Summary: NURSING HOME SERMON
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9 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: 10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
before we go into prayer this morning I want to talk for just a few moments about mercy
more specifically I want to talk about Gods mercy
you know because of Gods mercy we are all given so much more than we deserve
And that's what I'm going to talk about just for a couple of minutes is the blessing we have all because of Gods mercy
first Gods mercy gives us salvation
5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
you see the apostle Paul knew that he had received Gods mercy
he knew that he didn't deserve it but that God gave it to him anyway
You see Paul had made a lot of mistakes before he got saved
He even was responsible for the death of a lot of other christian but then one day on the road to Damascus Paul received Gods mercy
And he was forever thankful and I tell you what so am I
(expound as lord leads)
Gods mercy also gives us help in our times of trouble
16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
You know we have some hard times in this life
Tears that we are going to have to cry (expound as lord leads)
But the good news is that we can all have the help we need in our times of trouble and it is all because of Gods mercy
not a one of has earned the help that God gives to us each day
especially if we was to look at it from the view point of todays society
you see now days everyone has the whats in it for me attitude