A sermon by Adam Barcott
August 11, 2019
Dear heavenly father, we thank you for your goodness to us and we worship you today, anchor our hearts and our minds in your great love. You have given us your son to anchor into and it’s for his sake. We know that we are saved and we are loved and so we thank you and worship you today. Bless us. We ask in Jesus name,
Before we sing. I wanted to read a psalm 33 today, verse 12 through the end, just listen to it.
Psalm 33:12-22“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage. The Lord looks down from heaven. He sees all the children of man from where he sits in throne. He looks out on all the inhabitants of the earth. He who fashions the hearts of them all and observes all their deeds. The king is not saved by his great army. A warrior is not delivered by his great strength. The war horse is a false hope for salvation and by its great might it cannot rescue. Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him on those who hope in his steadfast love, that he may deliver their soul from death and keep them alive and famine. Our soul waits for the Lord. He is our help. And our shield for our heart is glad in him because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love o Lord be upon us even as we hope in you.
Encouraging word of a where our strength and power lies. So the idea as we gather around God’s word today is about faith. Seeing the light will be a big part of what we discuss today.
Our first reading will be from the Gospel of Luke Chapter 12:22 through 34 and it’s found on page 508. So Luke chapter 12, if you find yourself ever in a situation of being a little bit anxious, this would be a passage that you want to pay special attention to. So in other words, if you’re a human, this would be a good passage to remember.
Start on verse 22 and he said to his disciples,
Luke 12:22-34“therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life. What you will eat, nor about your body. What you will put on for life is more than food and the body more than clothing. Consider the Ravens. They neither sow nor reap. They have neither storehouse nor barn and yet God feeds them. How much more value are you than the birds? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to your span of life. If then you’re not able to do as small a thing. Is that why are you anxious about the rest? Consider the lilies how they grow. They neither toil nor spin yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass which is alive in the field today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you? Oh, you of little faith and do not seek what you are to eat. And what you are to drink nor be worried for all the nations of the world. Seek after these things and your father knows that you need them. Instead, seek his kingdom and all these things will be added to you. Fear, not little flock for it is your father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom, sell your possessions and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old with the treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches, no moth destroys for where your treasure is. There your heart will be.”
Don’t be anxious. You have a good father who loves you and he’s gonna provide for you and worrying doesn’t provide. It’s just worry. Anxiety is just anxiety. It just ruins the moment. Oh, you of little faith. Let’s go to Hebrews chapter 11 where we’ll talk about faith. Hebrews chapter 11:1-16 page 584 this is the passage that we’ll be considering today. It’s known as the hall of Faith, Chapter 11 verse one through 16.
Hebrews 11:1-6“Now, faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen, for by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain through which he was commended as righteous, God commanding him by accepting his gifts and through his faith. Though he died, he still speaks by faith. Enoch was taken up so that he should not see and he was not found because God had taken him now before he was taken. He was commended as having pleased God and without faith it is impossible to please him for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him by faith.
Noah being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this, he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith. By faith. Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance.
Anyone out not knowing where he was going. By faith, he went to live in the land of promise as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise for he was looking forward to the city that has foundations whose designer and builder is God. By faith. Sarah herself received power to conceive even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised. Therefore from one man and him as good as dead were born descendants as many as the stars of Heaven and as many as the numerable grains of sand by the seashore. These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on earth, for people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. If they had been thinking of the land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country that is a heavenly one. Therefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God for he has prepared for them a city.”
That’s the reading of God’s word. Praise be to God!
So maybe you remember the hall of faith that’s what they call this passage If you’ve been around Christian circles, it’s a place in the scriptures where we remember the bulwarks of our faith.
The beginning of the conversation is defining faith and what is it? Sometimes we think faith is just a belief in some kind of fantasy. You know, like I just have faith that it’ll work out. But we want to start the conversation that faith is always in something substantive. It’s in something that’s real.
The example I have heard since I was little, is you put your faith in that chair by sitting in it, and you know, you put faith in it, it held you up, it didn’t mean that you just believed really hard. You just sat in it. That’s faith because the chair can break, but you believed it would hold you and then you acted on it and you sat on it and held you up. Good. So that’s a victory already. The preacher in Hebrews is preaching a sermon and the sermon is defining a part of faith for us today. And the faith is parallel to seeing. Faith works new sight.
Five times. The author says, sight, sight, sight and five times you’ll see that how, faith opens up seeing and faith now works a real trusting belief in God. The faith has been given to us by the Holy Spirit. So we’ve already been talking about the work of the Holy Spirit and your new identity and your new freedom and your new everything. And now we have this faith. And the first thing that faith does is to open your eyes and what it opens your eyes to is the hidden God. Faith opens your eyes to the hidden God. It opens your eyes to the hidden people and it opens your eyes to the hidden future. I’ll show you how. But when you think about faith and reality and what’s real and not real, I can’t help but think of the times I have driven through a national forest late at night.
Have you ever done that? Isn’t it about the scariest thing you’ve ever done? You know why? If you haven’t done it, here’s why. It’s scary because as you’re driving for hours with no traffic, your tempted to go faster than is posted but you can’t because there are countless eyballs on both sides of the road and you realize there’s all these deer and animals that are going to be crossing. I remember driving a minivan with my children and saying to my wife do you see all those eyes? Then we spend the time trying to figure out what is real or not real, just how fast can we really go here? And we started wondering why didn’t we just drive during the day?
Because when it’s dark, you have to be cautious. When it’s dark, you go slower. When it’s dark, you’re anxious when you can’t see everything. We live in a world that doesn’t want to see anything spiritual. We only look at the things that we can see with our own eyes and say this is real and there’s nothing else real. So right from the beginning, our culture is full of the anxiety that comes from stumbling and bumbling around in the dark.
And we also as Christians are tempted to believe that reality is only what we see, right in front of us, we can also get used to living in the dark. But what the Holy Spirit has worked in us is a faith that acknowledges a spiritual realm, there’s a whole heavenly host where God rules, and a physical one where God also rules. This is helpful in understanding the nature of Jesus Christ. He’s combined a divine nature and human nature in one. And we know the end of the story is to combine heaven and earth under Jesus Rule. Jesus teaches us to pray that “Your will would be done on earth as it is in heaven. Because the reality of God’s creation has been separated by sin and death, what we see is death, what we put our faith in is Christ. And so when the Holy Spirit works faith, we get a whole nother view. Our eyes open to the spiritual reality and it’s really helpful because it turns the lights on because without it, without that spiritual reality, you only live by what you can see. And you know, Christ on his throne is not readily seen by the world. Right. They don’t see that. They don’t acknowledge it, but we do because already we have this faith that sees, it’s like getting new glasses.
I will say when it comes to faith, no one can take it away from you, but you can walk away. You can walk away from it. This is what happens with Cain, he saw the reality but didn’t think God was really worth trusting. The thought usually goes along these lines, “I think I’m just going to go with what I can control. And I think my shot at a future is better than what you’re offering God.” And so we see people walk away from the faith, like every so often there’s some famous Christian musician who thinks he’s really important and says, “I leave the faith.” And we’re all like, okay, who cares? We didn’t know you anyway, but then we’re kind of confused. I mean it is sad and does cause us to ask why would you leave the faith? The answer is in some form or another a declaration of the need to have all the answers and what the world is offering seems to be worth trusting more than God and his Word. The Story of Cain and Abel contrast the two responses of faith or walking away from fatih. ,Remember the story… God said, give me a sacrifice, a living sacrifice. Abel does it. Cain says, Hey, I thought it would be reasonable to offer you some fruits and vegetables. I’m just using my brain here God and think it will be better than what you had in mind, I even think you will be proud of me! Cain was wrong and God said no you did the wrong thing here. God then said to Cain, trust me, do this sacrifice thing. Cain says, no thanks I’m going to do my own thing. After God gives him another chance by correcting his actions, Cain decides to not only walk away but mock God’s desire for sacrifice by killing his brother. Okay so it is safe to say that Cain left the faith. He’s not going to trust God. So that happens around us and we must guard against that rebellious spirit. We see it happen to people. We hope it doesn’t happen to us and I’ll tell you it won’t happen to the people of fatih because faith is being built in you through repentance by the Holy Spirit. Your eyes are being more and more focused the longer that you come to Christ, the longer that you hear His word, the more you grow into trusting Him. So that’s the negative. The law is… don’t leave, trust God even when it doesn’t make sense because the faith will give you sight and the first thing he alows you to see is the hidden God. By faith the hidden God is revealed. And so, uh, in verse one through three it says the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. But then in verse three, by faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. That’s where we began with faith.
Do you know God creates everything out of nothing?
That’s what we try to figure out. That’s what scientists are trying to figure. Everyone’s trying to figure out how the universe was created because the only way we create things are out of visible things. We take molecules or we take germs, we can create something. We can create a table out of wood, we take things that are already created and that’s how we do it here. But the faith that God’s given us realizes God creates out of nothing that his very voice, is a creative force that creates. So he says, let there be light and there is light. So all visible things were created from invisible things, from his voice. That’s what we believe. And if you try to figure it out, apart from God, you get stuck. Our current models of origen are figuring out an explosive theory, the big bang would be one attempt at explaining where the earth and humans came from. The problem and the place we gets stuck is where did the first molecule come from that bounced into the other to explode? Have you ever played that game where you try to talk to somebody who believes in evolution and you’re like, where does that come from? Where did that come from? At some point it came from somebody’s mouth. As humans we all heard about it from scientist or from a sunday school teacher and the result is the same… someon said it and I believed it. Oh cool. Faith.
I also believe in someone saying something to us, for me it s the word of God that created the world. That’s where we began. And then he becomes visible to us because we grow into that faith. And guess what? The hidden God, we start to see everywhere. Right? Have you ever had one of those days where you feel like you just see God in nature?
Oh, the birds are so beautiful. Oh, the sunset. Oh, how would you think God didn’t make this? Have you ever had that moment? Just give me a little feedback. Yeah, because now the hidden God has been made known to you by faith and you start to see his thumbprint on creation. You see his thumb print on things around and you’re like, there has to be a God. This is what the faith creates in you. And it creates the assurance that if God created all these things and he created the birds and he says, I care of the birds, how much more value are you? Oh my faith is giving me sight. Not Clearly, totally, but I have this sight that God is being revealed to me and he has me. I’m his creation. He’s the creator. We settle into that, but then there’s more. But wait, the sight also opens up for how we see people. When you look at the church, when you look at God’s followers, you can see hypocrites. You can see failures, you can see a lot of people who maybe aren’t great, but by faith, we look at the people of God and what do we see? We see a hall of faith. We see otherwise forgotten characters through history. Abel Enoch, Noah, he’s Kinda remembered Abraham, Sarah, you know, these are just normal people and we look at their lives. It wasn’t like they were any different than any of us.
They had a big moment. They had some moments that still speak to us. But you start to see the people of faith differently. The faith that you have now allows you to look at people, see that they’ve died with Christ and been raised to life and are new, and now they live by faith and not by sight. This is such a pivotal, verse for me. I want to read it in Genesis Chapter 15. Genesis Chapter 15 is where God calls Abraham righteous. The Lord came to Abram at this point. Fear Not Abraham, I am your shield. Your reward shall be very great. But Abraham said, oh Lord God, what will you give me for I continue childless and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus. And Abraham said, behold, you have given me no offspring and a member of my own household will be my heir. And behold, the word of the Lord came to him. This man shall not be your heir, your very own son shall be your heir.
And he brought him outside and said, look toward heaven and number the stars. If you are able to number them, then he said, so shall your offspring be
So let me set the scene before I tell you the powerful verse. Abraham says, I can’t have a baby, i’m old,. My wife’s barren. I know you keep promising this Lord, but let me be reasonable and figure it out for you. Maybe we’ll give it to my one of my nephews or something, maybe that’s what you meant. God says, now come here. Look at the stars. I’ve revealed myself to you. Now in creation, you know that I’ve created all this and I will give you as many children and heirs as are stars in sky. Abraham. Can you imagine?
You know how your heart longs for things and someone says it’s going to be all right and you’re like, thanks. I know you mean well, but I don’t see how it’s going to be all right. Abraham was there.
But look at verse six, and he believed the Lord and he, the Lord counted it to him as righteousness. This is huge.
Remember this? Law demands perfection.
Okay, so when you’re trying to be righteous, you’ve got to be perfect. You can’t be a hypocrite. You can’t do anything wrong. You go one mile over the speed limit. BoomTicket. Gospel is different. In the Gospel there’s room for error. Yeah, we have a police officer back there. He’s laughing, He might not want to write you a ticket but still he has the right to the law. Demands Perfection. The Gospel though is the word of God to you. His son, Jesus Christ, who died for you and given you this faith and God in the Old Testament to Abraham says, you want to be righteous. It’s not going to be in your behavior. It’s going to be that you believed the Lord. I look around. I don’t know how I’m going to have baby. I don’t know how we’re going to pay these bills. I don’t know how we’re ever going to be healthy. I don’t know how I’m going to do this job. I’m so unrighteous. I don’t deserve anything cause I’ve squandered it or I’ve done everything right and I’m mad at God, but the Gospel is
you believed the Lords promise. He’s a promise making, promise keeping God. You believed him and God says, that’s the righteousness you all have and then He gives us examples over and over again. Look at Abel. Look at Enoc. Look at Noah. They didn’t know anything. They weren’t great people in and of their own strength. They just said, Lord, you’re saying something crazy, but I believe it and because I believe it I’m just kind of stepping this way. This is how we move. When the Lord says, I promise you I’ll do it. We’re kinda like, okay, all right, go, go. Because this faith, this I believe you Lord means you’re going to lean on him. You’re going to keep preparing for the child that you don’t know how you’re ever going to have. You’re going to keep preparing for the healing that would have to be a miracle. I don’t know. I just believe in Lord and You start to see the hidden people people of faith arise. In our world the great people are the rich, the famous, the ones who accomplish alot or they help a lot of people and that’s how you get significance and meaning. That’s this world, but in our new world of faith, it’s the people who kept the faith who said, I believe the Lord. If He says, I’m a special to Him, I believe it.
That’s righteous. You are righteous and you start to see that and the writer of Hebrews wants these people to be our examples these are the people that we look up to. I just believe the Lord. When the Lord promised impossible things. There’s a verse there about Enoch where it says, guess what pleases the Lord. So not only are we counted righteous. But it says without faith it’s impossible to please the Lord. That God is pleased with you, not by all that you’ve done and all the people you’ve saved and all that you’ve inspired and you’ve done so well. He’s like, I am pleased by the fact that you just believe my word.
You have no idea how it’s going to work out. So the people of faith often look like failures. This is the bummer because the author says they didn’t all see the promises come to fruition. They saw them far off. And that hurts us sometimes because we still have this belief that if I do it right, I’ll get the promises of God right now, I’ll at least be able to see it down here. But the people of faith. Believe it, Abel would never thought my life’s gonna mean something cause I was murdered by my brother. He never would have thought the future people would remember him. You cannot imagine what your faith is doing and that’s okay. You don’t have to. You just believe the Lord and that’s counted as righteousness.
So in their failure though, they’re looking forward to a hidden future. So you got a hidden God. Your faith opens up your eyes there. Your faith opens up your eyes to the hidden people. But there’s something that nobody can give you, and that is, do you know the future? Do you know what’s going to happen? Wouldn’t you love to know what would happen, if you knew, you could tell the future, you would make some adjustments, right? You would say, let me try this life. Oh whoa, that didn’t end well, let me try it again over here. Let me try it over again. No one knows the future. And every generation since Adam and Eve has had a crisis of leadership, we are not unique today.
Everybody’s been trying to figure out how do we rule and govern and how do we do this in a world of death? So as soon as you get something good, there’s someone else that has a different idea that wants to overwhelm it. It’s always been like that. And everybody’s anxious. Everybody wants to know, are my kids going to be alright? Is Our economy going to be alright? Is our world going to be all right. There’s more violence than ever, and the reality is no, there’s not. Death is death. We just have more information about it. 50 years ago, you just wouldn’t know something happened, but this is the world it’s full of death, it’s governed by death. And if your eyes are down here, it’s all you’re going to see. You’re going to spend you time trying to figure out how do we get power over it and get a little comfort until we inevitably die or the good days run out?
But we, the people of faith see the hidden future. It’s revealed to us by faith that God has designed a city. He’s designed a city where the leader is the enthroned Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ, you know, he never made a stupid tweet. He never supported segregation. Jesus never did anything wrong. Can you imagine a leader where we couldn’t find junk on him or her? Can you imagine? You don’t have to. By faith we have him already. And it’s the most diverse kingdom on the planet. There’s men, women, children of all nations, all tribes, everybody under the perfect heaven and earth savior, Jesus Christ. And he’s promised that we have a better city, we have a better country. We know the future. You start to see that and you start to believe it. There’s gotta be something better than what we can muster down here. And so my faith starts growing that we are moving towards the new creation. Where heaven and earth are together under the reign and rule of Christ. And I want your eyes to be open to that. Otherwise you will be full of anxiety.
I have to fight with that because I look at the world and the older you get, the more people you’ve created and stuff you have and the more anxious you get because everybody is gonna ruin it. I’m looking to a better city. Okay, thank you Lord. These are the glasses that we’re putting on.
And again, this is not faith in faith. It’s not faith saying do I have enough faith? This is the faith of a mustard seed. This is the faith that says, I just believe you, Lord. I don’t know how and I’m still scared. And God says, you’re righteous. I’m your God. These are your people. This is your city. And when I make a promise, I’ll keep it. So your new sight, I just want you to know your new sight takes time. Faith builds. That’s why we gather. The Holy Spirit continues to give us more and more sight. But Paul says, we see now veiled. We don’t see it all super clearly, but that’s why we gather in the presence of God and he builds our faith. He strengthens it.
And again, having a lot of faith or having a little faith doesn’t matter. It’s basically the picture I always give. It’s a frozen lake. Someone grows up on the frozen lake, they run out with great confidence. “Come on!” That’s a type of faith. The other person who grows up in Florida and has never seen a frozen lake says, “I don’t think so, man”. But while one runs and jumps on the lake, the other scootches on their bottom out on the lake, both are faith. That’s faith. No one’s faith is better or worse, but the more the person from Florida stands on it, the more they’ll start to kind of go, alright, alright, that’s pretty good, maybe one day I will run and slide on it like you.
And that’s what we get to explore with our faith because the lights are on and we’re not anxious and we know that there’s a heavenly father and he says, build your life on this. Seek those things which are above. I care for the birds, how much more am I going to care for you? But here’s the best thing. We root in this hope and it begins to chip away at anxiety. God is pleased with you. He keeps his promises. He gives us sight to see him. He gives us sight to see each other and together we see a better future. But imagine this, can you imagine yourself in the hall of faith in the Bible? Put your name in there. That’s the point of it. You’re in the hall of faith. You’re in my hall of faith and think about this. I have kids. Halie’s going back to college tomorrow and Grace is starting high school. Lowery is in high school and some of you have known Grace since since she’s been born.
Do you know that when they think about the faith, they have your name in there. Oh, these are people who just believe God. So even with all your struggles and all your brokenheartedness and all your failures
they have you in their hall of faith. I have my own hall of faith. Many of you are in it. I know what you’ve been through. And I’m like, wow, you’re hanging in there. Praise God.
Keep believing. I have guys, I grew up with, Adam and Brad and Hutch and John Bombaro all in my hall of faith. You’re in the hall of faith.
It’s hard to believe, isn’t it? But by faith, believe it. Cause you’re the people who say, God, I don’t know how you’re going to do it, but I trust you. And he says, well done good and faithful servant. I will keep my promises. Whether you see it or you don’t see it in this life, we will all make it to that great city that he’s been preparing for us. Can you see it? I can. I’m thankful. Every time you write prayer requests, that’s an act of faith. Every time you trust the Lord, that’s an act of faith. And it’s building, building more confidence and more sight of what’s real. You see what’s real! And God sees you.
Let me pray. Father, thank you for your word. Continue to create in us, faith. I thank you for the people that have gathered and how you use them to encourage my faith. Thank you. That together we do believe that Jesus, you came the first time and you’re coming back and in the meantime,
We cling to your word, we don’t know how you’ll do it, but we ask for your peace and your blessing and your Holy Spirit to work in us. And we thank you. Thank you for the people in this room. I love ’em and I pray that they can begin to see all these truths and especially their name in the hall of faith, that they are pleasing to you. Thank you Lord. It’s in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Since you’re all inducted into the hall of Faith, let’s stand together and encourage our faith by hearing that you’re not alone in believing in the creation of the world by God and the redemption of the world by his son and the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit by reading together the apostles creed.
What do you believe Christian? I believe in God, Father Almighty, maker of Heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only son, our Lord who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. On the third day he rose again from the dead and ascended into Heaven to sit at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty. And from there he will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting. Amen.
You may be seated. Let’s take some time to give back to God, recognizing that everything that’s visible is from his invisible word and his love to you. And this is an opportunity to worship God by giving tithes and offering to the work of the word of God on Earth as it is in heaven.
Lord bless our response. You’ve given us this faith and by faith we respond by giving our voices, giving our talents, our time, our treasure. And so we give to you out of a Thanksgiving, we pray that you would be blessed and honored and glorified in Jesus name. Amen.
The faith that we have really finds expression in the Lord Supper. So beyond seeing the Lord’s supper as just something where we remember, I know that we’ve engaged it as a place where we hear the true word of God. You’re forgiven. But think about the faith. And I want you to realize that the faith that God’s given you to his word in everyday things like bread and wine, they stay bread and wine. There His good creation, yet his word makes them something else. And I want you to focus when you come for the Lord’s supper today, I want you to really, anchor in the reality that Christ is present here. that this is a meal he’s invited you to. And he’s with us. We don’t see him physically, but our faith opens up the idea and the reality that he is with us. And where he is, his angels are marking out and defending. And where he is, there’s life and his word is true. So as you approach the Lord’s supper know that Jesus Christ is here.
And it’s pleasing. Your worship is pleasing to him. And He loves how this faith has brought you to him. And this faith has brought love among amongst one another. And it’s keeping us going even though we feel powerless and frustrated and sick and tired, keep moving towards what Christ is building and is here.
So the night that Jesus was betrayed, he took the bread. Cause see, he knew that he was doing something better then just trying to get power. He was dying for his people and he said, I am the lamb who will be slain to ransom people. And this is my body, which is broken for you. And the same way he took the cup and poured it out and he said, this is my blood. I’m dying for you. Death has to happen. For the newness of life to happen and I will die for you. This is my blood. Your sins are forgiven. And then he invites us to take and eat of it, His body and his blood Know that he is present here. Know that he is present in you and let him focus up those eyes, even if it’s just for an hour today. But hopefully as we grow, it becomes five minutes. It becomes an hour. It becomes two days. It becomes three days where you’re seeing the reality of Christ in you, the hope of glory.
Father, we bless these things in the name of the father, son and Holy Spirit, and it’s only by your word and the faith that you worked that we approach it for the forgiveness of sins. The resurrection of our bodies. Bless it. We ask in Jesus name. Amen.
So Jesus says that as often as you eat of this bread and drink of this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death and his coming again. We have the promise like a thread, but it’s good because Jesus rose from the dead. God, thanks, we love you in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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