Yesterday on National Geographic Channel, I saw archeological proof of Joseph's underground silos used to store food during the seven plenteous years of Egypt. American archeologist Mark Lehner said: "We've begun to clear a very big double-walled and triple-walled building, and inside we find lots of chambers, evidence of weaving, copperwork and a big court where we found the sunken silos. It could be a palace, or some sort of administration building. If this site follows the pattern of other sites, we should have the residence of an important person on the site." If that person turns out to be one of the ancient Pharaohs, a unique archaeological treasure could lie beneath the playing field—Egypt's first Old Kingdom royal palace.
I. God has a design for everything. (Romans 8:28) (Romans 9:9-29) (Ephesians 1:9-11) Even the WICKED are in His plan (Proverbs 16:4)
II. Some things are not optional.a. His blueprints are in the written Word.
b. The supervisor is the Spirit. (John 16:13) He influences us like alcohol influences an intoxicated man. (Ephesians 5:18)
c. He allows us to interpret his design and add our own personality, as if we choose the color of paint. (Psalms 10:17) (Proverbs 16:1-9) (Galatians 5:1)
III. God calls believers to live the Christ-Life, shining His light into a dark world. (John 1:4-7) & (John 3:19-21) (The word "light" appears 235 times in the Bible.) He calls, who will answer? An answering machine?a. The foundation is always Christ. (1 Corinthians 3:11-15)
b. The walls of the building (metaphorically speaking) protect us from outside forces. (Ephesians 2:20-22) (Ephesians 6:16)
c. The interior walls of the building protect us from ourselves. (2 Timothy 2:19-26)
(Genesis 11:31) And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran his son's son, and Sarai his daughter in law, his son Abram's wife; and they went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan; and they came unto Haran, and dwelt there. 32.And the days of Terah were two hundred and five years: and Terah died in Haran.
A. God might have called Terah, Abram's father to go to Canaan. Terah took Abram and his family and set out for the land of Canaan. He never made it all the way to Canaan. When He came to Haran, he "dwelt" there.
1. Maybe he didn't want to leave his comfort zone.
2. Maybe he was too old to make the trip. He was about 175 when they left Ur.
3. He was secure in Haran. Why move? He lived in Haran about 30 years.
4. Abram answered the call, and honored his elderly father. (Acts 7:2-4)
B. Others with answering machines:
1. Most of those who did not answer the phone, are not listed in the Bible.
2. King Saul – result: lost the kingdom.
3. Jonah – result: swallowed by a whale.
4. Parable of the disobedient son vs. the obedient son.
5. Parable of the prodigal son – result: lost fellowship with their father
6. Demas who forsook Paul (2 Timothy 4:10) – result: humiliation in the Biblical record and lost eternal rewards.
7. Israel when leaving Egypt – result: 40 years wandering, and no promised land.
8. Israel many times disregarded the call through the prophets – result: lost their nation and refused Jesus as Messiah.
9. USA? Jesus is calling. Will we answer the call or let the answering machine get it?
In The News
Today Islamics kill people (especially Christians) thinking they are doing God service.
(John 16:2) They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.
The homosexuals are pushing their agenda on the moral majority of the USA. Last Saturday, the Louisiana House supported traditional marriage 78% to 22%. The federal Supreme Court could overthrow all independent State decisions. A Federal constitutional amendment is the only thing that will stop the Supreme Court. If we don't shine the light in this dark world, the darkness will overtake us. Call your congressman before Sept 30th to pass a constitutional amendment protecting marriage between a man and woman, as God intended. Call the Capitol phone # 202-224-3121 with your zip code talk to your representative. See http://citizenlink.org for more info.
Procter & Gamble is supporting homosexual marriages in their company and funding special interest groups to fight for gay rights. Please boycott P&G products such as Pampers, Tide, and Crest. This is a moral issue, and should not be a commercial issue.
Liberal news agencies are attacking the President. CBS produced fake documents to destroy the President. On the Bill Riley show, Dan Rather said: "I think you can be an honest person and lie about any number of things." This is typical of a post-modern person. Remember the first message from Brad Hays? For much more info see http://ratherbiased.com
The presidential debates will occur this Thursday, September 30, 2004. Pray for a positive outcome for the debates, that God's plan will be followed. May God bless the USA.
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