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Three Courts

Ponder: How do you decide what to do?
Scripture: “But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by a human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself. For I know of nothing against myself, yet I am not justified by this; but He who judges me is the Lord” (1 Corinthians 4:3-4, NKJV).
Our judicial system is designed so that appeals can be made to higher and higher courts, eventually reaching the Supreme Court. Likewise, in everyday life, there are at least three courts which pass judgment upon us. How, then, do we decide what to do in any situation?

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Pressing On To Perfection

“Wherefore, leaving the doctrine of the first principles of Christ, let us press on unto perfection…” (Hebrews 6:1).

One of the most fascinating stories in the New Testament is that of the conversion of Saul in Acts chapter 9. Saul knew the Old Testament well. He had studied under Gamaliel, and even as a young man, he was known as a “Pharisee of the Pharisees.” Saul knew the Hebrew scriptures, but he did not know Jesus.


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Depression’s Darkness

“After this, opened Job his mouth” (Job 3:1).
1935 saw the darkest depths of the Great Depression never before experienced nor equaled in the United States. A man with one of the first car rental agencies in Kansas City, Missouri lost his bank assets when the institution folded with no federal insurance backing. Fire destroyed the showroom and the attic where a friend-custodian resided, a personal shock. With no cars rented, income ceased and the house was foreclosed. It became too much to handle, there was no help and he took his own life. He was my father. I was ten, my sister four, and our strong faith mother scrubbed floors in a downtown hotel.

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