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Pastor’s Corner

April 22, 2013
Luis Coca Liberty Baptist Church, Kief, N.D. , Pierce County Tribune

The North Dakota State Fair is one of the greatest joys for a young child. Parents bring them to the fairgrounds and the smells and sounds captivate them. The smells of caramel popcorn, cotton candy, and the many delicious foods that are offered there fill the nostrils.

Children are also drawn to the midway, where there are all kinds of rides, from a merry-go-round to the more daring roller-coaster rides. Carnival workers are pitching their stand to come over and place some money down to win a huge prize with a simple toss of a ring or basketball.

As a Sheriff's Deputy working in Ward County, we had many children who were reported lost on the fairground. It's easy for children to be distracted and get away from their parents, because they are taken in by all the excitement. These children don't even know they are lost until they come back to reality.

Once they realize they are in a bad situation, they panic and want to be reunited with their family. But how are they going to do it? A young child doesn't have the experience and know how to seek the help he needs to find his way. The parents are frantic, and the Sheriff's Department is looking for the child. It's an allout effort until the child is located and reunited with mom and dad.

The same is true with unbelievers. They may not know it yet, because they are still having a wonderful time with the attractions of the world. They are just as lost as the little boy at the fairgrounds. Sooner or later in life, they will feel that emptiness, that void, that something is missing. They don't understand how they end up they way they have and feel hopeless.

Every man, woman and child born into this world has a sense that there is something more. The Good News is that there is. But first of all, he or she must recognize the condition or situation they are in. Secondly, like the Sheriff's Deputies who found the little boy, someone needs to show them the way. That's why it is so important for fellow Christians to take every advantage that is presented by the Holy Spirit to nudge a lost person towards the cross. It must be done gently, with the love of our Lord. Jesus Christ Himself said

John 13:34-35 (NIV2011) "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."

Carrying out the great commission of Christ requires it to be done in a loving, caring fashion. If there is an emptiness or lost feeling in your life, it may just be that you need a Savior.

Matthew 7:7-8 (NIV2011) Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

Filling your emptiness and purpose is right there. Seek and you will find.



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