A fire sale

I like a bargain as much as the next person. When I heard about the local fire sale set for Friday, I decided to go by Dollar General for a look.

When I arrived at the store, there were cars parked in all directions for nearly two blocks. As I stepped into the front of the business, I could see people literally jammed together searching through the aisles for various smoke-damaged items. It was dark, dirty and smelled like an old cigarette. The check-out lines were incredibly long.

As I stood there in the doorway, I was suddenly struck with a thought: “Why is it that we as people will crowd a store on FRIDAY morning so that we can save a quarter on every dollar, but we won’t crowd the church building on SUNDAY morning in order to save our souls?”

One day all our material goods will be burned up (2 Peter 3:10, 112 Peter 3:10, 11
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10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall be dissolved with fervent heat, and the earth and the works that are therein shall be burned up. 11 Seeing that these things are thus all to be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy living and godliness,

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) and all of the effort we exerted in securing them will be lost forever. Those bargains we sought so diligently to obtain will be no more. On the other hand, the effort that we employed in laying hold on that which is imperishable (1 Corinthians 9:25; 21 Corinthians 9:25; 2
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25 And every man that striveth in the games exerciseth self-control in all things. Now they do it to receive a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. 2 1 And I, brethren, when I came unto you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. 2 For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. 4 And my speech and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: 5 that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. 6 We speak wisdom, however, among them that are fullgrown: yet a wisdom not of this world, nor of the rulers of this world, who are coming to nought: 7 but we speak God's wisdom in a mystery, even the wisdom that hath been hidden, which God foreordained before the worlds unto our glory: 8 which none of the rulers of this world hath known: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory: 9 but as it is written, Things which eye saw not, and ear heard not, And which entered not into the heart of man, Whatsoever things God prepared for them that love him. 10 But unto us God revealed them through the Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 11 For who among men knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of the man, which is in him? even so the things of God none knoweth, save the Spirit of God. 12 But we received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is from God; that we might know the things that were freely given to us of God. 13 Which things also we speak, not in words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Spirit teacheth; combining spiritual things with spiritual words. 14 Now the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him; and he cannot know them, because they are spiritually judged. 15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, and he himself is judged of no man. 16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he should instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

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Corinthians 4:18) will be rewarded with eternal life.

Jesus said, “For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul” (Matthew 16:26Matthew 16:26
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26 For what shall a man be profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and forfeit his life? or what shall a man give in exchange for his life?

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). Dear reader, what is of real value to you?

by Mike Benson

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