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Fifteen minutes, start to finish.

That’s what the box said.

Reality?

One hour.

Maybe two.

I was putting up new blinds in a large window.

First, I had to take the old hardware out of the window that was holding the old blinds.

Since the new ones were a different size, it couldn’t stay.

It’s hard to take out screws that are on the top of a window frame.

Finally, it was done.

As I used new screws to put in the new hardware, I tried to make everything secure.

Along with the new blinds, a metal center support piece had to be screwed in to the top of the window frame.

It was cumbersome, but I was able to get it securely in place.

As I climbed up on the stepping stool with the new (and quite heavy) blinds in my hands, I tried to fit them into the mounted hardware.

It didn’t work.

What was wrong?

I had mounted the center support piece right at the spot where a plastic cord guide was inside the top bar.

It simply could not work.

I was very close to having the metal in the right spot, but close was not good enough.

Taking it down, I had to move it over an inch or so.

After a lot of work, the blinds were hung.

Success at last!

It made me start to think….

There are a lot of religious groups that almost teach the truth.

How can we get to Heaven?

“Jesus died for our sins so we should believe that He existed, but we must work our way into Heaven.”

Statements like this are only partly true.

They are close, but not correct.

No amount of wanting it to be true will make it so.

Like the support piece, we have to have our hope for salvation in the right place.

Jesus is the only way to Heaven.

Apart from Him, we can do nothing to save ourselves.

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father

except through Me.”

—John 14:6

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Equipped for Every Good Work

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As I walked by the building, there were pegs on the wall placed in position to hang tools and useful things.

A shovel, a rope and a ladle…

To place needed items where they can be easily accessed is always a good idea.

I enjoy camping from time to time.

Before I go, I make a list of necessary items that I expect to need when I arrive at the site.

It is very important to have everything on the list at my disposal.

If I don’t have what I need, the trip will not be as successful as I had hoped.

What do I need every day in order to be prepared?

If I have been consistent in reading the Bible, I will have God’s words stored in my mind.

It would be a really good idea to have a Bible placed where I could get to it easily.

As I am starting my day, prayer will allow me time to communicate with God, receiving guidance for the hours ahead.

Throughout the day, these “tools”—God’s word and prayer—-will be what I need.

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All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

—2 Timothy 3:16-17

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