Quick Explanation of The Bible


Sorry, lately my indignation button has been pressed.

The Bible is the word of God.

If I tell you that 140 years ago, men conspired and acted covertly to deliberalty gut the Scriptures of any verse that they didn’t agree with, it should concern you.

If I tell you they deliberatly changed the verses they didn’t remove but still didn’t like – it shoud greatly concern you.

We reject the New World Translation for doing exactly that. But then we smugly open our NIV’s or ESV’s, and start our devotionals, and feel sudden nagging doubts about the deity of Christ. Or we feel no urge to fast, because the Bible doesn’t emphasize it.

Uh, the New World Translation was translated from the same Greek manuscripts that the ESV comes from.

Doesn’t that concern you?

“well, no, the NWT is deliberately mistranslated to support their doctrinal views.”

Sure. And the Wescott-hort, Nestle-Aland, and United Bible Society Greek texts all did the same thing, just in Greek. Doesn’t that concern you?

The Bible is God’s word. Any attempt to change that should arouse our immediate anger. You touch my Bible, them’s fightin’ words.

And I see dozens of videos, articles and books by people who’ve NEVER researched the issue defending their Bibles. That’s great! But investigate this issue FIRST! You may suddenly conclude you’re on the wrong side.

I know, I did! I loved the NIV. I had just got an expensive NASB bible when I became aware of this controversy. I began investigating it, to disprove it – and was convinced in a matter of minutes. The more I look into it, the more convinced I become.

I have a perfect Bible. I have an english version of God’s word. I can hold it in my hand and say, “This is God’s word.”

And then I see links to articles and videos saying, “the myth of the perfect Bible debunked.” And the same arguments, baseless and long since disproved by D. A. Waite, David Cloud, Edward Hills and many others, are repeated.

The reality is, they’re not investigating the issue. And I notice NONE of these New Bible advocates EVER address the issues of WEscott & Hort’s redactionism. So, the bible publishers moved to using a near-duplicate (almost letter for letter identical), the Nestle-aland, whose authors admittedly simply were duplicating Wescott & Hort’s work. With the same motive. They avoided the controversy of W/H, but kept the same result.

None of the New Bible advocates ever address that issue, either. Geisler trys to prove that we can trust translations done from a Greek Text deliberatly done in secret by men who were being paid to translate from the established Greek Texts, but instead covertly and without authorization turned to two other manuscrpts, and attempted first to harmonize their wildly contradictory readings. Why? THey were opposed to the plain sense of the Greek Text of the Bible. They never adress that.

They never address the fact that W&H called the Greek Text of the complete Bible “Villainous.” They never address the fact that Tischendorf, when searcihng for ancient Bible manuscripts, was searching for ANY texts that differed from the Textus Receptus. He was looking for ANY text that was different.

Why? HE WAS OPPOSED TO GOD’S WORD!

It’s almost amazing to watch Ankerberg, a staunch opponent of King James Only’ism, routinely side with anyone who opposes Fundamentalism on his TV show.

STOP. THINK.

Fundamentalism means “I believe the bible literally.”

Why would you oppose that?

If you are saved, the Bible is your rulebook. Your marching orders. There’s no ROOM for you to say, “Well, I don’t like that.” I have to start asking uncomfortable questions about people when they oppose the word of God!

The obvious conclusions is that you’re backslidden, there’s sin issues in your life, or you’re not saved. Which is it? first two are fixed by getting back to God’s word. The last one is fixed by getting saved. Just don’t try to fix #3 with the solutions for 1 or 2.

And that’s what this boils down to. I see opposition of the Bible as being a sin issue. so many pastors have said, “The Bible will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from the Bible.” So if you’re opposed to the Bible, it means it’s convicting you – and so you try to avoid it.

Most people read the NIV because it’s easy. Sure! And it’s misleading. NASB and ESV as well. It takes a little while to understand the King James Bible. But you CAN understand it. And once you understand WHY its written the way it is, you’ll appreciate it for what it is.

Bottom line – the Bible is your marching orders. God says, you do. “Yes, sir!” Like the army. You got your orders.

Pray? yup.

Fast? from time to time, when you understand WHY. Gotta know what a tool does in order to use it right.

Jesus is God? Yup.

Get back to the Bible. The real one.

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Weakening The Christian Mind


Christian MindThe Bible says…

1 Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things. Romans 2:1 (KJV)

Here’s where it gets weakened.

Romans 2:1(RSV)

1Therefore you have no excuse, O man, whoever you are, when you judge another; for in passing judgment upon him you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, are doing the very same things.

Romans 2:1(NASB)

1Therefore you have no excuse, everyone of you who passes judgment, for in that which you judge another, you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things.

Romans 2:1(NKJV)

1Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things.

Romans 2:1(TLB)

1“Well,” you may be saying, “what terrible people you have been talking about!” But wait a minute! You are just as bad. When you say they are wicked and should be punished, you are talking about yourselves, for you do these very same things.

Romans 2:1(TMSG)

1Those people are on a dark spiral downward. But if you think that leaves you on the high ground where you can point your finger at others, think again. Every time you criticize someone, you condemn yourself. It takes one to know one. Judgmental criticism of others is a well-known way of escaping detection in your own crimes and misdemeanors.

See how at first the separation is in “wherein thou judgest another thou condemnest thyself” to finally, absolving you of the guilt? “THerefore thou art inexcusable” becomes “therefore you have no excuse” (reducing it) to “What terrible people have you been talknig about (in other words, I’m not without excuse, I’m no longer making excuses, to terrible people…)

to “those people are on a dark downward spiral.”

A Christian without a Bible is weaponless,and ineffectual.

Get back to the King James Bible.

Quickverse 2010 Update


The illustration by Eugene Peterson is a good example of why I hate sermon illustrations

I’m really stubborn about getting a computer program to work. Quickverse 2010 comes with an annotation ability, such as Bible Explorer used to have, and Wordsearch had (and apparently now has again).

Why I’m putting this much work into it , I really don’t know. Logos is my go-to Bible program. I just really remember having Quickverse back in the 90’s, and it was the industry standard Bible program. I’ve had the Platinum package since 2016 (I think) and… while it’s great, I can’t copy and paste without having to fiddle with it, and the annotation feature (as I’ve mentioned about 563 times) never worked.

I’ve tried everything at this point. Tried using Quickverse 2009 to make annotations, copy and paste over or import over my annotations. The annotations still don’t work, and didn’t in the 2009 edition either.

I can write in the user books, and those actually work BETTER than the Wordsearch user book functions.

The only way I think I can use is to openly edit the db3 annotation file, but here’s where it doesn’t work – you’d have to know the lookup. Each entry in the db3 database has an index key, called a lookup. I could enter it as john1.1, john1:1, Jn1.1, Jn1-1, etc. Without knowing how Findex intended for it to work, the annotations functions remain useless.

What it really is, honestly, is nostalgia. I think it’s just a comfortable feeling of poking around in a Bible program I knew well and could use (kind of silly that I actually had Logos back then, and never read the user manual, back when software came with printed user manuals).
Also, it’s got to be that I’ve got a HUGE library of books in Quickverse platinum, and I’m reluctant to just let that go. I’m just frustrated that the overall design was not bad, and could have been useful… but it’s not working.

So, frustrating as it is, I really need to stop wasting time trying to get the annotation function to work.

I only use Quickverse as it is for one or two things, and should just keep working with Logos.

If you find Quickverse 2010 Platinum, and you decide to make it your go-to, just know you’ll have to constantly edit your Bible quotes, and you’ll need to use your Bible user books to do commentary and study notes in.

Highlighting Your Bible


This was an odd practice for me to get into. In Judaism, to mark anything on the Bible was considered a desecration! Christians on the other hand do it all the time. I don’t think God considers this a sin… rather, a tool for all of us to be involved in!
There are a million schemes for it – you just have to find what works the best!

Minimal: This is the most common one, you just underline something that means something to you.
Alternating: I used this one for my hardcover Bible. I had four markers, and the system was fairly simple. Green was anything bad, then I alternated the next three colors. That way it wasn’t one big blob of one color on a page.
Systematic: David Cloud writes of this manner. You just have to determine what’s important. For instance, circle the verse number for each of the ten plagues if egypt. Underline Generations throughout Genesis. Circle the words “Day” in Genesis 1-2. Pencil underline every time the author refers to himself in an epistle. Highlight the word Hell in the gospels in Red. Use different colors for different things in different books. This way you can use 66 different meanings for a circled verse number, and you’re not trapped into something that may not work, or be too complicated.

Margin notes. DON’T write down notes on the Pastor’s Sermon in the margins of your Bible. It takes a lot of whiteout to remove those later. Trust me! Instead, get a Bible cover that comes with a notepad in it, and use that to write down notes on the sermon.
DO write down cross references. I’ve taken my hard cover bible and made notes on answering Jehovah’s Witnesses. I’ve written down cross references to share the Gospel. I’ve written down other passages that seemed to me to be speaking on the same subject.

Find what works for you, and don’t feel trapped you have to choose one system!

Being a Pastor 20 – Finishing the sermon


Technically, a sermon is not finished until Monday morning. It’s not until the congregation puts it into practice. I think it is important to emphasize that Christianity is not a spectator sport – that the congregation actually must put into practice what the pastor preaches. And of course, the Pastor has to do it first.

So, what do I have to do to outline? In reality, you can check that off, because that’s the first thing I did, even before I put everything in the sermon body. The usual method is this:

  1. point one
  2. point two
  3. point three

really easy to outline that.

yet, recently, I saw a website where someone had done the “How to use Logos to write sermons”, back in version 4 or 5. He advocated an addition.

  1. point one
  2. state
  3. educate
  4. illustrate
  5. point two
  6. state
  7. educate
  8. illustrate
  9. point three
  10. state
  11. educate
  12. illustrate

In the sermon outliner, I indent these. But in HTML format, that’s hard to do, In other words, the state educate illustrate part is indented as sub points.

So, that transforms this from a semi-inductive to (i think?) a deductive? I can’t remember the name of the sermon type that tells you what the points are, gives you the points, and then reminds you what the three points are.

I don’t like those. I don’t like them because… I just prefer semi-inductive. “Who?” “what?” “Why?” I think is for my way of thinking the natural, ordered way to approach a Bible passage. And I’m pretty sure that you attract to your church people who follow your way of thought. Otherwise, a deductive person would hear my sermon, and be unsatisfied with semi-inductive. And go elsewhere.

We even at the beginning of this series wrote out our sesrmon point questions, and I’m not really seeing a reason to vary them. The focus has changed slightly from being a housecleaning to being that of a “Why do we do this?” kind of sermon. But the questions still work well.

What I write now is the exposition. If I tell you point A is New York, Point B is Chicago and Point C is Big Fork, you could draw a route map. So, at this point, I’m drawing a route map, but in words and ideas. My big tools are the interrogatives… you remember those from 7th grade English, right? Who what when where why how. And… we already did THOSE, right

This long and complicated (not really) template we’ve followed has given you all the tools in front of you to build this sermon.

Why do we allow traditions to violate the word of God?

The Lord desires Relationship, not ritual

Relationship, not ritual.

Why do we abandon the Bible in favor of Tradition?

We do things at our house, at our job, in our prayer life, in our Bible reading… and we do them because it’s our habit! It’s our tradition! And if it violates or makes the word of God of none effect, then it is no less hypocrisy in our dining room than it was that day in Galilee.

Relationship, not ritual.

Why do we not see this as hypocrisy?

The Lord despises Hypocrisy

Speak the Truth in Truth

final point

Today, we can rest assured that Jesus Christ wants relationship, not ritual with His redeemed.

Who: Jesus, the Pharisees

What: Arguing about ritual cleanliness

Where: Galilee

When: This comes just before the Lord ministers to a Gentile for the first time, the Syro-phonician woman.

Why: What is commanded?

How: Jesus Christ ultimately points to the heart, and not to the letter. The Pharisees ultimately point to the letter, and the heart is up to you.

Okay, I can tell you by experience, that wwwwwH usually ends up in that order throughout the sermon, but not always. your WHO entry will need to be in point one.

What and Where will probably be in point one. Now when will probably end up in point two, and why will be in pont three. How is ultimately tied to the point of the sermon, and so both must be in point three. “Show them, tell them, make them” should be the command of the ministry.

Now that I’ve essentially completed the checklist at the top, let’s delete that.

Now, do your outlining. The parts we’ve just talked about that, drag them or cut-paste them into the points we’ve discussed. I actually did a little re-arranging as I did this, as I felt my points were good, but one sub-point is out of place now. So, I fixed that. Tomorrow, you’ll have the sermon, so you can see that.

Now READ. One thing I sometimes do is change color of words in parallel passages to highlight the differences. I won’t do that here, because I’m now getting ready to write this sermon. I’ve got my mindset – WRITE THE SERMON. All the work is done. Drag, drop,, cut. So, read, note your essential points in the texts you’ve collected, CAREFULLY look at the clippings from commentaries and decide if it truly educates or not, decide if any scriptural points are… indeed scriptural (JFB is my commentary of choice right now, and they tended towards modernism, and add to the Bible on an infrequent basis – something you have to watch for).

I moved my statistic into it’s spot, and it occurred to me to choose that as a fill-in on the handout. By highlighting infant baptism and protestants and selecting “fill-in”, Logos places it on the handout section of the sermon file, with blank lines in place of those words.

In one sense, all the men in the congregation love fill ins, but you now run the risk of them ignoring every part of the sermon that does not get to the fill-in!

While writing it, I suddenly thought of an old chassidic joke I knew. Chassidic stories tend to fall into one or two types – teaching stories, and Chelm stories. Chelm stories usually involve the wise men of chelm who basically can’t figure out how to tie their shoes. Nudniks, every last one of them. So I tossed in the story of the Maggid (a travelling Chassid teacher) and his coach driver. The coach driver is from Chelm, but I don’t get into that. It’s a good way to explain WHY the Rabbi’s are asking Jesus Christ these questions in the beginning, and later on, why they ask him question traps, to try to prove to everyone that He’s not the Messiah, or get Him to say something the Romans can arrest Him for.

As I wrote this, I realize that I summed up the second quote by Barclay, so I can delete that now. It takes a minute off my sermon time. This is something you’ll realize, if experience hasn’t taught you this already. you’ll basically assemble the Encyclopedia Britannica in al 47 volumes, and cut away at it until you have a Reader’s Digest article.

Most of what the commentators say, you can explain in a quarter of the words. I try to attribute what I learn from where. It’s honest, and the congregation knows you did your homework, and they appreciate it. They don’t care, but… if you DON’T attribute it, and someone gets the JFB and reads what you just quoted on Sunday, they’ll think you stole the entire sermon from somewhere, even if all you did was provide a quote without attribution. Remenber, quoting without attribution is considered plagiarism. And it was the biggest controversy two years ago among pastors, plagiarism in sermons. Remember, a great many of the commentaries that Wordsearch, Logos, and Accordance charge money for are public domain, and you can get them for E-Sword for free. So sooner or later, someone’s going to read that quote from JFB or the Expositor’s commentary.

By the way, I didn’t do as thorough a job in this one as I normally do. Few of you have Quickverse any more, and usually I stop and read all my commentaries in Quickverse as well. And then, i STILL don’t use any of it. I’d say personally, get the Evanggelical commentary by Elwell, and whatever he says, if your stuff agrees, you KNOW it’s wrong!!!

Seriously, Elwell’s commentary is so bad, if I’d bought it hardcover, I’d have returned it in some anger. And you better believe I’d be leaving a review on Amazon or CBD.

But hey, I studied. And that gives me confidence when I step into the pulpit next, to preach with authority that what I’ve learned is correct, that I’m preaching the correct interpretation. And literally, ten percent of preaching a quality sermon, one that changes lives is… preaching with CONFIDENCE. Quiet confidence. Not bragging kind of confidence, like Jason Cooley, but “this is the truth” confidence like Marc Monte and Dan Botterbrodt.

Or you could drink 22 cups of coffee and just go all Danny Castle on the congregation.

This article’s taking 90 minutes to write, because I’m writing my sermon as I do it.

All right… once you have enough in to knw the structure of your sermon, forget your template for a minute. cut and paste or drag (depending on your software) the Bible texts you’ve collected. THESE are your go-to commentaries. Not JFB, not BKC, not Matthew HEnry or Poole, but the KING JAMES BIBLE. You CANNOT go wrong by using more Bible than commentary.

You’ve got several passages saved in your sermon document… Deut. 6:5-9, Psa 78:36-39, Isa. 29:13-14, Mal. 2:2, Col. 2:8, Isa. 8:20, Rom. 3:31, Matt. 7:21-23, and you still have to compare Matt. 15:1-9 with Mark 7:1-13.

And trust me, next Sunday’s sermon is going to build off of what you teach today, because next week you’re dealing with what comes out of a man is what defiles him. You have essentially the same thing, but too much to teach in one sermon. Many people say a sermon should be 25 minutes, and guess what? I’ve barely started writing the sermon, and i’m at 28 minutes. I’ll chop about 2 minites out of that by omitting Mark 7, but you have to compare, and explain what the differences are. You’ll go over that again in about a year, and only a few people in the congregation will remember the point you raised by introducing the differences.

Being a Pastor 19- The Sermon 12


I know what everyone’s thinking – I have a sermon due on Sunday, and your system seems to take weeks!

Well actually, once you’re used to it, what I’m taking weeks to do in analyzing actually I do in about 45 minutes. I’ve actually sat down and written two or three sermons in one day using this method.

If you continue to use the methods you’ve always used, you’ll get the results you’ve always gotten. I started out this series with the confession that most IFB preachers I’ve heard couldn’t preach their way out of a maze that only had straight lines and no corners.

The whole idea here is to preach as grand as the passage you are preaching. Really. If the thought of a sermon on the one verse “Jesus Wept” doesn’t bring to mind a powerful sermon, you need to gather all the articles in this series and print them out!!!

By now you should have learned enough about analyzing this passage to know you could have preached this three ways. good! You’re learning. You should make some notes on outlines for the next tie you get to this passage. Remember, if you’re preaching Expositorially, you’re going to hit this again in Mark! Preach it another way then. And most of your work will be done already.

If Ihad a seminary, I think that Homiletics would be in the first semester, and every student would be required to preach their way through Matthew by graduation. If not actual preaching, they’d be required to write out the sermon.

Why write your sermons word for word?

When writing, the preacher is confronted with the manner in which to express the ideas, because of the effect of “listening” to the words as they go down onto the page. By revision and by continuous practice, clarity, interest, and force are developed.

H. C. Brown Jr, H. Gordon Clinard, Jesse J. Northcutt, and Al Fasol, Steps to the Sermon: An Eight-Step Plan for Preaching with Confidence, Revised. (Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1996), 184.

Many of the great preachers literally wrote out their sermons word for word. That’s the way I’ve always done it, and I’m always reading you NEVER should. I’m glad to read someone saying, it’s a valuable tool to focus your thoughts.

Application is the biggest part. As my Seminary teacher said, “Every sermon boils down to one simple question… so what?”

Answering the ‘so what’ gives us our answer. How do I apply this?

You have to have a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Why?

because without it, we may well ask ourselves… are we saved? Without a relationship with Jesus Christ, we may well be justified in asking ourselves, “Is there any proof I am saved?” If you cannot answer that question, there’s your answer. Remember, Many will say… “Lord, Lord!” And He will answer… “Away with you. I never knew ye.”

So, make sure you look that passage up and add that to your text collection section. Thought you were done with that, right? Yeah, that always happens when writing sermons. You always end up collecting more material than you can use… and still find something you needed to include!

Here’s where we stand so far…

__1. Purpose

_X_2. Who,What,Where, When,Why,How

_X_3. Brainstorming

_X_4. Research

_X_5. Text gathering

__6. Categorizing

__7. Outlining

_X_8. Definitions-Restatements

_X_9. Comparisons-Contrasts-Synonyms

_X_10. Facts-Statistics

___11. Explanations

_X_12. Examples

_X_13. Illustrations

_X_14. Quotes

_X_15. Application

_X_16. 14 word summary

You don’t always have to have an explanation section. I’m answering that elsewhere, so it’s not a problem.

What about categorizing and outlining? Categorizing is the part where you cut and paste or drag the research and text collection parts into the body of your sermon. At this point, we’re VERY close to finishing the sermon. Literally, I usually can finish all this in about 45 minutes. One of the reason a Christian should read through the Bibles as many times as possible before going to Seminary is this reason: I spent a year reading through the Bible three times in one year. I wrote articles about it. It’s so soaked some parts of the Bible in my head, that now I can look at a passage, know right away the main point of the passage, and with a little research (as I’ve shown you) can assemble the main theme of the sermon. I’ve resisted the advice of the experts, because as you saw in articles 3-5, I don’t agree that every passage has One Big Message. I showed with this one, I literally had three Big Messages, and simply had to pick one. That’s okay, this comes up again in Mark 7, and I’ll use another of the two leftover themes in that passage.

At this point, you just need to write the point of the sermon, and now you’re done except for… writing the sermon. Which actually is going to be fairly easy, because by the time you cut and paste, all you have to do is link and fill, and write some exposition. If you’ve been writing a Christian blog, trust me… you’ve been training yourself to write exposition anyway!

So, what’s the point of the sermon?

Sooner or later, every Christian reaches a point for one reason or another where they go through the motions , pretending to a holiness they really don’t feel. Sooner or later, every believer settles into comfort zones, and then traditions set in. We assume our traditions are the Scriptural way of doing things. What is not important to God is not our traditions, it is not our demeanor, but rather – our relationship to God, to Jesus Christ.

There you go. Tomorrow, we start filling in, categorizing and outlining.

Being a Pastor 18 – The Sermon 11


spent the last hour going through my sermon notes from this series. I’m now going through the checklist at the top – that will be the first thing deleted once done. According to the Logos sermon file, it won’t remove more than a minute. Literally, with all the text gathering and research, I’m now up to a 21 minute sermon, and in reality, I’ve only got the skeleton, and a few words in it.

Now, I open Bible Analyzer and get my definitions of transgress and hypocrite. Why not use the Mirrian-Webster’s from Logos? Because the Mirriam-Webster’s removes the Bible from Websters. No thanks, I want the 1828.

TRANSGRESS’, v.t. [L. transgressus, transgredior; trans and gradior, to pass.]

1. To pass over or beyond any limit; to surpass.

2. In a moral sense, to overpass any rule prescribed as the limit of duty; to break or violate a law, civil or moral. To transgress a divine law, is sin. Legislators should not transgress laws of their own making.

TRANSGRESS’, v.i. To offend by violating a law; to sin.

HYP’OCRITE, n.

1. One who feigns to be what he is not; one who has the form of godliness without the power, or who assumes an appearance of piety and virtue, when he is destitute of true religion.

And the hypocrite’s hope shall perish. Job 8.

2. A dissembler; one who assumes a false appearance.

Fair hypocrite, you seek to cheat in vain.

Now, I need quotations and sermon illustrations. I despise sermon illustrations. I think I’ve mentioned it about a thousand times. Apparenlty, most people do not. So, I’m stuck using something I don’t believe in.

I have FAR MORE sermon illustrations in Quickverse than in anything else. so Quickverse it is. Um… that ones’ horrible. That one’s worse… why are we talking about the Crusaders as if they’re someone to serve as a role model? Pass on that one. Brother so and so said… nope. Cardinal So and so said… nope. There’s a stained glass window of the Virgin Mary… nope. Hm.

I hate sermon illustrations. I know all the books say I should collect my own. But you know what? If I hate sermon illustrations, I could go through an entire life of pithy sayings, sad kittens and little kids with lost baloons, and I’d never notice the sermon illustrations at my feet, because I despise them. I think other pastors should follow me around, because I’m sure that sad-eyed puppies line the sidewalks as I walk into work, and I’m missing the illustrations everyone needs. Nope, I’ll just use some of the trite ones, and I’ll be honest and tell my congregation that I hate sermon illustrations, and I got this one out of a volume in quickverse.

Honesty goes a LONG way with a congregation! Do not pass off the story of the squirrel falling out of the tree right in front of you as if it happened to you, when you get it out of a book on sermon illustrations. Offer your recycled sermon illustrations as, “I was reading a book on sermon illustrations, when I saw a story about a squirrell falling out of a tree. And so it is when we try to rely upon tradition to hold us up, instead of the Bible blah blah.”

By the way, I really did have a squirrell fall out of a tree in front of me once. I looked at my wife and told her, “As God is my witness, I have no idea what to do.” After a minute, the squirrel got up and ran away.

There you go. Sermon illustration. tell people you were reading a blog by Philip Dean, and…

so, what did I choose for my sermon?

__13. Illustrations

Pretending Judge Rooney, of Chicago, fined a man $100 plus court fees and sentenced him to jail for ninety days for impersonating a doctor and practicing medicine without a license. I wonder how many professing Christians, ministers, and laymen would be “hit” by a law fining those who pretended to be Christians and were not. Are we leading or misleading people by our pretensions?

Thus Saith Our Lord Ye call Me Master and obey Me not, Ye call Me Light and see Me not, Ye call Me Way and walk Me not, Ye call Me Life and desire Me not, Ye call Me wise and follow Me not, Ye call Me fair and love Me not, Ye call Me rich and ask Me not, Ye call Me eternal and seek Me not, Ye call Me gracious and trust Me not, Ye call Me noble and serve Me not, Ye call Me just and fear Me not, If I condemn you, blame Me not.

Hypocritical Excuse The man who says he is kept away from religion by hypocrites is not influenced by them anywhere else

__14. Quotes

Don’t stay away from church because there are so many hypocrites. There’s always room for one more. Arthur R. Adams (b. 1861)

There was only one book in all my illustrations that had anything on traditions… and it was for them. That’s a sermon illustration right there! THey have illustrations on Hypocrisy, but are afraid to speak against traditions!

We’re almost ready to analyze. Just a few more sections to complete, and we’ll deal with them tomorrow.