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Where No Pain Is Without Purpose (3 of 10)
Series: A Life Worth Living
INTRO: I want you to take your Bibles now this morning and be finding your place at the book of Job if you will. And for those of you who failed Vacation Bible School let me help you. That's in the Old Testament; right before the book of Psalms which comes right before the book of Proverbs, alright? (And by the way, it's "Job," not "job." But the way some people read their bible, they've been out of a job for a long time. But anyway . . .) Job chapter 1, and verse number 1 this morning as we continue in our series of studies on what it means to really live a life that's worth living.
ILLUS: I was driving around town the other day, and I saw part of a poem on a church sign that I haven't seen in a while. And the message of that poem hits right where I'm aiming in this series of studies. The sign said. . .
"Only one life, twill soon be past.
Only what's done for Christ will last."
And that's true. You know, all of the time that we waste on all of the other things that we spend our time doing today, one of these days they're going to be exposed for what they really were - wood, hay and stubble - just dusty ashes and empty dreams. But the time and lives that are invested for Jesus' sake will be transformed into gold, silver and precious stones, those things that will endure the test of time and stand the scrutiny of the Lord of Heaven.
That's why that poem goes onto say...
"Only one life, yes only one,
Soon will its fleeting hours be done;
Then, in 'that day' my Lord to meet,
And stand before His Judgment seat."
Now, if you'll remember, what we've been doing in this series of studies is simply going through and looking at some of the great stories of the bible and learning from some of the great people of the Bible to see just what are the characteristics of conspicuous Christians.
We started this series by studying what took place when, as the old ...
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