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Joe Reeves


Joe Reeves

Associate Pastor at Village church in Berrien Springs, MI



  • March 24, 2018
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I'm a father we thank you for the Sabbath for the same time that we can spend with you and with each other with your children praying this morning that you might give a sharp minds and soft hearts to hear what you might want to hear that we might know you better one of you more love others more you might be ready for when you come in Jesus' name came. All right well we're living in a interesting age and we have reminders of that all around and in some sense you could say the time in which you are living in some sense it's an exceedingly fake age I say so because of things I see like when I was travelling in Thailand last year about a year ago exactly I was there last March and. Working on a mission trip there and many things are different in different cultures and many things are the same and I was I was there and we were at this lake and we were at this dam and were out on the stamp there's this young lady there and she has her selfie stick and she's got it got it there and she's trying to get the perfect angle on her face and it took her a long time to find it apparently and she wasn't. She wasn't there with any friends. Billionaire relationships the anybody she wasn't there with any books learning anything she is there trying to build her profile and I leave the dam and I walk around like it's ten minute walk and I finally get to this parking lot on the other side and I squint my eyes over there about ten minutes later and she still trying to find the perfect angle. To build this image so we like to hide ourselves and our true self and we like to produce what we want the world to see about us glossed over version of ourselves and so then I was even more disturbed when I ran across. An article in The Atlantic about this prospering business this business is in Japan the name of the business is family romance and they have it's a big business they have over eight hundred actors and and family romance you can sign up for a contract and you can have a fake anything so if you don't want to be cool when you're uncool when you're going to the party and show up single you can hire a girlfriend or boyfriend so that you can act like you're cool and it gets it gets perverse enough that half the article was about a lady a single mother who had hired a father to visit her her daughter once a week and this has been going on for years and years and years and and her daughter did not know that her dad was visiting once a week was a fake dad and so he did he he said he didn't know if the contract to be terminated before the wedding day or if he would walk her up the aisle and so. We go to extreme lengths and I want to ask some questions about how we view ourselves the smore ning some questions about thickness but I actually want to go into a related question that's even deeper about how we view God because many of us have done this with God and that is the title of my sermon designer gods with a small g because we paint God in our mind like an artist the way that we want him to be it's the God of our imagination. And so. We relate to God we look at him the way that we want him to be and the times that we're living in now there are so many voices of course Paul said in the last days there would be itching ears so any way that you want to see God You can find a speaker who a portrait God the way that you want to see him you can find a god that will appeal to the Connell sides of your natural heart and so I admit that this this title came from a poem I read in a book I was reading. By John Thurber the music of heaven and on page sixty three as I was reading this. He quoted this. Poem and I listen closely to this see where you might find yourself here it says Who is your god is he made in your image designed to satisfy your needs without crossing your desires does your god fulfill your wants at the snap of your finger is he a genie in a bottle to be called at any time is your god a designer god planned to fit the mold you choose or are you made in His image designed to glorify his name are your heart's desires met as you do his precious Will is your god a designer god plan to fit your own perspective or is he v capital design or capital God maker of the universe king of all creation and ruler of your heart where you say kind of a probing a question there and I want to go to the Scriptures with this discretion because it's not new to our generation if you go to go ations and a Paul wrote to some different churches about this problem. He wrote to Corinth and he said you know I fear that you have accepted another Jesus that's in second Corinthians eleven verse four and he wrote about that but he writes about it in again in Galatians and that's that's the one I want to focus on is when he writes about another Jesus in go away sins and there's different tones in. In different books of the Bible and different messages by Paul and if you were to put on the spectrum of of Paul's New Testament books Galatians is one of the most more a stern and severe and startling. Tones and many of his books he is very concerned about the church in Galatians and. Grasping for human language it seems to try to see if he can awaken them to that the spiritual crisis that they are in and creating their own design or Jesus the way that they want to be Check it out Galatians chapter one. And we will start here in verse six glaciers one of verse six he says I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ to a different gospel which is not another but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ Now this does this phrase those who trouble you he uses the that phrase a couple more times in the book of Galatians those who trouble you are those who present another Jesus and another gospel and we're not talking about people who are outside the early church these are people within the church outside the church within the church and there presuming a different Jesus and a different gospel and they're troubling him and says in verse eight but even if we or an angel from heaven preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you let him be a curse I don't care if an angel from Heaven shows up or an angel from anywhere shows up and presents another Jesus or another gospel let him be a cursed you better you better know where your feet stand you better know how to hold your ground if you're going to stand for the true Gospel of Jesus Christ as we have said in verse nine before so now I say again if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what we have received let him be a cursed for I do not persuade men or God or do I speak to please men. For if I still please men I would not be a bond sort of a bond servant of Christ and that's exactly the way it is if you speak to please people and it's people's ears you want speak the truth gospel the true Gospel has always involves some kind of of offense of the Cross now the offense of the cross that's another term taken from gracious questions five or so leaven the offense of the cross and every generation has stumbled at some aspect of the Gospel and so it's not popular to stand for the true Gospel of Jesus Christ and so Paul then launches in these next verses to a a defense. As if he needs to defend but he does he want his into more than a chapter pretty much a defense of his own apostleship and that he is a prophet who has had revelations from God and he received this Gospel not from man but from Jesus Christ at source as in The Express and verse eleven but I make known to you brother and that the Gospel which was preached by me is not according to Mahan he laid that out in verse one already which we didn't read for I neither received it from man nor was I taught it but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ and so he defends his apostleship that the Gospel which he preached is not one of a human conjecture or for human philosophy but it is through the revelation of Jesus Christ now the situation in the early church. Was a complex situation as is the situation in God's law state church will get to that to this situation in the early church was a complex situation there were many different voices in the church. And so one would choose which voice they might listen to and believe and what made it partially another level of complexity comes in Chapter two when you have even somebody called by God such as Peter who stumbled not because he didn't know the true Gospel he didn't know the message but because of pressure in a moment of weakness Peter. Buckled to the pressure of the people and Paul openly rebuked Peter now Peter knew Peter knew he had a vision and Acts chapter ten of the clean in the unclean in he knew he confessed after that vision he went to Cornelius his house a Gentile and he confessed God to show me I should not show any consider any man unclean but it wasn't for not knowing but he buckled even though he knew and because of the Judy eyes or he he separated from the gentiles when he was eating with them and you have this recorded and Galatians two verse eleven to thirteen now when Peter had come to Antioch I was stood him to his face and sometimes that kind of confrontation unfortunately is necessary for the survival of the true Gospel and it was in the early church he withstood Peter to his face because he was to be blamed for before certain men came from James he would eat with the Gentiles but when they came he withdrew and separated himself fearing those who were of the circumcision and the rest of the Jews also played the hypocrite with him so that even barabus was carried away with their hypotheses So the the false gospel and Galatians it's the gospel that compel circumcision that avoids Gentiles that is hypocritical We just read the word hypocrite that is not straightforward in verse fourteen it's a gospel that observes days months seasons and years puts us back into the law that Jesus freed us from they were a strange from Christ he tells them that they are justified only by Jesus faith in Jesus and so the true Gospel is presented in verse seventeen and onward. In those verses says but if while we seek to be justified by Christ we are selves also are found sinners is Christ therefore minister of sin certainly not for if I build again those things which I destroyed I make myself the transcripts are for eyes through the law died to the law that I might live to God I have no I have been crucified with Christ it is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me I do not set aside the grace of God for fractiousness comes through the law then Christ died in vain none of us are justified or saved by the keeping of the law we are justified and we are saved because of the righteousness of Jesus alone and he continues to expound on this through the through the end of the book but when you get to the end of the book you find out that there is another false gospel that Paul has to warn against Also And so it is through time that the prophets have to put guard rails on both sides of the road because why is it so hard we can ride bicycles down the middle of the road but when it comes to the Gospel we have this this dizziness and this proc limited to fall into one ditch or into another dish and to paint God the way that we want him to be painted and stead of sticking with the true Gospel and so Paul puts these guardrails on in Chapter five. And in chapter five he warns them. That if we are saved by faith in Jesus and we have righteousness by faith don't take that to misunderstand what I'm saying and he says in verse thirteen for you brother have been called to liberty only to not use this liberty as an opportunity through the flesh to the flesh but through love serve one another now Peter spoke of the same thing any almost used the same language and first Peter to sixteen he says Do not use the grace of God as a liberty or as a as a cloak for vice so you can take faith in Jesus and in the grace of God as a cloak you can get away with anything and so many have perverted the gospel on the side of the ditch Paul goes on to expound that even if you name the name of Jesus but your works deny him it's not going to go well for you for he says in Galatians five one thousand now the works of the flesh are evident which are adultery fornication uncleanness lewdness idolatry sorcery hatred contentions jealousies outbursts of Wrath selfish ambitions dissensions heresies envy murders drunkenness revellers and the like of which I tell you beforehand just as I told you in time past that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God Ask not popular message today so he draws the line real clearly here and he says no you will not inherit the kingdom of God If these things are in your life you better have the grace of Jesus in your heart. To exhibit the fruits of the spirit and to overcome these aspects of our kernal nature and he says in verse twenty two the fruit of the Spirit is love joy peace longsuffering kindness goodness faithfulness gentleness self-control against such there is no law and those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires so the true Gospel includes you entering into a battlefield where the passions and the lust of the flesh and your desires are crucified and there replace with the impulses of the divine nature. My question today I want to come back to the beginning taking you through a little bit of data in Galatians by I want to come back to the original question and that is how do we keep ourselves let's make a personal me how what has God given me that might save me from following a designer god that is the God of my own imagination the key to you and to me producing a gospel and a Jesus of our own imagination the key is in scripture it's not by accident that when Paul warns about in chapter one that he spends the next chapter two defending his own apostleship pay attention to who you listen to the same thing in second Corinthians eleven by the way I'm not going to go to that book but if you go to where he writes to Corinth about the same thing after he says I fear that many of you are accepting another Jesus he spends a chapter or two in that book defending his own apostleship And so perhaps it is that those of us there are living in the last days in which the final conflict between good and evil is going to take place in our world right before Jesus comes and here we are living when deceptions will be more shrewd and sharper than they've been for any previous generation and we're asking ourselves now how can I be safe from following a God of my own imagination. That perhaps the answer to that question in our generation in the last days is not altogether different than the answer to that question in previous generations and so God has ordained me. The answer is obvious throughout the history sacred history his method for keeping Israel on track and sparing them from serving their own God most of the prophets that were sent to Israel did not necessarily bring a lot of new information most of the prophets that were sent to Israel would repeat what was given before what was given our reading such as Jeremiah suffered for intensely but he would he would repeat what had already been communicated to them and what they already knew now if you embrace scripture you will have to understand. That God is going to use the same method again for his last day church and sending prophets to keep us from producing a design or God in our own mind I want to show you a couple scriptures right so first of all X. X. Chapter two right now here it is after Jesus has ascended to heaven this really is the story of the beginning of the Christian church and it's by no accident that in the story of the beginning of the Apostol of church that Peter flashes Ford to God's last a church when the Christian church will wrap up at the end so he flashes forward to the last days when you and I are living in many of the scenarios that were in the early church such as though that been reading about will be repeated in the last days in the last a church and just as there was prophets in the early church. At the the very day of the can I say inauguration establishment of the Christian church when Peter's preaching Pentecost in Jerusalem he promises that for the last days God is going to send prophets again and he says and Acts chapter two and verse seventeen he says it should come to pass in the last days says God that I will pour out my Spirit on off flesh your sons and your daughters shall prophesied your young men shall see visions and your old men shall dream dreams and on my men servants and on my maid servants I will pour out my spirit in those days and they shall prophesied we know he's talking about the last days as I will show wonders in in heaven above and signs of the earth beneath blood and fire and vapor and smoke so on so on is called The Coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord so imagine with me Imagine this time what imagine a time when God might send a prophet to his last day church what would be the consequence of egg Norrin the message that God might send through a prophet perhaps that scenario would be pretty much like all the scenarios in the Old Testament God's people ignore prophets then there's plenty of those stories if you've ever read are many pages from the Bible it was repeated so many times and so in Revelation it repeats this I would say promise because I call this a promise because this is to show God's love and his care and His mercy on us there when we are dealing with a whole bunch of fog. He will send prophets to keep some things clear in our minds so Revelation twelve seventeen you know this for us well many of you do this is you know I used to call these I used to call revelation you know prophecies I caught promises now you know in the Seventh Day Adventist Church I see things that it looks like the church is shaking and rattling and I say Lord what is what is happening to the church and then I say Oh oh the Bible promised. There's going to be a people I'm of God on the earth who are going to keep the commandments of God have the faith of Jesus and I want to be one of them how about you nothing's going to undo that there's no church council there's no there's no threat in the world within or without There's no situation that's going to undo the fact that Jesus is going to have a remnant who's going to keep the commandments of God in the faith of Jesus and you can be one of them if you want to be and so can I so revelation now for me is a book of promises because I hang on to them every day and Revelation twelve seventeen says the dragon was enraged at the woman and went to make war with the rest of her offspring who keep the commandments of God and have the what testimony of Jesus Christ and you know where I'm going next because you know you know what the link is in and Revelation nineteen verse twenty one says the testimony of Jesus is The Spirit of Prophecy now it's not with big. Capital letters as in a proper name Spirit of Prophecy but isn't the gift of prophecy the gift of prophecy that was given to the early church will be resident and God's last a church and so the question this morning is how we relate when God since prophets don't want to talk to this morning just for a few minutes about the ministry of Ellen why it's not preached many sermons and Vangelis tick series talk about the tests of a prophet and all those things I'm not doing that this morning so I want to talk to a different audience just for a few minutes here because my concern is for those that believe that God is such a prophet. But we ignore and we turn the other way so the Paul said in fourths Thessalonians five first one thousand and twenty. He says Do not despise prophecies but hold fast that which is good test all things hold fast that which is good many despise prophecies you'll see that all around naysayers against prophecies but like I've just shown you from the New Testament you can't believe that you cannot be a New Testament Christian and then think that there will be no prophets in the last days it doesn't work it's in the inaugural sermon of the Apostol church are a show that So Paul says please and apparently the attitude we have today was in the early church he says do not despise prophecies tested hold fast that which is good so there is the test of the prophet. But. Why do people despise prophecies Why did they back then why did people despise Jesus you see when Jesus came there was something about Jesus that was soul ordinary and so common and so humble and unexpected the commonness the familiarity caused people to turn away from Jesus I mean surely if God is going to send a message a deliver Come on surely it can be something a little bit more than this and so it's been all through the Christian church people say oh I want to hear from God I wish that God would speak to me in a dream I wish that God would flash lightning from heaven I wish the God would give me impression show me where to go what to do who to marry give me my plan for my life I wish to and we want God to speak will grant us that much but here's the problem we don't choose how God speaks. God chooses how he speaks we choose if we will listen and so here you have haired and on some level I think Herod would make a really good Seventh Day Adventist because Herod he was interested in Jesus and there is says in Luke that when Jesus he said he wanted to see Jesus for a long time and he wanted to see Jesus work a miracle and when Jesus came to Jesus work a miracle for him no and worse than that Jesus would not even talk to you know why because Herod rejected the message from John the Baptist. Herod already already had the message from heaven to John the Baptist see if God speaks in the way that he chooses to speak and you don't listen then don't expect to hear from him. You can be another herring you can walk Jesus to do some fancy things in your life and attend a lot of us really want God to be do some sensational things and God does give impressions and dreams and I've been around those scenarios but not until the primary way that he speaks you come to some meetings is an on and ministry of level this is you go to meeting you know and will pray and pray and pray in will do icebreakers and will do everything else and ask God to give us a plan for whatever ministry were running you know but we're not really giving ourselves any reminders from scripture of the Spirit of Prophecy God's already given us a lot of plans we need to listen the way that God has chosen to speak and so it is that the Word of God written down has become just as deplorable to the world as the Word of God incarnate So after Jesus went back to heaven this is where he left us the word Jesus was the word in the flesh This is the word written down and so you got the scoffers with the attitude. Oh you know I want God to speak in this way a book that's two thousand years old written on paper with eek that's translated from an old fashioned language which still sounds old fashioned when it's in English I'd rather watch a video have mercy you better pay attention because however God wants to speak to you I assure you it's going to come in a humble way on the spectacle a just like it did with Jesus just like it did with the prophets just like it has with scripture and just like it will with the last a prophet of God ever since it won't be popular so when I was. Fourteen years old first sermon I preached and my church asked me to preach a sermon and. I they didn't tell me what to preach on and as I was thinking about it I fourteen years old I was pretty comfortable with many of the things that my parents believed I didn't want to be a seven day evidence and do want to be a Christian just because it was my family tradition or just because it was my culture I'll only be a Christian only be a Seventh Day Adventist if I can defend what I believe the only good reason being a cultural cultural Seven Day Adventists a good reason to be a some Davus when you're two years old but not when you become an adult so go to church of the parents when you're to make up your mind for yourself later and so I remember fourteen I thought well maybe if there's one topic that maybe I can explain or know for myself maybe I'd be the sender standing of last the prophets and so I preached on that and I I looked at what the Bible says on. The test of a prophet and then naturally I wanted to examine what own wife said about herself and I begin to read some interesting things and has noticed some interesting things now way later in my life. You know I went to the ology school and took classes and learn different things but everything I'm sharing with the here is things I noticed when I was fourteen years old and I found this. This a testimony called the nature and influence of the testimonies from testimonies volume five and. By the way. You know Jesus spoke some things to the multitude and then he spoke some things intimately just to the disciples and this conflict series right here was written for the multitude these things have been translating Donald for the world and I hope you've read it but this testimony is for the church set is the more intimate things that have been written specifically for the situations in the church and we need that and so I remember in our friend she would she didn't want to read it because when she was in the cademy her mom would write her letters and nothing really personal from home it was just long on white currents like a train wreck one after another about I can remember I think it might have been dress or for which she had she need to dress. And and so for some the Spirit of Prophecy is a baseball bat. And so we turn away from it but we might want to come back to it because that was not how I was familiar with the spirit of prophecy I began reading the testimonies when I was price sixteen and I saw such a big beautiful picture of Jesus and what he wants to do with us today and now there are some challenging testimonies in there that that challenge me and better challenge you to just like all the prophets have. But. We better not turn away from what God has given to not tell you what that friend of mine that told me that a story that was ten years ago I don't think I've heard a story like this sense I think that back in the seventies some generation maybe our parents' generation maybe the grandparents generation I'm not really sure I think that generation despair prophecy was used like a baseball bat. And I think they were kind of the kids of that generation of the grandkids now and we're just unfamiliar So I think we've kind of moved on from that situation a little bit. Though I hope we never return. To that attitude and so as I was reading the testimonies I want to read you just a couple things I read. On and these are some things are what is said about her own writings so these are her own claims and the the claims of Ellen White are strong enough that they kind of push you one way or the other to really despise it or really embrace which is kind of the point it's kind of a similar effect with the Bible Jesus made strong claims the Bible makes very strong claims about its own inspiration and when you really examine those you kind of have to embrace it or run from it and so now it takes time to test a prophet so if you haven't tested a prophet and you can't do that do that the softer noon you can become familiar with the Bible by going to church you can't become familiar with the wrong way by going to church you got to become familiar during the week on your own so it takes maybe months to test a prophet I don't know take your time if you need to test a prophet but if you've tested a prophet then you needa apply some other test next. Page see six fifty four from testimonies volume five says as the end draws near and the work of giving the last warning message the last warning to the world extends it becomes more important for those who accept present truth to have a clear understanding of the nature and influence of the testimonies which God in His providence has linked with the work of the third in joules message from its very rise in other words this conversation we're having right now is more relevant more important today than it was one hundred twenty years ago. She says the understanding of these writings is increasingly important as we get close to Jesus coming keep that in mind because so further down a few more pages sixty one when I was reading and I was fourteen years old I found this there was never a time when God instructed his people more earnestly than he instructs them now concerning his will and the course that he would have them pursue. And then I found this paragraph that I have heard so many times since in some very interesting context and maybe you'll recognize this for sins right away. It says the Word of God is sufficient to and she's talking about the Bible the Word of God is sufficient to enlighten the most to be clouded mind and may be understood by those who have any desire to understand it but notwithstanding all this some who profess to make the Word of God Their study are found living in direct opposition to its plainest teachings then to leave men and women without excuse God gives plain and pointed testimonies bring them back to the Word of God which they have neglected to follow it's actually the next sentence that down that you might recognize it says if you had made God's word your study with a desire to reach the Bible standard in attained a Christian perfection you would not have needed the testimonies are that for so if we studied the Bible like we need to we would not need the spirit prophecy no need for but hang with me a second because as I was reading this. One if I tell you what I found next when I was fourteen years old. It says it is because you have neglected to coin yourself with God's inspired book he has sought to reach you by simple direct testimonies calling your attention to the words of inspiration which you had neglected to obey and urging you to fashion your lives in accordance with its pure and elevated teachings. Now watch this next paragraph where she makes a comparison she says I referred them to ancient Israel God gave them his law but they would not obey it he then gave them ceremonies and ordinances that in the performance of these God might be kept in remembrance they were so prone to forget him and his claims upon them that it was necessary to keep their minds stirred up to realize their obligation to obey and honor their Creator had they been obedient and love to keep God's commandments the multitude of ceremonies and ordinances would not have been required so in other words for Israel God told them what they needed to know in the Ten Commandments the deck Alok but to make things abundantly clear he added further explanation about the deck a log through the ceremonies and the judgments in the ordinances but once God had given that further information to leave them without excuse could they say then say oh but everything we do know is in the Ten Commandments so we're not going to pay attention to the ordinances that he just were just going to study the deck on because they say that a lot of madness of trying that today OK I don't need the word of the Word of God is sufficient so I'm just going to lay it off not unless you really don't care for your own soul in your own salvation if you if you really want if you care for yourselves ation and navigating the issues in the last days read. Become familiar test if that's the step you need to take. I want to read one more one more quote and I'm skipping a few she warns you know that people's minds she warns that that what's really happened to her writings is that people have them but they're collecting dust and they're not reading there's a category of people who have embraced the prophetic gift and there's a category of people who are not familiar you better not belong to both categories but in one final quote This one is from selected messages. Now Marie I'm honoring a couple from suck the messages selected messages Volume one page forty eight says the very last deception of Satan will to be made to make of none effect the testimony of the Spirit of God where there is no vision the people perish Satan will work ingeniously in different ways and through different agencies to unsettle the confidence of God's remnant people in the true testament you will experience at your age. And I don't think it will be so much by naysaying own lights ministry as sidelining men may get up scheme after scheme selected messages Volume three page eighty three men may get up scheme after scheme an enemy will seek to seduce souls from the truth but all who believe that the Lord has spoken to Sister White and has given her message will be safe from the many delusions that will come in these last days that's one of the strong quotes a kind of polarizes Yes. You will be safe if you embrace you read and you fall one thing is certain there are selected messages P.J. for one thing is certain the Seventh Day Adventists who take their stand under Satan's banner will first give up their faith in the warnings and reproofs in the testimonies of God's Spirit if you're going to go out we're going to give up on that first hour on time tell you stories that I've seen happen for the last one first selected messages page forty six now this quote is different than all the other ones because all the ones I've been reading are about individuals this last call is about corporate churches this is a corporate quote which is a very interesting twist first Alaska messages page forty six the churches that have cherished influences which lessen faith in the testimonies are we can tottering some ministers are working to attract people to themselves so the churches that corporately sidelined some damage churches local churches corporately create a social code and sideline that. Will crash. We're going to face a situation last days will all be tested Well I'd like to ask you the question this morning. Of whether you're willing to listen to God the messages that he's given the way that he chooses to give them. Are you willing to close the i Pad turn the device off shut the music down stop the video pull out and read something that can save your own soul are you willing to not be so busy and so distracted then when God actually does go to great lengths to deliver a message to say you might actually pull it out and read it and pay attention. Lest any of us be like Herod who ignore John the Baptist but we're trying to seek Jesus in other ways and Jesus is responding let's not get into that category so I make an appeal to you this morning and I'm not asking for a hands but you know when I shared this message in December with my church one of the recent graduates of Andrews University texting me she said I'm reading again thank you for the message I got on Facebook that afternoon another one of my church member said the testimonies have been sitting on on my shelf since I was in high school I'm going to start reading them so after noon so won't be really encouraging to me as after the message I'll be out there if one or two of you come up and tell me that you're going to start reading or you're going to start reading and please if there's one or two people would tell me that be greatly encouraging let's make a decision don't let anything stop you let's pray and we Father thank You that you are still speaking in this world you have given us sufficient light to keep us in the middle of the road save us Lord from creating a design a God of our own imagination and when you send prophets help us not to have the attitude of Israel. Or some of the early churches despise prophecies but in some kind of humble way we could pay attention listen. We ask in Jesus' name. This media was brought to you by audio verse a website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about audio verse if you would like to listen to more sermon or leave a Visit W W W audio verse or.


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