I've Lost the Cutting Edge by James Merritt

I've Lost the Cutting Edge
Dr. James Merritt
2 Kings 6:1-7 5-19-02


1. Do you ever feel as if you've lost the cutting edge; you're not hitting on all eight cylinders; you're swimming in mud and running in tar; you just can't get it together?

2. I want to share with you some stories that are absolutely true. They actually happened, and I believe you will agree with me that these are people who had lost the cutting edge:

An Illinois man, pretending to have a gun, kidnapped a motorist and forced him to drive to two different automated teller machines, where the kidnapper proceeded to withdraw money from HIS OWN bank accounts.

A man walked into a Topeka, Kansas Qwik Stop and asked for all the money in the cash drawer. Well, apparently the take was too small, so he tied up the store clerk and WORKED THE COUNTER HIMSELF for three hours until police showed up and grabbed him.

Police in Los Angeles had good luck with the robbery suspect who just couldn't control himself during a lineup. When detectives asked each man in the lineup to repeat the words "give me all your money or I'll shoot" the man SHOUTED, "THAT'S NOT WHAT I SAID!"

A man spoke frantically into the telephone and said, "My wife is pregnant and her contractions are only two minutes apart!" The doctor said, "Is this her first child?" The man SHOUTED, "NO, YOU IDIOT, THIS IS HER HUSBAND!"

In Modesto, California Steven Richard King was arrested for trying to hold up a Bank of America branch without a weapon. King used a thumb and a finger to simulate a gun, but unfortunately HE FAILED TO KEEP HIS HAND IN HIS POCKET.

Last summer down on Lake Isabelle, located in the high desert, an hour east of Bakersfield, California, some folks who were brand new to boating were having problems. No matter how hard they tried they couldn't get their brand new 22-foot boat going properly. It was very sluggish in almost every maneuver no matter how much power they applied. After about an ...

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