Rev. George R. Dillahunty
North Carolina Conference Evangelist
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
341 Lovick Lee Road
Oriental, North Carolina 28571-9407

June 26, 2006

Text: Jeremiah 37:17-17 (King James Version)

"When Jeremiah entered into the dungeon, and into the cabins, and Jeremiah had remained there many days; (vs. 17) Then Zedekiah the king sent and took him out: and the king asked him secretly in his house, and said, íIs there any word from the Lord?í And Jeremiah said, íThere is:í for said he, íThou shalt be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon.í"

Topic: A Word From The Lord!

This morning, my brothers and sisters, I am here to tell you that there is, most assuredly, a Word from the Lord. In point of fact, if we look in the King James Version of the Old Testament, in the Holy Bible, the written Word of Almighty God, we will discover more than 3,800 times, these words: "The Word of the Lord came unto me," or words to that effect! Yes, my brothers and sisters, there is a Word from the Lord! In point of fact, in the King James Version of the Holy Bible, there are 773,692 Words from the Lord - recorded in 31,173 Verses - located in 1,189 Chapters - and, found in 66 Books, which are divided into two (2) major sections - the Old Testament and the New Testament.

The Apostle Paul, in his second letter to his beloved young preacher, Timothy, found in 2 Timothy 3:16 (KJV), makes this extremely authoritative statement: "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness." The Apostle Paul goes on to say, in his letter to the Romans, found in Romans 1:16 (KJV), "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto Salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek." The Apostle Paul continues, in his first letter to the church at Corinth, found in 1 Corinthians 1:18 (KJV), by saying, "For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God."

The cross, to everyone, is the "Paradox of the Ages!" Once a symbol of shame and disgrace; because "Jesus, the Christ, Lives," today, it is a symbol of victory and love! To the unsaved, the cross is "hope for the hopeless." To the saved, the cross is the "guide to Heaven." To Jesus, the Christ, the cross is the "defeat of Satan." To Christian philosophy, the cross is "necessarily a revelation." And to me, my brothers and sisters, the cross is a "symbol of pardon" - the cross is a "symbol of peace" - the cross is a "symbol of power!" Yes, my brothers and sisters, there is a Word from the Lord: and, it is a powerful message!

Nobody had a harder congregation to preach to and work with than did the Prophet Ezekiel! Almighty God had commanded him to preach the Word of the Lord to a "valley full of dry bones." We see many congregations, in todayís modern-day global society, filled