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    Chapter Seven: Choose This Day

    Thus far in my message to you, I have tried to do two things: first, show you exactly what Christianity is, and second, show how it applies to you personally, no matter who you may be. Now, I intend to show you that this message, with its necessary personal application, cannot be ignored or shelved indefinitely: it demands a response, and the time for that response is now. I repeat the words of the prophet Elijah, when on Mount Carmel he put the truth of his God to the proof against the opposing religions of his day: “If the Lord [Christ] is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him”1. So today, I am proclaiming, “If Christ is the Lord, submit to him and embrace his gospel; but if whatever other religion or philosophy you embrace is true, then follow it.” In either case, a decision must be made. “Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve...but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”2.

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    Posted by Nathan on June 22, 2009 09:58 AM

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