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And I can remember many Friday nights we would gather on a neighbor’s front porch to listen to the old folks tell stories about their younger days, while we churned homemade ice cream or ate ice cold watermelon.

Like a NORMAN ROCKWELL painting, life seemed so peaceful and simple back then.

Now I think you would agree that we all probably glamorize the “good old days” of our youth. The truth is those days probably weren’t nearly as good or perfect as we remember .

But I believe we would also agree that the TIMES in which we now live seem so much more PERILOUS than life seemed just 25-30 years ago.

What is at the ROOT of all of this? I believe the Apostle Paul answers that for us in our scripture text.

What Paul is describing in VERSES 2-5 is a complete moral and social breakdown of humanity as the time of the Lord’s return draws ever nearer.

Basically what Paul is saying is this…….

Mark the Lord’s word on this! In the last days perilous times will come, because people will be SELFISH, SELF-CENTERED and SELF-ABSORBED constantly pursuing SELF-GRATIFICATION.

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