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Wrong Message

A man had a friend who enlarged his business. His sales had increased to the point that a larger warehouse and sales office were needed. Even though the move was a rather complicated and burdensome process, it was really a thing to be celebrated. For this reason, the man sent his friend some flowers on the day of his grand opening.

The flowers, however, were poorly handled and the businessman received a bouquet that was intended for a funeral. It was accompanied with a card which said: "My deepest sympathy during this time of sorrow." When the man called his friend on the phone to wish him well, he was confronted with the error, "Why in the world," said the businessman, "did you send me these sympathy flowers?"

The man went immediately to the florist to demand an explanation. The florist met him outside the shop and was obviously upset. "I am terribly sorry about the mixup with the flowers," he said, "but I hope you will be understanding. Your situation is not half as bad as the one down at the funeral home. The folks there received your flowers accompanied by the card which said: BEST WISHES IN YOUR NEW LOCATION."

The Book

The Bible is referred to in many different ways. We speak of it as God's Word, the Good Book, the Holy Scriptures, and the Sword of the Spirit. It is also known as the Book of books and the Living Word. Some call it simply THE Book, for nothing else seems necessary. It stands alone, towering above all other writings. Of the many titles given to the Bible, however, the one that is the most appropriate is God's Miracle Book. This is true for a number of reasons:

1. It is miraculous in its origin─coming to us by divine inspiration.

2. It is miraculous in its durability─outlasting the opposition of its critics and surviving the attempts of its enemies to exterminate it.

3. It is miraculous in its results─transforming the lives of those who read and believe it.

4. It ia miraculous in its harmony─agreeing in all its parts, even though written over a period of 1600 years by about 40 different authors.

5. It is miraculous in its message─telling of many occasions when God supernaturally intervened in the affairs of men to accomplish His redemptive purposes.

6. It is miraculous in its preservation—maintaining its accuracy and reliability down through the centuries. Yes, the Bible is God's Miracle Book!