School Ruler – Measuring Up As Ambassadors

School Ruler – Measuring Up As Ambassadors

Life Lessons Through the Use of Everyday Items

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[ig_toggle heading=”View Object Lesson – Key Points” onload=”closed”]The ruler has a one main purpose which is to see how items “measures up” and meets the only approved standard or measuring stick by which all measurements on a project are judged. A few biblical life lessons come to mind.

As Christians we are called ambassadors of Christ: What is an “Ambassador”? An [1ambassador is an official representative or envoy who represents another sovereign or nation; in this case God and His heavenly kingdom. That person is the resident representative of their own sovereign and appointed for a special and often temporary diplomatic assignment. The work and outreach we do for the Lord measures or represent what people believe about God. The Bible says. Matthew 5:16 states, “Let your light so shine that everyone will see your good deed and glorify the father who is in heaven” and Colossians 3:17 “Whatever you do in word or deed do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” What do you understand these verses say about us as Ambassadors of God?

How do we “measure up”, meeting the standard of excellence as ambassadors of His kingdom? 2 Corinthians 5:20 declares, “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us”. So we become the standard that others look at when they are seeking God because we as an ambassador or the official representative of another government or kingdom. Whatever you do is measured immediately by others as “representing God” to them as well as in the sands of time by what history says about us. What we do is also remembered in the hearts of those who see you.

Instead of seeking a “standard” used by the non-believer (comparing ourselves against others); concentrate on God’s measuring stick described in the Bible. Through the power of the Holy Spirit at work in us we can achieve it. Colossians 3:17 describes the importance of our actions; “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all to the glory of God” and Eph. 2:10: “We are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works that He should receive glory in them”. Phil 4:6 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever is true, whatsoever is right, whatsoever is pure, whatsoever is lovely, whatsoever is of good report, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things” and when we do this, we will fulfill the royal call as ambassadors of the King, Jesus Christ himself.

The following poem by an unknown author expresses the reality of our walk with the Lord and our work as representatives of His kingdom.
To KNOW Him is to LOVE Him,
To LOVE Him is to SERVE Him
If you don’t SERVE Him, YOU don’t LOVE Him and
If YOU don’t LOVE Him, YOU just don’t KNOW Him!
The question is how do you “measure up” as one seeking Christ’s forgiveness and secondly, if you are His ambassador and are living in Christ’s kingdom will you take the steps necessary to “measure up” as his representative to the world?
Our very position in Christ’s body, the church and His spiritual family is measured by the Living Word, Jesus Christ. The first thing is stated in Romans 3:23 where we find we all fail to “measure up” now. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” but it does not stop there! Verse 24, “and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Jesus Christ”. More of the answer is in Romans 6:23 where it declares, “For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”. Yes we do not measure up but Jesus stated He is the measuring stick by which entrance into heaven is measured when he said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father but through me (John 14:6). By trust Him as our Savior, we can measure up and become an ambassador then by the power of the Holy Spirit was can fulfill the purposes of such a high position.
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Lessons From a Bic Pen

Lessons From a Bic Pen

Life Lessons Through the Use of Everyday Items

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When I think of the common “BIC” pen and our Christian walk, I think of many ways the “BIC” can be used to affect our lives.  Let’s think of a few of these comparisons.

1.  One of the most apparent uses of a “BIC” is to serve as a writing instrument.  The writings may be a beautiful poem or a saying that endure through the ages thus providing strength and guidance over the generations.  Have you gotten a random note that encourages you to keep on though the path was rugged?  How about reading a Psalm just for the relief and encouragement it provides?  We as believers should have that same sort of positive impact on people we associate with.  First Corinthians 10:31 declares: 31”Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.   32Give no offense, either to the Jews or to the Greeks or to the church of God,   33just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved”.  Colossians 4:6 reinforces this even more by stating, “Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one”.  One of our most apparent objectives as a believer is to make our statements uplifting, sensitive and assuring for those who cross our paths.

The contrast to this pleasant impression is when a “BIC” is used to tear down and destroy like when the reader receives hateful, vulgar or words that discourage and demean.  From a clearly societal perspective, using this type of verbiage is now for the most part, socially acceptable and often even encouraged.  As a result, the Christian’s pleasant conduct becomes even more outstanding versus just standing out.

Jesus declared in Matthew 5: 13, “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men”.  I often thought this passage meant a silent Christian (one who looses their saltiness) was useless.  I began to think of how the Roman highway system was created which in turn allowed them to conquer the entire known world.  Wet clay mixed with salt equaled the mechanism used by Rome to unite the world under their flag!  Salt is worth more than just the foundation on which a society is built?  It is also useful as a flavor enhancer, medical relief, monetary exchange and preservative to name a few but even trampled underfoot is significant though falling short of its maximum impact.

The passage continues, “You are the light of the world.  A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.   15Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.   16Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven”  That is why we should write the words of Christ on the hearts of man through what we say and do!

  • BIC’s come in many colors and sizes which come in packages or individually but the uses are about the same. Every color can create beautiful things independent of the rest but when they are used effectively together, each color enhances the beauty of the others.  The purpose is to put on paper the thoughts of it’s user in a very colorful and memorable way.  So is it as part of the body of believers since we are uniquely different but all united in one purpose, which is to serve the Lord and reflect his beauty.  Colossians 1:15-23 shows the inter-relationship of God the Father, Christ His Son, and us his people.  “He is the head of the body, the church” of which we are integral parts”.  You can use a BIC pen artistically and create an etching worth thousands or a picture so disgraceful one wishes they could erase the image from their memory.
  1. You can use a “BIC” to scribble an emergency life-saving message or scribble on an expensive picture destroying the picture as a result.  We too can share the life-saving message of Christ or “scribble” misinformation in word or deed on the expensive, one of a kind picture of creation and redemption provided in the Bible with the outcome of destroying that picture.  You can use a “BIC” to write a check drawn on an account that assures the payment and cares for needs of yourself and others.   We likewise, can write a check drawn on the Bank of Heaven with literally eternal returns that start right away.  Some people believe they are or should be found adequate by their own conduct since they can in fact point to many others who are worse than they are. However, Romans 3:23 says otherwise.  The atonement (being made right) comes, not from what we do or did, but by belief in Christ’s work for us.  Romans 3:24 declares the solution; “And all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus”.  Our return on the check is found in John 3:16-18,  16”For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.   17For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.  18“He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God”.

Jesus wants us to have life abundantly (John 10:10) so completely that he even provided for the one who feels he may not known enough or be able to believe enough.  A man with an ill son came to Jesus as recorded in Mark 9:23; and Jesus said to him, “If£ you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”  24Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”  The repentant seeker will always be cared for!  The check continues to pay out when we see in Revelation 3:20 “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me”.  Eternal life when we trust Christ’s payment for our sin then the promise of the Holy Spirit referred to in Revelation 3:20 to help us on a daily basis.

The other choice we have is to write a worthless check drawn from a bogus or overdrawn account which makes the check worth no more than the paper used to print the check!  An example of that worthless spiritual account is reflected in Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. The proof of its worthlessness is God himself judges the deceiver who promoted the account as genuine.  Look at Revelation 15: 10-15, “The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where£ the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. 11Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them.  12And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before £God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.   13The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works.  14Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second £death.  15And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire”. Jesus died to ensure our Bank of Heaven was guaranteed but ironically, if we choose the alternative we actually have to volunteer to go to the Lake of Fire! The choice is clear and the choice is for each of us.

  1. Use the “BIC” to accent by underlining or circling important words or sentences worth remembering.  As Christians, we are the Lord’s accent reflected by the memory of the Lord on the minds of those we have contact.  First Corinthians 10:31 declares: 31”Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.   32Give no offense, either to the Jews or to the Greeks or to the church of God,   33just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved”.  Colossians 4:6 reinforces this even more by stating, “Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one”.  One great opportunity to provide that accent as a believer is to make our statements uplifting, sensitive and assuring for those who cross our paths.  Living out our faith is being a sermon in shoes!
  2. If you remove the marking mechanism i.e. the ink tube and ball point end, you can use the pen cylinder to annoy others by shooting spit wads at them.  The same pen cylinder can be used as an emergency breathing device (temporary tracheotomy tube) to save a person from suffocation.  As believers, we have the opportunity to greatly affect others in very positive or negative ways similarly to the opposite uses of the pen cylinder.
  3. Use as a relaxation device by slowly spinning or rotating the pen between your fingers.  The Bible is a similar relaxation device for our soul.  The Book of Psalms has hundreds of comforting verses alone.  The Bible tells us how to have our sins forgiven, our guilt relieved and a clear path to satisfaction and abundance in life.  It will not help if it is not used.   Today is a good time to start.

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One Foot Ruler, Yard Stick or Retractable Ruler

One Foot Ruler, Yard Stick or Retractable Ruler

Life Lessons Through the Use of Everyday Items

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[ig_toggle heading=”View Object Lesson – Key Points” onload=”closed”]The common ruler, yard stick or retractable ruler has a one purpose and have one thing in common, which is how items “measure up” and meet the only approved standard by which all measurements on a project are judged. The guaranteed accuracy of the measuring device ensures the success of project’s outcome. Rulers are made of many different materials and come in sizes from millimeters to miles in length, but the composition and size have no impact on the device as the standard of measurement. You can complain, or may even disagree; but its measurement is final. A few biblical life lessons come to mind.
As Christians we find the Written Word of God measures our spiritual condition. 2 Tim. 3:16-17 says, “All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work”. Our work and outreach for the kingdom are measured by this supreme standard. The outcome of our work, words, and speech reflects how well we demonstrate the application of biblical principles. Matthew 5:16 states, “Let your light so shine that everyone will see your good deeds and glorify the father who is in heaven”, and Colossians 3:17 reads, “Whatever you do in word or deed do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Both verses show our behaviors are gauged by the standard in the Book.

Our very position in Christ’s body and His spiritual family are measured by the Living Word, Jesus Christ. Jesus declared in John 14:6-7, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well.” This exclusivity of Christ as the only measuring stick by which all mankind is measured is reinforced by John 10: 7-11, “7Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.  8All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. “9I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.  10The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. 11“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep”.
How do we “measure up” and become part of His kingdom? Rulers are made of plastic, cloth, wood, steel and digital. The composition of the ruler has no effect on the reality that the ruler is the only acceptable standard. God’s Word, in whatever form, is God’s only guaranteed standard. The forms may be the printed page, electronic, cinematic, audio, or shared verbally by people from memory. They all have the same impact. Whether it is the Written Word (Holy Bible) or the Living Word (Jesus Christ), we are accountable to God in whatever form He reveals Himself; because He is the spiritual measuring stick. It is by God’s grace that the penalty of sin is paid in full by Christ on the cross. The promise in 1 Peter 3:18 states, “Christ suffered and died once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God” (the entire world of people, including YOU specifically)! Our part is “to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and we shall be saved” (Acts 16:31, John 1:12). This fact does not cheapen Christ’s completed work on the cross for us, nor was it easy for Him. It was made easy enough so all people, including you, can enter His kingdom. John 3:16 is the most recognized and memorized verse in the Bible, “For God so loved the world (of people) that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:17-18 is an example of God’s awesome grace and mercy when God declares, “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not stands condemned already because they did not believe in the name of God’s one and only Son”. To “measure up” is to personally believe in the finished work of Christ.
How do we “measure up”, not just in salvation but in meeting the standard of excellence as ambassadors of His kingdom? 2 Corinthians 5:20 declares, “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us”. This declares that we become the standard others look at when they are seeking God, since we, as an ambassador, serve as the official representative of His kingdom. Whatever we do is measured in the sands of time by what history says about us and is etched on the hearts of those who see us. Instead of seeking a ruler or “standard” used by the non-believer (comparing ourselves against others), lets concentrate on God’s measuring stick described in the Bible so that our actions represent the Christ who is our supreme example and a leader worth following. The following verses and little unknown author poem sum up our important role as Ambassadors of God:
⦁ Colossians 3:17 “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all to the glory of God”.
⦁ Eph. 2:10: “We are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works that He should receive glory in them”.
⦁ And how do we do this? Phil 4:6 Finally, brethren, whatsoever is true, whatsoever is right, whatsoever is pure, whatsoever is lovely, whatsoever is of good report, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.
Short but profound:
“To KNOW Him is to LOVE Him,
To LOVE Him is to SERVE Him
If you don’t SERVE Him, YOU don’t LOVE Him and
If YOU don’t LOVE Him, YOU just don’t KNOW Him!”
The questions I leave you to ponder are: First – How do you “measure up” as one seeking Christ’s forgiveness and secondly: If you are His ambassador and living in Christ’s kingdom, will you take the steps necessary to “measure up” as His representative to the world?

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Promotional Ruler: We are God’s Advertisement

Promotional Ruler: We are God’s Advertisement

Life Lessons Through the Use of Everyday Items

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The promotional ruler has two equally important purposes, the first purpose is to ensure guaranteed accuracy on how items “measure up” and meet the only approved standard by which all measurements on a project are judged.  You may complain or even disagree but the measurement is final.  The second is to promote the message wherever it is used.

Just as the ruler measures items, as Christians we find the Written Word of God exclusively measures our spiritual condition.  2 Tim. 3:16-17 says, “All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thourghly equipped for every good work”.  Our work and outreach for the kingdom are measured by this supreme standard.

How do we “measure up” and become part of His kingdom?  Rulers are made of plastic, cloth, wood, steel and digital.  What the ruler is made of has no effect on the reality that the ruler is the only acceptable standard.  God’s Word, in whatever form, is God’s only guaranteed standard.  The forms may be the printed page, electronic, cinematic, audio, or shared verbally by people from memory.  No matter.  God’s Word has the same impact.  Whether it is the Written Word (Holy Bible) or the Living Word (Jesus Christ), we are accountable to God in whatever form He reveals Himself; because He is the spiritual measuring stick.  It is by God’s grace that the penalty of sin is paid in full by Christ on the cross.  The promise in 1 Peter 3:18 states, “Christ suffered and died once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God” (the entire world of people including YOU specifically)!  Our part is “to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and we shall be saved” (Acts 16:31, John 1:12).  That is very easy for us!  This fact does not cheapen Christ’s completed work on the cross for us, nor was it easy for Him.  It was made easy enough so all people, including you, can enter His kingdom.  John 3:16, the most recognized and memorized verse in the Bible, “For God so loved the world (of people) that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  John 3:17-18 is an example of God’s awesome grace and mercy when God declares, “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.  Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not stands condemned already because they did not believe in the name of God’s one and only Son”.  To “measure up” to God’s standard is to personally believe in the finished work of Christ.

The second purpose of a promotional ruler is to display the message of the designer wherever it is in use.  The outcome of our work, words and speech promotes to the world how well we demonstrate the biblical principles that direct our day-by-day lives. We display the message of our designer, the Lord himself, so much so Matthew 5:16 states, “Let your light so shine that everyone will see your good deeds and glorify the father who is in heaven” and Colossians 3:17 reads, “Whatever you do in word or deed do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him”.

The Apostle Paul knew he was a living advertisement of His God, with his life on display before men, when he declared in Philippians 4:9, “The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you”.  Obviously one does not put the Lord first because of the fact you are a sermon in shoes.  You put Him first because He is a leader worth following!  You must stay aware of the fact that your life is on display for the world to see regardless of whether your actions are positive or negative.  Let it never be said about you; “If that is the way a Christian is then why do I want to believe in him?”.  Instead, like Paul you say, “If you see me, you see the Lord I serve!”  Sometime when we realize we are called by the Lord to do something, we respond with, “Right after I  (fill in your blank). You come first!”   Is that the way we put Christ first, or does it really put Him in second place?

In John 13:23, John uses a special term to refer to himself, “One of them, the disciple whom Jesus loved, was reclining next to him.”  John identified himself as the disciple whom Jesus loved.  This did not discount the fact the Lord loves us all since John 3:16 demonstrates that!  I realized when I read this that I too can say, “I am the one whom Christ loves!” As we promote Christ, we first must consciously realize who we are in Christ before we can responsibly reflect the love of Christ to others.

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Medicine Bottle – Cure or False Hope?

Medicine Bottle – Cure or False Hope?

Life Lessons Through the Use of Everyday Items

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I was feeling under the weather with a fever, congestion, and cough. So I made a doctor’s appointment. After a brief exam and a prescription, I was on the mend or was I? As I was leaving the office, I looked at the prescription bottle and said to myself, “a cure or just false hope?”

Prescription medicines are specific remedies for specific illnesses, and they do work most of the time–but not always. If the illness is minor, and the cure is ineffective, such is life. You’ll survive. However, what happens if your illness is serious? If the prescription fails, your illness might end in certain death! I immediately though of personal prescriptions used for the illness (man’s original physical condition) called sin in the game we call life. You know the game-the one that requires you to choose a path through life to success, while overcoming daily obstacles. Some say, “If I make enough money, have enough things, run with a good positive mental attitude, and have a plan for the rainy days, then all my life needs will be cared for.” The “eat, drink and be merry” philosophy. I thought of other options for negotiating the path of life, such as blatant selfishness (“I’ll do it my way!”), excessive use of violence or abusive behaviors (“I’ll beat it out of you!”). Also, many people believe that throughout life there are many paths to the same end; so if “you sincerely believe”, that’s all that matters.

What is wrong with all of these life style choices? Unfortunately, the choices are all insufficient, since none of them take in to account eternal absolutes which have been operating since Creation. In Luke 19, in the parable of the rich landowner, the man had grain laid up for many years. Therefore, he concluded, “Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.” Yet he found out that he had not factored in eternity, and God said that for him it was too late. In1 Cor. 15:32 Paul shares the essential reality and the importance of Jesus’ finished work on the cross on our behalf in our choice of our life style. “If the dead are not raised, let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.” Jesus Himself shared a parable recorded by both Matthew and Luke that establishes the foundation for not overlooking the eternal perspective:Matt. 25:14-30, Lk. 19:12-27–The Parable of the Talents (summarized)

14 “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them. 15 To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 16 The man with five talents went at once and gained five more. 17 The one with two talents gained two more. 18 But the man who had received the one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19 “After a long time the master returned and settled accounts. 20 The man with five talents and the one with two gained twice as many.  23  The master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! To both You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ 24 “Then the man with one talent came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’ 26 “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit, so I would have received it back with interest. 28 ” ‘Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents. 29 For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. 30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

In this parable, “talents” refer to an amount of the landlord’s money however, we can think of the “talents” as time, abilities, property, or any other worldly possessions which have been entrusted to us. God has given them to us to use for Him. In Psalms 24:1 we read, “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein” (NASB). This verse declares that all we are and have is in God’s hands, and that we are responsible to Him.

Maybe you see yourself in this parable and realize the last servant representatives you! You realize your life-style prescription is false hope and not the cure. The “cure” is available now. John 3:16-17 states, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him might be saved.”

What is even more amazing is the Lord has provided a cure for all who feel a lack strong faith to really believe. Mark 9:23-24, records, “and Jesus said to him, “If
you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” 24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” Your sincere belief however small will be rewarded with the “cure” that saves us from eternal death as well as provides us with abundant life while still on earth. It’s not the amount of faith that matters; it’s that the faith is placed in Jesus as the only One Who can save you from living for eternity in hell without God.

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