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The Greatest Sermon Ever 7 On Vengeance

The Greatest Sermon Ever 7 On Vengeance Matthew 5:38-42 New International Version (NIV) Eye for Eye 38 "You have heard that it was said, 'Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.'[a] 39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. 40 And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. 41 If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. 42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. So, there are two great dangers in the studying of this text. One is to say that this teaches us to be completely passive never resisting evil people, a

Adventures in Faith - Abraham 7. God of the Impossible

Genesis 17 When God wants to do something big, he starts with something very small. When God wants to do the miraculous, he starts with the impossible. After all, when he sent his Son to the world, he didn't send him to New York or London or even to Rome. He sent him to a little village called Bethlehem. God loves to start small because then he can show his power in a mighty way. He also is the only one who gets the credit because most of us don't want the credit for small beginnings. We'd rather start big and go from there. No so with our Heavenly Father. He starts with the impossible and then turns it into reality. That of course is the whole story of Abraham's life. Here is a man whom G

The Greatest Sermon Ever 6. On Your Word

The Greatest Sermon Ever 6. On Your Word Matthew 5:33-37 New International Version (NIV) Oaths 33 "Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, 'Do not break your oath, but fulfill to the Lord the vows you have made.' 34 But I tell you, do not swear an oath at all: either by heaven, for it is God's throne; 35 or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. 36 And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. 37 All you need to say is simply 'Yes' or 'No'; anything beyond this comes from the evil one. I find tonight one of those interesting topics that Jesus deals with, as it is one that we all

Adventures in Faith - Abraham 6. Doing the Right Thing in the Wrong Way

Genesis 16 You can shoot an arrow and while it is in the air, you can say, "Oh God, please forgive me," but the arrow will still come down. Your confession won't make the arrow disappear. It's going to land somewhere. In an earlier sermon I pointed out that sometimes smart people do very stupid things. This is true not only of us but also of the great men and women of the Bible. Although Abraham is the premier example of living by faith, that does not absolve him from doing some very foolish things. We saw it earlier in that shameful episode in which he lied about Sarah on their ill-fated trip to Egypt (Genesis 13). But that wasn't the most foolish thing he ever did. The story in Genesis 16

The Greatest Sermon Ever 5. On Divorce and Remarriage

The Greatest Sermon Ever 5. On Divorce and Remarriage Matthew 5:31-32 New International Version (NIV) Divorce 31 "It has been said, 'Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce.'[a] 32 But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, makes her the victim of adultery, and anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery. We have a difficult task ahead of us, as I wish to communicate the ideals that Jesus is trying to communicate here in this passage without trampling over the delicate and painful nature of the topic we are dealing with. Let's address the elephant in the room tonight; we live in a sinful world where the ideal is

Adventures in Faith - Abraham 5. How to Overcome Fear

Genesis 15 Here we discover the details of the Abrahamic covenant. Hundreds of years later the NT writers will look back on this covenant as the foundation for the Christian gospel. Genesis means "beginnings" and we discover several important "firsts" in this chapter: 1. The first use of the phrase "the word of the Lord came." This phrase is used over 100 times in the OT. 2. The first time God said "fear not" to anyone. 3. The first time God is called a "shield." Frequently used in the Psalms to describe God's protection for his people. 4. The first time anyone is said to have "believed" in the Lord. The NT uses the word "believer" for "Christian." At this point God's word to Abraham is "

The Greatest Sermon Ever 4. On Lust and Adultery

The Greatest Sermon Ever 4. On Lust and Adultery Matthew 5:27-30 New International Version (NIV) Adultery 27 "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall not commit adultery.'[a] 28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell. It has been said that the greatest social revolution i

Adventures in Faith - Abraham 4. Spiritual Warfare 101

Genesis 14 / Hebrews 7 When a nation forgets God, anything is possible. There is a war raging in South Africa. It is not a war between the ANC and the DA or between black and white. It is rather a war between those who believe in the concept of truth and those who don't. A World at War We live in a world at war. Ever since Lucifer attempted to overthrow God a war has been raging in the universe. It is a war between Light and Darkness - Good and Evil - God and Satan - Angels and Demons. Ladies and gentlemen, we are on the battlefield! We are on the front lines. What was said of ancient Pergamum could also be said of us: "I know where you live-where Satan has his throne." How else can you e


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