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Thank God for Faithful Leaders (CC)

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SUNDAY, MARCH 3, 2013 SERMON TEXT: EXODUS 3:1-8A; 10-15 AUDIO FAILURE DURING READING OF SERMON TEXT ... AUDIO RESUMES: GLORIOUS AND GRACIOUS GOD, MAY THE WORDS OF MY MOUTH AND THE MEDITATION OF EACH OF OUR HEARTS BE ACCEPTABLE IN YOUR SIGHT, OUR ONLY SOURCE OF HOPE AND COMFORT. AMEN. [SERMON TEXT TAKEN FROM THE HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, 1973, 1978, 1984, USED BY PERMISSION OF ZONDERVAN BIBLE PUBLISHERS] DEAR FOLLOWERS OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST: I RAN ACROSS AN INTERESTING ARTICLE THE OTHER DAY. IT'S ONE THAT KIND OF MADE ME STOP AND THINK. IT WAS ABOUT A FAMILY WHO WAS SUING A SOCIAL MEDIA NETWORK. THEY WERE SUING THEM, THAT MEDIA NETWORK, BECAUSE THEY WANTED THEIR CHILDREN'S INFORMATION. THEIR CHILD HAD DIED, AND THEY WANTED ACCESS TO ALL OF THE THINGS THAT THEIR CHILD HAD STORED ON THEIR SOCIAL MEDIA NETWORK. THEIR ARGUMENT WAS THAT IF SOMEONE DIES, ALL OF THEIR POSSESSIONS GO TO THEIR HEIRS. AND THEY'RE ARGUING THAT THOSE THINGS ON THAT SOCIAL MEDIA ARE PART OF THE INHERITANCE THAT SHOULD GO TO THEIR HEIRS. IT'S KIND OF AN INTERESTING ARGUMENT. BUT I ALSO THINK IT'S AN INTERESTING WAY THAT WE HAVE BEGUN TO THINK ABOUT HOLDING ON TO PEOPLE; HOLDING ONTO THEM. WE HAVE PEOPLE WHO WITH THEIR FIRST CHILD WILL SCRAPBOOK EVERY MONTH INTO A CONTAINER OF EVERY SINGLE THING THAT THEIR CHILD HAS DONE. I HAVE FRIENDS WHO POST DAILY ON THEIR BLOG, THE UPDATE OF WHAT THEIR 2-MONTH-OLD IS DOING. SO THAT THEY WANT TO CAPTURE EVERY SINGLE MOMENT THAT THERE WON'T BE ONE SINGLE THING THAT WILL BE LOST. NOT ONE OF THEIR EVENTS; NOT ONE OF THEIR RECITALS; NOT ONE OF THEIR BASKETBALL GAMES. THAT SOMEHOW WE NEED TO KEEP AND PRESERVE ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING THAT HAS HAPPENED IN A PERSON'S LIFE. AND THEN I THINK OF MY GRANDPARENTS BECAUSE THERE'S ONE PICTURE. THERE IS ONE PICTURE OF MY GRANDPARENTS WITH THEIR 12 CHILDREN. I THINK THERE ARE PROBABLY 12 OF THOSE PICTURES. AND IT'S THE ONLY ONE OF MY MOTHER'S FAMILY WHERE THEY ARE ALL TOGETHER. IT'S THE PICTURE THAT EVERYBODY LOOKED AT. IT'S THE PICTURE THAT EVERYBODY KNOWS AS YOU GO THROUGH AND POINT OUT AND TALK ABOUT EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE THAT ARE IN THAT PICTURE. A QUARTER OF THEM ... I NEVER MET ... BECAUSE THEY WERE DEAD BEFORE I WAS BORN. BUT YET I KNOW A LOT ABOUT THOSE PEOPLE. NOT BECAUSE OF THE PICTURES, BUT BECAUSE OF THE WAY PEOPLE TALKED ABOUT THE PEOPLE IN THAT PICTURE. THAT WE SAT DOWN AND DISCUSSED HOW MY AUNT MYRT WAS THE ONE WHO ALWAYS MADE BUNS BECAUSE SHE HATED TO GO OUT INTO THE BARN AND SHE WOULD ALWAYS THROW A FIT SO MY GRANDMOTHER FINALLY SAID: ALRIGHT, YOU'RE THE ONE WHO'S GONNA BE IN THE KITCHEN WITH ME. AND THAT WAS HER FUTURE AND SHE MADE BUNS TILL THE DAY SHE DIED. BEST BUNS I EVER ATE. BUT IT'S INTERESTING HOW WE THINK SOMETIMES THAT WHAT WE HAVE TO HOLD ON TO BE ABLE TO REMEMBER. AND YET IT'S ALWAYS GOOD TO HAVE THOSE REFERENCES TO GO BACK TO AND TO TALK ABOUT THOSE THINGS THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO US. WE'RE SHARING INFORMATION ABOUT THOSE THAT WE LOVE. BECAUSE IT IS EASY SOMETIMES TO FORGET ... AND YET WE ARE REMINDED TODAY THAT WE ARE WANTING TO REMEMBER. TO REMEMBER THE LORD ... WHO IS THE GOD OF OUR FOREFATHERS; WHO IS THE GOD WHO IS ALWAYS WITH US. TO REMEMBER WHO HE IS AND WHAT HE HAS DONE BECAUSE OF HIS TREMENDOUS BLESSINGS TO US. BECAUSE I KIND OF THINK, THAT WHEN MOSES LEFT EGYPT FLEEING FOR HIS LIFE, GOING OUT SOMEPLACE WHERE HE THOUGHT HE WAS SAFE, AND MOVED ON WITH HIS LIFE IT COULD HAVE BEEN EASY FOR HIM TO FORGET ABOUT THE LORD. OR AT LEAST FORGET WHAT THE LORD'S PURPOSE WAS. OR THE LORD'S PLAN. THIS FAMILIAR ACCOUNT OF WHERE GOD APPEARS TO MOSES IN THE BURNING BUSH REMINDS US OF HOW GOD CONTINUALLY COMES AND IS ACTIVE IN THE LIVES OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE IMPORTANT IN HIS HISTORY. AND HE REPEATS THAT TIME AND TIME AGAIN TO MOSES: I AM THE GOD OF YOUR FATHER. I AM THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, THE GOD OF ISAAC, THE GOD OF JACOB. I AM THE GOD WHO CALLED ABRAHAM OUT OF HIS LAND TO SAY ... YOU FOLLOW ME. COME TO WHERE I WILL BRING YOU AND I WILL BLESS YOU BEYOND WHAT YOU CAN IMAGINE. YOUR DESCENDANTS ARE GOING TO BE AS NUMEROUS AS THE STARS AND AS COUNTLESS AS THE SAND ON THE SEASHORE. I AM GOING TO BE YOUR GOD. AND THROUGH YOUR OFFSPRING I WILL SEND THE MESSIAH ... THE SAVIOR ... THE ONE WHO IS GOING TO COME FROM YOUR LINE TO BE THE SAVIOR OF ALL. AND GOD TENDERLY TOOK PART IN ABRAHAM'S LIFE. EVEN WHEN ABRAHAM FORGOT A LITTLE BIT THAT GOD HAD THE STRENGTH TO DO WHAT HE WANTED AND HE AND HIS WIFE CAME UP WITH THIS GREAT AND WONDERFUL PLAN TO SLEEP WITH THE HANDMAIDEN. BUT GOD STILL WAS WITH THEM. AND SARAH GAVE BIRTH TO A SON ... THAT GOD HAD SAID WOULD BE HERS ... ISAAC! THAT GOD WAS WITH ISAAC AS WELL. EVEN THROUGH ALL OF THE DIFFICULTIES THAT HE HAD WITH HIS OWN CHILDREN. WITH ESAU AND JACOB. THAT GOD WAS WITH THEM TO MAKE SURE THAT HIS WILL WAS GOING TO BE ACCOMPLISHED. THAT THEY WOULD REMEMBER WHO WAS THE ONE WHO WAS IN CONTROL. AND WAS GOING TO CARRY OUT HIS PLAN. IT WAS THE LORD HIMSELF. AND THE LORD IS THE ONE WHO CAME TO MOSES AND SAID: I HAVE HEARD THE CRYING OF MY PEOPLE. I HAVE HEARD THEM IN THEIR DISTRESS AND I AM GOING TO SEND THEM A DELIVERER. YOU HAVE TO SOMETIMES CREDIT GOD WITH HIS SIMPLICITY. BECAUSE HE SAYS TO MOSES: SO NOW ... GO. SIMPLE STATEMENT. MOSES DIDN'T REALLY WANT TO THOUGH. MOSES HAD ALL KINDS OF REASONS WHY HE SHOULDN'T GO; WHY HE WAS NOT CAPABLE OR WHY HE WAS NOT QUALIFIED. AND YET GOD COMES BACK TO HIM AGAIN WITH ANOTHER SIMPLE STATEMENT: I ... WILL ... BE ... WITH YOU. I WILL BE WITH YOU. I AM THE GOD OF YOUR FATHERS. I AM THE ONE WHO IS ACCOMPLISHING MY SALVATION. I AM CALLING THESE PEOPLE UP OUT OF EGYPT AS MY OWN TO BRING THEM TO A PLACE OF BLESSING. TO BRING THEM TO A LAND THAT IS FILLED WITH BOUNTY. THAT IS FILLED WITH BLESSINGS THAT THEY WILL BE ENJOYING AND THAT THEY WILL HAVE AS THEIR OWN BECAUSE I HAVE GIVEN IT TO THEM. AND I HAVE USED YOU TO BE THEIR DELIVERER. AND YOU KNOW HOW YOU'RE GOING TO KNOW THAT MOSES? WHEN YOU GET IT DONE AND COME HERE AND WORSHIP ME ON THIS MOUNTAIN WITH THOSE PEOPLE. GOD HAS AN INTERESTING WAY IN THE LIVES OF PEOPLE WHEN WE WANT ANSWERS OR WE WANT SUPPORT FOR WHAT WE'RE DOING. WE WANT GOD TO SAY: ALRIGHT, HERE'S THE EVIDENCE BEFORE IT EVEN HAPPENED. GOD IS MUCH MORE: TRUST ME. I AM WITH YOU. AND YOU WILL KNOW WHEN THIS IS DONE. NOT THAT YOU'LL KNOW BEFORE YOU'RE GOING INTO IT AND HOW OFTEN ISN'T THAT WHAT WE WANT IN OUR VERY OWN LIVES FROM GOD! WHEN WE SOMETIMES FORGET ABOUT THE BLESSINGS OF GOD OR WANDER AWAY FROM HIM AND HE COMES BACK INTO OUR LIVES SOMETIMES WITH GIFTS OF JOY AND SOMETIMES WITH TRIALS FOR US. WE STILL WANT TO GO BACK TO GOD AND SAY: GOD, MAKE ME REALIZE HOW WONDERFUL AND WHO YOU ARE. SHOW ME THIS NOW! AND GOD OFTEN COMES AND SAYS TO US: I ... AM ... WITH YOU. THIS WILL HAPPEN; TRUST ME. REMEMBER ME. REMEMBER ME BECAUSE I AM ... THE ONE WHO DOES NOT CHANGE. MOSES WANTED TO KNOW WHAT NAME HE SHOULD GIVE AS THE NAME OF GOD. AND GOD SPOKE VERY CLEARLY AND SAID: I AM ... JEHOVAH; OR JAHWEH ... IN ENGLISH. I AM THE ONE WHO ALWAYS 'IS'. I AM THE ONE IS ETERNAL. I AM CHANGELESS. I AM THE ONE WHO HAS SET A COVENANT WITH MY PEOPLE TO SAVE THEM. TO REDEEM THEM. IT IS A COVENANT OF LOVE; THAT I AM GOING TO BE THE ONE WHO RESCUES THEM FROM SIN; FROM ITS PUNISHMENT OF DEATH. FROM AN ETERNITY SUFFERING; SEPARATED FROM GOD IN HELL AND TORTURED FOR ALL TIME. I AM THE ONE WHO IN LOVE HAS REACHED OUT TO THEM. TO SEND MY SON; TO BE THEIR SAVIOR. HE IS THE ONE WHO HAS REDEEMED US. HE IS THE ONE WHO IS WITH US. AND WE ARE TO BE MINDFUL OF THAT AND REMEMBER THAT EVERY DAY. OTHERWISE WE'RE GOING TO FALL INTO THE SAME TRAP OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO FORGOT THE LORD AND HIS BLESSINGS. JUST LIKE THE APOSTLE PAUL REMINDED US IN OUR EPISTLE LESSON. FROM THOSE VERY PEOPLE; THOSE VERY PEOPLE THAT GOD SAW AND HEARD THEIR SUFFERING IN THEIR SLAVERY IN EGYPT ... AND BROUGHT THEM OUT. AND HE SUSTAINED THEM. HE GAVE THEM FOOD TO EAT AND WATER TO DRINK. THAT THEIR FEET DIDN'T SWELL AND THEIR CLOTHES DIDN'T WEAR OUT. FOR 40 YEARS HE IS THE ONE WHO BROUGHT THEM TO THE LAND THAT HE HAD PROMISED. BUT THERE WERE PEOPLE IN THAT GROUP WHO FORGOT ABOUT GOD. THEY TURNED TO IDOLS. AT THE FOOT OF THE GREAT MOUNTAIN, IN THEIR OWN FEAR, THEY WANTED TO FASHION A GOD THAT THEY COULD SEE. AND THAT THEY COULD TOUCH AND THEY CREATED A GOLDEN CALF. THERE WERE THOSE WHO COMMITTED SEXUAL IMMORALITY. THERE WERE THOSE WHO PUT THE LORD TO THE TEST. WHO TESTED GOD! WHO STOOD UP AND ARGUED WITH HIM AND WANTED MORE FROM HIM. AND THEN THERE WERE THOSE WHO JUST CONSTANTLY GRUMBLED AND COMPLAINED. BUT WHEN WE FORGET GOD AND NOT REMEMBER HIM, WE DON'T DO HIS WILL. AND WE STRAY FROM WHAT HE WANTS. SOMETIMES IN GROSS SINS. SINS OF IDOLATRY, AND SINS OF SEXUAL IMMORALITY. SOMETIMES IT'S AN EVERYDAY DRIPPING IN THE FAUCET ABOUT GRUMBLING ABOUT OUR LOT IN LIFE AND COMPLAINING ABOUT THE BLESSINGS THAT GOD HAS GIVEN TO US. AND NOT SITTING WITH GOD AND ALLOWING HIM TO BE WITH US, BUT CONTINUALLY GOING TO HIM TO ARGUE WITH HIM AND TO BE AT WAR WITH HIM AND TO TEST HIM: IF YOU LOVED ME, GOD ... IF YOU CARED ABOUT ME, YOU WOULD DO THIS. PUTTING GOD TO THE TEST. INSTEAD OF SITTING IN REPENTANCE. AS JESUS REMINDED US IN OUR GOSPEL LESSON: TO ADMIT OUR OWN SINFULNESS. TO LIVE A LIFE OF REPENTANCE. KNOWING THAT WE DAILY BREAK GOD'S LAW, BUT WE TURN TO HIM AS THE ONE WHO NEVER CHANGES BECAUSE HE IS THE ONE WHO IS ALWAYS LOVING, ALWAYS FORGIVING, ALWAYS KEEPING THAT COVENANT THAT HE MADE WITH ABRAHAM; THAT HE CARRIED OUT THROUGH JESUS CHRIST. THAT HE HAS GIVEN TO US AS THE CHURCH TO PROCLAIM. THAT HE IS THE SAVIOR. AND THAT HE IS WITH US. HE FORGIVES OUR SINS. HIS HOLY SPIRIT DWELLS WITHIN US TO REMIND US OF THAT FORGIVENESS. TO PUT OUR TRUST IN GOD. TO HEAR HIM SAY: I AM WITH YOU ... AND THAT IS ENOUGH FOR US. TO HEAR HIM SAY: GO ... AND WE DON'T PUT UP EXCUSES. WE JUST GO. NOT ALONE; NOT BY OURSELVES. BUT WE GO WITH GOD WHO IS WITH US. TO SHOW HIS LOVE IN US AND THROUGH US TO OTHERS. WE'RE REMINDED TODAY OF A GOD WHO TRULY CARES FOR US AND LOVES US. AND NONE OF US WANTS TO FORGET ANYTHING THAT HE HAS DONE. BUT OUR MINDS ARE FEEBLE AND OUR BODIES ARE WEAK. SO IT'S IMPORTANT FOR US TO BE IN HIS WORD. IT IS IMPORTANT FOR US TO REVIEW THOSE LESSONS THAT ARE FOUND IN THE OLD TESTAMENT ON HOW GOD PLANNED OUT AND CARRIED OUT HIS SALVATION SO LOVINGLY. TO TURN TO THOSE GOSPELS TO SEE HOW JESUS PROCLAIMED THE TRUTH THAT HE WAS THE MESSIAH; THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD. TO LOOK AT THOSE EPISTLE LESSONS AND TO SEE HOW GOD IN HIS LOVE SPREAD THE WORD IN THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH. USING PEOPLE LIKE YOU AND ME. PEOPLE THAT HE SAID TO GO ... AND SHARE THE MESSAGE. TELL OTHERS ... SO THAT THEY WILL KNOW THE NAME OF OUR GOD. SO THAT THEY WILL REMEMBER THE NAME OF OUR GOD FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION. AMEN. LET US RISE. NOW MAY THE PEACE OF GOD WHICH GOES BEYOND ALL OF OUR UNDERSTANDING KEEP YOUR HEARTS AND YOUR MINDS AND ESPECIALLY YOUR LIVES IN THE ONE TRUE FAITH UNTO LIFE EVERLASTING. AMEN.

Video Details

Duration: 17 minutes and 17 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: R & M
Director: Jesus
Views: 27
Posted by: hischild on Mar 6, 2013

The first 15 verses of Chapter 3 in Exodus are the basis for this powerful sermon where we are encouraged to remember the LORD, the God of our fathers who is still with us; who still sends faithful servants to do His bidding to lead us in His Truth. www.ziontorrance.info

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