Four Anchors for a New Year
Paul had appeared before Agrippa and gave his Christian testimony. Agrippa decided to send him to Rome to appear before Caesar. It was past time for sailing. However, they sailed against the advice of the apostle. What does a preacher know about the weather, anyway?
A great wind blew them around for several days. Finally all hope of being saved was gone. Paul came up from the bottom of the ship and told them no lives would be lost.
They cast four anchors from the stern of the ship and waited for the morning.
Paul knew he was a Christian. He knew he was a serving Christian. He knew he was a believing Christian.
I want us to consider four anchors that will hold us steady against the storm of a New Year.
1. THE BOOK
The Bible is the Book to proclaim. We spend too much time defending the Bible and not enough time proclaiming the Bible.
There was a big German shepherd peened up. There was a little fiest that would come to the fence and agitate the big shepherd. The shepherd would snap at him through the fence. The man who owned the German shepherd didn't know what to do. His friend told him ''Let the big dog out!''
We don't need to argue the Bible or defend the Bible. We need to proclaim the Bible. We need to let the big dog out!
The old-time preachers believed and proclaimed the Bible: Moody, Finney, Spurgeon, Truett, and Graham.
Voltaire, a noted atheist said, ''If we would destroy the Christian religion, we must first of all destroy man's belief in the Bible.''
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Think about it, forty different writers wrote through fifteen centuries. It was virtually unchanged for two thousand years. ...
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