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Summary: This a sermon about how we must continue to tell of story of christ birth and resurrection. About how we have lost respect for the church and it’s officers

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Pastor James Thomas

House of Judah Ministries

Jan.27th 2008

Don’t stop telling the story

Deuteronomy 7:1-4

2 And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them:

3 Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son.

4 For they will turn away thy son from following me, that they may serve other gods: so will the anger of the LORD be kindled against you, and destroy thee suddenly.

I.If one were not a praying person

A.One could look at the situations surrounding us and pose the question

B.Has God forgotten his people has he left us to be at the mercy of the enemy

C.Hurricane Katrina kills thousands – 911 kills hundreds—Tsunami-226,000 The Iraq war

D.Church leaders under attack, by an unrighteous government who has no God on their mind and the saints of God not coming to their defense

E.Babies being stolen and massacred with no end in sight

F.Children killing children with no remorse and no conscious

G.School shooting after School shooting and still finding more guns

H.Violence at and all time high

I.The body of Christ under attack saints struggling churches struggling it seems as though the wells have dried up and the enemy is running rampart on the earth.

Habakkuk asked the question in Habakkuk 1:2 O LORD, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear! Even cry out unto thee of violence, and thou wilt not save!

The prophet asked a merciful God how long must his people suffer how long would sin prevail.

II.Someone who does not belong to a church but believes in God asked me 2 questions

a.He made a statement that it seemed as though God had unleashed Satan against the earth

b.The second statement he made was that with everything going on with the church Pastors being investigated how do you know who to trust.

III.The Church has lost its position and authority and respect

a.The reality of the situation is that church of today lacks the spiritual strength of the church of yesterday

b.The power and authority of the church has been diminished

Paul warn us he says

2 Tim 4:3-4

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

Paul was saying a time is coming

a.when people are not going to want to hear the gospel

b.When the gospel will be perverted to fit whatever situation you want it to fit

c.The bible says homosexuality is an abomination so what does man do we sanction same sex marriages call them civil unions and throw a slap in God’s face

d.We complain about coming to church spending to much time at church then wonder why our children don’t want to come to church

e.We have become self indulgent, self satisfying, self motivated, and self serving. We have become a nation of it’s all about me. How does this benefit me and how does that help me.

f.People at church not doing what we want we don’t participate then hate on the ones who are trying to do something positive.

g.Sitting in church mad at ourselves

h.Disgusted with everybody else no joy no reason to be happy sitting there with bulldog jaws and wandering why no one wants to be bothered with us

Churches have become worried about being popular more than we are about saving people’s souls.

Psalms 1:1-2

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

The church is trying to hard, to be like the world. We have become influenced by whatever we see on TV. We have become a generation of Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Phil, Ellen, Montel, and reality show junkies. Every one of them examples of broken marriages homosexuality dysfunctional families and this is who advises America. Our children are being raised by some of the foulest mouths on T.V. Show like South Park, King of the Hill, and Family guy adult cartoons being watched by our children. Every rap group and entertainer with a naked girl in his video and yet ashamed to claim Christ in front of their peers. Then we wonder how we got in this situation. These are the council of the ungodly. The word of God tells us we need to discipline our children but we want to change that part of the bible to because we didn’t like being disciplined and we are still mad at father and mother for getting on us. Solomon the wisest man in the bible says in proverbs 29:15 The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame. He goes on to say in proverbs 22:15 Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him. But of course we disagree with God on how to raise our children then we wonder how come they won’t listen…Why they feel like they can say whatever they want to whom ever they want. If you can’t respect your mother and father you surely cannot respect anyone else. This is why we have school shootings and police shootings because no one else is going to baby your child like mother is going to. It is our job to teach our youth to respect themselves and others. We were not taught to respect elders who we thought we right we were taught to respect all elders.

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