“There was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate was laid a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover, even the dogs came and licked his sores. The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried, and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. And he called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame.’ But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner bad things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.’ And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father’s house— for I have five brothers—so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.’ But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’ And he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ He said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.’” —Luke 16:19-31

 Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. —Romans 2:4-7

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. 

Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. —Romans 1:18-25

You live here in Pamlico County now, but have you planned your final destination beyond your life here?  When the train leaves the station, do you know where it is taking you?  In the Bible, we are told that we will be judged by our Lord based on how we live our lives and how we relate to Jesus, and that if we are judged favorably, we will be in heaven with Him.

If, on the other hand, we are judged unfavorably due to our decision not to accept Jesus as our Savior, rejecting Him and following the wicked ways of the world instead, we will be “cast into the lake of fire,” there to suffer eternally. Do you know how to get where you want to go: Which train to board, which track, and, of course, to make sure you have your ticket and reservation?

You don’t need an 800 number or an email address to get everything planned and finalized. Jesus told us what we need to know: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” All aboard!


BethCom’s Three Salads and a Mint Takeout luncheon is today. If you have reserved a plate, please don’t forget to pick it up after worship. The price of the luncheon plate is your donation of whatever you think is fair.

Plates will contain a shrimp salad, a cucumber salad, an orange fluff salad, crackers and a mint.


“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.  Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.—Matthew 5:14-16

Do you remember the song by the Seekers, “This Little Light of Mine?” It goes like this:

“This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.
Every day, every day, every day, every way,
Gonna let my little light shine.”

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus told us not to hide our light, but to let it shine so that others may see it and glorify God.

But what is this light that we possess and can use to shine forth? “Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12) As Christians, Jesus gives the Holy Spirit to dwell within us. That is our light. Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!