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Salvation is the Gift of Life

Everyone loves surprises.  When you are presented with a gift, immediately you wonder: What is it? Do I need it? Can I use it? Is it valuable? Will it cost me something?  The word gift implies that it is free, but there is something incumbent on our […]

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Sacrifice is the Price of Life

The story is told that a chicken and a pig walking down the road encountered a man dying of starvation.  The chicken said to the pig, “Let’s feed this man.  I’ll give the eggs.  You give the bacon.”  What a deal!  It’s obvious who would have to […]

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Righteousness is the Justification of Life

Righteousness is being right with God, others, and ourselves.  In the Greek language, righteousness means justification.  Justification means right standing with God.  It has been described as, “Just as if I had never sinned.”  It is the freedom to be who God created us to be because […]

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Revenge is the Retaliation of Life

Revenge!  Even the sound of the word makes me shudder.  It is a horrendous driving force that is out of control.  It is the old “eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth” philosophy: “You kill my dog; I’ll kill your cat.”  It is vengeance that is […]

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Restoration is the Remedy of Life

Restoration is the process of repairing that which is broken.  The remedy is the cure, treatment, or solution to the dilemma.  For example, all of humanity, beginning with Adam and Eve have been “found guilty” of sin.  Sin breaks fellowship with God.  Its end result is the […]

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Rest is the Refreshing of Life

In only six days God took nothing and created everything that exists, and on the seventh day He rested.  Obviously, God, who is omnipotent, did not rest because He was tired.  He created twenty-four hour time periods and then modeled the importance of being refreshed by rest […]

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Responsibility is the Maturation of Life

Maturity is seen when a person takes responsibility for himself.  Maturity means to stop making excuses.  For example, it’s time to stop making excuses for being late.  The responsible thing is to be on time.  It’s time to stop making excuses for our indebtedness.  The responsible thing […]

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Respect is the ‘Golden Rule’ of Life

Everyone desires to be respected and held in high regard.  Whether we admit it or not, we are affected by the opinion of others.  The people we admire the most are those who respect others.  Respect begins with what Sunday school teachers call, ‘The Golden Rule:’  “Do […]

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Reputation is the Credibility of Life

A reputation of credibility is the capital that appreciates over a lifetime of wise, positive choices.  You are many decisions away from building a reputable legacy, but just one unwise decision away from the need to rebuild a lifetime of prudent choices.  That is why ending well […]

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Repentance is the Reformation of Life

Repentance produces reformation.  Reformation brings about corrective, positive improvement in behavior.  It demands a total transformation of the mind, will, and emotions.  True repentance is remorse that results in an “about-face” change of direction.  Jesus said, “Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” Luke 13:3 One […]

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