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Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao is a tremendous boxer but he was a lousy person and a worse husband. He drank too much, he gambled, and perhaps worst of all, he cheated on his wife. Just a few months ago his personal life was in shambles. “He was immersed in the vices of celebrity—the drinking, the gambling, the womanizing—and was about to lose his family. He saved it by turning to God and pleading with Jinkee (his wife) for forgiveness. He saved his marriage and, says Pacquiao, rescued his soul. ‘If I had died before I changed, I would not have gone to the eternal kingdom,’ he says. ‘I was an immoral man. Now I am a new creation.’”

--Sports Illustrated, June 11, 2012 p. 59 Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Rodger Russell

That is what salvation is all about. God takes the worst of us and makes us new.

2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

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