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God's Garden

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Sermon shared by Alton Coleman

August 2002
Summary: Sometimes Christians act just like some of the vegetables we find in the farmers garden.
Denomination: Church of God
Audience: Believer adults
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middle of the lake, they decided that it might be a good thing to confess their greatest sins to each other. The first minister said, “I hate to admit it, but my greatest sin is that I frequently tell lies. I just can’t seem to help myself.” The second minister said, “Well, I’m ashamed to say it, but my greatest sin is that I have a habit of stealing from the collection plate.” The third minister sat quietly until the others insisted that he confess his greatest sin also. “Well,” replied the third minister, “my greatest sin is that of gossip, and I can hardly wait until we get to shore so I can tell what I have heard.”

Proverbs 17:9 He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.

1 Tim. 5:13 And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.

1 Peter 4:15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters.

Leviticus 19:16 Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people:.... I am the Lord.

Proverbs 11:13 A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.

Proverbs 26:20 Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.

Proverbs 13:3 He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.

James 1:26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.

1 Peter 3:10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:


VI. The Sweet Potato Christian.

A. These have a natural sweet flavor. Sweetness is a way of life.

B. Cut them anywhere and they are still sweet.

C. Fry - Bake - Boil them - they are still sweet.

D. When this kind of Christian is persecuted and tried, they always exhibit the sweetness of the Christ who lives within.

2 Tim. 2:24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,....

2 Tim. 2:24 [Living] God’s people must not be quarrelsome; they must be gentle, patient teachers of those who are wrong.

James 3:17 [Living] But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure and full of quiet gentleness. Then it is peace-loving and courteous. It allows discussion and is willing to yield to others; it is full of mercy and good deeds. It is wholehearted and straightforward and sincere.

E. Regardless of how they are treated, the natural sweet flavor still comes through.

1 Peter 3:8-10 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: [9] Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for
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