Second Things Second

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Second Things Second

2 Chronicles 2:10-11,

10  “The Lord has kept the promise he made. I have succeeded David my father and

now I sit on the throne of Israel, just as the Lord promised, and I have built the

temple for the Name of the Lord, the God of Israel.  11  There I have placed the

ark, in which is the covenant of the Lord that he made with the people of Israel.”

2 Corinthians 8:1-7,

1 And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has

given the Macedonian churches.  2  In the midst of a very severe trial, their

overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity.  3  For I

testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability.

Entirely on their own,  4  they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of

sharing in this service to the Lord’s people.  5  And they exceeded our expectations:

They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to

us.  6  So we urged Titus, just as he had earlier made a beginning, to bring also to

completion this act of grace on your part.  7  But since you excel in everything—in

faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have

kindled in you—see that you also excel in this grace of giving.

1. GIVE OURSELVES FIRST TO THE LORD

2. GIVE OURSELVES TO OTHERS

3. EXCEL IN EVERYTHING

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Close Enounters: PT 10 "The Power of Encounter"

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Close Enounters: PT 10 "The Power of Encounter"

1 John 5:1-5,
1 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who
loves the father loves his child as well.  2 This is how we know that we love the
children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands.  3 In fact, this is love
for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome,  4 for
everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome
the world, even our faith.  5 Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who
believes that Jesus is the Son of God.

Revelation 12:11,
They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their
testimony…

2 Corinthians 1:3-7,
3  Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of
compassion and the God of all comfort,  4  who comforts us in all our troubles, so that
we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from
God.  5  For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our
comfort abounds through Christ.  6  If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and
salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient
endurance of the same sufferings we suffer.  7  And our hope for you is firm, because
we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.

Psalms 71:15-18
15 My mouth will tell of your righteous deeds,
    of your saving acts all day long—
    though I know not how to relate them all.
16 I will come and proclaim your mighty acts, Sovereign Lord;
    I will proclaim your righteous deeds, yours alone.
17 Since my youth, God, you have taught me,
    and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds.
18 Even when I am old and gray,
    do not forsake me, my God,
till I declare your power to the next generation,
    your mighty acts to all who are to come.

Matthew 10:32-33,

32 “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my
Father in heaven.  33 But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my
Father in heaven.

1 Peter 3:15,
15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to
everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.

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