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Summary: Here’s a sermon for the time around April 1st that deals with foolish people.

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Fools Used 4/1/2001 morning

Open your Bibles to the Book of Judah.

April Fool! There is no Book of Judah!

Turn to Luke 12: 13-31

[13]And one of the company said unto him, Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me.

[14] And he said unto him, Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you?

[15] And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.

[16] And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:

[17] And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?

[18] And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.

[19] And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.

[20] But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?

[21] So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

[22] And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on.

[23] The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.

[24] Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?

[25] And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?

[26] If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest?

[27] Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

[28] If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?

[29] And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind.

[30] For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.

[31] But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Today’s Message is entitled “The Fool!”

In today’s Bible text, Jesus was asked to settle a case.

A man was having a dispute with his brother

over the inheritance of his father’s estate.

The law gave 2/3 to the older son

and 1/3 to the younger son.

This man felt he was being cheated,

so he appealed to Jesus for help in getting his share.

It was a common practice for Rabbis to settle legal disputes.

So what does Jesus do?

He tells the story about a man He calls a “Fool”.

I’d like to tell you the story of another Fool.

Her name was Madalyn Mays.

Madalyn was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1919.

She was born into a good Christian family.

The family moved to Akron, Ohio when Madalyn was very young.


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