“And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent,” by Louis A. Dole

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“And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent.” – John 17:3

Readings

Isaiah 38:1-16 · John 17:1-17 · Psalm 51:1-11

Sermon

In the church year the second Sunday in Advent is designated as “Bible Sunday.” In the opening chapter of the book of Revelation we read: “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep the things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.”

No man is wise who does not believe in God. A man’s idea of God may be confused, but however confused it is, he does not trust entirely in himself, but looks to One outside of himself as the source of life, power, and blessing.

Our text tells us that a knowledge of God is essential to eternal life. And we are also commanded: “Search the scriptures; for… they are they which testify of me.”

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The Water of Life, by Louis A. Dole

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“But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst.” – John 4:14

Readings

Deuteronomy 11:1-17 · John 4:1-14 · Psalm 104:1-23

Sermon

The second Sunday in December is set aside in the church calendar as Bible Sunday. This is good, especially in this day. The Bible is found in the home of almost every Christian and unless he has more than one Bible, he is very loath to lend it, even though he may seldom read it. It is God’s Word to us and the means of His presence. Isaiah writes, “O Lord, by these things men live, and in all these things is the life of my spirit.” To the woman at Jacob’s well, which represents the Word, the Lord spoke of it as living water.

Much of the earth is water. Vegetation – the forests and grass and flowers that clothe the fields and hills – depends upon the rain and streams. Take away the streams and the land would become a desert and human life would also disappear. A river went forth to water the Garden of Eden, and in the Holy City there is a river. The Psalmist writes, “There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God.”

We know that the physical world without is a reflection of the mental world within, and when we look out and see how much of the life and beauty of the world depends upon water, our interest is awakened to look within and discover the corresponding element in spiritual life. We are not mere physical beings. There are other demands than those of the body. Even if we have an abundance of natural things, life may be barren. It may be unproductive. Life may seem to be at a standstill and unsatisfying. New life is needed, new inspiration, new knowledge of the possibilities which are before us and how to realize them. And this encouragement, this instruction in what it is possible and right to do, we draw directly or indirectly from the Bible.

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“For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me,” by Louis A. Dole

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“For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me.
“But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?” – John 5:46, 47

Readings

Deuteronomy 32:1-14 · John 5:24-47 · Psalm 73

Sermon

The second Sunday in December is widely celebrated throughout the Christian world as “Bible Sunday.”

The Gospel of John opens with the words, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God,” and it is further declared that “the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.” The Lord who is the Word, whose very life is the life of the Word came to manifest Himself to us. So He declares, “Had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?” Thus the Old and the New Testaments are made interdependent.

The burden of the Old Testament is the teaching that God the Lord would come into the world as its Redeemer and Savior. If men do not believe the prophecy, how can they believe the fulfillment?

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“Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it,” by Louis A. Dole

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“Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.” – Deuteronomy 4:2

Readings

Deuteronomy 4:1-13 · Revelation 22 · Psalm 40

Sermon

In the church calendar the second Sunday in December is set aside as Bible Sunday. The New Church has distinctive teachings concerning the Word which are much needed at the present time.

The Bible is the Book of Life. This applies equally to the Old Testament and to the New. In the Sermon on the Mount the Lord said, “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets,” and the Gospel of John begins with the words, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” and says, “and the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.” The Lord’s life was the living out of the Word. He said, “I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.” The Lord who is the Word, whose very life is the life of the Word, could not destroy it. He could not abrogate or deny His own truth. He came as the truth, to manifest Himself to us.

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