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From: Forthright Magazine <ba@...>
Date: Thu, 25 Mar 2004 11:14:01 -0600
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Straight to the Cross


COLUMN: Fidelity

Feed Him
by Mike Benson

Bob Lewis relates the story of a Christian woman
who owned two prize-winning chickens. One
afternoon, the chickens worked their way out of
her yard and into her neighbor's garden. The
neighbor, known for his hot temper, captured both
birds, wrung their necks and then threw their
lifeless carcasses across the fence into the
Christian's yard.

The woman was understandably hurt and considered
giving her neighbor a piece of her mind. Instead,
she took the chickens home and prepared two
chicken pot pies.  Whereupon she took one to her
neighbor and then apologized for not being more
watchful of her chickens.

The man was speechless. The chicken pot pie
coupled with an apology filled him with such a
sense of burning shame that his whole life began
to change.

The Bible says, "...If your enemy hungers, feed
him...for in so doing you will heap coals of fire
on his head" (Romans 12:20).

Dear reader, when you are hurt by another, which
do you bestow - pot pie, or a piece of your mind?
Give it some thought.

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COLUMN: From Friend to Friend

Your Friends Need the Lord
by Phil Sanders

Every person you meet or know needs the Lord for
many reasons. Those who know the Lord cannot
imagine life without Him. Jesus said, "apart from
Me, you can do nothing" (John 15:5). Here are some
reasons why everyone needs the Lord.

You and your friends need a Savior (Matthew 1:21).


Sin is the universal problem of all men (Romans
3:10,23; 1 John 1:8,10). Not only do we need our
personal sins washed away, we also need a new and
better life. Jesus came to deliver us out of this
present evil age (Galatians 1:4) and to give us
new and better lives. In Christ we become "new
creatures" (2 Corinthians 5:17).

God's plan in Christ is that "you lay aside the
old self, which is being corrupted in accordance
with the lusts of deceit, and that you be renewed
in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new
self, which in the likeness of God has been
created in righteousness and holiness of the
truth" (Ephesians 4:22-24).

Without Jesus we have no hope of life beyond this
life. He is the resurrection and the life (John
11:25-26). Jesus said, "everyone who lives and
believes in Me shall never die."

Without Jesus we would stumble around in
intellectual darkness, not having the Way, the
Truth, or the Life (John 14:6). Jesus gave us an
example, so that we can follow in his steps (1
Peter 2:21).

Without Jesus we would never fully know what it
means to love (1 John 4:7-11). Because of him, we
know that we are loved and how to love others.
Thank God for Jesus.

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