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- Feeding the mind, nourishing the soul

Terry Mabery

Are you ever disappointed with a weather forecast? I know that Mary is disappointed when the forecast of a warm, sunny day turns cooler and cloudy. I am disappointed when the forecast is six inches of snow and all we get is a dusting.

I realize, though, that meteorologists are mere men. They cannot deliver on what they forecast about the weather. It is out of their hands. God, on the other hand, is a God who can deliver. He is a faithful God. He is able to do more than we, as mere men, can even imagine (Ephesians 3:20-21). He can and will keep His promise (Deuteronomy 7:9). Because of His faithfulness, I am assured that He will neither forsake me nor leave me in the grave. Jesus promised to return and take His disciples to where He is, in heaven (John 14:2-3). I know that He will.

For Jehovah will not cast off his people, neither will he forsake his inheritance. Ps 94:14 ASV

Live with confidence today. God loves you. God cares for you. He will not forsake you. Remain faithful to Him and you will one day dwell in the presence of His majesty.

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I remember some years back that Mary and I were walking the sea shore with some friends. Mary and our friends knew the dangers of the waves, but they were on some rocks a few feet into the water posing for a picture anyway. Little did they realize that the waves were quickly overtaking them while I was taking pictures. They ended up with wet feet and pant legs, even though they were rolled up.

Satan, temptation and sin are like the waves of the sea. Satan continually beats against us with temptations. If we are not careful, sin will overcome us. We should keep as far away from temptation as we can and guard ourselves to remain holy before God.

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8 ESV

Remain on guard daily. Work hard at living holy before God every day this week. Do not allow Satan to overtake you.

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Owning a house is a job. There are always repairs and maintenance that need to be cared for. If the gutters do not need cleaning, they probably need repaired. Siding is supposed to keep you from having to paint. Yet, siding can come loose. Siding also needs to be washed in order to keep it looking good. Of course, even if the inside doesn’t need painting, the woman of the house thinks it does, so there is more work. Whatever happened to those maintenance free houses that you hear about all the time? Keep in mind, no matter how much your house deteriorates, there is a better one waiting for you.

For we know that if the tent, which is our earthly home, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 Cor 5:1 ESV

Think of the hope that you have. No longer an earthly house (body) with all the frailties, with the pains and aches and diseases. God has planned a glorified body, an eternal body that will not corrupt and grow frail. And you will dwell in the presence of Him and His Son and the Holy Spirit in that glorified state and in their love forever.

Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to make your calling and election sure, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. 2 Peter 1:10 ESV

 

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Sermon Outlines

What Must I Do...?

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The New Birth

What About the Resurrection

A Way of Life

It Is a Tight Squeeze

The Day I Die

You Can Make a Difference

Equipping the Saints to Bear One Another's Burdens

I'll Do It Myself

Why Should We Preach...

Jesus Christ: The Prince of Peace

The Good Shepherd

What Is Fellowship?

I have Found the Book

How the O.T. Helps Us Today

Motivation for Christian Living

The Faith to Endure

The Bases of Fellowship in Jesus

The God that Sees

The Humility of Jesus

Jesus: The Great I AM

Committment in Marriage

Jesus' Passion for the Lost

When Time Ends

A Seperate People

Christians Are Special

Who Is Satan Part I?

You Have no Right to Judge!

Why Be a Leader?

Developing Wise Leaders

The Mighty One of Jacob

Who Is Satan Part II?

Feelings Felt by a Suffering Servant

Why Are There So Many Churches?

Value of Fellowship with Deity

I'm too Young

Running the Race of Christian Faith

Made in the Image of God

Is the Bible You Use Reliable? Parts 1 & 2

Is the Bible You Use Reliable? Parts 3

Healing from Hurt

Inherited Sin

How They Viewed Jesus

Why Do We Believe Jesus Is the Christ?

Why We Believe in One Faith?

The Thief on the Cross