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Try and Buy John 1:43-51

Try and Buy

Jesus invites us to investigate before buying in.


We’ve been able to buy just about anything online for a long time. But since the COVID-19 virus became a part of our lives, online buying has exploded. Still, many people would prefer to try a product before buying it. E-commerce has come up with an answer: “Try before you buy.” Did Jesus use this approach in calling his disciples?



For material based on today’s Old Testament text, see “Taking the Call,” January 14, 2018.


Seeing is believing.

This is the bedrock upon which the advertising world rests. A salesperson at the Godzilla Hawg Shop can talk to you about the 2021 Kawasaki Z125 Pro until he’s blue in the face. Won’t matter much. You have to see it to believe it. You have to try it before you buy it.

“Won’t hurt to take a look,” he says. And you look, and he tells you that “this baby’s less than $3,000, has a 37-inch seat height, only 225 pounds...

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