3/23/2008 ~ Things More Important Than Christ?

... "A certain man gave a great supper and invited many, ... ~ Luke 14:15-24

Vivid examples are given by God.
Excuses hurt our Lord in denying His offering.

Can you say you worship God?

... "You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with
all your soul, and with all your mind. ..." ~ Matthew 22:36-40

God wants us all as a Father is to His children.

... who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and
served the creature rather than the Creator, ... ~ Romans 1:23-25

We use what God has given us to make excuses
of why we can not worship Him - who created all.

... Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. ... ~ Matthew 6:9-13

Simply cherish He who has given all with all oneís heart.

"... And his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: 'I am the First and I am the Last;
Besides Me there is no God. And who can proclaim as I do?'..." ~ Isaiah 44:6-8

└─> Declaration of exclusiveness.                                                  

We need to serve God and not other concerns.

Priorities above God?

... Who would form a god or mold an image That profits him nothing? ...
~ Isaiah 44:9-17

All will know false worship as a waste of time.

... A deceived heart has turned him aside; And he cannot deliver his soul,
Nor say, "Is there not a lie in my right hand?" ~ Isaiah 44:18-20

Serving a lie is foolish.

... put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication,
uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, ... ~ Colossians 3:5

... seek those things which are above, where Christ is, ... ~ Colossians 3:1-2

Rise to the occasion that is your life.

┌─> Do you care for those in hardship? 
... to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep
oneself unspotted from the world. ~ James 1:27

It is not about stuff.

... Let brotherly love continue. Do not forget to entertain strangers, ...
~ Hebrews 13:1-2

... Their idols were on the beasts and on the cattle.
Your carriages were heavily loaded, ... ~ Isaiah 46:1-2

There are those who carry the burdens of false worship.

"... beware of covetousness, for one's life does not consist
in the abundance of the things he possesses." ~ Luke 12:13-15

What one holds materially dear does not necessarily mean one has.

"For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own
soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?" ~ Matthew 16:26

"... So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God."
~ Luke 12:16-21

"... Return to Me, for I have redeemed you." ~ Isaiah 44:21-22

God wants us though we have sinned.

┌─> Are you happy to have been invited?                                     
"... bring in here the poor and the maimed and the lame and the blind."
~ Luke 14:21

Do you FEAST on the words of Christ?

Perhaps the hardship found in humanity is in that we have forsaken God.
Does your possessions own you or do you own your possessions?
The church of Christ offers forgiveness of sins and eternal life.
Itís not about the distraction of having a good time with others.
~ Itís about putting God first.

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Do not put Christ last.





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