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GOD'S ONLY 'FORGOTTEN' SON

There's a true story told about a revival that was held in a small town. The crowd had dispersed, when a woman came down front and asked to speak with the preacher. She cried uncontrollably as she explained to the minister that she wanted to become a Christian, but she felt she had sinned too much for God to ever forgive her and accept her as His own.

Searching for a way to help her with her grief, the preacher asked "Is there a verse from Scripture that you know?"

She responded that, yes she did remember one: "For God so loved the world that He gave us His only 'forgotten' Son."

The preacher was a little shocked as her misstatement of that verse, but then he realize God had given him a perfect opportunity to reach her. He asked "Do you know why God 'forgot' His son? He forgot His son... so He could remember you."

That's the message from Scripture: Jesus was forsaken so that we would not be.

(From a sermon by Jeff Strite, I Predict God Will Be With You This Year, 1/2/2011)

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