GOD’S LOVE

How soon their praises turned to hate!
“Away with Him,” they cried.
“His blood be on our little ones.
Let Him be crucified!”
They nailed Him to the cruel cross.
They jeered and mocked Him, too.
“Forgive them, Father,” Jesus cried.
“They know not what they do.”
Hate pressed the crown on Jesus’ head.
Hate drove the cruel nails.
But love was in the Savior’s heart.
Hate lost. Love never fails. [author unknown]

John writes, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life” (Jn. 3:16). Jesus said, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (Jn. 15:13).

We know of God’s love for us, but what of our love for God? I am reminded of the words of our Lord when asked what the greatest commandment was, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” (Mat. 22:37). Jesus said, “If ye love me, ye will keep my commandments” (Jn. 14:15).

How is your love for God?

Think About It!

Have A Great Day!

Tom Moore
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Hamilton, Texas 76531
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PURITY AND THE MOVIE INDUSTRY

Now a word from the director of the FBI: “Movies are doing more to advance crime and juvenile delinquency than any other factor today.”

The writer who quoted the FBI head went on to say, “This is, of course, because of the steady stream of dirty sex, brutality, and violence. Millions of our young generation learns evil thoughts, evil acts, law-breaking ways, perverted sex, murder, and divorce from the films they see. The movie theater has become America’s college for an education in filth and crime.” These words of warning sound contemporary, but they aren’t. They were written in 1962 – things have only gotten worse.

The inspired words of Paul rings forth a warning, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honorable, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” We as parents and grandparents need to be very concerned with what we and our children are watching. “For as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Pro. 23:7). We need to make a covenant with our eyes (Job 31:1) not to look on that which is evil and immoral.

Think About It!

Have A Great Day!

Tom Moore
P. O. Box 107
Hamilton, Texas 76531
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OVERCOMING TEMPTATION

OVERCOMING TEMPTATION

INTRODUCTION
A. The world’s greatest and ugliest problem is sin
1. Sin contaminates every accountable person
a. Ecclesiastes 7:20
b. Romans 3:23
2. Sin is very broad in scope
a. It includes anyone who violates God’s word in some overt way… 1 John 3:4
b. It extends to words… Matthew 12:36-37
c. It includes evil thoughts and motives… Matthew 5:27-28
d. An action that violates our conscience is sinful… Romans 14:23
e. And even religious tenets that are taught or practiced without divine approval is sinful… Colossians 3:17
f. Sin is also done by an omission of our God-given duty… James 4:17
3. Sin deceives… Romans 7:11
4. Sin spreads… 1 Corinthians 5:5-6
5. Sin has awful consequences on a nation that is afflicted with it… Proverbs 14:34
6. Sin has an awful penalty for those who die guilty of it… Romans 6:23
B. The awfulness of sin exemplifies the importance of our lesson on “Overcoming Temptation.”
1. The best answer to sin is to avoid it completely, never to fall victim to it. But since this is impossible for
accountable people, another response is needed.
a. The gospel is God’s remedy for the guilt, the consequences, and the practice of sin… Romans 1:16
b. But to avoid future sin, one must learn to overcome temptations as they present themselves to us.
2. While none of us can live above sin, the gospel provides the guidance and help to conquer temptations…
1 John 1:7-10
DISCUSSION
A. TO UNDERSTAND SIN, WE NEED TO KNOW THE PROCESS BY WHICH SIN IS COMMITTED
1. Sin is the transgression of God’s law (1 John 3:4). Its definition is “to miss the mark.” Sin was used
originally to describe what an archer did when his arrow failed to hit the target.
2. James 1:13-15 gives the technical process by which sin is committed
a. God is not the instigator of sin; rather the lust of man lies at the heart of every sin.
1) Many of the appetites of our fleshly beings have God-given methods of gratification, but when they are
appeased by unlawful means, or when they are given priority above spiritual requirements (Matt. 6:33),
sin is the result.
2) But many appetites we develop have no sinless means of satisfaction (gambling, drinking, killing, etc.).
b. Our lust is allowed to come to the forefront; it is enticed by some situation or development; when we
succumb to the enticement, we transgress God’s will; at that point, we are separated from God… Isaiah 59:1-2
c. When sin has run its ultimate course, and we die still in its grasp, we are consigned to the Devil’s Hell,
forever separated from God (Matt. 25:30-46; Rev. 20:12-15).
3. The key to overcoming temptation is to identify and subdue the lusts (the strong desires) of the mortal part of
us… Matthew 26:41
B. TO UNDERSTAND TEMPTATION, WE NEED TO KNOW THE PATHS BY WHICH IT CAN COME
1. Temptations approach us through three different avenues… 1 John 2:15-17
a. They can come by means of the lust of the flesh. These are appeals made through the desires which arise
from the evil appetites of the flesh, and find expression through the flesh. Flesh is used here, not in
reference to skin, muscle, bone, and tissue, but to the lusts which are gratified by means of the works of
the flesh (Gal. 5:19-21).
b. They can come by means of the lust of the eyes. These are desires which are aroused through the appeal of
objects by the way they look. We lust for them because they are very appealing to us in appearance.
c. They can come by means of the pride of life. These are evil desires for worldly honor; they appeal to our
vanity. Evil actions are often produced because of our desire for the praise of men, to have something that
will cause others to honor us or be jealous of us.
2. Eve was tempted through these very avenues… Genesis 3:6
a. She saw that the forbidden fruit was good for food, and she thought that she just had to have it! There was
more than enough food in Eden to satisfy her hunger, and God had warned them against eating from this tree.
Her hunger was not sinful, but her desire to eat this fruit certainly led her astray.
b. She was tempted through the lust of the eyes. She saw that the forbidden fruit was pleasant to the sight.
Prohibited things often are pleasant to see.
c. She was tempted through the pride (vainglory) of life, the desire to be as wise as God. But what a lie the
devil had told her!
3. Christ was tempted through these same three avenues… Matthew 4:1-11
a. When the Lord completed his fasting, Satan enticed him to turn stones into bread. But he prefaced his
directive with the doubt-inducing thought, “If thou be the Son of God….” To obey the command of Satan
would be sinful; to misuse supernatural powers would be wrong; hence, Jesus reproved the injunction with a
reference to Scripture. This was an appeal to the lust of the flesh, an appeal that could not be satisfied
by the means propounded by the devil.
b. Satan then brought the Lord to a pinnacle of the temple, and directed him to cast himself down, for God had
promised in the Scriptures that nothing untoward would happen to him. Christ replied that to tempt God (to
put the Father to the test) was wrong, and cited the Old Testament reference to prove it. This was an
appeal to the lust of the eyes, and could not be gratified without violating the will of God.
c. The Devil took him up into a high mountain, and showed him the kingdoms of the world, promising that he
would give all these to the Lord if he would worship him. Christ replied that it was God who was to be
worshiped and served, not Satan, and again cited the proper scriptural authority. This was an appeal to the
pride of life, and could not be accomplished without committing sin.
C. TO MEET TEMPTATION, WE NEED TO KNOW THE SPECIFIC APPEALS TO WHICH IT CAN BE MADE
1. One of the most common today is through appeals to our sexual appetites
a. All sorts of sexual conduct (really, misconduct) is promoted by movies, songs, magazines, television
programs, advertisements, television commercials, current fashions, and perhaps in a host of other ways.
b. Lustful desires must be controlled… Matthew 5:27-28
2. A desire for wealth and the things that money can buy is prominent in our worldly society.
a. Money is required to provide the things essential to life and comfort, but contentment does not necessarily
accompany a big bank account.
b. 2 Corinthians 12:10
c. Philippians 4:11-13
3. A craving for political or social influence and the power that comes thereby, can lead unsuspecting souls into
sin and perdition.
a. Seeking the praise of men or preeminence over men has been the cause for many to forfeit the glories of
heaven.
b. John 12:42-43
c. 3 John 9-11
4. Vainglory has led many of our brethren from the highway of holiness.
a. Why is it that some want to have elaborate church buildings and boast about huge offerings and large
gatherings? While we would not judge the motives of anyone, it is clear that pride is apt to be the motive
of some… 2 Timothy 4:1-5
b. When preachers, elders, and Christians are willing to accept any kind of compromised “gospel” because their
“numbers” will be enhanced thereby, we can know their real motive is not to please God and save souls; it is
a means of self-gratification!
c. Many bulletins contain “great swelling words” of boasting about the size of their crowds, the dimensions of
their buildings, the number of baptisms, and the amount of their contributions. Is this not self-exalting?
d. Without the support of truth, such achievements are utterly without meaning, for the Moslems can put anybody
to shame if only numbers and dollar signs are considered. God is glorified only if we follow his will!
e. By following God’s requirement to develop and maintain humility, this evil disposition can be overcome.
1) Matthew 5:3
2) James 4:10
f. Many are led astray from holiness by anger, malice, hatred, and resentment.
1) Ephesians 4:26-27
2) Colossians 3:8
5. Many fall victim to temptation because they have not learned to subdue their tongues (Jas. 3:1-12). ©
6. Many fall into sin due to trials and hardships.
a. Ill health, a severe or crippling injury, a fire, the death of a child, the loss of a job, or the traitorous
work of a supposed friend, can be enough to overturn our spiritual equilibrium.
b. Hebrews 12:6
c. Hebrews 13:5-6
7. An evil habit can lead to a thoughtless practice of sin.
a. The best solution is never to develop such a habit…but with diligence on your part, the encouragement of
your Christian friends, and with the help of God, you can beat such a habit is you have fallen into it!
b. Romans 15:1-2
c. Ephesians 3:20-21
D. WE NEED TO KNOW THAT TEMPTATIONS CAN BE SUCCESSFULLY MET
1. An understanding of the danger involved, if we are successfully tempted, will help us overcome enticement.
a. Depending on the nature of the sin involved, we stand to lose our happiness, our health, our family, our
spouse, our job, our friends, and our souls!
1) Nothing is worth an eternity in Gehenna!
2) No pleasure or earthly advantage is worth obtaining at the cost of heaven!
b. Matthew 16:26
c. Luke 12:4-5
2. We must be able and willing to recognize temptation for what it is: an allurement of the devil to entice us
away from our Savior.
a. Temptation is presented in such a pretty package that we often fail to see it for what it is.
b. Or in the heat of a moment of anger or passion, we act wickedly before we take thought.
c. Genesis 4:8
d. 2 Samuel 11:1-4
3. We must have a desire to overcome the temptation.
a. We are not apt to defeat the devil’s allurements accidentally.
b. And it is certain that we cannot successfully meet a real temptation without wanting to overcome it.
c. Daniel 1:8
d. 1 Timothy 5:22
4. We must believe what God has said in his word.
a. If we do not believe the Bible, we will think there is no reason to flee from temptation.
b. In our mind, we would say there is no such thing as sin or the penalty for sin
c. 2 Corinthians 5:10-11
5. We must know the Bible if we want to be fully equipped to defeat temptations.
a. The Lord used the word of God to put Satan to flight (Mt. 4:1-11).
b. Psalms 119:11
c. 1 John 2:1
6. We must pray with regularity to avoid temptation.
a. How many of our troubles could have been eluded if more prayers had been offered?
b. How many problems have been averted because we did pray?
c. Matthew 6:13
d. Mark 14:38
7. We need the support and encouragement of our fellow-saints to overcome many of our temptations.
a. If we seek their company, and keep away from unsavory people, places, and situations as much as possible,
much less temptation will befall us
b. With the influence of our brethren to hearten us, we are more apt to remain loyal.
8. We need to worship regularly with the saints, so that the greatest depth of strength may be developed within
us.
a. No one can worship God sincerely and scripturally, and not receive strength.
b. The songs will build us up; studying God’s word together will supply us with resources with which to do
battle with Satan; giving will develop a spirit of sacrifice so that we are better prepared to forego some
of the desires which could otherwise lead us into sin; in eating the Lord’s Supper, we are reminded of his
tremendous gift and our relative unworthiness, and thus inspire us to loyalty; and prayers to God cannot but
help us.
9. We need to trust God to live up to his promise to help us in temptation
a. 1 Corinthians 10:13
b. He reminds us that we are not the only one to face temptations. From the Garden of Eden to the end of time,
Satan busily does his evil work! Christ faced every kind of temptation, and did not falter (Heb. 4:15).
Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, Solomon, the prophets, the apostles, and all of the New Testament saints,
faced temptations.
c. God is faithful to his promises.
1) 2 Peter 2:9
2) Each person has his own special strengths and weaknesses, and we all have a breaking point. An aged
person does not face the same temptations as a young person; ambition and sins of the flesh may assail
the young, and the old may have to overcome cynicism, loneliness, and resentment. Satan will attack us at
our weakest point. Often, our weak points are counterbalanced by strengths.
d. God will make a way of escape. He does not say he will remove the temptation, but will make a way to
escape. The escape might be through flight (2 Tim. 2:22); it might require fighting (Jas. 4:7); prayer will
be needed (Matt. 6:13; 26:41).
CONCLUSION
A. When we are overcome by temptation, God has provided the remedy.
1. For the alien sinner, one who has never known God, the requirements are plain…
2. For the erring Christian, the requirements are plain…
B. Temptation is not a sin of itself; it is the occasion for sin to develop.
1. Our Lord was tempted on many occasions, but that did make him sinful. It is the yielding to temptations that
is sin.
2. The devil does not spend much time on those already securely in his clutches; he is after those who are holy to
some degree.
C. Therefore, when temptations come, that may indicate that Satan needs to work on you some more; you are not yet
under his control.

Tom Moore
P. O. Box 107
Hamilton, Texas 76531
http://www.harrisandmoore.org
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The Supreme Court and Homosexual Marriages

Tune in to the Harris and Moore Expedition through the Bible tonight as we deal with the topic “Abandoning the Standard” – Friends this is what our government/nation is doing. (Have you been reading about the Supreme Court and homosexual marriages?…)

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You have heard what men have said – now listen to what the Bible says.

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Red Letter Only?

Tune in to night the Harris and Moore Expedition Through the Bible as we discuss the “red letter only” people. Surprisingly there are many who believe that only the red letter words (the actual words of Jesus) in our Bible have authority – all else is not authoritative (or, so they say).

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WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT DIVORCE AND REMARRIAGE

DIVORCE AND REMARRIAGE
Matthew 19:3-9

INTRODUCTION
A. Divorce has reached epidemic proportions in our society. Almost every family has been touched, in some manner, by this terrible malady.
B. Forty years ago divorce was viewed by the majority of the public as a shameful and disgraceful thing. Today, it has lost its shame and disgrace and is viewed by that same public as a viable alternative to an unhappy married life.
C. It is not surprising that such a moral climate in the world should have its effect upon the church. Only the most naïve could refuse to see how much the attitudes toward divorce in the world is now seen in members of the church. Perhaps an accurate spiritual barometer of this is seen in our leaders…
1. In conversation with an older preacher some time ago, he assured me that he could list 50-60 elders and preachers whose homes had been torn asunder by divorce over the past few years.
2. In addition, I can name a number of preachers who no longer preach what they used to preach on the subject, but have changed their positions to accommodate either the moral climate or their own circumstances.
3. Brethren, if this is happening among the leaders (and it is) I assure you that it is even worse among other members.
D. There is another thought I want you to keep in mind as your guiding star as we approach this highly emotional subject: We must have faith that all of God’s commands are for our good and ultimate benefit
1. Deuteronomy 10:13
2. Psalm 19:7-9
3. There are some things we may not understand about this subject but WE MUST HAVE TRUST AND CONFIDENCE IN GOD!
E. The fact that the relationship between husbands and wives is often ruptured is nothing new…it is as old as recorded history.
1. But God has always had laws to guide man in his various and sundry relationships, and this is no exception.
2. Thus, our task is to understand the mind of God on the subject of divorce and remarriage and then be guided by it.
F. In this study, I want us to take an exegetical view of Matthew 19:3-9.
1. Because of time constraints, we’re going to confine our comments mainly to this passage.
2. It is the central passage on the issue and other passages will only reinforce the teaching found here…
DISCUSSION
A. THE QUESTION OF THE PHARISEES … Matthew 19:3
1. The motive for the question – The Pharisees were testing Jesus; trying to find something against him, perhaps some slip of the tongue whereby they might put him to some disadvantage and turn the popular opinion against him.
2. But, why this particular question? How could they use this question to their advantage? As we view the historical background to this question, there are three possible explanations.
a. It is possible that they were trying to involve Jesus in one of the major controversies of the day between two rabbinical schools. This controversy centered on the proper understanding of… Deuteronomy 24:1-4.
1) The school of Shammai taught that one could only divorce his wife for the cause of adultery (giving emphasis to the word “uncleanness” in Deut. 24:1 to mean “adultery”)
2) The school of Hillel, far more liberal, emphasized the phrase “finds no favor in his eyes” in the Deuteronomy passage and understood “uncleanness” to refer to anything the husband found undesirable in his wife.
3) The tragic results of all of this controversy is obvious – the position held and advocated by the school of Hillel prevailed and was the most popular position in Palestine at the time of Jesus.
4) If Jesus took the popular, more liberal view of Hillel, His opposition could deride His claims to be a Teacher of superior morality. If Jesus upheld the stricter view of Shammai, he would arouse the enmity of the majority who had accepted this position. Either way Jesus chose, it seemed to the Pharisees, their purpose to entrap him would be accomplished.
b. Very closely associated with this controversy was the question prompted by the case of Herod and Herodias… Mark 6:17-19
1) To take the liberal view of Hillel would be to repudiate the teaching of John the Baptist (the people held him to be a prophet)
2) To accept Shammai’s position not only would have offended the majority, but it might possibly have involved Jesus in the same trouble with Herod that John had faced.
3) The Pharisees, knowing that Jesus had already spoken clearly on the matter (the Sermon on the Mount… Matt. 5:31-32), could have been seeking the same fate for Jesus that John had suffered.
3. THE POINT OF THE QUESTION that the Pharisees asked is this: Is marriage a precarious relationship, uncertain, subject to be dissolved at the mere whim or pleasure of either party? Is divorce permissible for just any reason at all?
B. JESUS’ ANSWER TO THE PHARISEES… Matthew 19:4-6
1. It should be first noted that Jesus answers the Pharisees question, “is divorce permissible for just any cause” – with a resounding NO!
2. Jesus calls as witness the marriage relationship as it was “in the beginning.” Adam and Eve were created for each other and for no one else; their union was necessarily complete and unbreakable.
3. Jesus said, “What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder” (v. 6), emphasizing the permanence of that relationship.
C. A CLOSER LOOK AT MATTHEW 19:6
1. God “joins” two together in marriage.
a. “Join” comes from SUZEGNUMI which means “yoke together, couple…; esp. in marriage,…; to be coupled with, paired; of wedded union.” (Liddell and Scott Lexicon)
b. This “yoking together” does two things according to the Law of God:
1) OBLIGATES one to leave father and mother and cleave to his wife – Matthew 19:5
2) RESTRAINS one from sexual relations with another – Romans 7:2-3
c. The fact that God acts in “joining” two people together shows that He alone has the authority to free one from this yoke so that they may contract another marriage without sin.
d. In essence, the marriage relationship, when bound by God, is more than a covenant between two parties (man & woman), it involves three (man, woman, & God).
2. Man is not to “put asunder” (separate) what God has joined together.
a. “Put asunder” comes from CHORIZO and means to separate, divide, put asunder… or divorce
b. Some have taken this to mean that man CANNOT separate what God has joined together. But this is not true…
1) If it were, it would render this command meaningless…
2) Matt. 19:9…one CAN divorce his mate unlawfully and MARRY another, this committing adultery (cf. Herod & Herodias- Mark 6:17-18)
3. The third thing I want to notice about Matthew 19:6 is that, in reality, Jesus was making an absolute pronouncement against divorce for ANY cause!
a. But, these word of Jesus do not take into account the matter of adultery which, according to the Law of Moses (Deut. 22), was punishable by death – thus obviously, giving the right of the survivor to marry.
b. I have no problem believing that, from the very beginning, God has authorized fornication as grounds for the dissolution of the marriage relationship with the right of remarriage for the one who was innocent of such-
1) In one dispensation, the sin was punishable by death, obviously giving the living party the right to marry.
2) In the Christian dispensation fornication is the only grounds whereby one might divorce and marry another without sin.
3) In essence, Jesus, in this passage, is rebuking the Jews and demanding a return to God’s marriage law as it had been in the very beginning and remains so till this day!
c. The emphasis in this verse is to the effect that the act of divorce itself (except under the conditions we’re going to talk about in verse 9) is SIN! … Malachi 2:16
D. THE PHARISEES REPLY TO JESUS CONCERNING… Matthew19:7-8
1. The Pharisees immediately attempt to throw Jesus into conflict with Moses. They are thinking, “If Moses had COMMANDED men to give their wives certificates of divorce and divorce them, who was Jesus to say it was not so?”
2. The error of the Pharisees was in the fact that MOSES NEVER COMMANDED DIVORCE, it was PERMITTED because of Israel’s hardened and sinful hearts. Moses only REGULATED a practice in which the sinful Jews had already been engaged.
3. Moses NEVER COMMANDED divorcing or the giving of a bill of divorcement! If he had, this would have contradicted the Law of God “from the beginning”!
E. JESUS’ TEACHING ON DIVORCE AND REMARRIAGE… Matthew 19:9
1. Jesus here gives a general law and makes one exception (He makes the laws, and only He has the authority to grant the exceptions).
2. The general law… “Whosoever shall put away his wife…and marries another committeth adultery.” THIS IS THE REAL POINT OF THE ENTIRE TEXT AND THE POINT WE NEED TO EMPHASIZE!!
3. The single and only exception to God’s general law on divorce…”except for fornication” (sexual immorality)
a. The force of any exceptive clause says that the general law does not apply under certain conditions. This is easily understood when we consider other passages…
1) Acts 8:1 “…they were all scattered…EXCEPT the apostles”
2) 2 Timothy 2:5 “…If a man also strives for the masteries, yet is he not crowned, EXCEPT he strive lawfully.”
3) Luke 13:3 “EXCEPT you repent, you shall all likewise perish.”
b. The force of the exceptive clause in Matthew 19:9 is simply, “if a man divorces his wife for the CAUSE of fornication and marries another, HE DOES NOT commit adultery.”
c. Please note that divorce must be for the CAUSE of fornication… that is, fornication must be the motive for the divorce.
4. Finally, the third element of Jesus’ teaching in this passage, “whoso marrieth her which is put away (i.e. one who has been divorced) doth commit adultery.” The point is simply this…to marry one who is unscripturally divorced is to commit adultery.
5. To sum up… Matthew 19:9 addresses…
a. The man who divorces his wife FOR FORNICATION and marries another DOES NOT commit adultery…this is the force of the exceptive clause
b. The man who divorces his wife NOT FOR FORNICATION and marries another commits adultery.
c. The man who marries a woman who has been divorced (put away) commits adultery (necessarily implied is that the divorced woman commits adultery also. The man could not be committing adultery without her being guilty as well).
CONCLUSION
A. When talking about marriage, divorce, and remarriage, I think it would be good for us to look at marriage from another angle…
1. First, remember that we must have authority for everything we do
a. Colossians 3:17
b. 2 John 9
c. Revelation 22:18-19
2. Then ask, “Who has the authority to marry?” The answer is plain:
a. Those who are single and never been married
b. Those whose first mates have died (Rom. 7:2-3; 1 Cor. 7:39)
c. Those who have divorced their mates for the CAUSE of fornication (Mat. 19:9)
3. Those who do not have the authority from God to marry are called adulterers.
a. This is indeed a grave sin, one that will cause a person to lose his soul
b. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10
B. It is also a grave sin to have fellowship with brethren who are adulterers
a. 1 Corinthians 5:6ff
b. Ephesians 5:11
c. Revelation 2:14, 20-22

Tom Moore
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SERMONS WE SEE

Sermons We See
By Edgar 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’s a better pupil and more willing than the ear,
Fine counsel is confusing, but example’s always clear;
And the best of all the preachers are the men who live their creeds,
For to see good put in action is what everybody needs.

I soon can learn to do it if you’ll let me see it done;
I can watch your hands in action, but your tongue too fast may run.
And the lecture you deliver may be very wise and true,
But I’d rather get my lessons by observing what you do;
For I might misunderstand you and the high advise you give,
But there’s 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 stays 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 the 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 noticed is worth forty that are told.
Who stands with men of honor learns to hold his honor dear,
For right living speaks a language which to every one is clear.
Though an able speaker charms me with his eloquence, I say,
I’d rather see a sermon than to hear one, any day.

Think About It!

Have A Great Day!

Tom Moore
P. O. Box 107
Hamilton, Texas 76531
http://www.harrisandmoore.org
http://www.fromthepreacherspc.org
http://www.parkheightscoc.com

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