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Several years ago I read a story written by a preacher in the Philippine Islands. One day he was passing a large church on Good Friday when he spotted many selling incense, candles, veils and rosaries. He also saw several small boys who were running about selling crosses. He heard them calling, “Crosses, cheap crosses for sale! Buy a cheap cross!” I am afraid too often we want a cheap cross- a faith that is easy, that is all sweetness and light, one that makes no demands on our time or money or service. The cross of Christ was no cheap cross. Jesus gave up his throne in glory to come and live in this world of sin. He gave His life on a literal cross to ransom us from our sins.

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