Summary: All of us leave a mark on life be it positive or negative.

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Thank you Rev. R. Kent Smith

Six Men And A Promise

Gen 5:19-25

19 And Jared lived after he begat Enoch eight hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:

20 And all the days of Jared were nine hundred sixty and two years: and he died.

21 And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah:

22 And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:

23 And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years:

24 And Enoch walked with God : and he was not; for God took him.

In the closing hours of this year..

Three men captured the world's attention by their lives and their deaths.

Their funerals spoke volumes about the course of life they had chosen to pursue with the few short years God had granted to them.

All three men, President Ford, James Brown and Sadam Hussein had choices in their destiny. Today they have all three stood in front of the God of this universe with those choices unveiled and judged.

God allowed us to see three men..

President Gerald Ford, a man whose faith in God and service to his country was eulogized by many speakers during the solemn and dignified ceremonies which marked his passing.

A man of character and integrity,

Not perfect but made righteous by his faith in Jesus Christ.

It was in this righteousness he lived out his life as a servant to his fellowman and his country.

Great men and dignitaries attended his funeral.

All coming to pay respect and honor to a man most deserving.

James Brown also was eulogized in a funeral ceremony befitting his life choices.

There was blaring rock music,

Gyrating bodies,

Costumes, and

Great sensual displays of revelry to portray the contribution this man had given through his life to his fellowman.

He lived a life of drugs, alcohol, immorality and rock music.

He was heralded the father of Rap music and

The inspiration of Michael Jackson's greatness.

His funeral with all of it's theatrics was befitting the excess of waste his life portrayed.

Then we had the gruesome hanging of Sadam Hussein.

His death as gory as his life.

A brutal murderer and dictator,

Hung by his neck and

Secreted away in the middle of the night to an unmarked grave.

Thousands of Iraqis celebrated his death for through his life he had brought untold misery and death to many.

A man so wicked that it seemed the world breathed a collective sigh of relief at the pronouncement of his death.

Three men, three men who left their mark on the entire world,

Three famous men.

All three have now stood before their Creator to answer for the choices they made in their life as you and I will someday.

Gerald Ford's life exemplifies the nobility of choosing to walk in harmony with his fellow man…..he was known as the healer of a nation

James Brown chose to walk in the flesh. His life's work glorified the flesh and his death magnified the flesh.

Sadam Hussein chose evil. He was a narcissistic megalomaniac. His life glorified evil and his death was gruesome.

Each of us leave our mark on the world as we pass by…..

Nothing or no one passes by without leaving its mark

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