You must be born again!

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You must be born again!  

 
Dear Precious Saints of MBC,
 
I trust you are doing well and looking forward to this coming Lord's Day!
 
Years ago, Bishop John Taylor Smith, a former chaplain general of the British army, was preaching in a large cathedral on the text, "You must be born again." He said, "My dear people, do not substitute anything for the new birth. You may be a member of a church, ... but church membership is not new birth, and our text says, 'You must be born again.' The rector was sitting on his left. He continued, "You may be a clergyman like my friend the rector here and not be born again, and you must be born again." On his right sat the archdeacon. Pointing at him, he continued, "You might even be an archdeacon like my friend here and still not be born again, but you must be born again. You might even be a bishop like myself and not be born again, but you must be born again."  
 
He finished his message and went his way. But several days later he received a letter from the archdeacon which read, in part, "My dear Bishop: You have found me out. I have been a clergyman for over 30 years, but I have never known anything of the joy that Christians speak of. I could never understand it. But when you pointed at me and said that a person could be an archdeacon and not be born again, I understood what the trouble was. Would you please come and talk with me?" Of course, Bishop Smith did talk with him and the archdeacon responded to Christ's call to salvation.
 
As we approach the Christmas Season, because we will have many visitors, the call to salvation is going to be as clear as I can possibly make it.  Please pray that lost people in attendance will respond to the truth - You must be born again!  What's more, if those messages "find you out" please settle the matter today! 
 
See you this Sunday,
 
In the light of His glory and grace,
 
Pastor Doug