Samson: A Man Who Learned that He Wasn't Too Big For His Spiritual Britches! (4 of 7) by Steve Wagers

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Samson: A Man Who Learned that He Wasn't Too Big For His Spiritual Britches! (4 of 7)
Series: Leading Us in Prayer Will Be...
Steve N. Wagers
Judges 16:28-30

Sermon Outline:
1. The Greatness of Samson's First Years!
A. His Life is Begun with Promise!
B. His Life is Blessed with Prosperity!
C. His Life is Bestowed with Power!
2. The Grief of Samson's Further Years!
A. His Initial Demise!
B. His Inevitable Downfall!
C. His Impending Doom!
3. The Glory of Samson's Final Years!
A. He Turns to God Honestly!
B. He Trusts in God Humbly!
C. He Triumphs with God Honorably!

1. In his book, "Actions Speak Louder Than Words," Herb Miller tells the story of 2 Kentucky farmers who owned racing stables, and had developed a keen rivalry. One spring each of them entered a horse in a local steeplechase. Thinking that a professional rider might help him outdo his friend, one of the farmers engaged a crack jockey. The two horses were neck and neck with a large lead over the rest of the pack at the last fence, but suddenly both fell, unseating their riders.

2. The professional jockey remounted quickly and rode on to win the race. Returning triumphantly to the paddock, the jockey found the farmer who had hired him fuming with rage. "What's the matter?" the jockey asked. "I won, didn't I?" "Oh, yea," roared the farmer. "You won all right, but you crossed the finish line on the wrong horse."

3. Jonas Salk attempted 200 unsuccessful vaccines for polio before he came up with one that worked. Somebody asked him one time, "How did it feel to fail 200 times trying to invent a vaccine for polio?" This was his response:
"I never failed 200 times at anything in my life. My family taught me never to use that word. I simply discovered 200 ways how not to make a vaccine for polio."

4. Erma Bombeck wisely commented:
"Don't confuse fame with success. Madonna is one, and Helen Keller is the other."

5. Vic Pentz put it into perspective, when he sai ...


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