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Such Were Some of You - by Michael Phillips
Before and After - Part 1 of 4
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1 Corinthians 6:9-11
Mar 21, 2010 am - If you have ever turned on the television or opened a magazine, you've seen pictures titled, Before and After. On the left side, there's a fat man with a hopeless look on his face. On the right side, the same man is smiling and looks like he's ready to run a marathon. How did the fat man become so fit? With Jenny Craig, of course, or Bowflex, or Weight Watchers, or Billy Banks. What the advertisements are selling is hope-hope for people who have tried every diet in the book and failed, who belong to a gym but never go. Do the products work? Sometimes they do, but more often than not, they don't. That's why there are so many of them. If any one of them worked every time, all the others would be out of business. We need hope-and not just to lose weight. We need hope to live the Christian life, and this is what all the books and seminars are promising. But, like the Jenny Craig and Billy Banks, most of them don't come through for us. Christian books fail for the same reason diet books do: because they're based on Law and not Gospel. However much Dr. Atkins and Jillian Michaels differ from each other, their basic message is the same- Do this and live. Are they right? Of course they ... More >>>

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