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Summary: The purpose of this sermon is to motivate the hearers to affim to others that Resurrection Sunday 2007 find many believers looking good and strong, outwardly, when inwardly they are in shock-spiritually, and just a TURN-AROUND away from receiving instruct

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8 April 2007

EARLY RISE RESURRECTION SERVICE

U.S. Army Chaplain (MAJ) Ken Harris

Fort Ord Chapel

Seaside, California

BIG IDEA: Many believers, who look good and strong, outwardly, are really in shock-spiritually, and just a TURN-AROUND away from receiving instructions from THE LORD TO GO AND DO MINISTRY. .

References: John 20:16a-17b – KJV (She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master. 17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren,…); Luke 7:44 NIV (Then, turning toward the woman, he said to Simon, Do you see this woman? I entered your house. You gave me no water for my feet but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair).; Isaiah 65:17-25; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; 1 Corinthians 15:19-26; John 20:1-18; Isaiah 6:1 RSV (In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple); Isaiah 6:8-9 (ESV) (And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?" Then I said, "Here am I! Send me." 9 And he said, " Go, and say to this people:;

I. ANNOUNCE THE PERICOPE: John 20:9-18 (RSV)

II. READ THE PERICOPE: John 20:9-18 (RSV)

III. READ THE TEXT: John 20:16b-17a (KJV) She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master. 17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren,…

IV. PURPOSE: Motivate the hearers to affirm to others that Resurrection Sunday 2007 find many believers looking good and strong, outwardly, when inwardly they are in shock-spiritually, and just a TURN-AROUND away from receiving instructions from THE LORD TO GO AND DO MINISTRY.

V. INTRODUCTION:

HE IS RISEN! HE IS RISEN INDEED! HAPPY RESURRECTION SUNDAY TO ALL.

YOU ALL LOOK GOOD AND STRONG! Beautiful dresses, suits, hats, and ties. You all look good and strong!

However, I submit to you this morning that there are many believers, in our midst, that look good and strong outwardly, but inwardly they are in SPIRITUAL-SHOCK!

For they have either just loss a significant other; or their marriage is in trouble and their children are wayward. Inwardly, they are in SPIRITUAL-SHOCK.

Perhaps, some that are here this morning are about to experience for the FIRST TIME “the empty-ness syndrome” – outwardly, they look good and strong; but inwardly they are in SPIRITUAL-SHOCK!

Yet, in spite of their PERSONAL CRISIS, and in spite of their current loss or projected loss – THEY ARE JUST A TURN-AROUND away from RECEIVING INSTRUCTIONS to GO … AND DO MINISTRY!

For you see, although we are wounded … The LORD wants us to do ministry … out of our pain.

***************TAKE 5 BEATS**********

MOVE 1: Now, you may find it interesting to learn that in my reading, and sermon preparation, I came across a story entitled, “The Dying Preacher”.

a. According to the story, an old preacher was dying. He sent a message for his banker and his lawyer, both church members, to come to his home.


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