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Monday, September 16, 2019
In Today's Famine for God's Word, Here's the One Sermon I Would Preach

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I just gathered with family and friends to celebrate my 70th birthday. 100 days later, I anticipate commemorating my "Year of Jubilee" 50th spiritual birthday. I echo what Billy Graham said at a similar point, "How quickly it all goes by."

Have you found yourself thinking lately, Seems like time is passing so quickly? If so, you're part of multitudes experiencing a discovery initiated by God.

Scripture records, "There were four leprous men at the entry of the gate, and they said to one another, 'Why are we sitting here until we die? If we say, "Let us enter the city," the famine is in the city, and we shall die there. But if we sit here, we die also.' Then they said to each other, 'What we're doing is not right. This is a day of good news and we are keeping it to ourselves. If we wait until daylight, punishment will overtake us. Let's go at once and report this to the royal palace.'" (2 Kings 7:3-4, 9-10).

Considering our desperate times, the famine for the Word of God and the inevitability of death, do we identify with these men responding to a God-given stirring? As they did, will we go into our city and bring good news to hopeless and broken people?

Recognizing the Brevity of Life

Moses prayed in Psalm 90:10, "The years of our life are seventy, and if by reason of strength eighty; yet their length is toil and sorrow, for they soon end, and we fly away."

When John Wesley's brother, Charles, was 81 on his deathbed, his wife recorded his final words. This poet who wrote over 6,500 hymns like "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" said: "In age and feebleness extreme, who shall a helpless soul redeem? Jesus, my only hope Thou art, strength of my failing flesh and heart. read more
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