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BRANDED AS CHRIST'S DISCIPLE


Two Texans were trying to impress each other with the size of their ranches. One asked the other, "What's the name of your ranch?"


He replied, "The Rocking R, ABC, Flying W Circle C, Bar U, Staple Four, Box D, Rolling M, Rainbow's End, Silver Spur Ranch."


The questioner was much impressed and exclaimed, "Whew! That's sure some name! How many head of cattle do you run?"


The rancher answered, "Not many. Very few survive the branding."


You and I have been branded in a sense--marked, called by God to be disciples of Jesus Christ. Some initiations are more difficult than others. In today's text we read the account of Peter and James and John, the sons of Zebedee, leaving all to follow after Jesus Christ; to be his disciples; learners of the master of mercy.


(From a sermon by Chris Surber, The Rest of Your Life, 2/4/2010)

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