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CLOSED FOR ALTERATIONS

Billy Graham tells a story--a simple illustration--that I want to borrow. A preacher once passed a shop which was no longer open for business. A sign hung in the window that said, "Closed for Alterations." The owner had closed shop for a while in order to remodel the store. After a period of time he reopened the business with many changes and improvements.

This, Graham says, is a picture of the death of the believer. He moves out of his body temporarily until it has been...

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