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It is always disturbing to...

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It is always disturbing to a person to be a victim of false or misleading advertising. Years ago my mother ordered fifty Christmas decorations for one dollar. When the box finally arrived, it contained paper stamps, miniature ornaments, and strings of tinsel. As a family, we had a good laugh about her bargain. Recently a slogan appeared on a congregational sign that read: "Free Trip To Heaven. Details Inside!" We would all affirm that God's grace is a free gift, but somehow the advertisement fails to tell the whole story. The cost of discipleship has never been cheap or free.
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