Facing the Fire (5 of 15) by Jim Henry

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Facing the Fire (5 of 15)
Series: Right Choices Under Pressure - The Original Desert Storm
Jim Henry
Daniel 3:1-30

Eric Sevareid, noted television commentator, made a powerful statement some time ago when he said, ''There are millions of Americans who are looking for a moral rock to stand upon in a world that's a swamp of values.'' I think he was right

Bob was teaching Sunday Bible class and his group was discussing decisions, not choices. After the class was over, a young businessman member came up to him and said, ''Bob, I'd like to say something about what you said this morning. The way it is out there in the world is like this: When it comes to a decision, most of the businessmen and women that I talk to look at it this way. Question number one is, ''Is it good for me? Do I want to do it?'' The second question they ask is, ''Is it legal or illegal?'' Question number three is, ''What do my peers and friends think?'' He says that very rarely do they get to question number four, which is, ''What does God think? Is it good or is it bad?''

In the Bible there's the story of three men who got to that level in making their decisions. It is the story that many of you are familiar with: Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and the fiery furnace. I remember the story I heard about a preacher who had a tendency to forget their names, as familiar as they seem to us. When he prepared to preach on the fiery furnace subject he wrote the three men's names on a card and put it just inside his coat. When he began his sermon, he started off, ''You all are familiar with the story of, uh, you know, those Hebrew children, uh, you know who I'm talking about.'' Still unable to remember the names, he opened his coat and peered inside, reading aloud, ''Hart, Schaffner and Marx!''

Well, they were Hebrew children, probably; but they're not the ones we're going to talk about, so if you'll open your Bible to Daniel, chapter 3, we will look at the story. First of all we want to deve ...


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