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Greater Love Hath No Man

Carlos Moretta

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Carlos Moretta

Dentist and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon practicing in the Loma Linda area.

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  • June 19, 2010
    10:00 AM
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good morning on this thing working roughly in man to become the Sabbath Missouri fleet for me but I have asked the Lord to clear all of that nonsense out of my mind while you share with you this morning I've always been intrigued by people who have been able to lay down their life for someone else intrigued and I guess little bit scared I think fear would probably be use public sum it up for me as a child I remember reading the annual twelve in that first verse that talks about a time of trouble such as there has never been sister was a nation having trouble I was more afraid of dying than anything else even if the cause was a worthy cause I just can see that you know as a child I love you guys can relate today's message here at Advent hope what I meant to share with you is one of introspection or ask you this morning to take some stocks of inventory of your life laying down one's life for another was pretty father in heaven I thank you so much for the Sabbath for the opportunity to come here and share with my brothers and sisters in Sabbath school I pray father that Jesus Christ would shine to this message I pray that the Holy Spirit would be the instructing spirit and that all of us would leave this place with the new and buttressed and reinforced relationship with Jesus this I pray in his name and birds is one of my best friends birds was a synagogue growing up Kool-Aid pursue confrontation he of course when things went down you're happy that he was on your side he stands about five foot eleven and he picks out his throat he's about six foot three and when he made his chest and and that stands up right to be a little intimidating she lives in a hampered on your side Bert with someone that none of us could subdue in the kid teenagers you know when we would wrestle and Bert would always win you know which I try to steal his pizza he had me pinned with one elbow and my other friend would try what is in you with his foot he would admit it was just amazing the things that Burkett do there was one time I remember and I don't think he thinks that I remember this this experience with fondness with admiration it was August to the nineteen ninety three and I was going to into an address University in Puerto Rico but I needed transportation so oh I ship my mind vehicle from Philadelphia on a boat all the way down Puerto Rico died never been to Philadelphia to New York several times but my father had to drive one car that I had to drive my car which is being shipped and burn was rolling with me edge is funny but some people break or actually chased tops that were going to the crime scene because he wanted to know what was going on he loved the show cops he wanted he was intrigued by this good good guy bad guy you know he views always wanted to see what was going on so naturally burn at a heightened sense for things that are going awry which is why the comforting and being with them in any amount with and because I didn't have to worry much where was my bodyguard so here we are in Philadelphia write gas almost we thought it's two in the morning we are definitely in a bad neighborhood no question about it we pull into a mobile station and the I get the car I'm not think I just want to guess up and keep going I get out of the car birdies in the passenger side of my dads in his card Singapore out of his car gassing up and Bert has his radars up please looking around on nothing attention on this gas in a convert has his hand on the doorknob looking looking looking on his gassing up and all of a sudden he gets out of the car rich cynosure his chest throws his hands in the air and says more augmented guy here tonight 's labor we doing him to look around and sure enough three Shady characters moving in on number you know when he when he died that is a little bit intimidating bully crosses his eyes that's when he gets the added eyes crossed the and of course these guys have a big fellow we we don't want any problems we just want to know if you have some change so on and so forth and I thought to myself that Encinas and I mean bird is is like watching these watching knows is going on in these three guys suspect guys are moving in on us very quickly to in the morning downtown Philadelphia bad neighborhood and Bert said were all good die here tonight to you have a friend who would take a bullet for you reveal your confident you have a friend that would take a bullet for you in a strange way bird help me to kind of shape this concept of friendship where it had a a a a save he would say break friendship for nothing when you were birds friend he would break friendship for nothing he could be mad at you he can be angry something to offend them but he which each of the same and get over it never held a grudge he broke friendship for nothing guys and now it's a bird in this guy doesn't respect you unloose what he is a friend print friendship for nothing and I'm sure that he went gladly take a bullet for anyone who he considered his friend now it was tough getting that circle of trust but once you were in you have a true and committed friend in the book she said yes the unlikely martyrdom of Cassie Bernal Ms. Seibert all her mother describes the final moments of her daughter 's life she states the following Josh a sophomore who spoke with me a few weeks after the incident at Columbine you guys remember the incident at Columbine Colorado he says I didn't see her at all but he said I will never forget what I heard as I crouched under the desk about twenty five feet away I couldn't see anything when those guys came up to Cassidy but I can recognize your voice I could hear everything as if it was right next to me they asked her to you believe in God she hesitated for a second as if she didn't know what to say that she suggests she must've been scared but her voice was shaky it was wrong the master why but they didn't give her a chance to respond it is bluer away question my whether or not Kassie was visibly praying at the moment I don't understand why they would ask that question to someone who wasn't visibly praying at the moment this was Josh 's report to his mother the question was simple do you believe do you believe this morning for some of us of Barbara Cassie Bernal moment although it's possible that our lives weren't at that you know what they were at stake our lives were at stake but what if what if your answer could cost you your life with me to John fifteen thirteen book of John book of John chapter fifteen versus thirteen minutes is probably why appreciated Bert's concept of what friendship is because it's very biblical verse thirteen says greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life but it's usually for a friend or for friends but what's at the heart of this sacrifice what is at the heart of the sacrifice would you take a bullet for someone I'm not just talking about the stranger although that that is a noble thing but Jesus says here for a friend it is admirable but we're not talking about lingering life down for a stranger and sometimes that's not even very clear for me because I have friends that they deserve for you you know for me to step in front of the line of fire whereas most of you probably identified as a couple friends in your life that kind of asked for it right here the question what I step in front of that bullet bullets at this heart what's at the heart of this kind of a sacrifice as a relationship to simple as that and as simple as that it's the only thing you can have in the end of time to relationship turn with me at acts chapter seven Stephen had a casting burn all moment that he must have known that the proverbial gauntlet was on his temple and that the bullet was on the way that the man was ready at chapter six verse fifteen says that his face was lit like that of an angel Stephen ZS was a little bit longer than taxis yes but it was delivered with the same intensity the same the same conviction to Stephen is brought before Council after certain men were not able to resist or argue against the wisdom and spirit by which Stephen spoke your shelf that thought they could not argue against the wisdom and the spirit with which Stephen spoke the set of witnesses and this is where the rubber meets the road for Stephen the question was simple is this true Stephen what these men are saying like I can attend to speculate a little bit because these guys that we read about in the Bible they were human they may have the Holy Spirit in their lives but they were human and I I tend to believe that Stephen kind of felt that this was it and using a Glaswegian event he was go to preach the word if it cost him his life he was due to bring it right there this was it this was a shining moment so we get was a history and probably did when I was done how to try to buy as much time as possible Stephen went all the way back and he's giving a history lesson to the to those who of education of those days but what he given your history well I'm waiting for a miracle he gives a history and historical account of Judeo Christianity that culminated in his martyrdom we begin for lack of time in verse forty four chapter seven verse forty four pages finished giving the historical account when all the way back to Egypt with this one verse forty four says our fathers had the tabernacle of witness in the wilderness and he had appointed speaking to Moses that he should make according to the fashion idiot seen which is also our father that came after brought in with Jesus into the possession of the Gentiles whom God create about before the face of our fathers unto the days of David who found favor before God and desired to find a tabernacle for the God of Jacob Solomon build him an house howbeit the most high dwells not in temples made with hands has said that since the profit heaven is my throne and Earth is my footstool what house will ye build me saith the Lord for what is the place of my rest after my handmade all these things East stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears you do always resist the Holy Spirit as your fathers did so do the which of the prophets had not your father 's persecuted and they have slain them which showed before of the coming of the just one of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers who have received the law by the disposition of angels and have not capped at when they heard these things they were what they were cut to the heart and they gnashed on him with their teeth but he being full of life the Holy Ghost looked up steadfastly into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing on the right hand of God and said behold I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing on the right hand of God then they cried out with a loud voice and stopped their years and ran upon him with one accord and cast him out of the city and stoned him and the witnesses laid down their close at a young man's feet whose name was Saul and they stoned Stephen calling upon God and saying Lord Jesus receive my spirit and he knelt down and cried with a loud voice Lord lay not this sin to their charge and when he had said this he fell asleep Stephen said yes cost him his life Cassie Brimhall said yes cost her her life for those of us were a little bit nervous about laying down your life had two points of encouragement this morning the first one I want you to find in Matthew Matthew chapter ten verse thirty nine Matthew chapter ten verse thirty nine says he that fine if his life shall lose it and he that loses his life for my sake shall find it is this pretty self-explanatory a man I don't think most of you understand it is a self-explanatory amen amen if you live in July for the sake of Christ you have just found it quite encouragement number two it does I conclude that's right it's a short message I hope it's one that you take with you in your heart that you leave your thinking turn with me to Daniel chapter three Daniel chapter three it's pretty neat I started a Bible study at the at the school of dentistry have been praying for that in care groups for a while and God gave me the opportunity I started with a few administrators actually and I started with Daniel one two three four five going that in that order when I got to three big and so and so need to see people who have never studied these things just this is an incredible story of encouragement so when they read these you sooner locked their eyes light up I encourage anyone of you mean if you are the learn more about the Bible given Bible study meeting you know enough to do it in chapter three verse eight we start reading their yell familiar with the story but it's still incredible story wherefore at the time certain Chaldeans came near and accuse the Jews they spake and said to the king to King Nebuchadnezzar Oakey would forever thou O King has made a decree that every man that shall hear the sound of the quarter the flute or harp but the heart the heart the sack but the sultry dulcimer and all kinds of music shall file down and worship the golden image and so followed not down in worship with that he should be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace there are certain Jews whom thou has set over the affairs of the province of Babylon Shadrach me shack and Abednego these mineral King have not regarded the big serve not by gods nor worship the golden image with that which thou has set up first thirteen then Nebuchadnezzar in his rage and fury commanded to bring Cedric Wishek Abednego then they brought these men before the king Nebuchadnezzar spake and seven of them is a true this is a Cassie Bernal moment is it true O Shadrach we check and let me know do you not serve my gods nor worship the golden image which I have set up now if he be ready that at what time you hear the him them and wanted the blue brought the heart of this act but the sultry dulcimer and all kinds of music you fall down and worship the image which I have set up well but if he worshiped not you shall be cast the same hour the midst of the fire of the burning fiery furnace and who is that guy that shall deliver you out of my hands are manipulative verse eighteen because every time I read that section of this Scripture that you know this doesn't inspire you check directly injecting Abednego answered and said to the King old Nebuchadnezzar we are not careful to answer you in this matter what you guys think their relationship was with God at this point they can hesitate there like when you think about this when I can attempt to all rounded when I can walk on eggshells when I could be careful to answer you about this verse seventeen if it be so our God whom we serve is able to deliver us in their in their minds in their head that relationship with God was submitted made and have to worry about the outcome and how do you know that well it says he is able to deliver us from the fark fiery furnace and he will deliver us in their heads thanks they believe that even if they went into the fiery furnace and did not survive that God would deliver them when at the resurrection they were set in their minds they were ready to take that bullet and he will deliver us out of yeah no kidding but if not worse and eight here's the kicker but if not be it known unto thee O king that we will not serve thy gods nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up to examine powerful that's a powerful these guys we deserve like teenagers following our early twenties after speaking with that kind of conviction but we don't think about this were already set this is the loudest not a lot of mention actually go back here these boys made up their minds long before their moment of truth but based on what remedies these these young men are the same pedigree and Daniel who did what three times a day he prayed three times a day he had a relationship with the Almighty right now we all know that these young men are type these young men are tight turn would mean your Bible salute this is my second point of encouragement I hope you are feeling encouraged at this point Luke twenty one verse ten 's verse ten through eighteen says like this then he said unto them ye remember this is Luke's version of Matthew twenty four disciples Jesus or encouragement with a look Lord look at the Temple and the development of Jesus as a method can be left this little place in the rubble with them they thought it would certainly be that he was talking about the end of of the age the end of the world so they are so here Lord what's been elected in the world and Jesus gives them a twofold answer of parallelism he some tidbits on the destruction of Jerusalem and give them some tidbits on the destruction of the entire world can we pick up your verse ten then he said unto them nation shall rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom and greater earthquakes shall be in numerous places and famines and pestilences and fearful sights and great signs from their beef from heaven but before all these things around I don't not sure I don't think Matthew twenty four goes into this kind of detail but we know that what was a physician so elects details right but before all these things they shall lay hands on you and persecute you delivering you up to synagogues and prisons bringing you before kings and rulers from her namesake I like this part and it shall turn to you for what a testimony settlement therefore in your hearts not to meditate before what ye shall answer for our and give you a mouse of wisdom sound familiar amount of wisdom we shall give you are and reshape your adversaries will which all of your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist does this sound familiar sounds like Stephen and you shall be betrayed by both parents and brother and kinsfolk and friends and some of you shall they call in some box in the translations render this is some nudity shall try or intend to put you to death and you shall be hated of all men for my namesake in verse eighteen is the kicker this is the this is the encouraging point but there shall not be head arms are a hair on your head parish that powerful my wife has long hair I see her here perishing every day in the shower is that the clean that thing up God says not a hair will perish him that's encouraging point for me turned back to Daniel turned back to Daniel as you know how this story turns out seeing chapter chapter three verse twenty seven this is God delivering his children God delivering his children if that is encouraging how don't know what is chapter three verse twenty seven thousand princes governors and captains of the king 's counselor and being gathered together saw these men upon those bodies the fire had no power nor was there a hair of the other ahead singed neither were the coach changed nor the smell of fires passed on them can you say amen Stephen said yes Kassie said yes the three Hebrew boys said yes the three boys had kind of a different outcome we love to read this quote in Revelation elliptical Revelation twelve verse eleven when it says and they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony amen awake that's just half of the verse the rest of it says and they loved not their lives unto the death I tell you the most the time I hear that Scripture quoted it's only half of it but the second half is what offers you which shows you the intensity of that relationship with God but all your can have some of us will not have Bibles most of us will Hammons to our relationship of trust in God is all you will have when it all wraps up now to want to mention the fact that he took a bullet for you he took a bullet for you but what would lead you to a point where you would gladly take a bullet for God don't get me wrong I want to leave at their hotel Carlos is talking extreme extremism it out over here lawyers often forgotten out that we're talking the focus here is not extremism it's not necessarily the loss of life but it's the relationship it's the relationship with God my point is that I like to pass pastor Dwight Nelson says when talking about a relationship with God at this point in Earth 's history it's time to intensify intensify intensify that relationship could I say today yes it would cost in my life could I say yes this own question I believe most of us need to ask because that kind of puts a thermometer thermostat thermometer a gauge of your relationship with God I want to finish with arguably the most powerful in my head it's the most powerful powerful statement in the Old Testament it's a it's a quote that shows steadfast resolve in the face of adversity it speaks of a trust upon an estate that is available to all of us my prayer is that we would all standing very and defend the character of God as the Job chapter thirteen turn there with me Joe chapter thirteen fears jolt right and his friends are making all these accusations in light of everything that's happened to Gerald which I won't go into right now but we all know that he went through a lot Job chapter thirteen before his friends active accusations he defends his God it describes the powerful nature of his trust in the Almighty we start reading in verse one this is Job talking to his friends below mine I have seen all that all this might year has heard and understood it what do you know the same do I know also I am not inferior to you surely I would speak to the Almighty in our desire to reason with God that ye are forgers of lives he are all physicians of no value although that he would altogether hold their peace in other words shut up and it should be your wisdom is there with them in silence sometimes here now my reasoning and hearken to the pleadings of my lips will he speak wickedly for God and talk deceitfully for him will you will you accept his person will you contend for God is it good that he should search you out or as one man market or deceive if another do you need to seem him he will surely repute reprove you if you do secretly accept persons or show partiality shall not his excellency make you afraid in his dread fall upon you your remembrances are like on at your bodies to bodies of clay hold your peace leave me alone that I may speak and let come on me what will wherefore do I take my flexion in my teeth and put my life in my opinion and fifteen Timmy is the most powerful verse in the Bible though he slay me yet will I trust in him but I will maintain my own ways before that's powerful fast powerful though he slay me yet will I trust you have a friend that you can say though that person slayed me I will trust him who thinks like that that's an intense statement and that shows you where Job is in his relationship with God though we got me down right here right in front of you trust he knows is best though he slay me yet will I trust my challenge for you this morning is to intensify your relationship with God how do you do that is those of you have heard me speak in the past I'm about as practical as they get I want to talk about things that are hard to wrap your fingers around the Christian life as a practical walk and if what I gleaned from this book right here to the company practically no use to me but that the good thing is that this Bible is full of practical advice for my practical advice to you is the only way the only way to instruct intensifies our relationship with God is what the four letter word word that rhymes with rhyme it's time you need to spend time in the meantime let's pray father in heaven I'm trying to share here this morning little practical advice on how to be a piece when the world is falling around us is that relationship that we seek with Jesus it's that relationship that one day will be come site when we see him face-to-face Lord Weller on this earth we struggle with that in our Christian walk is difficult difficult to see Jesus sometimes for all the adversities that will follows Lord but we want to say corporately this morning as did show floor though you slay us yet we shall trust you you know what's best and we now just like the Hebrew boys said in Daniel that you will deliver us you will deliver us father than that you trust we love you and we thank you so much for for being a part of our lives I asked that each and every individual here this morning your sons and your daughters when intensify the relationship with Jesus and until that day keep us in your care this we pray in Jesus name amen

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