For years, I have listened with envy to the tales of bizarre things which happen to other preachers.  I envied the guy who was preaching on sin when a real live snake crawled down the center aisle of the church (he beat it to death in front of the whole crowd).  There are others stories just as strange, and I've been a little jealous of the men involved.  After all, stories like that help keep sermons interesting, and the strangest things which had ever happened to me were some microphone problems.

       Two weeks ago, my wish was finally granted.  On Sunday, I was speaking and stepped away from the podium.  As I turned back toward it, I saw, descending slowly from the ceiling, an ENORMOUS spider. OK, it was actually pretty small, but from less than a foot away it looked pretty big to me. My first thought was to ignore it. But I quickly realized that it was coming down about 6 inches from the podium, and there was no way I could speak with it hanging there in front of me.  So I stopped my lesson, and bravely slew the spider in front of the whole crowd, receiving a smattering of applause and a good deal of laughter in the process.  It took three stomps to finish it off, but I prevailed.

       That was actually the second strange thing that happened to me.  The day before, I had performed a funeral.  The service was over, and three of the deceased man's relatives were standing by the coffin comforting one another when suddenly we heard a strange beeping sound....coming from the coffin. The women stopped talking, and I began to look around when we all realized that the alarm on the corpse's watch was going off!  The relatives laughed nervously, and began to discuss what it might mean. One thing it definitely meant is this:  the man missed his appointment. When the man set his alarm, I am sure there was no doubt in his mind that he would keep that appointment....but he didn't.  The same is true for you and me. For most of us, death will find us with full  calendars, busy agendas, and schedules crowded with coming events.  But when it's time to go, we will go anyway, jam-packed day-planners not withstanding. Plan your appointments this week with an eye to the one appointment you will definitely keep--an appointment with your maker.(Unknown Source)

Ps 89:48 What man is he that liveth, and shall not see death? shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave? Selah.

Heb 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

              



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