by Christopher Harbin

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NOTE: This sermon is part 7 and 8 of a 50 part devotional series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Seventh Day (7 of 50)
Series: Easter Devotional
Christopher Harbin
Matthew 15:27-28

‘‘‘Lord, that’s true,’ the woman said, ‘but even the dogs get the crumbs that fall from their owner’s table.’ Jesus answered, ‘Dear woman, you really do have a lot of faith, and you will be given what you want.’ At that moment her daughter was healed.’’ Matthew 15:27-28

Jesus was always in teacher mode, it seems. He had been talking with the disciples about ritual impurity, religious traditions about application of the law, and what makes people unclean before God. He had categorized that attitude the disciples took for granted as pointless, blind drivel. It is not the external things of life that separate us from God, but the inside motives and intentions of the heart. After giving the disciples the theory or doctrinal discussion, he went to the borders of Judaism to give them the practical application.


Second Sunday of Easter, Eighth Day (8 of 50)
Series: Easter Devotional
Christopher Harbin
Numbers 13:32-33

‘‘Then they started spreading rumors and saying, ‘We won’t be able to grow anything in that soil. And the people are like giants. In fact, we saw the Nephilim who are the ancestors of the Anakim. They were so big that we felt as small as grasshoppers.’’’ Numbers 13:32-33

Fear was the spies’ motivation. Their message had little to do with the reality they had witnessed across the Jordan. They were focused on their own insecurities, rather than any confidence in God. Instead of bringing back a report as they had been tasked to do, they brought back and spread rumors of half-truths that grew more outlandish with the fanning of their fears.
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