“And I will send hornets before thee, which shall drive out the Hivite, the Canaanite, and the Hittite, from before thee,” by Louis A. Dole

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“And I will send hornets before thee, which shall drive out the Hivite, the Canaanite, and the Hittite, from before thee.
“I will not drive them out from before thee in one year; lest the land become desolate, and the beast of the field multiply against thee.
“By little and little I will drive them out from before thee, until thou be increased, and inherit the land.” – Exodus 23:28-30

Readings

Exodus 23:2-33 · Luke 2:34-52 · Psalm 30

Sermon

We were created solely for one purpose: that we may be of service to others, thus serving the Lord and preparing ourselves for heaven.

The worldly man is wholly occupied with the affairs of this world. He, in his short-sighted vision, thinks that this world is all there is, that he lives here as animals do and then dies. His short life of vexation and joy, of failure and success is then over, and that is the end. Almost everyone, if taxed with this notion in these terms, would deny that it is a true concept of his views; and yet, in the general run of life, the great majority of people – perhaps ninety-nine out of a hundred – are very accurately measured by this description. How few there really are who act from the knowledge and living conviction that every day on earth is given us to prepare for eternal life in heaven.

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“And he repaired the altar of the Lord that was broken down,” by Louis A. Dole

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“And he repaired the altar of the Lord that was broken down.” – 1 Kings 18:30

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1 Kings 18:17-30 · Luke 10:25-42 · Psalm 84

Sermon

All religion centers on the belief in God. However varied the concepts of God have been in the course of the ages with the different peoples, however coarse and obscure the ideas of His will and requirements have been, yet from the beginning religion has consisted of the recognition of an almighty God and the learning and fulfillment of His Divine will, as it was understood at different times. People sometimes use the word “religion” to apply to any theory of conduct which they have chosen to adopt; they say, “That is my religion.” It is true that the word itself means a “binding back,” and that we may be bound back from doing many things we want to do by worldly considerations of various kinds, but such a binding back does not change the heart – in fact, it is more than likely to create in the heart self-conceit and the pride of self-intelligence. Though in the preceding epochs and eras the Lord could not reveal Himself in the fullness of His Divine Humanity, though for a long period of time the external state of mankind made it necessary to have worship clothed with the veil of external forms which were not even understood, yet religion has always been the inmost of man and has always served as the means by which the Lord could guide His children to His heavenly kingdom, and there has been at all times a “secret place of the Most High” in man’s soul where the altar of the Lord could be erected.

The altar of the Lord is the symbol of our acknowledgment of the Lord in the heart and life, setting up the law of the Lord as the supreme law of all our thoughts and actions.

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“For your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him,” by Louis A. Dole

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“For your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.” – Matthew 6:8

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Amos 9:11-15 · Matthew 6:1-13 · Psalm 97

Sermon

We are brought into this world and gifted with life. We did not ask for it. We cannot refuse it. We cannot give it away or do away with it. We must live forever, whether we will or no.

We do not live from ourselves, God created us and from moment to moment gives us life, and He has given His Word to tell us things which we could not find out for ourselves and to reveal to us the purpose and the way of life. For without a knowledge of the Lord and of His providence over us life here cannot be understood.

We know that we are born in helpless ignorance, knowing neither what we need nor how to obtain it. Through our parents we are provided for. As we grow into childhood and youth, we do not know what we need. If our own desires were granted fulfillment, we should soon come to irreparable harm. And as we grow into manhood and womanhood and become independent, we still must look outside of ourselves for the light to guide us. There is only One who really knows our needs. To give us light upon the path of life He gave the Scriptures, that we may know Him and His purposes for us, for without a knowledge of our Creator and of the purpose of our creation life here cannot be understood.

All religion is based on three essential principles: first, the acknowledgment of God as the object of worship; second, the sense of obligation to Him as manifested by a life according to His precepts; and third, as an intermediate between the other two, the acceptance of Divine revelation, which makes known who and what God is and what His precepts are. These three principles are of necessity involved in every religious system. Religion cannot exist even in name if any one of them is wanting.

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“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” by Louis A. Dole

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“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” – Psalm 133:1

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Jeremiah 17:1-14 · Revelation 12 · Psalm 147

Sermon

Externally the world is becoming more and more a single community. There are, of course, national allegiances, yet the thought that the peoples of this earth can live and prosper independently of each other is seen to be an idle dream. Common dangers confront all nations. There is the danger of exploitation and the exhausting of natural resources, and there is the danger of the misuse of science and technology. All men need a permanent and stable peace. An increasing number of people everywhere are becoming aware of the fact that fear cannot be banished nor their aspirations satisfied unless all work together. The Scriptures throughout teach that men were created to live together and to work together in mutual love and service.

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“The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, even they shall perish from the earth, and from under these heavens,” by Louis A. Dole

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“The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, even they shall perish from the earth, and from under these heavens.” – Jeremiah 10:11

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Jeremiah 10:1-16 · Mark 7:1-13 · Psalm 135

Sermon

Our text is literally true. In the opening verses of the chapter from which the text is taken we are told of those who made idols, the work of their own hands, and worshiped them. Spiritually this is the setting up of human intelligence, attributing power to man, whereas the Lord alone has power. All history – the history of nations and of individuals – is but the fulfillment of the Word. The blessings of the Word are bestowed upon those who learn and keep its precepts, for the Lord’s power is in these. And its curses fall upon those who turn to themselves for guidance.

We read, “Hear, O Israel; the Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength,” and again, “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.”

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“Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation,” by Louis A. Dole

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“Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation.” – Psalm 25:5

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Isaiah 31 · Mark 12:1-18 · Psalm 25

Sermon

Of all God’s creatures on earth man alone is interested in truth. Other creatures live their day, impelled by their animal instincts, reacting mechanically upon their environment. But from the dawn of history man has pondered upon and tried to understand this marvelous universe in which he finds himself placed, and his own relation to it.

Man’s knowledge of the universe grew slowly from age to age, but in recent generations it has grown by leaps and bounds. The results of scientific research on the material plane have been so extensive and so positive that the claim is made that through it can be found the answers to all our problems. Sometimes it oversteps its boundaries and speculates about things which are above the material plane – with disastrous results. Theology is one of these realms. Natural science knows nothing of God, of the sanctity of the Word, of redemption, of faith, of free will, of repentance, of the remission of sins, of heaven and hell, of the state of man after death, of salvation and eternal life, or of baptism and the Holy Supper.

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“The Lord looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men,” by Louis A. Dole

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“The Lord looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men.
“From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth.” – Psalm 33:13-14

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Joshua 1 · Luke 12:1-21 · Psalm 33

Sermon

Another year is at hand. Life is full of changes. It is the clear intent of the Creator that there should be changes, and that with these changes we should change for the better. The Psalm from which the text is taken tells of His continual providence over mankind. It tells us that trusting in ourselves will accomplish nothing of real value to us, and that if we look to the Lord, He will bring every possible blessing upon us.

One of the ancient philosophers said that change was the fundamental feature of the universe. And as we look back upon the history of the world, we see it as a succession of changes – of new eras.

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