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So there is sin. That is our doing, when we are too self-centered to follow God's way.

Salvation. Well, that's God's doing, reaching out through time and space to give us a chance to start again.

Consider now your willfulness. Receive now your salvation.

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Listen

Little children, let no one deceive you. Everyone who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.

1 John 3:7

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Think

You know that lots of stuff you see online is bogus, right? “Lose 40 pounds of belly-fat while eating anything you want in only 2 days!” Right. “We can find you the (man/woman) of your dreams, guaranteed!” Sure you can.

How can you separate truth from bogus-ness? There are some myth-buster websites you probably know about, but a really good pair of questions to ask about anything like this is “How do you know?” and “What are you trying to get me to do?” If the answer to question two involves commitments of money and time, then get a second opinion before you sign the contract.

Unfortunately, there are religious scammers around, and there always have been — people who try to manipulate you by telling you that they speak for God. This verse recommends checking out how they live. Do they act like Jesus? If not, better give them a pass.

Asking questions is not sinful.

Richard Vinson

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Pray

Thank you for trustworthy people who love me; protect me, Lord, from those who want to harm me. Amen.

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There is no falling that can keep you down forever.
There is no shortcoming that can leave you always in debt.
For God has determined to offer salvation
Every day,
Every time,
Every stride,
Every halting step.

Believe, and receive your salvation.

Richard Vinson

Richard Vinson teaches religion at Salem College, New Testament at Union Presbyterian Seminary (Charlotte campus), and first-grade Sunday School at Knollwood Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He and his wife, Diane Lipsett, between them have five sons, one daughter-in-law, a five-year-old grandson, a dog, and two cats.

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