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2 Corinthians 4:13-15
13 Since we have the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, ''I believed, and so I spoke,'' we also believe, and so we also speak, 14 knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence. 15 For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.
This is God's Word.
One of the great paintings of the 20th Century is the 1954 Normal Rockwell painting entitled ''Breaking Home Ties.'' In the picture you have this stark contrast between the college boy being sent off to college and the father who is sending him. It has been often heralded as one of Rockwell's best paintings, and I think it is because so many of us can identify with it. I remember being the son, so excited to go to college, so excited to leave home. I still remember loading up my 1994 Toyota 4 Runner and driving from Huntsville to Auburn, listening to Dave Matthew's ''Under the Table and Dreaming'' as I was moving to college, so excited to be leaving home and spreading my wings. Some of you, however, can identify with the Father, and you have watched that son or that daughter move away. You have been the one sending your child off to school.
I still remember, about 4 days after I had moved down to Auburn, walking to my very first day of class, walking to my first college class ever at the 9 o'clock hour. I was walking across a packed concourse toward the Haley Center, and out of the corner of my eye I saw a flash, and on my first day of class ever, on the crowded concourse, my parents had come down to Auburn unannounced to take my picture. When I went ran up to them and said, ''What are you doing here!?'' my mom just answered, ''Jason, we always take your picture on the first day of school.'' And she had for 13 years taken my picture on the first day of school. Well, all of th ...
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