Would you open your Bibles to the book of Colossians, chapter 3. I am going to read the first ten verses. It's a little book hiding right behind Philippians—a little book with a big message.
If then you are risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sits on the right hand of God. Practice setting your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you are dead and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall you also appear with Him in glory. Put to death therefore your members which are upon the earth such as fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry. For which things sake the wrath of God comes on the children of disobedience, and in the which you also sometime walked in them, when you lived in them. But now you also, put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication, out of your mouth. Stop lying one to another, seeing that you have put off the old man with its deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created him.
I want you to take a little trip with me tonight. We won't be gone long. I want us to go to a little town by the name of Bethany. When we arrive in this small town, the first thing that we notice is that there is something unusual going on. No body riding a bicycle up and down, blowing a trumpet, but there is a lot of commotion. Something unusual is happening in this sleepy little town. So we ask somebody, what is everybody all astir about? What's going on? Oh, you must be a visitor. You haven't heard. You know Lazarus, the brother of Mary and Martha? Well, he died a few days ago, and that prophet Jesus from Nazareth has just come. Rumor has it that he is going out there and raise Lazarus from the dead. We are all going out there to watch. Well, I know th ...
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