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Summary: Most everyone is willing to agree, there’s sin in the world. The daily news makes this obvious. So, yes, there’s sin in the world, but the Scripture is not saying, "There’s sin in the world", but rather, "All Have Sinned!"

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All Have Sinned

A Sermon by Dr. Neil Chadwick

Most everyone is willing to agree, there’s sin in the world. The daily news makes this obvious.

Here are but a few examples of news items this week:

A 23-year-old man has been charged with murdering three young brothers who were killed when a firebomb was thrown into their home.

The heaviest fighting in weeks has cast new doubt on peace efforts . . . a fourth day of clashes left at least 36 ethnic Albanians dead.

Three former national guardsmen in El Salvador were paroled from prison Tuesday after serving 17 years of a 30-year prison sentence for the 1980 rape and murder of three American nuns and a lay worker.

The reformist mayor of Tehran was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison on corruption.

Chechnya’s president survived an assassination attempt that left four of his bodyguards seriously hurt.

Searchers combing the mountains for bombing suspect Eric Rudolph have discovered several small camp sites that they believe he may have used, authorities said. Rudolph, 31, is the prime suspect in the January 29 bombing of a women’s clinic.

Seven male and three female sailors from the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln have been punished after a group sex incident in a Hong Kong hotel.

David Graham’s, the former Air Force cadet faces life in prison if convicted in the December 1995 slaying of Adrianne Jones. Prosecutors say he and former girlfriend Diane Zamora killed her because he had a sexual tryst with the 16- year-old.

He forced his way through the swarm of tourists waiting to pass through the metal detector at the Capitol, drew his .38 and opened fire. First to go down Friday was Jacob ``J.J.’’ Chestnut, shot in the head as he gave a visitor directions to the subway. Chestnut’s partner returned fire as the suspect fled around the corner chasing a woman toward the entrance hall leading into Rep. Tom DeLay’s office. There, the gunman confronted Officer John Gibson. ``Special Agent Gibson ordered the staff in the area to get down, pushed the female out of harm’s way and exchanged gunfire with Weston,’’ said U.S. Capitol Police Sgt. Dan Nichols, referring to the 41-year-old suspect, Russell E. Weston, Jr. Caught in the middle was another tourist, Angela Dickerson, who was shot in the face and arm. A few feet away was Gibson, who had collapsed after getting shot in the chest.

The stories spread like a fire, hotter and stronger in the telling and retelling. Serb forces gouged eyes, burned Albanian civilians alive, beat them, shot them, slit their throats, and with bloody knives cut the Serbian cross into their victim’s flesh. The bodies were taken to mass graves.

Security forces killed about 100 members of Algeria’s most violent movement after rebuffing an attack in the mountainous north, an official source said Saturday.

Two convicts killed a guard and took a prison nurse hostage in a jail break in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas. The prison guard died late Friday when one of the convicts shot him in the head. Guards then shot the prisoner, who was seriously wounded. One guard also was hurt.


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