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Summary: Some people are ungrateful about their experiences while others experience the same things and are thankful. Some look for the negative and others look for the positive. Some complain and others are complimentary.

DON’T BE A COMPLAINER

INTRODUCTION:

PRETTY GOOD SHOW FOR A NICKEL

A typical American family was driving home from church one Sunday. Dad was fussing about the sermon being too long and he also said it was boring. Mom said the organist played too loud. Sis said the soloist sang off key. Grandma said she couldn’t hear the sermon. As they pulled into the driveway, Junior said, "Yep, but you gotta admit, it was a pretty good show for a nickel."

Some people are ungrateful about their experiences while others experience the same things and are thankful. Some look for the negative and others look for the positive. Some complain and others are complimentary.

TEXT:

Num 11:1

Num 14:27-30

Numbers 21:4-6

(MURMURING BROUGHT THE FIERY SERPENTS)

I. MURMURING BRINGS GOD’S PUNISHMENT

A. COMPLAINING IS WICKED

1. Numbers 14:27 He said the congregation was evil because of it

2. Hebrews 3:10 "They erred by complaining..."

3. Philippians 2:14 "Do all things without murmuring..."

B. SOME PEOPLE ARE CAMOUFLAGED COMPLAINERS

1. HYPOCRITICAL THANKS

A man sat down to supper with his family. They prayed over the meal, thanking God for the food. But during the meal he complained about the toast, the coffee, and the eggs. His young daughter questioned him, "Dad, do you think God heard your prayer today?" He answered confidently, "Of course." Then she asked, "Well, do you think God heard what you said about the toast, the coffee, and the eggs?" Not so confidently, he answered, "Why, yes, I believe so." The little girl concluded, "Then which do you think God believed, Dad?"

2. Numbers 21:15 The people spake against God and Moses

a) To speak against Moses was to speak against God

b) To criticize Moses was to criticize God

c) God you made a mistake in putting this man here

C. SOME ARE OBVIOUS MURMURERS

1. THE GRUMBLERS

In country, town, or city,

Some people can be found

Who spend their lives a grumblin’

At everything around.

They grumble, grumble, grumble

No matter what we say.

For these are chronic grumblers;

They grumble night and day.

They grumble at the preacher;

They grumble at his prayer;

They grumble at the offering

They grumble everywhere.

They stay away from meetin’

Because it’s hot or cold

Or when it looks like rainin’;

A headache or a cold.

They grumble when it’s rainin’

They grumble when it’s dry;

And if a little chilly, they

Grumble and they sigh.

And when they go out shoppin’

And see the price is high,

They grumble, grumble, grumble,

They’ll grumble ’til they die.

2. YOU FRIED THE WRONG ONE

A man came to breakfast one morning and told his wife he wanted two eggs -- one fried, one scrambled. With no comment, the long-suffering wife cooked each egg to his specifications and then quietly put the plate in front of him. "Oh no!" he groaned, pushing it away. "You’ve fried the wrong egg."

D. COMPLAINERS ARE PIRATES

1. We’re on the OLD GOSPEL SHIP of the CHURCH

2. Pirates are stealing her treasure

3. Stealing her joy, spirit, and virtue with complaining

E. EXAMPLES OF CHURCH PIRATES

1. MICHAL (David’s wife) 2Sam 6:20-22

a) Didn’t like David’s dance before the Lord

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