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In Favor Of Arguing

Ponder: Is it ever right to argue?

Scripture: “. . . always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear” (1 Peter 3:15 NKJV).

My parents often exhorted my siblings and me: “Don’t argue!” We knew what they meant. Don’t be antagonistic, sarcastic, rude, smart-alecky, and contentious. They were right about that.


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Triage

“It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners” (Mk. 2:17).

The so-called righteous people ignored the needs of the sinners because they felt that the righteous should avoid all contact with them. When they witnessed Jesus associating with sinners, they saw him guilty by association. Jesus defended his actions with this proverb.


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What Color Are You?

Text: “Let us examine and probe our ways, and let us return to the LORD” (Lamentations 3:40 NASB).

Have you ever made a purchase and had the salesperson put a mark on the currency that you used to pay?
The salesperson was using a counterfeit detector pen which contains an iodine solution that creates a black stain on counterfeit bills. On genuine bills there is no discoloration.
What if there were a pen that we could use on Christians to determine whether they were genuine or not. On ourselves, for example. What if we could just swipe ourselves with a pen in order to determine whether, or not, we are acceptable to God. Whether we are the real thing in His sight.


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