Have you ever experienced a “losing streak” in your life where nothing seemed to go your way?
That happened to a man named Pete, who had fallen on hard times. His well-intentioned friends met to discuss how they could help their good buddy. But knowing him to be an extremely proud person who would not accept money, they decided to arrange a bogus raffle.
They told Pete that they would all draw numbered slips of paper from a hat, and the person who drew the number “four” would win $500. What they didn’t tell their unsuspecting friend was that the number “four” was on every slip.
After the drawing, each of the conspirators glanced at their slips and crumpled them up, pretending to look disappointed that they had not won the prize money.
Hiding their feelings of great anticipation, they slowly looked over at Pete – but he didn’t say anything.
Finally, one member of the group asked him, “Well, Pete, what number did you draw?”
Holding up the hat-size tag, Pete sighed and reported: “Six and seven-eighths.” (Source: Pastor Richard Jones on Sermon Central)
We all want to “win” in life; yet ironically, the Bible is full of stories highlighting people who “lost” everything in their faith journey with God. Today, followers of Christ are still “losing” everything they have – some giving their time to a person in need, others using their talents at work or in their church, and some devoting a portion of their hard-earned, lifetime of savings in their Wills to ministry organizations such as Grace Bible College.
For a FREE copy of our special bulletin “Five Biggest Losers of the Bible” simply check the box on the enclosed reply card or contact Steve Hilbrands from Grace Bible College at 616-538-2330 or Shilbrands@gbcol.edu – or bless your family today with a God-honoring Will at www.christianwill.org/gbc
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