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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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Oct. 25, 2010 - Infomercial

By Scott Harrup

Austin and I had just a few minutes before leaving for a club meeting. I decided to fill the weird little gap in my day with TV, but I didn’t want to get hooked into a show. I did the unthinkable and tuned into an infomercial/shopping channel.

My daughter, Lindsay, walked into the den. “You’re watching that?” she asked with understandable shock.

Then she sat down on the couch next to me.

How could she resist? These channels have fine-tuned the science of mass audience manipulation. Listening to the sales associates’ mind-numbing dialog, you’d think Item BxZ489-C3 could solve Third World poverty or eradicate dengue fever. They talk so fast you wonder how they breathe. Then it dawns on you that one of them breathes while the other keeps up the sales incantation.

Finally, piece de resistance, there’s that little clock in the corner of the screen giving a countdown. It carves off second after second, as if you really have only a minute to make the ultimate decision of your life.

The little clock ticked down to zero, and the auctioneer-voiced sales associates moved on to other items. Somehow I managed to turn off the TV with my wallet safely closed. Austin and I enjoyed our evening out.

Jump back through the centuries, and no one’s watching TV. But the Bible has plenty to say about sales enterprises.

God demands honesty in every transaction: “You must have accurate and honest weights and measures, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you” (Deuteronomy 25:15, NIV). “Shall I acquit a man with dishonest scales, with a bag of false weights?” (Micah 6:11).

The Bible even acknowledges the bargain hunter: “‘It’s no good, it’s no good!’ says the buyer; then off he goes and boasts about his purchase” (Proverbs 20:14).

And a sound piece of advice for every entrepreneur, whether buying or selling: “Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’ Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that’” (James 4:13-15).

— Scott Harrup is managing editor of the Pentecostal Evangel and blogs at Out There (sharrup.agblogger.org).

 

 

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