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I read a story of a man that got saved as a young, adult. He was so excited about Christ for the first couple of weeks, he told everybody the difference Jesus had made in his life. One Sunday night he was at his church and they sang this song, "Rescue the perishing, care for the dying, snatch them in pity from sin and the grave, weep over the erring one, bring them to Jesus, tell the poor sinner that Jesus can save." He heard that song and he got so excited that as soon as the service was over he rushed up to the pastor, and said, "Pastor, I'm ready."

The pastor said, "Ready for what?"

He said, "Man, I'm ready to go rescue the perishing--let's do it!"

The pastor looked at him and said, "Well, that's not something we really do, that's just a song we sing."

It wounded that man's spirit for many years until he realized that the normal Christian life is to be excited about rescuing the perishing.

(From a sermon by Fred Markes, Do I Have A Burden For The Lost?, 8/30/2011)

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