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Swift Judgment

Today’s Bible Verse: “Because the sentence against an evil deed is not executed quickly, therefore the hearts of the sons of men among them are given fully to do evil” (Ecc. 8:11).
Parents normally prefer to discipline their children immediately. This teaches the child the principle of consequence. Yet God chooses to allow the sinner to go unpunished. By doing this, Solomon notes that men are more likely to sin again, and sin more often. This being the case, why does God work this way?

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Finding A Treasure

“An angel of the Lord spoke to Philip saying, ‘Get up and go south to the road that descends from Jerusalem to Gaza.’ So he got up and went; and there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure” (Acts 8:26-27). Interestingly, the city Gaza, to which this treasurer was traveling, means “treasure.” Thus, there was a treasurer headed toward a city that means “treasure” and he is about to receive a surprise treasure.

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Pleasing God

Today’s Scripture: Ps 104:34 – “Let my meditation be pleasing to Him; as for me, I shall be glad in the Lord.”
An elderly man was traveling with a boy and a donkey. The man was leading the donkey and the boy was walking behind. In one village the townspeople said the old man was a fool for not riding, so to please them he climbed up on the animal’s back. The people of the next village chastised the old man for making the child walk, So, to please them, he got off and set the boy on the animal’s back and continued on his way. In the third village, people accused the child of being lazy for making the old man walk, and the suggestion was made that they both ride. So the man climbed on and they set off again. In the fourth village, the townspeople were indignant at the cruelty to the donkey because he was made to carry two people. The frustrated man was last seen carrying the donkey down the road.

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