The Appointment

There was once a merchant in Baghdad who sent his servant to the market on an errand. It wasn’t long before the servant returned in great agitation.
“O master,” he cried, “down in the market I was jostled by a woman, and when I turned to look at her, it was Death! She looked at me and made a threatening gesture. Please lend me your horse, for I must run away to Samarra and hide from Lady Death.”
So the master gave him a horse, and he left in a great hurry. But the master was curious, and went to the market himself. There he found Lady Death, and decided to ask her why she had made that threatening gesture to his servant.
“That was not a threatening gesture,” she responded. “It was a look of surprise. I was astonished to see him in Baghdad, because I thought I had an appointment with him in Samarra!”
We all have an appointment with death. Our lives, in reality, are very short. In the few years we have, it is important to make it right with others, and with God. You have an appointment, that’s as certain as a scandal in Washington DC. You just don’t know when or where it is!
“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).

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Stan Mitchell

Stan has preached since 1976, in Zimbabwe, California, Texas and Tennessee. He serves as preacher for the Red Walnut Church of Christ in Bath Springs, TN. He is currently Professor of Bible at Freed-Hardeman University. He is married to the former Marjorie McCarthy, and has one daughter, Tracy Watts. He is the author of four books: The Wise Get Wiser, the Foolish More Foolish: The Book of Proverbs, Give the Winds a Mighty Voice: Our Worship in Song, and Equipping the Saints for Ministry. He has recently published another book, "Will Our Faith Have Children: Developing Leadership in the Church for the Next Generation.

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  1. “It’s as certain as a scandal in Washington”
    I find that a very disturbing comment when Christians are sounding like the latest media reports. It is in appropriate. We are to be salt and light and pray for those in authority, not propegating distrust of the government. It is here by God for a reason.
    Yes there are dishonest politicians and yes an occasional scandal, but we need as Christians to be set apart by our conduct, not sounding like the latest political pundit and the relative we all have who thinks everything is conspiracy and that the government is not trustworthy.

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