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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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September 4, 2013 - No Excuses

By William E. Richardson

"Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation" (2 Corinthians 6:2, NKJV).

Parents have repeated the same well-intended phrases of warning to their children for generations. But it turns out many tidbits of advice are built on a wobbly foundation.

In his recent book Because I Said So, Ken Jennings (The all-time champion of the TV show "Jeopardy!") bursts the bubble of well-intentioned, yet inflated statements like, "No swimming for an hour after lunch" and "Coffee will stunt your growth." He explains why such popular sayings aren't as reliable as we thought.

There are plenty of equally wrong ideas people keep repeating for why they have not yet become a Christian. Let's consider some common excuses and see how the Bible busts the oft-quoted myths.

• "God can never forgive me for what I did." The truth: Throughout history, God has forgiven liars, cheats and murderers who desire and seek His forgiveness. "'Come now, and let us reason together,' says the Lord, 'though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool" (Isaiah 1:18).

• "I need to change some things first." The truth: We could never change enough to be ready to turn to God. When we ask God to forgive our sins, He begins a series of improvements that only He can make. "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast" (Ephesians 2:8,9).

• "I'll have to give up too much to become a Christian." The truth: There's too much to gain not to follow Jesus. Internal peace, daily guidance, healing, hope, and eternal life far outweigh the temporary gains of this short life. Jesus exposed the frailty of the statement by asking what benefit there is in gaining the entire world, but losing your soul (Mark 8:36).

• "I'll get right with God on my deathbed." The truth: Cemeteries hold graves of all sizes because death comes at all ages. There are a few deathbed conversions, and if death comes through a car accident or heart attack there is little to no time to make that confession of faith.

If repeated often enough, inflated excuses for not becoming a Christian now may sound right. But biblical truth punctures all erroneous reasoning. If you have not accepted Christ as your Savior, don't put it off.

And if you are blessed to be living in fellowship with Him today, think of a friend or loved one who might need your encouragement to get past the excuses.

— William E. Richardson is senior pastor of Afton (Iowa) Assembly of God and blogs at lights4god.wordpress.com.

 

 

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