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Power in Partnership (1 of 5)
Series: Power In Partnership
Dr. Stan Coffey
I'd like you to take God's word as we begin a brand new series of messages today on the Power of Partnership. Turn to Ecclesiastes if you will, chapter 4 and we are going to begin with verse 9.
We are thinking today about the power of partnership and the next few weeks we will be talking about the power of partnership. This will be the key message to kick off this series. I think it will be a great blessing to all of us.
Ecclesiastes chapter 4 and verse 9. Now Ecclesiastes was written by Solomon. The Bible says that Solomon was the wisest man in the Old Testament. Other than the Lord Jesus Christ, Solomon was probably the smartest man who ever lived except maybe for the apostle Paul.
But when Solomon became king of Israel, God said to him, "Ask of me any wish that you desire and I will grant it." And Solomon did not ask for riches, he did not ask for power, he did not ask for popularity, he did not ask for possessions. He said, "Lord grant me wisdom that I might rule your people."
And Solomon became the king of Israel and ruled Israel in a wonderful way so that Israel prospered more than any other time in her history. And so here is a man who could give us advice about money, who could give us advice about business, who was a poet, he was an author. He was a king, he had wealth untold.
And so his words are very important. Beginning in verse 9 he says, "TWO ARE BETTER THAN ONE BECAUSE THEY HAVE A GOOD REWARD FOR THEIR LABOR. FOR IF THEY FALL THE ONE WILL LIFT UP HIS FELLOW
BUT WOE TO HIM THAT IS ALONE WHEN HE FALLETH FOR HE HATH NOT ANOTHER TO HELP HIM UP. AGAIN IF TWO LIE TOGETHER THEY MAY HAVE HEAT BUT HOW CAN ONE BE WARM ALONE? AND IF ONE PREVAILED AGAINST HIM, TWO SHALL WITHSTAND HIM AND A THREE FOLD CORD IS NOT QUICKLY BROKEN."
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