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UNMARKED AND UNCLAIMED In January 1985, a large suitcase, unmarked and unclaimed, was discovered at the customs office at Los Angeles International Airport. When customs agents opened the suitcase, they found the curled-up body of an unidentified young woman. She had been dead for a few days, according to the county coroner. As the investigation …

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THANKFUL FRUIT The Heidelberg Catechism of 1563 asks, “But does this doctrine (justification by faith) make men careless and profane?” and offers this answer: “No; for it is impossible that those who are implanted into Christ by true faith, should not bring forth fruits of thankfulness.” From The Gospel According to Jesus, John F. MacArthur, …

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TOO LATE After a series of meetings had finished, the evangelist Billy Sunday was helping the workmen take down the tent. A young man who had been in the meeting the night before came up to Mr Sunday and asked him earnestly, “What must I do to be saved?” Sunday said, “You’re too late,” and …

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A LIFE WORTH SAVING A man risked his life by swimming through the treacherous rip-tide to save a youngster from being swept out to sea. After the child recovered from the harrowing experience, he thanked the man for his act of sacrifice. The man responded to the boy’s thanks: “That’s okay. Just make sure your …

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BEHAVIOR OR RELATION The error at the root of all false ideas of perfection is this: it is rating our behavior “before” God higher than our relation “to” God — putting conduct before faith, deeds before trust, work before worship. That is the root of all pharisaism, …paganism, and natural and worldly morality. From Steve …

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WORKS THAT FOLLOW FAITH A little girl had a problem. She was worried because her brother had built some traps to catch rabbits. She loved rabbits and didn’t want any of them to be hurt or killed in her brother’s traps. She tearfully begged her brother not to use the traps, but he refused to …

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