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July 1, 2022
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Traveling through God’s Love Story by Kathy Schreiner

     

                I love to travel.  Exploring the Creator's Creation has brought me much happiness.  I have been blessed to visit ten different countries, a few more than once. 

                My financial situation meant traveling "on the cheap."  Not staying in a four-star hotel and eating in a local "mom and pop" cafe means getting to know the locals.  The thrill of seeing the Swiss Alps, the Roman Coliseum, Mad Ludwig's castle, the Mayan Pyramids and so many other places is the same for rich and poor alike. 

                With all that is going on in the world, I wonder if travel will become something we can only dream of. 

Fortunately, there is one journey everyone can still make.  It is our spiritual journey.  Through your bible you can not only visit foreign countries, you can time-travel.  The Bible has everything.  Palace intrigue, espionage, adultery, idolatry, the proud humbled and the humble exalted. 

                But most important, it has the key to eternal life.  The bible is essentially a love story—the love of God for us.  It shows us our Savior from sin, Jesus.  

                The true story of a Father's love so incomprehensible it means sacrificing His only Son to save mankind.  And then the Son, who loves us so much He willingly gives His life in the saving plan.  The climax of the story is the Son claiming His victory over death by rising from death after three days. 

                As if this is not amazing enough, the Father and the Son give us the gift of eternal life in heaven for free!  It is a gift.  The best gift ever!  We can do nothing for this.  We receive this through the Holy Spirit who works faith in our hearts, faith in the Father's plan and the Son's completion of the plan.  This gift is for all who believe. 

 

                To God be the glory! 

This is how God’s love for us was revealed: God has sent his only-begotten Son into the world so that we may live through him. This is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, if God loved us so much, we also should love one another.

1 John 4:9-11 (EHV)

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