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Micah: Pleasing God (14 of 20)
Introduction: I learned something new this week. They say people are a strange lot. They love the front of the bus, the back of the church, and the center of the attention. I have always wondered about that second one, but no one could ever explain it to my satisfaction. Why do so many people sit in the back pews in church? Two little girls happened upon the explanation.
''What do you suppose they mean when they talk about backsliders at church,'' the one little girl asked. ''Oh, that's easy!'' the other explained, ''You see, when people are good, they go to church and sit up front. When they get tired of being good and start being naughty they slide back a seat, and keep sliding. The really naughty people are the ones who sit in the very last row.''
Now I know!
One of my favorite television programs when I get to watch it is CSI-Crime Scene Investigators. The show takes you inside the lives of Hollywood's version of the work of police criminologists and forensic specialists who process crime scenes for evidence. Most of the stories are pretty compelling. I could do with a little less of the special effects that supposedly show bullets tearing through skulls and knives slicing arteries. Nor do I really need to get so up close and personal with the human digestive tract. But I suppose that's all a part of the attempt at realist drama.
Every episode involves investigators gathering fingerprints, bloodstains, stray fibers, and DNA samples. Back in the lab, the scientists test, probe, and experiment with what they found in the field. Bit by bit, they put the pieces of the puzzle together and solve the mystery. As Grissom, supervisor of the CSI team, keeps reminding his coworkers, ''The evidence! It's all about the evidence! Listen to the evidence!''
Our faith is all about the evidence as well. You've heard that question before. ''If you were on trial for being a Christian, would there be enoug ...
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