The Sabbath as a Type

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Hebrews 4:1-11   I.         Paul, in arguing that the Old Law was not in effect, concluded – Colossians 2:16-17             A.        There were reasons why the Israelites were to worship as they did. Their worship foreshadowed both things in the Christian age and in the age to come – heaven             B.        This is the…

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The Wiles of the Devil

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Ephesians 6:10-18   I.         Satan is a real being             A.        Jesus warned Peter that Satan wanted him – Luke 22:31                         1.         Much like Satan wanted Job – Job 1:6-12             B.        Peter warned us that Satan wants to devour us – I Peter 5:8-9             C.        Thus, we have to know our enemy – II Corinthians 2:10-11…

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Prove What Is Acceptable

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: I Thessalonians 5:16-24   I.         I doubt it has escaped your notice, but there are people around us who don’t always do what is right             A.        How do you know who to trust?             B.        People claim to be Christians, but we know people can and do lie             C.        For that matter, how do I…

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My Own Worst Enemy

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Esther 7   I.         There is a phrase popular in our culture, “I have become my own worst enemy.”             A.        It is the realization that in our struggles against what we perceive as evil or wrong, we end up realizing that we are the source of our greatest problems.             B.        I have a…

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Against All the Gods of Egypt

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Exodus 12:1-13   I.         The descendants of Jacob moved to Egypt because of a severe famine and within a short time became slaves in that land – Genesis 15:13             A.        Yet, God promised to rescue them and returned them to land promised to Abraham.             B.        When the time came, God raised up Moses…

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Unlike You and I

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: John 8:12-18   I.         What would you be like if you had absolute power?             A.        Oh, it is fun to imagine all the things you could do if you had the power to do it, but what kind of person would you become?             B.        “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.…

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Advice to Young Men

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Titus 2:6-8   I.         In the Seattle Weekly, August 21, 2002, Philip Dawdy wrote an article titled “What Little Boys Are Made Of”             A.        The thrust of the article is that school systems are biased against the way boys generally behave. 85% of the students in the “emotionally and behaviorally disturbed” program…

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Extremes

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Ecclesiastes 7:11-22   I.         In March, 2000, Mona Charen wrote an article that appeared in the Omaha World Herald under the title “Nation With No Sin”             A.        In it she made the point that while the nation for the most part believes in God and believes religion is important, at the same…

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Safe Sins

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: I Corinthians 6:9-11   I.         The lengths people will go to justify their sins is sometimes amazing             A.        It is a rare person who will say that something they are doing is a sin and that it shouldn’t be done.             B.        More common is to dress up the sin so that at least…

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You Must Rule Over It

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Genesis 4:1-12   I.         Ask a person why they gave into a particular sin and the most common rely is: “I don’t know. I couldn’t help myself.”             A.        Losing control in the face of temptation has been around since the beginning.                         1.         God even warned Cain that he had to master his desire…

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