Face the Music by James Merritt

Face the Music
James Merritt
Hebrews 9:27-28

INTRODUCTION

1. When I returned from my vacation, I found this letter in my files. It was dated July 13, 2000.

Dear James,

Thank you for your thoughtful message. Your warm words of encouragement are deeply appreciated. The people of Georgia have afforded me a great honor, and I am grateful for the privilege to serve them.

Sincerely,

Paul D. Coverdell
United States Senator

P. S. Thanks so much for your prayers. They are needed and appreciated.

2. That letter was dated on Thursday. Senator Coverdell complained of a terrible headache on Friday; was taken to the hospital on Saturday; operated on on Monday; and was dead on Tuesday.

3. This past week, for the first time in history, after twenty-four years of a perfect record, the safest plane in aviation history joined the ranks of all other planes, when the Concorde went down in flames killing over a hundred people.

4. Just last week the one year anniversary of the death of JFK was commemorated.

5. Whether it is the United States Senator, the son of a President, or a no-name human being on a supersonic jet, whenever I hear of tragedies like these, there is always a verse of Scripture that comes to my mind: ''And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.'' (Heb. 9:27)

6. Someone once wrote the following:

There is a preacher of the old school, but he speaks as boldly as ever. He is not popular though the world is his parish, and he travels every part of the globe and speaks in every language. He visits the poor, calls upon the rich, preaches to people of every religion and no religion, and the subject of his sermon is always the same. He is an eloquent preacher, often stirring feelings which no other preacher could in bringing tears to eyes that never weep. His arguments none are able to refute, nor is there any heart that has remained unmoved by the force of his appeals. He shatters life with his messag ...


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