Should I Stay or Should I Go?

A farmer had lived on the same farm all his life. He’d been born and raised there and had received the farm as an inheritance when his parents had died. It was a good farm, but the farmer had begun to think that maybe he’d like to stretch his wings a bit and try living somewhere new. This prompted him to contact a real estate agent and request that the agent come out to the farm and meet with him.

The agent came and said, “So, you’re thinking about selling your farm?” The farmer answered, “Yep, I think it’s about time I tried my luck somewhere else. I used to love living here, but lately I’ve started wondering what I’m missing out on in other places.” The agent said, “I understand. Let’s go into the kitchen and sit down at the table. You can tell me all about the place and I’ll write up a description to run as an advertisement.”

As the two men sat there at the kitchen table, the farmer began his description. “This farm has 100 acres,” he said. “The soil will grow just about anything — corn, potatoes, beans, or whatever else I think I can sell. The barn is in good shape. It’s got a fresh coat of paint on it from last year and the roof was replaced about three years ago. There’s a John Deere tractor sitting in there that goes with the place. I bought that tractor nine or ten years ago but it still runs like a charm. There’s some livestock that go with the sale, too. I’ve got about twenty head of cattle, three good horses, and a milk cow.”

The farmer continued. “This farm house is about 2,200 square feet. It’s got three bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs and another bedroom and bathroom downstairs. I had to buy a new cooking stove about five years ago and a new refrigerator about a year ago. The roof is solid and I’ve got a well out back I’ve seen hold up during the worst droughts. Oh, and about water, did I mention that there is a creek that runs along the southern boundary of the farm? That creek is just choked full of trout. I take a day off every now and then and go fishing. I catch myself a mess of fish and have a big ole’ fish fry.”

As the farmer relayed all this information, the real estate agent wrote furiously. Finally, the agent said, “Okay, here’s a rough draft of what I’ll run.” He then read over what he had written. As the farmer sat there listening, the agent could tell by the man’s facial expression that the advertisement was having an effect. He thought, “I’m going to make a nice commission on this place.” Once he finished, however, he learned just what effect the advertisement was having. The farmer said, “Hold everything! I’ve changed my mind about selling. I’ve been dreaming about a place like that all my life.”

The Bible is filled with stories in which God’s people move to new locations. Sometimes these moves are the consequences of sin. Under this category, we can file the stories of Adam and Eve being forced to leave Eden and the people of Judah being deported to Babylon. Other times, however, the moves are simply the outcome of God’s will being done. Under this category, we can file the stories of Abraham moving from Ur to Canaan and Philip moving from his ministry in Samaria to Gaza, where he evangelized the Ethiopian eunuch. Sometimes the moves are even God’s deliverance. Think about Israel’s great exodus out of Egypt, for example.

My point is that God’s will must be discerned regarding each potential move. It isn’t always His will to stay, but it isn’t always His will to move, either. Sometimes He says, “Go.” Other times He says, “Stay.” That’s why I’m typically hesitant about advising anyone in such matters. I have a hard enough time figuring out when I’m supposed to stay and when I’m supposed to go!

What I can tell you is that Proverbs 3:5-6 has always been a help to me anytime I’ve stood at the crossroad of decision. And so I’ll offer these verses as the close to this post. I trust that they will be as much of a blessing to you as they have been to me in decisions past:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding: In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. (N.K.J.V.)

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The Mechanic

As an old story goes, in the early 1900s a husband and his wife purchased one of those newfangled Model T Fords. They took it out for a drive one day, but something happened to the engine and the car came to a dead halt. The husband opened up the hood and started tinkering with anything he could find under there, but nothing he did made the car fire again. After a while, he became convinced that he had thrown away his money on something that would end up being nothing more than a fad. So he closed the hood and started figuring how he and his wife were going to get home.

Along about then a brand new Model T came chugging down the road. The car pulled over and the driver climbed out. He was a distinguished looking elderly gentleman wearing a high collar. He asked the husband, “What’s the matter, friend?” The husband answered, “The dang thing’s broke. I knew I shouldn’t have bought it.” The elderly gentlemen said, “Will you let me see what I can do?” The disgruntled husband replied, “Go ahead, but it won’t do you any good.”

The elderly gentlemen promptly pulled a screwdriver and a pair of pliers from somewhere, lifted up the hood, and tinkered with the engine for just a moment or two. Then he said to the husband, “Now pull up on the crank once.” Reluctantly the husband did as instructed, and the little engine immediately roared to life.

As the elderly gentleman started making his way back to his car, the husband yelled, “Hey, wait a minute. Thank you so much. Who are you?” The elderly gentleman just started his car and began to pull away. As he rolled by, though, he waved at the couple, gave a big smile, and said, “My name is Henry Ford. I made your car.”

I don’t know if this story is historically true, but even if it isn’t it surely could be. And just as Henry Ford could have fixed any Model T that he happened to find broken down on the side of the road, Jesus Christ can fix any broken down human life that lies in disrepair on the side of life’s highway. He is, after all, the one who creates each person. Don’t believe it? Then read John 1:1-3, which refers to Jesus by the title “The Word” and says of Him:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. (N.K.J.V.)

Need some more proof? Read Colossians 1:16-17, which says of Jesus:

For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. (N.K.J.V.)

Still not convinced? Read Hebrews 1:1-2, which says of Jesus:

God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high…. (N.K.J.V.)

Need a little more, you say? Read 1 Corinthians 8:6:

yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live. (N.K.J.V.)

Finally, for you hard cases out there, you might also read Revelation 22:13, where Jesus says of Himself:

I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last. (N.K.J.V.)

Alpha is the first letter of the Greek alphabet and Omega is the last. In English, Jesus would say, “”I am the A and the Z, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.” This means that not only is He the A and the Z, He is also all the other letters in between those two and all the words that can be made from all those letters. Therefore, He is a Savior who can definitely help you get your life running smoothly again if you will allow Him to work on you. After all, who knows you better than the One who made you?

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Baptizing Your Job into Service to Christ

There once was a young man named Arsene who lived in Paris, France. Arsene worked as a grocer, but he absolutely hated his job because he felt like he was meant for bigger things. In his mind, circumstances created by a cruel world had robbed him of his true destiny and had conspired to keep him in his lowly place.

Finally there came a time when Arsene could stand his life no longer and he committed suicide by hanging. He left a note in which he railed against his lot in life and asked his parents to place a simple tombstone over his grave. The inscription on the tombstone was to read: “Born to be a man; died a grocer.”

The hard, cold fact of life is that the majority of us are born to be “grocers” of some sort. We aren’t rich. We aren’t powerful. We do what we have to do, not what we want to do. Factory workers. Cashiers. Truck drivers. Cooks. Maids. Desk clerks. Waitresses. On and on the list goes. None of these jobs will make you a millionaire or land you on a list of the world’s most influential people.

Isn’t it interesting, though, that Jesus chose the life of a lowly person for His worldly existence? He was born in a stable, a barn, or some other such place, not in a palace. His first crib was an animal’s feeding trough. He was raised as the earthly son of a carpenter.

He never owned a home. He didn’t have a closet full of clothes. He didn’t demand an audience with the Emperor of Rome or the Jewish High Priest. He depended upon the hospitality of others. He ate with anyone who would eat with Him, and He sought out society’s undesirables: rough fisherman, despised tax collectors, scarlet women, lepers, and demon-possessed people.

You tell me, if Jesus had lived in Paris during the days when Arsene lived there, would He have looked upon the grocer as being beneath Him? You know that answer. The chances are more likely that He would have gone into the place of business where Arsene worked and made a point of speaking to him. Remember, this is the same Savior who said:

Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. (Luke 6:20, N.I.V.)

Does this quote mean that Jesus loves poor people more than He does rich people? No. It also doesn’t mean that every poor person has an automatic pass into Heaven, regardless of whether or not the person has believed in Jesus as Savior. What it does mean is that Jesus doesn’t use the same standards as the world in dealing with people. He doesn’t dismiss the lowly out of hand. He doesn’t see them as a means to an end. To Him, they are every bit as important as the richest people on earth.

It’s a shame that Arsene either didn’t know this about Jesus or didn’t place value upon it. It’s a shame the young fellow didn’t understand that there is no greater version of being a “man” than serving Jesus and letting Him use you — whatever your station in life happens to be — to serve others. In Jesus’ way of thinking, true greatness comes through serving. To Him, greatness isn’t ruling the world; it’s washing the feet of others (John 13:1-13).

Christian, let me encourage you today to take whatever role you are playing in life right now and “baptize” it into service to Jesus. You see, it’s not just the pastor, the evangelist, or the missionary who can be classified as being in full-time service to Jesus. The fact is that every Christian should see himself or herself as being in such service. Does Jesus need a servant in the pulpit? Yes, but He also needs one in the assembly line. Does He need one on the mission fields? Yes, but He also needs one in the grocery store. This is what Arsene, tragically, never realized.

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A Weekly Reminder

The April 16, 1990 edition of People magazine featured the story of a young man who was in the midst of paying off an interesting sentence for drunk driving. Eight years earlier his drinking and driving had resulted in the death of an eighteen-year-old girl. He had been found guilty of drunk driving and given a sentence of three years probation and one month of community service.

“He got off light,” you say? Well, there was one other stipulation to his sentence. As part of the civil suit the girl’s parents brought against him, the young man had been ordered to send a check (made out to the deceased victim) for $1.00 every Friday for eighteen years.

$1 every Friday adds up to $52 per year, and $52 for eighteen years adds up to $936. Of course the amount of money wasn’t the issue. After all, the girl was dead. The weekly checks were the parents’ way of keeping the young man reminded that he had killed their child. As they said, “We do want him to remember. But that doesn’t mean we don’t want him to accept it — and get on with his life.”

While I can sympathize with those parents’ loss, their quote sounds a bit illogical to me. I mean, it’s pretty hard to accept something and get on with your life when you are vividly reminded of it once a week for eighteen years. It would have made more sense to me if they had stopped at, “We do want him to remember.”

The article pointed out that there had been weeks when the young man had failed to send the check. His reasoning was, “It hurts too much.” That tells us all we need to know about how effective the punishment was. If those parents wanted that young man to remember his sin, that box can be marked “mission accomplished.”

This whole story makes me very thankful that when God forgives, He forgets. Need some scripture on that? Okay, here you go. In Isaiah 43:25, God says:

“I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for my Own sake; And I will not remember your sins.” (N.K.J.V.)

Here’s another one. In Psalm 103:12, David, writing under the inspiration of God, writes:

As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. (N.K.J.V.)

The phrase “as far as the east is from the west” is David’s beautiful, poetic way of describing the infinity into which God casts the forgiven sinner’s transgressions. If a traveler starts out traveling east and continues going that way, he will always be traveling east. There is no point where he will cross some line and begin traveling west. In the same way, when God forgives sins, He sends them into a metaphorical oblivion and remembers them no more.

Because of all this, the question that each of us needs to ask is, “Have my sins been forgiven and forgotten in this way?” And the answer is: They have if you have authentically believed in Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. Jesus was God the Son in human flesh, and His death on the cross was Him playing the role of the sacrificial lamb whose shed blood has the power to cleanse sin and thoroughly remove it not only from the sinner’s eternal record but also from God’s own memory.

This means that once you know Jesus as Savior, He will never remind you of your sins. The devil will do that. You can bank on that. For that matter, you can even remind yourself. Many Christians have this problem. But Jesus won’t remind you. The forgiveness He provides is not conditional or probationary, and this should make us want to serve Him all the more.

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Choosing the East Side of the Jordan

Numbers chapter 32 provides us with a fascinating twist in the story of Moses and the Israelites. The twist involves the tribes of Reuben and Gad and half the tribe of Manasseh, and it holds multiple metaphorical lessons for us in regards to the spiritual life. As such, every Christian should know it.

As the story opens, Moses and the Israelites are in the final stages of their forty years of wandering in the wilderness regions surrounding the land of Canaan. These forty years have been God’s judgment upon the people for being too unbelieving and cowardly to cross over the Jordan river, go to war with the inhabitants of Canaan, and take the land forty years earlier (Numbers chapters 13 and 14). But now a new generation of Israelites is preparing to right the wrong of that previous generation.

God has already decreed that Moses himself will not be the one to lead the nation in its conquest of Canaan. A certain sin that Moses has recently committed at Kadesh has cost him that opportunity (Numbers 20:1-13). Joshua (Moses’ general, right-hand man, and successor) will be the one to lead Israel in the conquering of Canaan. Prior to the commencement of that full-scale invasion, however, certain territories on the eastern side of the Jordan river have been conquered (Numbers chapters 21 through 31).

This sets the stage for Numbers chapter 32. As part of those recent victories, the Israelites have conquered the land of Jazer and the land of Gilead. Basically, this is all the territory between the Arnon river and the Yarmuk river (Joshua 12:1-6). What makes these lands particularly appealing is the fact that they are perfect for raising livestock. This appeal doesn’t go unnoticed by the Israelite tribes of Reuben and Gad, both of which own large herds of livestock, most of which are the spoils of a recent plundering of the Midianites (Numbers chapter 31). The appeal of the lands causes the leaders of the two tribes to think, “No matter what the other side of the Jordan river holds for us, it can’t be better than what we have right here.”

So, the leaders of the two tribes go to Moses and ask if he will give them the lands as their inheritance and allow them to settle there (32:1-5). They even say, “Do not take us over the Jordan (v.5, N.K.J.V.) Moses’ response, not unpredictably, is one of fury. He accuses the two tribes of being cowards who want to remain in safety while their fellow tribes go to war in Canaan (32:6-7). He also tells them they are acting like their ancestors did forty years earlier in refusing to take Canaan (32:8-14) and calls them “a brood of sinful men” (32:14).

It’s at this point that the leaders of the two tribes explain to Moses that they have no intention of not taking part in the fighting to settle Canaan. Is this a “plan B” explanation devised on the spot in the wake of Moses’ appall at their request? Probably.

Their new proposed plan begins with them first preparing their requested lands by building pens for their livestock and cities for their women and children (32:16-17). Once those projects are completed, the fighting men from the two tribes will take their place in Israel’s army, cross over the Jordan with the rest of Israel, and continue the warfare until Canaan is completely conquered (32:18). They will even take point by going “before” the children of Israel (32:17). Only when the land is conquered will they return to their families and herds by crossing back over the Jordan river (32:19).

After hearing this explanation, Moses does agree to the request, but he warns them that they had better live up to their part of the deal (32:20-24). If they don’t, God will judge them harshly. Since Moses already knows that he won’t be around to ensure that everything gets handled correctly, he calls in Eleazar the priest, Joshua, and the heads of all the tribes and explains the agreement to them (32:28-32). At some point, half the tribe of Manasseh gets in on the deal as well because they also have livestock and like the looks of the lands (32:39-42). A full listing of the lands and the cities that ultimately either got built, rebuilt, or conquered is provided in Numbers 32:33-42.

In the end, the fighting men from Reuben, Gad, and Manasseh did make good on their agreement with Moses, and they did return to their lands and settle there. Joshua 13:15-33 tells us that the tribe of Reuben settled in the southern portion of the lands, the tribe of Gad settled in the northern portions, and half the tribe of Manasseh settled furthest north in Bashan. (According to Joshua 13:1-7, the other half of the tribe of Manasseh settled in an allotted portion of Canaan.) 

All this brings us to the question: “When all the dust was settled from all the centuries that would follow, was the decision of the two and a half tribes to settle on the east side of the Jordan river a good one?” The answer to that is, no. Consider the results of the decision:

  1. By agreeing to join their fellow Israelites in the war to conquer Canaan, the men of Reuben, Gad, and Manasseh were forced to remain away from their wives and children for the length of the war. That turned out to be a period of seven long years.
  2. By settling on the eastern side of the Jordan river, the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and Manasseh forfeited the natural protection of the Jordan river and left themselves susceptible to attacks from the east.
  3. In 732 B.C., the Assyrians invaded Israel from the east. And who were the first tribes they defeated and carried off as prisoners of war? Reuben, Gad, and Manasseh (1 Chronicles 5:1-26).

So, what spiritual lessons can we Christians learn from this story? Well, here are a few, and I offer them as the close to this post. Consider each one carefully and take heed that you don’t fall victim to it:

  1. We must resist the temptation to place prosperity and easy living above obeying God’s plan for our lives. As James Mays writes in The Layman’s Bible Commentary, “The promise of prosperity loomed larger than the promise of a destiny as the People of the Land.”
  2. We must resist the temptation to succumb to the fleshly temptation of what looks good in our eyes. Just as those members of the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and Manasseh gazed lustfully and longingly upon those lands of Jazer and Gilead, Lot had once cast the same look upon the plain of Jordan, that plain where the twin cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were located (Genesis 13:10-11). The results of Lot’s look, of course, proved similarly disastrous (Genesis 13:12-13; 14:1-17; 19:1-38).
  3. We must resist the temptation to settle for anything less than God’s fullest and best for us. As Merrill Unger writes in his Unger’s Commentary on the Old Testament, “How easy it is for God’s people to get so near to what is God’s purpose for them and yet be diverted from it by what is expedient from a worldly standpoint.”
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Will Explain Later

In his day, Dr. Thomas Guthrie was one of Scotland’s most popular and respected preachers. On the subject of the Christian life oftentimes being difficult, perplexing, and downright confusing, Guthrie said:

A man standing on the summit of a lofty mountain commands a wider landscape and sees things that on the plains below would have been quite invisible. So many things unknown, incomprehensible to us on the plains of earth will be all visible on the mount of Heaven.

The gist of Guthrie’s words is that in Heaven the Christian will at last have access to God’s perspective. If life on earth is the low valley where visibility is limited, life in Heaven will be the mountaintop where visibility is total. “Why did this happen?” “Why didn’t that happen?” “Why did God cause such a thing?” “Why did He allow such a thing?” “Why did He send me ‘B’ when I plainly asked for “A’?” All questions will be answered in Heaven. Not only will they be answered, each Christian will also be able to truthfully say, “Ah, yes, I see it now. I understand. Now I know why.”

Another notable preacher, America’s Vance Havner, used to say, “God marks some things, ‘Will explain later.'” When will this “later” be? In some situations we get our explanations after only a few hours, days, or weeks. Other explanations, however, take longer, and we only receive them after many months, years, or even decades have passed. And then there are those really bad ones, those exceedingly difficult ones, those ones that wrench the gut and break the heart. Those, unfortunately for us, must wait until Heaven.

Why does God treat His servant this way? The answer is that He knows that if He gave you all the answers at one time and laid out your whole life’s course in one setting, you would quickly grow spiritually complacent. You’d stop asking Him for guidance. You’d stop looking to Him for wisdom. You wouldn’t need His guidance and wisdom because you would have all the answers already. This would inevitably cause you to become spiritually sloppy and, even worse, spiritually cocky. After all, it’s a humbling thing not to have all the answers.

So, Christian, do you currently feel as if you are stumbling around in the dark? Do the recent events of your life have you as confused as a goose in a hail storm? Have you grown wildly frustrated with God because He hasn’t given you that answer you need? Well, I wish I could promise you that your answer will arrive soon. The fact is, it might. But then again, that answer might just be on that list of ones that you aren’t slated to get until Heaven. And if it is, the question will then become a very simple one: “Will you continue to trust in the Lord and faithfully serve Him even if you never receive that answer in this life?” Ah, now that’s a good question, and the answer to it is one that only you can provide.

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It’s Hard to Be Still

Be still, and know that I am God… (Psalm 46:10, N.K.J.V.)

Our son Royce is 18 years old now, and sitting still continues to be a challenge for him. He’s hyper. He’s active. He’s fidgety. He’s squirmy. He’s, well, you get the idea. He can sit and play his PlayStation IV for hours on end, but he does it by constantly changing positions. One minute he’s sitting in his beanbag. The next minute he’s lying in his beanbag. Ten minutes later he’s sitting on the floor. Five minutes later he’s lying on the bed. Again, you get the idea.

Then every so often he will jump up like a sprinter hearing the gun fire, bolt out of his room and into the kitchen at 100 miles per hour, grab a snack by way of a skill and precision that would make pit crews coming over the wall at the Daytona 500 envious, and then bolt back into his room. The whole event doesn’t take 20 seconds. If anything, his time has improved with age.

In Royce’s younger days in school, my wife Tonya literally had to explain to his teachers, “Don’t expect him to sit perfectly still in a chair. He can’t. If he did, he would die.” Of course it’s not like he was much better sitting in church. He always had to have something in his hands, something he could toy with for no other reason other than to gobble up some of that ocean of pent-up energy he had inside him. What I always found fascinating was that he could remember large portions of my sermons without ever actually looking up to make eye contact with me. He was the contrast of the church member who could hold eye contact with me for an entire sermon and not remember a thing I said fifteen minutes later.

Truth be told, most of us have a little “Royce” in us when it comes to being still and knowing that God is God. Do you take those words “be still” literally? Fine, but when was the last time you actually sat down, ceased all motion, calmed yourself to the point of serenity, and spent some time one-on-one with God? If your answer is, “It’s been a while,” feel free to take your place in a long line.

Actually, though, the words “be still” don’t have to be understood in a literal, physical way. After all, you can be physically still and your mind be racing a million miles per hour. You can be lying in bed and your entire body be racked with worry and anxiety. You can get away from it all, only to find that you brought it all with you. This is why I say that “be still” can also be understood in a way that is less literal and physical.

What I’m talking about is you purposely ceasing from your plotting, planning, and scheming. Stop trying to jump three moves ahead of God. Just focus on doing what He wants you to be doing today, right now, this very second. To me, this kind of “be still” is every bit as important as the other kind.

And do you know what most everyone misses about these words, “Be still, and know that I am God”? It’s the fact that the words are found within a Psalm that is all about God’s ability to provide deliverance and protection. For example, verse 1 says: “God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.” Verse 2 says: “Therefore we will not fear…” Verse 7 and verse 11 both say: “The Lord of hosts is with us….”

You see, the Psalm isn’t advocating having a quiet time. It’s advocating resting confidently in the promise that God has your back and is going to take care of business for you. Really, when we get right down to it, the “be still” the Psalmist has in mind is something akin to the phrase “Let go and let God.” The idea is, you don’t have to have all the answers. You don’t have to hack your way through that jungle you call a life. All you have to do is get in step with God, obey Him in each and every decision, and find your rest in Him rather than in your circumstances.

The word is TRUST. Trust God to protect you. Trust Him to sustain you. Trust Him to meet your needs. Trust Him to guide you. Trust Him to handle your enemies.

But such trust doesn’t come easily for us, does it? No, what comes easily for us is worrying, plotting, planning, scheming, being impatient, and being anxious. Like Royce, we’ve got to be active, got to be on the move, got to be doing something. In this way we are the polar opposite of, “Be still, and know that I am God.” And in this way we bring untold damage upon ourselves mentally, emotionally, psychologically, physically, and, obviously, spiritually.

So, my challenge to you today and every day is: let God retrain you and teach you how to genuinely be still and know that He is God. All you’ve got to lose is a ton of stress and a few points off your blood pressure, right? It’s a case of less being more. The less includes less worry, less strife, less nervous energy, and less fear, while the more includes more peace, more calmness, more contentment, and more joy. It sure does sound like a great trade off, doesn’t it? You’d be crazy, then, not to take God up on it.

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