by Christopher Harbin

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NOTE: This sermon is part 17 and 18 of a 50 part devotional series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Seventeenth Day (17 of 50)
Series: Easter Devotional
Christopher Harbin
Galatians 6:5-8

‘‘We must each carry our own load. Share every good thing you have with anyone who teaches you what God has said. You cannot fool God, so don’t make a fool of yourself! You will harvest what you plant. If you follow your selfish desires, you will harvest destruction, but if you follow the Spirit, you will harvest eternal life.’’ Galatians 6:5-8

Paul seems to forget the common wisdom that 20 percent of the people do 80 percent of the work. This breakdown is not a new phenomenon. It is all too common for only a small portion of a church body to do the work of the church. It is normally that very same number who financially supports the church budget, ministry expenses, and missions. Maybe Paul was not privileged with the information we have on how groups of people function. Perhaps the realities of persecution weeded out those who were unwilling to contribute to faith with their time, talents, and material resources. More likely, the same experience of depending on a handful was a First Century reality, just as it is in our own time.


Eighteenth Day (18 of 50)
Series: Easter Devotional
Christopher Harbin
Judges 13:17-18

‘‘Manoah said, ‘Tell us your name so we can honor you after our son is born.’ ‘No,’ the angel replied. ‘You don’t need to know my name. And if you did, you couldn’t understand it.’‘‘ Judges 13:17-18

Manoah had plenty of issues to work through. Why God chose to send Samson as this man’s son is not very apparent. First of all, Manoah refused to heed the message conveyed to his wife. He did pray to , regarding the message, but apparently in an attitude which seemed to disregard his wife as capable of transmitting the message she had been given.
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