by Steve Wagers

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God Is Looking For A Few Good Men!
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
Jonah 1: 1-3

1. I don't know if you have ever considered it or not, but God is looking for a few good men. While the Marine corps may place a monopoly on their slogan, "Looking For A Few Good Men," the slogan did not originate with them. From the beginning of Biblical record God has been, God is, and God will always be looking for a few good, and may I say, godly men.

2. In the book of Isaiah, the prophets say God was looking for a few to stand for Him, and to rally to His cause. In Ezekiel 22 God was looking for one to "...make up the hedge and stand in the gap for me." In Gideon's day, God just wanted 300 men. Yes, from Abraham to Noah; to the three Hebrew children; to the disciples who forsook all to follow Jesus, God has always looked for, and found a few good men.

3. I think of a comparison of the descendants of two men who lived as contemporaries in early America. One, was the great Christian, scholar and preacher Jonathan Edwards, probably most noted for his infamous sermon, "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God!" And, the other was a man by the name of Max Jukes.

4. Jonathan Edwards married a consecrated Christian girl, and out of their union, over a period of years, came 729 descendants. Of them, 300 were ministers of the gospel; 65 were college professors; 13 were university presidents; 60 were authors of good books; 3 were United States Congressmen; and, 1 was the vice-president of the United States. Almost 70% of them made a postive contribution to society; and, there was only one known as the 'black sheep' of the family.

5. On the other hand, Max Jukes, an unbeliever, married an unbeliever and they produced, during that same period of time, 1,026 descendants. Of them, 300 died early in life; 100 went to prison for an average of 13 years; 200 were public prostitutes; and, 100 were alcoholics. This family cost the ...

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