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When Truth Hurts

Ponder: Sometimes it’s painful to tell the truth!
Scripture: “Therefore, putting away lying, let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor” (Ephesians 4:25, NKJV).
Contrary to popular myth, George Washington never chopped his father’s cherry tree, nor did he say, “I cannot lie.” Ironically, that story had its beginning after Washington was dead, and it was a preacher who started it! Evidently he wanted to discourage lying by portraying a beloved hero confessing a bad deed. Hmm . . . discourage lying by . . . lying! Not especially appealing, is it?
Mark Twain is quoted as saying, “Washington could not lie. I can lie, but I won’t.” Did Twain actually say that? I know not. But the line makes a good point. Each of us is able to lie; we can also choose not to lie.


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What Does The Letter Say?

“You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by all men” (2 Cor 3:2 NASU)
Paul said the Corinthian church was his letter, known and read by all men. What was Paul’s meaning? It appears in those days itinerant preachers were able to travel and preach for various churches if they had letters of recommendation. Paul had none. Instead, Paul refers to the Christians at Corinth as his letters of recommendation. They had come out of paganism, were guilty of extreme immorality. After all, the corrupting influence of Corinth was widely known in the ancient world by the word “Corinthianize.”


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The Right Connection

Text: “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life: no one cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).
Recently, it was necessary for me to be away from home for an extended length of time. During that time, I purchased a new router, giving it a network name for my temporary residence. When I returned home, I decided to use my new router on my home network.


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