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The Armor of God-Feet That Are Ready

The Armor of God-Feet That Are Ready
Opening Illustration: Boot Camp
Do you know where the term “boot camp” originated?  Of course we all know about boot camp.  There are people sitting out in the audience today that have been to boot camp.  If you have been to boot camp or if you know someone who has been to boot camp, raise your hand.  
Wow, that’s a lot of people.
Basic training is often referred to as boot camp.  Boot camp is a place where new military recruits are trained.  From the moment they wake up till the time they go to sleep, these men and women are trained to defend our country.  When they arrive at boot camp, they receive haircuts, fatigues, and yes, boots.  They get a new haircut.  They get new clothing.  They receive new boots.  You can always tell a new recruit by their boots.  If their boots are new, you know they have not been trailed.  Whereas those training the new recruits have old, worn in boots.  New boots means no experience where old boots means you have bee…

The Breastplate of Righteousness

The Armor of God-The Breastplate of Righteousness 
Introduction: The King Is Shot In 1934, King Alexander of Yugoslavia landed in France for an official visit. Before he left his warship, he dressed in the full uniform of an admiral of the navy. Finding that the uniform’s tunic did not fit easily over his bulletproof vest, he took the vest off. Thus, when he entered the special automobile which met him at the dock, his protective armor was gone. A few minutes later, an assassin’s bullet pierced his uniform and entered the breast of the king. The king died. One of the first assassinations to be caught on film. This didn’t have to happen. If he would have just worn his bulletproof vest. But he was more interested in looking good than in being good. 

Without Jesus Christ and his breastplate we are going to be injured and we will not be able to recover. We will die eternally without Christ.
Point: This is a sad story for sure.  That bullet proof vest functions in a very similar way to the…

It’s Good To Gather

It’s Good To Gather 
Opening Illustration: The Pew News Many of you are aware that our church produces a newsletter that comes out every 2 weeks.  In this newsletter you can find a host of information concerning the events of our church.  Occasionally, churches make mistakes about how they phrase this information and it is quite humorous.  I am going to read you a few of these mistakes.  Thankfully, our church has not made any of these errors but these are actual events and this is how they were actually described in their church bulletins.  Enjoy.
-Tonight's sermon: 'What is hell?' Come early and listen to our choir practice.
-This afternoon, there will be a meeting in the south and north ends of the church. Children will be baptized at both ends.
-This being Easter Sunday, we will ask Mrs. Richards to come forward and lay an egg at the altar.
-The ladies of the church have cast off clothing of every kind and they may be seen in the church basement on Friday afternoon.