Today’s Scripture:  2 Corinthians 3:7-18

“7But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away:8How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?9For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.10For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth.11For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious.12Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech:13And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished:14But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.15But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.16Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.17Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.18But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 3:7-18

Introduction:

How good was that last message?  I really enjoyed writing that message.  I hope it’s a good and easy read.  It’s good to think about the Character Traits of God…because I believe the more we can look at God and understand Him…the easier it becomes for us to seek Him.  When we relate to God as someone who is unapproachable and unavailable to us minions…then it’s no wonder we have a hard time seeking His face…because we never really believe His face is available…ahh…friends…but it is…and He is.  He is our Father, and He wants us to seek Him…because the truth is He is seeking us…and He also desires to bless us…and give us the desires of our hearts…but in order to get them from Him…we have to seek Him.

So…let’s continue to talk about Seeking God…and see what the Holy Spirit has to say to us in this message from  2 Corinthians 3:7-18.

Today’s Message:

Today…we’re going to take another look and list some more of the list of God’s known attributes, and see what else we can learn about God through this list.  We’re going to call title this message and call this list:  Ten Important Attributes of God.

The first of the Important Attributes of God is the one that 1 John 4:8 (KJV) tells us about:  God Is Love:

“He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” 1 John 4:8 (NKJV) God is concerned for his creatures, and especially his people. He is tender toward them, and does not take pleasure in their suffering or condemnation. He seeks the best for us, and he offers up his Son in love as a substitution for sin. He loves to love people through His.

You know.  There’s many things that people talk about when it comes to being able to “identify” Christians, but the Bible lists one specific characteristic or attribute that all Christians are to be identified by…and that is what!?!  Love

“He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.”.  Take a moment to think about that verse.  While I remind you of Jesus’ words to His disciples.  “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” John 13:35 (KJV).

Love is the most important of the attributes that identify Christians because it’s the number one attribute of God.  He who does not love does not know God…because God is love.  Think about that…and what it means and what it says.

Does the world know you as a loving person?  If it doesn’t…then you don’t know God.  Don’t get mad at me.  I didn’t say that…the Bible did.  I’m just stating the obvious, and trying to challenge you.

I mean we all know the beginning of 1 Corinthians 13 which talks about how we can do all these wonderful things, but if we don’t do it with love…it’s worthless.  Listen.  The Bible says that we will be separated sheep from goats.  The Bible says the God will look at the goats saying “away from me…I never KNEW you.”

Until recently, most preach that is because of people’s sin, but I don’t believe that’s why God is going to say that to people…because they’re going to say that we did all these things in Your name…which in order for them to do things in God’s name…they have to know of Him, but the reason He says He never knew them is because of what’s written right here in 1 John 4:8 (KJV), “He who does not love does not know God.”.  The goats weren’t known by God not because of their sin, but because they did all they did without the correct motive.  They fed the poor, visited the sick and so forth without LOVE.  Therefore, all those things they claimed they did in the name of the Lord…not only did they not do it in the name of the Lord…because if they did…their motive would’ve been love.

Friends…it’s all about loving God.  The Bible says that we love God by loving others.  If we don’t love one another…we don’t love God.  The Bible is clear that LOVE is the key element of everything in the Christian walk because that is the key attribute of who God IS…and therefore…it should also be the chief thing that the world (even non-believers) identify us by.

So…again…I ask you…how are you known to the world?

The second of the Important Attributes of God is this one right here:  God is All-knowing.

God knows all things – 1 John 3:20; Psa.147:5; Heb.4:13. This includes the past, the present, and the future. It includes actuality, and contingencies. That is, he knows what will happen, and he knows would “could” happen. There was never a time when God did not know anything. The greatest and deepest and most fascinating thing that God knows is himself, for his is infinitely deep in character and substance and beauty and wisdom. “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?” (Romans 11:34)

This is otherwise known as the Omniscience of God.  God knows absolutely everything…about absolutely everything.  There isn’t anything in this world or in our lives that He doesn’t know of or know about.  Absolutely NOTHING escapes Him.  Hebrews 4:13 (KJV) says it this way:  “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.”.

I don’t think there’s a whole lot that I can expound upon here.  There’s nothing He doesn’t see or know about in our lives.  Nothing at all is hidden from Him.  We all know David’s writing about where ever he went…David knew he couldn’t flee from the presence of God.  Maybe if we thought like that…we’d be more careful about what we do in secret because eventually everything that we do in secret comes to light…because we may be able to hide things from the world…but we can never…ever hide any thing from God.

How do I know? “For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.” John 3:20 (KJV).  Would you maybe like that verse made a little bit clearer as to what it says?  “For every wrongdoer hates (loathes, detests) the Light, and will not come out into the Light but shrinks from it, lest his works (his deeds, his activities, his conduct) be exposed and reproved.” John 3:20 (AMP)

The third of the Important Attributes of God:  God is Holy.

“To say that God is holy is to say that He is eternally separate and distinct from all impurity. The term holiness in Hebrew, qodesh, has the notion of separation, of uniqueness, of one-of-kindness as it were.” -Bruce Ware

God is 100% holy.  There is nothing in Him that is not Holy.  That is why we can reverence Him above all else.  That is why He is worthy of praise and worship.

“There is none holy like the Lord, there is none besides You; there is no Rock like our God.” 1 Samuel 2:2 (KJV)

“Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”  1 Peter 1:16 (KJV)

“And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.”  Revelation 4:8 (KJV)

Holiness.  You know what I’ve written about our holiness.  The only reason we’re holy is because of Christ.  Any holiness we have isn’t because of us, but because of Him.  Period.  There’s no discussion needed on that point.  If you’d like to read some of my thoughts on our holiness you can in messages like:  The Doctrine of Spiritual Pride, We Have Been Reconciled (Day 1), or Living The Surrendered Life (Day 13).

The fourth of the Important Attributes of God we’re going to talk about today is this one right here:  God is Self-existent.

God’s self-existence means that he does not need us or the rest of creation for anything. While everything other than God depends on God for everything, God depends on no one for existence. He is absolute reality, with whom we have to reckon.

God has no beginning or ending.  “For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;”  John 5:26 (KJV).  In addition, is this also where we talk about God being the Creator of Everything…and we talked about that in our last message.

The Bible says that God is the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, and of course…the Beginning and the End.

I like that God depends upon no one for existence…He just IS.  I love when He refers to Himself in the Bible as:  “ I AM”.  Because in reality…that’s who He is…the Great I Am…and there’s no getting around it.

One of the many “names of God” which at some point may be a series that we get into is Jehovah…and that name is defined as:  The Self-Existing One…which is first used with God as the Creator.  So…God being self-existent is the same as God being the Creator.

Let those who believe in evolution try to explain that one…which I often love hearing evolutionists fumble over themselves when they debate with really good Creation Scientists…like Dr. Ken Ham.  There’s also another one that is unfortunately under a lot of scrutiny because of his legal battles for tax evasion, but Dr. Kent Hovind is also extremely fun to watch debate with those who believe in evolution.

God’s name “I am that I am” is not just a name in the modern sense of the word — it is not merely a handle, devoid of information about His true nature. Instead, this name tells us the core of God’s nature. God exists in Himself and exists always in the present. This fact was forcefully clarified by Jesus on two different occasions. In Matthew 22, answering the Sadducees’ question about the resurrection, Jesus said:

But concerning the resurrection of the dead, haven‘t you read that which was spoken to you by God, saying, ‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?’ God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.
Matthew 22: 31-32 (WEB)

Here Jesus asserts the self-existence of God, as shown through a name of God which even the Sadducees would acknowledge, as proof of the resurrection of the dead. The resurrection is a future event, even today, and Abraham, Isaac and Jacob died more than a millennium before Jesus’ birth, yet Jesus told the Jews of his day that God was presently the God of these dead patriarchs.

This implies not only that there will be a resurrection, in the future in time as we see it, but also that God sees this resurrection day as being present rather than future. As Jesus spoke, almost two thousand years ago, God was already present in the day of resurrection. It is also noteworthy that, after Jesus’ resurrection, when He commissioned his disciples He promised them “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matt. 28:20. So in these places the scriptures clearly assert that God now exists in both the present and the future.

In another place, Jesus also asserted that he simultaneously exists in both the present and the past, thus identifying himself as God:

“Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day. He saw it, and was glad.” The Jews therefore said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?” Jesus said to them, “Most certainly, I tell you, before Abraham came into existence, I AM.” Therefore they took up stones to throw at him…
John 8: 56-59a (WEB)

Thus, God, being self-existent, is found simultaneously in the past, the present and the future. He is not limited by the flow of time, as we are.

We’re finally half-way through this list of the Important Attributes of God, and while I listed that God is love as the first attribute I’m not listing these in any order of importance…all of God’s attributes are equally important.  So…don’t read this list as an “order of importance”…but that each of these are important…and help us understand Him so that we can be more apt and willing to seek Him.

The more we know about God…the more we’ll want to really seek to KNOW God.

So…number five in our list of ten is:  God is Eternal.

God exists forever, meaning he has no beginning or end (cf. Psalm 90:2; 1 Tim. 1:17). He has always existed in the same way: fully and completely as God. “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!” (Revelation 4:8)

The Bible says that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever.  He’s existed for all of time, and will be for all of eternity.  God isn’t in any way subject to time like we are…after all He made time.  As we talked about with His being self-existent…He was and is the Beginning and He was and is the End.  I like what the creatures sing. “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty… who WAS, and IS, and IS TO COME.”

God’s not going anywhere.  He’s always around, always available, and He’s been that was since Adam…and He’ll be that way throughout ALL of eternity.  He is dependable, reliable, and He is always…always going to BE.

Okay…on to Important Attribute number six:  God is Impassible.

God is not overwhelmed by any emotion, he is not incapacitated or weakened or stifled by any event or any amount of grief or love. Rather, God is totally self-controlled. While God does grieve, and does passionately love, he does so completely on purpose.

No…friends I didn’t write Impossible…I said Impassible.  What this means is God never ever makes a knee-jerk decision based upon emotion.  He’s never over-whelmed.  He is never stressed out.  He never needs a break.  Maybe a better word here is that God is “Steady”.  I love what’s written here:  “While God does grieve, and does passionately love, He does so completely on purpose.”

Friends.  The Cross wasn’t a mistake…He did it on purpose.  Becoming sin and dying so that you and I could be reconciled to Him wasn’t a mistake…He meant to do so ON purpose.  He loves me on purpose…He loves YOU on purpose.  When God made me it wasn’t an accident…He made me on purpose…at this time on purpose…for this time…on purpose.  God made you on purpose…at this time on purpose, and for this time…on purpose.

Maybe we could spend a few more moments on this one.  God is not overwhelmed by any emotion, He is not incapacitated, weakened, or stifled by any event or any amount of grief or love…God is TOTALLY self-controlled…and I guess that’s an even better way than “steady”

God is totally self-controlled.  You know.  We are almost always making some kind of decision in our lives based upon an emotion or an event…but God never…ever does.  He always makes decisions with a clear, focused, and purposeful mind.  God may have wiped out Sodom and Gomorrah, but I’ll bet you that it broke His heart to have to do so…but He made that decision completely on purpose.

God is not moved at all by our situations or circumstances…He’s moved by our faith in Him, and our willingness to trust Him with our situations and circumstances.  Maybe just because you know this about God now…you’ll be more apt to take your situations and circumstances to Him…because you know that whatever it is you bring Him…He is capable of dealing with because He’s going to deal with it completely on purpose…and whatever He does is going to be right…because He’s always right…100% of the time.

I think someone (maybe even me) needed to know that…God is always going to be able to handle our situations and circumstances because He’s impartial to the things we’re partial to.  He’s fully and totally under control…and in control…and that’s why we should trust Him and take Him at His word that when we cast our cares upon Him…He’ll take care of them because He cares for us…and is not moved by what we cast upon Him.

So…if you need someone steady to hold you up in the face of turmoil…then maybe these words of David will help give you some peace:  “Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.” Psalms 32:7 (KJV)

The seventh of this list of Important Attributes of God:  God is All-Powerful.

God has all power. He can exercise dominion over the entire universe, carry out the purposes of his wisdom, govern the hearts of men, and even create things out of nothing.

This can sometimes otherwise be known as the:  Omnipotence of God.  “Omnipotence” is defined several ways…and as we define them it’s like we’re taking an inner look at this one attribute of God.  So…let’s do that.

The adjective form of the word Omnipotent has the following definition:  “having very great or unlimited authority or power.”

There’s absolutely nothing that compares of matches the power of our God.  No one has more power, no one has more authority, and no one can do all that He can, has, and will yet do.  No one can change and transform a life like our God can.  Listen…God’s power is unlimited.  There’s no limit to His power, no limit to His authority, and therefore whatever you’re facing in life is absolutely NO match to Him.

You know, the funny thing is the only ones stressed out about our lives is us.  God’s not the least bit stressed out about our lives at all.  There is one thing that does limit His power in our lives, and that’s whether or not we choose to access it.  Listen…the moment we get to where we realize we need to get out of His way…that’s the only time He can act in our lives on our behalf.  Yes, some times He may just supersede everything and show His power in our lives just to show off…but for the most part…WE have to INVITE Him to use His power in our lives.

Listen…as long as we want to be the authority in our lives…He remains powerless over our free will to choose whether or not to tap into His power.  I don’t know about you, but I’ve spent enough time trying to fight battles with my natural ability.  I’m ready to stop fighting supernatural battles with my natural abilities…because I cannot win.  I’m not meant to win on my own power…I’m meant to win by submitting to Him…and allowing Him to lead, guide, direct and walk me down the path of HIS choosing.

One more definition of Omnipotence is:  “ is the power to do  anything.”  This power, if a being had it, would include the capacity to do all logically possible acts, such as create and destroy material objects,  do math problems, and so on.

Can I tell you a secret?  The Holy Spirit is God, right?  Jesus is also God, right?  The Holy Spirit, The Father, and the Son are all God, right?  The power of God is what created the world in which we see and dwell, right?  The power of God is what raised Jesus from the dead, right?  So…if the Holy Spirit is the Comforter that comes to dwell within each and every person that’s a whosoever that’s called upon the name of the Lord, and is now saved…and if the Holy Spirit lives inside of us…then do you know what that means?

It means that the very power of God is living on the inside of it with all the fullness thereof.  The very same power that Created the world with nothing but words and faith…is living on the inside of us.  The very same power that Jesus used to call into death, and bring forth Lazarus from the dead is on the inside of us.  The very same power that raised Jesus from the dead is living on the inside of us.

Friends…that power and authority resides within each one of us…and it’s all in the name of Jesus.  If only we would grasp that point…I believe there would be a few more Christians walking around in boldness and confidence…and truly believing that us and God is a majority.  All the things that so easily beset us wouldn’t.

I am lumping myself into that boat to, friends.  Don’t think I’m not preaching to myself here because I am.  I need to get that revelation and understanding that the power of God is living on the inside of me in the person of the Holy Spirit…and is available to me by using the name of Jesus.

Think about that the next time your tempted to use the name of Jesus as a cuss word.

We’re almost done with this list.  I don’t know why, but I feel like I have to again let you know this is not an exhaustive list by any means…but it’s a pretty good one.  So, Attribute number eight is:  God is All-Wise.

God has all wisdom. He works everything out for the good of his people, and for the display and enjoyment of his glory. This involves countless factors and people and events and decisions and all sorts of things that would drown any strategist. But not God. Even when things look the worst, God is carrying out his perfect wisdom. He never fails, never lacks any foresight, and never estimates. He knows all, and plans all, and he loves to display the glory and beauty of his wisdom by accomplishing the seemingly impossible.

Now this word here is probably a lesser known of the “Omni” words used to describe our God, but here it is:

The wisdom of God is sometimes referred to as his Omni sapience, just as omniscience means all-knowing, Omni sapience means all-wise, etc. By his omniscience, God perfectly knows all possibilities and what would happen if they came to pass. By his Omni sapience, his wisdom is perfect so that he knows which course of action is the best (Isaiah 55:8-9; Romans 11:33; Ephesians 1:11-12; 3:10). The wisdom of God is the practical side of God’s knowledge, applying knowledge to achieve His desires in ways that will glorify Him the most.

Okay, let’s see if we can tackle this one.  His “Omni sapience” is wisdom so perfect that He knows which course of action is best…always.  This goes back to the fact that God never, ever makes a mistake.  He is 100% right…100% of the time.  There’s never even a hint of a flaw in anything God does…it’s absolute perfection magnified by infinitum.  In other words…He never fails, never lacks foresight, hindsight, never estimates, never guesses, never assumes, and the list could go on forever.

What’s the point?  It’s crazy that we walk through this world determined to do it with our own wisdom, knowledge, or understanding.  Yes, friends, I said WE.  I am just as guilty as anyone else at wanting to do what I want, my way, and never once thinking about consulting God’s wisdom…until I’ve made such a mess of things I’ve no choice but to look up…and say…”Okay God, I’m done…I cannot figure this out.”  To which He normally responds:  “What took you so long to figure that out?”

Listen…do you know how we look at the pros and cons of many decisions or scenarios!?!  Do you know how some times that even with all the planning, thinking, discussing, and everything else we do…there’s always something that we leave out?  Even the best planners in the world wind up saying:  “I never thought of that.”.

Well…friends…there’s never anything that God says to Himself.  “Hmmm.  I never thought of that.”  Do you know why?  It goes back to God being Self-Existing.  He knows every beginning, every middle, and every end.  There’s absolutely nothing that He doesn’t know, hasn’t thought of, and didn’t see coming.  In fact, He knows every scenario of our lives…and how our lives are going to turn out based upon every single decision we will ever make.

Friends…God’s wisdom is just as matchless as His power.  Yet…we (myself included) constantly think that somehow…we know better than God…and we’ll  just do this one thing without His help…and then before you know it we’ve made this huge disgusting mess…and then we need Him more so than ever before…because if we’d just consulted Him in the beginning…He would’ve lead us step by step.

Hmmm.  Seems to me this is kind of hinting around a certain couple of verses in Proverbs.  You know the ones:

5Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

6In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.  Proverbs 3:5-6

As I looked at the list to narrow it down to ten this one popped out on me, and when I put it in here…it may not pop out at you right away, but when I start to explain it a little bit…then you’ll find yourself thinking the same thing I did.  “Man, that’s good stuff.”  So…Important Attribute of God number nine is:  God is Immaterial.

God is not fundamentally composed of matter, for he is spirit, and he created all matter (and all spirit other than himself). This does not mean that God is absolutely nothing (“immateriality” as a word can sometimes mean this), rather it means that God is nothing physical. “[T]he true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:23-24)

In other words, God is Spirit.  God is nothing physical.  He’s also not the “Big Guy Upstairs”.  I think that’s one of the least favorite descriptions of God I’ve ever heard.  The Big Guy or the Man Upstairs.

First of all.  God is not a man…He is a Spirit.  There’s nothing tangible of God, but yet if you get to seriously worshipping Him…you can almost feel Him.  You can almost feel arms around you, and a tangible presence…but that’s just it.

Secondly…that means God is not an object…nor can He be an object.  One of my biggest pet peeves with the 12 Step Recovery Groups is they say stuff like…if you want God to be a doorknob…then that’s your god.  Excuse me, but where is that written in the Bible?  Any time anyone has tried to mold God into anything…God has not only consumed the object, but severely punished those who created the object.  The ONLY time God was in a “box” so to speak was when His presence was in the Ark of the Covenant.  Even then, He wasn’t the physical box…nor was the burning bush.  There’s NO object that can be God, and God cannot be any object…because He’s not.

Can I also insert this into the discussion about God being immaterial.  He’s also not impressed by our materialism.  In other words, when God asks us to give up our stuff it’s not because He wants it, but it’s because it has too much of us.  When God tells me to shut the television off for a few weeks…it’s not because He wants my television…it’s because my television has gotten more attention than He has.

Friends…He doesn’t care about our stuff…He cares about our soul.  He cares about what has the attention of our hearts because where our heart is our treasure is.  In other words, if you can quote lines from your favorite episodes of Friends, but cannot quote anything in the Bible…that’s a sign that you’re watching WAY too much television.  If you can sing Frank Sinatra’s “My Way”, but barely know the words to “Shout to the Lord”…it’s a sign you’re listening to the wrong kind of music too much.

Listen.  No one is saying don’t watch TV.  I watch TV a lot, but it doesn’t take priority over the Word of God.  Just saying…if God’s not impressed by material stuff…then it might make sense that our infatuation with it might be a little too much at times.  God doesn’t care if we drive a BMW or a Dodge Neon…but what He does care about is whether we find our identity in the car we drive…or in Him.

If you feel like less of a man or woman because you’re not driving an expensive car…then you might want to talk to God, and ask Him to help you to become a little more immaterial like Him.

And now…we’ve reached the last of the Ten Important Attributes of God.  The last Attribute we’re going to talk about is this one:  God is Everywhere.

God is everywhere – Jer. 23:24; Psa. 139:7-10; 1 Kings 8:27. “This is not to say that God’s form is spread out so that parts of Him exist in every location. God is spirit; He has no physical form. He is present everywhere in that everything is immediately in His presence. At the same time He is present everywhere in the universe. No one can hide from Him and nothing escapes His notice.”

This is probably the most well-known of the “Omni” words to describe God.  This is the Omni-presence of God.  I love how David writes that…we talked about this way back in this series in the message:  Seeking God (Day 2 of 48).

Since I did a whole message on this, I’m not going to go into great detail about this one…and encourage you to re-read:  Seeking God (Day 2 of 48).

So…there you have it.  A list of 10 Important Attributes of God.  I hope that by the end of this message that maybe you know more about God than you ever have.  I know that I’ve learned more about Him, and I’m glad we did this series because the more I know of Him…the more I want to know Him…which leads me to the more I want to seek Him…how about you!?!

Be A Doer…Not Just A Reader:

I know this has been a long message, but there’s still more to be done here.  There’s more that we can do…if we really desire to seek to know God more…so here’s today’s assignment:

Be sure to finish day seven’s assignment. Next, read through the list of character traits. Take some time to quietly reflect on God’s character. Spending time in God’s presence changes us. What do you sense changing in you? Tell God about it. Maybe tell someone else, too.

Who knows what I’m going to say is the most important part to this assignment?  If you said anything other than spending time in God’s presence…then you’ve missed the entire heartbeat of what my ministry is all about.

Friends…the whole heartbeat of Christlike Ministries NWA is to help us all to develop and maintain a personal, intimate relationship with God…and therefore there’s nothing more important that getting to know God…and getting to know what His presence is like…because in His presence is where transformation happens…and we become more and more conformed to the image of His Son.

Conclusion:

I know that it’s taken a long time to get this message finished, but we will get this caught up without extending the deadline to the end of this series.  I promise.  I had a fantastic weekend in the presence of God.  I was able to visit a church to see Evangelist Josh Radford and Worship Artist Jonny Hale on Friday and Saturday.  It was a much-needed time of refreshing and refilling of God’s presence.

Having done that made it easier for me to come back, and write better.  So…while I apologize for getting so far behind…I’ll admit taking the break was worth-while…and I promise…we will get caught up, and finish this message on time…so that it doesn’t interrupt our family time for Thanksgiving.

I love y’all, and am having a fantastic time writing messages for this series.  I believe we’ll have to double up over the next couple of days, but that’s because that is probably what it’s going to take to get us caught up…and make sure we finish this series on time.

“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.” (1 Corinthians 16:23-24)

Blessing & Grace to you
Bryan J. Kizer
Christlike Ministries NWA