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How to Be Whole (7 of 7)
Series: The Big Picture
Dr. Jeffery B. Ginn
a. You don't know whether to applaud him or dismiss him. I'm talking about Ricky Williams. A former Heisman Trophy winner, Williams announced his retirement at age 27 from the game that has brought him wealth and worldwide renown.
b. Despite the millions that he would have earned should he have returned to the Dolphins this year, Williams turned his back on it all. "You can't imagine how free I feel," he said.
c. My take is that despite the fame and the money, Ricky still has a vacuum in his heart. And he intends to search the world in hopes of filling it. He wants to be whole. Isn't that what we all want?
d. In its origin the term, "whole," meant "healthy, unhurt, . . . free of wound, recovered, restored." That is how God intends that we be. I want to speak today on that theme, "How to Be Whole." You'll never be whole until the Holy One fills the hole in your heart!
e. John 5:5-9 (KJV), And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? ("Do you want to get well? [NIV]) 7 The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me. 8 Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. 9 And immediately the man was made whole ("cured"), and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.
f. Our text for today is Ecclesiastes 12:1-14. Especially note the added word in verse 13. Duty is bracketed because it is added to the text. Stedman says it should be translated, "Fear God and keep His commandments; for this is the wholeness of man."
2. DEDICATE YOUR LIFE TO THE DESIGNER (12:1-7)
a. The sense of it (12:1)
i. We are to remember our Creator. This makes perfect ...
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