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The Loss Of The Harvest (4 of 4)
Series: The Harvest
1. At McGill University the engineering and medical faculties had an intramural basketball game. The score was 33 to 34. With about a minute left, the engineers stole the ball, and then froze it with excellent passing and ball handling until the clock ran out.
2. Only when the final whistle had blown did they learn that they were the ones behind. They were so wrapped up in freezing the ball, they had lost track of the score.
3. I am afraid the church looks at buildings, budgets, and baptisms, and has frozen the ball of evangelism, when we ought to be in a full court press, because we really are behind. Let me ask you a question, the answer to which will astound you. Who is the best known person in the world today?
4. If you said Billy graham, you would be wrong. If you said Mohammed Ali, you would be wrong. If you said the pope, you would be wrong. If you said Elvis Presley, you would be wrong. If you said Jesus of Nazareth, you would be wrong. The answer is mickey mouse! Think about it. A figure who does not even exist, is better known than the son of god who died for the sins of this world.
5. Someone has well said that they have no fear that the church will not succeed, but that it will succeed in those things that do not matter. No matter how many barns are built, how much cattle is bought, how much seed is sown, or how much land is cultivated, that farmer is a failure who does not bring in the harvest.
6. We have here before us, one of the most haunting statements in all of the bible. ''the harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.'' (Jere. 8:20)
7. Jeremiah was in the city of Jerusalem and had been warning the nation of Judah of doom and disaster because of their rebellion against god. In this very chapter god declared in v.13 that their fields would be ruined; in v.17 that their cities would be destroyed; and in v.19 ...
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