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Free! In some ways, the word “free” has got a bad rap. “Free” often accompanies some slick advertising campaign. “Just sign up and you’ll get this free book, magazine, or product.” The problem is that the free thing never lives up to the hype. It’s a free book that you’d never read. It’s a magazine that is woefully outdated. It’s a product that doesn’t work. You get the idea and you also know exactly what I’m talking about…because we’ve all fallen victim to the advertising patter.

Even more, we Americans, don’t like a “handout.” We’re a “pull yourself up by your own bootstraps” kind of people. So, we may tend to shy away from anything with the promise of “free.”

For all those reasons, you might not quickly embrace the words of the Apostle Paul in Romans 6:23. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Don’t let the use (or misuse) of the word “free” keep you from considering the gift…the free gift of salvation that God purchased for you. His death on the cross provided the way of salvation for all who will believe, For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

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