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I remember when my first car, a beautiful 92 Chevy Cavalier, developed and alignment problem. I would be driving down the freeway, and it pulled to the right pretty hard. In fact, you really had to work against the car to make it get in the left lane. On the other hand, to get in the right lane, or to make a right turn, all you had to do was let go of the wheel, and you felt like you were in Kit from Nightrider, it was driving itself! If you, "just let go" of the wheel in your life, where would your mind and your heart take you? What forces are tugging on you these days that have taken your attention of Christ, and his love for you, his plan for you, his forgiveness, and mercy, and grace? Relationship troubles, health concerns, finances, some sin you refuse to see as sin, something from your past that won’t let you rest? There are all kinds of distractions out there. Any number of sins that get us so far off course that we can’t possibly get back on. That’s the bad news.

But the Good News is just what Jesus told the Disciples, "with man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God." For as much as your focus gets pulled from God, he never takes his eyes off of you. For as much as we go to one extreme or the other, the cross is always there at the center of our lives. And the cross is always the answer to the question, "Then who can be saved?" In the miracle of God’s mercy, the answer from the cross is, "You, you can be saved, and in the blood of Christ, you are."

(From a sermon by Matt Hoffmann, The Pull of the Cross, 10/14/2009)

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