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You remember the story. Paul was riding along the road to Damascus, where he had papers that would allow him to lock up and possibly kill any Christians when he got there. When all of the sudden, a bright light shone down on Paul and Jesus spoke to him in a disembodied voice, "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?"


And so Saul was struck blind, and then later led to the house of Ananaias where Saul received his sight back, was baptized, and they put together a list of all of the rectifications that Saul would have to make. According to that list, Saul owed the church several thousand denarii, which Saul – now called Paul - made up for by selling a field that had been in his family for generations.


Actually, that's not what happened, but I know that most of you don't have your Bibles with you. Saul did receive his sight back at the house of Ananaias and was baptized, but there was never any list like the list on the TV show "My Name is Earl". It was forgiven. Paul had been a murderous persecutor of not only Christians, but of God's mission…and it was forgiven. No karma, no payback necessary.

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