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John 17:11b-19; 5-13-2018 (As Built; Amite #305)
A. Coincidence…. Coincidence…Happen Stance….It’s a Million to one…Never in a life time…
B. Think about it Brothers and Sisters…. It’s uncanny… the relationship between Lincoln and Kennedy…it’s almost unbelievable… Kennedy…. Excuse me…. Mr. Lincoln was elected in 1860 and Kennedy in 1960. You know what is amazing both of them had presidents… vice presidents named Johnson… Both of them had children DIE in office… WHAT a coincidence… BOTH vice presidents were also injured on the exact same night… both of them were seated with their wives. Coincidence…. Man Brothers and Sisters in Christ….its uncanny the fact….for example… let’s take John Wilkes Booth…born in 1839…Oswald was born in 1939… Both presidents were assassinated from behind. Both assassins were assassinated….on Good Friday. You know what is amazing…. Booth shots the President in a theater and ran into a warehouse… the other guy…. Oswald shoots him from a warehouse and runs into a theater… Man my B&S in Christ…it’s uncanny….it’s coincidental… And it’s all a lie! My B&S in Christ there is NO such thing as coincidence…. There is ONLY GOD incidences!!! DO YOU HONESTLY BELIEVE THAT THE GOOD LORD LOOKS DOWN FROM HEAVEN….LOOKING DOWN UPON THE EARTH….AND JUST….AHAH…WHAT IS THE CHANCES….IT’S A MILLION TO ONE….OH MY….ME…THIS IS UNBELIEVABLE ….PETER…SKIP PETER….GET THOMAS… MAN…. YOU…WATCH…JUST WATCH’EM…. WATCH’EM… Brothers and Sisters in Christ….that is what you are saying… That HE is the God of Coincidence… It’s just Happen Stance… It’s a Million to One…
C. You know what is amazing…..THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT THE SCRIPTURE IS ABOUT…There is no such thing as coincidence…. So that if you pick up a serpent…the twelve… and it bites you …you will live… if you drink poison…you will survive. The blind see…the lame walk…the dead will rise. You will learn new languages that you never even thought possible… My B&S in Christ…there is no such thing as coincidences…. And let me make sure that you understand…if you are a first century Jew… make sure you understand the setting….there are forty days from the Last Supper to the Ascension… ten days later…on the 50th day… is Pentecost… the days between the 40th day and the 50th day….the nine days in between….Pentecost being the tenth… are where you and I get the nine days of Novena….where you and I pray…. And B&S in Christ make sure you understand equally well…. As a Jew…they all understand all too well… that if they martyred our Savior… they too were going to be martyred equally as well… there are no coincidences…
D. GO BACK IN SCRIPTURE… think about what I’m telling you…. GO BACK IN SCRIPTURE… DO YOU THINK IT IS COINCIDENTAL THAT THE LADY IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN IS CALLED WOMAN… and then the Good Lord…. Coincidentally, uses the same name at the wedding of Canna…. Woman, what does this have to do with me? And then again at the CRUCIFIXION? IT’S JUST HAPPEN STANCE….WOMAN … THIS IS NOW YOUR SON….SON BEHOLD YOUR MOTHER? IT’S JUST HAPPEN STANCE….IT’S A MILLION TO ONE SHOT?? B&S in Christ do you believe it’s coincidental that the Good Lord in Genesis spits on the ground …and forms man out of the ground…hence Adam’s name…. Adamah…. Meaning ground… then almost 2…. A thousand years later when a man who is blind…the Good Lord leans down…spits into the ground…takes the mud and puts it on the eyes …EVERY Jew there knows that’s how it was in the very beginning…. HOW HE CREATED MAN... you know what the good Lord was saying… It’s no coincidence... because I was there when I formed a man and I am here now… do you think it’s coincidental… B&S in Christ that Peter’s name is always listed first and Judas’s name is always last… do you think its coincidental that Peter had his name CHANGED and NOBODY ELSE DID… is it coincidental that Peter got the key and the ONLY some.. CERTAIN OF THE PROPHETS got the keys… you think that coincidental too… you think it’s coincidental B&S in Christ that when the good Lord said MY FLESH IS TRUE FOOD AND MY BLOOD IS TRUE DRINK AND IF YOU ARE NOT IN ME AND I AM NOT IN YOU… YOU WILL NOT… WILL NOT HAVE ETERNAL LIFE… and the there were those who WALKED AWAY… you think it’s coincidental that’s John 6:6:6…
E. My B&S IN CHRIST THROUGHOUT SCRIPTURE YOU AND I BELIEVED THAT THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS COINCIDENCES AND AS A RESULT… YOU AND I LIVE HERE TODAY AND WE ALWAYS SAY IT… isn’t that ironic… that’s coincidental…. It’s a happenstance… it’s a million-in-one shot… as if SOMEHOW THE GOOD LORD MISSED IT… HE WASN’T AWARE OF IT… it’s just one of those things… it just got by Him… B&S in Christ we live in a world today where you and I are caught up in the world and that all of a sudden… man we just don’t get it… we get caught up in the world that we believe everything just happens and the good Lord is like a big Timex maker.. He just winds a watch throws it into play and He just hopes for the… hopes for the best… we are NOT Jansenists B&S in Christ… LET ME ASK YOU… WHEN YOU GO TO WORK… YOU THINK IT’S A MILLION IN ONE SHOT THAT PHONE CALL CAME IN THAT GAVE YOU THE JOB THAT YOU NEEDED… OR THAT PERSON THAT CALLED YOU TO HELP YOU OUT… YOU THINK THAT WAS HAPPEN STANCE… DO YOU THINK WHEN YOU GO SOMEWHERE AND YOU’RE TRAVELING and if you had been there one minute earlier it would have been a serious wreck… or ten minutes later… you would’ve been embroiled in something you wouldn’t have… you think it’s coincidental B&S that out of NO WHERE that thought of a loved one passes through your head… remember… ONLY THREE PEOPLE CAN PUT THOUGHTS IN YOUR HEAD… THE GOOD LORD… THE EVIL ONE… OR OURSELVES… SO IF SOMEBODY PUT A THOUGHT IN YOUR HEAD THEN SURELY HE’S TRYING TO GET YOUR ATTENTION… SO ASK YOURSELF WHEN SOMETHING HAPPENS IRONIC… COICIDENTAL… HAPPEN STANCE… MILLION TO ONE… ASK YOURSELF… why is it happening… is He trying to get my attention… you know B&S in Christ… maybe… He’s just trying to get you to recognize that He exists… MAYBE HE’S TRYING TO GET YOUR FRIEND THAT YOU’RE TALKING TO REALIZE THAT YOU WERE SENT TO MAKE SURE THEY KNEW HE EXISTS… B&S in Christ… we are so consumed with worry… I SEE IT IN YOUR FACES WHEN YOU COME TO MASS… MAN IT’S WRITTEN ALL OVER YOU… YOU ARE CONSUMED WITH WORRY… AND WHEN YOU WORRY… YOU BELIEVE HE IS A COINCIDENTAL GOD… THAT HE IS NOT IN CONTROL… THAT HE HAS NO SAY… AND SOMETIMES HE’S JUST NOT THERE… you know what’s amazing… the devil has convinced us of two things… he has convinced us that number one… he does not exists… and that… number two… that God has limited abilities… if He exists at all… because we COMPLAIN that he didn’t answer my PRAYER… WE COMPLAIN THAT HE WASN’T DOING WHAT WE ASKED HIM TO… AND THE PROBLEM HAS ALREADY COME AND GONE AND THEREFORE HE HASN’T SOLVED IT… YOU KNOW WHAT’S AMAZING… STOP PRAYING… NOW YOU WILL FIND OUT WHERE GOD IS… YOU THINK YOU HIT ROCK BOTTOM NOW… STOP PRAYING AND WE’LL FIND OUT WHERE BOTTOM IS… because you’ve been praying… it has kept you from hitting bottom… and B&S in Christ when you start getting consumed with worry… you’re worried about the doctors visit… you’re worried about the next job… you’re worried about when your paychecks gonna come… you’re worried about the relationship… whether or not they’re gonna find out this… or that about you… you’re worried about what was said or what’s going to be said… you worry about your children… you worry about the test… you worry about THIS AND THAT… DON’T YOU SEE…IT’S ALL A LIE… IT’S ALWAYS BEEN A LIE… YOU EITHER BELIEVE HIM TO BE THE MESSIAH OR YOU DO NOT… YOU EITHER BELIEVE IT’S THE GREAT I AM OR YOU BELIEVE HE IS THE GREAT I AM… NOT… my B&S in Christ you either are in or you out… you know what’s amazing… there was a supposed conversation between Lucifer and his theoretical son… one of his minions… and he’s telling the minions… look let me tell you how to get to people… and he said OH NO I got this one… he said I’m going to get this group of people at St. Helena on pride… I’m gonna get that group over there with anger… I’m gonna get that group with gluttony… and lust… and avert and sloth and envy… AND HE SAID OHH I’LL GET THEM LUCIFER… DON’T WORRY… AND HE SAID… STOP! ALL YOU’VE GOT TO DO… LISTEN TO ME… is rob them of their peace… and then they’ll follow you everywhere you wanna go… when you get consumed with worry… I’m TELLING YOU… you walk out of THOSE DOORS WITH THE SAME WORRY YOU WALKED IN HERE WITH… HAVE YOU LOST YOUR MINDS… and forgotten of who’s house this is… that He is GOD… HE IS THE GREAT I AM… TWELVE PEOPLE GAVE THEIR LIVES LONG AFTER HE IS GONE… to prove the point… that HE DOES EXIST… THE BLIND SEE… THE LAME WALK… THE DEAD RISE… HE IS GOING TO CURE… YOU CAN DRINK AND SPEAK LANGUAGES… and now two thousand years later… we question His existence… My B&S in Christ... there is no such thing as coincidences… ONLY GOD INCIDENCES…
F. AND I leave you in the words of Albert Einstein… Coincidence is how God answers anonymously…
G. Amen.

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