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Imitating Others

by Dessa Rodeffer, Quill Publisher/Owner

November 4, 2009

Halloween is a perfect example of dressing up and pretending to be someone else. Pastor Goettsche of The Union Church in La Harpe, said Sunday you see people mimicking their hero or picking up the vocabulary of others. "Learning through imitation is a part of life." But, imitating a favorite singer doesn't make you a star nor does carrying a Bible or going to church make you a Christian. "It is not what we do outwardly that makes us who we are, it is what people are on the inside," Goettsche says you can copy the moves, but we must know his transforming power in our lives. Two commands that are non-negotiable he says are a forgiving and generous heart. "Forgive and you will be forgiven;" "Give and it will be given unto you." Goettsche said in his sermon "to stop pretending and begin to truly follow Him."