by Christopher Harbin

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NOTE: This sermon is part 35 and 36 of a 50 part devotional series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Thirty-Fifth Day (35 of 50)
Series: Easter Devotional
Christopher Harbin
Titus 3:9-11

‘‘But don’t have anything to do with stupid arguments about ancestors. And stay away from disagreements and quarrels about the Law of Moses. Such arguments are useless and senseless. Warn troublemakers once or twice. Then don’t have anything else to do with them. You know that their minds are twisted, and their own sins show how guilty they are.’’ Titus 3:9-11

Oh, the things which distract us from the important matters of faith! It is so easy to focus energy and attention on matters that seem important, but are actually secondary to the gospel. We look at the issues that concern us personally. In general, they are those issues that make us feel comfortable, ‘‘in’’, and grant us a special place in the context of faith, doctrine, or relationship with God. We seek assurance of our membership and status within the people of God. Without meaning to, we pit ourselves against others to place ourselves ahead of the pack.


Thirty-Sixth Day (36 of 50)
Series: Easter Devotional
Christopher Harbin
Job 1:8-11

‘‘Then Yahweh asked, ‘What do you think of my servant Job? No one on earth is like him - he is truly a good person, who respects me and refuses to do evil.’ ‘Why shouldn’t he respect you?’ Satan remarked. ‘You are like a wall protecting not only him, but all his property. You make him successful in whatever he does, and his flocks and herds are everywhere. Try taking away everything he owns, and he will curse you to your face.’’’ Job 1:8-11

These verses encapsulate the basic premise of the book of Job. If God pays us with earthly blessings for our righteousness, are we truly righteous, or are we just working to earn God’s blessing, and therefore only superficially righteous? On the other hand, true character only verifiably rises to the surface when things go wrong for us. When all goes well, our truest character remains untried, untested, and therefore unknown.

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