The Greatest Invitation
Winston Churchill, the first honorary citizen of the United States on May 13, 1940, when England was facing the onslaught of Nazi Germany under Hitler, Prime Minister Churchill made a historic speech before the House of Commons in which he said, "You ask, 'What is our aim?' I can answer in one word: 'Victory-victory at all cost, victory in spite of terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory there is no survival. I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.'"
Two weeks later Churchill delivered the inspiring words that would weld England into an iron pillar. "Even though large tracts of Europe in many old and famous states have fallen or may fall into the grip of the Gestapo, we shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France; we shall fight on the seas and oceans; we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air; we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches; we shall fight on the landing grounds; we shall fight in the fields and in the streets; we shall fight in the hills. We shall never surrender."
Briefly, let's observe our text, and see 3 great and wonderful truths from the word of our Savior. Notice, by listening to him, we hear a call:
I. FIRST OF ALL A DEFINITIVE DECCISION
1. Decide! Decide! This is the starting point. We make an intellectual- emotional-spiritual decision to follow him. It wasn't, "follow me and I'll make you popular. Dr. Jerry Vines in his book EXPLORING THE GOSPELS remarks this is a Serious Decision, A Sensible decision, and a Satisfying decision.
2. The only way we can live this life is to make a decision to follow Him. It is a decisive act. Often we allow Perception to hinder us from making this decision. The battle is for the mind. Who will control the mind? The battle is in the mind. The greatest thing that will ev ...
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