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An older man (90) got the town cobbler to make him a pair of shoes.
When he went to pick them up, he complained about the haphazard
and shoddy workmanship.

The cobbler knew the man was old, and he really hadn't taken a lot
of time making the shoes.
But, he said, "Sir, you are 90 years old. You'll probably not outlive
those shoes, so why be concerned?"

The old man quipped back quickly, "Son, you don't keep up very
good! Don't you know that statistics show there are very few
people over 90 that die?!"

John 15:19
If ye were of the world, the world would love his own:
but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you
out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

LIGHT from the WORD.

As Christians, we enjoy dwelling on the absoluteness of our Lord's love.
He has "chosen" us from "out of the world!"
What a wonderful thought, that God loved us enough to CHOOSE us!

FIRST though, lest we esteem ourselves too highly, let us remember
that God determined to choose ANYONE who wants to be saved!
Rom. 10:13 says, "WHOSOEVER shall call upon the Name
of the Lord shall be saved!"

And let us remember what it takes for us to receive His "sonship."
Luke 9:23 tells us, "If any man will come after me, let him deny
himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me."

SECOND, let us dwell upon being CHOSEN.
We are chosen because of God's LOVE.
Rom. 5:8 says, "But God commendeth his love toward us,
in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."

God demonstrated the extreme nature of His love,
and THAT is what attracted us to Him.

THIRD, let us dwell upon what God's love does IN us.
Because of His love for us, we experience a change
upon surrender to Christ. (See 2Cor. 5:17)
That change assures us that we HAVE everlasting life ALREADY!
Our sins are washed away in His precious blood; our names are
written in His unerasable book; we are sealed in His Holy Spirit.
Therefore, the power of God's love is continually flowing toward
and in the Christian. (See Phil. 2:13)

Finally, let us consider how His love gives us
Remember that Caleb was over 85 years old when he conquered
the mountain in the book of Joshua. (See Joshua 14:6-15)

Ya might wanna read that story!
There were GIANTS there.
They HATED Caleb!
Caleb said, in effect, "With God on my side, even at my age,
I can CONQUER those giants!"(Loose translation)

So when the world treats ya dirty, Christians; and it will,
don't tremble and hide!
Stand firm in the power of God's love, and conquer
your giants and mountains!

Election and grace work together to make us
"...more than conquerors through him that loved us."
(Rom 8:37)

Love ya!
Bro. Bruce