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Robert E. Lee pleasure boat. Steamed out of Vicksburg. Hundreds of people were aboard. After midnight the boat caught fire. The captain discovered it and told his first mate to rush down through the saloon and down every corridor to wake everyone up. He didn't have time to make explanations.

Strangely some became angry at haven been awaken rudely. They thought it was a drunkard or a practical joker.

Some were amused. They laughed until you could here them screaming in terror as the flames overcame them.

Others heard the warning but just couldn't believe it and waited to here it again more clearly. But as the young man ran down the corridor his message was harder to hear. In another few minutes they were swept down into a frightful death.

But there were some who heard the warning and to believed it to be true. They awakened from their sleep and made their escape to safety.

This is exactly the way the world is treating the warnings of God. Some become angry with the straight gospel. Others are amused. They get entertained. Then there are those who hear the gospel and then they gradually cease to hear. Waiting for a convenient season to set things straight with God.

There are some though, who here God's warning and accept Jesus into their lives, putting on the garment of salvation and escaping a burning hell. And it is for their sakes that we must keep on proclaiming the gospel.

We must understand. THE BOAT IS ON FIRE. Time is running out.

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