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Trivial, and Not So Trivial Questions

February 12, 2019

“In 1900, how many American homes, out of every 7 homes, had a bathtub?”

That was the final trivia question in our annual Men’s Trivia Tournament recently. A team of two men answered it correctly to win the championship. Now, when you and I see that question, we most likely think, “Who cares about bathtubs in 1900? What does it matter?”

We would be absolutely right! It is a trivial thing, and that’s why we call the game “Trivia.”

I have two questions for you that aren’t trivial at all. In fact, they are of eternal importance. Jesus actually asked these questions, so I simply pass them on to you:

“What do you benefit, if you gain the whole world, but lose your soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?” (Mark 8:36 NLT)

There is nothing that this world can offer, which would be of greater value than the joy of eternal life with Jesus Christ, the one who created us and loves us. He is the one who paid our sin penalty on the cross. He is the one who conquered death by His resurrection. He gives forgiveness, reconciliation, and a heavenly home to those who humbly repent and follow Him by faith. If we pursue anything, or anyone besides Jesus, we lose. And that isn’t a trivial thing.

Please surrender your entire life to Jesus today.

*By the way, the answer to the trivia question was “1” in 7 homes had bathtubs in 1900.

~ Pastor Marlin

Christmas Journeys

December 7, 2018

One Sunday I asked the congregation if anyone had ever journeyed out of the country to celebrate Christmas. One person spoke up and said, “Pittsburgh!” Now, Pittsburgh isn’t outside the country, but I suppose it certainly is a lengthy journey from the Minnesota Iron Range.

The longest Christmas journey ever taken was from Heaven to earth. That is a long journey! It was taken by Jesus Christ, and it is the journey that we are celebrating these days.

Jesus, who existed in the beginning and was God, became flesh, making His dwelling among us. (John 1:1-14) He humbly emptied Himself and was made in human likeness; God becoming man. (Philippians 2:5-7) It must have been an amazing journey for Jesus! There is absolutely no way that you or I can figure out how Jesus did this, but we do know why He did it.

Jesus said that He came from Heaven to seek and to save the lost. (Luke 19:10) He said that He made the long journey from Heaven to earth in order to serve and to give His life, as a ransom for many. (Mark 10:45) Jesus came to die in our place, friends. He came to pay our sin penalty, so that forgiveness and a right relationship with our Holy Creator would be available.

Jesus took the long journey from Heaven to earth for you and me. What journey are we willing to take for Jesus this Christmas?

  • The journey of repentance and surrender to the One who died for us
  • The journey of change (an attitude or behavior)?
  • The journey of restoration in a relationship that has been broken?
  • The journey of service, obediently using our gifts and abilities for His purposes?
  • The journey of trust during the season, even if life is hard?

It is time to choose your Christmas journey. When choosing, be sure to remember the journey Jesus chose with you in mind.

Pastor Marlin