Sunday Service - 23rd August 2020
Today is the day you choose … which game you want to win … which prize you want to collect … which priorities you want to set. It’s a thrill to win at Monopoly or Trivial Pursuit. You sweep aside the other players and you “own” the board. It’s also a thrill to win a promotion at work … the new house you wanted … that sports car you’ve always eyed.
But just like the game cards, the tokens, and the timer, those prizes are temporary. When the game is over, they all go back in the box. Games can cast a powerful spell, says bestselling author John Ortberg. But the wisest player remembers that the game is always going to end. So when everything goes back in the box, you’ll have made what is temporary a servant to what is eternal, and you’ll leave this life knowing you’ve achieved the only victory that matters.
In the talk today John Ortberg reminds us of what is important in life and what we should make our priorities.
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Reading - Mark 8: 34-38
34 Then, calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me. 35 If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it. 36 And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? 37 Is anything worth more than your soul? 38 If anyone is ashamed of me and my message in these adulterous and sinful days, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person when he returns in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”
Sometimes we need a simple reminder that there is only one Saviour, one man, one God in whom to put our trust, one way to store up treasure... a different kind of treasure! God is everlasting, he will not grow weary. We need him, and he deserves our praise, so let's join together in singing.
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