by Ken Trivette

Drawing the Line in the Sand
Ken Trivette
Daniel 1:3-8


1. The Change That a Christian Should Fight

a) The King's Appointment
b) The King's Ambition

2. The Compromise That a Christian Should Fear

a) Their Refusal
b) Their Reward

3. The Convictions That a Christian Should Find

a) The Convictions That Guided Them
b) The Convictions That Guarded Them

1. The story of the brave men at the Alamo in 1836 has always inspired me, certainly every Texan. One particular story that is told about the events demonstrates the extraordinary bravery of the men who died there for Texas independence. On March 5, 1836, Col. Travis, knowing that the situation had become hopeless, gathered his men on that Saturday afternoon and said, ''We must die. Our business is not to make a fruitless effort to save our lives, but to choose the manner of our death.''

2. Travis, only 26, saw three possibilities. They could surrender and face execution, or try to fight their way out, or ''remain in this fort…resist every assault, and to sell our lives as dearly as possible.''

3. The story goes that then Col. Travis drew his sword and slowly drew a line in the dirt and said, ''I now want every man who is determined to stay here and die with me to come across this line.''

4. Immediately, Tapley Holland stepped across the line proclaiming, ''I am ready to die for my country!'' All but two men followed him. Jim Bowie, lying sick on a cot, asked some of his men to carry him across. Only Louis Moses Rose, a French soldier of fortune, failed to step across the line. He slipped out at night and managed to make it through enemy lines. The next day, March 6, Santa Anna's forces breached the walls and every man who had crossed that line died.

5. Christians are living in times when the line has been drawn in the sand. In a world that has become so churchy and the church has become so worldly that you can't tell the two apart, the line has been drawn in the sand. Chr ...

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