Sunday 03.07.21

Take Up Your Cross

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Scripture Reading: Psalm 19:7-14

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Take Up Your Cross
By: Chaz Bell

Luke 9:23-24 (NLT)
(23) Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily, and follow me. (24) If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.

“Two battleships assigned to a training squadron had been at sea on maneuvers in heavy weather for several days. I was serving on the lead battleship and was on watch on the bridge as night fell.  The visibility was poor with patchy fog, so the captain remained on the bridge keeping an eye on all activities.  Shortly after dark the lookout on the wind of the bridge reported, “Light, bearing on the starboard bow.” “Is it steady or moving astern?” The captain called out.  Lookout replied, “Steady, captain,” which meant we were on the dangerous collision course with that ship.  The captain then called to the signalman, “Signal that ship:  We are on a collision course, advise them to change course 20 degrees.”  Back came a signal, “Advisable for you to change course 20 degrees.”  The captain said, “Send I’m a captain, change your course 20 degrees.”  “I’m a seaman-second class, “ came the reply.  “You had better change course 20 degrees.”  By that time, the captain was furious.  He spat out, “Send, I’m a battleship.  Change course 20 degrees.”  Back came the flashing light, “I’m a lighthouse.”  We changed course.” - Stephen Covey, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

      • The desire to change has to be greater than the desire to stay the same.
      • Luke 9:23 (NLT)
        (23) Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily, and follow me.
      • “Discipline is choosing between what you want now and what you want most.”
        - Abraham Lincoln
      • 1 Corinthians 9:27 (NLT)
        (27) I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.
    • Luke 9:24 (NLT)
      (24) If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.
    • There is a legend about Satan and his imps planning their strategy for attacking the world that’s hearing the message of salvation.  One of the demons says, “I’ve got the plan, master.  When I get to earth and take charge of people’s thinking,  I’ll tell them there’s no Heaven.” The devil responds, “Ah, they’ll never believe that.  This Book of Truth is full of messages about the hope of Heaven through sins forgiven.  They won’t believe that.  They know there's a glory yet to come.”On the other side of the room another says, “I’ve got the plan.  I’ll tell ’em there’s no hell.”  “No good,” he says. “Jesus while He was on earth, talked more of hell than of Heaven.  They know in their hearts that their wrong will have to be taken care of in some way.  They deserve nothing more than hell.”  And one brilliant little imp in the back stood up and said, “Then I know the answer.  I’ll just tell them there’s no hurry.”  And he’s the one Satan chose.
      - CS Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

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