United Under God’s Promise of Yes

Based on: 2 Corinthians 1:18-22 Unity. What is it? Here is some human wisdom on the topic: “All for one and one for all!”- Alexandre Dumas (The Three Musketeers). “United we stand, divided we fall” – Aesop. “When spiders’ webs unite, they can tie up a lion.” – Ethiopian Proverb. “We cannot be separated in interest or divided in purpose. We stand together until the end” – Woodrow T. Wilson.

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Prepare for the Lord through Repentance

Based on:  Matthew 3:1-12

What would you think if you saw someone in strange clothes, someone who only ate grasshoppers and whatever he could find in the wild.  What would you think if his message was basically, "repent for the kingdom of God is near"?  Apparently many people thought that John the Baptist was worth taking time to go see.  People walked for miles from all around to see John and hear him preach.  By telling the people to repent he was fulfilling the prophecy of Isaiah that said he would be the voice of one calling in the desert, "Prepare the way for the Lord."  That is exactly what repentance does.  It is the way you are prepared for the Lord’s coming.  Remember last week we talked about Jesus and his coming and that it could happen at any moment.  Today we look at John the Baptist and his message of repentance because now, just as it was at John’s time, the way to prepare for the Lord’s coming is through repentance.

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