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A Public Place For A Private Event!

Dr. Vince Hefner, Pastor
First Baptist Church, Cherryville, NC


A few years ago my wife and I went on vacation to Daytona Beach, Florida.  One of the jobs everybody has to do when they arrive at their vacation destination is to go to the grocery store to buy supplies for the duration of your time away from home.

It’s no fun for me to drive almost non-stop for 10 hours with just a few pit stops on the way to the beach. However, you never know when the ocean has a low tide and decides to not come back, leaving you with looking at miles and miles of sand. Once we saw the ocean was still in place, the next step was to get something to eat.

Since I don’t go on many vacations, when the conversation came up to go the store, I was up for the challenge. Big mistake! I don’t know why I thought buying groceries would be more exciting in Florida than North Carolina, but I went along to see how people from the “Sunshine State” decide on which fruit to buy, or maybe there was a new soft drink they sold down there that we don’t have up here. Whatever the reason, I passed up on a chance to rest from a long trip to rub elbows with people who has spent way too much time in the sun!



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For most men, shopping is like attacking an obstacle course. You want to get everything you need as quickly as possible, and get to the finish line, I mean the check-out line faster than anyone else. I have never received a prize for my fast and accurate shopping, but I do get a warm feeling when I walk out of the grocery store with a completed mission!

The only thing bad about that particular day was my wife was shopping with a friend, and let me tell you, they were in no hurry. My shopping time, 15 minutes. Their shopping time, 1 hour and 17 minutes. What do you do when you have an entire hour to sit around and wait in a grocery store? When I was a child I would cry and pitch a fit, but that doesn’t work when you are an adult. As a matter of fact, an adult just might get arrested for acting like a child. All I could do was sit in front of the store and wait, and wait some more.

As I was waiting I started to watch people come in and out of the store, crossing that finish line that I so badly wanted to cross. However, I couldn’t, because my wife was deciding which jar of pickles to buy, or should she buy the regular microwave popcorn or the one with extra butter, you know, important stuff. Something I noticed at the front of the store was a big industrial scale, and just about everybody who came in or out of the store jumped up on that scale and weighted themselves! Excuse me? Isn’t their a law against weighing yourself in public? Just to let you know, over the past few months I have lost and gained close to 25 pounds. However, I weigh myself behind a locked bathroom door in the privacy of my own house, thank you very much!

However, this idea of public weighing brought to my mind the time when all of mankind will be judged by the Righteous Judge, Jesus Christ. Acts 1:11 says, “Men of Galilee, they said, why are you standing here staring into heaven? Jesus has been taken from you into heaven, but someday he will return from heaven in the same way you saw him go!”

It is only through a personal relationship with Jesus that heaven will be your home. One does not get to heaven by doing more good than bad, but through the sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross for the payment of our sins. We don’t know when that time will come, nor do we know when our time on this earth is up, but are we ready for either one?

Remember, don’t give into sin. Think about it!


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