Rome. And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs, which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast,

telling those who dwell in the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived. He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak. And cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. All right? So here’s the persecuting power.

If you don’t worship the beast, what happens to you? You’re killed. If the signs and the wonders, don’t deceive you to worship the beast, then they’ll threaten you to worship the beast. And if the threat doesn’t work, they’ll just kill you. And that’s exactly what Rome did to the Christians. The thing about Rome was Rome didn’t care. If you had a different religion,

Rome didn’t care. If you worshiped anything, anything you wanted was good. So long as you would also worship Rome. But the moment you wouldn’t worship Rome, you weren’t tolerated anymore. Do you see Rome was a very tolerant society. As long as you were willing to do what Rome said, we’ve got a few people in our country like that. We’re very tolerant unless you disagree with us and won’t agree with us.

And then we’ll threaten you. Rome would kill them. Notice what we read. Verse 16 through verse 18, he caused all, both small and great rich and poor freegan slave to receive a Mark on their right hand or on their forehead. We’re not looking for any time in history where people started making marks on themselves. And this isn’t a prophecy of anytime in the future where people are going to receive a chip in their body or a Mark on themselves.

Do you remember chapter seven? Who already has a Mark on them? There’s a Mark on their foreheads. And they’re the people of God. We’re not also looking for a time in the future where angels from heaven come down and Mark, all the people who have gone. This is the devil saying your mind. And God’s already said, I know who belongs to me.

Okay? So he causes them to worship the image of the beast and to be killed. He causes them to receive a Mark on the right hand or on their forehead. And that no one may buy or sell except one who has the Mark or the name of the beast or the number of his name. If he can’t convince you by deception by signs.

And if he can’t threaten you, here’s what he can do. He can make it to where you starved to death because you go to the marketplace and Oh, you, you, you don’t have a sign B stone. You can’t buy anything. Oh, you’re a Christian. No, you can’t buy anything from me. You can’t go and buy food.

You can’t go and get anything else because the economic authority that the beast wields to stop you, to persecute you, to keep you from the daily necessities of life. Unless, You know, if you’ll just put that Mark on your forehead and if you’ll just bow down to Rome, you can go buy anything you need. And no one may buy or sell except one who has the Mark or the name of the beast or the number of his name here is wisdom.

Let him who has understanding, calculate the number of the beast for it is the number of a man it’s in the Greek. There’s not a definite article there. It’s not the number of the man. It’s not the number of a specific man. It is the number of humanity. It is the number of mankind. It is Six. His and his number is six,

six, six. It’s humanity personified. Okay. It’s humanity multiplied. Here’s humanity. Can they do anything to touch God if God’s number is seven and perfection, can they ever attain to it? Will you ever have a six that’s equal to a seven? No. How about if you multiply the sixes, will they ever become equal to a multiplied seven?

No, they have limited power. Their number is failure because it always falls short of God. That’s chapter 13. Thank you for your attention.<inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible> Good morning. Welcome to the Collierville church Christ Sunday morning worship service. It’s good to see each and every one of you here this morning, and to our visitors, you are special guests and we are so honored that you chose to worship God with us this morning,

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please, please pray for Robin. And the entire family Robin’s health is not the greatest right now, but she does have to go through these surgeries in order to improve. So please keep them that entire family in your thoughts and prayers, and immediately following service this morning, Michael and Jessica and the family are going to travel to Phoenix to see her and be with her for a few days.

So please keep them in your thoughts and prayers as they traveled to Phoenix and then travel back to be with us again, please continue to remember Janney and the entire family and the loss of her sister, Mary drove to Darrow today starts the fifth annual spiritual sword lectureship at the get well church of Christ. It goes through the 22nd. If you are interested in any of those,

the flyer is on the board out there and it tells you the times and the different topics and the different speakers. We have a card from Lewis and Martha Rushmore. It reads dear brethren, your ongoing encouragement, and participation with us in our service to the Lord. Jesus Christ is much appreciated. Thanks again. And may God bless you, Louis. This card will be posted on bulletin board out there.

I also have a card here from Johnny Sanderson says to my brothers and sisters in Christ. Thank you for all the cards, texts, and calls and the loss of my sister in law. Thank you for the extra prayers for my brother. Please continue to pray for him in Christian Love Jenny. And also I have a letter from Charlie and Mary to Palma.

It is a little bit lengthy, but I’m going to read the majority of this to you because they’ve been doing such great work down in Australia with the Lord’s church down there, and it reads Mary and I send greetings and love to you, your families and all the beloved brothers and sisters in Christ at Collierville. We hope all is well with each. You we’d like to give you an update on our plans in regards to our work for our beloved Redeemer.

Although I hate to say it, I no longer had the strength and stamina to prepare for and teach three classes each week here at church street, I haven’t formed a brothers of that fact in a men’s meeting in July. So I am proposing a two step phase down schedule first effective. The first week of September, I will reduce the number of classes I teach to two per week,

and then starting the 1st of January, 2021. He plans on reducing to one class per week. And he said at that point, my plan is also to begin writing and to put into a more permanent form, several series of lessons that he has taught through the years. And he’s going to make those available to everyone on the internet. It’s a, he says my intention is to just make it available in internet.

Sorry. So although I will be slowing down our prayers at Mary and I will be able to continue effectively serving our beloved Lord, albeit in a less public role, there is enough money in the evangelism fund to cover my support through 2021. With that in mind, I humbly request that you discontinue making any contributions to the evangelism fund overseen by the Portland elders.

Have you, as you have done so graciously and faithfully through the years,<inaudible> I am making the same requests of all of our faithful and beloved contributors from the bottom of our hearts. Mary and I thank you so much for your invaluable prayers, encouragement, financial support through all these years, you are near and dear to our heart hearts now and forever.

Our hope and prayer is that we have labored together. Our awesome heavenly father and his beloved son had been glorified through our combined efforts. We love, appreciate and pray for all of you. Please continue praying for all of us over here with brotherly love Charlie. This letter will be up on the bulletin board out there. I read the majority of it,

but it will be on the bulletin board out there. If everybody wants to read the entire letter, our a worship service this morning, our song leader would be Erin coats. Art. Our opening prayer will also be by brother. Aaron Lord’s Supper will be Joel caisson sermon will be Michael Dale and our closing prayer will be Jay Schaffer. Thank you. Open your songbooks to number two.

The songs should also be on the slides, Michael, this TV’s not on. Can you turn it? Number two? We praise thee. Oh God sing all five verses. We Praise the all gone for the song.<inaudible> we praise thee O God for they spirit<inaudible><inaudible><inaudible> the glory revive us and all glory and praise to the lamb was slain.

Who has<inaudible> the glory? Hallelujah man. Huh? I’m the glory<inaudible> Oh, glory and praise to the God of all grace who has<inaudible> hallelujah. The glory hallelujah and hallelujah. The glory<inaudible> with<inaudible> glory. Hallah man, hallelujah, glory<inaudible> Song. Before our opening prayer will be number 477, 477. There is a place of quiet rest sing.

All three verses. There is a place of<inaudible> near to the heart of<inaudible> near to the Oh geez.<inaudible> from<inaudible> the<inaudible>. There is a play, a sweet near to the heart of a place where we say we are me<inaudible> Oh, jeez, us<inaudible> sand from<inaudible>. The near to the heart of there is a play for really he’s near to the heart of a place where all is your boy.

Amp is near to the<inaudible> from<inaudible><inaudible> the knee to the Now we’ll have our opening prayer. Let us pray. Our gracious father in heaven. We humbly bow before you grateful for all of your many blessings for your love, care and concern for all the things that you do for us on a daily basis, the things we recognize and the things that we don’t even recognize,

we’re grateful for the sun and the rain for the beauty of the earth and its majesty and glory, which glorifies you. And we’re grateful for the power, which upholds all that exists. That is your word. We’re mindful at this time of those who are dealing with lost loved ones, those who are in pain and sorrow and who need our comfort and your comfort.

And we pray that they might seek that comfort from you and from us and accept that comfort as it is given. We know that hard times come and in those hard times, we pray for all those who are going through them to be faithful, to be strong and to rely on you and hope in your word. We pray that at this time, as we go through this period of worship,

that we worshiped you in a way that is acceptable in your sight, that is in accordance with your commandments and that all that we do might be that which glorifies you. We thank you most, especially for your son who came and died on the cross for our sins, who paid the price for our redemption. And we pray that all that we do might also honor him all this.

We pray in Jesus name, amen song. Before the Lord supper will be number 344 low in the grave. He lay 344. Now we will sing this where we will sing the all three verses and then the chorus only at the end of the third verse.<inaudible> Gee, she sees a smile.<inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible> a smile.<inaudible><inaudible> gee,

she sees a smile. So<inaudible> gee, she sees a smile.<inaudible> he<inaudible>? So from the grave he Rawls with MIT, try on for his, Oh, was he a Rose up Victor from the dog? And he lives for<inaudible> This morning. We will be reading from the book of Luke and chapter 23 words that should encourage us as we have our minds,

think about our lower savers death upon the cross and what he’s done for each and every one of us who began with the 33rd verse and when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary there, they crucified him and the male factors, one on the right and the other on the left then said, Jesus father, forgive them for, they know not what they do.

And they parted his Raymond and cast lots. And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also with derided him saying he saved others, let him save himself. If he be Christ, the chosen of God and the soldiers also mocked him coming to him and offering him vinegar and saying, if that will be the King of the Jews, say thy self and a subs superscription also was written over him and letters of Greek and Latin and Hebrew.

This is the King of the Jews. And one of the malefactors, which were hanged railed on him saying if thou be Christ saved myself and us, but the other answering rebuked him saying the South does not the fear of God saying thou art in the same condemnation. And we indeed justly for, we received the reward of our deeds, but this man had done nothing amiss.

Let us pray. Oh God, our father in heaven, we are truly grateful for your love and the demonstration of it through the sending of your son to mankind, that we might have that opportunity to be saved in the end that we might have our loving savior be there for us. We’re thankful father for his love and, and we’re mindful of his hanging there on the cross of Calvary and the abuse and afflictions that he received during that period of time.

We pray father that as we protect of this bread, we might remember his body and partake in a manner pleasing and Jesus, we pray amen. And he said unto Jesus, Lord. Remember me when thou commission to thy kingdom and Jesus said unto him, I’m buried. I say, unto thee, do they today? Shout thou be with me in paradise.

And it was about the sixth hour. And there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour and it, and the sun was darken. And the veil of the temple was rent in the midst. And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, father into thy hands. I commend my spirit and having said this, he gave up the ghost.

That is violent Father. Our hearts are grieved thinking about our savior dying upon the cross of Calvary and shedding his blood. But we’re so thankful father for the love that was demonstrated there, that we, as your children have that hope of at home and having with the father, we’re grateful for the blood that was shed. And we remember that blood as we protected this fruit of the vine and Jesus,

we pray. Amen. Now we’ll have a privilege to think about how well we am much. We’ve been blessed and pause for a moment to think about how we’ve used those blessings to praise God and give him that glory honor and glory that we shouldn’t be doing and trying to spread the borders of the kingdom and not only see for the benevolent needs that are there.

We know we have those each and every day and how that we’re reaching out to those that we might know and try to assist and help them from time to time. Let us pray, father God and heaven. We are so thankful for all the blessings that you’ve so bountifully given to us. We pray father that we have examined our sales and have determined in our hearts to give a portion of that back to the,

and that we might, as a congregation of your people, be able to see that the word is preached in this area and that we might support those that are preaching abroad. We’re grateful for the privilege that we to give. And we pray that we use those funds wisely as where your children and we are trying to make sure that others that are outside the body have opportunity to obey the gospel and that we might be able to reach out to those that are in need and try to help them along life’s way,

bless our giving and pray that we do it in a way pleasing Christ. We pray. Amen. You would like to Mark the invitation song in the song book. It is going to be number 948, 948 will be the song of invitation. If you would let us all stand, we will sing number. Actually. I’m not going to tell you the number of this next one,

because this is not in the book. So I don’t know what number it is, but we’re going to sing. I love liking them. Lord. I love the King dome<inaudible> house.<inaudible><inaudible> walls. Be careful the<inaudible><inaudible> or<inaudible> to<inaudible> me on my<inaudible> friend.<inaudible> shall grey.<inaudible> let us be seated. Good morning, everybody.

Just a quick update. They are no longer going to try to do the kidney surgery on my mother-in-law before they do the heart surgery, the surgeon believes that it’s imperative, that he gets to the heart surgery. So they have put a cloth bag on her to bypass her kidneys. So that way she’s able to go into the heart surgery on Tuesday. So it’s progressing a lot faster than we thought it was going to thus,

the reason why we’re leaving as soon as worship is over today, my sermon this morning is exude love to show faith. Let’s look at five Leman verses four through seven. There’s no chapters just verses five Leman verses four through seven. I think my God making mention of the always in my prayers, hearing of thy love and faith, which thou has toward the Lord Jesus and toward all saints,

that the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing, which is in you in Christ Jesus for we have great joy in constellation. And I love because the bowels of the saints are refreshed by the brother bowels here, his heart or mind as Christians, we should have such a faith that our love can be shown loud enough for all to hear.

So have you ever been personally in a situation where someone you did not know you were working with, or you met them at a job or something like that and want you to think of that time and how that person’s actions shaped who they were before you would even say anything to them like, Hey, or how’s it going? A person’s actions can, and most times do speak louder than words.

If a person has a closed off body language, they’re constantly frowning or does poor work, then generally we’re not going to want to be around that person or get to know them better. If a person has open body language smiles, all the time, works hard and shows that they really have an honest need to want to help others in need. We’re going to be drawn to that person and want to get to know them better as Christians.

We are to be like the second person. If we are at school, work out and about, or even here in worship with our brethren, we should, excuse me. People should be able to see and understand that we are Christians without us having to say anything so much more. Should we exude Christian Love when we’re around our brothers and sisters in Christ,

our brother, and should never wonder if we are really a Christian or if we actually love them, they should know that we love them. They should know it without any thought in their mind. And not just because we say it, but because we show it in the passage that I just read here. Finally, man, verses four through seven, Paul is praising finally men for just that.

As Christians, we should have such a faith that our love can be shown loud enough for everyone to hear in order to do this, we must first have the faith and love for the Lord. We must have love for our brethren and we must communicate our faith through our love. Paul begins this section of his letter to fight Lehman with an amazing show of faith to the Lord and love for his brother.

Finally, Lehman verse four. I think my God making mention of the always in my prayers, what greater way to show a brother in Christ. You love them then by praying daily for them and what greater way to show your faith in the Lord. Then by praying to him and knowing that when you lift up your voice, he hears you like Paul with this,

with his faith shown here, we must have a faith and love for the Lord. But what is faith? We all have our speculations. The definition of faith, according to the [email protected] is believe in God or in the doctrines or teachings of religion. Faith in the Greek is the word of PSTs. And it means just a trust in the Strong’s dictionary is where I got that from.

So having faith is to have a belief in and trust in the Lord. The Hebrew writer defines faith perfectly turn with me to Hebrews chapter 11 and verse one, Hebrews 11 one. Now faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen, but how do we gain faith in the Lord? Faith comes from hearing turn with me to Romans chapter 10 and verse 17,

Romans chapter 10 and verse 17. So then faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God, we hear through the preaching of the word, just a few up and verse 14, how then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard and how shall they hear without a preacher?

Our faith and hope are to be in God alone. First, Peter chapter one verses 18 through 21. Turn with me to first Peter chapter one verses 18 through 21. For as much as you know that you were not redeemed with corruptible things as silver and gold from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ,

as of a lamb without blemish and without spot, who barely was fore ordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, who by him do believe in God that raised him up from the dead and gave him glory that your faith and hope might be in God. It is impossible for us to please the Lord without faith.

Turn with me back to Hebrews chapter 11. And we’ll read through verses six through verse six of chapter 11, Hebrews 11 verses one through six. Now faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen for by it. The elders obtained a good report through faith. We understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God. So that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear by faith.

Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts. And by it, he being dead yet speaketh by faith. Enoch was translated that he should not see death and was not found because God had translated him for before his translation. He had this testimony that he pleased God through his faith.

He pleased God, but without faith, it is impossible to please him for he that cometh to God must believe that he is and that he is a rewarder of them. That diligently seek him with faith in the Lord. We know all things are possible. Turn with me to Matthew chapter 17, verse 20 Matthew chapter 17 and verse 20. And Jesus said unto them because of your unbelief for verily,

I say unto you. If he had faith as a grain of mustard seed, you shall say unto this mountain remove hence to yonder place and it shall remove. And nothing shall be impossible unto you. Faith is more than just saying you have it. You can’t just walk around and say, I have faith. A true faith is reliant upon your work.

Turn with me to James chapter two verses 14 through 17 James chapter two verses 14 through 17. What does it profit? My brethren though, a man say he had faith and have not works. Can faith save him? If a brother or sister be naked and destitute of daily food. And one of you say unto them, depart in peace, be warmed and filled.

Not withstanding you give them not those things, which are needful to the body. Am I reading the correct words? Yes I am. And one of you saying to them, depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled. Not withstanding you give them not those things, which are needful to the body. What does it profit even? So faith, if it has not works is dead being alone.

So to show a true faith in the Lord, we must work. Let’s continue reading verses verse eight, starting in verse 18, there in James chapter two through the end of the chapter, yea, a man may say, thou has faith. And I have works. Show me that I faith without thy works. And I will show the, my faith by my works.

That I’ll believe is that there is one God thou do as well. The devils also believe and tremble, but without no, Oh, vain man, that faith without works is dead, was not Abraham. Our father justified by works. When he offered Isaac, his son upon the altar. See us now how faith wrought with his works and by works was faith made perfect.

And the scripture was fulfilled, which Seth Abraham believed God. And it was imputed unto him for righteousness. And he was called the friend of God to be called the friend of God, because you believed him and had such faith in him that you would do the works he wanted you to. Do you see then how that by works, a man is justified and not by faith.

Only not by faith. Only. Likewise also was Ray was not. Ray had the harlot justified by works. When she had received the messengers and had sent them out another way for as the body, without the spirit is dead. So faith without works is dead. Also our faith will be shown through our works. Turn back with me to Philemon and verse six Philemon verse six,

that the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing, which is in you in Christ Jesus. When our faith is shown, others are going to hear about it right up there in verse five, Paul writes to finally men hearing of thy love and faith, which thou has towards the Lord toward the Lord Jesus and toward all saints.

Paul, didn’t hear about fire Lehman’s faith through him, boasting about his faith. Paul heard a fine Lehman space because finally men showed such a great, such great faith through the loving actions that he took towards his brother and that they told Paul about his faith. When others here we are fulfilling Christ’s command Matthew 28, 19 and 20 Matthew, 28, 19 and 20 go ye therefore and teach all nations,

baptizing them in the name of the father and of the son and of the Holy ghost. So we are to go and we are to teach and we are to baptize. All works that we do for the father through our faith, teaching them to observe all things whatsoever. I have commanded you and lo I am with you always even unto the end of the world.

Amen. Sorry. When we keep God’s commands, he knows that we love him. Turn with me to first John chapter two verses three through five first John chapter two verses three through five And hereby. We do know that we know him. If we keep his commandments, he that Seth, I know him and keepeth, not his commandments is a liar and the truth is not in him,

but whoso keepeth his word in him. Verily is the love of God. Perfected hereby know we that we are in him. Is it enough to just have faith and faith in and love the Lord? No hearing of thy love and faith, which thou has toward the Lord Jesus and toward all saints. Paul says to Philemon in first five. So like by Lehman,

we must have love for our brethren. What does Paul mean by a love toward all saints in this passage? Love in the English language is such a fickle general term love. According to dictionary.com is a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person or a feeling of warm, personal attachment of deep affection. As for a parent, a child or a friend in the Greek.

The word for love and find Lehman. Verse five is a<inaudible>, which according to Strong’s dictionary is benevolence or Goodwill. A GABA is a self sacrificing love seeking Goodwill for others, especially other Christians. This is not an affectionate love, or a warm, fuzzy feeling that you get inside butterflies in your stomach. This is the love that seeks another’s highest.

Good. A love of the soul. Look, turn with me to John chapter 15 in verse 13. So a good example, John 15 in verse 13, The gospel of John greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. A self-sacrificing love is what we are to have for our brothers. We are commanded to love our brethren.

As I said earlier, if we love God, we will keep his commandments. Turn back. Let’s reiterate this our mind. First John chapter two verses three through five first John chapter two verses three through five and hereby. We do know that we know him. If we keep his commandments, he that Seth, I know him and keep it not his commandments is a liar and the truth is not in him,

but whoso keepeth his word in him. Verily is the love of God. Perfected hereby know we that we are in him. So let us consider what Christ has to says on this top. It has to say on this topic, John gospel of John chapter 15 in verse 14, John 15 and verse 14, Jesus himself says, ye are my friends.

If you do whatsoever, I command you. God commands us to love our brother in first, John chapter three and verse 23, turn with me first, John chapter three and verse 23. And this is his commandment that we should believe on the name of his son, Jesus Christ, and love one another as he gave us commandment. And again, in chapter four in verse 21,

first John chapter four and verse 21. And this commandment have we from him that he who loveth God love his brother. Also Christ commands us to love our brother in John chapter 15 and verse 12, the gospel of John chapter 15 and verse 12. This is my commandment that she loved one another. As I have loved you. How did Jesus love us?

He came to this earth in human form. He suffered at the hands of men and died on the cross for us. Why else do we love? We love to lift others up. Fire Lehman, verse seven, find Lehman and verse seven for we have great joy in constellation and thy love because the bowels of the saints are refreshed by the brother. We love to lift others up.

We love because God is love. First John chapter four verses seven through eight first John chapter four verses seven and eight beloved. Let us love one another for love is of God and everyone that loveth is born of God and know with God he that loveth not knoweth. Not God for God is love. We love because God first loved us. First, John chapter four and verse 19,

just right down the way there. First John chapter four in verse 19, we love him because he first loved us. And we love because we want to abide in God, right back up in verse 16 of first John chapter four, and we have known and believed the love that God hath to us, God is love. And he, that dwelleth in love,

dwelleth in God and God and him. Paul wrote an entire section on the importance of a God and his letter to the core in his letter to the Corinthian brethren. Because without it, we are nothing. Let’s go ahead and read first Corinthians chapter 13. I know it’s a lengthy reading, but it’s such a beautiful reading every time. First Corinthians chapter 13,

though, I speak with the tongues of men and of angels and have not love. I am become as sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal. Any of you know, what a sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal sounds like it’s annoying. If you don’t have love, basically you’re annoying. And though I have the gift of prophecy and understand all mysteries and all knowledge.

And though I have all faith so that I could remove mountains and have not love. I am nothing. And though I be still all my goods to feed the poor. And though I give my body to be burned and have not love it. Profit with me, nothing charity or love suffereth long and is kind love. Envieth not love vaunted, not itself and is not puffed up.

Does not behave itself. Unseemly, seeketh, not her own is not easily provoked thinketh, no evil, rejoice, not in iniquity, but rejoices with the truth. Beareth all things. Believe all things. Hopeth all things endures. All things love, never fail. If, but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail. Whether there be tongues, they shall cease.

Whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away for we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that, which is perfect is come then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I speak as a child. I understood as a child, I thought as a child, but when I became a man,

I put away childish things for now. We see through a glass darkly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then shall I know, even as also, I am known and now abideth, faith, hope, love these three, but the greatest of these is love. So whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord.

Jesus giving things to God and the father by him, Colossians three 17, since God is love. And we do all in his name, then we must communicate our faith through our love. Paul writes of Phi rites of Phi Lehman that through his love, his faith was communicated. Turned back with me to find Lehman again and verse six, find Lehman in verse six,

that the communication of by faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing, which is in you in Christ. Jesus. If we’re in Christ, Jesus, everything we put forth is through love, but we are to love indeed. That is in action. First, John chapter three and verse 18 first John chapter three and verse 18. My little children,

let us not love in word neither in tongue, but indeed. And in truth, everybody heard you can say, I love you a million times, but when somebody finally shows you that they love you. It speaks a million times louder than however many times. They told you. They love you. God took action on his love for us by giving us his son,

John chapter three in verse 16, as most of the world knows this verse though, it is misapplied quite often, John chapter three, verse 16 for God. So loved the world that he gave. His only begotten son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. And again in Romans chapter five and verse eight, Romans chapter five and verse eight.

But God commendeth his love toward us. And that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. Christ took action on his love for all mankind, Galatians chapter two and verse 20 Galatians two 20 Paul writes to the Galatians. I am crucified with Christ. Nevertheless, I live yet not I, but Christ liveth in me and the life, which I now live in the flesh.

I live by the faith of the son of God who loved me and gave himself for me. Christ put his love into action by giving himself for us. Jesus told Peter to take action on his love. Not once, not twice, but three times in the same conversation. John chapter 21 verses 15 through 17 John chapter 21 verses 15 through 17. So when they had died,

Jesus said to Simon, Peter Simon, son of Jonas love without me more than these, he said unto him, yea Lord thou knowest that I love thee. He said unto him, then do something about it, right? Feed my lambs. He said to him again, the second time Simon son of Jonas lovest thou me. He said unto him, yea Lord thou knowest that I love thee.

He said unto him again, do something, feed my sheep. He said unto him the third time Simon son of Jonas lovest Dow me. Peter was grieved because he said unto him. The third time, love is now me. And he said unto him more thou knowest, all things thou knowest that I love. Jesus said unto him a final time feed my sheep.

Jesus calls all of us to act through our love for him. John chapter 14 in verse 15, just a couple of chapters back John chapter 14 and verse 15. Jesus says, if you love me, you will keep my commandments. Let us read what Paul wrote to the Galatians on this subject, Galatians chapter five, verses five and six, five,

five, and six for we through the spirit. Wait for the hope of righteousness by faith for in Jesus Christ, neither circumcision availeth anything nor uncircumcision, but faith, which worketh by love as Christians, we should have such a faith that our love can be shown loud enough for everyone to hear it. Be that person that others look at at work or at school or at worship or wherever it may be,

be that person that others can see your faith in Christ through the love that you show and everything that you do remember to do this. We must have faith in the Lord. We must have love for our brothers and we must communicate our faith through our love. I’d like to leave you this morning with a poem that I know a lot of people are familiar with,

but as new to me as called, I’d rather see a sermon than hear one any day by Edgar, a guest. I’d rather see a sermon than hear one any day. I’d rather one should walk with me than merely tell the way the eye is a better pupil, more willing than the ear. Find counsel is confusing, but example is always clear.

And the best of all the preachers are the men who love their creeds for to see a good put into action is what everybody needs. I can soon learn how to do it. If you will, let me see it done. See it done. I can watch your hands in action, but your tongue too fast may run. And the lectures you deliver may be very wise and true,

but I’d rather get my lesson by observing what you do for, I may misunderstand you and the high advice you give, but there is no misunderstanding how you act and how you live. When I see a deed of kindness, I am eager to be kind when a weaker brother, stumbles and a strong man stands behind just to see if he can help him.

Then the wish grows strong in me to become as big and thoughtful as I know that friend to be, and all travelers can witness that best of guides today is not the one who tells them, but the one who shows the way one good man teaches many men believe what they behold. One deed of kindness noted as worth 40, that are told one who stands with men of learns to hold.

His honor, dear for right living speaks a language which to everyone is clear though. Enables speaker charms me with his eloquence. I say, I’d rather see a sermon than hear one any day. If you have yet to obey the command of my God, of our God, why Terria Sao arise and be baptized and wash away. Thy sins calling upon the name of the Lord acts 2216.

The waters of baptism are ready for anybody that is ready to show that they love God by obeying his command. Or if you are in need of prayers from the saints, know that we love you and that we care and that the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man, availeth much James, five 16, whatever your need may be. Please come forward.

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the battle belongs to the Lord 749. After we sing the song will be led in our closing prayer. We do want to thank each and every one of you for being here, especially our visitors. And we hope you will get to be back with us again. Soon, we do have Bible class Wednesday night at 7:00 PM. And again, next Sunday morning at nine 30 and worship at 10 30,

number 749, the battle belongs to the Lord and then we’ll be closed in our closing or we’ll have our closing prayer in heaven. The armor will learn to the land that will be long to the little weapons I’ve fashioned. Again,<inaudible> bad OB long to the little book and we seeing<inaudible> power and strength to the Lord. We sing<inaudible> to the Lord.

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So Heavenly father. We’re so very grateful for this privilege that we’ve had to assemble peacefully and worship you. We pray that our worship has been in spirit and truth and a sweet savor unto thee. As we prepare to depart, we’re mindful of those of our number that are suffering illnesses, illnesses, please, if you will place your healing hands upon them and return them to their much wanted Hill.

We’re also mindful of the Neal family and the passing of Danny Tommy’s brother. We pray that you will comfort them, be with the Sanderson family as they mourn the loss of Jenny’s sister in law. And also we ask father that you be with the Dale family as they traveled back to Jessica’s mother’s bedside that you will bless them with a safe trip and her with a speedy recovery go with each of us.

Now, as we prepared to depart, bless each of us, according to our several needs and bring us all back at the next appointed hour. It’s in jesus’ name that we pray. Amen.<inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible>.