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Illustrations of Bible Truth

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Lost in the Church

In an English village a Sunday school entertainment was being held in a small church. The place was crowded and in the darkness as a stereopticon exhibition was being given a knock at the door summoned an usher, who made his way to the front and announced, "Little Mary Jones is lost. Her family and the town officers have been searching everywhere for her. If anyone has seen her or knows of her whereabouts, will he please go to the door and communicate with the friend who is inquiring." No one moved and the lecturer went on with his address and pictures.

At the close, when the lights were turned on, a lady noticed Mary sitting on a front seat. Going over to her she said,

"Why, Mary, didn't you hear them inquiring for you? Why did you not let them know you were here?"

Surprised, the child asked, "Did they mean me? They said Mary Jones was lost. I am not lost. I knew where I was all the time; I thought it was some other Mary Jones."

She was lost in the church and did not know it. How many others are like her. They have a name that they live, but are dead. Though members of some local church, they have never seen their need of Christ, nor have they believed the message of the gospel.

"If our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost" (2Cor. 4:3)

A Shining Beacon
Christian Orthodox Fellowship

United States

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