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From: Forthright Magazine <forthrightmag@...>
Date: Fri, 7 May 2010 04:45:17 -0700 (PDT)
Forthright Magazine 
Straight to the Cross

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The Windows We Choose
 by Tim Hall

Inside this structure we call "the church building," 
I can go to many different windows to see the world
outside. Each gives me a different perspective on
things. One window provides a view of Oakland Avenue
and the many vehicles that pass by.

Another window allows you to look across a yard to a
small brick house nearby. From other windows you can
see a large green field and a quiet neighborhood
beyond. My favorite windows allow me to see the place I
call home.

Life also provides various windows through which we can
look upon the world, and we are given the freedom to
choose which windows will occupy our time. Will the
choices we make really matter?

There are electronic media windows that many people
frequently choose. Through these you can see reality in
a distorted sort of way. Do people who use alcohol and
drugs enjoy an exciting and pleasant life?

Is homosexuality normal and to be embraced? Doesn't
everyone cheat now and then, whether on their taxes or
on their spouses?

By looking through these electronic media windows, we
see life not exactly as it is, but as the producers,
directors and advertisers wish for us to see it. In
time reality will resemble the fiction.

There are also windows provided to us by friends,
family and coworkers. They also allow us to see the
outside world, but again in an occasionally distorted
way. Is my coworker really covering up a shameful past?

Is it true that the leaders of my nation have lied in
order to get their own way? Do I really look better by
wearing clothes that at first strike me as being
immodest? If I only view my world through the windows
provided by my associates, I may or may not get
accurate information.

Thankfully there are also windows provided to us by
God. Jesus referred to this idea in John 8:31,32: "If
you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And
you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you

The "truth" to which Jesus alluded is, of course, the
word of God, the Bible. By looking through this window,
God enables us to see truths that will set us free from
deception and enslavement to sin.

It's the only reliable way to see the world around us.
And it's the only window that will give us glimpses of
our ultimate home.

How do we wish to see reality? As it really is, or as
the world wants us to view it? It’s a simple choice,
but how few choose wisely!

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Earthquake Ready
 by Stan Mitchell

I was there when the Northridge earthquake struck the
Los Angeles region. I sat up straight in bed, and was
shoved right back in it by the earth's movement.

When I woke up the next morning, I listened on a tiny
radio (telephones and television were out) to the
destruction as it was being discovered.

I remember the comment of an engineer as he saw all
those highway overpasses lying prostrate on the ground.
"Most of these overpasses," he declared, "were
earthquake safe!"

We think we're so smart! The best technology, the
brightest minds, and a rather minor (6.4 on the Richter
scale) earthquake beat the best we could do!

"There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end
is the way to death," (Proverbs 14:12, ESV).

In the twenty-first century, have we become any wiser?
Has humanity "whipped" such primitive and base emotions
as greed, racism and violence?

Yet we still insist on doing things our own way,
without consulting God. Has there ever been a society
that is so smart technologically, and so stupid

I suppose it takes something like a little shaking of
the earth, a flood, or a drought to remind us that we
are, after all, merely creatures. God alone is the

Don't get all shook up. Begin instead, to look up!

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