#742 July 9, 1989 - AM
(Transcribed from actual tape)
CLOUDS WITHOUT WATER
Jude 9 - 13
. . . have your Bibles open to this next to the last book in the Bible, the
vestibule, the introduction to the Book of Revelation. It's on apostacy.
This morning, we'll look at Jude, verse 8 through 13. Let's pray together.
Father, Thy word speaks clearly to us . . . with piercing
accuracy, that never ceases to amaze. May Thy Holy Spirit
accurate understanding-, prart-ircl application . . . Lord, you
speak, let me get out of the way, so that Thy word and Thy truth
might not only be heard. May it be received and understood and
incorporated into our living. For this is our prayer through
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Some of you may remember the draught that swept through the western states
from 1950 to 1957. Crops were parched. In many places the ground got so
hot and barren, that it would crack open like a giant mouth, trying to
absorb any moisture from the air, that it could. Cattle died. All of
these areas 'that were so struck by the draught, became disaster areas. And
all kind of federal aid came in, to help those people who live there.
Water was at a premium. Those, would be, rainmakers for a period of time,
were very popular and made a lot of money. Didn't bring a lot of rain, but
boy, they sure did hustle their vocation. Churches would spend days and
weeks in prayer for rain. And you can imagine, all across those years,
they needed a steady, solid flow of rain and it just didn't come . . . from
1950 to 1957; very little precipitation. Every time someone would see a
little cirrus cloud. That's that cloud that's just a hand, just a mist of
ice crystals . . . way off somewhere, and they would see that cloud and
they would say, "Oh, this is rain." And then when they would see a cumulus
cloud. You know the one that you see pictures in it, and it looks like
mountains and then sometimes they get very forbidding; and they would say,
"Surely rain is goi ...
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