by Ernest Easley

Our Motive for Missions
Luke 16.19-31
December 5, 1999
Dr. Ernest L. Easley

Just a few weeks ago on October 31st at 1:50 a.m., the
engines suddenly shut down on a Boeing 767 and plunged 33,000
feet into the Atlantic Ocean. All 217 people on EgyptAir Flight 990

The USA News and World Report writes that "217 lives were
lost in a matter of seconds." Lost? What do you mean lost? Lost
where? Where did they go? Where are they this morning?

One minute they were sitting comfortably on board that
plane and in moments they were in eternity! But where are they
this morning?

Last year in this city 1119 people died! Do you know how
many people that is? If you were to fill this worship center on
January 1st, come December 30th, it would be empty! One minute
they were here .. the next minute they were gone!

I was visiting with a woman who lives in Houston recently
with cancer. She began telling me about her situation and then she
asked, "What do you think the chances are for my survival?" I
thought to myself, "Zero."

The Bible says in Hebrews 9.27, "And as it is appointed for
men to die once, but after this the judgment." Once you die, your
condition whether blessed or doomed .. is fixed forever. There's no
such thing as a second chance after you die!

Everybody is going to live somewhere when they die .. be it
Heaven or Hell. You see, the Bible says that just as there is a
Heaven .. there is a Hell. And Jesus Christ is the only way to get
Heaven and avoid Hell. And in Jesus .. there is abundant life and
eternal life.

Friend, the Bible teaches that the very moment a person
dies, the Christ-receiver goes to the place called Heaven; and the
Christ- rejecter goes to the place called Hell!

That's why I'm asking you to join me next Sunday morning in
giving more to World Missions than ever before: $195,000.00!! For
souls are at stake! The issue is eternity! That's our ...

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