Bringing the Text to Life

Onward Christian Hell-busters Matthew 10:40-42

The church is called to offer the world a "cup of cold water" -- to douse the flames of hell with the waters of eternity.

Have you ever been to hell?

William Booth discovered hell one night when he couldn't sleep. He tossed and turned, then he decided to get up and go for a walk. He journeyed into a part of London he had never walked through -- the poor section. He spent the rest of the night seeing sights and smelling odors he had never before experienced. When he arrived home in the early hours of the morning, his wife Katherine was almost frantic. "Where in the world have you been?" she cried out. He replied, "Katherine, I've been to hell. I've been to hell." He then told her what he'd seen, and together they founded the Salvation Army.

Have you been to hell? "Been to hell and back ... " is an old expression. Is there anyone here who has NOT been to hell and back in his or her personal life? All of you have. I'm asking if you've ever been to another kind of hell -- a social hell, an economic hell, a demographic hell.

You say: You've never been to hell?

I say: Then why not?

Why haven't you...









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