JUVENILE DELINQUENCY - CAUSE - CURE
Sermon By Dr. Jesse M. Hendley
October 11, 1907---November 30, 1994
Colonial Hills Baptist Church
East Point, Ga.
I want to read from the fourth chapter of Amos to give
a background for the remarks I want to make about
juvenile delinquency, its cause and cure. Amos was a
prophet of God. God called him to go out and speak His
Word, and the leaders of Israel tried to keep him from
preaching in Bethel, where the King's court was. They
said, "O thou seer, flee thee away into the land of
Judah, and there eat bread and prophesy there." But
this man Amos said "THE LORD said unto me, Go prophesy
unto ISRAEL." Amos said I'm going to preach what He
gives me, where He gives me, and THUS SAITH THE LORD.
Now happy is any preacher of God who does that very
thing. Amos was a man of God, and you couldn't stop
him. You know, a real preacher is not afraid of a king
or anybody else. The greatest voices on the face of
the earth today are the men God has called, and who
preach GOD'S MESSAGE. They are great not in
themselves, but because of the MESSAGE they bear. I
tell you, beloved, you'd better listen to a man of
God. If anybody comes to you preaching this Book,
you'd better listen. You don't have to listen if they
are not preaching this Book, but if they are, you'd
better listen. It's the Word of God.
In Amos the fourth chapter, I hope you will see the
nature of God. We read in verse 6: "AND I ALSO HAVE
GIVEN YOU CLEANNESS OF TEETH IN ALL YOUR CITIES, AND
WANT OF BREAD IN ALL YOUR PLACES: YET HAVE YE NOT RE-
TURNED UNTO ME, SAITH THE LORD." I call your attention
to the fact that FAMINE IS OF THE LORD. God says that
He is the One who sends famine. We all have read of
the recent famine, one of the greatest the world has
ever known. A writer visiting India said that when he
went there to survey the terrible, tragic things that
were taking place, his heart ...
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