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“Yet All This Does Not Satisfy Me”

“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things” (Phil 4:8).

Dr. Victor Frankly survived the concentration camps of W.W.II. He lost his family, his cherished freedom, his possessions, even his watch and wedding ring. They had shaved his head, and stripped his clothing off his body. There he stood before the German high command, under the glaring lights being interrogated and falsely accused. He was destitute, a helpless pawn in the hands of brutal, prejudiced, sadistic men. He had nothing. No, that isn’t true. He suddenly realized there was one thing no one could ever take away from him – just one. Do you know what it was?


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Gotcha

Ponder: Catching someone in the act

Scripture: “(Love) does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth” (1 Corinthians 13:6, NKJV).

With the mid-term election only days away, candidates are being particularly careful to avoid gaffes. Many reporters delighting asking them “gotcha” questions – ones that are designed to trick the candidate into saying something seemingly scandalous. A single careless comment is enough to prove that candidate “X” is a no-good rascal!


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Legible Letters

“You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by
all men” (2 Cor 3:2 NASU).
In Paul’s day, itinerant preachers often carried letters of
recommendation because there were many wolves in sheep’s
clothing making a fairly good living fleecing the flocks.
But even false teachers obtained letters, perhaps forgeries,
to make a good living.
Perhaps some newcomers in the Corinthian church wasn’t satisfied
about Paul’s reputation, but wanted letters of recommendation before
they allowed him back into the church. Paul denied such need because
he said they were his letters of recommendation, known and read by
all men, and written by God through Paul’s ministry there.
Paul called them an epistle of Christ. “Epistle” is another word
for letter. Today, letter writing is disappearing. E-mail and
text-ing today are substitutes for letters.
  Whether its e-mails or letters,
I see a wonderful comparison between letters and Christian character.
First, letters are written to be understood. There is a message being sent.
We too, as Christians, wish to be understood, and not misrepresented.
Second, letters are not always written carefully, and the message is
distorted by the readers to say something the writer never intended.
Today, Christians must make sure that they live in such a way that
people will not get the wrong message about our character, and
stand for morals and biblical teaching.
Third, if the letter is well written, it still might be misunderstood
because of ignorance, or carelessness, or even an evil heart.
Likewise, a Christian may live a upright life, and his motives
and goodness may be questioned because of
the faults of observers. They may despise the Christian, and try
to find anything to discredit him.
Fourth, upbeat letters are written to bring joy to the readers.
“As cold waters to a thirsty soul, So is good news from a
far country” (Prov 25:25 ASV). Christians are a blessing to
everyone who takes time to “read” them.
Today, we ask every Christian to live a legible life, and send
the right message to others.

Hymn: “Tell Me The Story Of Jesus”

Dear loving Father, may the change that Your Spirit has
made in our lives through Your word shine forth clearly
that You may bless others through us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Rob Redden, Arroyo Grande, CA
rrredden604@aol.com