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THE KING AND HIS CASTLE (3 of 4)
Dr. James Merritt
1. There were seven of them, and in their day they
were the greatest tourist attractions in the history
of the world. What were they? Well, here is the list
- The Hanging Gardens of Babylon
- The Stature of Zeus at Olympia
- The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus
- The Mausoleum in Egypt
- The Coliseum of Rhodes
- The Lighthouse of Alexandria
- The Great Pyramid of Giza
You may recognize this list as comprising what is now
known as the "Seven Ancient Wonders of the World."
The reason why they were called wonders is because of
the time they existed they were seen as the greatest
man-made structures on earth. Well, they may have
been great, but only one of them still exists, and
that is the great Pyramid of Giza. They were
legendary but they were not lasting.
2. There are other wonders of the world recognized by
civilization. Some are called the "forgotten wonders"
such as the Coliseum in Rome, the Parthenon in Greece,
and Petra, the City of Rock, in Jordan. There are
certain wonders referred to as "natural wonders" such
as the Grand Canyon and Niagara Falls. Then there are
what are called the "modern wonders. These include
Big Ben, The Eiffel Tower, The Empire State Building,
The Golden Gate Bridge, The Statue of Liberty, and the
3. I have been blessed by the fact that I have seen
everyone of those wonders. I want to tell you today
that none of them can compare to the greatest wonder I
have ever seen or will see, which is the church of the
Lord Jesus Christ. Warren Wiersbe, one of the best-
selling Christian authors of all time, said, "The
greatest wonder that God has on earth is the wonder of
His church."1 The greatest privilege in the world is
to be a member of the greatest institution on earth,
which is the church of Jesus Christ.
4. The church is, wit ...
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