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Saying Goodbye

r I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment” (Luke 16:28).
The Apostle Paul was in a hurry to get to Jerusalem. In fact, he was in so much of a hurry that instead of going to Ephesus, he called for the elders of the Ephesian church to meet him in Miletus (Acts 20:17). He had worked among them for three years. He loved them, and he had an urgent message for them.

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Popular Choices

Today’s Bible Verse: “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free” (Jn. 8:32)
 
Most of us have our popular choices, such as a car mechanic, a hair stylist, and of course, a popular singer. Those in the music category often speak of “Elvis,” so much so that there are groups who worship him as a god who is seen around from time to time. My choice seems to be among doctors, none of whom I worship, but manage to tolerate as unsuccessful.
 
But as an old time comedian once said, “I have a considerate doctor. If I can’t afford an operation, he touches up the x-rays!” As a short term alternative to the truth, the practice of changing x-rays will not save lives, no more than changing the Lord’s commands will save souls.
 
The practice of seeking churches and leaders who make the image of Christ easier by ignoring the “one way” carries such messages as “If yo look for church unity at any price, just stay with us,” or “Those forbidden acts will continue to be forgiven, so have a ball.”
 
It is possible to fix x-rays, or whitewash sin, or brainwash the unlearned in the Word, but it is not cleansing. Any attempt to “Spenda-sweeten Satan” will bring only bitterness because Christian lives are rightly sweetened with truth. Which recalls to us that Paul said to the sorcerer in Acts 13:10, “Will you not cease to make crooked the straight ways of the Lord?”
 
Hymn: “Sweet Will Of God”
 
Holy Father, may we be ever mindful of where the truth lies, that the ways of life on this earth are tainted with falsehoods and cover ups. Help us behold the truth and display it in full trust, and then fully engage that truth while we employ the faith of those who follow in Your ways. In the Lord’s name. Amen.
 
Gordon Herrmann, Santa Maria, CA
gor.ver.her@comcast.net


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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