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Thirty-six years ago, the Minnesota Twins and the Los Angeles Dodgers participated in the World Series. There were several future Hall of  Famers playing in the series, but a man by the name of Lou Johnson stepped to the forefront in the seventh and deciding game. In the fourth inning Johnson led off the inning with a home run, which enabled the Dodgers to win the championship by a score of 2-0. However, just six years after experiencing his best moment in life, he experienced his worst. Addicted to drugs, he lost everything from that magical season to drug dealers in 1971. His uniform, his glove, the bat used to hit the home run in the deciding game, even his championship ring. Gone as a result of drug and alcohol abuse. Johnson tried for thirty years to recover the ring which meant more and more to him as time passed by, but it always seemed out of reach.

When Dodger president, Bob Graziano, learned that Johnson's World Series ring was about to be auctioned on EBAY, he immediately wrote a check for $3,457 and bought the ring before any bids were posted. He then took great pleasure in presenting that ring to Johnson. He did for Lou Johnson what the former Dodger had been unable to do for himself.  Johnson, 67, who has been drug free for years and a Dodger community relations employee, wept when given the gold ring. He said, "It felt like a piece of me had been reborn!"

Countless Christians can certainly testify to a spiritual rebirth as a result of the price that Jesus paid on the cross in their place. He did for us what we could not do for ourselves!

"But God demonstrates His own love towards us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for its. For if when  we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His  Son., much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. " Romans 5:8,9.

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward