The Total Christian by Frank Pollard

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THE TOTAL CHRISTIAN
DANIEL 1,6
HOSEA SAID EPHARIM WAS 'A CAKE NOT TURNED., THIS WAS THE
PROPHET S WAY OF TELLING US EPHARIM WAS HALF-BAKED. LIKE A
PANCAKE, LEFT UNTURNED, ON A HOT GRIDDLE - BURNED ON ONE SIDE
AND RAW ON THE OTHER.
THIS WORLD IS NEVER BLESSED BY HALF-BAKED, LOPSIDED PEOPLE.
GOD MADE US BOTH SOCIAL AND SPIRITUAL CREATURES. YET SO OFTEN
WHAT WE DO IN OUR SOCIAL LIFE SHOWS US TO BE UNSPIRITUAL OR
OUR NEGATIVE, CRITICAL SPIRITUALITY MAKES US TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE
SOCIALLY. IT BEHOOVES OCCUPANTS OF PULPIT AND PEW ALIKE TO
RECALL HOW PAUL ADVISED TIMOTHY TO MOVE IN HIS COMMUNITY IN
SUCH A WAY AS TO HAVE A GOOD REPORT AMONG ALL THE PEOPLE.
IN A DUSTY, DIMLY LIT AND SELDOM TRAVELED SECTION OF
HOLY WRIT IS THE STORY OF AN EXTREMELY SUCCESSFUL MAN. His
NAME WAS DANIEL. HE BECAME PRIME MINISTER OF THE GREAT
BABYLONIAN EMPIRE. BUT, THAT IS NOT WHY I CALL HIM
SUCCESSFUL. HE WOULD HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL IF HE HAD BEEN
DOOR MAN AT THE SANDS MOTEL. BEING A PERSON IS MORE IMPORTANT
THAN ANY POSITION ATTAINED. A MAN IS GREAT, NOT BECAUSE HE
IS PRESIDENT, BUT BECAUSE GOD MADE HIM. A SUCCESSFUL PERSON IS
ONE WHO KNOWS HOW TO LIVE. IT IS A SAD THING, INDEED, TO BE
GOD'S CREATURE, MADE IN GOD'S IMAGE, LIVING IN GOD'S WORLD
AND NOT BE ABLE TO ENJOY IT,
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DANIEL WAS A PERSON OF STRONG CHARACTER, DETERMINED IN
PURPOSE, A POLITICAL PRISONER SNATCHED FROM HIS OWN HOME,
LIVING IN A FOREIGN LAND WHOSE CUSTOMS HE COULD NOT KEEP.
YET, THEY LIKED HIM AND FOLLOWED HIS LEADERSHIP. APPARENTLY
THIS WAS A MAN WHO HAD IT ALL TOGETHER,
THE BIBLE BIOGRAPHY OF DANIEL GIVES THIS FLESH AND BLOOD
PICTURE OF TOTAL PERSONAGE. HE DEMONSTRATES HIS UNDERSTANDING
OF THIS GREAT TRUTH. BEING A WHOLE PERSON IN A SIN BROKEN
WORLD COMES AT A HIGH PRICE. OUR PART IS ONLY A FRACTION OF
THE TOTAL COST.
YET, WE DO HAVE OUR PART OF THE PRICE TO PAY. No ONE CAN
BECOME A WHOLE PERSON UNLESS HE IS WILLING TO MAKE DEFINITE
COMMITMENTS. THE DETER ...


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