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A woman found some wild mushrooms growing in her garden. She picked some, made and ate mushroom soup, but the next day she died from organ failure. Doctors warn people not to eat wild mushrooms, but to let experts pick them because they know what is and is not poison. The woman’s experience illustrates a vital truth: wrong choices, though well meaning, can be deadly. God created us with free wills so we can make choices, but God warns us about the consequences of wrong choices. God said this through Moses to ancient Israel, Deuteronomy Chapter 30: “Now listen! Today I am giving you a choice between life and death, between prosperity and disaster. For I command you this day to love the LORD your God and to keep his commands, decrees, and regulations by walking in his ways. If you do this, you will live and multiply, and the LORD your God will bless you and the land you are about to enter and occupy. But if your heart turns away and you refuse to listen, and if you are drawn away to serve and worship other gods, then I warn you now that you will certainly be destroyed.” We can learn from the warning God gave ancient Israel. We can choose between life and death, between blessings and curses. Those who choose to trust and obey God and His Son enjoy life. Those who choose to live apart from God can only expect a wasted life and eternal death.

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