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BUT A RECENT GALLOP POLL COMMISSIONED BY THE SUNDAY SCHOOL BOARD SAID, “FIFTY NINE PERCENT OF 3700 PEOPLE RANDOM SELECTED WHILE LEAVING 217 CHURCHES BELIEVE, THEY COULD STAND BEFORE GOD ON THEIR OUR OWN MERITS, AND THAT IN THE END, GOD WILL BE FORCED TO GRADE US ALL ON THE CURVE ANYWAY.”

PERHAPS YOU HEARD ABOUT THE 26 YEAR OLD KOREAN GRADUATE STUDENT WHO WAS STUDYING POLITICAL SCIENCE,

H. AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA, WHO WENT OUT TO MAIL A LETTER, BUT BEFORE HE COULD GET BACK TO HIS APARTMENT, HE WAS ATTACKED BY A GANG OF VIOLENT TEENAGERS LOOKING FOR MONEY TO GO TO A DANCE, AND THEY ROBBED AND KILLED HIM, WHILE A DOZEN PEOPLE WATCHED AND DID NOTHING

I. THIS YOUNG MAN HAD BEEN A MODEL SON AND A EXEMPLARY CHRISTIAN AND THOSE WHO COMMITTED THE CRIME,

1. WERE CONTEMPTIBLE DIRT BAGS.

2. THIS YOUNG MAN’S WIDOWED MOTHER, HAD EVERY RIGHT TO BE FILLED WITH HATE AND ANGER FOR THEM, BUT REMARKABLY, SHE WASN’T

J. THE MEMBERS OF HER CHURCH IN KOREA, TOOK UP AN OFFERING TO PROVIDE FUNDS FOR HER TO COME TO THE UNITED STATES, SO THAT SHE COULD HELP THOSE WHO HAD COMMITTED THE CRIME AGAINST HER SON.

K. WHEN THE YOUNG CRIMINALS WERE TRIED, FOUND GUILTY AND SENTENCED TO DEATH AND LIFE IN PRISON, SHE GOT DOWN ON HER KNEES BEFORE THE JUDGE AND PLEAD FOR THEIR LIVES TO BE SPARED AND THOSE ANIMALS STARTED WEEPING LIKE BABIES, AS DID THE POLICEMEN WHO HELD THE YOUNG OFFENDERS IN CHAINS.

L. THAT GRIEVING MOTHER, BECOME A CHRISTIAN, BECAUSE YOU AND I, THROUGH OUR TITHES, PAID A SALARY TO A SOUTHERN BAPTIST MISSIONARY, WHO GOD LED TO SOUTH KOREA.

M. SHE WAS LIVING OUT WHAT PAUL SAYS IN EPHESIANS 4:31-32, “GET RID OF ALL BITTERNESS, RAGE, ANGER, BRAWLING AND SLANDER, ALONG WITH EVERY FORM OF MALICE. BE KIND AND COMPASSIONATE TO ONE ANOTHER, FORGIVING EACH OTHER, JUST AS CHRIST FORGAVE YOU.”

A. SANDWICHED BETWEEN THE GREAT DEPRESSION AND THE SECOND WORLD WAR -- WAS AN EVENT THAT OCCURRED ON MARCH 5, 1938, WHEN THIS NATION NEEDED A MESSAGE OF HOPE AND ASSURANCE

B. PEOPLE ACHED FOR THE STRENGTH TO GET PAST THE ECONOMIC DEVASTATION THEY’D EXPERIENCED, AND THEY LONGED FOR THE FORTITUDE TO FACE THE PERSONAL, CHALLENGES THAT LAY AHEAD.

1. THAT’S WHY MILLIONS STOPPED THAT SPRING DAY TO LISTEN TO ONE MAN SPEAK.

C. IT WAS THE UNMISTAKABLE VOICE OF PRESIDENT FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT, SPEAKING ON THE OCCASION OF BEGINNING HIS SIXTH YEAR AS PRESIDENT.

D. WITH THIS COUNTRY COMING OUT OF AN ECONOMIC DEPRESSION...

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