Stone Cold Facts ( 9/3/11)

Pastor’s Sunday morning message  was a poignant reminder that we live in the last days.

Joshua 4:5-8

Pastor opened up with an article regarding the marketing that is targeted toward the “tweens” in our culture. These ‘children’ are in the 8 to 12 year range. Not teens yet, but not allowed to be children either as the world foists sexuality and the importance of ‘body image’ on them.

A quote from the Media Awareness Network really says it all when they state “By treating pre-adolescents as independent, mature consumers, marketers have been very successful in removing the gatekeepers (parents) from the picture—”

Whoa! Wait just a minute! Shouldn’t parents continue to be the ‘gatekeepers?’ Not according to the researchers in the marketing world  Let’s leave them out of the equation.

We ‘the church’ need to reach them for the Lord! What are we doing?

The typical Christian is spoken of in Revelation 3 as being ‘wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:’ ‘Romans 2-3 tell us the cold hard facts of how wretched and wicked our culture really is.

Romans 2:4 – They don’t know!

Romans 2:5-8 the desensitized culture we live in.

Stone cold dead

Matt 23:27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.

Matt 24:12 While we should be hotter and hotter for Christ, we wax colder and colder. The culture is an indicator of where Christianity is.

The points to the message are this.

1. Stone cold hearts

In Joshua there are spies sent out. In spite of the odds ( 2 out of 12 were trustworthy) Joshua and his men overcame the situation.

Joshua 2:!0. Rahab had already heard  stories of these Israelites. Who told her? She was witnessed to by someone and her heart had melted.  It was no longer stone cold.

2. Stone cold faith

Joshua 3:5 The people were told to be sanctified. God honors clean living.

Joshua 6:18-19 Not just clean in heart and body but their money and possessions were consecrated to the Lord! Can a ‘Thing’ be evil or accursed? YES! Read the Bible!

3. Stone Cold Facts

Joshua 7 One man has done a great deal of damage because of his sin. Achan has been dishonest.

Vs. 12-13 Holiness is needed

We are to be a living sacrifice Romans 12:1

The old testament sacrifices won’t do any longer. WE must be willing to sacrifice some things. Sacrificing ourselves!

4. Stone Cold Victory

Isaiah 58:1
Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet,

We have news for a lost and dyig world. We must tell the transgressors!

Joshua 6:25 And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ascend up every man straight before him.

Joshua saved Rahab

Jesus Saved YOU!

Lift up your voice and tell the news!

 

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