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“THE FOOLISH PLAN OF GOD”

THE FOOLISH PLAN OF GOD”  (1 Cor. 1:21-25)
Word of God #7 – Final Message of Series

FBC Earlville 4-3-11 10:30 AM Rev. Jeremy B. Stopford, Pastor

INTRODUCTION * In honor of our flight south tomorrow, I offer to you today’s “Special” :  “Vultures are Flying”

As migration approached, two elderly vultures doubted they could make the trip south, so they decided to go by airplane.                     When they checked their baggagge, the attendant noticed that they were carrying two dead raccoons.  “Do you wish to check the raccoons through as luggage?” she asked.                                                                 “No, thanks, “replied the vultures.  “They’re carrion.”

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“THAT HE MIGHT MAKE YOU KNOW”

THAT HE MIGHT MAKE YOU KNOW”  (Deut. 8:1-3) “Word of God #6”
FBC Earlville 3-27-11 10:30 AM Rev. Jeremy B. Stopford, Pastor

INTRODUCTION *  Today’s “special”:  “Three Vampires”
In honor of my spending some time in the hospital last week I offer to you this week’s Special.  Three vampires walk into a bar and sit down at a table. The waitress comes over and asks the first vampire what he would like to order.  The first vampire responds, “I vould like some blood.”  The waitress turns to the second vampire and asks what he would like.  The vampire responds, “I vould like some blood.”  The waitress turns to the third vampire and asks what he would like.  The vampire responds, “I vould like some plasma.”  The waitress looks up and says, “Let me see if I have this order correct.  You want two bloods and one blood light?”

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“THE CANONICITY – WHOA! – OF THE BIBLE”

THE CANONICITY-WHOA!-OF THE BIBLE” (Matt. 4) “Word of God #5”
FBC Earlville 3-13-11 10:30 AM Rev. Jeremy B. Stopford, Pastor

INTRODUCTION
*  Today’s “special”:  “The Irishman”    Jerry Furner, almost 100 year old patriarch of one side of the Furner family, shared this with me the other day.  “Did you hear about the Irishman who married the little Amish girl? He drove her buggy!”

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“I’VE BEEN INSPIRED TO…”

“I’VE BEEN INSPIRED TO…” (1 Thess. 2:10-13) “Word of God #4”
FBC Earlville 3-6-11 10:30 AM Rev. Jeremy B. Stopford, Pastor

INTRODUCTION
* Today’s “special”: “The Elephant and the Crocodile” An elephant and a crocodile were swimming in the jungle, when the elephant spots a turtle sunning himself on a rock. The elephant walks over to the turtle, picks him up in his trunk and hurls him far into the jungle.
“What did you do that for?” asked the crocodile.
The elephant answered, “That turtle was the one that bit me almost fifty years ago.”
The crocodile said, “And you remembered him after all these years? Boy, you sure do have a good memory.”
“Yep,” says the elephant. “Turtle recall.”

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“I HAVE A REVELATION!”

I HAVE A REVELATION!”  (Psalm 19:1-11) “Word of God #3”
FBC Earlville 2-27-11 10:30 AM Rev. Jeremy B. Stopford, Pastor

INTRODUCTION *  Today’s “special”:  “The Parrot”
A lady was walking to work one day.  As she walked by the pet store she noticed a new parrot in the window.  The parrot said to her, “hey lady, you’re ugly!”.  She steamed but walked on to work.
On the way home, as she walked by the pet store, the parrot said, “hey lady, you’re ugly.”  She was really mad now, so she went in and gave the owner a piece of her mind.  The owner apologized and assured her it would never happen again.
The next day, on her way to work, as she walked by the pet store she saw the parrot who said, “hey lady”.
To which she replied, “WHAT!”
To which he replied, “you know.”
One of the first courses I took in Bible School was “Bibliology” – the study of the Bible.  We’ve been learning together in these past weeks about the benefits of the Bible. For the next couple of weeks we’re going to learn about its purposes, and how that affects each one who has ever breathed – even us! * Prayer

1. THE “GENERAL” IS IN!

Illus.:  Nigel at camp in 1974 – what about God can we learn while
camping?  (or in Maine drinking moxie?)
*  God reveals Himself in 2 basic ways – through GENERAL revelation and through SPECIAL revelation
* What did we see while camping? Ps. 19 tells us:
a.  God’s glory is on display every day (vs. 1,2, see “Message”)
b.  God’s glory is on display throughout the whole earth (vs. 3,4)
QUESTION:  how do the cannibals in deepest Africa hear the truth about God?  Through the display of His creation!
c.  For example, the sun is a daily reminder of God’s glory (vs. 5-6)

2. THEN THE “BOOK” IS IN! (vs. 7-11) – that’s “SPECIAL”!
a.  Look at the different words for the “Word”:
v. 7:  law, testimony v. 8:  statutes; commandments
v. 9:  fear, judgments
b.  Look at the hunger being met through God’s Word!
v. 10:  to be desired more than earth’s riches
sweeter than earth’s finest natural resource, honey
v. 11:  a warning to those serving God
a reward to those keeping His Word!

3.  WHAT’S IT FOR? (Romans 1:19,20)
So that mankind cannot say they have not seen God!

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