When We Obey God--what Happens? (9 Of 11) by Jim Henry

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Rev. Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church Orlando
3000 SouthJohn Young Parkway
Orlando, Florida 32805-6691

REAL CHURCH--REAL PEOPLE--IN THE REAL WORLD
"When We Obey God--What Happens?"
Acts 5:17-42

Sunday, 3/31/96, 9:30 a.m. Service

After Hurricane Andrew struck our state, one television crew was
going through a certain neighborhood in Miami and noticed a very
strange thing. A whole neighborhood was completely wiped out
except for one house. A man was out in the yard of the house
cleaning up debris and the TV people asked him, "Everybody's
house here is gone except yours. Why do you think your house
was spared?" He said, "Well, I guess it's because I did what they
told me to do. The building code says to build using two by six roof
trusses and I built my own house and put in the two by six roof
trusses. I followed the Florida code; apparently others didn't. My
house is still standing; theirs are not. I just did what I was told to
do." He obeyed the law.

You know there are a lot of good things that happen when we obey
and do the right things. Sometimes when we obey and do the right
things some tough things happen. In this particular part of the
Book of Acts we're going to see that paradox as it happened to the
disciples. Please open your Bibles to Acts, chapter 5, verse 27.
[Read through verse 32]

Would you pray with me. "Father, we pray that You would teach us
and clarify in our minds the truth about obedience. It is better to
obey God rather than men. Father, we know it intellectually, as
believers. Sometimes it is very difficult to put into practice but help
us to see the clarifying truths and make those decisions of
obedience that bring honor to You. Stretch us and grow us in the
faith. We pray that obedience may be the mark in our lives in this
journey of faith. In Jesus' Name."

Remember, the apostles had gotten into some difficulty with the
religious community beca ...


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