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October 3, 2016

The Tragedy of a Wasted Life - Luke 12

Death is inevitable, but at times it surprises us. Perhaps you know someone who died unexpectedly.

Today's parable is a warning about such situations. It tells of a man who acquired comfort and wealth but thought only of his time on earth. Death came without warning, and he could take nothing with him. God called him a fool for living focused on "self."

Though rich in the world's eyes, the man had no relationship with God and hadn't invested anything in Christ's kingdom. All the treasures he stored here were worthless once he died. What's worse, without Jesus, he would be separated from God forever. What a tragic waste of life.

As I think about this person's choices, two questions come to mind that are important for all of us to contemplate. First, if you were to die today, would you go to heaven? Salvation is a free gift for those who trust in Jesus as the acceptable sacrifice for our sin. He is the only way--no excuses or even sincere beliefs in other "ways" will work. And Jesus promises that when believers die, they immediately find themselves in His presence (II Corinthians 5:6).

Second, what is your life accomplishing? Are you driven by selfish purposes, storing security and wealth for yourself? Or is your motivation to further God's kingdom?

Like the man in this parable, we don't know when we will die. We do know, however, that death is inescapable. Though dying is an unpleasant topic, eternity is a long time and worthy of our attention. It's definitely a wise investment to make sure of your salvation and to invest in God's kingdom.

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Upcoming Events

October 3, 2016 - Ladies Small Group at 7 PM at Stephanie Robinson's house

October 9, 2016 - Deacon's Meeting at 8 AM

October 11, 2016 - Trustee's at 7 PM

October 13, 2016 - Men's Small Group at 7 PM at the church. Please read chapters 11-13.

October 19, 2016 - Quarterly Business Meeting at 7 PM.

October 22, 2016 - Fall Festival at 4 PM at the Hopper Homestead. More details to come. Hope to see you all there!

October 30, 2016 - Lord's Supper and Deacon's Fund Offering following the AM Worship Service

November 6, 2016 - Carry-in Fellowship Dinner

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