Rescue the Perishing
Ernest L. Easley
2 Peter 3:9
It was in 1869 that blind Fanny Crosby was speaking to a group of men and God led her that night to ask if there were any boys in the crowd who had wandered away from God. And if so, to meet her on the platform after the service.
An eighteen year old came forward and asked, ''Did you mean me? I promised my mother to meet her in heaven, but as I am now living that will be impossible.'' Miss Fanny prayed with him and he prayed and was saved.
Afterwards, he said, ''Now, I can meet mother in heaven; for I have found her God.'' That night after the service, a line came to her that she couldn't get out of her mind: ''Rescue the perishing, care for the dying.'' Before she went to sleep that night, she can completed the hymn:
''Rescue the Perishing, Care for the dying, snatch them in pity from sin and the grave. Weep o'er the erring one, lift up the fallen, tell them of Jesus the mighty to save. Rescue the perishing, care for the dying, Jesus is merciful, Jesus will save.''
I am here today to remind you that we are in the rescuing business. It's our responsibility to throw out the lifeline to all who are drowning in the sea of sin. Rescuing the perishing is to be our priority because it was the priority of Jesus who came ''to seek and to save that which was lost'' (Luke 19.10).
Rescue the perishing, care for they dying! That's what our World Mission Offering is all about! That's why I'm asking you to join me next Sunday and giving a sacrificial gift to World Missions! That's why our goal this year is $350,000.00! To help do our part to rescue the perishing and to care for the dying!
This years offering is really four offerings in one. *A full 65% of next Sunday's offering goes to support our 5000 International Missionaries.
Another 15% of next Sunday's offering goes to support our 5000 Home Missionaries.
And then 10% of next Sunday's offering goes to support the mission work across the s ...
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