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Summary: TRANSFORMED – How God Changes Us Spiritual Health – Romans chapter 12 verses 1-3 – sermon by Gordon Curley PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: gcurley@gcurley.info

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SERMON OUTLINE:

(1). Introduction.

(2). Consecration (vs 1).

(3). Transformation (vs 2).

SERMON BODY:

Ill:

• Let me tell you the story of two women:

• They both lived in the late 1800’s and early 1890’s.

Story 1: Anne Sullivan:

• When Anne Sullivan was aged 5;

• She contracted trachoma, a highly contagious eye disease,

• Which left her blind and without reading or writing skills

• When she was eight, her mother died.

• And her father abandoned the children two years later;

• For fear he could not raise them on his own

• And so she was sent to an orphanage.

• In those days they didn’t have programs for her,

• So they fed her and literally left her sit and rot.

• But she longed to go to school and learn like the other children.

• Her persistence caught the attention of a visiting man, a state inspector.

• His heart was gripped,

• And he paid personally to send her to the Perkins Institute for the Blind, in Boston.

• She learned to read using Braille, and she graduated at the top of her class.

• A few months later she had a surgery which restored some of her sight,

• And a couple years later;

• She became the caretaker for little 6 year old girl called Helen Keller.

Story 2: Helen Keller:

• At age two Helen suffered a serious illness that left her completely blind and deaf.

• As a blind child in the late 1800’s Helen’s family had let her live like an animal,

• Walking around the family table just grabbing food off their plates

• And shoving it in her mouth.

• There was no discipline, no control, and no efforts to teach or train her.

• But one day Anne Sullivan took up the challenge to educate and nurture her;

• It was not easy, but Anne persisted in spite of:

• Temper tantrums, physical abuse, meal time madness & even thankless parents.

• In her heart she knew it was worth the pain, and it sure was:

• Within 2 years the girl was able to read and write in Braille.

• For all her education Anne Sullivan was next to her and had to spell;

• Each letter of every word and lecture into the hand of Helen Keller.

• As she grew older she would ultimately graduate from Radcliffe college,

• In fact she was the first deafblind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree,

• 'Helen Keller' then devoted the rest of her life to aiding the deaf and the blind.

• Where she was able to raise millions of dollars for the American Association for the Blind.

• TRANSITION:

• Those two ladies refused to let their past control their future!

• And the glorious news of the gospel;

• (and it is glorious – there is nothing that compares with it) is this;

• What we were before we came to faith in Jesus Christ;

• Need not hinder or hold us back;

• Like Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan we can refuse to let the past control our future!

Note: Let me tell you another important part of the story:

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Richard Petree

commented on Mar 4, 2017

Not sure who the person was that rated you low, but I liked your sermon. Don't be discouraged by people who try to tear you down. It is a down-to-earth sermon that your congregation can relate to.

Gordon Curley

commented on Mar 5, 2017

Thanks for the encouragement!

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