January 7, 2012, Sermon Transcript
By Lawrence A. Nowell
1.) “If we preach to you a little bit longer, won’t you listen to God’s heart, to God’s heart?”
2.) This is The Obedient Church of God broadcasting live around the world from 1stcenturychristian.com and www.theworldtomorrow.org. We are the only congregation in the world that is keeping the Sabbath day correctly in half of the world.’
3.) We don’t want to talk about it, but we’ve got to tell you the truth of the matter. There is only one congregation and that is us.
4.) “How you broke God’s heart. If I stay here just a little bit longer, if I preach to you, won’t you listen to God’s heart, God’s heart.”
5.) “Bon Jour,” Paris, France, 6 p.m. supper time, 9 a.m. on the West coast, and 12 noon on the East coast. Breakfast time, lunch time, supper time: the perfect time for our spiritual feeding today.
6.) “We don’t want to have to talk about this, how you broke God’s heart, but if I preach to you just a little bit longer, won’t you listen to God’s heart, God’s heart?”
7.) Yes, indeed, we’re the only congregation in the world that is following the Sabbath day in all of the world, and we do not participate in Devil Days and we are not intermingling Devil Days with God’s pure religion.
8.) Today I’ve got a very interesting sermon for you because we are going to deal with the topic of “what Christianity is all about.” No one ever answers that question What it truly is all about. It has to deal with the heart.
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9.) Once the New World Order is all set up, how can they get your money?
10.) We know how they are bailing out the banks today and how all the costs of everything is up, and the New World Order is going to be prosperous for a while, so how are they going to get your money?
11.) They will get your money by setting up a space industrial complex, a military space industrial complex to fight the aliens. That’s how they will get all of the world’s money.
12.) The same people who are running the world now with a war after war, will then have a war with the aliens and take all the people’s money to save the earth. And they will make slaves out of us so they will have money to fight their wars with the space aliens.
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13.) The Obedient Church of God is the only church in the world that has figured out all these things. TOCOG has given the information of what’s really going on in the world.
14.) For today’s Sabbath, January 7, 2012, Tivet 12 on the Hebrew calendar, welcome to The Obedient Church of God, the only remnant group identical to the first century Christians.
15.) TOCOG can clearly state this because there is no other church that is following the Sabbath observance in every country of the world, and not following man’s 1883 false International Date Line in the Pacific Ocean. Also, the fact that TOCOG doesn’t have any Devil Days, such as, Sky Father’s Day, Mother-goddess Day, and Turkey-god Day.
16.) Let’s start with the opening prayer to be given by Mr. Lawrence A. Nowell.
17.) “Almighty, most holy, loving, merciful Father, praise, glory, power, and dominion, and ruler ship to you forever and ever and ever throughout the Universe.
18.) “We know that it is you who controls all things and is letting this evil, corrupt world run its own course to show the world and the angelic host that only your way, a theocracy, is the only government that will sustain itself and work.
19.) “So help us to get that message out to the people that your way is the only way, not only that it is the happy way, but it’s the only way that will work.
20.) “Please be with the brethren in Pakistan. Protect them because they are in a dangerous area. Eight of them were murdered four years ago for being Christians, so please protect them.
21.) “Help the money come in so we can help them with their food. They are really in dire straits and in need of winter clothing. Have funds to come in so TOCOG can look after their needs.
22.) “Father, inspire the services, the hearing and the speaking. Mr. Lawrence A. Nowell has already been inspired for the research so he thanks you for that, the research as to what Christianity is really about.
23.) “Help Lawrence A. Nowell to give this sermon and inspire the listening, and especially on the video tapes when people use the tapes. Inspire them to understand.
24.) “Give us protection from the authorities. We ask for this all the time. Therefore, things start happening against us when people want to get us out of the way.
25.) “It’s not paranoia, Father, because we know your Bible says we will have our heads cut off, unless we are in the place of safety. So, Father, carry us in the palm of your hand next to your breast. Help us to be close to you, that we don’t wander off as sheep.
26.) “We now turn this service over to your hands and ask this in Yeshua’s holy righteous name, Yeshua ha Mashiach, our soon arriving hg king. Amen.”
27.) Yes, indeed. We don’t want to wander off like sheep do. Today’s sermon will be telling us what Christianity is all about.
28.) Now that we are in the throne room let us sing our praises to God. Our sacrifices are the fruit of our lips.
29.) Our first hymn is to praise God’s name. Sing, “Hallelujah Praise God’s Name.” Our second hymn is “His Mercy Never Fails,” and the third song is “By the Waters of Babylon.”
30.) We sing “By the Waters of Babylon” with sadness because of the New World Order capturing us. We are captors in the United States now. We have been captured. The Act that has been passed by Congress and signed by President Obama on December 15, 2011, makes it legal for us to be locked up without charge, and held forever.
31.) We have been set down by what our captors are requiring of us. What are they requiring of us? Total obedience is required to the government without question, without fail, and without a word back.
32.) Protestors are pepper-sprayed, which is bad enough, but the tear gas that they use on the protestors can kill them. It’s a nerve agent that they are spraying in canisters.
33.) One of the protesters in another country was deliberately shot in the head with a canister and it killed him last week. This has happened in other countries throughout the last ten years for a protester being shot in the head with a canister. Some were severely injured mentally for life because of a skull fracture.
34.) But it is worse than that, because what we think of as just tear gas, is not that. Its nerve gas that can cause blistering of the skin if you are too close to it or are too long exposed to it.
35.) In all of the countries in the Arab Spring now they are lacing the protesters with nerve gas, which was prohibited from being used on the public in the Geneva Convention.
36.) Nerve gas, tear gas, kills. That’s the type of world we’re living in.
37.) “By the waters of Babylon, there we wept and there sat down.”
38.) Now we see what is going on in our country with the Occupy Wall Street movement being so suppressed that there isn’t any free speech. What they have is what they call “Free Speech Zones,” a set-up zone where they corral people in and they can speak. Mr. Lawrence A. Nowell has news for them. THE WHOLE UNITED STATES IS A “FREE SPEECH ZONE”!!
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39.) There are all these preachers just going merrily along as they give people these “glad back-slapping sermons of positive thinking.” They are ignoring the truth.
40.) Mr. Lawrence A. Nowell is telling that a person can now be locked up in America as an American citizen for nothing, for no reason because in the Act that they just passed, it says if you are “belligerent” you will be locked up.
41.) The word “belligerent” is so broad a terminology, that it can be applied to anyone speaking at all, designated as being belligerent because they don’t follow the party line of the politicians, not of the United States government. So if you are belligerent, you will be locked up without a trial, without benefit of counsel, you’ll be locked up in a military prison.
42.) The new trick is to run military prisons through private contractors, who can make $200.00 a day on each inmate. That’s how much private contractors charge the U. S. Government.
43.) “By the waters of Babylon,” is where we are right now. We are hanging our heads, we are weeping and sitting down. We can’t speak out or else we’ll be called “belligerent” and be locked up. A sad, sad, sad situation!
44.) The main reason why we are here today is the NWO, the politicians, the neo cons can’t take everything away from us. And what can’t they take away? They can’t take away our minds. They can’t take away our faith.
45.) Bear Note: The only thing that I will take out of this world when I die is my mind, and no one can take that away from me.
46.) I am not going to “cow tow” to the government and have my mind changed to go along with their Sunday Laws, which they are going to bring in in their new religion because they can’t hurt me. The body is just a temporary vessel. And I’ll get a new body, a better body. The sooner I’m out of this mess here, the better.
47.) When I am asleep in the grave, I know nothing. That means I wake up the exact next second after I die in my mind.
48.) Bear Note: I wake up the exact next second after I die in my mind, because the dead know nothing.
49.) Bear Note: I can relax and not have any worries because it will be one second later that I’ll pop out of the grave in my mind.
50.) Do you think they can hurt you? They can kill the body, but they can’t kill the spirit.
51.) My mind with a brand new powerful spirit body will pop out of the ground one second later. So what have they achieved? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. What are they good for? Absolutely nothing. What are their plans and conniving good for? Absolutely nothing. Because I’m going to pop out of the ground one second later!
52.) Therefore, we are not going to let them change our minds. We are not going to let them dumb us down. We are going to continue to speak out. And they can’t take our minds away from us. Mr. Lawrence A. Nowell will continue to speak out.
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53.) Mr. Lawrence A. Nowell thought this out. If they get the New World Order in, that means all the countries will be united together. Isn’t that wonderful? Then there isn’t any war. There aren’t any wars. And who can make war with the Beast? No one because the Beast is united. So how are they going to get your money?
54.) This whole system is predicated on greed. The Wall Street Bankers and the way they flip the stock and manipulate the market. There is never enough for them. They never will be enough for them. Never. Ever. Because they are addicted to greed.
55.) The Wall Street Bankers are addicted to greed like a cocaine addict, like a heroine addict, like a crack-cocaine addict. They are addicted to the love of money. They can’t get enough. The only way they can be happy is to get another fix, get another shot of money, and more money.
56.) These greedy people are psychologically psychopathic because they care not of the harm they’ve done to all of the other individuals in the world. A psychopath is a person that doesn’t care anything about the harm they do to others as long as they get what they want.
57.) People who are leading this world are psychopaths, all of them, because they care not for the starving children, dying people in the Sudan, and those who are in poverty living on $2.00 a day, if they even have that, and all of the people around the world.
58.) Psychopaths care not that all the jobs are gone in the United States, and that all the houses are being taken back by the banks.
59.) Remember, the banks give out worthless pieces of paper and they print money. The Federal Reserve is made up of the different “banksters.” They print money, which is worthless paper, and then they charge the government interest for the worthless paper.
60.) In 1913 when the Federal Reserve was set up was the beginning of the end. That was the real set-up where they really got their way, because all of Congress was on holiday ostensibly. Only three people were there when they passed the Federal Reserve Act.
61.) The point is these people are psychopaths. They did kill John F. Kennedy because Kennedy passed an executive order to do away with the banks and for the United States Government to issue the money itself.
62.) In 1865 President Lincoln was trying to start the “greenbacks” backed by the American government, and he was killed. Anyone who gets in their way will be killed, even you or me.
63.) Years ago Mr. Lawrence A. Nowell told how the Texas welders Union refused to weld the shackles into the box cars. These box cars are sitting on abandoned side rails (abandoned spurs) ready to pick people up and shackle them in to take them to a FEMA camp. There the people will be told to “cow tow” to those in control or have their head cut off.
64.) Coffins have been prepared for the millions of people that they will kill. For sure 5% of the population will revolt and fight, but they expect to kill 15% of them. The United States has a population of 312,000,000 times 15% equals almost 50 million, a lot of dead bodies!
65.) They can’t take away your mind. Don’t let your mind bend to their machinations or to the machinations of Satan who is really behind all of this.
66.) You’ve got to serve someone. It may be the Devil or it may be the Lord, but you have to serve somebody.
67.) There is a maglev train that runs across the United States. For the whole continent there is an underground train joining these different underground cities, which are 4 to 5 miles in diameter. Believe the whistle blowers who are some of the ex-top of military personnel and government personnel, and people who have worked on these projects.
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68.) For all those churches of God out there, they are serving the Devil right now because they are moving the Sabbath Day to the sixth-day in half of the world.
69.) In 1883 the neoconservatives moved the time one day early in half the world in order to facilitate trade. West of the International Date Line time was advanced 24 hours.
70.) All the Churches of God that came out of the Worldwide Church of God all followed the International Date Line time. They didn’t know any better. But we know better now. So we have to repent, and not be a slave to Satan’s machinations.
71.) Why does Mr. Lawrence A. Nowell want us to protect our minds? He talks about God’s love for us and our relationship with Father. It’s because the solution starts with us. We don’t have to go along with Satan’s ways.
72.) Buffy St. Marie wrote the song, “Universal Soldier.” The men who go along with the ways of the world are the problem, if they go along. The solution is you and me. “He’s 5 foot 2 inches and he is 6 foot 4 inches. They fight as the soldier’s ways,” but it’s not the Way to end a war by just going along with what my government says.
73.) And we are not to go along with what my sinister say, because then we are slaves to Satan. It’s a Satanic thing because of the Satanic things we are doing on both fronts.
74.) Listening to The Obedient Church of God you are with the only congregation in the world that is telling you how to love Father through obedience and is obedient in setting the example of no Turkey-god Day where the goose gave its life for its young, and the Cosmic goose laid that Ra-Osiris egg that birthed the Egyptian gods. Nor do we have Sky-Father’s Day, the longest day.
75.) How come the off-shoots of the Worldwide Church of God say they aren’t going to celebrate Baal-day, the shortest day of the year, Christmas, and then celebrate Father’s Day, the longest day of the year, called Sky Father’s Day?
76.) It looks like they are not the Philadelphian churches. The Obedient Church of God is the Philadelphia Church because we don’t have Mother-goddess Day, the mother of all the gods and goddesses.
77.) Remember, it is either God’s ways or Satan’s ways. In regard to Buffy’s song, Universal Soldier, the words tell people the problem is themselves. Hitler would not have been able to go to war unless the soldiers would fight.
78.) In World War I on Christmas night the British troops started to sing carols and then the German troops joined in and they stopped fighting and they stopped fighting for two days, singing carols in the trenches. And then the British government sent in fresh troops in order to get the fighting going again.
79.) That’s what it comes down to with you dealing with the New World Order and you being told that you are “belligerent,” and you are going to be locked-up indefinitely without a trial because you are belligerent against the politicians.
80.) We are not belligerent toward the Constitution because that give us the right to speak out. We are belligerent toward the politicians who have destroyed the Constitution.
81.) And we are belligerent against the Satanic ministers who tell us to celebrate Sky Father’s Day and Mother- goddess Day, and it is just fine to celebrate Turkey-god Day.
82.) These “sinisters” say it is okay to move the Sabbath Day the sixth-day in half the world. Tell they their sins are piling up higher on them than the Pope’s sins They both have piles of sin, piles of dung.
83.) So get out of those churches and come into the safety and protection of The Obedient Church of God. And people just won’t protect their minds. They just want to keep worshipping God in falsehood.
84.) The scripture says in John 4:24, “God is Spirit; and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”
85.) If we are not worshipping Father in truth, we are deceived. Truth is not arbitrary.
86.) Bear Note: Truth for one person is exactly the same as truth for the next.
87.) God hasn’t spoken in unclear ways. God has specified in the Bible the acceptable way he is to be worshipped. And he is not to be worshipped in vain and evil imaginations and devices of men, such as Turkey-god Day.
88.) Whatever is not commanded in scripture in our worship to God, such as Turkey-god Day, it is forbidden because we are supposed to worship God in truth.
89.) For all the new listeners out there you are not going to be having Thanksgiving next year, which is Turkey-god Day masquerading as Thanksgiving. We dare not substitute what we want for what God has commanded.
90.) Deuteronomy 12:32 tells us that we are not to add a day to God’s commands.
91.) Jeremiah 10:2 says, “Learn not the way of the heathen (Gentiles).”
92.) A lot of people, alleged Christians, think it doesn’t really matter what they think , say, and do in religion. Just as long as they are “sincere” and follow their conscience, it doesn’t really matter what they believe.
93.) Mr. Lawrence A. Nowell is telling people it does matter what they believe. Their minds are the only thing they are going to take away with them when they die, or when they are killed. A person’s mind is the only thing he or she will take with him or her at the moment of death.
94.) Bear Note: This philosophy of a person just being “sincere” in his or her evil way is absurd!
95.) Bear Note: Being “sincere” in your evil ways exalts your conscience, your feelings, your mind above God’s mind, and above the word of God.
96.) God clearly tells us that he is not to be worshipped by the imagination and devices of men.
97.) If we say that as long as believers are “sincere,” it doesn’t really matter what they believe. Yes, it does. It matters. It matters because then their philosophy is exalting their conscience above the Word of God. It makes their conscience their only guide and it ignores what it says in the Bible, in the exact written word.
98.) We each need a Bible that has all of the eighty Books in it, because without all of the books how can you possibly follow the manual.
99.) Mr. Lawrence A. Nowell played the quieter version of “Eve of Destruction.” We need to get it into our heads how bad things are and how we need to draw closer to God. It is a battle for our minds. We must worship God in truth or we are a slave to Satan.
100.) We are being watched by the government, there are FEMA concentration camps, that have been put up to hold 15 million people. These neoconservative leaders expect 15 million people to revolt.
101.) We see it in the streets now. There are signs of the protesters that are saying, “Melt the Glass,” or “I Melt the Glass With My Forehead.” This is about their struggle against capitalism’s façade.
102.) We don’t get the news on the cable news because the cable news stations are owned by the corporations. So, of course, the corporations aren’t going to tell us the truth of what’s going on with the protests-- the protests are for the Federal Reserve to be taken over by the citizens. Protesters want the Federal Reserve to be taken out of the hand of the “banksters.”
103.) The Federal Reserve isn’t federal and it doesn’t have any reserves. They print pieces of paper and call them money and loan them to individuals and charge them interest for having their pieces of paper.
104.) This is what these protests are, to occupy the streets until they see a change and to get corporate dollars out of politics. So now we know what is happening.
105.) There are more issues, but these are the two biggest ones. Obviously one of their issues is bailing out banks. What about bailing out people for their homes? What about restructuring the home loans so that people can pay for them? No. They won’t do that.
106.) They deliberately engineered the Home Loan crisis. They got the people to pay their loans with 1% interest, and then they jacked it up to 7%, and then they jacked it up to 9%. Of course, the people couldn’t pay that, they couldn’t afford it. Of course, they knew they would collapse.
107.) The Federal Reserve just prints money, pieces of paper, and they don’t have anything. Now if they can get your property—they can turn those pieces of paper into property—now they’ve got something.
108.) Bankers get you to buy the house, give you a 1% interest on your prime loan, then you buy the house, do all the paper work and get the title to the property. And then the bank jacks up the interest rate and takes the property away from the buyer. Now the bank has something.
109.) Before the bank just had worthless paper that they gave you, but now the bank has the property! That’s what it’s all about. It’s an evil system.
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110.) There is a battle for our minds. If we are going to be one of Yahveh’s, we’ve got to worship him in truth. We must worship him in spirit and in truth. John 4:24 says, “God is Spirit: and they that worship must worship him in spirit and in truth.” Or else we are a slave to Satan.
111.) It is not what we say, it is what we do, the things we do that is important. The Obedient Church of God will bind you up and heal you spiritually, and bring you into the safety of following every jot and tittle of God’s Word out of love to God.
112.) TOCOG can bind your minds and you can be told in a way that you can choose the right and not the wrong, and you can know what’s going to be happening in the world.
113.) How many ministers have told you that a new Act has been passed, December 15, 2011, and the word in the new act is “belligerent.” If you are belligerent, you can be locked up, and that means all of us are belligerent because we won’t go along with what the politicians say.
114.) We go along with the United States of America as a wonderful place according to the Constitution, but we will not go along with the breakers of the Constitution, who say we can be locked up for being belligerent.
115.) Mr. Lawrence A. Nowell is preparing us to resist the destruction of our minds by the “sinisters” of the off-shoots of the Worldwide Churches of God who are causing their members to sin. So we’ve got to resist them. We can’t just go merrily on our way and ignore it all.
116.) Remember the Nazi trials? The officers were only following orders. They followed the orders of their leaders and they were hung!
117.) Who is authorized to teach? The people who know their God shall do great exploits.
118.) Daniel 11:32 says, “The people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.” That means they’re going to be effective as believers.
119.) Church of God people can’t be effective as teachers if they are following Satanic Devil Days, or if they give in to “cow tow” to the government.
120.) God’s people need to put food away and get off the grid because they won’t be able to buy or sell. They will not be able to buy electricity ; they won’t be able to buy water unless they pay homage to the Beast and have the Sunday worship of the Beast.
121.) The Bible tells us who is authorized to teach. The people who know their God, not the ministers who tell you not to follow the Bible, and those who say people can have Devil Days, such as Thanksgiving Day that sounds so wonderful, and you can have Mother’s Day that sounds so wonderful, and you can have Father’s Day that also sounds so wonderful.
122.) What does the term “know your God” mean? Knowledge precedes action. Daniel tells us that in confronting the forces of evil, the people that know their God will display strength and take action. Daniel 11:32 tells they shall “be strong and do exploits.”
123.) This is precisely what happened to Daniel’s friends when they didn’t bow down and worship a false god. They refused to give in. The reason the refused to give in is because they knew the true God.
124.) Knowing the true God gave Daniel’s three friends the courage they needed to go on against the culture of their day. It allowed them to do what is right and leave the “cards fall where they may” with God. Because these Jews knew God, it drove them to courageous action.
125.) We of The Obedient Church of God know God and are taking courageous action.
126.) We are telling you today to guard your mind, because this is the only thing you will take with you when you die.
127.) If TOCOG could only have people that were filled with the knowledge of God from The Obedient Church of God living in America, what a wonderful, wonderful country this would be.
128.) But no, the United States has 4,000 different ministers and they all bash each other, each one wanting everything his way. Each minister is going to do things his church’s way. And if the members of each church doesn’t do things their church’s way they will be put out.
129.) Mr. Lawrence A. Nowell has news for these ministers. They all have to learn to do things God’s way, not their church’s way!!
130.) Protect your mind and the people who know their God will do great exploits and teach others, and they will not follow the traditions of men, nor have anything to do with them.
131.) The Obedient Church of God wants to discuss your relationship with God the Father. We’ve got to bind you up and heal you spiritually. This is what Christianity is all about.
132.) Yeshua is our example of what Christianity is all about. YESHUA GAVE EVERTYTHING. Yeshua gave his time. He gave every ounce of his being. He gave all of his life.
133.) Mr. Lawrence A. Nowell says there are people who are listening to the broadcasts, but their hearts are not in it. They are just listening. What if they were to come to a service, but they don’t love God with all of their hearts? It doesn’t help them. They are just idle listeners. They have to commit themselves and take action, or else they are just spinning their wheels.
134.) The same thing is true in singing the hymns. If a person’s heart isn’t in singing the words, he or she is just showing up without love, and just spinning his or her wheels.
135.) To know what Christianity is all about is to know that LOVE is what the law and the prophets is based on. People who have love of obedience will follow every jot and tittle of the Bible.
136.) The problem is the “ex-Worldwiders” don’t have any love of the Bible. They have love of the writings of Herbert W. Armstrong, but they don’t have love of the Bible. A sad deception!
137.) Members of the ex-Worldwide Churches of God are given Mr. Armstrong’s doctrines instead of the Bible doctrines. And they keep teaching only Mr. Armstrong’s doctrines.
138.) A jarring story is how the Eskimo killed the wolf. It can be a parallel of how Satan is killing all the off-shoot Churches of God, which are taking in the errors of false doctrines, and are literally killing themselves.
139.) Bear Note: Off-shoot “Worldwiders” are killing themselves by ‘licking-up” false doctrines, and practicing them until they’re dead. (They’re sucking up the errors instead of truth.)
140.) Now how does an Eskimo kill a wolf? It’s a horrible story but Mr. Lawrence A. Nowell is going to tell it.
141.) The Eskimo man will repeatedly coat the blade of a very sharp knife in blood and allow it to freeze until the blade is covered in frozen blood. Then he will place the knife in the snow.
142.) As the wolf licks the blood on the knife, its tongue is numbed and its hunger is fueled because it is blood. So it licks more, cuts its own tongue and eventually bleeds itself to death because of its own lusts.
143.) Humans who keep Thanksgiving Day and have a fat turkey are following their own lusts. And they lust to follow Mother-goddess Day and they lust to follow Sky Father’s Day, and lust to go out on the Sabbath Day and buy food in restaurants.
144.) Here is the problem in how the Eskimo kills the wolf. He coats that knife in blood, allowing it to freeze until the blade is covered in blood.
145.) As the ex-Worldwide Churches of God have more Turkey-god Days and Mother-goddess Days, and more Sky Father’s Days, their hunger is fueled for these days.
146.) Parents enjoy these special days when their children give them presents or call them up on the phone on their special day and he or she cuts his or her own tongue by saying, “Thank you for calling me, and thanks them for gifts.” They bleed themselves to death out of their own lust to please his or her children.
147.) There is a scripture that says if anyone loves his children more that God, he or she won’t be in the Kingdom. “Anyone” includes all the “ex-Worldwiders” who love their children more than God: they won’t be in the Kingdom. The Bible says that. Read Matthew 10:37.
148.) We are supposed to love God first with all our heart, all our soul, and all our mind.
149.) The Worldwide Church of God off-shoots celebrate pagan days and the people are, obviously, putting their children first before God. We have to love God first, we’ve got to love God more than our children.
150.) This is applicable to all of us. Let the “dead” bury the dead. Our children are spiritually dead. Let them carry on with their practices, but we must not follow their practices. We are not to learn the way of the Gentiles from our children.
151.) “Come out of her my people,” and only have the ways of God. I John 2:15 says, “Love not the world” or anything in the world. Turkey Day is in the world. Sky Father’s Day and Mother- goddess Day is in the world. “If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”
152.) NKT I John 2:15 says, “Do not love this world, nor the things it offers you. For when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you.”
153.) Our sermon today is “What Christianity is All About.” We can be singing the hymns, but if our hearts aren’t in it, we’re just “spinning our wheels.” All of the law that we follow, if our hearts aren’t in obeying God, we are “spinning our wheels.”
154.) Bear Note: There are people who have “Bible altars” where they love their Bibles, but they don’t love God. The purpose of the Bible is to lead us to God and to know how to love him.
155.) WE LOVE GOD BECAUSE OF WHAT HIS ATTRIBUTES ARE, WHAT HIS CHARACTER IS.
156.) We love God because the Bible tells us what the attributes of God are.
157.) Loving God is not just about emotion. Most people don’t love God at all; they just want to possess him. It’s just like a man who doesn’t love the woman, but he just wants to have her.
158.) Ex-Worldwide Churches of God want to possess God, but they don’t love God. The love of God is keeping the commandments and the commandments aren’t grievous to obey.
159.) Bear Note: People want to possess God, but they don’t love him. They just want to have a God without obeying him.
160.) May be this will jar people’s complacency and help them to reinstate their first love back.
161.) A woman will marry a millionaire but she doesn’t love the man. Roger Dangerfield married a beautiful woman, and when he passed away, she got everything he owned.
162.) Bear Note: You just want a beautiful God, but do you love him?
163.) You are just like the man who wants a beautiful wife, but doesn’t really love her. You are just like the woman who wants a beautiful husband, or who wants a millionaire for a husband, but she doesn’t love him.
164.) You want a beautiful God. You want to possess him. You are like the person who wants a mate, he or she just wants to have one to look after them, to fight for them, to give them protection. Don’t be in a loveless marriage with Father.
165.) Bear Note: Don’t be in a loveless marriage with Yeshua.
166.) Bear Note: Have that vast unmeasured love, which was from the days of old, like David had, like all the patriarchs had, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob. They had embraced all of Yah’s ways. They did it because they loved God.
167.) David understood the heavens. He understood the heavens around him. David fought Goliath because David loved God.
168.) We are sheep within the fold of The Obedient Church of God. We’ve got to learn to love our God. We’ve got to embrace out God. Mr. Lawrence A. Nowell is mentioning this because it is at the very heart of Christianity.
169.) Our topic is “What is Christianity All About?”
170. In Mark 12:28-31 is a command for every Christian. This is at the heart of the matter, the heart of Christianity. These verses need to be ingrained in our minds.
171.) In Verse 28, one of the scribes asked Jesus, “Which is the first commandment of all?”
172.) Verses 29-31, “And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, 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: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.” Then we’ll be right with Father.
173.) Remember, the Bible is just a tool for us to get our love for Father established.
174.) The gestalt of what Jesus said in verse 30 is each of us has to put God above everything, above our children in importance. We’ve got to love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our soul, and with all our mind and strength.
175.) Loving God with the heart is loving him with emotion and affection. We can’t please God just on our emotion, which is important, but we also have to love God with our soul.
176.) How do I love God with my soul? To give over my whole life: it is a better way to live.
177.) The “heart” is my emotion and affection; and the “soul” is my whole life, being. With all my “strength,” includes my abilities, money, and my time, and that’s all my might. When I give my heart—emotion and affection—and my whole life to God, then I will be happier in my life.
178.) Bear Note: For those who have the proper “agape” love, this is not a request or an option, this is a command. It’s in the imperative, “Thou shalt love.”
179.) “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God.” “Agape” love is the highest form of love, and it’s also an intellectual love, which thinks things out and always does the proper and best thing.
180.) Here’s the key: We are not to put anything else above God in importance, not even our own lives. Daniel’s three friends, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, didn’t even put their own lives ahead loving God.
181.) Bear Note: Mark 12:30 says “with all” means there isn’t any holding back. The command is “all.” That means, l. No holding back, 2. Giving it your best effort, and 3. Not settling for second best. Now that is all of my heart.
182.) What about “love with all your mind”? It has to do with intellect or knowledge.
183.) In 1883 the International Date Line changed the day in half the world. West of the imaginary line in the Pacific Ocean time was advanced 24 hours!
184.) We know we are to keep God’s commandments, and those who don’t keep God’s commands are liars. One of those commandments is to keep the seventh-day holy, Saturday is a time of rest
185.) People must wait until the sun sets in their country before they keep the Sabbath holy. This has to do with our intellect or mind. We are to love with all the mind. And love with all the intellect or knowledge, to love God as we ought. We love God through knowledge.
186.) If we don’t love God with knowledge, then we are one of the difficult ignorant ones that really does not love God.
187.) We don’t want to be one of the Biblically ignorant ones. Don’t be someone who says, “Christ will restore all things, so therefore, I can disobey God as much as I want because Christ will restore all things.” That isn’t correct!
188.) Hebrews 10:26 says, “If we sin after knowing the truth, there’s no sacrifice for your sins.”
189.) So the person who thinks he can wait until Christ comes back and restore all things, is in big trouble, because he knows better and he refuses to follow.
190.) A verse that has to do with knowing righteousness is Romans 10:3. Let’s read, “For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteous ness of God.” They do not know the righteousness that comes from God, and they do not submit to God’s righteousness.!!
191.) Deuteronomy 6:24-25 says, “The Lord commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the Lord our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive, as it is at this day and it shall be our righteousness if we observe to do all these commandments before the Lord our God, as he hath commanded us.”
192.) And if we are careful to obey all this law before the Lord our God as he commanded us (not as some “sinister” commands you in opposition to God’s law) that will be our righteousness.
193.) Don’t let anyone fool you about what righteousness is. Read Deuteronomy 6:25 again.
194.) Bear Note: What is righteousness? “obey all this law…that will be our righteousness.”
195.) We have an imperative that we are supposed to use our best effort and not be ignornant.
196.) Ephesians 4:18 says, “Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart(past feeling).
197.) NRSV Ephesians 4:18, “They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God (Father is our best friend as we walk with him) because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.” They have closed their minds.
198.) Ministers say, “Christ is going to restore all things. We’re not going to bother with that right now. We’re not going to tell the membership to not celebrate the Sabbath, the fourth commandment, on the wrong day. No. No. We’re not going to bother with that.”
199.) Ephesians 4:18 says, “because of the ignorance that is in them, due to the hardening of their hearts.”
200.) New Living Translation of Ephesians 4:18 says, “Their minds are full of darkness, they wander far from the life of God because they have closed their minds, and hardened their hearts against him.”
201.) New American Standard Version of Ephesians 4:18 says, “Being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them because of the hardness of their heart.”
202.) When we find things in the Bible that tells us to do things a certain way, such as Jeremiah 10:2, “Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen (Gentiles)…” that means exactly what it says, Don’t learn those customs.
203.) Deuteronomy 12:32 states, “Do not add” to the scriptures. Do not add a day to God’s plan.
204.) Galatians 1:6 and 9 of Paul’s letter, “I marvel that you are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel.” Adding a day changes the gospel.
205.) Revelation 22:15 tells that “whosoever loveth and maketh (practices) a lie” won’t enter the city. And Revelation 21:27 says that “whatsoever maketh (causes) a lie” won’t enter the city.
206.) The Biblically ignorant really do not love God. John 14:15 says, “If you love me, keep my commandments.” You won’t say you’ll wait until Christ returns to keep his commandments, to keep the Sabbath day holy in half the world. That is so important
207.) The Biblically ignorant do not love God. “If you love me you’ll keep my commandments,” without any excuses that you’ll wait and keep them when Christ comes back.
208.) That is going to wake some people up. And that’s a good thing. And then they can repent.
209.) Mr. Lawrence A. Nowell doesn’t have to force them to repent. If they haven’t hardened their hearts, they will repent all on their own.
210.) Hosea 4:6 says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me; seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.”
211.) “To love God with all of our minds.” We obviously need to study. Study every jot and tittle of his word.
212.) In Deuteronomy 17:19 “…He (the king) shall read therein (God’s law) all the days of his life: that he may learn to fear the Lord his God, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes and do them.”
213.) NIV Deuteronomy 17:19 says, “It is to be with him and he is to read all the days of his life so he may learn to revere the Lord his God and follow carefully all the words of his law and these decrees.” Pretty clear.
214.) Isaiah 34:16 advises, “Seek ye out of the book of the Lord, and read: no one of these shall fail, none shall want her mate: for my mouth it hath commanded, and his spirit hath gathered them.”
215.) NIV Isaiah 34:16, “Look in the scroll of the Lord and read, none of these will be missing, not one will lack her mate: for it is his mouth that has given the order and his spirit will gather them together.”
216.) We have the spirit (the Holy Spirit) and when we respond to the spirit, our GPS he will guide us into all truth.
217.) Now in Isaiah 34:16, “his spirit ill gather them together…for it is his mouth that has given the order.” His spirit, his GPS, will gather them together. We will be gathered together by the spirit of truth, and that is that is going to separate the sheep from the goats.
218.) Do you want to know if you are a sheep or a goat? If you are following every jot and tittle of the word, the spirit of truth, you are a sheep. If you are not you are a goat.
219.) John 5:39 tells us to “Search the scriptures for in them you think you have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.” We can know who God is through knowledge.
220.) It is obvious that you want to search the scriptures and diligently study them so we can have a love relationship with Father by knowing who he is. By knowing who he is, through knowledge, we diligently want to be studying and obeying the scripture.
221.) A person has to be 1.) called first of all, then he or she is 2.) given understanding. Then the person repents and is 3.) faithful, and 4.) chosen.
222.) First a person is called and given understanding; if he or she responds, and repents of sins; then that person is chosen; and that person has to be faithful.
223.) Who is the servant of God? Psalm 1:2 says, “His delight is in the law of the Lord, and in his law doth he meditate day and night.”
224.) Is your delight in the law of the Lord, or are you going to say you will wait until Christ returns, and then you are going to start following the Sabbath Day in half of the world?
225.) Let’s go back to refresh ourselves about the heart. God the Father has emotion and affection. You can’t please God on pure emotion, but you’ve got to have that as part of your affection. You must have your emotion under control, guided by knowledge.
226.) Bear Note: You can’t please God on pure emotion. You’ve got to be guided by knowledge. And with that knowledge come to an understanding of Father and a love for Father.
227.) The Bible is filled with emotion. We know Yeshua wept. He wept bitterly over Jerusalem. He had emotion when he said, Many times I’ve wanted to gather you under my wings like a mother hen would gather her brood, but they would have no part of him.
228.) Luke 13:34 records Jesus’ words, “…how often would I have gathered thy (Jerusalem’s) children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not.”
229.) Luke 19:41 says, “…he (Jesus) beheld the city, and wept over it…”
230.) Luke 10:19 says, “Behold, I give unto you power…over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you…rejoice not that the spirits are subject unto you, but rather, rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”
231.) Sidebar: Father has a giant computer up in heaven and is keeping track of everything. Father has a record of each of us up in heaven. Luke 10:19 says, “rejoice because your names are written in heaven.” You have a relationship with Father.
232.) Rejoicing is an emotion. Rejoice that you have a relationship with Father.
233.) Romans 12:15 says, “Rejoice with them that do rejoice…”
234.) Philippians 4:4 also says, “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.” Love God with all your heart. This is important, because “rejoice” is repeated.
235.) I Thessalonians 5:16 says, “Rejoice evermore.”
236.) In Matthew 9:36 Jesus had compassion on the people, “…When he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted (were tired and lay down).”
237.) Psalm 122:1, “I was glad when they said unto me, ‘Let us go into the house of the Lord.’ ”
238.) Psalm 84:10, “For a day in thy (God’s) courts is better than a thousand, I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.”
239.) “Love God with all thy soul” involves my whole life (breath). This involves my willingness to give over my whole life, to be transformed.
240.) Romans 12:1-2 “I beseech you…brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is my reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
241.) Bear Note: I’m being changed (I’m going through metamorphosis, being transformed into a new creature that loves everyone.)
242.) In Romans 12:1-2 Paul is saying that we are not to be conformed to the patterns of this world, but to be transformed by the redoing of our minds.
243.) Matthew 16:25 tells us, “…Whoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.” They’ll take your body, but not your mind.”
244.) KJV I Corinthians 10:24 says, “Let no man seek his own, but every man another’s wealth.” NRSV I Corinthians 10:24, “Do not seek your own advantage, but that of another.” REB I Corinthians 10:24, “You should each book after the interests of others, not your own.” We are to use all our soul, give our strength and abilities to seek good for others.
245.) Matthew 25:14-30 is a parable telling us to use and increase the abilities God gives to us. In verses 14-15 it says, “The kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods (money). Unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his… ability; and straightway took his journey.”
246.) Verses 16-17 says, “Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. And Likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.” Verse 18 says, “But he that had received one went and digged (dug) in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.”
247.) Verse 19, “After a long time the lord of those servants cometh and reckoned with them (settled accounts).
248.) Verse 21, “His lord said unto him (the one who gained 5 more talents), Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.”
249.) Verse 30 tells that the unprofitable servant as was cast “into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
250.) In II Corinthians 8:2 and 5 Paul informed the brethren in Corinth of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia; “how that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality…first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God.” (They gave.)
251.) REB II Corinthians 8:2 and 5, “The troubles they have been through have tried them hard, yet in all this they have been so exuberantly happy that from the depths of their poverty they have shown themselves lavishly open handed…their giving surpassed our expectations; for first of all they gave themselves to the Lord and, under God, to us.”
252.) II Corinthians 9:7 and 12 “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, let him give (not grudgingly or of necessity); for God loveth a cheerful giver…For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God.”
253.) Ephesians 5:15-16 says, “See then that ye walk circumspectly… as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”
254.) NRSV Ephesians 5:15-16, “Be careful…how you live…as wise, making the most of the time because the days are evil.”
255.) Psalm 9:12 reminds us, “…He forgetteth not the cry of the humble.” (He does not forget the cry of the afflicted.)
256.) Ecclesiastes 12:1 says, “Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth…”
257.) Colossians 4:5 reminds us, “Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.”
258.) Matthew 7:12 tells us, “…All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you; do ye even so to them: for this is the law and prophets.”
259.) Romans 13:8-10 says, “Owe no man anything, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law, for this, thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not bear false witness. Thou shalt not covet, and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself: therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.”
260.) Mark 12:31 also says, “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”
261.) This is what Christianity is all about. Be inThe Obedient Church of God congregation.
262.) The closing song is “Lord I Will Praise Thee.”
263.) Closing prayer is given by Lawrence A. Nowell.