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I so appreciated today's meditation, especially the proverb about alcohol. I have been a member of AA for over 20 years, and it was actually my pathway to deeper Christianity. I was definitely a Christian, even in the throes of my alcoholism--- one of my favorite things to do at night was curl up with the Bible, a bottle of wine and my cigarettes. ( I look back on that picture now and laugh! ) But of course, Christ's call is different upon everyone, and I am so thankful that even in the midst of my sin [drinking not a sin for everyone, but He definitely showed it was for me] Christ was there, reaching out to me, loving me, letting me learn more of Him and His ways. I am so thankful that this was my path, otherwise I might be such a Pharisee today! He has provided for me a beautiful life, complete with dear husband, precious children, and abiding faith; and without my besetting sins, I really think I may have fallen into a life of deeper unrepentant sin (pride) and not ever gotten to know the real Jesus. At any rate, though I don't comment often, I love the daily Bible blog and thank you for your continual ministry to us!

Proverbs 20:1

Mike thanks for sharing your story about alcohol and how you overcame it. It is pretty well my story too. If it wasn't for Jesus my savior, I don't know where I would be. I love Eve's story too. The three of us should really celebrate because we have a wonderful testimony to the power of Jesus in our lives. Here is to you! Cheers! (with non-alcoholic beer or wine, of course).

Romans 9:1-24

These writings really test our intellect, eh? the one thing that stood out to me today is in verses 6 - 7 that brings up the question of what I call inoculated Christians (Jews). I was an inoculated Lutheran and never had the "born again" experience that many denominations refer to. Mine was a very God intended gradual journey and change that I can only call beautiful. I had a lot of others praying for me as I grew up, especially my dad and that is why I pray (inoculate) my kids too. I think it is really interesting to contemplate the times right now with Covid and the reasons people come up with in regard to being inoculated or not?
Verse 15-16 are so important to us too when it comes to becoming a true Christian. God did it this way to stress the gracious element as opposed to earning it.

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