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“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” —John 10:10

“Abundant life” is a phrase thrown around by motivational speakers and preachers. But do we really know what that means?

Jesus offers us a radical contrast.

He gives us a choice. He says you can come with Me, and I will give you a rich, abundant life, or you can live for the devil, a thief who steals our joy, robs of us our peace, and kills our faith.

God gives us a choice in how we live our lives.

Faithfulness versus emptiness. Purpose or meaninglessness. Life or death. Heaven or Hell.

A Roman soldier came to Julius Caesar requesting permission to commit suicide. He was wretched and miserable, lacking in vitality.

The story records that Caesar looked at the man and said, “Man, were you ever really alive?”

“He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you,” wrote the apostle Paul (Romans 8:11).

It is the Lord who gives us LIFE—not just existence. And He longs for that life to be full, rich, emotionally satisfying, mentally challenging—abundant!

“This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings, and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live”  (Deuteronomy 30:19, NIV).

Pastor Ray Bentley

Love God. Love People. Pastor Ray Bentley lived by those words. His love for the Lord and the people he served was demonstrated every day through his actions, leadership, ministry, teaching, sharing, and caring.

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