Central Baptist Church of Westerly
16 Elm Street, Westerly, RI   02891
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He Paid For You
                                                                                  May 19, 2016

Dear Friends,

I thought it would be fun to play a trick on my brother last week.  That's what
siblings do.  A few years back the three of us boys decided we were going to
have a photo taken at Walmart for our mom's birthday.  That time the joke
was on me.

When I arrived the photographer kept calling me "dad."  "Sit here, dad.  
Stand there, dad."  I thought he was being a little forward until my brothers
started laughing. That's when they confessed that they had told the man they
were waiting for their father.

Last week was payback time.  I dropped in for a visit with my brother, Bryan,
and his wife.  We went out for breakfast to a nice restaurant called the Village
Inn.  As we were walking in I told him that breakfast was on me so he could
order whatever he wanted.

He ordered ham and eggs with all the extras.  He looked at me to ask if it was ok
and I assured him it was.  The food was great.  We ate and were satisfied.  When the
waitress came back with the check, I reached for my wallet.  Then I said, "Ooops!"

My dad used to always pull the old wallet gag on us kids.  When we got worried
he would say, "I guess we'll have to go out back and wash some dishes."   We
thought he was serious.  When I pulled it on my brother last week he knew
where I was going.

We had a good laugh over it.  Then it struck me that some of us experience our
faith the same way.  There is no such thing as a free meal.  Our salvation cost
God a lot.  We think either we have to work for it or he won't give it to us.  So
we try to earn our salvation.

The problem is that we could never pay for what Jesus did on the cross.  The
good news is that we don't have to.  When he offers to pay, he means it.  All he
is looking for in return is our love and faithfulness.  So give thanks and enjoy
the gift of new life from God.

God bless. See you in church.

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