A wealthy English family once invited friends to spend some time at their beautiful estate. The happy occasion was almost plunged into a terrible tragedy on the first day. Because the children went swimming, and one of them got into deep water and started drowning.
Fortunately, the gardener heard the other screaming children and jumped into the pool to rescue the drowning child. That youngster was Winston Churchill. His parents, deeply grateful to the gardener, asked what they could do to reward him.
He hesitated and then said, "I wish my son could go to college someday and become a doctor." Churchill's parents replied "We will pay his way,"
Years later when Sir Winston was prime minister of England, he was stricken with pneumonia. Greatly concerned, the king summoned his best physician to treat him. That doctor who came was Sir Alexander Fleming (the developer of penicillin). He was also the son of that gardener who had saved Winston from drowning as a boy!
Later Churchill said, "Rarely has one man owed his life twice to the same person."
We owe our very lives to Jesus Christ twice! He is the 'Word of God' who 'made all things" including you and me! He is the 'Saviour' who gave his life as an offering for your sin and mine!
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Contributed by Chris Appleby on Oct 18, 2000
Those who are outside the people of God are in rebellion against Him and are therefore spiritually dead. But God makes them a free offer to bring them back to life. All that’s needed to receive all of the bounty that God offers is to believe his promise,