by Steve Wagers

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If Tomorrow Never Comes! (16 of 19)
Series: A Closer Look at the Book: JAMES
Steve N. Wagers
James 4:13-17
July 31, 2005

Sermon Outline
1. Why we Should APPRECIATE our Time!
A. Time is a Precious Matter!
B. Time is a Passing Matter!
2. When we Should ADMINISTRATE our Time!
A. Treating Each Day as a Gift from God!
B. Trusting Each Day as a Gift to God!
3. How we Should ALLOCATE our Time!
A. Live According to the Will of God!
B. Live Acceptant of the Will of God!

1. It is reported that Colonel Rahl, commander of the British troops, in Trenton, New Jersey, was playing cards when a courier brought an urgent message stating that General George Washington was crossing the Delaware River. Rahl put the letter in his pocket and didn't bother to read it until his card game was finished.

2. Then, realizing the seriousness of the situation, he hurriedly tried to rally his men to meet the coming attack, but it was too late. His procrastination caused many of his men to be killed, and the rest of his regimen to be captured.

3. Later, Norbert Quayle gave a report of the incident and said, "Only a few minutes delay cost him his life, his honor and the liberty of his soldiers. Earth's history is filled with the wrecks of half-finished plans and unexecuted resolutions. Tomorrow is the excuse of the lazy, and the refuge of the impotent."

4. Gloria Pitzer, the famous columnist wrote:
"Procrastination is my sin,
It brings me naught by sorrow,
I know that I should stop it;
In fact, I will.....TOMORROW!"

5. Someone has penned the words:
He was going to be all that a mortal could be:
No one would be kinder or braver than he:
A friend who was troubled and weary, he knew
Who's be glad of a lift, and he needed it too;
On him he would call and see what he could do:

6. As I read the concluding remarks of James 4, James seems to ask the question, 'but what if tomorrow never comes?' The Bible never promises, ...

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