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Central Baptist Church of Westerly
16 Elm Street, Westerly, RI   02891
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You Are a Winner                                                  May 7, 2014

Dear friends,

I am one of those people who says, "I never win anything."  Of course when you
push me I will tell you about winning the use of a Lincoln Navigator Van back in
1995.  It was part of a Norwich Navigator's promotional contest.  I was all smiles
for a whole week.

I might also let it slip out that I won a few other small prizes over the years too.  I
guess when we say that we never win anything, what we really mean is that we
never win the BIG prize.  What we are saying is that we never won a Disney
vacation or new car.

So when our home was selected to take part in the Nielsen television rating survey
I thought I had hit the jackpot.  After all, these are the people who make or break
television shows.  Yes: That Nielsen!  They were asking me for my opinion.

I anxiously awaited my packet in the mail.  I was told that it would arrive by May
1st.  Day after day I came home expecting to find the survey and it never arrived.
The deadline passed and my hopes for having an influence on television
programming were dashed.

It is easy to say that we never get chosen for anything good.  Maybe that's
because we focus on the wrong things.  The truth is that God has chosen you and
me to do something that will have eternal implications for everyone we know.  He
has given us the Good News.

We have been chosen to reach out into a world darkened with sin and despair and
to bring the light of God's love into the middle of it.  Each of us has been touched
by his love, not because we earned it, but because of who God is.  He tells us to
pass it on.

If you have ever looked into the eyes of someone who you have just prayed with or
felt the embrace of someone you encouraged, then you have received the most
precious gift of all.  For in these moments you have walked with God and shared in
his glory.  There is no prize better than that!  So congratulations!  You are a winner.

God bless.  See you in church.  

Cal