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Wednesday, September 1, 2010, 07:00 AM - Extra Christy, Radio
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The Manual Says...

My uncle was once assigned to go out into the field and "fix" problems at another factory. He decided to take the designer of the machine with him.

As he expected, the local workers did not welcome the suggestions given by the out of towner from HQ on how they should change their ways. The objections began with "But the manual says..."

My uncle appreciated their devotion to the manual. He then introduced his associate: "Here is the man who wrote the manual, let's see how he suggests we solve our problems." Things went much smoother working with the author rather than the text.

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Even after a month, I'm sure my kind and gentle readers suspect where I am headed. Christians and others will go further overcoming challenges if they seek together the author of the sacred text rather than arguing over their interpretations of how they RTFM ("read the fine manual" ).

I hope Christians not only quote their operating manual but introduce people to their friend and traveling companion, the author.
The Word That Lives

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.

And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father's only son, full of grace and truth.- John 1:1-4, 14

The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.



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