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sermonette: Preparing for the Wedding

Why Preparation is Important
Ryan McClure
Given 12-Jun-10; Sermon #997s; 15 minutes

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Ryan McClure, reflecting that public speaking ranks at the top of the list of phobias, suggests that thorough preparation will mitigate its effect. As God's called- out ones (the Bride of Christ), we need to make thorough preparations for the coming marriage of the Lamb. When Christ returns, most of the world will be caught unaware. We must emulate the wise virgins who made thorough preparations in terms of storing enough oil (symbolic of God's Holy Spirit). The virgins knew the Bridegroom was coming even though He seemed to delay His coming. We should prepare so that His second coming will not surprise us. We need to develop an intimate relationship with our affianced bridegroom, praying, meditating, studying, submitting to His will, and fasting so that the marriage relationship will be successful, lasting, and secure.

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Book of lists Death Fasting Fear of public speaking I Thessalonians 5:5-6 Foolish virgins John 14:3 Matthew 4:1-2; 25:1-13 Parable of the wise and foolish virgins Prayer Public speaking, fear of

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