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David, Real Legacy (32 of 32)
Series: David - Keeping It Real
II Samuel 23
Introduction: Who said the following and in what context?
How were the receipts today at Madison Square Garden??
P. T. Barnum, d. 1891
Now I shall go to sleep. Goodnight.?
~~ Lord George Byron, writer, d. 1824
I'm bored with it all.
?~~ Winston Churchill, d. January 24, 1965
I have tried so hard to do the right.?
~~ Grover Cleveland, US President, d. 1908
That was a great game of golf, fellers.?
~~ "Bing" Crosby, d. October 14, 1977
I must go in, the fog is rising.
?~~ Emily Dickinson, poet, d. 1886
All my possessions for a moment of time.?
~~ Elizabeth I, Queen of England, d. 1603
Lord help my poor soul.
?~~ Edgar Allan Poe, d. October 7, 1849
I am ready.
?~~ Woodrow Wilson, US President, d. 1924
What are they? They are famous last words. And today I want to look at the famous last words of David, Old Testament King of Israel because today we come to the last sermon in this series!!!!
In his book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey's second habit is to "begin with the end in mind." To begin with the end in mind is to picture a funeral - YOUR funeral. Then imagine what you would like to be said about you at your funeral by your family, co-workers, friends and fellow church members. Now, work backwards from your ideal eulogy and begin to live in such a way as to make that particular end come true.
What kind of legacy do we want to leave when we die? WE actually control that by how we determine to live our lives today and the Bible can help us define what that legacy should be, at least in spiritual terms.
In II Samuel 23 we have seven verses identified as the "last words of David." These are the verses where he sums up his life. These are the verses where he gives his own eulogy. These are the verses where he defines his legacy. And it's a legacy worth emulating. He left vast riches and ...
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