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A young student in China decided to play a trick on his elderly teacher one day. He caught a small bird and cupped it in his hands behind his back. He then approached the sage with this plan in mind. He would ask the old man what he had in his hand. If he answered correctly, he would then ask the teacher if the bird was dead or alive. If the old man said, "Alive," he would crush the bird. If he answered, "Dead," he would release the bird.

Upon approaching the teacher, the young student said, "Old man, what do I have in my hand?" The man responded, "A bird, my son."

"Is he dead or alive, old man?" the boy asked with a grin.

The old sage thought for a moment and then he replied, "The answer to that question, my son, is in your’s in your hands."

You have a decision to make about Jesus.

You can’t be neutral about a man who claims to be the way to Heaven (John 14:6).

Your friends and family can’t make this decision for you.

It’s in your hands.

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