The Privileges of the Christian by Marvin D. Patterson

The Privileges of the Christian
Marvin Patterson
1 Peter 2:4-7

INTRO.- A stone. How about a headstone on a grave? Guess what is the largest cemetery in the US?

ILL.- The largest cemetery in the United States is Arlington National Cemetery, situated on the Potomac River in Virginia. It covers 612 acres, and more than 240,000 members of the armed forces are buried there.

Among the many famous and distinguished people buried in the cemetery are presidents William Howard Taft and John F. Kennedy; a number of supreme court justices, including Chief Justice Earl Warren, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., and Thurgood Marshall; explorers Robert Peary and Matthew Henson, etc.

ILL.- As Mr. Smith was on his death bed, he attempted to formulate a plan that would allow him to take at least some of his money with him. He called for the three men he trusted most: his lawyer, his doctor, and his preacher. He told them, "I'm going to give you each $30,000 in cash before I die. At my funeral, I want you to place the money in my coffin so that I can take it with me."

All three agreed to do this and were given the money. At the funeral, each approached the coffin in turn and placed an envelope inside. While riding in the limousine back from the cemetery, the preacher said, "I have to confess something to you fellows. Brother Smith was a good member all his life, and I know he would have wanted me to do this. The church needed a new baptistery very badly, and I took $10,000 of the money he gave me and bought one. I only put $20,000 in the coffin."

The physician then said, "Well, since we're confiding in one another, I might as well tell you that I didn't put the full $30,000 in the coffin either."

"Smith had a disease that could have been diagnosed sooner if I had this very new machine, but the machine cost $20,000 and I couldn't afford it then. I used $20,000 of the money to buy the machine so that I might be able to save another patient. I know that Smith would have ...


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