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Everyone who goes to heaven is there because God chose them to be.
Everyone who goes to hell is there because they chose to be.
This is the mystery of the way God works. And the way we are.
It's beautiful and terrible, comforting and shocking, all at the same time.
She’s cooking breakfast when he stumbles through the back door of their humble Arkansas home. Eyes bloodshot. Shirt unevenly buttoned, as if done in darkness, and in haste. She doesn’t turn around. No need to. More times than she cares to remember, my great-grandmother has seen my great-grandfather looking like something the cat drug in.
Let's face it, Christianity is not for everyone.If you've made such huge strides in holiness that you deem grace a crutch for those still handicapped by sin, if you detect the faint applause of angels clapping their wings at your obedience, if you've led such an exemplary life that you've landed a spot on heaven's honor roll, then you’ll feel like you’re slumming in Christianity.
A man and woman meet. She likes him, and he likes her. They hold hands. He sneaks a kiss. And in time, if everything goes right, he pops the question. She says "Yes," and before you know it, wedding bells are ringing. It happens every day. It happened to Ed and Mary. But their love story was a long time in coming. He was 82 and she 74. And this was the first, and the last, marriage for both.
The news couldn’t have come at a worse time. An accident at work had put my job on the line. If I didn’t get the bills paid, collection agencies would soon be blowing up my phone. And the woman to whom I’d pledged myself turned out to have a spring face and a winter heart.