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How Do You See People?

Ponder: Curiosity or Compassion?

Scripture: “Is this not he who sat and begged” (John 9:8, NKJV).

What would you think about a man who had been born blind? People in John 9 reacted in various ways to just such a person. Jesus’ disciples viewed the blind man as an object of religious discussion. The neighbors, however, saw him simply as a beggar. There was nothing particularly unusual about beggars in those days; if you had seen one, you had seen them all. One who was blind or otherwise disabled would have been dependent on the compassion of passers-by for his daily food. Therefore, he would have to position himself at a high-traffic location so people would see him.


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Managing Preaching

“. . . but preserved Noah, a preacher of righteousness” (2 {et/ 2:5).

It should be the desire of each of us to one day be “. . . a preacher of righteousness”! After retiring from a management position in an elementary school district, I was invited to preach and attempted to do so although difficult in those first years. My work in management was state and federally goal-and-result oriented, which is not the purpose of the Lord’s work.


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Pure Joy

“These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full” (John 15:11).

Yesterday we experienced great joy. At the end of several tests, a doctor told us I did not have cancer. I have a new lease on life.


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