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A Bad Trade

"What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?" (Mk.8:36).

Before free agency made its way into baseball, shrewd general managers would trade players from one team to another in hope of getting the better of the deal. Many times the trades worked out for both teams, but sometimes they were lopsided in favor of just one. In 1965 the Cincinnati Reds traded Frank Robinson to the Baltimore Orioles for a pitcher named Milt Pappas. Robinson led the Orioles to a World Series and became a Hall of Fame player, while Pappas just had an average career. In 1972, my Philadelphia Phillies traded pitcher Rick Wise to the St. Louis Cardinals for Steve Carlton. Carlton also led the Phillies to a World Series and became a Hall of Famer, while Wise (who I liked) had an otherwise pedestrian career.The Lord asks an important question about trades in today's verse. Remember, in baseball, trades were supposed to work out well for both sides. The trade that Jesus talks about, if made, would be disastrous... My wife Jane enjoys watching HGTV. Many aspects of the show involve people making monetary investments in properties, in hope of selling them for a profit. Its another "trade game..." In baseball, and the world at large, the value of things tend to fluctuate. The gamble taken in hope of making a profit does not always turn out the way one wants it to.... The trade in today's verse never works out well! It might be interesting to note, that the word soul is translated as life in the KJV of the Bible.... Nothing is really lost in the change. When Jesus is talking about one's soul or life, He's speaking about eternity. One of the big reasons we become Christians is not only about a better life on earth, but that special place we will spend our eternity. As this question echoes down through time to us, we want to see all of its implications....We'll examine some of the complexities of the topic this week....After all, we want to make sure that we don't make a bad trade...

Have a great start to your week.... Begin it with a RAK or two... Love mark Phil.4:11

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