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The Danger of Evil Friends


Proverbs 1:10-15
“My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not,” Proverbs 1:10.

At the moment, the rain fell lightly over the road. Earlier it had been raining heavily. Through the broken glass the light showers kissed the pale cheeks of the teen girl and boy. The tires continued to spin, as if they were still moving on the road, but, instead, were immobile as they faced skyward.
The evening started off with laughter at their friend’s house, then, as the evening progressed many of the teens became stoned, drunk or both.
In the wreckage, the young couple were barely breathing, still unaware of their situation as moments of their lives flashed through their minds. The boy remembered the pleadings of his father not to fall prey to the influence of drugs or alcohol and he promised his father he would not. The girl recalled the godly influence of her parents but because she wanted to be accepted by her friends, she disregarded their Christian values for false popularity.
Although this particular story is imaginary, a similar one is repeated much too often by youth and adults alike. While not everyone’s life gone astray ends in an accident, it is, however, a disaster waiting to happen. Ask anyone in a rehabilitation facility if he meant for his life to succumb to the influence of friends who really did not care, ones who were not really friends.

REFLECTION
My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path (Prov. 1:15).

Beverly Barnett

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CATCHING PIGS – THIS IS THOUGHT PROVOKING


There was a chemistry professor in a large college that had some exchange
students in the class. One day while the class was in the lab, the professor
noticed one young man, an exchange student, who kept rubbing his back and
stretching as if his back hurt. The professor asked the young man what was
the matter. The student told him he had a bullet lodged in his back. He had
been shot while fighting communists in his native country who were trying to
overthrow his country’s government and install a new communist regime.

In the midst of his story, he looked at the professor and asked a strange
question. He asked: “Do you know how to catch wild pigs?”
The professor thought it was a joke and asked for the punch line.
The young man said that it was no joke. “You catch wild pigs by finding a
suitable place in the woods and putting corn on the ground.
The pigs find it and begin to come every day to eat the free corn.

“When they are used to coming every day, you put a fence down one side of
the place where they are used to coming. When they get used to the fence,
they begin to eat the corn again and you put up another side of the fence.
“They get used to that and start to eat again. You continue until you have
all four sides of the fence up with a gate in the last side.

“The pigs, which are used to the free corn, start to come through the gate
to eat that free corn again. You then slam the gate on them and catch the
whole herd. Suddenly the wild pigs have lost their freedom. They run around
and around inside the fence, but they are caught. Soon they go back to eating
the free corn. They are so used to it that they have forgotten how to forage in the
woods for themselves, so they accept their captivity.”

The young man then told the professor that is exactly what he sees
happening in America .. The government keeps pushing us toward
Communism/Socialism and keeps spreading the free corn out in the form of
programs such as supplemental income, tax credit for unearned income, tax
exemptions, tobacco subsidies, dairy subsidies, payments not to plant crops (CRP),
welfare, medicine, drugs, etc. while we continually lose our freedoms, just a
little at a time.

One should always remember two truths: There is no such thing as a free
lunch, and you can never hire someone to provide a service for you cheaper
than you can do it yourself.

God help us all when the gate slams shut!

Quote for today: “The problems we face today are there because the people who work for a living are now outnumbered by those who vote for a living.” — Anonymous

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