God's 4-Letter Word (1 of 3) by Steve Wagers

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God's 4-Letter Word (1 of 3)
Series: A Closer Look at the Will of God
Steve N. Wagers
1 Thessalonians 4:1-4
November 13, 2005

Sermon Outline
1. The WORD that DIRECTS a Holy Life!
A) Our Reverence for the Word!
B) Our Allegiance to the Word!
2. The WALK that DEMONSTRATES a Holy Life!
A) What our Walk is to Pursue!
B) How our Walk is to Progress!
3. The WILL that DEMANDS a Holy Life!
A) A Life Committed to God!
B) A Life Clean before God!

I once came across what is called, "The Lincoln-Kennedy Coincidence." I found it quite interesting. President Abraham Lincoln was elected in 1860. President John Kennedy was elected in 1960. Both lost children while in the White House. Both men were shot in the head on a Friday in the presence of their wives. Both were replaced with Southern Democrat Senators named Johnson. Lincoln's successor was Andrew Johnson, born in 1808.

Kennedy's successor was Lyndon Johnson, born in 1908. Booth, Lincoln's assassin, was born in 1839. Oswald, Kennedy's assassin, was born in 1939. Both assassins were themselves assassinated before their trials. Lincoln's secretary was named Kennedy. Kennedy's secretary was name Lincoln. Secretary Kennedy advised Lincoln not to go to the theater. Secretary Lincoln advised Kennedy not to go to Dallas. Booth shot Lincoln in a theatre and ran to a warehouse. Oswald shot Kennedy from a warehouse and ran to a theatre.

You have to admit there is much coincidence between the events of Lincoln and Kennedy's life. However, when it comes to the Christian life, it is not a matter of coincidence, but providence. Our life is not governed by accidents, but by appointments. To put it another way, our life is governed by the will of God.

Each of us can live with the assurance that nothing happens in our life that has not been arranged, appointed, or allowed by God. Anything and everything that touches our life is filtered through God's will for our life. Therefore, every Christian should be dee ...


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