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"There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name  was  Job; and that man was blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil." (Job 1:1, NKJV)

How the book of Job both challenges and encourages me all at the same time. It starts and end with great verses with all the tough events in between bearing testimony of a man who loved and served God with all his heart, no matter what happened to him.

"David", what made him a "man after [God's] own heart" (Acts 13:22)? Sure he was once a humble shepherd who wrote many psalms but at the end of the day he was also mighty king who abused his position and trust, committing adultery with one of his loyal soldier's wife and then had him murdered in order to cover up his sin (2 Samuel 11). How does someone like this get singled out as one of God's own?

I pose the following question not with a judgmental heart but rather with one that is often grieved when I see what people do with God's gifts and revelations that He gives to them. I have pondered this for many years with the following response being triggered by a simple e-mail that I received today; the one that final broke the camel's back. In short I received an e-mail which informed me of some resources which form "a rockbed of Christian doctrine that [will help] to establish an unshakable faith upon the Word of God" and that contain "40 hours of teaching by seven church elders and teachers, this audio teaches you how to defend biblical doctrine". Furthermore the suppliers were excited about these "because they are timely and needed to establish Christians (by the grace of God) in the firm foundation of the Word of God." 

Hebrews 5:12-14. While these scriptures can apply to everyone, I have been challenged with respect to the following: As fathers and husbands, never mind members of a local fellowship, we need to be grounded and established in the Word of Truth; correctly discerning and dividing It, bring glory to God and salvation to our families.