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Success:The Fatal Attraction (19 May 2916)
Like a seductress, she can woo. As a magnetic filed with a compass, she can pull irresistibly. Like sirens of ancient mythology. he can sing a sweet tune that compels you to sail to her isle. "She" is success: the golden goddess which the attractiveness Of Aphrodite and the thunder of Poseidon. We fall in love with her in school when we hear the high school cheerleaders: "S.U.C.C.E.S.S. That's the way you spell success. Real food for though! We pay homeage to her around graduation when we select the boy and girl "Most Likely to Succeed." And after graduation, we return to those schools sometimes for what we call most sacred of worship assemblies to her called reunion-times to judgement to, reckon what we've done to this body, whether good or bad. Who cruised up in an BMW? Who pushed the battered old truck into the parking lot? Who married into wealth? Who finished with a PH.D? Who landed the most prestigious job?.. Success our national Religion. We eat it, breathe it, caress it, baby it, worship it, and even worse we judge ourselves by it. If we think we've lived up to society's standard of success, we feel great about ourselves, if, on the other hand, we fall short, we fell worthless zeros. I America we tend to define success by the trinity of wealth, power or fame. We bow down before them. If we cannot find them in life, we think we missed our calling. As God' people, we have managed to stay seperate from society's view of success, or have we bought into the view? If we judge judge ourselves on the basis, we need to crave our view of success from scripture. Two views of success appear in the scene between the rich man and Lazarus (Luke 16). The first is the High School reunion view (verse 19-21) You show up at a reunion at Jerusalem High, how would have view the rich man? Based on national trinity of wealth, power and prestige, he's done well. The text says "he lives in luxury everyday." He's got mansion in the best part of town. He's got purple robes and silk sheets. As he strolls up from his hand carved, gold trimmed chariot, peop;e look at him and say, "There's a man who's made it in life." When the stories are told at the reunion, his name would be mention first. In contrast, we're embarrassed that someone send Lazarus and invitation. WE try to forget that he graduated with us from the same high school. He's covered with sores. He stinks. WE can hardly stand it as he walks in the door. he is malnourished, sitting at the rich man's gate and waiting from the crumbs form the table. But's let look at another view of the story. The eternal view . Lazarus died, and the angels carried him to Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. An in hell he looked up and saw Lazarus and all he want was a finger tip of water to cool his burning tongue. Think on this and get your answer!
Some have asked me the question, "How is the best way to sleep through a sermon?"
Here is my answer! (May 7 2016)
1. Never fall asleep flat on the pew. To keep this from happening, it's actually better to sit in a crowded pew, shoulder to shoulder with people on your left and right. Otherwise, if you fall asleep, you might slump over the pew and bump your head and that's not good, Read acts 20:9 and be forewarned. A kid name Eutychus was sitting in a window; fell asleep under the preaching of Paul' and toppled three stories to the ground below. He was" taken up dead," but thank God, Paul was there to intervene. You preacher is no Paul.
2. When you sleep, don't fall completely asleep, but cat nap instead. If you fall completely asleep, your sleep apnea might kick i and that could be embarrassing. Better to just go half-asleep, so that you are vaguely aware of your surroundings. It helps to use a Bible to prop your chin up, or lean against your head. You can close your eyes, as long as the bible is in view. He will thinking you are praying for him. Also you will be ready if the preacher ask you to lead the closing prayer.
3. Have a friend be a watcher. Sit with someone who's sympathetic to your plight. O you can be his watcher the next service. Did not use your spouse., for she probably will tell the preacher you were sleeping. You need a friend would will nudge if the preacher seems to be looking in your direction a lot. Make sure your Bible is open you lap, or is in view. You friend can rouse you so that you can say a quick "amen" and get right back to your cat nap.
4. Don't sit on the back pew. Believe it or not, this is the first place preachers looks for sermon slackers, If you sit in the first or second row, you actually get more nap time in because preachers will normally look right over you.
5. Don't sleep through the entire sermon. After all the preacher has something from the Lord you probably need to hear.But when you have heard it, you have no further obligation to stay awake. Still, if you can stay awake for at least some of the sermon, you can the refer to it when you're leaving the church and shaking hands with the preacher's hand and say to him. "Wonderful message, Pastor!I especially like the last part of the sermon
So there you go, I hope this doesn't fall into my pastor's hands