#435 February 17, 1985 - 11:00 a.m.
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YOU CAN'T CHEAT AN HONEST MAN
Let's bow for prayer together. Just be still before Him just a moment,
Open up our hearts and our minds and ask Him to deal with us in this place
of gathering in worship. "Oh, Lord, You speak and let me get out of the
way so that Thy Word and Thy holy and divine message might be heard. For
we make this prayer in the strong name of Jesus Christ. Amen."
You are a real estate broker in a small northern city. You're a member
of the church, respected in the community, an esteemed depositor in the
local bank. Everything about you - your wife and your family - speaks of
respectability. You just closed out a big real estate deal. You had a
dog lot that had been for sale for years and nobody would buy it that had
a lick of sense. But a fellow who came in from out of town who didn't
know all the problems with the property, you just let him have it and
made a killing. Now, to reward yourself, you decide to take a trip to
Florida. And it's no reason to take the wife or the family. You need
just to get away and rest.
So you go down and get a ticket on the airplane. And as you're getting on
board, you start down that little corridor there and the ticket-taker has
to send a stewardess to get you, because somehow you forgot to let her
tear your ticket out. And you said, "Well, I was just excited about going
to Florida, and it was just an oversight." And you get on the plane, and
thinking about the deal that you made, and you look across the aisle and
there's an older man reading a church magazine. And his eye catches your
eye, and you introduce yourself to him, and he introduces himself to you.
His name is Mr. Ro ...
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