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The only real truth is that which liberates us and frees us from whatever it promises to free us.  That is, in my thinking, the real proof of the gospel of grace.  It promises, and makes good on its promises.  Paul meant to tell us this when he said,

"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ:  for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek."

He never feared that the gospel he preached would fail to work in any man who believed it, whether he be Jew or Gentile.  He never feared that the gospel put to the test of reality in any man's life, would fail to meet the needs of his heart.  No man would ever be ashamed, or put to the blush, after calling upon the name of the Lord in real faith.

    The world around us is dying for real love.  Not the false, shallow, meaningless love the songwriters describe and poets write about, but love that will stand the test of life, and endure.  Men everywhere are crying out in their loneliness for love that will meet the needs of their hearts, answer their questions, solve life's love problems, and give some reason to the unreasonableness of their existence.  We who profess the truth must be sure we do not mock them with empty equations and meaningless mathematics that do not match the facts of life.  We cannot proclaim that we have peace when we have none.  Our message must be one that is lived; and so the preaching must come from a rested and satisfied heart.

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