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Summary: We can and should take time to celebrate the gift of God’s Word!

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INTRODUCTION

• SLIDE #1

• Today we are going to continue with our theme of Celebration. I believe we should celebrate every day because we have the gift of life. I want us to focus on a great gift we have from God, His Word!

• The Bible has been the top selling book for years. There have been roughly 6 billion bibles sold worldwide since about 1816. How many bibles do you have in your home?

• I have at least 8 in my office not including all the bible software programs I have. I hope you all have your bible with you today!

• According to Barna Research Institute their studies suggest that 47% of Americans read the Bible every week and 91% of homes in the USA contain at least 1 Bible. The average home contains 4 bibles. (http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2006/12/18/061218fa_fact1)

• In 2005 Americans purchased over 25 million bibles, twice as many as the then new Harry Potter books sold. In a typical year in the US over 25 million bibles are sold.

• We can go get a bible at so many places, we will not jeopardize our life for owning a bible as some in the world have to deal with and we are not one of the people groups in which the bible has not be translated as of yet.

• I have said before that when we have a lot of something, when something is easy to obtain, we tend not to give it a lot of appreciation.

• Today I want us to see four of many reasons as to why we can celebrate God’s Word!

• We will be in Psalm 119 but we will not cover at 172 verses. Our focus will be on verses 89-105.

• We will start with verses 89-91

• SLIDE #2

Psalm 119:89–91 (ESV) 89 Forever, O LORD, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens. 90 Your faithfulness endures to all generations; you have established the earth, and it stands fast. 91 By your appointment they stand this day, for all things are your servants.

• SLIDE #3

SERMON

We can celebrate God’s Word because God’s Word has…

I. The power of permanence.

• We can spend a lot of time talking about how quickly the world around us changes. WE can also talk along time about how people around us change.

• How people think changes over time. Sometimes that is good and sometimes that is bad.

• People can be fickle.

• Verse 89 gives us reason to celebrate because it reminds us that God’s Word is FIRMLY FIXED in the heavens!

• The Psalmist is distressed but yet he gains encouragement from the fact that God’s Word is immutable or put in a different way, unchangeable or permanent!

• Jesus says something similar in Matthew 24:35

• SLIDE #4

Matthew 24:35 (ESV) 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

Isaiah 40:8 also reminds us of the same thing.

• SLIDE #5

Isaiah 40:8 (ESV) The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.

• Why does the fact that God’s Word is permanent give us cause to celebrate?

• The big reason is we can count on what it says. How tragic would it be to live a life of faithful service to God only to get to heavens gates to be rejected because God changed His mind as to what it takes to be a part of His family?


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