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Choosing Sides (11 of 70)
Series: Mark - God's Message for Today
This is the weekend we celebrate "Memorial Day". This is the day we remember those who have died that we might be free. Most of us have lost loved ones in this ongoing fight for freedom. One of the reasons it is so difficult to see our freedoms and the greatness of this country fade away is because of the price that has been paid for our freedom. Today, from my home town I remember Bobby Cruise who stepped on a landmine in Vietnam. He was called to serve our country on the field of battle and gave his life for us. Let us never forget that when our men and women serve this nation on the field of battle, they have chosen a 'side' to fight for. They have chosen the side of freedom, faith, and family - and today we honor the men and women who have paid the ultimate price for God and good in this world.
Since the Garden of Eden we have lived in a divided world. Just like in war, we live with two opposing forces. They go by several names: "Good-Evil, Right -Wrong, Righteousness-Wickedness, and even darkness - light." And God's word teaches us that there are only two ways, two roads, two gates, and only two ultimate destinations.
Furthermore, the Bible teaches us that we have a "choice" to make. Every day we make choices because "life is but a series of choices."
It was in Joshua's closing sermon that he laid down the challenge which rings in our ears and impacts us for eternity. His call was "today choose who you will serve." When you make this choice, you decide 'whose side you're on.'
As we look at our text today, we clearly see two groups. Let name them before we get started. They are the Religious and the Righteous.
The religious deal in rules while the righteous deal in a relationship with God.
The religious focuses on tradition while the righteous focus on truth.
The religious is all about a religious system while the righteous ...
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