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Compassion for the Lost
Mark 16:16

Previously we started a series of devotionals I am calling The Seven C's of Soul Winning. Today I want to point you to the second C - compassion. In Mark 16:16 Jesus said, He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.

Now, condemned is a pretty soft word in the English language. I actually like the King James Version, where it says, He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. Condemned or damned, it means eternally separated from God with no opportunity of rescue or retrieval. Forever lost. Think about it!

Do you recall the story Jesus told of the rich man who died? It ought to send a shudder through the heart of even the most brazen sinner. Jesus tells us that the rich man died and was in torment, in flame. Jesus goes on to say that the rich man lifted up his eyes, and begged for mercy. But no mercy came, even as it says in Revelation 14:11, The smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever.

I know it is not a popular subject in the Church to talk about hell, but Jesus talked more about hell than He did about heaven. It is a very real place. If we would consider just for a moment the end of the man or woman who rejects Christ, it ought to cause our hearts to be stirred with compassion.

When was the last time you and I shed a tear over lost humanity? When was the last time you and I were truly broken with the things that break the heart of God?

Our compassion for the lost ought to move us to do all we can to share Christ with them!

By Bayless Conley

For Your Information

     We finished our series Parenthood. We looked at how to deal with a prodigal child. We need to have unwavering prayer, unending patience, and unconditional love. This will help parents and friends know how to better handle the situation, even if it takes a long time for the prodigal to return. That message is on our (or soon will be) website just under the calendar as well as on iTunes. Next week we will have a guest speaker, Tom Harper. On Sunday June 12, we will begin our new series entitled Miracles where we will delve into some miracles that Jesus performed, and how that applies to us today.

      June 5 - Guest Speaker - Tom Harper; Carry-in Dinner after Worship Service; No PM service.
      June 19 - VBS Kick-off Cook-out begins at 6 PM.
      June 20-24 - Vacation Bible School - Big Jungle Adventure - 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

     Visit us at www.fbcmidway.com for more information about our church. Our website has much to offer.

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