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In the movie The Mission, Robert DeNiro's character, Mendoza, a kidnapper and slave trader of the indigenous people of South America, repents from his ways and turns to God. Mendoza repeatedly carries a load of armor tied to his body while climbing up a cliff as a form of penance for killing his brother and enslaving the natives. When one of the Jesuit missionaries cuts his load as he is halfway up the cliff, he goes back down to tie it back on and bring it back up the cliff. Later in the movie, when he finally makes it to the top with his load, a tribesman threatens to kill him but then cuts the load and drops it into the river below. The tribesman offers grace instead of punishment and frees Mendoza from the burden of his sin. —Jim L. Wilson and Abigail Davis

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Galatians 5:1 (HCSB) Christ has liberated us to be free. Stand firm then and don’t submit again to a yoke of slavery.

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