Samson--A Dissipated Faith (22 of 26) by Jim Henry

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Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church
3701 L. B. McLeod Road
Orlando, Florida 32805-6691

"TOUGH FAITH FOR TOUGH TIMES"
CT#711081 (248)

"SAMSON--A DISSIPATED FAITH"
Judges 14 & 15

Just a few months ago there was a great celebration in our country
on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the death of "The King,"
the king of rock and roll, Elvis Pressley. Of course that grabbed the
attention of a lot of us, because nearly every generation is familiar
with Elvis. He was very special to my generation because we were about
the same age; therefore he was the one who broke the barrier, so to
speak, with rock and roll in "Heartbreak Hotel," "You Ain't Nothing but
a Hound Dog." Those were all very popular in my teens and early 20's.
I watched Elvis Pressley, especially since he was from my State
(actually Memphis,) and he was handsome, had everything that life had
to offer, he had position and power--everything that a man could want.
He was at the pinnacle of human success. Yet, ten years ago a drugged,
dissipated, sallow-faced, puffy, overweight Elvis was found dead.
When I thought about Elvis Pressley, who at one time was so looked
up to by so many, yet at the end of his life all you could say was that
it was a wasted life.
I thought about Samson. Samson was a man who at one time in his
life was a "spiritual Elvis Pressley" of his day. The Spirit of the
Lord was uLymn him- He'd been set aside to do God's work and God's
business, and he did it. And in this particular part of his life we'r-e
going to see him at his best. Even then there were some rough edges,
and we're going to look at that.
But when you look at Elvis Pressley, and then at Samson, you look
at your contemporaries where you go to school and where you work, you
realize that there is something to that old saying, "Train up a child
in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from
it."
I will always remember what that mother said, whose son had go ...


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