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Paul Was Always Gentle – I Thessalonians 2:7 – 2: 8

The Christian Life is Highly Personal

After a distinguished performing career, virtuoso violinist Jascha Heifetz accepted an appointment as professor of music at UCLA. Asked what had prompted his change of career, Heifetz replied: “Violin playing is a perishable art. It must be passed on as a personal skill; otherwise it is lost.” We need to listen to this great musician. Living the Christian life is a highly personal experience. We can’t pull it off merely by watching skilled veterans “perform.” We need hands-on participation. (Today in the Word, February 8, 1997, p. 15).