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I so enjoy watching adventure movies like 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'
- In their story is a treasure of untold wealth
That has a curse on it
- to have it in the person's possession 
means sure death...

and the choice always presented
Choose the treasure
and die trying to keep it
or live
without the treasure...

Yesterday I heard a similar situation
in real life.

A rich young man
Came to Jesus and asked Him,
'What must I do to live forever?'

Jesus asked him a few questions
and then gave a final instruction....

"Go, sell everything you have
and give to the poor,
and you will have treasure in Heaven.
Then come, 
follow me."    Mark 10:17-27

Instructions for LIFE.

If you cling to the 

You will lose LIFE.

If you release the treasure
and follow Jesus....
Life.... forever.

And today.
Many are asking,
"How do I stay
(or help keep others alive?)
and I am finding
my choice is to release
my grip on my treasure
here on earth..

For being ALIVE in this time
will not be just isolating
but it will be
- Being generous
with little
- Choosing to help
at risk to self
- Shining
in weakness and lack.

For that is the way
of the Cross.

That is Jesus' way....
Matthew 16:24 Then Jesus told his disciples, 
“If anyone would come after me,
let him deny himself
and take up his cross and follow me.
25 For whoever would save his life
will lose it,
but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
26 For what will it profit a man
if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul?
Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?

Oh Lord,
You are here
in the midst
of this defining time

When I must Choose

and it is actually 
more difficult
than I thought it would be....

and yet.
there is really
no other choice but....

I choose