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Many of the people there, friends and ministers alike, are no longer in the faith. They have chosen to give up on God’s way and rejoin the world. Some of you have also stayed the course as long or even longer. What can we pass along to those who have come into the faith later and who are wondering, “What has kept you faithful?” I was asked this very question and three points came to mind: 1. Keep your eyes on the Kingdom. Jesus said, “Seek first the kingdom of God” (Matthew 6:31-34 Matthew 6:31-34 31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knows that you have need of all these things. 33 But seek you first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient to the day is the evil thereof.
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). Early on, I heard a sermon about how we can block out the sun with a dime if we hold it close to our eye. Likewise, we can allow problems, which compared to the Kingdom of God are miniscule, to block out the vision of God’s Kingdom. The gospel is of the Kingdom. The Sabbath and Holy Days point to—and our hope and the hope of the whole world is—the Kingdom. Nothing, no offense, no problem, no trial, no doubt can be allowed to block that vision. 2. Keep your hand on the plow. Jesus said that no one who puts his hand to the plow and turns back is fit for the Kingdom (Luke 9:57-62 Luke 9:57-62 57 And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man said to him, Lord, I will follow you wherever you go. 58 And Jesus said to him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man has not where to lay his head. 59 And he said to another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. 60 Jesus said to him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go you and preach the kingdom of God. 61 And another also said, Lord, I will follow you; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house. 62 And Jesus said to him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.
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). We must be doing the work, having our hearts, our prayers, our tithes and offerings in the work of the Church, preaching the gospel of the Kingdom of God to the world and serving in the local congregation. If we are an active part of the local church, we build that sense of belonging, community and family that binds us together. Like a threefold cord, we are not quickly broken (Ecclesiastes 4:12 Ecclesiastes 4:12And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
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). 3. Keep your feet planted firmly on the Rock. Never forget, Christ is the Head of the Church. People have problems—always have, always will. Christ will always work it out. The work will succeed. As He took care of things in the past, so He does today. Those who rely on Him, trust in Him and stand on Him will not be moved. We must build our house on that Rock (Matthew 7:24-27 Matthew 7:24-27 24 Therefore whoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man, which built his house on a rock: 25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat on that house; and it fell not: for it was founded on a rock. 26 And every one that hears these sayings of mine, and does them not, shall be likened to a foolish man, which built his house on the sand: 27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat on that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
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). Jesus told us in Revelation 3, “I know your works…you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name… Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial… Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown. He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more” (Revelation 3:8-12 Revelation 3:8-12 8 I know your works: behold, I have set before you an open door, and no man can shut it: for you have a little strength, and have kept my word, and have not denied my name. 9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you. 10 Because you have kept the word of my patience, I also will keep you from the hour of temptation, which shall come on all the world, to try them that dwell on the earth. 11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which you have, that no man take your crown. 12 Him that overcomes will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write on him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from my God: and I will write on him my new name.
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, emphasis added). We must keep our eyes on the Kingdom, our hands on the plow and our feet planted firmly on that Rock.

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