A Trustworthy Statement

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton II Timothy 2:8-13   I.         If we died with him             A.        Related to Romans 6:3-7                         1.         In baptism we share in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus                         2.         Death leads to life                                     a.         New (different) life here on earth – Romans 6:4                                     b.         A life after physical death – Romans 6:5                                     c.         The latter is what Paul…

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Unconditional Love

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Psalm 136:1-26   I.         I was reading a book that began to speak of the love of God.             A.        As many denominational writers do, he referred to the unconditional love of God.             B.        By this, he and others believe that God loves all people, no matter how they behave.                         1.         Often a parallel is…

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Honor Your Father and Mother

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Ephesians 6:1-3   I.         One of the Ten Commandments of the Old Law is brought to the New Law intact. It is the commandment to honor our parents             A.        The word “honor” in this passage means to fix a value on something, to consider it a prized possession.             B.        The original Hebrew from…

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No Other Gods

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Isaiah 40:12-26   I.         The Ten Commandments formed the prologue to the Law of Moses             A.        They were the foundation of the Old Law             B.        Even though the Law of Moses ended, nine of those ten commandments are still in effect today.             C.        Understanding these basic laws can help us understand the New Law…

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Love and Respect

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Ephesians 5:25-33   I.         There are some topics that are joined such that you cannot have one without the other.             A.        Faith and obedience are two sides the same subject.                         1.         You can’t really have faith without obedience – James 2:14-18                         2.         And you can’t really have obedience without faith – Romans 4:2-5                         3.         It…

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Reverence

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Psalms 89:1-16   I.         Hebrews 12:28-29 – Offer service to God with reverence and godly fear             A.        Reverence means                         1.         “A feeling of profound awe and respect and often love; veneration.”                         2.         The word literally means “with downcast eyes” or bashfulness.             B.        Psalms 2:11 – Serve God with fear, rejoice with trembling             C.        Psalms 89:5-15 -…

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Boredom

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton I.         The child has a room full of action figures, video games, cable TV, VCR, a huge collection of video tapes, every piece of sports equipment known to man, his own telephone, a fully loaded computer with Internet access — but he doesn’t have anything to do. He’s bored.             A.        Boredom is the…

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Denying Oneself

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Titus 2:11-14   I.         Self-improvement books abound. People constantly look for means wherein they can make themselves better.             A.        “Better,” in most people’s books, means happiness.             B.        But to many people there are limits to betterment             C.        Ingrid Law captured the idea when she wrote, “You can’t get rid of a part that makes…

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Prisoners of Hope

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Zechariah 9:9-12   I.         The book of Zechariah is one of both scoldings and exhortation.             A.        The people after their return from captivity had fallen into complacency and indifference toward their religion.             B.        Zechariah calls them to change through warnings – Zechariah 1:2-6             C.        And he encourages them through visions of the future. Our…

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The Hope of Eternal Life

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: I Corinthians 15:12-19   I.         It is no secret that many ministers in the denominational world lack faith in the Bible.             A.        Methodists: 51%, Episcopalians: 35%, American Baptist: 33%, Presbyterians 30%, American Lutherans: 13% doubt Jesus’ physical resurrection [Jeffrey Hadden, results of a survey of 7,441 Protestant ministers published in PrayerNet Newsletter,…

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