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MAY THE WORK IíVE DONE SPEAK FOR ME

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Sermon shared by Sherman Gordon

December 2009
Summary: MORE IMPORTANT THAN HOW LONG WE LIVE IS HOW WE LIVE OUR LIFE. DORCAS PATTERNS FOR US A LIFE WORTH LIVING AND REMEMBERING.
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
MAY THE WORK IíVE DONE SPEAK FOR ME
ACTS 9:36-41


ASHA, AMAYA, FAMILY/FRIENDS . . . EARTH HAS NO SORROW . . .
DIFFICULT Ė I/WE DID NOT THINK IT WOULD END THIS WAY
LEARNING Ė LIFE: . . . CURVE BALLS, FAST BALLS, SLIDERS OUR WAY. AT THESE TIMES WE MUST HOLD FIRM IN OUR FAITH OF GOD NO MATTER THE CIRCUMSTANCE/SITUATION AND TRUST THAT GOD WILL SEE US THROUGH . . .
PHILETRIA : 15 YEARS, 12 YEARS Ė PASTOR
1. PASTOR/TREASURER STORY
2. TAXES
3. 60TH BIRTHDAY Ė SCRABBLE (JUST FOR YOU)
PHILETRIA: MISSED
STORY : TWO WOMEN Ė NEIGHBORS
1ST Ė WE ARE GOING TO BE LIVING IN A BETTER NEIGHBORHOOD
2ND Ė WE ARE TOO
1ST Ė OH, YOUíRE MOVING ALSO
2ND Ė NO, YOUR MOVING IS ENOUGH . . .
SONG THAT CAPTURES THE LIFE OF PHILETRIA:
MAY THE WORK IíVE DONE SPEAK FOR ME
IF I CAN HELP ONE SOMEBODY . . .
PHILETRIA REMINDS ME OF THE OWMAN WE FIND IN OUR TEXT NAMED DORCAS.
DORCAS:
A GOOD NAME
FULL OF GOOD WORKS
A GOOD EXAMPLE TO FOLLOW


A GOOD NAME:
DORCAS NAME WAS KNOWN THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY OF JOPPA AND THE SURROUNDING CITIES. THE MENTION OF HER NAME BROUGHT A SMILE TO MANY FACES. IT WAS HARD TO SOLICIT AN ILL REMARK CONCERNING DORCAS (DOESNíT MEAN SHE PLEASED EVERYBODY . . .). LIKE DORCAS PHILETRIA POSSESSED A GOOD NAME: CHURCH (NURSERY, TREASURER, CHARTER MEMBER . . .), COMMUNITY: FAITHFUL CENTRAL CHILDCARE CENTER (LOVE: CHILDREN/FAMILIES), POLITICAL ARENA: PROJECT, FUNDING TO BETTER EDUCATE THOSE SHE SURROUNDED HERSELF WITH) PHILETRIA HAD AND HAS A GOOD NAME. PHILETRIA UNDERSTOOD PROVERBS 22:1 ďA GOOD NAME IS RATHER TO BE CHOSEN THAN GREAT RICHES.Ē KENNEDY, KING, DORCAS, PHILETRIA . . .
FULL OF GOOD WORKS:
NOT ONLY DID DORCAS POSSESS A GOOD NAME, SHE WAS FULL OF GOOD DEEDS. THE WORD FULL SUGGEST: TOTALLY DEVOTED AND COMMITTED. V.36 STATES THAT DORCAS WAS ALWAYS DOING KIND THINGS FOR OTHERS AND HELPING THE POOR. V.39 TELLS OF THE CLOTHES AND GARMENTS DORCAS MADE FOR THOSE WHO WERE UNABLE TO SHOP AT WALMART, TARGET, NEIMAN MARCUS, NORDSTROM, OR EVEN ONLINE. DORCAS UNDERSTOOD THAT SHE HAD BEEN SAVED TO SERVE. IN THIS ERA WHERE EVERYBODY WANTS TO BE SERVED . . . PHILETRIA LOVED SERVING FAMILIES, SHE LOVED SERVING CHILDREN, SHE LOVED SERVING THE LESS FORTUNATE, SHE LOVED SERVING HER FAMILY/FRIENDS, SHE LOVED SERVING HER CHURCH, SHE LOVED SERVING HER PASTOR, BUT MOST OF ALL SHE LOVED SERVING HER GOD. PHILETRIA LIKE DORCAS WAS FULL OF GOOD DEEDS.
A GOOD EXAMPLE TO FOLLOW
BUT ONLY DID DORCAS POSSESSED A GOOD NAME OR A LIFE OF GOOD DEEDS, SHE WAS A GOOD EXAMPLE TO FOLLOW. V.38 TELLS OF THE BELEIVERS AND CROWDS THAT GATHERED AT DORCAS PLACE. SURE TO BE ENCOURAGED, SURE TO GAIN INSIGHT AS TO HOW THEY MIGHT PATTERN THEIR LIFE. V.39 MENTIONS OF THE WOMEN WHO WERE AT DORCAS PLACE THAT PERHAPS ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS SAT AT HER FEET AND WITNESSED HOW DORCAS SEWED ARTICLES OF CLOTHING NOT ONLY WITH A NEEDLE AND THREAD, BUT LOVE AND COMPASSION. PEOPLE JUST WANTED TO BE IN DORCAS PRESENCE. THE SAME COULD BE SAID OF PHILETRIA: . . . POSSEí (CAME TO CHURCH
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