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The Appeal Of An Old Man

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Sermon shared by Steve Shepherd

November 2011
Summary: What was Paulís appeal as an old man to Philemon? 1- His appeal was love 2- His appeal was acceptance 3- His appeal was obedience
Series: Philemon
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
INTRO.- ILL.- Observations on Growing Older
- Your kids are becoming you...and you donít like them ...but your grandchildren are perfect!
- Going out is good. Coming home is better!
- When people say you look "Great"... they add "for your age!"
- You forget names ... but itís OK because other people forgot they even knew you!!!
- The 5 pounds you wanted to lose is now 15 and you have a better chance of losing your keys than the 15 pounds.
- You realize youíre never going to be really good at anything ... especially golf.
- Your husband sleeps better on a lounge chair with the TV blaring than he does in bed. Itís called his "pre-sleep".
- Remember when your mother said "Wear clean underwear in case you GET in an accident"? Now you bring clean underwear in case you HAVE an accident!
- You used to say, "I hope my kids GET married ... Now, "I hope they STAY married!"
- You miss the days when everything worked with just an "ON" and "OFF" switch.
- When GOOGLE, ipod, email, modem ... were unheard of, and a mouse was something that made you climb on a table.
- Now that you can afford expensive jewelry, itís not safe to wear it anywhere.
- You read 100 pages into a book before you realize youíve read it.
- Now that your husband has retired ... youíd give anything if heíd find a job!
- You have 3 sizes of clothes in your closet .... 2 of which you will never wear.

Aging is inevitable, but it doesnít make us useless. Even though our health declines somewhat, we need to keep on doing,working and serving as best we can. Working and serving keeps us physically healthy and spiritually fit.

ILL.- By 6 a.m., Morris Wilkinson, a 91-year-old letter carrier, irons his postal worker uniform -- a crisp, collared shirt and gray slacks -- a habit he formed while in the Marines during World War II. He enjoys a hearty breakfast of eggs or pancakes with his wife. He shines his black shoes. And heís off to work.

Wilkinson, a tidy man with snow white hair and silver-framed glasses, arrives at a Birmingham, Alabama, post office promptly by 7 a.m. In his six decades working for the U.S. Postal Service, heís accumulated enough sick days to take a vacation for more than a year. "Iíd rather work than be idle," he says one morning before heading off on his route.

Use it or lose it. This applies physically and spiritually.

The appeal of an old man. What a sermon title! When you get to a certain age you hope that will people will listen to you or pay attention to you.

I hope that now Iím much older that my children would be quicker to listen to their old dad than when he was younger, that is, if they think he is wiser and more spiritual. Hopefully, I am. And the same thing applies to the church.

Why is it that churches are so quick to put preachers out to pasture when they get past 50 or 60? I work harder now that I ever have in my life. None of this ďlame duck" business for me! I think I prepare better sermons than I ever have. And Iíve got more left in me! Letís hear it for seniors! Letís hear it for the appeal of an old man!

PROP.- What was Paulís appeal as an old man to Philemon?
1- His appeal was love
2- His appeal was acceptance
3- His appeal was obedience

I. HIS APPEAL WAS LOVE

8 Therefore, although in Christ I could be bold and order you to do what you ought to do, 9yet I appeal to you on the basis
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