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The Courage to Flee Like Joseph (1 of 7)
THE "COURAGE" SERIES
INTRO: We need "COURAGEOUS PEOPLE" today! Today people are afraid to stand up for moral righteousness, we live in a time when moral absolutes are frowned upon. The standard of the day is to simply "accept" everything in the name of "tolerance." The truth is that we need the courage to stand up for those things that God has declared righteous and stand against those things that God has declared unrighteous!
When it comes to sexual morality the world today is shouting a plethora of messages to our young people, many of them contrary to God's Word. Some are saying that sex before marriage is just a natural expression of hormones so there is nothing wrong with having sex outside of marriage. Others say "everyone has sex; you're strange if you don't" or "kids are going to have sex anyways so we might as well help them know how to do it right and be safe!" SO ... who or what is right? Who will have the courage to speak up and take a stand, to tell this world that it is possible to flee from sexual sin?
ILLUS: YEARS AGO BABE RUTH WAS CALLED OUT AT HOME BY THE UMPIRE ON HIS THIRD STRIKE! THE UMPIRE WAS BABE PINELLI, AND THE TWO OF THEM GOT INTO A SHOUTING FIGHT OVER THE LAST STRIKE CALLED. THE CROWD WAS SCREAMING AT THE UMPIRE, ANGRY OVER THE CALL AS HE CALLED THE LAST STRIKE AGAINST BABE RUTH ... AND SO RUTH SCREAMED AT THE UMPIRE, "THERE'S 40,000 PEOPLE HERE WHO KNOW THAT THE LAST ONE WAS A BALL, NOT A STRIKE, YOU TOMATO HEAD!" PINELLI REPLIED WITH A MEASURED STATELINESS, "MAYBE SO, BUT MINE IS THE ONLY OPINION THAT COUNTS ... YOU'RE OUT!" WHILE IT IS TRUE THERE ARE MANY VOICES AND MANY DIFFERENT CALLS ON WHAT IS MORAL AND WHAT IS NOT ... THERE STILL IS ONLY ONE VOICE THAT MATTERS, IT IS THE VOICE OF GOD ON THIS SUBJECT, HE IS THE ULTIMATE UMPIRE OF THE UNIVERSE, NOT THE CROWD! -- Source Unknown
Sexual temptation has never changed; it has existed since the beginning of time! To many young people sex seems like something that will be good for them to experience, it looks inviting, it seems appropriate for the urges that begin when their hormones kick in, it just seems "normal" ... but just because it looks like it will satisfy their needs doesn't mean it will! Tragically, they discover many years later that there was a huge difference between love and lust; they often wished they had waited.
ILLUS: YEARS AGO SEVERAL MEN WERE TRAPPED ON A SMALL ISLAND IN THE OCEAN. AS THEIR RATIONS OF FOOD AND WATER BEGAN TO DIMINISH THEIR THIRST FOR WATER GREW. IT SEEMED CRAZY TO THEM TO BE SURROUNDED BY SO MUCH WATER AND YET NOT BE ABLE TO PARTAKE OF IT! ONE NIGHT ONE OF THE MEN COULDN'T SLEEP; HIS THIRST HAD GROWN SO STRONG, HE KEPT STARING AT THE OCEAN WATER, IT LOOKED EXACTLY LIKE WHAT HE NEEDED SO HE GAVE IN AND BEGAN TO DRINK! BY MORNING HE WAS DEAD! WHAT LOOKED SO GOOD, WHAT SEEMED TO BE EXACTLY WHAT HE NEEDED TURNED OUT TO BE EXA ...
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