Hope for the Runaways (2 of 2) by Ernest Easley

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Hope for the Runaways (2 of 2)
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
August 21, 2005

Throughout God's word there are 5 one chapter books: Obadiah .. Philemon, 2 John, 3 John and Jude. They are like emails: short and to the point! No drawn out explanation. No rabbit chasing. But just the facts!

These 5 one chapter emails are filled with life-changing principles that are as inspired by God as Matthew, Mark, Luke and John!

Now so far .. we have learned from Obadiah about The Mother of All Sins. And of course that would be P R I D E. Proverbs 13.10, "By pride comes only contention (strife that divides and disrupts).." Pride only thinks of one of thing: what those who possess it want! Behind every argument is pride. Behind every divorce is pride. Behind every church conflict is P R I D E. No wonder God hates it so much.

Proverbs 6.16ff, "These six things the LORD hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil, A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren." In his list .. Solomon begins with pride and ends with those who sow discord among the brethren which is an abomination to God.

The second email we find in God's Word is found between Titus and Hebrews .. Philemon! It was written by Paul from a prison cell in Rome. It was written to Philemon who lived in the city of Colosse. And it was written about a runaway slave of Philemon's named Onesimus.

And it is in these 25 verses we discover that there is Hope for the Runaways of this world! What good news! There is hope for the runaways! You may have a runaway in your family tonight. It may be a son or a daughter ... a grandchild ... a spouse. It may not be in your family at all. For you .. it's a friend. And they are running has fast and far from God and the things of God as they can.

I want to remind you tonight t ...

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