by Christopher Harbin

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NOTE: This sermon is part 13 and 14 of a 50 part devotional series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Thirteenth Day (13 of 50)
Series: Easter Devotional
Christopher Harbin
Galatians 2:4-5

‘‘We went there [Jerusalem] because of those who pretended to be followers and had sneaked in among us as spies. They had come to take away the freedom that Christ Jesus had given us, and they were trying to make us their slaves.’’ Galatians 2:4-5

Paul had ongoing conflict with the day’s legalists. The Galatian letter is mostly devoted to legalism in the early church. Many wanted to accept Jesus Christ, yet force faith within the mold of Jewish legalistic tradition. They seemed to miss that Jesus had struggled against the very tradition and legalism to which they so desperately clung. They ignored Jesus’ preaching about serving God in spirit and truth, about religious defilement being a result of heart attitudes, not food and external issues.


Fourteenth Day (14 of 50)
Series: Easter Devotional
Christopher Harbin
Joshua 5:11-12

‘‘The next day, God stopped sending the Israelites manna to eat each morning, and they started eating food grown in the land of Canaan. They ate roasted grain and thin bread made of the barley they gathered from nearby fields.’’ Joshua 5:11-12

God’s provision does not often come in the manner we expect. The Hebrews were accustomed to manna coming as the morning dew, but now it came no more. Previously, they had complained that manna was the only thing to eat. Doubtless, many complained now that the manna was gone. It is the problem of human nature. We desperately desire security in the things we know. We are often loath to try new ideas, experiences, food, and traditions, because we find safety in the forms of life that have sustained us across the years - especially those which call to mind the nostalgic memories of childhood.
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