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Agape Love!

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Sermon shared by George Dillahunty

March 2005
Summary: Agape or unmerited love is guaranteed when an individual seeks Almighty God and accepts His love as shown by the voluntary death of His only-begotten Son, Jesus, the Christ, so we might be reconciled with our Father in Heaven!
Denomination: Church of God
Audience: General adults
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under a curse, for your whole nation has been cheating Me. (vs. 10) Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in My Temple. íIf you do,í says the Lord Almighty, íI will open the windows of Heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you wonít have enough room to take it in! Try it! Let Me prove it to you!í"

Why not be a "true" Christian worker - why not eradicate or do away with all of the wrong - why not be faithful in the giving of your time, your talent, and your money to promote the work of Almighty God in His "House of Prayer"? Itís not my work - itís not your work - itís not our work - it is His work and we need to be about our Fatherís business! We certainly will not be sorry for making that decision - why? Because Almighty God has promised that it will go well with us - and, the "Good News" is this: Almighty God never breaks His promises! Unlike mankind - both male and female - Almighty God will do exactly what He says He will do!

The late great American evangelist, William Ashley "Billy" Sunday (1862 - 1935) once said, "The church is not a dormitory for sleepers; it is not a rest camp, it is a front-line trench [in the battlefield of spiritual warfare]." The late great English essayist, critic and reformer, John Ruskin (1819 - 1900) once said, "When love and skill work together expect a masterpiece." The late great German poet and dramatist, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832) once said, "I find the great thing in this world is, not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving...to act is easy; to think is hard..."!

The Apostle Paul, in Philippians 4:8 (NLT), tells the church at Philippi and us: "And now, dear brothers and sisters, let me say one more thing as I close this letter. Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise."

In John 3:16 (KJV), the Apostle John records Jesus, the Christ, saying: "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have Everlasting Life." It is because of Almighty Godís "Agape Love" - unmerited love - that we can all say with absolute assurance and certainty, "Itís all about Him - itís all up to Him - He is my all in all!" Can you say that today? Have you accepted Almighty Godís "free gift" of Salvation? - the product of His "Agape Love"!

In closing, this morning, listen to the words of the Prophet Isaiah, as Almighty God speaks to us from Isaiah 44:22 (NLT): "I have swept away your sins like the morning mists. I have scattered your offenses like the clouds. Oh, return to me, for I have paid the price to set you free!" As I take my seat, can you say, in the words of the great gospel singer, songwriter and preacher, Andrae Crouch (Born: 1940), "Soon and very soon we are going to see the King"? This Grammy and Dove Award-winning African- American tells us in his song, that when we see the King - [that is to say, the "King of Kings" - the "Lord of Lords" - Jesus, the Christ] - there will be "no more cryiní" - there will be "no more dyiní" [where Jesus is]!

As I take my seat, listen to the words of this old church song, written by an unknown author, entitled "Something Has Happened To Me":

***"Once I was heedless and cold as a
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