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Love Each Other!

Do unto Others  as you would have them Do Unto You!

My Father's House Has  Many Mansions!


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The Son



The Blood of the Lamb!

I am The Light  and The Way!   Follow Me!

The Alpha 

The Omega


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"... And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulcher ...
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He is not here, but is risen ..."






Who Will Take The Son?




A wealthy man and his son loved to collect rare works of art.
They had everything in their collection, from Picasso to Raphael.
They would often sit together and admire the great works of art.

When the Viet Nam conflict broke out, the son went to war.
He was very courageous and died in battle
while rescuing another soldier.
The father was notified and grieved deeply
for his only son.

About a month later, just before Christmas, there was a knock at
the door. A young man stood at the door with a large package
in his hands. He said, "Sir, you don't know me, but I am
the soldier for whom your son gave his life.

He saved many lives that day, and he was carrying me to safety
when a bullet struck him in the heart and he died instantly.
He often talked about you, and your love for art.

The young man held out his package. " I know this isn't much.
I'm not really a great artist, but I think your son
would have wanted you to have this."

The father opened the package. It was a portrait of his son,
painted by the young man. He stared in awe
at the way the soldier had captured the personality
of his son in the painting.

The father was so drawn to the eyes that his own eyes
welled up with tears. He thanked the young man
and offered to pay him for the picture.

" Oh, no sir, I could never repay what your son did for me.
It's a gift. " The father hung the portrait over his mantle.

Every time visitors came to his home
he took them to see the portrait of his son
before he showed them any of the other great works
he had collected.

The man died a few months later.
There was to be a great auction of his paintings.
Many influential people gathered, excited over seeing
the great paintings and having an opportunity
to purchase one for their collection.





On the platform sat the painting of
The Son.
The auctioneer pounded his gavel.

"We will start the bidding 
with this picture of

The Son.
Who will bid for this picture?"






There was silence.
Then a voice in the back of
the room shouted.
"We want to see
the famous paintings.
Skip this one."
But the auctioneer persisted.
"Will someone bid for this painting?
Who will start the bidding?
$100, $200?"

Another voice shouted angrily.
"We didn't come to see this painting.
We came to see the Van Goghs,
the Rembrandts.
Get on with the real bids!"



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But still the auctioneer continued.
The Son! The Son!
Who'll Take
The Son?



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" Finally, a voice came from the very
back of the room. It was the long
time gardener of the man and his son.
"I'll give $10 for the painting."
Being a poor man, it was all
he could afford.
"We have $10,
who will bid $20?"
"Give it to him for $10.
Let's see the masters."
"$10 is the bid,
won't someone bid $20?"





The crowd was becoming angry.
They didn't want the picture of

The Son.







They wanted the more worthy
investments for their collections.
The auctioneer pounded the gavel.
"Going once, twice,
SOLD for $10!"

A man sitting on the second row
"Now let's get on with the collection!
" The auctioneer laid down his gavel.
"I'm sorry, the auction is over."
" What about the paintings?"






"I am sorry. When I was called to
conduct this auction, I was told of a
secret stipulation in the will.
I was not allowed to reveal that
stipulation until this time.
Only the painting of

The Son.
would be auctioned.






Whoever bought that painting
would inherit the entire estate,
including the paintings.
The man who took

The Son
gets everything!





God gave his son 2,000 years ago
to die on a cruel cross. Much like the auctioneer,
His message today is,





The Son, The Son,
who'll take
The Son ?





Because you see,

whoever takes
The Son
gets everything.

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--author unknown