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Boom, Boom, Out Go the Lights (5 of 6)
Series: Making the Grade
Pastor Jeff Schreve
Daniel 5:1-5, 30
Lord, thank You that You love us and that You want to minister through Your Word today, and it's as fresh as this morning's newspaper. And, God, I pray that You'd touch people and encourage people and help people and, Lord, that You'd bind the evil one who would want to keep people from doing what You want them to do; doing things that would set them free. God, I pray for this time in Your Word, that it would be so special and lives would be changed all over this place and those watching on television. In Jesus' name, amen.
I heard about a couple. They'd been married for quite some time. They weren't getting along. It was really getting bad. Finally, the wife had enough. She told her husband one day, she said, "I just can't take this anymore. I can't take living with you anymore." She said, "I am praying that God would kill one of us. And when God answers my prayer, I'm moving in with my sister". She was a woman who had thrown in the towel. She was the woman who had said, "You have tried my patience, and my patience has run out."
Now we're in a series through the book of Daniel. And we are looking at making the grade and how to pass the tests of life. We want to look today at a man in Daniel chapter 5 who didn't make the grade, which didn't pass the test. He didn't pass go. He didn't collect $200. He was a man who tried the patience of God, and he found out that God's patience, although it is great, it's not limitless. God has a limit to His patience. The Scripture says in 1st Peter that when God told Noah that He was going to destroy the world with a flood, you know He didn't destroy it the next day. He didn't drop an ark down from the sky and say, "Noah, get in the boat because tomorrow I'm destroying the world with a flood." No. He had Noah build a boat, and He had him build that boat slowly. It took him 100 years to build ...
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