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From the Pastor’s desk…

April 9, 2018

A little girl had accidentally dropped a small coin into her mother’s prized vase.  Naturally, she put her little hand in to recover it, but found as she gripped the coin and held it tight, she was unable to withdraw her hand, so she screamed and struggled to get her hand out.  Her cries attracted the other members of the family who all advised and pleaded with her to open her and withdraw it with ease.  But no, she would hold on to her precious small coin and continued to struggle, squirm, and scream.  Finally, the costly vase had to be broken; and with her fist tightly clenched, she screamed, “I’ve still got it!”   The far more costly vase was sacrificed for the sake of the small coin.

What are your values?   What in life is most important to you?  It’s my prayer that we all see the “big picture.”  Values are an issue of the heart.  Where we invest is where our rewards will be.  May we be a people who are investing in the Kingdom of God.

A few days ago I walked into a hospital room to visit a faithful member of the body of Christ. As I approached her bedside I asked, “How are you feeling today?”   With a big smile on her face she replied, “I’m very well.  I’m going to Heaven! The Lord showed me! I saw so very many beautiful angels!”

She will soon be receiving the return on her investment!

“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose,”……Jim Elliot