October 2, 2005 Sermon: Where Are The Nine?
Scripture: Luke 17: 11-19
Sermon delivered by Pastor Fred Williams
There was only one leper that turned around to thank Jesus for healing them of their leprosy. Remember in the Garden of Eden that God called out to Adam ďwhere art thouĒ even though He already knew the answer.
This nine represent those of us that sit in church that canít even wave your hand or stomp your feet, those that ride around in your big car with your head as swollen as a watermelon and think you are all that and a bag of chips. But Iím glad Iím one of the one!
We live in a world that doesnít appreciate anything. Full of ingratitude. The 0people thatís been through the Hurricane and those that live in Wynne Community Ė I know you are worried about your bills, you are wondering what conditions your homes are in, but donít lose sight of what God has done. Thank Him. Donít travel down the road of ingratitude and forgetfulness. Donít be like the 9 Ė they had leprosy, they stank. When you had leprosy, you had to announce it as you went down the street, you couldnít walk on the same side of the street as the other people, you couldnít go home to celebrate Thanksgiving with your families. Many of you forgot it was mercy that brought you out. Donít forget about the mercy of the Lord. You havenít been saved all of your life.
We ought to thank God for his mercy. Let me tell you the difference between Grace and Mercy.
Grace is giving you a gift you donít deserve.
Mercy is holding back what you do deserve. You stole from your job; you
cussed her out last night.
Donít be part of the 9 Ė be grateful of what God has done for you. You might not be in your own houses right now, but at least you have a roof over your head. You are not able to go into your own kitchen to fix your own food but at least you have people feed you every day. I canít speak for you but I know when I didnít have a dime. I know that there was Jesus.
Fall down on your knees and say thank you. I know you donít have what you want to have but thank God for what you do have.