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More Word, Less Worry!
Luke 10:38-42, Colossians 1:15-19
INTRO: Have you ever noticed how easy it is to get stressed out in the every day issues of life that you neglect the most important Person in life, Jesus Christ your Lord and Savior?
ILLUS: According to John MacArthur, some years ago, the Mayo Clinic stated that statistically 80 percent to 85 percent of their total case load were ill either in reality or artificially due directly to mental stress. Also according to MacArthur, not too long ago, there appeared an article in a leading medical journal entitled, "Is Stress the Cause of All Disease?" The author of the article says that at the beginning of the century, bacteria were considered to be the center of attention. Today, mental stress has replaced bacteria.
There's got to be a better way to live than being stressed out, worrying all the time! Worry has been compared to the rocking chair. It will give you something to do, but won't take you anywhere!
PROP. SENT. The Bible teaches that God would have us to learn what is truly necessary in life. God's people are to be consumed with the uncompromising Word of God over the unnecessary worries of this life!
TRANS. SENT. With this in mind today's scripture focuses us on the essentials of overcoming a worry-filled attitude and enjoying a Word-filled mindset!
I. THE DELIGHTS OF THE WORD
A. Companions and Communion (Lk. 10:38a)
1. Jesus and his disciples are in traveling mode here.
2. As they come into this certain village, most likely Bethany, the plan is just a short stay.
a. While Dr. Luke doesn't mention the name of the village specifically, the Apostle John did in his gospel.
b. Bethany was the village where Jesus' friend Lazarus lived and toward the end of His ministry Jesus stayed there during the Passover Celebration which ultimately climaxed with His crucifixion on the cross of Calvary.
3. Jesus greatly enjoyed the company of his companions!
4. They ...
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