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The Rest Of The Story

“Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but upon God. . . (1 Tim. 6:17).

A relative has written a history of the family and as part of a long, and often poor dynasty, I’m still here. I want to claim it as spirituality, but the question remains, “What is the rest of the story?” Hopefully, there is to be a happy ending, something other than another painful prologue, but then doesn’t everyone?


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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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