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The Ties That Bind - God's Word (3 of 4)
Series: The Ties That Bind
I Corinthians 14
INTRODUCTION: Someone has said the real reason that we can't have the ten commandments posted in the courthouse is this - you cannot post "Thou shalt not steal" "Thou shalt not commit adultery", and "Thou Shalt not lie" in a building full of lawyers, judges and politicians…it creates a hostile work environment.
Many times man has attempted to destroy the Bible. In A.D. 303 the Roman Emperor Diocletian issued an edict to destroy Christians and their Bible. The persecution that followed was brutal. Over a burned Bible, Diocletian built a monument on which he wrote these triumphant words, "Extincto nomene Christianorum" which interpreted means "The name Christian is extinguished). But twenty-five years later, Diocletian was dead and the new Roman Emperor Constantine commissioned that fifty copies of the Bible be prepared (hand written) at government expense. In 1776, Voltaire, the famous French philosopher, announced, "In one hundred years from this day, there will not be a Bible on the earth except one that is looked upon by an antiquarian curiosity-seeker." But guess what? One hundred years later Voltaire was dead and his own personal printing press and house were being used to print and store Bibles by the Geneva Bible society. One hundred years from the day of Voltaire's prediction, the first edition of his work sold for eleven cents in Paris, but the British government paid the Czar of Russia one half million dollars for an ancient Bible manuscript. Jesus knew what was right when he said, "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words will never pass away" (Matthew 24:35).
Today, I want to talk about God's Word the Bible. I'm in a sermon series entitled "The Ties That Bind" from I Corinthians. Paul wrote to a Corinthian church that was fractured and divided. One of the problems was that some of the members had supernatural gifts from the Ho ...
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