by David Cook

Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth
David Cook
Joshua 23:1-24:15

The purpose of my sermon this morning is to encourage your wholehearted obedience to the Lord God Almighty and to warn you of the consequences of disobedience to Him.

The famous last words of Todd Beamer on US Airlines Flight 93 before crashing into the Twin Towers, "Are you guys ready? Let's roll." America will never forget what took place on September 11, 2001. We all remember where we were, how we felt, how we prayed. Because of the evil intent of radical Islams, 3000 people went to meet God that day.
* An issue of the "Focus on the Family Magazine," [Christin Ditchfield. September, 2002. "A Light In the Darkness." pp. 18-19] detailed the actions of Al Braca. Al worked on the 105th floor of Tower One. When he realized that they were trapped in the building and would be unable to escape, Al shared the gospel with 50 of his co-workers and led them in prayer and many no doubt were saved before they died. Some of those same individuals had in the past mocked him for his faith. For many Christians, we stepped our witness of the Lord Jesus Christ to others because of that day. In light of eternity, we spoke out with more boldness about the Lord Jesus and the free gift of salvation He purchased for us on the cross of Calvary. Dying, shedding His innocent blood, so we can live forever in His Presence.
Joshua has some strong words every person needs to hear today. These are the words of a dying man, one of the strongest soldiers and leaders in the army of God. Joshua knew his death was imminent. Joshua 24:15 - "Behold this day, I am going the way of all the earth." So, he gives us, as God's people, our "Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth" or "B-I-B-L-E."

I. Serving the Lord is a lifelong total commitment, not a one time decision. 23:1-2

* Bob Dylan had a hit years ago called, "Gotta Serve Somebody." I won't sing it, but here ar ...

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