by Christopher Harbin

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NOTE: This sermon is part 19 and 20 of a 50 part devotional series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Nineteenth Day (19 of 50)
Series: Easter Devotional
Christopher Harbin
Ephesians 2:6-8

‘‘God raised us from death to life with Christ Jesus, and he has given us a place beside Christ in heaven. God did this so that in the future world he could show how truly good and kind he is to us because of what Christ Jesus has done. You were saved by faith in God, who treats us much better than we deserve. This is God’s gift to you, and not anything you have done on your own.’’ Ephesians 2:6-8

Salvation has nothing to do with how good and important we are. It is all about how gracious, good, kind, and generous God is. Salvation concerns how God became an offering in Christ Jesus to reconcile us with God. It has nothing to do with our deserving. It has nothing to do with being chosen above others. In reality, it has very little, if anything, to do with us. It is about God.


Twentieth Day (20 of 50)
Series: Easter Devotional
Christopher Harbin
Judges 16:20

‘‘Delilah shouted, ‘Samson, the Philistines are attacking!’ Samson woke up and thought, ‘I’ll break loose and escape, just as I always do.’ He did not realize that Yahweh had stopped helping him.’’ Judges 16:20

How often we take God for granted. We like to picture God in the image of an indulgent grandfather. We view God as laughing at our antics, encouraging our freedom to express ourselves unreservedly, and promoting little thought to consequences or responsible actions. God is just so loving we need not take a thought for supposed demands on our time, resources, or character. We assume we can just cruise along through life, be better than those who wind up in prison, and expect God to be at our beck and call, even though most of the time we live as though there were no God.

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