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The Price Is Right

Ponder: How much did God pay for you to be saved and added to His church?

Scripture: “. . . shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood” (Acts 20:28 NKJV).

On the TV game show, “The Price Is Right,” contestants try to guess the value of various items. The one who comes nearest to the correct price, without going over, may win that item.


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“I Am Offended”

Text: “If it be possible, as much as in you lieth, be at peace with all men” (Romans 12:18).

It saddens me that we live in a society where almost everyone, it seems, is offended by almost everything. I don’t know the cause. Is it because people have put themselves in a box and concluded that everything outside that box is an offense? Is it because people have become intolerant of everyone who disagrees with them? I don’t know. I suppose there are many answers but here are some things that I have concluded in recent research.

First, if I claim to be offended, my claim is based on how I chose to respond. Could not my choice have been not to be offended? Was I guided to my response by pride or by humility?

Secondly, did someone claim that I offended them? The definition of “offend” ranges from “a slight annoyance” to “hurt or cause pain” to “ensnaring one in sin.” Personally, I do not become greatly concerned if I am accused of offending someone since most would fall under the category of “a slight annoyance”. Even Jesus was accused of being offensive (Matthew 15:12). However, if I have offended, in that I cause someone to stumble (I Cor. 10:32; II Cor. 6:3), then I need to be concerned and correct my wrong.

Thirdly (taken from another article), Float Down the Stream. “When I drive and other drivers do rude things, I often get angry. Then I remember a trick: I imagine myself floating down a stream in a raft, and the other cars are just twigs and leaves floating past me one way or another on this stream. They don’t have to treat me a certain way, because they’re just twigs. And so I serenely float down this stream, not worrying about how the twigs float around me (though I try not to hit them, because, you know, safety first). And in truth, this is how life is – other people aren’t trying to offend you, don’t even worry about you most of the time. They are just twigs floating by. Be nice to the twigs though.”

Hymn: If I Have Wounded Any Soul Today

Prayer: Father, help me to be tolerant of what others may say or do and give me the wisdom to respond properly. Also, Lord, help me to be careful in my actions and speech that I not become a stumbling block to others. In Jesus’ name. Amen

Roy Allen Crutcher, Mount Carmel, IL



What Is This World Coming To?

Text: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1 ASV).

In their search for another planet, on which mankind might continue to exist, scientists concluded that “Earth could continue to host life for at least another 1.75 billion years, as long as nuclear holocaust, an errant asteroid or some other disaster doesn’t intervene.”


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