Two Weeks Later

Well, it's been 2 weeks since I've written a blog post.  A couple of things happened in those 2 weeks, and I'm going to comment on them both.

1.) The world failed to come to an end due to my lack of blogging.  I received no emails clamoring for me to restart my blogging, neither did any major religious or political figures call me to seek advice, since it wasn't forthcoming on the internet.

Neither did any of the issues that I thought had been thoroughly settled, since I had blogged the exact right answers in the past few years, go away.  There's still much digital ink being spilled over politics, taxes, Baptist life, and the upcoming end of civilization as we know it.  (It's true.  This fall.)

2.)  I realized that I missed writing.  I recognize that I don't write well, and the numbers don't lie that I'm not reaching a huge audience.  However, I enjoy typing out my little thoughts and ideas.  I find it somewhat satisfying to read rebukes of bloggers and realize that I might be one of the ones rebuked.  Except that most of the people that read my blog already agree with me.

The benefit I've missed has been the rabbit-chasing fun of blog-dom.  I'm trying to do less of that in sermons, in hopes of getting actually to the point.  However, the past two weeks have simply resulted in this:

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a lazy bunny. 

So, I'll fire back into blogging and keeping the rabbits from laying about so much.

 

With that, here's Sunday morning's sermon outline:

Text: Matthew 11:20-24

Theme: Woe is.....us!

Date: May 30 2010 AM

Location:

  1. 1322470

  2. The text:

    1. The Lord, the Righteous Judge starts pronouncing “woe” upon cities

    2. There are woes in the Old Testament:

      1. Woes when the Israelites lose the ark in 1 Samuel, and woes when the Philistines have it!

      2. Woes pronounced by Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Micah, Amos, and other prophets

    3. When “woe” is pronounced in Rev, you get plagues of locusts

    4. Woe means that judgment is coming: Serious Judgment

    5. The cities mentioned have seen great miracles

      1. They are in Galilee, where Jesus' early ministry is concentrated

      2. Bethsaida saw: the blind see, the 5000 fed (And that was a crowd that was going to forcibly make Jesus king!!!)

      3. Capernaum: the centurion's servant healed, where Jesus first called the disciples\

    6. These cities are told that Tyre and Sidon would have repented, that they will receive more mercy in the day of judgment

    7. Capernaum is told that Sodom would have repented! That Sodom will receive more tolerance than they will.

  3. The implications:

    1. Christ had made great efforts to reach these people

    2. They had received miracles others had not

    3. They received the Word when others did not

    4. They willfully rejected the Word

  4. The modern:

    1. At a minimum, God has provided our freedom in this Country

    2. What might God say today?

    3. Perhaps “Woe to you, Paris, for had 40,000 died to liberate Beijing, they would have never turned from following Christ. Woe to you, Berlin, for had 25 million died to free Indonesia, there would be obedience to Jesus there.”

    4. Perhaps “Woe to you, Washington, for had 25,000 died to bring freedom to Tehran, they would have used it to worship the Lord God Almighty. Woe to you, New York, for when 38,000 died to keep Seoul free, they have remained committed to Me. Woe to you, Monticello, that 1.4 million have died that you may freely worship, pray, and preach, and you don't.

  5. Do we have to choose the woe? No. Why should we?

 

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