How is Your Heart?
I. THE HARD HEART OF THE SECULAR HEARER
II. THE SHALLOW HEART OF THE SUPERFICAL HEARER.
III. DIVIDED HEART OF THE SINFUL HEARER
IV. OPEN HEART OF THE SINCERE HEARER
A boy from the country was going to the city to get a job. Before he left, his mother said, ''Son, I want you to promise me that you will go to church on Sunday.''
So he promised, and went to the city. He worked the first week, became acquainted with some of the fellows there, and made some new friends.
On the weekend his new friends invited him to go horseback riding with them on Sunday. He remembered his promise to his mother and he said, ''Sorry, fellas, I can't do it.''
But they continued to pressure him and after a while he agreed to go. Sunday morning came, and they began their horseback ride.
Around 11:00, they rode into the city and as they were passing the church, bells announcing the services began to ring.
Our boy could see his parents walking into their little home church in the country. He remembered his promise to his mother but he just kept on riding.
The bells grew fainter. When they got to the edge of town, the boy stopped and said, ''Fellows, I come from a Christian family.
My mother asked me to promise her I'd be in church today. I have noticed as we have been riding that the bells have been getting fainter and fainter. If we ride anymore, I won't be able to hear the bells. I'm going back while I can still hear them.
Have the bells of God's call stopped ringing for you?
Now Christ saw that crowd that day and He knew that they were sincere. He knew they were interested in what He had to say.
He knew there were hurts in their hearts and needs in their soul. There were longings in their feelings. He realize that many of them would miss the point.
Many of them would make the wrong respose to what He had to say. I have the feeling that if Jesus Christ were here right now He would be saying th ...
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