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TITLE: Diet

OBJECT: List of calories or something that represents a diet

DOCTRINE: Sanctification

STORY WITH THE OBJECT

How many people go on a diet as summer nears to get ready for the beach or pool? We are always thinking about how our bodies look to others. There are many fad diets, and many people are willing to go to great lengths to lose a few pounds and may even become malnourished in their goal to look good.

TRANSITION TO THE SPIRITUAL

I am sure that our souls are completely malnourished. We haven’t fed them what they need to be healthy, but instead have fed them very unhealthy things.

THE PROBLEM (LAW)

We have fed our souls with bitterness, with impure thoughts, with envy, jealousy, and lust.

THE CONSEQUENCES (ETERNITY)

The truth is that no matter how much we worry about our bodies, one day they will die, but our souls are eternal. The question is: where will our souls go when we die? There are only two places - heaven or hell. The way in which you have fed your soul will determine where you will spend eternity. If you fed upon sinful things, sadly you will end up in hell, separated from God.

THE SOLUTION (CROSS)

But now I have good news. There is someone who can give you true food for your soul. He said he was the Bread of Life. I am talking about Jesus Christ. He came and died on the cross to cleanse your soul of all the sinful things you have ingested, and he offers you true life.

THE CALL (REPENTANCE AND FAITH)

You need to come to Jesus, repent of the way you have been feeding your soul. Trust your life in his hands and ask him to give you what you need to nourish your soul and save you eternally.

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