Isaiah 55:10-11; Psalms 65:10-14; Romans 8:18-23; Matthew 13:1-23
In the nineteen-thirties, a preacher well-known for his fire-and-brimstone, doom-and-gloom approach, was sermonizing on the “end of the world,” the day of “final judgment” …
“Thunder will boom,” he cried out in a loud voice.
“Floods will cover the earth,” he bellowed.
“Earthquakes will shake the earth,” he screamed.
Then, as loud as he could manage it, he roared, “Darkness will fall over the whole world and flames will shoot down from heaven.”
Hearing these dire predictions, a little girl in the congregation whispered into her mother’s ear, “Do you think they’ll let school out?”
Then there is the story of another preacher who was about ten minutes into his Sunday sermon when a voice from the very last pew called out. “Louder! Louder!” The preacher raised his voice a bit, but again the voice cried out, “Louder! Louder!” This time the preacher bent down to talk as close as possible into the microphone, but the voice from the rear of the Church persisted:…
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