HEY BLOCKHEAD, I LOVE YOU

I remember reading a Peanuts cartoon strip in which Lucy comes up to Charlie Brown and does something that is very unusual for her. She says, “I love you.” But Charlie Brown keeps responding by saying, “No, you don’t.” And each time Lucy answers a little louder, “Yes I do, I really love you.” But Charles Brown has been rejected so many times he keeps saying, “It can’t be true.” So in the last square, Lucy has reached the limit of her patience and she screams out in a loud voice, “Hey blockhead, I love you!”

I wonder if God has to do that with us sometimes. I mean, what does it take to get through to so many in the world? In the words of the late V. E. Howard, “Are you listening?” In the pages of the Bible God has shown us time and time again how much He loves us, and is always there for us if only we will come to Him in obedience. The Father loved us so much that He sent His Son to die for us (Jn. 3:16), and Jesus loved us so much that He willing died for us (Jn. 15:13). Acknowledging this love, then, Jesus said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (Jn. 14:15). We do not truly accept, appreciate, or believe God’s love for us if we are not obedient.

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PERSISTENCE

Thomas Jefferson once said, “When we see ourselves in a situation which must be endured and gone through, it is best to make up our minds todoit, meet it with firmness and accommodate everything to it in the best way practicable. This lessens the evil, while fretting and fuming only serves to increase your own torments.”

 Persistence is greatly needed among God’s people today. Too often we are inclined to put off doing those things that are not always pleasant, or that might be uncomfortable. It is not always pleasant to confront a brother or sister in sin. It is not always easy to do the right things in a hostile crowd. It is not always comfortable to say what needs to be said and do what needs to be done. It is always best just to make up our minds and do it. Time does not ease our labor – it only makes it more difficult. 

We need to accept the advice of Paul, “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not vain in the Lord”(1 Cor. 15:58).

“Just do it!”

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WHEN SODOM LIVED IN LOT’S FAMILY

INTRODUCTION

A. One could hardly think of a more terrible picture of sin “gone to seed” than that which is painted for us in Genesis 19 – the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah

  1. As we read this chapter we are left with a sick feeling about the potential evil that can consume men’s heart.
  2. We recall at this time…

a.1 Corinthians 10:11…Romans 15:4

b.“If we do not learn from history we are doomed to commit the same mistakes”

B. There is a fierce battle being waged today between right and wrong

  1. This battle in fought in the:
    • NationProverbs 14:34
    • FamilyDeuteronomy 4:40
    • ChurchJude 3
    • IndividualJames 4:7

2. The battle went poorly in Sodom and Gomorrah in Lot’s day

  • Abraham stood before God (Gen. 18) and pleaded with God to spare the city if he could find ten righteous souls.
  • God said, “I will not destroy it for ten’s sake” (v. 32)
  • Apparently there were not even ten righteous in all that area… Deuteronomy 29:23
  • The wickedness of that place and time is so notorious that it is remembered to this very day… Jude 7

C.Throughout the New Testament, Christ and others use Sodom figuratively to represent wickedness

  1. There are many valuable lessons to be learned about the consequences of allowing the world to enter our hearts as it did the family of Lot.

2.Not only did Lot’s family live in Sodom – Sodom lived in Lot’s family. That was the problem!

  1. Let us now consider the consequences that followed this tragic state “When Sodom Lived in Lot’s Family”

DISCUSSION

A.When Sodom lived in Lot’s family respect for parents declined

1.Genesis 19:14

2.After the angels told Lot that Sodom was about to be destroyed, Lot went to warn his daughters’ husbands.

  1. It is immediately apparent that they were not spiritually minded nor did they hold Lot in too high a regard.
  2. They did not take the older and wiser Lot seriously
  3. In a matter of hours, consequently, they were among those consumed in the fire
  4. If they had possessed the proper respect for Lot, they might have been spared

3.When Sodom (the world) lives in one’s heart today – respect for parents decline.

  1. We are living in a shameful day when I see so much disrespect shown toward parents and adults in general
  2. The advice of parents is perceived as a “joke” by many
  3. So often, by the time one believes his parents’ counsel, it is too late and a life has been wrecked by folly.

4.God warns about disrespect for one’s parents.

  1. Notice God’s view of this… Leviticus 20:9
  2. Some think it is funny or ignore the disrespect of youth – but God doesn’t, and we shouldn’t either

c.Ephesians 6:1-3

  1. It is very apparent that when Sodom is in one’s family – children hold the parents in contempt – not respect.

B.When Sodom lived in Lot’s family there was a reluctance to flee evil

1.Genesis 19:15-16

  1. The angels literally had to lead Lot and his family by the hand out of Sodom
  2. Don’t forget what they were leaving behind: homosexuality, sadistic behavior, total unrighteousness
  3. Despite these horrible evils – they could not bring themselves to leave

2.Today Christians are told to flee the evils of this world.

  1. We are to flee:

1)Fornication(1 Cor. 6:18)

2)Idolatry(1 Cor. 10:14)

3)The love of money (1 Tim. 6:10-11)

4)Youthful lusts(2 Tim. 2:22)

  1. In summation, consider… James 4:4
  2. We must keep the world out of us

3.Too many are reluctant to distance themselves from activities and associations clearly evil

  1. When one leaves the world and gets on the safe ground of salvation, he should never forget what he is leaving:

1) Condemnation (Rom. 8:1)

2) The road to everlasting punishment (Mat. 25:46)

3) The misery and consequences of sin (Gal. 6:7)

  1. If we are reluctant to leave the things of the world – we will soon suffer eternally

C.When Sodom lived in Lot’s family fear reigned in the place of faith

1.Genesis 19:17-22

  1. The angels specifically told Lot he would be safe in the mountains, but he was, incredibly, too afraid
  2. He was so influenced by the sinful society of Sodom that he was conditioned to be afraid

2.That is the effect the world can have on backsliding Christians.

  1. The world encourages and breeds fear
  2. In contrast, notice the advice that Paul offers… “Be strong in the Lord” (Eph. 6:10)
  3. Remember… Matthew 10:28

D.When Sodom lived in Lot’s family a deadly yearning for the earthly was stronger than the will to obey God

1.Genesis 19:26

  1. This powerful lesson was learned in the most graphic way
  2. God told Lot’s family not to look back at the wicked city, but Lot’s wife was too enamored with it.
  3. Her glance back was fatal
  4. Through the eye of lust, Lot’s wife wanted just one more look – it was one look too many

2.With grim recall… “Remember Lot’s wife” (Lk. 17:32)

  1. We need to remember Lot’s wife when we are tempted to allow worldliness to get a hold of us
  2. Remember… 1 John 2:15-17

E.When Sodom lived in Lot’s family Sodom’s immorality had taken root in their actions

1.Genesis 19:30-38

  1. Unfortunately, the problems of Sodom were not completely removed, even after its destruction.
  2. Sodom was still very much in the hearts of Lot’s daughters
  3. They had regular contact with the citizens of Sodom, and its influence rubbed of… 1 Corinthians 15:33

d.Proverbs 6:27-28

2.In similar fashion:

a.One cannot drink from the waters of religious error and not be affected?

b.One cannot feed his mind on the garbage of this world without consequences?

c.One cannot go where Satan is and escape his influence?

3.One may think he can surround himself with evil and be affected – but you are wrongHosea 8:7

CONCLUSION

A.It was not a sin for Lot and his family to live in Sodom – the sin came when Sodom started living in them

  1. Notice these interesting words of Jesus… John 17:15

C.We must live in this world, but the world does not have to live in us

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THE TRUE MARKS OF SUCCESS

A hundred years ago, Ralph Waldo Emerson noted three qualities he deemed marks of true “success”: the ability to discern and appreciate beauty, the ability to see the best in others, and a commitment to leaving the world a better place. Notice that Emerson does not say that success comes in having the best seat at the table, acquiring more material possessions, or in belonging to the best clubs. Emerson contends that success comes with appreciating God’s world, developing loving relationships with God’s people, and with working to improve God’s world.

Beloved, the Gospel provided us all we need to accomplish this. “Seeing that his divine power hath granted unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that called us by his own glory and virtue” (2 Pet 1:3). And remember, the Gospel is God’s power unto salvation (Rom. 1:16). True success comes by making the world a better place through the Gospel.

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THIS OLD BOOK

This book contains the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners and the happiness of believers. Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding; its histories are true, and its decisions are immutable. Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, practice it to be holy.

It contains light to direct you, food to support you and comfort to cheer you. It is the traveler’s map, the pilgrim’s staff, the pilot’s compass, the soldier’s sword, and the Christian’s charter.

Here Paradise is restored, Heaven opened and the gates of hell disclosed. Christ is its grand subject, our good its design and the glory of God its end. It should fill the memory, rule the heart and guide the feet.

Read it slowly, frequently, prayerfully. It is a mine of wealth, a paradise of glory and a river of pleasure. Follow its precepts and it will lead you to Calvary, to the empty tomb, to a resurrected life in Christ, yes, to glory itself for eternity. [author unknown]

How often do you read and studied your Bible? “Give diligence [study – KJV] to present thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, handling aright the word of truth”(2 Tim. 2:15).The Psalmist declared, “Oh how love I thy law! It is my meditation all the day” (Psa. 119:97).

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SLUMS OF APOSTASY

The life of Edgar Allen Poe is one of the most tragic of all American writers. Within a brief span of forty years he literally went from riches to rags. Raised by foster parents who loved him deeply, he was provided with an education that matched his genius in his field of interest. He attended private schools in England. He was schooled in Richmond at the University of Virginia. He even spent a period of time as a cadet at West Point. 

Poe, in his heyday, was unparalleled as a literary critic, editor, poet, and author of short stories. Most of us have probably had our spines tingled by The Pit and the Pendulum or The Tell-Tale Heart or The Raven. His works have indeed left their mark. 

But the mark left by his life is another story. Poe lost his young bride through a bitter case of tuberculosis. By that time, alcohol and drug abuse, along with involvement in the occult and Satanism, had proved to be his undoing. Depression and insanity plagued his short life, eventually leaving him unconscious in the gutter of a windswept street in Baltimore. Four days later he died, having never regained consciousness. 

Poe began his life with money and brilliance, which quickly brought him prestige and fame. But it was only a matter of time before he became a ragged, penniless bum.  

This tragedy, the slow slip from riches to rags, can happen to us spiritually as well. That is why Paul warned, Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates”(2 Cor. 13:5)? Do not slip into the slums of apostasy.

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THE COVENANT WITH ABRAHAM

INTRODUCTION
A. An old woman had, for years, been thoroughly overcome by all kinds of troubles and trials in life. Her family had done all they could for her, but nothing seemed to help. Finally, they gathered together one day and told her. “Grandma, we’ve done all we can for you. From now on you’re just going to have to trust God.” A look of fear and total dejection came over her face as she said, “Oh, dear. Has it come to that?”
1. It always comes to that!
2. Our world, it seems, does not know what to do with God
a. Many have a lack of faith, or a weak faith
b. Others have a misconception concerning faith
B. The life of Abraham gave us any many insights into faith and trust in God – Let us now look into another episode in the Life of this great man.
DISCUSSION
A. ABRAHAM’S FAULTY ASSUMPTION
1. Genesis 15:1
2. “After these things,” that is, after Abraham had delivered Lot from the invading kings, the Almighty gives Abraham words of encouragement:
a. Man has two basic fears:
1) The presence of evil
2) The absence of good
b. Thus, God presents himself as a:
1) “Shield” – He is our protector from evil
a) Psalm 3:3
b) Psalm 18:2
2) “Exceedingly great reward” – He will provide what we need
a) Psalm 34:9-10
b) Psalm 37:25
3. Genesis 15:2-3
a. Notwithstanding the great promise just given, Abram is still childless and landless; and the Lord has made as yet no sign of action in regard to these objects of special promise.
b. So Abraham is wondering if Eliezer is the heir of which the Lord speaks
4. We, too, can make faulty assumptions at times
a. Do we assume that because our prayers are not answered as we wish that God is not answering our prayers or does not care?
b. Do we assume that because we are faithful to the Lord that no trouble will befall us?
c. Do we assume certain things about people without the proper evidence?
d. Assumptions can be dangerous
B. GOD’S FAITHFUL ASSURANCE
1. The Revelation
a. Genesis 15:4-5
b. God renews His promise and says that Eliezer is not the promised heir, but the one that shall “come forth out of thine own bowels”
c. The seed promised is here renewed – and Abraham is seen as trying to rush the plans of God, or perhaps there was some doubt on his part
1) Abraham tried to rush the plan through Eliezer
2) Later he would try to change the plan through Ishmael
3) It is a tragedy when man tries to change God’s plan
d. Do we ever try to rush or change the plans of God, or do we ever begin to doubt – we need to remember that our timeline may not be the same as God’s.
e. Notice the character of God’s promises:
1) 1 Kings 8:56 … His promises are unfailing
2) Romans 4:21 … His promises are assured by Divine ability
3) 2 Peter 1:4 … His promises are of infinite value
2. The Response
a. Genesis 15:6
b. One of the greatest words in the Old Testament is found here for the first time in Scripture – it is the word rendered “believe,” a word which essentially means “trust”
c. So now, when God asks Abraham to carry out certain orders, he unhesitatingly obeys, and this attitude is a demonstration of his faith.
1) But even more is revealed here – God’s response to Abram’s implicit obedience shows that the patriarch met with God’s favor and was considered “righteous” as a result
2) And now, in the verses following, we see the Promise and the Sign issuing forth in the Covenant.
d. Unfortunately, this verse has become the playground of false teachers who say that a man is justified by faith alone, but…
1) Paul connects faith & obedience – Romans 1:5; 16:26
2) James 2:14-24
3. The Ratification of the Covenant (15:7-17)
a. The Details
1) Genesis 15:7-11
2) God renews the land promise with Abraham and confirms the promise with a covenant
3) The Lord now directs him to make ready the things necessary for entering into a formal covenant regarding the land. These include all the kinds of animals afterward used in sacrifice….. The number three is sacred, and denotes the perfection of the victim in point of maturity….. The division of the animals refers to the covenant between two parties, who participate in the rights which it guarantees.
4) For whatever purpose a covenant was made, it was ratified by a sacrifice offered to God; and the passing between the divided parts of the victim appears to have signified that each agreed, and if they broke their agreement they would to submit to the punishment of being cut asunder – an ancient mode of punishment
5) Do you realize that we have made, in a sense, a covenant with God in baptism? God gives us remission of sins and we are to give Him a life of faithfulness.
6) With regard to the Ratification of the Covenant, notice…
b. The Destiny of Israel
1) Genesis 15:12-16
2) The history of Abraham’s seed would not be a continuous highway of peace, for it is prophesied that they would go into Egyptian bondage and leave as a great nation with great substance
3) This all came to pass just as God said
4) We can count on what the Lord says. Notice a few examples:
a) Romans 8:28
b) Mark 16:16
c) John 5:28-29
5) With regard to the Ratification of the Covenant, notice…
c. The Descent of God
1) Genesis 15:17
2) The “smoking furnace” and “burning torch” possibly symbolize the smoke of destruction and the light of salvation….. Their passing through the pieces of the victims and probably consuming them as an accepted sacrifice are the ratification of the covenant on the part of God, as the dividing and presenting of them were on the part of Abram.
3) Concerning us today God has done His part
a) He has given us the blessed sacrifice of His Son
b) He has given us His written word to direct our paths
4) Are we doing our part?
a) Have you taken advantage of the sacrifice of Jesus by obeying God’s plan of salvation?
b) Are you doing your part by remaining faithful and walking in the light as He is in the light?
CONCLUSION

Tom Moore
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