by J. Gerald Harris

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J. Gerald Harris
Jeremiah 29:11-14

Some of you here will remember the song, ''Alfie.'' It was popular a number of years ago. The words were written by Hal David and the music was written by Burt Bacharach. Listen to the words:
What's it all about, Alfie?
Is it just for the moment we live?
What's it all about -- when you sort it out, Alfie?
Are we meant to take more than we give,
Or are we meant to be kind?

As sure as I believe there's a heaven above, Alfie, I know there's something much more, Something even non-believers can believe in.

I have entitled the sermon for today ''What on Earth Am I Here For?'' But I guess I could have entitled it ''What's It All About, Alfie?'' -- because, you see, I'm not sure we have really tapped into the purpose of life. I think for most of us life has become a rather mundane, humdrum, lackluster existence. O, we get excited when a baby is born or when our favorite sports team wins a crucial game or when our political candidate is elected to office, but for the most part our lives seem to lack luster. We are busy, but bored. Our Daytimers are full, but our lives are empty.

Most of us are in a rut, and do you know what a rut is? It is a grave with the ends knocked out. In fact, someone said, ''Keep out of ruts. A rut is something which, if traveled too much, becomes a ditch.''

Tony Evans says, ''We have a problem today -- too many decaffeinated Christians. We have too much Christianity without the caffeine. It looks like coffee, smells like coffee, but it's 'unleaded.' There's no buzz in it, nothing to wake us up, let alone wake up a spiritually drowsy world.''

I think Tony Evans is right. We have too many Christians who are not living purpose driven lives. As a result they are living ordinary lives. Many of us who are going to experience God for eternity are not experiencing much of Him in history. We seem to write songs and say the right words, but there is no potency ...

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