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Good to Know Matthew 16:21-28

Good to Know

There are some things Christians should know.

At a Glance

"Good to know!" It's a phrase we love to attach to the odd-but-essential insights and idioms that friends, warning labels and well-intentioned parents throw our way. Who would've thought that peanut butter "may contain nuts," or that "money doesn't grow on trees"? Weird and obvious, but nonetheless, good to know. Even Jesus isn't immune from offering up such insights. Like when he says, "What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?" Weird. Obvious. Good to know.

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's epistle text, see "Pay-What-You-Can Christianity," August 31, 2008, at

It's estimated that at any given time 0.7% of the world's population is drunk. Good to know.

On average 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents every day. Good to know.

Oh, and in the 1830's ketchup was sold as medicine. Good to know.

The world we live in is filled with seemingly strange, but...

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