God's Provision of Compassion (12 of 18) by Ernest Easley

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God's Provision of Compassion (12 of 18)
Series: The If's, Ands and Buts of the Bible
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
James 5:11; Luke 15:11-24

Now take God's word and turn with me to first Luke 15 and put your finger there because that's where we're going to eventually land. And then turn to James 5 because that's where we're going to launch this message from as we get back to our study under the heading:
The If's, Ands and Buts of the Bible.
And my .. how God has been using this series of messages to encourage us all. We began by looking at some of those "iffy" promises of God. God says, "All right, IF you'll do this, then I will do that." And we learned that though MOST of God's promises are conditional .. ALL of God's promises are trustworthy.
So .. the "IF'S" of the Bible point us to The Promises of God. The "ANDS" of the Bible point us to The Provisions of God. And as we'll soon see .. the "BUTS" of the Bible point us to The Providence of God.
God's Promises! God's Provisions! God's Providence! I like to think of them as three sweet "p's" and that's what this series of messages is focused on: The If's, Ands and Buts of the Bible.
Now our study brings us once again to another one of those "ANDS" of the Bible, which point us to The Provisions of God. That little word "and" connects some of the wonderful provisions God has for us.
For instance .. in John 1 .. John speaks of Jesus being full of GRACE and TRUTH .. two incredible provisions of God. And then we read in Hebrews 2 that Jesus is MERCIFUL to man FAITHFUL to His Father.
And now today from James 5 .. we're going to discover another one of those "ANDS" of the Bible that point us to another one of those wonderful provisions that God has for us. Have you found James 5? Now go to verse 11. Here in this 5th chapter James is talking about the perseverance of the prophets and says in verse 11, "Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and se ...


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