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Paradise Lost

“And unto Adam [God] said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hasteaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is theground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns andthistles shall it bring forth to thee;.” -Genesis 3:17-18a

Seagrove Beach, where our family recently vacationed, is an ideal place for those needing to getaway. There are no fast food or motel chains allowed. All of the housing and eateries arelocally owned. When our toddler, Ella, saw the beautiful white sand dunes for the first time,she shouted, “Look guys, snow!” In this pristine place, there were still some problems worthnoting.

The sun could burn you within an hour to ruin your vacation if you weren’t careful. The water inthe Gulf is quite polluted and contains all kinds of creatures from sharks to jellyfish, whichcan also ruin a trip to paradise. The sand seems to follow you wherever you go. We inadvertentlybrought some back home with us in our luggage. The problem with paradise is that paradise hasits problems.

Because of sin, you won’t find a perfect place on earth – not in Florida, Hawaii, or theCaribbean. The curse of sin has corrupted all of nature, and it has corrupted our nature aswell. Thank God Jesus came to give us a new birth and a new nature, as well as the promise ofparadise restored. all for those who trust Him as Savior and claim Him as Lord.

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