Summary: To purpose of this sermon is to motivate the hearers to reflect upon Sept 11 2001, and to affirm to others that just as Christ had mercy on Paul - if we repent of our wrong doings – Christ will also have MERCY on us.
14 September 2008
U.S. Army Chaplain (MAJ) Ken Harris
West Fort Hood Chapel
BIG IDEA: Christ will HAVE MERCY on us if we repent of our wrong doings.
REFERENCES: Acts 9 (quickview)  (Paul’s Conversion Experience); Ephesians 2:3-5 (quickview)  (NIV) All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved; Psalm 14:1 (quickview) , 3-7 (NIV) The fool says in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good. All have turned aside, they have together become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one. Will evildoers never learn— those who devour my people as men eat bread and who do not call on the LORD ? There they are, overwhelmed with dread, for God is present in the company of the righteous. You evildoers frustrate the plans of the poor, but the LORD is their refuge. Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion! When the LORD restores the fortunes of his people, let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!; I Timothy 1:12-17 (quickview)  (NIV); Ex 33:19 (NIV) I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion; I Timothy 1:13 (quickview)  (NIV) Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief; Mercy: defined as “not” getting what you do deserve – withheld punishment; Grace: defined as the “inverse” of mercy – getting what you don’t deserve or “unmerited favor”; Matthew 18:23-35 (quickview)  (NIV) The Unjust Servant;
IV. PURPOSE: To motivate the hearers to reflect upon Sept 11 2001, and to affirm to others that just as Christ had mercy on Paul - if we repent of our wrong doings – Christ will also have MERCY on us.
V. SERMONIC THEME: “MERCY”: Punishment Withheld
Mercy: Punishment Withheld.
This past week (on Thursday, 11 Sep) many Americans – all over the world – were challenged to “remember and Not to Ever Forget” Tuesday, September 11, 2001 – 7 years ago.
The day when planes were flown into the twin towers at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The day when 40 brave people (passengers and crew members alike of Flight 93) lost their lives in an attempt to prevent terrorist from attacking our Nation’s Capitol.
Likewise, in commemoration of September 11, 2001, our HHC 504th Commander - CPT Thrash) put together – without fan fair - a Motorcycle Ride out to the Veterans Memorial Cemetery on I-95 where we conducted a “Service of Remembrance”. Soldiers were asked to recall where they were, and what they were doing when they first heard of the planes flying into the Twin Towers. What an awesome tribute we had! Therefore, in honor of the many that have died on 9-11 – and the many soldiers, airmen, sailors, and marines that have subsequently lost their lives in Iraq, or Afghanistan, as a result of the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001 – let us have a “Moment of Silence”. Thank you!