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An American tourist in Paris, who purchased an inexpensive amber necklace in a trinket ship, was shocked when he had to pay a huge duty on it to clear customs in New York.

This aroused his curiosity, so he had it appraised. After looking at the object under a magnifying glass, the jeweler said, “I’ll give you $125,000 for it.”

Greatly surprised, the man decided to have another expert examine it. When he did, he was offered $30,000 more.

“What do you see that’s so valuable about this old necklace?” asked the astonished man. “Look through this glass,” replied the jeweler. There before his eyes was an inscription: “From Napoleon Bonaparte to Josephine.”

The value of the necklace came from its identification with a famous person. And your value can only ever be measured in your identification with Jesus – you are beyond value.  Pastor Lloyd Grolimund

The very foundation of salvation is grounded in the realization that God’s unmerited love toward us is greater than any other power—including death                                                        Rom. 8:37–39; 1 Cor. 15:55–57.

 

For the mountains may depart
and the hills be removed,
but my steadfast love shall not depart from you,
and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,”
says the Lord, who has compassion on you.   Isaiah 54:10 ESV

We have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, that’s it.  Once we trust Jesus, He, our great Heavenly Physician, will perfectly heal and restore us, thus our assurance is in Jesus, not in ourselves or our future. Salvation is Now!!  1John 5:11-13, 1John 3:2, John 17:3

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