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First Presbyterian Church of Conrad, IA

Investing in Eternity

John 14:1-4

"(1) 'Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in Me. (2) My Father's house has many room; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? (3) And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with Me that you also may be where I am. (4) You know the way to the place where I am going.'"

Prayer for Illumination

"Investing in Eternity"

1. We Have an Eternal Destination

a) More of the same - not an option.
b) Heaven - with God.
          - No sorrow, pain, worry, and fear.
          - Joy, peace.
c) Hell - apart from God.
          - Nothing but sorrow, pain, and fear
          - No hope.

2. Living for Eternity Today

a) Participating in the preparation.
          - Jesus is preparing our hearts as well as a "place".
          - Today is a gift - living without regret.
b) Losing life in order to find it.
          - Seeking, finding new life in Christ.
          - Exploring our new life together.
c) Live with expectations.
          - "What does God have for me to do, learn today?"

3. Eternity Is Already Underway

a) Sense of urgency to share Good News, hope.
          - Don't know how long we have.
          - Build relationships that provide a safe space to share.
b) Don't waste time figuring time.
          - Instead, figure best use of time.
          - What would please God today?
c) Invest in lasting relationships.
          - Neighbors forever!
          - Importance of community.

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