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Monday, July 11, 2011

The Coal Miner and the Disbelieving Sons

            5-6 For the second test the Devil took him to the Holy City. He sat him on top of the Temple and said, "Since you are God's Son, jump." The Devil goaded him by quoting Psalm 91: "He has placed you in the care of an gels. They will catch you so that you won't so much as stub your toe on a stone."
 7Jesus countered with another citation from Deuteronomy: "Don't you dare test the Lord your God" (Mt. 4:5-7.) THE MESSAGE

            The story was told years ago of a coal miner who was devoutly religious. Some acquaintances chided him because he had not successfully passed along his faith to his three sons.
            He defended himself with these words, “I tell them to pray, and they don’t pray. I tell them again to pray, and they don’t pray. I knock them down, and they don’t pray.”
            Phillip Yancey writes that Jesus never coerced belief. Jesus never seduced belief.
            Jesus cherished the freedom of each individual to freely choose to follow Him. We don’t have to take people’s choices personally.
            Unbelief is not so much a sin against us; it is a sin against God.

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