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Rev. Carl H. Kemp, Pastor

Life is a Temporary Assignment

February 1, 2004

Hebrews 11: 11-16
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By faith Abraham, even though he was past age-- and Sarah herself was barren-- was enabled to become a father because he considered him faithful who had made the promise. 12 And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore. 13 All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised;    they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and  strangers on earth. 14 People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. 15 If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 Instead, they were longing for a better country-- a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has  prepared a city for them.

            Point to Ponder: This world is not my home 

            Question to Consider: Since life on earth is just a temporary assignment, how should that change the way I live today? 

(2 Corinthians 4:18 KJV)  While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. 

(2 Corinthians 4:18 NIV)  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 

In God’s eyes, the great heroes of faith are not those who achieve prosperity, success, and power in this life, but those who treat this life as a temporary assignment and serve faithfully expecting their promised reward in eternity. 

            Aliens and strangers on earth, their true home was in heaven.

(Rev 21:2 NIV)  I saw the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.

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