Sermon: The Eighth Plague: Locusts, Part 1

We have a saying about what happens when the irresistible force meets an immoveable object. That’s similar to what we see here in the plagues of Exodus. The irresistible power of God meeting the immoveable pride of Pharaoh.

Of course, God would overpower Pharaoh in the end, so the irresistible force wins. And Pharaoh’s immoveable object isn’t that immoveable, in fact, God has to harden Pharaoh’s heart so that he can accomplish his purpose in Pharaoh.

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Sermon: The Armor Of God, Part 3

As we remember our fallen American soldiers this Memorial Day weekend, we are also reminded that Christians are also soldiers fighting in the midst of a war. It’s a vicious spiritual war with an enemy more evil then all the evil dictators who have ever lived to kill and conquer—combined.

Satan’s power and evilness and relentlessness is so great that none of us could ever hope to stand unaided against him. Yet we are, according to this passage, commanded to stand, and having done all, to stand.

How can we, who have the same disease of sin that our enemy has, hope to stand in battle? By wearing the armor that God has provided for us. We’ve seen the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the sandals of readiness, and the shield of faith. Let’s look at the final parts…the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit.

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Sermon: The Armor Of God, Part 2

 

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. (Ephesians 6:15–16)

 

INTRODUCTION

 

As we return to this topic of spiritual warfare, let me remind you of the primary question that we are trying to answer in this series: How can we, fallen, sinful creatures, fight against the greatest sinner, Satan? It’s like fighting mud with mud!

 

What we’ve seen is that we can only fight Satan and his demons by putting on the armor of God.

 

The belt of truth is the first piece we looked at. We fight Satan with God’s truth; and as we grow in God’s truth, we become more truthful ourselves.

 

The breastplate of righteousness focuses on God’s righteousness that is given to us when we believe in Jesus.

 

Satan cannot successfully accuse us of being unworthy because God doesn’t see just us when he looks at us, he sees his righteous Son, Jesus Christ.

 

So when we come into the battle, it’s not because we are some spiritual Goliath that can take on Satan—that’s just not going to work. Satan will take a sin you’ve committed and use it to doom you to destruction. 

 

Without God’s armor, any believer is like an unarmed man thrown into the ring with a roaring lion. Let’s look then at two more pieces of God’s armor that we should be wearing:


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Sermon: Isobel Kuhn: Struggling To Believe And To Go

INTRODUCTION

 

I want to present to you a Christian biography of a missionary to China named Isobel Kuhn, who was born in 1901 and died in 1957 from cancer.

 

Why a Christian biography of a missionary on Mother’s Day?

 

1) It is good for us as Christians to fellowship with and be encouraged by Christians who have gone before. That’s the point of Hebrews 11, where the heroes of faith are listed. 

 

Then, in Hebrews 12:1, we are reminded that “…we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses…” It is good for us to look back once in awhile to those witnesses and see what they have to teach us about following Christ.

 

2) Becoming a mother is becoming a missionary. There are struggles that every Christian mother goes through that are deeper and harder than changing diapers and such. There is the struggle to bring the gospel to your children. 

 

I hope that a missionary biography will encourage mothers in their struggle to be missionaries to their children.

 

We’ll look at some struggles in the early part of Isobel Kuhn’s life—beginning with…


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Sermon: The Armor Of God, Part 1

 

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; (Ephesians 6:13–14)

 

I. THE NEED FOR THE ARMOR OF GOD

 

In verse 12, the need for the believer to be wearing spiritual armor was clearly described—our foes are not flesh and blood, but they are otherworldly demons directed by the cruel hate of the devil. 

 

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (Ephesians 6:12)

 

In verse 13, Paul picks up on this and says…

 

Ephesians 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 

 

“Wherefore” means “therefore” or “for that reason.” Because you realize the grim power and abilities of your spiritual enemies, for that reason, you should put on the “whole armour of God.” 

 

How can we, fallen, sinful human beings fight against the greatest sinner of them all, Satan? By putting on the armor of God.

 

This is God’s armor, as Isaiah describes—

 

17 For [the LORD, verse 15] put on righteousness as a breastplate, And an helmet of salvation upon his head; And he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, And was clad with zeal as a cloke. (Isaiah 59:17)

 

What a blessing! The Lord shares his armor with the believer! You, Christian, are called to “take unto you” (ἀναλαμβάνω) the Lord’s armor. We will shortly see, piece by piece, how to do so. 

 

But, first, the reason you’re to take this armor and put it on is so that you…“may be able to withstand”—When you are wearing God’s spiritual armor, you will be able to withstand the attacks of Satan. 

 

You will be able to stand firm “in the evil day.” When is that day? Any day until Jesus returns has the potential to be an evil day. Satan may strike you at any moment.

 

Again, for emphasis, the verse says, “having done all to stand.” When all is said and done, the most important thing for the Christian to have done in this life-long battle is “to stand.” 

 

That’s huge when you think about it—we are Christian soldiers who are engaged in a life-long spiritual battle. We must stand firm. How are we supposed to do that? How do we last for our entire life? By putting on God’s armor.

 

Let us look at this armor that God gives us to see what it is and how it can be put on. First, there is…


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