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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Hope (05/04/06)

TITLE: ABANDON ALL HOPE
By Thomas Kimble
05/08/06


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ABANDON ALL HOPE YEA WHO INTER HERE!

A quotation that is said to be written on the gates of hell. The Jewish people saw it on the gate of the Nazi concentration camp where they were to be killed. What an awful thing to see when you know that it is too late to do anything about it. It is beyond our imagination to know how they must have felt.

Just for a moment try to put yourself in a situation where you know it is to late to do anything to save your self. Think of the utter despair a person must feel at a time like this. No where to run and no way for anyone to help them and knowing that escape is not an option. Listening to the cries of others that are being put to death and the stench of the burning bodies. Looking for just one ray of hope and seeing only the sadistic faces of the guards as they bring down punishment without reason.

What would you or I do to save ourselves at a time like this? The answer is that we would do just about anything to save ourselves. What did the Jewish people do? Some betrayed others in an attempt to save themselves. Others prayed and cried out in vain to be spared from this awful fate. Others simply walked to their death without a word, because there were no words worth saying.

For some the answer was always there as it had been for centuries. God was and is the only answer at times like this. There is no salvation other than the acceptance of God and as Christ the savior. God was there and I feel sure that a lot of the poor souls that were caught up in the mass killings were true believers of God. They were the lucky ones, because their time on earth was at an end but they were going on to a better place. Where they were going there would be no more killing or torture, only love and piece.

You donít have to be in a death camp to be in mortal danger. You only have to leave Jesus and God out of your life. When the end comes as it must, will it be too late for you? If you have not accepted Jesus as your savior you will have to die and all the crying and screaming in the world will not change a thing.

Accept Jesus and God as your savior and nothing on this earth can ever kill you. Your body can be injured or killed but you can live on for ever if only you will believe before itís too late. We all have to die at some time and the time will come when we least expect it. Will you be ready to stand in judgment for your sins on earth? Will you repent before itís too late? Or will you get to hear the hopeless screams all around you and then realize that some of them are coming from you. Or will you be saved before itís to late? The only hope you have is in Jesus and God.

Without this hope and God, then the answer will be, ABANDON ALL HOPE YEA WHO INTER


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dub W05/11/06
With the second person directive this is definately a sermon cutting. A powerful message.
Kirralie Smith05/11/06
Yeah, well said. I like the line and paragraph aboput you don't have to be in a concernttration camp to be in mortal danger!
Maxx .05/13/06
this was powerful and carried a great point. I hope you write sermons / devotionals for a living! The only thing I would recommend for writing like this is to reference scripture a bit more strongly. Drive your point home with authority! :-)
Dr. Sharon Schuetz05/13/06
I totally agree with the previous comments. However, watch your word usage. Your spell check won't catch things like using "piece" instead of "peace". Great job.