Five Minutes after Death
I Samuel 20:3
Take God's Word would you please and turn to the Old Testament text. I want you to turn please to First Samuel, chapter twenty. And we're going to look but at a portion of verse three. First Samuel Chapter twenty and the last part of verse three.
Now, I want you to take your pen or your pencil, and as I read that, if you have your own Bible, I would suggest that you underline it and personalize it. It says this, ''There is but a step between me and death.'' I wonder if you realize that as true. Death is only a faint heartbeat away, only a heartbeat, only a step. Put your hand up there, do you feel that little heartbeat? That's all there is between you and death, only a step.
The church where I used to pastor. Some people in a community where I used to pastor, on their way home from church, five of them, just like that had their lives snuffed out in an automobile accident. Another lady, Jim, that you and I knew at Merrit Island, what a gracious, beautiful lady, I've told you about this before, but I can't get it out of my mind. Her name was Dorothy. She stood there on Sunday morning and shook my hand and went out and said ''Pastor, that was a great sermon. Oh, and isn't Jesus Wonderful. See you tonight pastor.'' When she went over that 520 causeway bridge, and another car coming from the opposite direction on the wrong side of the road, hit her. I doubt she ever knew what hit her until she discovered in heaven what it was. There is but a step between me and death. Somebody said that every preacher ought to preach as a dying man would preach to dying men. This may be the last sermon I will ever preach. Huh, it may be the last one you will ever hear on this earth. There is but a step between me and death. The most amazing time that you will spend, I believe, will be the first five minutes after you die. ''Loved ones will weep o'er my silent face. Dear ones will clasp me in sad embrace. Shadows and da ...
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