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MORPH – Week 3, Thursday


For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all…And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
(2 Corinthians 5:14-15)

Thursday, January 28

Several years ago. Russian leader Vladimir Putin was meeting with then-President George Bush and a few other leaders. Putin had a cross he carried with him and he was asked about it. He explained that when he was young, his mother gave him a cross to wear around his neck. Putin wore it as a treasured symbol of his mother’s love and her cherished faith.

There was a point, though, in which Putin thought he had lost the cross. It was missing following a massive house fire, and Putin had sent workers to sift through the charred remains for any valuables.

After an exhaustive search, the employee reported to Putin and held out a closed hand. He opened it and revealed the treasured cross.

As Putin told Bush this story, he remarked, “It was as if something meant for me to have the cross.”

It’s said that Bush responded, “Mr. Putin, that’s what it’s all about – that’s THE story of the cross.”

One died for all.

You are dearly loved.

So is that person you can’t stand.

Grace and peace,


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