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"Castles of Sand"

July 27, 2006

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The world and its desires pass away but the man who does the will of God lives forever. 1 John 2:17

On the seashore or along the beach most of us have seen castles of sand carefully erected by youngsters, only later to be utterly demolished and destroyed. Beholding these disintegrated edifices reminds us of the "castles of sand" that men and women erect in real life. They spend not just a few hours but precious years, thinking they are really accomplishing something. But then comes the night, and the tides of time swirl in, and soon their cherished "castles" disappear.

There is only one way to build a life that counts and a "work" that endures. It is to found it on the rock, Christ Jesus, our Savior, and to do so with eternity's values in view. To rear and educate your children to succeed in this life is fine, but what are you doing to help them prepare for the life to come? To be successful in business and receive the praise of people may give temporary pleasure and satisfaction, but what are you doing for eternity? Are you building a castle of sand or a work that abides?

Whatever we build in faith on the Word and work of Jesus Christ will remain, for He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

PRAYER: Holy Spirit, remind us that there is but one life that will soon be past; only what is done for Christ will last. Amen.

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Today's Bible Readings: Psalms 99-100,102    Acts 17:16-34

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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