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Little Billy was caught in the act of some mischief and his mother asked him, "How do you expect to get into heaven?" He thought for a moment and then said, "Well, I’ll just run in and out and keep slamming the door until they say, ’For heaven’s sake, either come in or stay out.’ Then I’ll go in."

So often, as believers, that is how we think God is going to react to our mischievous living and selfish attitudes. But God does not react as human parents react. God is much more patient, but also firm in His judgment of those who reject Him.

(Source: from a sermon by Bobby Stults, "It’s Time to Straighten Up (and Fly Right!)" 7/27/08, http://www.sermoncentral.com/sermon.asp?SermonID=124972&Sermon It’s Time to Straighten Up! (and fly right!) by Bobby Stults)

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