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MAKE A DIFFERENCE

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Sermon shared by Clarence Crane

October 2000
Summary: We as Christians are to make a difference in the world we live in and this sermon gives five things to do to make a difference.
Denomination: Pentecostal
Audience: General adults
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to build an absolutely impenetrable defense—too high to climb over, too thick to break down, and too long to go around. But during the first hundred years of the wall’s existence China was successfully invaded three times.
It wasn’t the wall’s fault. During all three invasions, the barbaric hordes never climbed over the wall, broke it down, or went around it; they simply bribed a gatekeeper and then marched right in through an open door. The purpose of the wall failed because of a breakdown in values.
Citation: James Emery White, You Can Experience a Purposeful Life (Nashville: Word, 2000)
C. WHEN OUR PRINCIPLES BREAK DOWN SO DOES OUR OWN LIFE AND SOCIETY AS WELL.
D. Your Principles will help you make a difference

The temptation of Christ in Matthew 4 illustrates his commitment to principles:
3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
5 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,
6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. {tempt: or, try, or, put to trial, or, proof}
8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

E. An unprincipled life will lead to destruction

F. A principled life will guide you when nothing else is left!

3. Know your Power—gifting and what empowers that gifting
A. God’s Spirit empowers my life, not my wife, or church, career, etc.
B. God has given gifts to you to accomplish His purpose in you
C. Even when you feel your gift is unimportant and being squandered


Boasting in God
Ramon Piaguaje, a Secoya Indian born and raised in the rain forest of Ecuador, won the Winsor & Newton Millennium Art Competition, the largest painting competition in the world. His painting "Eternal Amazon" was selected from over 22,000 entries by professionals and amateur artists from 51 countries and was on display at the United Nations this past summer. Ramon, who started drawing as a teenager over 30 years ago, was not introduced to oil painting until 1993 in Quito. The young man who has captured the attention of the art world was first encouraged in his efforts by Orville and Mary Johnson, Wycliffe Bible Translators working in his village.
The Johnsons recognized a God-given ability and had encouraged him to keep drawing. When they left his village in the early seventies, having completed their translation of the New Testament, the belongings they took with them included 30 drawings by Ramon. Since then, Ramon has met the Prince of Wales and the secretary general of the United Nations, and "Eternal Amazon" has been viewed by ambassadors, artists, dignitaries,
Comments and Shared Ideas
Sam Owusu
March 3, 2011
Great sermon

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