(Transcribed from actual tape) May 6, 1984 AM
Choir, Orchestra, we thank you. You've blessed us. For the uninitiated, we
have been in Romans for a long time. So I hope you already have your Bibles
open to Romans, Chapter Number 8. We're going to look this morning beginning
with the second part of Verse 17 of perhaps one of the greatest chapters in
all the Bible - Romans, Chapter 8. Let's begin with prayer.
"Father, we thank You for the blessings of this hour. For the holy hush that
comes over Your people when Thy word is opened. Give to us directed concen-
tr&4;-14,ons, so that trulv we ma-y lip- fed at Thy altar at this time. Lord, some
here need encouragement. Others need conviction. Some need to turn from
sinful living. Some need to be pointed in the right direction. Oh, Lord, we
come before Thee with various needs and hopes and longings and aspirations.
But we come, Father, confident that Thou art here to speak and to deliver, to
heal and to touch, to forgive and to cleanse, to renew, yea, and to remake.
Lord, You speak. Let me get out of the way so that Thy word and Thy holy
and divine message might not only be heard but may it be received and under-
stood and incorporated into our lifestyles. For we make this prayer in the
strong, holy name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and our Lord. Amen."
I think all of us look on suffering as an uninvited guest, one who comes and
stays for awhile and then usually leaves. And when he leaves we say, "Whew,
I'm sure glad he's gone!" Question: Have you ever considered suffering to
be an aid to your fellowship with Jesus Christ? Have you ever thought that
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