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3/24/2011 ~ Leaving A Legacy


The Greatest Generation?                                                          
└─> Normally associated with WWII veterans.                        
                                      └─> Returning to build the greatest free country ever known.


... another generation arose after them who did not know the LORD ...
~ Judges 2:10


How goes the story? ...
Many ages and stories have been written in the time of man.
~ Those who have had better and worse ...

Renaissance out of the Dark Ages.            
     └─> Federalism in the early American States.
     └─> The New Deal of Roosevelt.

For what we are remembered is known as impact our collision with others.


IMPACT = IMPRESSION

Intensity is what moves both good and bad.
~ The question is, what will be each of our legacies?   


... For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time
and then vanishes away. ~ James 4:14


We need to keep our eye ahead as we cherish the past.

DO NOT MISS THE TIME YOU HAVE

A lifetime is just a small window in time.
If you live just for the moment, you may miss an enduring impact.
                                                         Legacy. <─┘


... 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' ... ~ Matthew 6:31-34
└─> Temporal concerns.                 

It is more than the temporary mundane ...

"You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, ..."
~ Matthew 5:13


"... but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, ..." ~ Matthew 6:19-21
↑                      
Store up treasure in heaven.


... things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.
~ Hebrews 11:1-3

~
Hebrews 11 is a chapter of legacies.
 ↓  ↓  ↓  ↓  ↓  ↓  ↓  ↓  ↓  ↓  ↓  ↓
Abel, Cain, Enoch, Noah, Sarah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Rahab, etc.

John is known as a legacy Gospel.
Jesus getting His disciples ready for when He departs. <─┘                              


"... I go to prepare a place for you. ..." ~ John 14:2-3
                     \ | /
The Legacy of JESUS.
                     / | \

... that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken ...
~ 2nd Peter 3:1-2


Peter writes us so that we can know, by remembrance.

Paul also dedicates his life for the benefit of others ...

... I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and
the time of my departure is at hand. ... ~ 2nd Timothy 4:1-8

└─> Awaiting departure. 

... the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; ...
~ Romans 1:17


What is it that we leave for others? ...
Every day is a page in your life.  
Some days are dark where others are light.     
OOOOOOOO
Challenges
Trials
OOOOOOo
Joys
Contentment

WHEN PEOPLE COLLIDE = RELATIONSHIP

Relationships can build us up or wear us down.
Is your page today for good or bad?

~ Are you waiting to write that good page one day?

What is the bulk of your story?


REALITY = HOW YOU ARE REMEMBERED

... like cancer. Hymenaeus and Philetus are of this sort,
who have strayed concerning the truth, ... ~ 2nd Timothy 2:17-18


           
A torch of light?


... for Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world, ...
~ 2nd Timothy 4:10

  \ | /
–   or Darkness?   –
  / | \

Alexander the coppersmith did me much harm. ... ~ 2nd Timothy 4:14-15

Wickedness obstructing the gospel?


... but all forsook me. ... ~ 2nd Timothy 4:16

                                                       ┌─> All else were afraid to endure.
Paul as the sole light bearer.

Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him ... ~ 2nd Timothy 4:11

A well of refreshing.
↙ ↓ ↘

Greet Prisca and Aquila, and the household of Onesiphorus. ~ 2nd Timothy 4:19

Still faithful to the end is key.

~ LEGACY ~
Memory The First Page The Last Page
     DEMAS      X Started well
Col. 4:14   Philemon 1:24
Abandons the Work
2nd Timothy 4:10
JOHN MARK   Starts as a Coward
Acts 13:13 , 15:38  
Finishes useful minister
2nd Tim. 4:11

... The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and
the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself. ... ~ Ezekiel 18:20-24


HOW DOES YOUR STORY FINISH?

What we must do –
1. Face the Foe
2. Complete the Course
3. Protect what is Precious
4. Collect the Crown

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, ...
~ 2nd Timothy 4:7-8


Hate evil, love good; ... ~ Amos 5:15

To hate evil is to be able to discern between good and bad.

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness,
but rather expose them. ~ Ephesians 5:11


And to have your actions planted in faithfulness.

"... as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." ~ Joshua 24:15

Alcohol in the home is most damaging to children as a legacy example.
└─> Corruption and lawlessness follow.                                             

WRITE A GOOD ENDING

... "Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord,
that you may fulfill it." ~ Colossians 4:17


... Guard what was committed to your trust, ... ~ 1st Timothy 6:18-20

We write on other people’s hearts – how do your chapters go?

CHAPTERS WELL WRITTEN?
? YOUTH EDUCATION FAMILY CAREER SPIRITUALITY OLD AGE
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B
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KINGDOM
OF
GOD



Col.1:13-14
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LOVE Ec.11:9-10 Prov.12:1 Prov.22:6 1st Jo.2:15 1st Cor.16:14 Titus 2:1-8
HOLINESS 1st Tim.4:12 Prov.9:10 Col.3:17-22 Col.3:23 1st Pet.1:13-16 Rom.12:1
ANGER Ec.7:9 Prov.1:7 Eph.6:4 Prov.27:4 1st Th.5:9-10 2nd Tim.3:1-5
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F
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SEPARATION
IN
DESOLATION



Ps.73:18-19
LUST 2nd Tim.2:22 Jude 1:16 1st Th.4:3-5 1st Jo.2:16-17 Mat.26:41 Gal.5:15-26
ARROGANT 2nd Tim.3:2 2nd Cor.10:5 Is.5:21 Is.56:11 2nd Th.2:4 Prov.16:18

Are you part of the family of God? – Part of the legacy of Jesus?

Depart from evil, and do good; And dwell forevermore. ~ Psalms 37:27

Embrace what is good and depart that which is evil.
Rejoice in the chapters you leave for others.
Keep your torch lit to be passed on.


FAITHFUL
DOUBT?    ↖        ERRORS?
¤
UNBELIEF?   ↙     LAWLESSNESS?
UNFAITHFUL
What is the compass of your story?

Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding; ... ~ Proverbs 3:5-8


IS YOUR LEGACY ~ A PERSON OF GOD?

Thanks be to my brother in Christ, Mark Moseley.



 

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