SERMONS, OUTLINES, ILLUSTRATIONS, AND PREACHING IDEAS

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE

by Donald Cantrell


Mission Impossible
Donald Cantrell
Numbers 13:17-33


I - The Clear Assignment (17 - 20a)
II - The Courageous Assurance (20b)
III - The Critical Assessment (21 - 33)

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Doubt and Skepticism

In 1993 FBI agents conducted a raid of Southwood Psychiatric Hospital in San Diego, which was under investigation for medical insurance fraud.

After hours of reviewing medical records, the agents had worked up an appetite. The agent in charge of the investigation called a nearby pizza parlor to order a quick dinner for his colleagues.

Agent: Hello. I would like to order 19 large pizzas and 67 cans of soda.

Pizza Man: And where would you like them delivered?

Agent: We're over at the psychiatric hospital.

Pizza Man: The psychiatric hospital?

Agent: That's right. I'm an FBI agent.

Pizza Man: You're an FBI agent?

Agent: That's correct. Just about everybody here is.

Pizza Man: And you're at the psychiatric hospital?

Agent: That's correct. And make sure you don't go through the front doors. We have them locked. You will have to go around to the back to the service entrance to deliver the pizzas.

Pizza Man: And you say you're all FBI agents?

Agent: That's right. How soon can you have them here?

Pizza Man: And everyone at the psychiatric hospital is an FBI agent?

Agent: That's right. We've been here all day and we're starving.

Pizza Man: How are you going to pay for all of this?

Agent: I have my checkbook right here.

Pizza Man: And you're all FBI agents?

Agent: That's right. Everyone here is an FBI agent. Can you remember to bring the pizzas and sodas to the service entrance in the rear? We have the front doors locked.
Pizza Man: I don't think so.

** Click ** (He had hung up the phone)

If we would have been the pizza man, I think we would have been a little skeptical about the validity of that pizza order too. Doubt and skepticism are the subjec ...

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