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By: Curtis Schofield, Spiritual Insight


My younger brother, Tony, lives in Nashville. Once a year we meet in Knoxville to enjoy each other and to see a Tennessee football game. Sometimes his boss gives Tony free tickets to the Tennessee and Alabama game. He brought a ticket for me but I told him I already had a ticket. So he said, “I will just sell it when we get to the football stadium.”

By the time we came to the gate it was almost starting time so he said to me, “Curt, I will just give it to someone who needs a ticket.”

So he lifted his hand with the ticket and a young man came to us and asked, “How much do you want for it?”

My brother said, “I want to give it to you. My boss gave me two for my brother and his son but his son was not able to come today so I am giving it to someone who wants to see Tennessee play.”

He took the ticket and looked at it very carefully then he handed it back to Tony and said, “I will just try to find one I can be sure is the real thing.” Then he walked away with his hand up and calling, “Do you have an extra ticket for sale?”

I said to Tony, “You have just experienced why some people never accept God’s free love gift of salvation given to us on the cross.”

Did you see on the news this week a man say, “I paid the cost of a lawsuit in the Supreme Court because the cross in the World Trade Center makes my head hurt.” He is willing to pay any price to bring that cross down.

A young man asked Max Lucida, “Why do some not accept God’s free gift of grace?” Max responded, “Some fear it is too good to be true.”

Jesus asked, “What shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”

Curtis Schofield is a retired United Methodist minister. He and his wife, Clara, have served two churches in Dade County. In retirement he volunteers through Trenton United Methodist Church to help small churches.


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