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From Heartache to Hope - Part 3 (John 1:12-13, Romans 9:15-16, James 1:18, John 6:44, Ephesians 2:1-9, Acts 9:1-6, Psalm 22:9-10, Jeremiah 1:5, Luke 1:15, Luke 23:39-43, Romans 11:33-36)

Michael O'Brien, October 30, 2011
Part of the From Heartache To Hope series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

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John 1:12–13 (Listen)

12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

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Romans 9:15–16 (Listen)

15 For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” 16 So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy.

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James 1:18 (Listen)

18 Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

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John 6:44 (Listen)

44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.

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Ephesians 2:1–9 (Listen)

2:1 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

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Acts 9:1–6 (Listen)

9:1 But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven shone around him. And falling to the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.”

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Psalm 22:9–10 (Listen)

  Yet you are he who took me from the womb;
    you made me trust you at my mother's breasts.
10   On you was I cast from my birth,
    and from my mother's womb you have been my God.

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Jeremiah 1:5 (Listen)

  “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
  and before you were born I consecrated you;
  I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

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Luke 1:15 (Listen)

15 for he will be great before the Lord. And he must not drink wine or strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother's womb.

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Luke 23:39–43 (Listen)

39 One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” 40 But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43 And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

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Romans 11:33–36 (Listen)

33 Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!

34   “For who has known the mind of the Lord,
    or who has been his counselor?”
35   “Or who has given a gift to him
    that he might be repaid?”

36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

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