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6/15/2019 12:11:00 AM
A Better Deal You Will Never Find!

Dr. Vince Hefner, Pastor
First Baptist Church, Cherryville, NC

I have always prided myself on being able to find a “good deal” on anything from a pair of shoes to mountain property. I will not allow myself to be lured into buying something by a fast talking salesman. When I feel someone is putting too much pressure on me, I will simply smile, tell them my wife is looking for me, and walk away.

The last part of that sentence is the most important part, to “Walk away.” I have discovered that you cannot buy anything if you walk away. Even with those salespersons in the mall who try to stop you to sample some hand cream or wrinkle remover, I make eye contact with them while I am walking away. I have found out that if you make eye contact with a salesperson and tell them, “It certainly is a beautiful day!” while you are walking away, it will confuse them. They don’t know what to say until you are safely out of striking distance and they turn their eyes to their next unsuspecting customer.

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Yes sir, nobody has ever talked me into buying something on the spur of the moment, that is, until a few weeks ago. I was shopping with my wife at one of those big warehouse type stores (I didn’t think it would be right to tell you it was at Sam’s!) when the loudspeaker announced that if you wanted your “free” paring knife, to go to aisle 17. I have a weakness that you might already know about. I love something for “free.” One of my mottos is, “If it is free, it is for me!”

However, I knew this was a trap. They were going to give away a knife after they had tried to sell something else. I told my wife that I was going to get my free knife and I wasn’t going to buy anything. By the time I had arrived at aisle 17, a crowd had already formed. I guess I’m not the only one who likes something for free.

In a matter of minutes a man began to demonstrate a knife that could cut through metal, bone, and then slice a tomato. I thought the man was finished but he pulled out another knife, and another, and a few more. He told us if we would buy today we would receive a free pizza board with some more knifes, and an orange juicer.

Folks, the room began to swirl with the thoughts of all that free stuff with a set of knifes that could cut through any prison cell. When the man asked for the people who were interested in this great deal to raise their hands, it was like a revival meeting in the middle of the summer All I could see were a sea of hands being lifted to the sky. I believe we all bought a set of knifes!

As I walked back to my wife I began to feel foolish. How could I tell her that “Dr. No” had turned into “Dr. Knife?” And besides, when did I ever need to cut through metal? Don’t they make saws for stuff like that? Well, I made the best of my purchase and told my wife that it was too good of deal to pass by. She told me that she knew I would buy something if I went to get my free knife. I hate it when she is right sometimes.

What can a person learn from, “A better deal you will never find?” First, never say never when it comes to the art of persuasion. Second, something is not a deal if you don’t need it, i.e. 6 knifes that can cut through a bass boat. Third, hardly ever is something totally “free.”

When I consider the truthfulness of the Bible, I know I never have to worry about being tricked or misled. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” God’s Word is the One constant in a world of changing needs. Be sure you life if guided by His Word on a daily basis. It is good to know that our salvation through Jesus Christ is totally free.

Remember, don’t give in to sin. Think about it!

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