by Stan Coffey

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When God Opens the Windows of Heaven (4 of 6)
Dr. Stan Coffey
Matthew 3:16-17
November 19, 1995

I want you to take your bible and turn if you will to Matthew chapter 3. We're in a series of messages called "Baskets of Blessings". You'll find in your bulletin a little outline of the message that you can jot down notes and take it home. You'll find the scripture there in case you didn't bring a Bible. There are many of you traveling and visiting so you may not have brought a Bible. The scriptures are printed there for you to follow.

Now the theme verse for this whole series of messages has to do with God's instructions to his children, the children of Israel when they were to come into the land that God had given them. God had brought them through the wilderness. God had brought them through many dangers, toils, and snares and now they were going to enter into that possession, that promised land.

God said, "Take some of the first fruits of all that you produce and put them in a basket. Place the basket before the Lord your God and bow down before Him. That's what we're doing in baskets of blessings, placing our blessings in a basket, thanking God for those things He has blessed us with collectively as a church body and individually in families and individual lives. We're bringing those before the Lord and we're acknowledging Him and praising Him. I hope that all of you will be here for the baskets of blessings banquet when all of us will bring our blessings, our baskets before the Lord and to exactly what the Bible has said. There is absolutely no charge. We're going to have a wonderful meal. Nobody will go away hungry. It's absolutely free. You can sign up for it in the foyer after the service today.

Alright, today's message is called "When God Opens the Windows of Heaven." Notice in Matthew 3 the verse concerning the baptism of the Lord Jesus, verses 16 and 17. "And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water. ...

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