by Christopher Harbin

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NOTE: This sermon is part 11 and 12 of a 50 part devotional series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Eleventh Day (11 of 50)
Series: Easter Devotional
Christopher Harbin
Romans 8:19-22

‘‘In fact, all creation is eagerly awaiting for God to show who his children are. Meanwhile, creation is confused, but not because it wants to be confused. God made it this way in the hope that creation would be set free from decay and would share in the glorious freedom of his children. We know that all creation is still groaning and is in pain, like a woman about to give birth.’’ Romans 8:19-22

Paul was talking about redemption, not environmentalism. Paul was discussing issues of sin, forgiveness, and reconciliation with God. Paul was talking about the lengths to which God has gone to bring us into relationship with God and one another. He was talking about the effects of sin on our lives and relationships. He understood as well, that sin impacts the very world in which we live.


Twelfth Day (12 of 50)
Series: Easter Devotional
Christopher Harbin
Deuteronomy 8:14, 17-18

‘‘Don’t forget that you were once slaves in Egypt and that it was Yahweh who set you free. … When you become successful, don’t say, ‘I’m rich and I’ve earned it all myself.’ Instead, remember that Yahweh your God gives you the strength to make a living. That’s how he keeps the promise he made to your ancestors.’’ Deuteronomy 8:14, 17-18

How could anyone forget they had once been a slave? It might seem a little disingenuous to think that someone could forget something of that nature. Moses’ words, however, were targeted to a new generation. Those who had actually been slaves were dying out, and the younger generation with only vague memories of slavery was Moses’ audience. The next generation only had stories of their grandparents’ day. Moses himself was nearing death. He was talking to the next generation and those who would follow. He was pointing to the years ahead when the Egyptian experience was a vague memory of ancestor who lived no more.

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