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The Ride Of Your Life (1 of 7)
Series: Ready Or Not. . .Here He Comes
1 Thessalonians 4:17
INTRO: I want you to take God's Word this morning and be finding your place at 1st Thessalonians chapter 4 if you would. 1st Thessalonians chapter 4, and in just a few minutes we'll be looking at verse 17. This morning I want us to begin a new series of studies on the return and reign of Jesus that I want to entitle, "Ready Or Not . . . Here He Comes."
I'm sure that every single person in this room this morning, at one time or another has played the little children's game that we call "Hide and Seek." (Or if you're from West Tennessee – "Hide and Go Seek.") And we all know how the game works. You have one person who's "it" and it's that person's job to go somewhere, count to 50 or 100 and then go looking for everybody else that's supposed to be hiding. And so, the person who's "it" goes and he begins to count - one – one thousand, two-one thousand, three-one thousand and so on, and then when he gets through counting he's supposed to yell something. Can somebody tell me what you're supposed to yell when you get through counting? That's right, "Ready or not, here I come." Why is that? Because when you get through counting you're supposed to let everybody know that you're coming so that they can be ready.
ILLUS: How many of you remember the little songs and television shows that were popular in the late seventies, early 80's and played on public television that they used to teach children about American history and government and math and science that was called "School House Rock?" Now, if you remember them, you probably had a favorite one that you could still sing now if you had to. My favorite one was entitled, "I'm just a bill." How many of you remember that one? "I'm just a bill. I'm only a bill, and I'm sitting here on capital hill." Do you remember that one? Well, there's one that you may not remember that was called, "Ready or ...
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