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Rise and Shine and Give God the Glory!

(Romans 13:11–14)

We are going to be looking at a remarkable passage today, for in it are two verses that were used of God to bring Augustine, that renown Christian of the early church, to a saving knowledge of Christ. However, the aim of the passage was to get Christians to rise from their slumber, get dressed, and make themselves presentable because the King is coming, the night is passing, and a new day is dawning. That Augustine was converted by today’s text does not surprise me. I have talked to enough people at the doorway after the service to know that what I say from the pulpit when I preach and what people hear can be poles apart.

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The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches. (Matthew 13:31-32)

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