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The Bridge Is Out

Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.  I John 3:9 KJV

(Photo courtesy of morguefile and SDRandCo.)The only reason our great time was possible is because you can take spirituality with you wherever you go. We recently returned from Las Vegas where my wife and I spent a delightful weekend with her oldest brother and his wife. Between laughing, we talked about family, work, life in general, and how wonderful it is to know Jesus. (Both my brother-in-law and his wife have recently been born again at the ages of sixty and seventy.) The big master mechanic from Detroit now has the joy and love he was always searching for, often in the wrong places.

All of this happened in the context of buses going by, advertising in four-foot posters that we could rent a girl if we wanted to (prostitution is legal in Nevada). They even provided a number to call. From the selection of pictures that were provided, we decided they must have a catalog for the pickier shoppers. I doubt we will visit Vegas again soon in spite of seeing The Jersey Boys and loving the show.

Hoover Dam and Red Rock helped to put things in perspective. Putting together Hoover Dam and the bus posters, I drew a conclusion. Morally, our society is on a slippery slope ... sliding into a toxic sea, in spite of America’s natural beauty and engineering marvels.

Whosoever is born of God does not sin. How is that possible?  It’s possible because today’s verse uses a present active indicative in the Greek. This means a born-again Christian—one who has had the Holy Spirit come to live on the inside the first moment of regeneration (or, his seed—sperma—remains in him)—cannot continue living in sin indefinitely.

Sin? We certainly can. Continue living in sin? We certainly can’t, or we will be turned over to Satan that the body might be destroyed but the spirit saved. My heart says hallelujah at this point as I relax and find comfort in our Lord’s rod and staff, which are used in love first and last. Putting your faith in that which stands firm can let God shower you with mercy when sin attacks. 

(Photo courtesy of morguefile and SDRandCo.)

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Robert L. Segress

The Rev. Dr. Bob Segress served as a licensed psychological clinician for twenty-five years. Upon retiring, he served for fifteen years as a prison minister. Retiring again, he began writing full-time after a period of boredom. He has written: The Biblical Approach To Psychology while serving as a college educator, The Shelton Series, and, in 2012, Ten Years Inside Shelton Prison. Currently, he writes for several publications such as Halo Magazine.


  1. I have your bible (small one) that was your mother's....would you like me to send it to you?

  2. Thank you Dr. Segress for this poignant observation. Having just been to Las Vegas for a trade show, all I wanted to do was return home and leave that place behind me.