From the Pulpit to the Pew 

Eternal Investments

Charles Francis Adams, 19th century political figure and diplomat, kept a diary. One day he entered: “Went fishing with my son today–a day wasted.” His son, Brook Adams, also kept a diary, which is still in existence. On that same day, Brook Adams made this entry: “Went fishing with my father–the most wonderful day of my life!” The father thought he was wasting his time while fishing with his son, but his son saw it as an investment of time. The only way to tell the difference between wasting and investing is to know one’s ultimate purpose in life and to judge accordingly.

Jesus said in Matthew 6:19-21, Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

The Christian worldview provides two investment options. The first option is the earthly option. The earthly option consists of everything; temporary. It’s an attractive option because it satisfies immediate desires through gratification. The second option is the heavenly option. The heavenly option consists of everything; eternal. The eternal option requires the believer to look beyond gratification into sanctification. Sanctification is simply setting aside something for the purpose of making it holy.

The Board of First Church is introducing a Capital Campaign titled: “Laying Up Your Treasures.” The Campaign is designed to eliminate the debt on the Family Life Center and position the Church to impact the Community for Christ. We believe good stewardship is a wise way to invest treasures in heaven. The Board would like to extend an invitation for you to be a part of the program. First and foremost by praying. Praying for the Lord’s guidance, His blessings and His direction. Secondly, by investing as partners into the Kingdom work at First Church. There are several options available and information is being mailed out to each family explaining the programs. We only ask that you consider what God would have you to do. Jesus said, For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  May He bless you abundantly!

Enthusiastically His,

Pastor Keith  

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