by Dennis Marquardt

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A Sure Promise! (5 of 5)
Series: The "Sure Things"
Dennis Marquardt
2 Corinthians 1:18-22; 5:1-10; Jude 24-25; 2 Peter 3:1-16; Romans 13:11-14

INTRO: Back in 1823 a man by the name of William Cushing was born in Hingham Massachusetts and was saved when only a young child. Later he went into the ministry and ministered many faithful years until some illness struck him and he lost part of his ability to speak. While for a preacher this was a great loss ... without bitterness he cried out to God in his heart to still be able to minister ... to serve the Loving God that had met him as a child. God heard this servant and granted him the words to one of the best children's hymns over the last 100+ years! The name of the song, "JEWELS" found in many hymn books; a beautiful hymn that speaks about the joy of Christ's coming ... a promise which in his mind was "a sure promise!"

Another great hymn this former pastor wrote was "Hiding in Thee" ... for a preacher who had lost the ability to speak he managed to keep bitterness at bay ... and found a song in his heart, and the privilege of writing a wonderful children's song in thanksgiving to the God who had saved him as a young boy ... who now as always held to the SURE PROMISE OF CHRIST'S COMING AGAIN!

PROP. SENT: Eternal life is a sure thing, and there are 2 places we may choose to spend it! Why not accept the sure promise of Jesus Christ, He is coming again ... and only those who have accepted Him as Lord will be traveling up, the rest will find a path only downward! Today is the day of salvation AND know that one of the surest promises in the universe is that JESUS IS COMING AGAIN ... AND SOON!

I. EXPLICIT! 2 Cor. 1:18-20; Jude 24-25

A. Absolute! 2 Cor. 1:18-20
1. God is not a wavering God ... He is not one way today and tomorrow who knows!
a. Paul and others had preached His promises!
b. Not a single promise of God's has ever failed!

ILLUS: Both the Old and New Testaments are filled w ...

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