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Summary: To purpose of this sermon is to motivate the hearers to CHOOSE LOVE.

8 May 2005

by

U.S. Army Chaplain (MAJ) Ken Harris

CP Walker, Taegu South Korea

BIG IDEA: GOD CHOSE LOVE; AND WE SHOULD TOO.

REFERENCES: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16 (KJV;)

Deuteronomy 10:12-22 (KJV); Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. Jude 1:21 (KJV); And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another. 2 John 1:5 (KJV); If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

1 John 4:20 (KJV); Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. 1 John 4:7 (KJV); And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; Phil 1:9 (KJV); “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.?- Proverbs 9:10 (KVJ); A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. 35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. John 13:34-35 (KJV)

I. ANNOUNCE THE PERICOPE: 1 Kings 3:16-28

II. READ THE PERICOPE: 1 Kings 3:16-28

III. READ THE TEXT: Then the King answered and said, Give her the living child, and in no wise slay it: she is the mother thereof. (1 Kings 3:27 ?KJV)

IV. PURPOSE: To motivate the hearers to CHOOSE LOVE.

V. SERMONIC THEME: MOTHERS’DAY & The Verdict of LOVE?

INTRODUCTION: Mothers Day & The Verdict of LOVE. Happy Mothers Day to all mothers.

The Second Sunday in May , in the United States of America, is Mothers’ Day. As you have attest to already, Mothers Day is a day when American children honor their mothers with cards, gifts, and flowers. We are truly grateful for our mothers because it’s through their prayer that God continues to richly bless us.

Likewise, most of you know that on this past Thursday, 5 May 2005, in South Korea was Children Day. While today, in SOUTH KOREA, is PARENTS Day 2005.

Parents Day occurs 3 days after Children Day. It is a time for the young to show their respect for the love received from their parents.

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MOVE 1: It’s my understanding that most Koreans buy their parents carnations and many children make paper carnations at school for their fathers and mothers.

a. It’s wonderful to see how different but similar our COUNTRIES are.

b. Happy Parents Day 2005 to all of our KOREAN BROTHERS AND SISTERS.

c. It’s my prayer that God richly bless us all through his message today:

d. MOTHERS?DAY & The VERDICT of LOVE.

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MOVE 2: The word VERDICT is a noun.

a. The word itself is considered MIDDLE ENGLISH which means that it was spoken in England from the 12th to the 15th Century.

b. The “ver?in verdict is latin which means “TRUE?while the latter portion of the word spelled ... dict ... means “SPEECH?

c. In other words, VERDICT means ... “True ?Speech?.

d. Although there are various kinds of VERDICTS:

e. “directed verdict? excessive verdict, general verdict, instructed verdict, partial verdict, quotient verdict, and repugnant verdict ... to name a few.

f. In fact, it’s my understanding that “In law,?all VERDICTS have to do with the findings of a jury on issues of FACT ... which has been submitted to it for a DECISION to be made.

g. It is an expressed conclusion; a judgment ...

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MOVE 3: The classic symbol of justice is that of a “blindfolded woman?scales in her hand.

a. The implication being that the eccence of justice is the weighing of the facts in hand with an impartiality ...

b. ... which might be lost IF THE JUDGE WERE TO SEE THE PARTIES involved.

c. But, such a portrayal is HARDLY ADEQUATE. THE BLINDFOLD should be removed.

d. It as been said that “If we would weigh a situation JUSTLY, we must see the background of those involved in it:

e. For example, the delinquent boy whose home has been a slum and whose playmates have been a gang, ....

f. ... can not be JUDGED JUSTLY ON THE SAME BASIS AS THE BOY WHO HAS ENJOYED EVERY ADVANTAGE OF A GOOD HOME AND CHRISTIAN CULTURE.

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