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THE RIGHTEOUS STUFF
Tom Wolfe wrote a book titled: The Right Stuff. It's about the
selection of the first group of astronauts. This group of test pilots
were screened in many ways to determine if they had the "right stuff" to dWr ti
fly in space. Lately I was called by a friend in Dallas. He is owner of
an international business and he wants to be the first private citizen in
outer space. So I wrote a letter to NASA recommending him for that
distinction. I think he has the "right stuff." ' D u++
Today, let's talk about the "righteous stuff," having what it takes
to be a part of that magnificient minority called the people of God. The
Scripture tells us that group will be select and few. "Straight is the
gate and narrow is the way that leadeth to life and few there be that find
it," declared our Lord. How can you be a part of those people whose lives
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are a preparation for that big flight into eternity? How do you know if
you have the "righteous stuff"?
One of many Biblical answers to that question is found tucked away
in a seldom dusted corner of the New Testament. The book is called
Titus. It is a letter written by Paul the Apostle, to Titus, on the
island of Crete who is charged with overseeing the developing congregation
of Christians there.
"But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved
us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his
mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal of the Holy
Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our
Saviour, so that having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs
having the hope of eternal life." (Titus 3:4-7) NIV
Here God's Word declares the source of the "righteous stuff."
I. It all begins with an understanding of the word saved. Four
times we see it in this scripture. In verse four and again in
verse six, it is a noun ...
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