INTRO.- ILL.- After dying in a car crash, three friends go to Heaven for orientation. They are all asked the same question: "When you are in your casket, friends and family are mourning over you, what would you like to hear them say about you?"

The first guy immediately responds, "I would like to hear them say that I was one of the great doctors of my time, and a great family man." The second guy says, "I would like to hear that I was a wonderful husband and school teacher who made a huge difference in our children of tomorrow."

The last guy thinks a minute and replies, "Iíd like to hear them say...... LOOK, HEíS MOVING!!!!!"

Brothers and sisters, most people will fight ďtooth and nailĒ to stay alive as long as they possibly can in this world. Why? A variety of reasons. People are in love with this world. If theyíve experienced anything good in life they want to cling to that good. They donít want to give it up. Also, people are naturally afraid of dying. They donít know what will happen or how it will happen. And most people are not sure there is another life beyond this one! And they may fear hell! Fear in that case should be a good motivator!

But the sad truth is this: many people are already dead and donít know it! That is, they are dead spiritually. Dead to God and Christ. They are spiritually oblivious to God! How could this be? Sin has made them dead.

ILL.- Very few college football coaches have made a point against drugs as effectively as Erk Russell of Georgia Southern College. He arranged for a couple of good olí country boys to burst into a routine team meeting and throw a writhing, hissing, six-foot-long rattlesnake onto a table in front of the squad. "Everyone screamed and scattered," Russell recalls.

"I told them, íWhen cocaine comes into a room, youíre not nearly as apt to leave as when that rattlesnake comes in. But theyíll both kill you!"

Sin, in its various forms, has had a dreadful affect on our world. It has killed people. It has made them dead to real life. It has deadened them to God, Christ and all things spiritual.

ILL.- Gary Richmond, a former zoo keeper, said: Raccoons go through a glandular change at about 24 months. After that they often attack their owners. Since a 30-pound raccoon can be equal to a 100-pound dog in a scrap, I felt compelled to mention the change coming to a pet raccoon owned by a young friend of mine, Julie. She listened politely as I explained the coming danger. Iíll never forget her answer.

"It will be different for me. . ." And she smiled as she added, "Bandit wouldnít hurt me. He just wouldnít." Three months later Julie underwent plastic surgery for facial lacerations sustained when her adult raccoon attacked her for no apparent reason.

Sin, too, often comes dressed in an adorable guise, and as we play with it, how easy it is to say, "It will be different for me." The results are predictable.

Sin may appear harmless
Danny Brightwell
January 13, 2014
Really enjoying this series. Thank you.
Thank you, Brother Danny. Feel free to use any of sermon material. God bless you.