When Life Gives you Lemons…

PM Sermon Topic: When Life Gives you Lemons…

PM Sermon Scripture: 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

In research findings from Anne Case and Angus Deaton, Rising morbidity and mortality in midlife among white non-Hispanic Americans in the 21st century.


Midlife increases in suicides and drug poisonings have been previously noted. However, that these upward trends were persistent and large enough to drive up all-cause midlife mortality has, to our knowledge, been overlooked. If the white mortality rate for ages 45−54 had held at their 1998 value, 96,000 deaths would have been avoided from 1999–2013, 7,000 in 2013 alone. If it had continued to decline at its previous (1979‒1998) rate, half a million deaths would have been avoided in the period 1999‒2013, comparable to lives lost in the US AIDS epidemic through mid-2015. Concurrent declines in self-reported health, mental health, and ability to work, increased reports of pain, and deteriorating measures of liver function all point to increasing midlife distress.1 

Man that’s depressing news! What do you do when life gives you lemons? 

Here are some quotable quotes to try and answer that question. 

“When life gives you lemons, squirt someone in the eye.” 

Cathy Guisewite

“We live in a world where lemonade is made from artificial flavoring and furniture polish is made from real lemons.” 

MAD Magazine

“When life gives you lemons, do NOT make lemonade. Lemonade is for losers. Make orange juice instead.” 

Neshialy S.

“When life gives you lemons, sell them and buy a pineapple. How to better your life 101.” 

Davin Turney

“When life gives you lemons…add melted butter , toasted paprika and dip some lobster in it!” 

Stuart J. Scesney

If life hands you lemons, make lemonade! Words to live by, especially when you kept in mind that the only way to make them into lemonade was to squeeze [them to death].” 

Stephen King, End of Watch

“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” 

Unknown Christian

What do you do when life hands you lemons? You make lemonade. 

Mary Tudor ascended the throne of England when John Bradford was a popular English reformer in the 1500s. Mary Tudor is better known in history as “Bloody Mary.” She was adamant to return England to Catholicism under the Roman pope and John was arrested along with many English Reformers of that period. The English Reformers were to Anglicanism what Martin Luther was to the Catholic church. They believed the Anglican church needed reforming. 

John Bradford was arrested and thrown into the Tower of London. He and a young man lamed John Leaf were sentenced to death on July 1, 1555 for the trivial charge of “trying to stir up a mob.” You can Wiki the details. But here is the learning point. At the stake where Bradford and Leaf were about to be burned, John offered forgiveness to anyone who he felt wronged him and begged forgiveness from God for anyone he may have wronged. Right before the fire was lit, he turned to young Leaf and said, “Be of good comfort brother; for we shall have a merry supper with the Lord this night!”2When life gives you lemons you make lemonade. 

There is bad news out there, but all the hand wringing in the world is not going to help us engage the problem. Sitting on our hands is not going to solve the problem. When life gives you lemons you make lemonade. 

“Do you believe that there is work to do (Matthew 9:9, 35-38)? Jesus called Matthew to follow because there was much work to be done. There were many souls to be saved. He told His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few” (9:37). The problem is not with the harvest–the world is lost and dying. There are potential converts everywhere we go. The problem is that there is a lack or workers. There are too few willing to share the good news.” — Burt Warren 

I want to share with you three things we are empowered to do in 2 Corinthians 1 that will help us take the lemons of life and make lemonade out of them. 

1. Comfort

2 Corinthians 1:3–4 (NASB95)

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,

4who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

2. Deliver

6But if we are afflicted, it is afor your comfort and salvation; or if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which is effective in the patient enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer;

7and our hope for you is firmly grounded, knowing that aas you are sharers of our sufferings, so also you are sharers of our comfort.

8 For awe do not want you to be unaware, brethren, of our baffliction which came to us in 1cAsia, that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life;

91indeed, we had the sentence of death within ourselves so that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead;

10who adelivered us from so great a peril of death, and will deliver us, 1He bon whom we have set our hope. And He will yet deliver us,

a 2 Cor 4:15; 12:15; Eph 3:1, 13; 2 Tim 2:10

a Rom 8:17

a Rom 1:13

b Acts 19:23; 1 Cor 15:32

1 I.e. west coast province of Asia Minor

c Acts 16:6

1 Lit but we ourselves

a Rom 15:31

1 One early ms reads on whom we have set our hope that He will also

b 1 Tim 4:10

 New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (La Habra, CA: The Lockman Foundation, 1995), 2 Co 1:6–10.

3. Pray

11you also joining in ahelping us through your prayers, so that thanks may be given by bmany persons on our behalf for the favor bestowed on us through the prayers of many.

a Rom 15:30; Phil 1:19; Philem 22

b 2 Cor 4:15; 9:11f

 New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (La Habra, CA: The Lockman Foundation, 1995), 2 Co 1:11.

I wonder what one million prayers of effectual, fervent, righteous persons would do for the good of our country? I mean sincerely, boldly, coming before the throne of a holy God and calling the names of our nation’s leaders, asking Him to cleanse their hearts of greed, power, and every other thing that would stand in the way of returning our country to a more righteous environment. Do you believe in the power of prayer? Do you think that God would just ignore our pleas? I have over 240 FB friends and if each one would read and then share this, we could reach a lot of people with the request to pray.

 One thing I would like for us to consider is that every breath we breathe, every sunrise in the morning, and every time the seasons change, we are reminded that we have a new chance…. a new opportunity. There is a song we sing sometimes that says, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases. His mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning. Great is Thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion says my soul. Therefore, I will hope in Him!” This song is a direct quotation from Lamentations 3:22-24.

1. Anne Case and Angus Deaton, Rising morbidity and mortality in midlife among white non-Hispanic Americans in the 21st century

vol. 112 no. 49, 15078–15083, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1518393112, September 17, 2015

2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Bradford 

Preparing to teach Perspectives on the World Christian Movement, Lesson 1, “The Living God is a Missionary God. I encountered the following quote from John R. W. Stott this morning:

“Since it comes from God we must guard it; since it is intended for modern me and women we must interpret it. We have to combine fidelity (constantly studying the biblical text) with sensitivity (constantly studying the contemporary scene). Only then can we hope with faithfulness and relevance to relate the Word to the world, the gospel to the context, Scripture to culture.” (The Bible in World Evangelization, p. 23.)

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Sermon Topic: Behold What Manner of Love… Sermon Scripture: I John 3:1


Rough outline

  1. children of God
  2. sin and children of God
  3. Imperative to love
  4. The outworking of love

sing the hymn #119

Behold what manner of love

The Father has given unto us,

Behold what manner of love

The Father has given unto us,

That we should be called the sons of God,

That we should be called the sons of God.

Truly we are sons and daughters of the living God. (Pause) 

In the Bible in I John 3:1, the Bible says 

1 John 3:1 (NASB95)

Children of God Love One Another

1 See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.

God demonstrates His amazing love to us by allowing us the privilege of being called children of God. Brethren, my goal today is simple. I want you to behold what manner of love the Father has given to us that we should be called sons of the God. That is our goal today. If you take nothing else from the lesson today then make sure to tuck this thought away in your mind and keep it close to your heart this week. Behold what manner of love the Father has given to us that we should be called sons and daughters of God. 

 John said in the gospel of John 1:12 (NASB95)

12But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name,

That means we received the message of the gospel in our hearts by believing the gospel account we heard through the Word of God. We were given the right to become children of God.I like having the right to be called a child of God. 

I hear a lot of talk about rights these days. We here talk of people having rights to act a certain way, dress a certain way, or the right tell another person what they can and cannot do or say because of someone else’s rights. Brethren, the Bible tells us that you and I have the right to become children of God when we hear, believe, repent, confess, and are baptized into Christ. He gives us the right to be called a child of the Living God. Brethren, when we step back and take a moment do you and I marvel at the love the Father has given to us to be called a child of God. We learn of that love from Jesus in John 3:16. We are reminded of this love that drives the grace of God towards us. 

Read with me in Ephesians 2:4–7 (NASB95) (Pause)

4But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,

5even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us [what church?] ALIVE together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),

6and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,

7so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

Brethren, what an amazing love the Father has for us who believe. He raised us up from the watery grace of baptism with Him and we are seated with Him in the heavenly places. Those who believe in Christ participate in His death and resurrection. Consequently, believers share in Christ’s resurrected life— life that is indestructible, in union with God, and led by the Spirit. Behold, brethren, what manner of love the Father has given to us that we should be called sons and daughters of God. 

An older John reminded the children of God that they are loved because God loved them first. 

1 John 4:10 (NASB95)

10In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

Our right to be called a child of God comes because we are loved by God, He is rich in mercy and grace. And, He sent His Son as the payment, propitiation, for our sins. Behold what manner of love the Father has given to us that we should be called sons and daughters of God. 

That last statement is one I do not want to gloss over in I John 4:10. God sent His Son as a propitiation. Jesus Christ is our payment for sins. Without payment, we have no access to His mercy. He loves us, but we are not forgiven for our sins. Without payment, there is no grace that saves us. God loves us, but we must follow what He commands to receive His grace. God desires to show everyone His grace. Outside of Christ, a person is under the curse of their sins which means a person is separated from God. There are people sitting in this room who I really hope will understand there is only one way to be a beloved child of God and that is through obedience to the gospel. God loves us and sent Jesus to die for the whole world, but we must access the payment for our sins by doing what is commanded. That is the marvel, Christ’s payment on the cross, that we behold. Behold, brethren, what manner of love the Father has given to us that we should be called sons and daughters of God. 

This is no different from when we go to the store and pay for the things we buy. We expect when we pay for something we receive what we paid to buy. Jesus Christ bought you with His precious blood. He has the right to expect to receive what He paid to purchase. He paid for our sins so we would dedicate our life to Him. Wholly devoted. Nothing held back. Nothing hidden in our hearts, Jesus paid for our eternal salvation with His blood. We are His. 

Brethren, if you are sitting here today and you believe you have obeyed the gospel according to the scriptures then do you believe you have an obligation to love others? The answer is yes. It is a command to love others. If you are a beloved child of God then you have an obligation to love other beloved children of God. 

1 John 3:10–11 (NASB95)

10By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother.

11 For this is the message which you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another;

2931 “You Called Me Brother”

Tolstoy, the great Russian writer, was passing along a street one day when a begger stopped him and pleaded for alms. The great Russian searched through his pockets for a coin, but finding none he regretfully said, “Please don’t be angry with me, my brother, but I have nothing with me. If I did I would gladly give it to you.”

The beggar’s face flamed up, and he said, “You have given me more than I asked for. You have called me brother.”

—Evangelistic Illustration


Behold what manner of love the Father has given to us that we should be called sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, of God. 

Two questions and then I’ll close. 

How do we know love? 1 John 3:16 (NASB95)

16We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

How does the love of God abide (remain) in us? 

1 John 3:17–18 (NASB95)

17But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?

18Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.

5328 Edmund Burke Or His Brother

Soon after the great Edmund Burke, master politician in the mid—1700s, had been making one of his powerful speeches in the British Parliament, his brother Richard was found sitting in silent reverie; and when asked by a friend what he was thinking about, he replied:

“I have been wondering how Ed has contrived to monopolize all the talent in our family. But then I remember that when the rest of us were doing nothing, or were at play, he was always at work.”

And the force of this anecdote is increased by the fact that Richard always was considered, by those who knew him best, to be superior in natural talents to his brother; yet the one rose to greatness, whereas the other lived and died in obscurity.


1 John 3:9 (NASB95)

9No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

Brethren, behold how loved we are by God. What manner of love is this that the father would call us sons and daughters of God. Let that love move you and I to not sin. Let that love move in us to get along together. And let us marvel at the awesome power of God to love us and call us His children. We’re better working together. The bitterness of the past needs to go. Let the love of Christ reign in you and let that love flow to your fellow brothers and sisters. 

Please if you know what you need to do to obey the gospel message, repent of any sin, and know God really loves you then come now while we stand and sing. 

a Paul Lee Tan, Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations: Signs of the Times (Garland, TX: Bible Communications, Inc., 1996), 702.

b. John D. Barry et al., Faithlife Study Bible (Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2012, 2016), Eph 2:5.

c Paul Lee Tan, Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations: Signs of the Times (Garland, TX: Bible Communications, Inc., 1996), 1209.

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Why a TED talk is not a sermon

Why a TED talk is not a sermon

A year ago, I was handed a book by my superiors with the instructions to read the book. TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking written by the Head of TED, Chris Anderson. It was a book my superiors self-reported they had not read themselves. The book is about Chris Anderson’s journey acquiring TED from Harry Marks and Richard Saul Wurman and expanding TED to what it is today. I was told in the meeting that my sermons should be more like TED talks. Remember TED stands for technology, entertainment, and design.

Specifically, there were three criteria: 

  1. An 18-minute sermon based on the average TED talk length of not more than 18 minutes. 
  2. A single point for the sermon rather than a standard three or five-point sermon
  3. A requirement to provide less Bible and less spiritual content. 

TED talks are not like sermons for a variety of reasons. Here are three reasons, among many possible. 

  1. Arbitrary time requirements miss the point of a sermon altogether. A sermon is a dialogue between a preacher and a congregation. While no head will absorb more than what the seat will endure, arbitrary time constraints work against content development in a sermon. 
  2. A single point versus multiple point sermon. A TED talk is developed over the course of a year.  TED organizers reach out to a person of interest about their research, big idea, or vision for the world. A dialogue ensues and a refined topic, point(s), and speech are honed into one speech the speaker gives one time. Most TED talks are given at a convention and relatively few are actually taped and placed on youtube. TED guidelines are very specific that no proselytizing is allowed in any TED talk. In fact, their website encourages you to avoid religious topics and rhetoric (the art of convincing) altogether. By definition, a sermon is a talk meant to invoke a decided response. A sermon is given every 1st day of the week, Sunday, not once in a lifetime and rarely does a listener become convicted of anything on only one point. While lessons can be less heady, academic, or esoteric, the fact remains that a sermon is meant to move a listener to conviction and action. 
  3. A sermon is by definition a lesson on the Bible. It may be the words of Jesus, God, a parable, an event, a healing, a book, chapter or verse, but it is about the Bible. Engaging the church in the review and application of scripture to life is a necessary function of a sermon. To be less biblical is to remove the foundation of a sermon, the biblical text. To be less spiritual is to be less Christian if there is even such a thing. 
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Father in the Faith 1 Corinthians 4:21

To be a father in the faith means to serve, to save, and to persuade one’s children, even if one must resort at times to irony and sarcasm. Only as a last resort will a Christian “father” make use of his vast power, unlike the Roman paterfamilias who could and sometimes did discard an infant daughter with impunity if he desired (cf. 1 Corinthians 4:21; 2 Cor. 13:10).

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In – Interior – Infiltration – Incarnation

From our dear brother: Ken Retzer

Our task as a Christian assembly: Consider this as a check list to see
how our congregation is progressing toward these goals.

Ephesians 4:11 And He gave some as apostles, and some as
prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers,
– 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of service,
– to the building up of the body of Christ ;
– 13untilwe all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God,
– to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.
– 15but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head,even Christ,
– 16 from whom the whole body,being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies,
– according to the proper working of each individual part,
– causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.

6 R’s: Reading + ‘Ritin’ + ‘Rithmetic + Reasoning – React +Respond
explicit logic – contradiction
meta knowledge – knowledge about knowledge – the basis and foundation of each field of knowledge

knowledge – wisdom e.g. knowing tomatoes are classified as a fruit
but having the wisdom not to include them with other fruit when you
are making a fruit salad.

Consider Jesus’ development:
And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.
Luke 2:52 NAS

Other ingredients besides asking God for wisdom in of our spiritual maturing:
Values – what we prize, value, regard as desirable, worship
[including faith] – Virtues (positive emotions)[including love] –
Kinds of knowledge we grow in
[balancing to include them all]
Knowledge that – (certain things are true) – We have stressed this in the past to the neglect of others
Knowledge how (application, actions, motions) [ex. show faith by works, show love by brotherly kindness,)
Knowledge of [show knowledge of God and Christ by becoming like them]

Result: Edification – building up

Expanding circles:

Sheltered: Circle of love parents, siblings, home church, cousins, schoolmates, 40+ years
old before I realized it was even possible for someone to dislike me.
Sheltered -> Protected [not paranoid]. Should insulate, not isolate.

Circle of Knowledge: Truth in; lies out facts, generalizations,
As circle of what we know expands the perimeter [circumference] of what we do not
know expands. Metaknowledge Foundations
Undergraduate: learn -> Graduate: unlearn some – learn more. e.g. light
Knowledgeable -> Limitations of knowledge [not agnostic or atheistic]

“A little learning is a dangerous thing.” – Alexander Pope
Truth as blind men experiencing an elephant.
trunk: python leg:tree tail:rope side:wall
Newt Gingrich – elephant trunk – over 100 muscles

Christians: Circle of Saved Saints [word”church” has developed too many meanings:
called out, assembly,saints at name of location, congregation [organism with parts],
organization with clergy laity, meeting place, the meeting itself – worship service building,
cathedral, campus, ] unity, mutual love,purity, weak in faith, conformity, party spirit,
disfellowship, division,splits, splinters,…
Where to put the dividing wall? Faith vs. opinion, toleration time.
orthodox vs levels of spiritual maturity, unborn children[heretics]

It is difficult to know where the dividing line is between the inside and outside
and suddenly we realize we have an infiltrated inner. [“The whole world is crazy,
save me and thee, and sometimes I think thou are a little strange.”]

Accept the fact that we do not live in a pure circle. Like we swim in polluted water
or breathe polluted air
We live in an invaded circle,[antiChrist, divisive people, false teachers,..] but we
also live in an incarnated circle.
[God, Christ, and Holy Spirit]
Do not be offended, hateful, resentful, or combative toward those who are without.
Biblical examples: Love even enemies. Wives with non believing husbands.Samaritan
woman at Jacob’s well, Adulteress ready to be stoned. Steven ready to be stoned.
Jesus on the cross. [Stirring up pure minds by way of remembrance.]

Dean Richard Hulet to protesting SDS students during Vietnamese conflict::
“I can see how you believe that – unencumbered with the facts that…”
Don’t shut the world out, reach out [or bring in] and teach.

Sample non combative approach to those who believe differently: Support
what good you can see in their lives and beliefs and then offer “the way more
perfectly: Paul on Mars Hill

For sake of brevity I left out the “checklist checkup” suggestion I wanted to make on
te Ephesian 4 passage and, tying to earlier lessions examples of it in believers in
Confucious, Buddhism, and Gnostics. Will supply those notes on request.

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Vine Branches Fruit: Goodness

The Greek word is agathosune {ag-ath-o-soo’-nay}…

a. This word is perhaps the most difficult to define, for it is so general in nature
b. The difficulty is seen in that the word “goodness” takes it meaning from its context
1) We might say “that is a good animal”, or “he is a good man”
2) But good in what way? The context defines the sense…
c. The problem with its use in Ga 5:22 is that there is little in the context to guide us

But there may be at least two ways we might be able to come to a proper understanding of this word…
a. Comparing it to the words “just” and “evil”
b. Considering two examples in the New Testament of “good” people
All those who are truly led by the Spirit of God will produce the quality of “goodness” – cf. Ep 5:8-9

That is, doing kind things beyond what is expected or required; such was the case of Barnabas and Dorcasn

The people of the first Christian church community had a radical faith in Jesus Christ. This radical faith led them to live extraordinary lives that demonstrated a commitment to the values Jesus taught. The first Christians teach about goodness and how “church” for this community did not mean a building to visit every Sunday but a life to live together each day.

Exo_18:9 And Jethro rejoiced for all the goodness which Jehovah had done to Israel, in that he had delivered them out of the hand of the Egyptians.
Exo_33:19 And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and will proclaim the name of Jehovah before thee; and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy.
Jdg_8:35 neither showed they kindness to the house of Jerubbaal, who is Gideon, according to all the goodness which he had showed unto Israel.
1Ki_8:66 On the eighth day he sent the people away; and they blessed the king, and went unto their tents joyful and glad of heart for all the goodness that Jehovah had showed unto David his servant, and to Israel his people.
2Ch_6:41 Now therefore arise, O Jehovah God, into thy resting-place, thou, and the ark of thy strength: let thy priests, O Jehovah God, be clothed with salvation, and let thy saints rejoice in goodness.
2Ch_7:10 And on the three and twentieth day of the seventh month he sent the people away unto their tents, joyful and glad of heart for the goodness that Jehovah had showed unto David, and to Solomon, and to Israel his people.
Neh_9:25 And they took fortified cities, and a fat land, and possessed houses full of all good things, cisterns hewn out, vineyards, and olive yards, and fruit-trees in abundance: so they did eat, and were filled, and became fat, and delighted themselves in thy great goodness.
Neh_9:35 For they have not served thee in their kingdom, and in thy great goodness that thou gavest them, and in the large and fat land which thou gavest before them, neither turned they from their wicked works.
Psa_21:3 For thou meetest him with the blessings of goodness: Thou settest a crown of fine gold on his head.
Psa_23:6 Surely goodness and loving-kindness shall follow me all the days of my life; And I shall dwell in the house of Jehovah forever.
Psa_25:7 Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: According to thy loving-kindness remember thou me, For thy goodness’ sake, O Jehovah.
Psa_27:13 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of Jehovah In the land of the living.
Psa_31:19 Oh how great is thy goodness, Which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee, Which thou hast wrought for them that take refuge in thee, Before the sons of men!
Psa_65:4 Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, That he may dwell in thy courts: We shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, Thy holy temple.
Psa_65:11 Thou crownest the year with thy goodness; And thy paths drop fatness.
Psa_68:10 Thy congregation dwelt therein: Thou, O God, didst prepare of thy goodness for the poor.
Psa_145:7 They shall utter the memory of thy great goodness, And shall sing of thy righteousness.
Isa_63:7 I will make mention of the loving kindnesses of Jehovah, and the praises of Jehovah, according to all that Jehovah hath bestowed on us, and the great goodness toward the house of Israel, which he hath bestowed on them according to his mercies, and according to the multitude of his loving kindnesses.
Jer_2:7 And I brought you into a plentiful land, to eat the fruit thereof and the goodness thereof; but when ye entered, ye defiled my land, and made my heritage an abomination.
Jer_31:12 And they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow unto the goodness of Jehovah, to the grain, and to the new wine, and to the oil, and to the young of the flock and of the herd: and their soul shall be as a watered garden; and they shall not sorrow any more at all.
Jer_31:14 And I will satiate the soul of the priests with fatness, and my people shall be satisfied with my goodness, saith Jehovah.
Hos_3:5 afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek Jehovah their God, and David their king, and shall come with fear unto Jehovah and to his goodness in the latter days.
Hos_4:1 Hear the word of Jehovah, ye children of Israel; for Jehovah hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor goodness, nor knowledge of God in the land.
Hos_6:4 O Ephraim, what shall I do unto thee? O Judah, what shall I do unto thee? for your goodness is as a morning cloud, and as the dew that goeth early away.
Hos_6:6 For I desire goodness, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt-offerings.
Hos_10:1 Israel is a luxuriant vine, that putteth forth his fruit: according to the abundance of his fruit he hath multiplied his altars; according to the goodness of their land they have made goodly pillars.
Zec_9:17 For how great is his goodness, and how great is his beauty! grain shall make the young men flourish, and new wine the virgins.
Rom_2:4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
Rom_11:22 Behold then the goodness and severity of God: toward them that fell, severity; but toward thee, God’s goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.
Rom_15:14 And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another.
Gal_5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
Eph_5:9 (for the fruit of the light is in all goodness and righteousness and truth),
2Th_1:11 To which end we also pray always for you, that our God may count you worthy of your calling, and fulfil every desire of goodness and every work of faith, with power;
Phm_1:14 but without thy mind I would do nothing; that thy goodness should not be as of necessity, but of free will.

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