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Toys R Us. NOT! Ephesians 1:11-23

In a "Toys ''R'' Us" world that wants the gifts without the Giver, Christians are people who ask for the Giver, not the gifts. Hope is Us. Love is Us. Faith is Us. Toys "R" Us? Not!

Two years ago the tacky tabloids had a field day when the beautiful, young, troubled Christina Onassis committed suicide, leaving behind her five-year-old daughter. In a phrase that probably encapsulated much of that tragically depressed woman's problems, the gossip rags defined her as the "heiress to the Onassis fortune." Christina Onassis died being best-known for the promised riches she would now never inherit. Her only child, the quintessentially "poor little rich kid", now assumes that same dubious title.

Also found often in these tabloids are the variably anti-social antics of a man whose identity has already gotten him kidnapped, maimed and confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life: J. Paul Getty III. Like Onassis, Getty is also defined by his status as the "heir" to riches, in this case, those of his oil-tycoon grandfather. Evidently there is a certain amount of pain for these people who find their identities already circumscribed by a life that has gone before them. ...

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