The Ifs, Ands and Buts of the Bible! (1 of 18) by Ernest Easley

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The Ifs, Ands and Buts of the Bible! (1 of 18)
Series: The If's, Ands and Buts of the Bible
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
2 Corinthians 1:20
January 8, 2012

We are beginning a new series of messages today that are built around a familiar idiom … that figure of speech in the English language made up of expressions, a word or phrase that means something different from what the words literally imply.
For example:
"You have a Chip on Your Shoulder."
When you use that idiom .. you're really talking about being upset for something that happened in the past.
"A Piece of Cake."
That idiom is used to describe a task that can be accomplished very easily.
"Back to Square One."
When that idiom is used .. what's really meant is that you're having to start all over again. And we use these idioms every day. In fact .. it's been estimated to be at least 25,000 idiomatic expressions in the English language.
I learned the hard way that idioms don't translate very well into another language. The problem is that either it's meaning is changed or it's just meaningless.
I was preaching one day in a bush village in West Africa using a translator. I was preaching about having the assurance of salvation and I said, "Today, when it comes to the assurance of salvation, you can nail-it-down."
Well .. the translator stopped, looked at me and said, "Pastor, you don't want me to use that expression. It would make no sense to them. Say it another way."
You better be careful using idioms .. especially when talking to someone that speaks another language!
Well .. there is an idiom that no doubt you are familiar with that's used most often in a negative sense. But in using it as the title of this new series of messages .. is anything but negative. In fact .. it is extremely positive and very personal.
So what is it? I'm glad you asked! It is the idiom, "No if's, ands or buts." For instance: "I want that job finished today, and no ifs, ands or buts." In other words .. no excuses, get it done today! And at the end of the day, I don't want any excuses why you didn't finish the job. No "if's" ("if only I had more time"). No "ands or buts" (And I could have, but I took too long of a lunch break).
Well .. for this series of messages .. I want to tweak that idiom from "No ifs, ands or buts" to simply, "The If's, Ands and Buts of the Bible. And rather than it speaking to something negative, it's going to speak to something positive.
And God's going to take that something positive and help transform your life. And I'm asking you to be here Sunday by Sunday as God uses these messages to help conform you into the image of His Son!
The If's, Ands and Buts of the Bible. Now let me show you what I mean. In the Bible, the word "if" is used in over 1589 verses according to Quickverse Bible software. And often times, the word "if" is used in connection to the Promises of God. That tells us that often there is a conditi ...


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