The Lord Has Been So Good to Me! (6 of 19) by Steve Wagers

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The Lord Has Been So Good to Me! (6 of 19)
Series: A Closer Look at the Book: JAMES
Steve N. Wagers
James 1:17-18

Sermon Outline
1. The Character of a Generous God!
A. The Realm of these Gifts!
B. The Resource in these Gifts!
C. The Root of these Gifts!
2. The Conversion from a Gracious God!
A. The Infinity of the New Birth!
B. The Instrument of the New Birth!
C. The Intention of the New Birth!

* In one of her diaries, Corrie Ten Boom wrote of the goodness of God:
"Often I have heard people say, 'How good God is! We prayed that it would not rain for our church picnic, and look at the lovely weather!' Yes, God is good when He sends good weather. But God was also good when He allowed my sister, Betsie, to starve to death before my eyes in a German concentration camp. I remember one occasion when I was very discouraged there. Everything around us was dark, and there was darkness in my heart. I remember telling Betsie that I thought God had forgotten us. 'No, Corrie,' said Betsie, 'He has not forgotten us. Remember His Word: "For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His steadfast love toward those who fear Him." " Corrie concludes, "There is an ocean of God's goodness available--there is plenty for everyone."

* Allen Gardiner, a devoted missionary, experienced many physical difficulties and hardships throughout his service to the Savior. Despite his troubles, he said, "While God gives me strength, failure will not daunt me."

* In 1851, at the age of 57, he died of disease and starvation while serving on Picton Island at the southern tip of South America. When his body was found, his diary lay nearby. It bore the record of hunger, thirst, wounds, and loneliness. The last entry in his little book showed the struggle of his shaking hand as he tried to write legibly. It read, "I am overwhelmed with a sense of the goodness of God."

* I love the words of the old Negro spiritual:
My heavenly h ...


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