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Grace Bible Chapel of Springfield, Illinois
|MARCH 4, 2018
|MARCH 11, 2018
|MARCH 18, 2018
|MARCH 25, 2018
|APRIL 1, 2018
“For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.”
Basically there are two attitudes we believers can take toward our life. We can try to save it or we can purposefully
lose it for Christ’s sake.
The natural thing is to try to save it. We can live a self-centered life, trying to protect ourselves from effort and
inconvenience. We can make careful plans to cushion ourselves from shocks, to guard against loss, to avoid any
form of discomfort. Our house becomes like a private estate posted with “No Trespassing” signs. It is for the family
only—with minimal hospitality shown to others. Our decisions are made on the basis of how things will affect us. If
they disrupt our plans or involve a lot of work or require expenditure of funds to help others, we turn thumbs down.
We tend to devote inordinate attention to our personal health, refusing any service that might call for sleepless nights,
for contact with sickness, or death, for any physical risks. We also give a higher priority to personal appearance than
to the needs of those around us. In short, we live to cater to the body, which, in a few short years, will be eaten by
worms if the Lord doesn’t come.
In trying to save our life, we lose it. We suffer all the miseries of a selfish existence and miss out on all the blessings
of living for others.
The alternative is to lose our life for Christ’s sake. This is a life of service and of sacrifice. While we do not take
needless risks or court martyrdom, we do not turn away from duty with the plea that we have to live at all cost. There
is a sense in which we “fling our soul and body down for God to plow them under.” We count it our greatest joy to
spend and be spent for Him. Our home is open, our possessions are expendable, our time is available to those in
In thus pouring out our lives for Christ and for others, we find life that is life indeed. In losing our lives, we actually
Below is a meditation written, by Mr. William MacDonald. 1917-2007
RICHARD COOLEY will be our speaker
on March 25, 2018 for the Family Bible
Hour service at 11:00 a.m. Richard and
his wife Nancy have fellowshipped at
Grace Bible Chapel from childhood.
They have two adult children and two
grandchildren. Richard is a graduate of
Bob Jones University and a retired art
teacher. He teaches in our adult Bible
class that is currently studying in
Exodus. He and his twin brother David
take part in our singing groups. Richard
is also an avid golfer.