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- Sermons - Book of Daniel

Preached at the Sunday Morning service on January 6, 2013 by Pastor Ray Bertolet.
Part of the Book of Daniel series.

Do you remember walking into school only to get in trouble even before the day begins? People tell us that you can be a second “first impression.” So if things start out bad, there not going to get better. For Daniel and his three friends things start out bad and seem to go downhill fast. But we have to back up and come to an understanding. Gleason L. Archer, whose commentary in the Expositor’s Bible Commentary is one of the best works on Daniel available today, puts it like this: The principal theological emphasis in Daniel is the absolute sovereignty of Yahweh, the God of Israel. At a time when it seemed to all the world that his cause was lost and that the gods of the heathen had triumphed, causing his temple to be burned to the ground, it pleased the Lord strikingly and unmistakably to display his omnipotence. The theme running through the whole book is that the fortunes of kings and the affairs of men are subject to God’s decrees, and that he is able to accomplish his will despite the most determined opposition of the mightiest potentates on earth.

Tags: captivitiy, daniel, friends, hebrew, names

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  1. Sandra Workman says:

    Pastor Ray – Harry and I just listened to your message. Again, very soul searching and thought provoking. I think of the Scripture passage that says “Examine yourself and see if your in the faith”. This is a daily walk – keep on being filled with the Spirit – confessing sin and renewing right fellowship with the Lord. Good exhortation! Blessings, H&S

  2. Donna Coverdale says:

    God wants us to Himself, with no idols before Him. This message helps us to realize how easy it is to become distracted from the things of the Lord in our daily lives.

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