by James Merritt

Have You Heard the News?
James Merritt
Ephesians 2:1-7


1. That question used to be a very simple question that called for a simple answer. But thanks to what is now known as the ''Information Super Highway,'' that has become a deeply complicated question.

2. Go to any news sight on the Internet, and you will be bombarded with a series of choices. It's not so simple just to call up the news. Because when you go to any news website, you have to make a decision. Do you want local news? National? International? Financial? Political? Social? Medical? and on and on it goes.

3. Even then, you are not completely finished because you must evaluate any news that you read or hear today, because you can't believe everything you read in the newspaper, nor can you believe everything you see on a computer.

4. There was an Illinois man who left the snow-filled streets of Chicago for a vacation in Florida. His wife was on a business trip and was planning to meet him there the next day. When he reached his hotel, he thought he would send his wife a quick e-mail.

5. However, he could not find the scrap of paper on which he had written her e-mail address, so he tried to type it from memory. Unfortunately, he missed one letter and mistakenly sent his note to an elderly woman whose husband had passed away just the day before.

6. When this grieving widow checked her e-mail, she took one look at the monitor, read the message, let out a tremendous scream, and fell to the floor in a dead faint. Her family rushed into the room and saw this note on the screen:

Dearest wife:

Just got checked in. Everything prepared for your arrival tomorrow. Your loving husband P. S. It sure is hot down here!

7. I am afraid the way most people will treat Easter; they really have not heard the news. Now Easter is both about bad news, but it is also about good news. In Eph. 2:1-7 we have, what I call, Easter's headline news. You notice that verse one of chapter t ...

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