by Christopher Harbin

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NOTE: This sermon is part 21 and 22 of a 50 part devotional series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Twenty-First Day (21 of 50)
Series: Easter Devotional
Christopher Harbin
Ephesians 4:22-24

‘‘You were told that your foolish desires will destroy you and that you must give up your old way of life with all its bad habits. Let the Spirit change your way of thinking and make you into a new person. You were created to be like God, and so you must please him and be truly holy.’’ Ephesians 4:22-24

Knowing and doing are very different things. In education, we speak of teaching as necessarily changing the way one acts. If there is no transformation of action, there is no real understanding. Without the application of knowledge to life, it is only information that may be recalled, but has not yet been accepted and integrated into life. In theology, that is often where we stand, as well.


Twenty-Second Day - Fourth Sunday of Easter (22 of 50)
Series: Easter Devotional
Christopher Harbin
Ruth 1:20-21

‘‘Then she told them, ‘Don’t call me Naomi any longer! Call me Mara, because God has made my life bitter. I had everything when I left, but Yahweh has brought me back with nothing. How can you still call me Naomi, when God has turned against me and made my life so hard?’’’ Ruth 1:20-21

Life looked bleak for Naomi. There was seemingly no hope left for her. She had no husband to care for her and protect her rights. She had no sons to take his place. They had been her security in society. As a landless, childless widow, she had little opportunity. Per custom and law, her deceased husband’s closest male relative should have accepted her as a wife to provide her with children, yet as her three sons had married before their deaths, she was likely too old to bear more children. All she had enjoyed in the past was lost, save for the daughter-in-law who had chosen to stick with her.
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