Posts Tagged 'surprise'

Gems from Genesis: God Hears Our Laughter

Gems from Genesis: God Hears Our Laughter Sermon Audio Here

Genesis 18:1-15

Long-time actress and comedienne Gracie Allen once received a small, live alligator as a gag. Not knowing what to do with it, Gracie placed it in the bathtub and then left for an appointment. When she returned home, she found this note from her maid: “Dear Miss Allen: Sorry, but I have quit. I don’t work in houses where there is an alligator. I’d a told you this when I took on, but I never thought it would come up.

What Happens When God Shows Up On Your Doorstep?

D.A.D. (Do what Abraham Did) ~ Genesis 18:1-8

  • v1/2 identify God’s presence (who are the three men? Trinity? [no – vs 22, 2:13 shows the LORD+2 angels])
  • v3 invitation to stay (we invite God to stay with us)
  • v4 inducement to rest (we interact with God in HIS terms)
  • v5 insistence of service (we offer real-world benefits to God – feed the poor)
  • v6/7 inclusion of others [wife, servant] (our spirituality isn’t intended to be private and singular; involve others in serving God)
  • v8 wait on the Lord

Be Ready For The Unexpected ~ Genesis 18:9-15

  • v9/10 God prepares us for the unexpected
  • v11/12 unexpected can cause disbelief
  • v13/14 disbelief opportunity for reminder: God CAN
  • v15 God knows our fear; works with us anyway

Romans 5:1-2 ~ Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.

Adopted Royalty

Adopted Royalty Sermon Audio Here

Isaiah 61:10-62:3

Sarah Culberson, adopted in W.Va, received phone call in her 30’s. Her birth father, chief of the Mende tribe in Sierra Leone, had to give her up for adoption, and now was able to bring her into his family. She was a princess and didn’t even know it!

We Receive Our Royalty When

God Endows Us
Isa. 61:10-62:3 God gives us what He knows we need

  • v10 He has Clothed me – receive gift new clothes
  • v1 He has Coached me – receive goal of new life
  • v2 He has Called me – receive glory of new name

God Endorses Us
Gal. 4:4-7 def: “to approve, support, or sustain”

  • v4/5 He has Claimed me – receive full family status
  • v6 He has Confirmed me – receive the Holy Spirit

As for embracing the family’s royal status, says Culberson, “If being a princess is caring for people who are depending on you for help, then yes, I am.”

Your God and King has made you to be His own. Receive Your Royalty for Your Father’s Glory!


Pastor Ed Backell

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