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Kelly and Gareth Gravell found a 3-foot-wide metal ball on a Welsh beach while on a family outing. Erin, 6 and Ellis, 4 happily clambered over the object that their parents thought was a harmless barnacle-covered buoy that had washed up on the beach. A few days later local officials discovered that it was a World War II mine that had washed up. They called the Royal Navy to blow it up. Gareth Gravell commented, “Oops. Thankfully, they are fine and still here.”

That is pretty much how many sins work. They seem to be harmless fun until one day we discover they are really as destructive as a WWII mine. We are not always as fortunate as the Gravell boys. —Jim L. Wilson and Rodger Russell

The Week, September 4, 2015 p. 12

Hebrews 12:1 (HCSB) Therefore, since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us,

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