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Christ Life: Not the Same Old Formula 1 John 3:16-24

Christ Life: Not the Same Old Formula

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The Coca-Cola Bottling Company has experimented with new formulas and products many times. Some changes have worked. Others haven't. Now they're introducing a cola called Coke Life. This brings us to our text which offers an opportunity to discuss Christ Life. What's the formula?

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's gospel text, see "Jesus Is Ovine Lingual," May 2, 2004, at

"You shall love your neighbor as yourself" (Leviticus 19:18). That's what God said to Moses and the people of Israel.

As far as formulas go, it's terrific. For thousands of years, it has worked well in a variety of forms in most of the world's religions. Jews believe that "you shall love your neighbor as yourself." Hindus affirm that "one should not behave toward others in a way which is disagreeable to oneself." Buddhists say that you should "hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful." And Muslims believe...

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