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Vol.  10  No. 6 June 2008  Page 11
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Ernest Underwood

A Moment of Reflection

Such a Time as This

By Ernest S. Underwood

    The Book of Esther is an interesting account of the Jews under Persian rule. Through the evil influence of Haman, the king had signed a decree that all Jews were to die. The queen, who was herself a Jew, was encouraged to go before the king to plead their cause. When she hesitated, she was asked, “Who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”

    Sometimes there are things that need doing, and we may be the only one at the time to do them. This has to do with responsibility.

    We have responsibilities to our families; parents to teach their children the Word of God; to our nation to uphold and defend it; to ourselves to live in such a way that we will receive the crown—“I have fought the good fight.”

    Are you fulfilling God’s purpose in life for you? Have you obeyed His will?

Taking Things for Granted

By Ernest S. Underwood

    Sometimes people take for granted as true things that have no truth in them. Remember Jacob and Joseph. In some rather recent scandals in the Roman Catholic Church about priests molesting young boys, the media has taken for granted that the pope is the successor of the apostle Peter, and that the bishops and other members of that hierarchy are men appointed by God to direct His people. Nothing could be farther from the truth. History shows us that all of them, from the pope to all his underlings, are the result of the great apostasy that had its beginning in the second century A.D., being brought to full fruition by the seventh century. The Word of God knows nothing of this apostate religion.

    Others take for granted that a man with a quivering voice who claims to be “Spirit filled” is actually being guided by the Holy Spirit. Again, a study of the Scriptures will show the falsity of such claims.

    In earthly things, it may not matter too much about taking things for granted, but in spiritual matters, it can be the difference between eternal life and eternal damnation. Are you taking for granted things for which you should be demanding scriptural evidence?

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