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"In Times Like These"

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Sermon shared by Danny Moss

January 2002
Summary: This sermon asks and answers the question: How are we to cope with times like these?
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
IN TIMES LIKE THESE

Text-Matthew 5:13-16

"Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have
lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it
is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out,
and to be trodden under foot of men.
Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set
on an hill cannot be hid.
Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a
bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light
unto all that are in the house.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may
see your good works, and glorify your Father which
is in heaven."

Introduction-

How are we to respond to the times in which
we live?
-in times like these, when every day we wonder if
there is going to be another terrorist attack or
not
-in times like these, when our culture is becoming
more and more anti-Christian
-in times like these, when there are school shoot-
ings, and violence mentioned on the news almost
every day
-in times like these, when if you are married to
one person, and live with your first mate and
and are faithful, and your children are not in
trouble you are an oddity
-in times like these, when our economy seems to be
collapsing, and fear of a major depression looms
on the horizon of economic uncertainty

I. First of all, WE CAN SHARE OUR FAITH WITH A PER-
PLEXED WORLD.

Many people do not seem to understand how all this
could have happened to America. As more and more
violence occurs, and our confidence is shaken, we
will see more Americans than ever despairing and
afraid. As believers in Jesus Christ, we know
who is in control. We know that we live in peri-
lous times, but we also know that whatever occurs,
Jesus is with us. If He chooses to do so, He can
deliver us from all harm. If He does not, He can
grant us the grace and courage we need to face
whatever may occur.

You can bank on it that there will be more terror-
ist attacks, and wars and rumors of wars, but do
you know what Jesus told His disciples? He said-
"And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see
that ye be not troubled: for all these things
must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For
nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom
against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and
pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
Vs. 8-All these are the beginning of sorrows...
(Matthew 24:6-7) The stage is being set for the
coming of the Anti-Christ, and the Great Tribu-
lation. Be ready, and escape it. Trust in Christ.

We can be what God intended us to be-the light of
the world, and the salt of the earth. Many people
may wonder into our chuches seeking comfort and
answers to the perplexities of our times.

II.Secondly, WE CAN BRING HOPE TO A BEWILDERED WORLD.

Christ is our Hope, and in Him, we have peace. We
need to tell the world that there is security in
a relationship with Christ, and nowhere else. All
else may crumble and fall, but He will be faithful.

In the tragedy of September the 11th, many of our
country’s citizens were placed in dire circum-
stances. Familys grieved over the loss of loved
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