The Devil's Target: Our Homes!
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
2 John 1-6
September 18, 2005
Tonight .. we are back in our series of messages on the 5 one-chapter books of the Bible! They are like emails: short and to the point! Perhaps that's why they are overlooked and neglected. Yet ... they are as inspired by God as Matthew, Mark, Luke and John!
We began with the first and only one chapter book in the Old Testament: the book of Obadiah! It was there that we learned about the Mother of all Sins. And of course that would be the sin of PRIDE.
Proverbs 13.10, "By pride comes only contention (strife that divides and disrupts)." Behind every argument .. every divorce .. every church conflict is PRIDE. No wonder God hates it so much.
Then the second email from God is the New Testament book of Philemon. In verse 7 we learned one thing the church should provide for everybody who walks into these buildings: "For we have great joy and consolation in your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed by you, brother."
"Refreshed" was used to describe a soldier who had been in battle and would take a time out .. an intermission to relax and be rejuvenated before going back into the battle!
RSBC needs to be a congregation where people can come and be refreshed and rejuvenated as they take a time-out from the battle against the world, the flesh and devil. How we need to bring refreshment to everyone who walks into our lives and into these buildings.
In the 25 verses of Philemon .. we learned that there is hope for the runaways. Jesus loves all the runaways of the world. "Red and Yellow, Black, Brown and White .. they are precious in His sight. Jesus loves all the runaways of the world."
Now that brings us to the 3rd one-chapter book in the Bible: the book of 2nd John. And what a unique book it is! It is the only book in the Bible addressed to a woman. It is also the shortest book in the New Testament .. only 13 verses. And ...
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