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"Lifetime Warranties You Can Trust"

Two weeks ago my riding lawn mower was broken down and I had to wait for a part to come so it could be repaired. Then the dish-washer quit working due to a part that went bad. This week I got 4 new tires on my pickup truck, plus some brakes, and some other front end parts. The clothes dryer sticks and there is a plumbing issue in the basement. Rinda’s recliner has been broken for 3 months, and we’re waiting for a repairman to come with the new part. My mother called last night and told me that the refrigerator at her lake cottage has stopped working. The list goes on and on. I suspect you have a list too.
Does anything last? Often the new items we purchase have a warranty. Most of them are limited to a few months or years, and we need the proof of purchase, and other items that we have often failed to keep. Sometimes life may feel like a junkyard filled with the broken things and pieces of our past. On top of broken material items, our junkyards are piled with broken relationships, promises made, and dreams that never came true.
Jesus said, “Don’t store up treasures on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal” (Matthew 6.19). Life can get discouraging when we see things so many things that don’t last. Our time can be filled up with fixing things, maintaining our health, and preparing ourselves for the next problem that is just around the corner. There are plenty of worries and anxieties.
Still there is a promise in the Bible about three lifetime warranties that really do last. The promise is found in 1 Corinthians 13.13. “And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
Faith lasts. “Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” (Heb. 11.1) The saints of the Bible are commended for their faith. Many of our parents and grandparents were people of great faith - so they taught us about Jesus. They built churches, and sent missionaries, and gave their time and money for Jesus’ kingdom. And for us, despite the broken things, and the heartaches, and the continual difficulties of life and health - there is faith in Jesus and the promise of eternal life in a new heavenly home. Faith Lasts!
Hope endures! “For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has?” (Romans 8.24). Our hope in Jesus is for heaven, and for a heavenly treasure, and for God’s hand to work even in our lives now. We are reminded that God promises His blessings to those who believe in Him, so that we might have our hope in Him as an “anchor for our souls.” (Heb. 6.18-19). Hope is what martyrs relied on when put to death for their allegiance to Jesus. Hope is what we focus on when times are difficult. Hope endures!
Love never fails. It never ends. Romance may end…and feelings change. Our emotions can fluctuate. But God’s love is patient, kind, not jealous or boastful or rude. Heavenly love is not self-seeking or easily angered. Love does not keep a record of wrongs. It always protects, trusts, and perseveres. There may be many times when the love of other people doesn’t last! There may be times when even the best of men and women disappoint us. But, Jesus showed His love by suffering on the cross for our sins. And Jesus continues to show His love as He forgives, and restores us, and continues to want us. Love - God’s love - never fails. “His compassions never fail…they are new every morning.” (Lamentations 3.23).
Are you tired of things that don’t last? Me too. And we will continue to be frustrated by the failure of earthly things- because they were never intended to be forever. So when you’re frustrated by broken things remember some things God gives that cannot fail: Faith, Hope, and Love.

 

 

 

Our Service is a blend of traditional and contemporary. We sing traditional hymns and worship choruses. A message based on readings from the Bible is also shared each week.

WORSHIP SERVICE: 9:30am

SUNDAY SCHOOL 10:30AM


Contact Information...

First Baptist Church of Rochester
1000 Main Street
Rochester, Indiana 46975
574-223-3613
FBC46975.ORG