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Consecration (3 of 4)
Series: ABC's of Giving
The following sermon was used in conjunction with the book "Take God at His Word, Book 2: Expect a Harvest" written by Dr. Kregg Hood, Sweet Publishing (5750 Stratum Drive, Fort Worth, Texas 76137)
Dr. Hood has an excellent packet to go with this sermon series that would be well worth your investigation.
OPENING COMMENTS: In our Sermon Series on the ABC's of Stewardship, we've gotten to the C of Stewardship: CONSECRATION
To Consecrate something (American Heritage Dictionary): "to dedicate something to some service or goal."
OPEN: (Paul Harvey, Nov. 1995): The Butterball Turkey company set up a hotline to answer consumer questions about preparing holiday turkeys. One woman called to inquire about cooking a turkey that had been in her freezer for 23 years.
The operator told her it might be safe if the freezer had been kept below 0 degrees the entire time. But the operator warned the woman that, even if it were safe, the flavor had probably deteriorated, and she wouldn't recommend eating it.
The caller replied, "That's what we thought. We'll just give it to the church."
APPLY: Why does that strike us as funny? She was consecrating that Turkey to God, wasn't she? What she was offering was still good - wasn't it??? BUT tho' it may have been "consecrated"… though it still was "good," it wasn't going to taste good or smell good.
I. Offerings to God - that which is consecrated to God - should taste good. They should smell good.
Lev. 1:9 talked about the Burnt Offering that was to be offered to God. When properly prepared this burnt offering would offer up an "aroma pleasing to the LORD."
Lev. 2:2 describes the Grain Offering. When properly prepared this grain offering would offer up an "aroma pleasing to the LORD."
Lev. 3:5 tells us about the Fellowship Offering. When properly prepared this fellowship offering would offer up an "aroma pleasing to the LORD."
Lev. 4:31 in ...
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