THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE – 3-30-14

LESSON TITLE: “ASK FOR THE OLD PATHS.”

WELCOME

KING DAVID ONCE SAID, “THIS IS THE DAY THE LORD HAS MADE; WE WILL REJOICE AND BE GLAD IN IT.” TRULY THIS LORD’S DAY IS A WONDROUS DAY AND WE WELCOME EACH OF YOU TO OUR PROGRAM THIS MORNING. AS ALWAYS ON THIS DAY, WE WILL HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF STUDYING GODŐS WORD. SO, WE ARE EXCITED THAT YOU HAVE CHOSEN TO GIVE THIS TIME OF SACRIFICE TO OUR CREATOR. I ENCOURAGE EACH OF US TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF EVERY OPPORTUNITY THIS MORNING TO GIVE OUR OWN REVERENCE TO GOD, AS WE TOGETHER OFFER THIS TIME OF WORSHIP TO HIM. MAY ALL THINGS BE DONE, TO GOD, FOR GOD AND UNTO HIS GLORY. LET’S START OUR PROGRAM THIS MORNING WITH A PRAYER!

PRAYER: DEAR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE THANK YOU FOR THIS DAY AND EACH DAY OF LIFE AND EVERY BLESSING OF LIFE, FOR FATHER, WE KNOW THAT ALL SPIRITUAL AND PHYSICAL BLESSINGS ONLY COME FROM YOU. FATHER, WE THANK YOU FOR THIS DAY AND THAT WE MIGHT NOT ONLY KNOW YOUR WILL, BUT THAT WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO IT AND ALWAYS BE FOUND PLEASING IN YOUR SIGHT SO THAT WE WILL RECEIVE THE GREAT BLESSINGS OF THIS DAY AS WELL AS EVERYDAY ON THIS EARTH AND ALSO ETERNAL LIFE. FATHER, WE THANK YOU FOR THE GIFT OF JESUS ON THE CROSS AND HIS SACRIFICE MADE AS WELL AS HIS RESURRECTION WHICH MAKES ALL THINGS POSSIBLE AND GIVES US THE HOPE OF ETERNAL LIFE. IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN.

DO YOU EVER WONDER WHERE YOUR TRUE HOME IS IN THIS LIFE. OUR FIRST SONG OF THE MORNING ANSWERS THIS VERY QUESTION AND REMINDS US WHAT THIS LIFE IS ALL ABOUT. SO AT THIS TIME I HOPE YOU ALL WILL JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION AS WE SING TOGETHER, “WHEN THE ROLL IS CALLED UP YOUNDER!”

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

AS PARENTS WE SURE HAVE AN AWESOME RESPONSIBILITY TO RAISE OUR CHILDREN IN THE THINGS OF GOD. I LOVE THE WAY PAUL CLARIFIES THIS IN THE LATER PART OF EPHESIANS 6:4, WHERE HE SAID (IN RELATIONSHIP TO CHILDREN), ŇABOUT BRING THEM UP IN THE NURTURE AND ADMONITION OF THE LORD. THIS VERSE SAYS WE ARE TO BRING OUR CHILDREN UP, TRAINING THEM AND ENCOURAGING THEM IN THE THINGS OF GOD.

NOW I MIGHT ASK, BUT WHY SHOULD WE DO THIS. WELL, BESIDES THE OBVIOUS - WHICH IS BECAUSE GOD SAID SO. WE ALSO READ WHAT THE GREAT WRITER SOLOMON SAID ABOUT THIS MATTER. IN PROVERBS 22:6, WE READ, ŇTRAIN UP A CHILD IN THE WAY HE SHOULD GO, AND WHEN HE IS OLD HE WILL NOT DEPART FROM IT.Ó SO WE ARE TO BRING OUR CHILDREN UP IN THE THINGS OF GOD SO THEY WILL FOLLOW HIM AND SERVE HIM ALL THE DAYS OF THEIR LIVES.

FINALLY, LETŐS NOTICE THE POWER OF OUR EXAMPLES AND ACTIONS BEFORE OUR CHILDREN. IN THE FIRST PART OF THE VERSE WE READ EARLIER IT SAYS, ŇAND YOU, FATHERS, DO NOT PROVOKE YOUR CHILDREN TO WRATH, BUT BRING THEM UP IN THE TRAINING AND ADMONITION OF THE LORD.Ó AS PARENTS WE ARE NOT TO DO THINGS TOWARD OUR CHILDREN WHICH CAUSE THEM TO DO WRONG THINGS. IF WE CAUSE THEIR ANGER AND THUS THEY ARE PROVOKED UNTO WRATH, ARE WE NOT ALSO GUILTY? AS WE ALL KNOW, A BAD EXAMPLE OR HARSH ACTIONS TOWARDS OTHERS - WILL AFFECT THOSE AROUND US AND OFTEN CAUSE THEM TO DO THINGS THEY WOULDNŐT NORMALLY DO. IF WE CAUSE SUCH THINGS WE ARE JUST AS GUILTY IN THE EYES OF GOD.

ON THE OTHER HAND IF WE LIVE AS WE SHOULD, AND OUR ACTIONS AND WORDS ARE ACCORDING TO THE THINGS OF GOD - OUR CHILDREN WILL BE BLESSED BECAUSE OF IT AND GROW IN THE LORD AS THEY SHOULD. THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT SOLOMON WAS FURTHER TALKING ABOUT IN PROVERBS 20:7, THERE WE READ, “THE RIGHTEOUS MAN WALKS IN HIS INTEGRITY; HIS CHILDREN ARE BLESSED AFTER HIM.”

DO YOU SEE THE DIFFERENCE OUR ACTIONS CAN MAKE BEFORE OUR CHILDREN? DO WE REALLY UNDERSTAND THE POWER THAT OUR WORDS AND DEEDS HOLD IN THEIR EYES? HOWEVER, LET ME ALSO REMIND US THAT THIS IS NOT ONLY TRUE WITH OUR CHILDREN, BUT WITH ALL PEOPLE WHICH WE COME IN CONTACT WITH IN THIS LIFE. WE ARE TO BE GOOD AND GODLY EXAMPLES IN ALL THINGS AND BEFORE ALL MEN - IN EVERY FACET OF OUR LIVES. ARE YOU THE TYPE OF PARENT AND CHRISTIANS YOU ARE SUPPOSE TO BE?

TODAY, WE WILL BEGIN A NEW SERIES OF STUDY TOGETHER ENTITLED, “ASK FOR THE OLD PATHS.” OUR SPECIFIC TOPIC TODAY BEARS THE SAME TITLE. SO, PLEASE CONTINUE WITH US THIS MORNING AND AFTER OUR NEXT SONG TOGETHER I WILL RETURN TO LEAD US IN OUR STUDY FROM GOD’S WORD. NOW LET’S JOIN TOGETHER IN OUR SECOND SONG OF THE DAY. THE NAME OF THIS HYMN, “WILL YOUR ANCHOR HOLD.”

LESSON

BY RAY SULLINS

THANK YOU SO MUCH AS YOU HAVE CONTINUED WITH US THIS DAY AND WE ARE SO THANKFUL THAT WE MIGHT NOW GO TO GOD'S WORD AND BEGIN A NEW SERIES OF STUDY CONCERNING THE OLD PATH OF GOD. YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU BEGIN TO THINK ABOUT THE CONCEPT OF OLD PASS OR THE OLD WAYS, SOMETIMES THAT MIGHT BE A GOOD THING AND THAT MIGHT BE A BAD THING. SOMETIMES YOU MIGHT SAY WELL, I DON'T WANT THE OLD-STYLE PHONES OR I DON'T WANT THE OLD-STYLE OF THIS OR THAT OR I DON'T WANT OLD LOOKING CLOTHES. SOMETIMES WE SAY THAT I'M GLAD I'M NO LONGER BACK IN THOSE DAYS OR I'M GLAD I NO LONGER HAVE TO BE INVOLVED IN SOME OF THOSE THINGS OR WEAR THE THINGS THAT I USED TO. YOU KNOW, IT'S LIKE WATCHING THOSE OLD HOME VIDEOS. YOU'VE GOT THOSE OLD HAIRDOS WITH LONG HAIR IN THE BACK AND YOU'VE GOT DIFFERENT KINDS OF CLOTHING THAT REALLY DON'T MATCH THE CLOTHING OF THE DAY, BUT ON THE OTHER HAND WE ALSO SOMETIMES SEE THAT OLD THINGS COME BACK INTO PLAY. SOMETIMES CLOTHING COMES BACK IN STYLE. SOMETIMES CERTAIN TYPES OF HAIRSTYLES WILL COME BACK IN STYLE. SOMETIMES PEOPLE PAY PREMIUM PRICES FOR OLD STUFF LIKE COLLECTORS ITEMS, CARS, JEWELRY, OR DIFFERENT KINDS OF FURNITURE. SOME THINGS THAT ARE OLD ARE PRICELESS. JUST BECAUSE SOMETHING IS OLD DOESN'T MEAN THAT IS SOMEHOW NOT WORTHY OF VALUE OR THAT IT HAS A WORTHY PRICE. SOMETIMES IT ACTUALLY MAKES IT MORE VALUABLE DEPENDING ON WHAT IT IS THAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT. IN FACT, YOU MIGHT THINK ABOUT COIN COLLECTING. OVER THE YEARS I HAVE COLLECTED A FEW COINS AND SOMETIMES THE DIFFERENCE IN A LETTER OR NUMBER OR SOME TYPE OF IDENTIFYING MARK OR ERROR ON A COIN OR BILL WILL MAKE IT VALUABLE AND EXPENSIVE AS OPPOSED TO AN OLD BILL THAT IS NORMAL OR PLAIN. AGAIN, THERE ARE CERTAIN DISTINGUISHING THINGS THAT MAKE SOMETHING OLD PRICELESS OR HAVING GREAT VALUE.

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

AGAIN, HOW SAD BECAUSE WHEN WE GO TO THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS WHAT WE BEGIN TO CLEARLY SEE IS THAT GOD HAS ESTABLISHED A CLEAR WAY IN EVERY AGE. A CLEAR WAY TO FOLLOW HIM AND TO COME TO HIM. NOW, ONE SUCH VERSE THAT HELPS US WITH THAT IS FOUND IN GENESIS 18 AND I'D LIKE TO START THERE, ALTHOUGH THIS WILL NOT BE OUR MAIN TEXT FOR THE SERIES. GENESIS 18:19 IS WITHIN THE STORY WHERE GOD IS ABOUT TO DESTROY SODOM AND GOMORRAH. GOD HAS VISITED ABRAHAM AND HE IS SPEAKING AS TO WHETHER HE IS GOING TO REVEAL TO ABRAHAM THE FACT THAT ABRAHAM'S NEPHEW IS LIVING THERE IN SODOM AND THAT THE CITY IS ABOUT TO BE DESTROYED. IF YOU LOOK WITH ME THERE IN VERSE 19, NOTICE WHAT IT IS THAT GOD SAYS WITHIN HIMSELF, FOR I KNOW HIM AND HAVE KNOWN HIM IN ORDER THAT HE MAY COMMAND HIS CHILDREN AND HIS HOUSEHOLD AFTER HIM, THAT THEY KEEP THE WAY OF THE LORD TO DO RIGHTEOUS AND JUSTICE AND THAT THE LORD MAY BRING ABRAHAM WHAT HE HAS SPOKEN TO HIM.” WHAT IS IT THAT GOD IS SO IMPRESSED WITH ABRAHAM WITH? WHAT IS THAT HE LOVES ABOUT ABRAHAM? WHAT IS IT THAT STANDS OUT ABOUT ABRAHAM THAT ABRAHAM KEEPS THE WAY OF THE LORD?. YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS? IT MEANS THAT IF ABRAHAM WAS FOLLOWING A WAY OF AND FROM THE LORD, HE MUST'VE BEEN GIVEN THAT WAY. THIS IS BEFORE THE LAW OF MOSES. THERE IS A WAY OF GOD THAT IS DIFFERENT FROM THE WAY OF MAN. THERE IS A WAY OF GOD THAT ALONE LEADS TO SPIRITUAL MATTERS. HE SAYS HERE THAT, THAT WAY IS RIGHTEOUS AND JUST. CERTAINLY ONLY GOD IS COMPLETELY RIGHTEOUS AND COMPLETELY JUST. I BELIEVE AS WE BEGIN TO SEE HERE THAT, NOT ONLY IN THE DAYS OF THE PATRIARCHS, BUT AS WE MOVE INTO THE LAW OF MOSES, WHY DO YOU THINK GOD GAVE THE LAW, THE PENTATEUCH, TO AGAIN ESTABLISH HIS WILL AND THE WAY AND DIRECTION TO GET TO GOD FOR HIS PEOPLE? BECAUSE THAT WAY WAS THE ONLY WAY OF SALVATION. SHOULD WE FIND IT STRANGE WHEN WE MOVE TO THE NEW TESTAMENT THAT WE BEGIN TO HEAR THIS IDEA OF THE WAY OF GOD OR THE WAYS OF GOD OR JESUS HIMSELF BEING THE WAY UNTO ETERNAL LIFE. IT SHOULDN'T BE STRANGE TO US BECAUSE GOD, AS THE CREATOR, HAS ALWAYS ESTABLISHED HIS WILL IN EVERY AGE FOR HIS PEOPLE ACCORDING TO WHAT HE DESIRES. HIS WAY, NOT THEIR WAY, BUT HIS WAY.

AS WE TURN TO THE BOOK OF JEREMIAH WE CERTAINLY MIGHT SEE SOMETHING THAT WE BEGAN A MOMENT AGO. SOME PEOPLE, EVEN IN THE DAYS OF MOSES OR AS CERTAINLY AS THE LAW OF MOSES HAD BEEN IN EXISTENCE FOR QUITE SOME TIME BY THE DAYS OF JEREMIAH AND ISAIAH, SOME MIGHT HAVE BEGUN TO SAY THOSE ARE THE OLD WAYS. THAT'S WHAT USED TO BE DONE BUT THAT'S THE OLD PATH. THAT'S WHEN THINGS WEREN'T SO HIP OR COOL AS THEY ARE TODAY. ISN'T THAT SOMETHING THAT SOUNDS FAMILIAR? WHAT HE SAYS HERE IN JEREMIAH IS QUITE SIGNIFICANT. JEREMIAH CHAPTER 6:16 SAYS, “STAND IN THE WAYS AND SEE AND ASK FOR THE OLD PATHS, WHERE THE GOOD WAY IS AND WALK IN IT.” WOW, DID YOU NOTICE THERE THAT TWICE HE USES THIS IDEA OF WAY? HE SAYS STAND IN THE WAY AND FIND THE GOOD WAY. WHEN YOU FIND IT, WALK IN IT. DID YOU NOTICE WHAT THE WAY IS DESCRIBED AS IN THE SAME PHRASE? HE SAID THE GOOD WAY IS THE OLD PATH. THE GOOD WAYS THAT MOSES DID IT AND THE GOOD WAYS THAT AARON DID IT IN THE DAYS OF MOSES, AS WELL AS THE GOOD WAYS THAT THE DESCENDENTS OF MOSES AND AARON DID IT. ALL THE WAYS OF THOSE WHO HAVE COME BEFORE, THE WAYS THAT DAVID DID IT AND THE WAYS THAT THE PEOPLE OF GOD DID WHAT GOD COMMANDED. THE OLD PATHS, GO BACK TO THE OLD PATHS. SOMEONE MIGHT SAY THAT NOW WE ARE NEW PEOPLE. THERE HAVE BEEN MANY THINGS THAT HAVE HAPPENED. THERE HAS BEEN CAPTIVITY AND WAR. THINGS HAVE CHANGED AND THE CULTURE HAS CHANGED. THE DAYS ARE DIFFERENT. HE SAID TO GO BACK TO THE OLD PATHS BECAUSE GOD'S WORD IS THE SAME AS YESTERDAY, TODAY, AND FOREVER. YOU MAY SAY WELL, WHAT IS THIS OLD WAY AND THIS OLD PATH? IF YOU WILL DROP DOWN WITH ME TO VERSE 19 IN THE SAME TEXT YOU'LL QUICKLY NOTICE WHAT IT SAYS THAT IT IS. IT SAYS HEAR, “'O EARTH, BEHOLD, I WILL CERTAINLY BRING CALAMITY ON THIS PEOPLE.” HE IS TALKING ABOUT HIS OWN PEOPLE BECAUSE THEY HAVE WHAT? REJECTED HIM AND ARE NO LONGER DOING HIS WILL. HE SAYS CALAMITY ON THIS PEOPLE. THE FRUIT OF THEIR THOUGHTS, WHICH ARE CERTAINLY WICKED OR EVIL BECAUSE THEY WHAT? “THEY HAVE NOT HEEDED MY WORDS NOR MY LAW BUT THEY HAVE REJECTED IT.” WHAT WAS THE PROBLEM WITH GOD'S PEOPLE HERE? WHAT IS IT THAT JEREMIAH IS TRYING TO TELL THEM? HE IS TRYING TO SAY THAT THEY HAVE FULLY REJECTED THE WAY OF GOD AND THE OLD PATHS. YOU KNOW WHAT I CAN HEAR RINGING OUT AS THEY REJECTED THE WILL OF GOD? THAT'S JUST OLD-SCHOOL STUFF. THOSE ARE OLD THINGS AND THEY'RE NO LONGER PERTAIN TO US. THAT'S THE WAY IT WAS WAY BACK IN MOSES' DAY. THE SAME THING THAT PEOPLE TRIED TO JUSTIFY THEIR OWN SINFUL DESIRES AND WAYS EVEN IN THIS DAY AND TIME. THEY WANT TO DO IT AND JUSTIFY IT IN THE NAME OF GOD, BUT THEY WANT TO DO IT BY SAYING THOSE WERE THE OLD DAYS OR THOSE WERE THE OLD WAYS. I WANT YOU TO NOTICE SOMETHING ELSE WITH ME HERE. HE NOT ONLY SAYS THAT THEY HAVE REFUSED TO HEED HIS WORDS AND THAT THEY HAVE REJECTED HIS LAWS ALTOGETHER, BUT IF YOU BACK UP AGAIN TO VERSE 16 THAT WE READ A MOMENT AGO, THE NEXT THING HE SAYS IS THAT WE WILL NOT WALK IN IT. THEY EVEN PROCLAIM TO HIM THROUGH THEIR ACTIONS THAT WE WILL NOT DO IT. WE WILL NOT FOLLOW THOSE WAYS. WE WILL NOT FOLLOW THOSE OLD PATHS.

NOW HERE'S THE REAL SAD PART. THE SAD PART IS NOTICE WHERE THE GOOD WAYS AND THE OLD PATHS WILL LEAD. THE GOOD WAYS WHICH ARE ALWAYS THE GOOD WAYS BECAUSE THEY ARE GOD'S WAYS AND THE OLD PATHS WHICH ARE ALWAYS THE BEST AND PERFECT BECAUSE GOD IS PERFECT, LET'S LOOK AGAIN AT VERSE 16, THEY WILL HELP US TO FIND REST FOR OUR SOULS. GOD WANTS US TO BE HAPPY AND GOD WANTS US TO FIND PLEASURE IN THIS LIFE BASED ON OUR FAITHFULNESS TO HIM. THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH ENJOYING THIS WORLD OR THE THINGS IN IT THAT CERTAINLY ARE NOT EVIL. FIRST AND FOREMOST, GOD AND HIS WAYS AND HIS PATHS ARE WHAT ULTIMATELY WILL SAVE US AND THAT ALONE. THERE ALSO ARE SOME THINGS THAT HE PUT IN PLACE IN THE SAME TEXT THAT CHALLENGES THEM TO UNDERSTAND WHAT IT IS THAT GOD WOULD DO FOR THEM. VERSE 17 SAYS, “I WILL SET A WATCHMAN OVER THEM. I WILL HAVE SOMEONE BLOW THE TRUMPET. I'LL MAKE SURE THAT THEY KNOW THE TRUTH AND THAT THEY KNOW THE WAY OF THE PATHS.” WHAT DID THEY DO? THEY REJECTED IT AND WOULD NOT FOLLOW IT OR WALK IN IT. HE SAYS WALK IN IT AND YOUR DAYS WILL BE GOOD. THE WAY WILL BE GOOD. YOU'LL BE REWARDED. YOUR SOUL WILL FIND REST AND THEY SAID WE DON'T WANT IT. WE WANT TO SERVE OURSELVES. WE WANT TO SERVE THE FLESH. AGAIN IN VERSE 17, AFTER HE SAYS HE WOULD EVEN PUT A WATCHMAN TO HELP THEM TO KNOW WHAT THE WAY WAS, THEY SAID WE WILL NOT LISTEN. YOU KNOW, WE THINK ABOUT THESE THINGS AND CERTAINLY THEY SHOULD ALMOST BRING TEARS TO OUR EYES IN THE REALITY THAT WE FIND THE SAME SPIRIT OFTEN IN OUR DAY AND TIME WITH THOSE WHO REFUSE TO SUBMIT TO THE WAY OF GOD AND THE EXCUSE THEY USE IT IS BECAUSE TIMES HAVE CHANGED. THE OLD WAYS AND THE OLD PATHS ARE WHAT WE SHOULD SEEK IN ORDER TO BE PLEASING TO GOD.

ONE OTHER TEXT I'D LIKE TO LOOK AT BRIEFLY THIS MORNING IS IN JEREMIAH 18 BECAUSE HE REALLY DOES SAY ALMOST THE SAME THING IN RELATIONSHIP TO THE DISCUSSION ABOUT THE POTTER AND THE CLAY. CERTAINLY GOD WOULD BE THE POTTER MOLDING THE CLAY WITH YOU AND I BEING THE CLAY. THIS CONCEPT IS USED THROUGHOUT THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS TO CHALLENGE US TO UNDERSTAND THAT WE ARE NOT JUST THROWN ON THE EARTH BY CHANCE, LIKE EVOLUTION, BUT WE HAVE BEEN HANDCRAFTED BY THE MASTER CRAFTSMAN HIMSELF. THEREFORE, WE ARE PRECIOUS IN HIS SIGHT. BECAUSE WE ARE HANDCRAFTED WE MUST HEED THE WARNINGS. THAT'S WHAT HE DOES HERE TO ISRAEL AGAIN. JEREMIAH IS SAYING YOU ARE GOD'S CREATION, MOLDED AND MADE BY GOD'S OWN HANDS, THEREFORE OBEY HIM. THEY WERE WARNED TO OBEY HIM. WHAT DID THEY BEGIN TO DO? THEY BEGAN TO FOLLOW THE GENTILES. IN VERSE 13 IT SAYS THEY WERE DOING HORRIBLE THINGS. THEY WANTED TO BE LIKE THE WORLD. IN VERSE 15 THE BIBLE SAYS, “BECAUSE MY PEOPLE HAVE FORGOTTEN ME, THEY HAVE BURNED INCENSE TO WORTHLESS IDOLS AND THEY HAVE CAUSED THEMSELVES TO STUMBLE IN THEIR WAY FROM THE ANCIENT PATHS AND NOT ON THE WAY OR THE HIGHWAY.” YOU SEE, GOD SAYS I HAVE A WAY AND THEY HAVE REJECTED IT. WHAT THAT WAY IS ARE THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE ANCIENT WAYS, THE OLD WAYS AND THE OLD PATHS. ONCE GOD ESTABLISHED HIS WILL THROUGH MOSES, IT DID NOT CHANGE UNTIL THE DAY WHEN CHRIST ENACTED THE NEW COVENANT. YOU KNOW WHAT? WHEN CHRIST ENACTED THE NEW COVENANT, WHICH IS FOUND IN THE NEW TESTAMENT, GUESS WHAT IS ALSO NOT CHANGED EVEN TO THIS DAY IN THE YEAR 2014? THE OLD PATH WHICH CHRIST ESTABLISHED IN THIS PERFECT BOOK WHICH HAS NO ERA.

WHAT SHOULD WE DO? WE SHOULD LOOK TO THE OLD PATHS AND THE OLD WAYS AND THE SIMPLICITY OF GOD AND FIND THOSE THINGS BY COMMAND AND EXAMPLE THAT GOD REQUIRES OF US, AS HE REQUIRED OF THEM. DO THEM AND OBEY THEM KNOWING THAT WE WILL RECEIVE THE REWARD AND MAY WE NEVER, NEVER, NEVER BE SADDENED OR ASHAMED OF THAT WHICH IS OF OLD, FOR IT IS WITHIN THE OLD PATHS, THE ANCIENT PATHS AND THE OLD WAYS THAT WE NOT ONLY FIND SALVATION AND BLESSINGS IN THIS LIFE BUT THE REWARDS AND THE MANSION THAT AWAITS US IN THE LIFE TO COME.

CLOSING COMMENTS

THANK YOU AGAIN FOR CHOOSING TO BE WITH US TODAY, IN GIVING THIS TIME TO GOD. I HOPE OUR TIME TOGETHER HAS BEEN AN ENCOURAGEMENT AND BLESSING TO ALL OF US. WE INVITE YOU BACK EVERY SUNDAY MORNING AT 7:30, AS WE COMMIT OURSELVES TO THIS SERVICE OF GOD!

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