by Christopher Harbin

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NOTE: This sermon is part 25 and 26 of a 50 part devotional series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Twenty-Fifth Day (25 of 50)
Series: Easter Devotional
Christopher Harbin
Philippians 1:9-11

‘‘I pray that your love will keep on growing and that you will fully know and understand how to make the right choices. Then you will still be pure and innocent when Christ returns. And until that day, Jesus Christ will keep you busy doing good deeds that bring glory and praise to God.’’ Philippians 1:9-11

We consider decisions as being made from concerns of knowledge. At times we also recognize that some decisions are made from emotions or passion. As our ideal, however, we profess to make our decisions on the basis of good thought and a thorough knowledge of the issues at hand. Whether or not we actually take the time for such an assessment of the issues, this is generally our cultural paradigm. An informed decision is the one we consider the best. So aren’t everyone’s informed decisions identical?


Twenty-Sixth Day (26 of 50)
Series: Easter Devotional
Christopher Harbin
II Kings 18:3-4

‘‘Hezekiah obeyed Yahweh, just as his ancestor David had done. He destroyed the local shrines, then tore down the images of foreign gods and cut down the sacred pole for worshiping the goddess Asherah. He also smashed the bronze shake Moses had made. The people had named it Nehushtan and had been offering sacrifices to it.’’ II Kings 18:3-4

Who wants to worship a snake? Most people I know would rather have nothing to do with snakes. I know all too many people who are deathly afraid of any and all snakes. Their first thoughts are to kill a snake or to run from it. Worshiping a snake would appear to be a rather foreign concept to us. Fearing them is an easy thing to accomplish. Why would a people who lived where snakes abounded and had a history with snakes as threats to their society worship the image of a snake?
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