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October 15, 2017

Counting the Cost

 Scottish National Monument

The National Monument of Scotland is a memorial in Edinburgh honoring the Scottish soldiers and sailors who died during the Napoleonic Wars. Construction of the monument began in 1826 but was halted in 1829 due to lack of funds. It still stands uncompleted mainly as a monument to the failure of the builders to “count the cost” and as a result has come to be known as “Scotland’s Disgrace”, and “Edinburgh’s Folly”. This is a perfect illustration of Jesus’ teaching in Luke that anyone who wants to follow Him must “count the cost”. Jesus used the illustration to teach what each of us must be willing to give up if we want to follow Him.

Jesus’ teaching is both a warning and an encouragement to us. It is a warning to each us who claims to be a follower of Jesus Christ. Have we really counted the cost?

It is also an encouragement to us. None of us value Christ and follow Him completely as we should. This reminds us to consider who He is and all He has done for us so that we might treasure Him more and follow Him more closely every day.

This is the subject of this week's interim Bible study at the West Virginia State Capitol. Please pray as we encourage the legislators, elected officials, staff, and lobbyists who serve at the statehouse to do some serious "Gospel Accounting".

Pray for the legislators who are traveling in for their interim meetings and special session and for our opportunities to minister to them during this time.

Tim

Tim Pauley

Ministry Director

Capitol Commission West Virginia