Escape From Bondage! (1 of 9) by Dennis Marquardt

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Escape From Bondage! (1 of 9)
Series: Great Escapes
Dennis Marquardt
John 11:11-44; 1 Cor. 10:13

INTRO: All Christians will experience tough times! Some times it seems there is no way out, no escape from the temptation or trial ... but one of the great themes of the Bible is that God always gives us an escape route from the tragic designs Satan has on us!

1 Cor. 10:13 states it this way, "No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it."

We all love great escape stories ... one of my favorites is the following true story:

ILLUS: In July 1976 one hundred and three Jewish hostages were taken by terrorists in Entebbe, Uganda. The Jewish nation sent secretly their commandos into Entebbe to free their people. The problem was tremendous ... how do they free one hundred and three of their own people from seven terrorists? Their plan was simple and beautiful! They simply entered the area where the hostages and terrorists were together and shouted in HEBREW "GET DOWN NOW, CRAWL!" Since the terrorists didn't understand Hebrew and all the Jewish citizens did they simply shot everyone still standing after they yelled this! It was a great success as an escape story! All seven terrorists were killed and the one hundred and three Jewish hostages were all freed! Only 2 Jews were hit during the firing, one because he hesitated to obey, the other because he stood back up too soon. What a great escape story! - Source Unknown

There is probably no greater bondage over humans than "DESPAIR AND DEATH." How do you break the horrible bondage of despair and death ... its gripping power on humans is obvious in the ruined lives of many that can't shake it.

Even the best of Christians can be gripped by despair at times, but God has made an escape for us!

PROP. SENT: The Bible t ...


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