by J. Gerald Harris

Get Smart
Dr. J. Gerald Harris
Philippians 4:8

In a day when opportunities for learning abound, ignorance is still rampant. For example, there was a dear, sweet lady who was standing beside her car
with her hood up, evidently in trouble.

A kindly gentleman driving by saw her in her dilemma, pulled his car over and got out to see if she needed some help. He said, "What happened to your car?"

She said, "I don't know. I was just driving along when it stopped. I don't know what happened."

So the man looked under the hood. He tinkered around for a few minutes. He got in the car. He turned the key. He turned it back off again and said, "Lady, this car is out of gas."

The dear woman said, "Will it hurt to drive it home like this? Then there was the young man who wanted to sell his car, and he talked to his uncle about it. He said, "I need to get rid of this car. It's no good. It's got 100,000 miles on it."

The uncle said, "I wish you luck, but there is no way that you're going to sell a car with 100,000 miles on it."

The young man said, "What do I need to do?" He said, "Well, it's not right, but many people turn back the odometer and make it look like it doesn't
have as many miles. Maybe you need to do that."

They didn't see each other for a few weeks, and then they bumped into each other again. The uncle asked the young man if he had sold his car.

He said, "Why should I sell it? It only has 2000 miles on it."

In a day when we are inundated with ignorance, how we need tonight to hear the challenge that Paul gives us in his eighth verse of the fourth chapter of his epistle to the Philippians.

If you will look at this chapter, you will notice in verse one that Paul said to the Christians at Philippi, and I believe to the Christians of Marietta, "Stand firm in the Lord."

In verse two Paul said, "Live in harmony in the Lord." In verse four Paul said, "Rejoice in the Lord." And now in verse eight Paul challenged the Christians at Philip ...

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