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Topic: Risk (05/17/12)
TITLE: Saint or Sinner
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One brother left the village because he could no longer endure the disgrace. He feared that where ever he went people would ask the meaning of the letters. He drifted from place to place afraid of people and bitter with life. It was told that he eventually died and was buried in an unknown grave.
The other brother recognized his crime but decided to rise above it. He would risk the disgrace he would receive from his neighbors. He did not yield to the temptation to flee but stayed in his hometown and demonstrated that it was possible with God’s help to live above his failure and former sin. He worked hard all his life and was soon known for helping those in need. Soon a new generation grew up in the village and one day a stranger came to the village and seeing the letters S T on the old man’s forehead asked one of the boy’s what these letters stood for. The answer was, “I really don’t know the facts but I do know the character of the man. I think that the letters must stand for saint.
Such is the power of Christianity, a sinner transformed to become a saint. Let us turn from the sins of the past that have branded us, risking loosing friends and family and permit the grace of God to change us into living saints.
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