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Issue: "Roe v. Wade turns 40," Jan. 26, 2013

‘Remember those who are in prison’

Dec. 15  Francis Schaeffer noted that the Romans persecuted Christians, even though they were taught to obey the government and love others, because they worshiped Jesus only, not the state. Also, he wrote, no authoritarian state can tolerate those with absolute moral standards by which they can judge the state. This explains the Chinese government’s actions against these Christian dissidents. It may one day explain the actions of the American government as well.
—Yvonne S. Smith, La Verne, Calif.

‘Good gifts’

Dec. 15  While the entire nation mourns the loss of innocent life in Newtown and the 24/7 news media can’t seem to look away, I read this morning of the Kimyals’ reception of God’s Word translated into their language. Truly, it lifted my heart and my eyes to the Lord.
—Elaine Neumeyer, Big Canoe, Ga.

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This column matches a move in our home group to start teaching on practical applications of the Bible in everyday life. The Bible is the perfect instruction manual. I wish sometimes I could just take a bite out of it and have it infuse every cell with its nutrition.
—Carolyn Schlicher, Elizabethtown, Pa.

‘Our culture of deceit’

Dec. 15  Before reading this column I saw a report about a new book of “tips” for “enhancing” your stay at a hotel. Three were so unscrupulous, such as lying about whether you used the mini-bar, I could hardly believe a news service would publish such trash. No wonder my hotel costs are going up.
—David G. Hansen, Centerville, Ohio

I also do not like being lied to. I usually reject advertising claims as outright lies. It’s sad that many people, having heard so many offers of a costly “free” gift, cannot accept the offer of free salvation promised by our Lord and Savior.
—Gene Bohot, Chino, Calif.

‘Carrying on the family business’

Dec. 15  My parents were home missionaries and nondenominational. They started a Bible camp in 1943 and many Sunday schools in an area where the local churches were hostile to the idea. I had never considered what “carrying on the family business meant” except in economic terms. Thank you.
—Tim Carl, Barbourville, Ky.

‘Mistakes were made’

Dec. 15  Thank you for covering the confusion around the Benghazi attack and the events afterward. We must demand answers to the many questions remaining.
—Alexander Phillips, Rochester, Minn.

‘Leading with our chin’

Dec. 15  Many thanks to WORLD for the great articles. I was amused by Marvin Olasky’s comment about people writing in to cancel subscriptions—even people who don’t have one! Please do not cancel ours.
—Dwayne Frank, Cedarville, Ohio

Cast my subscription in concrete. We need a reliable earthly source of truth, and I am grateful for your intent to provide it.
—Thomas Sandlin, Liberty Hill, Texas

Notable Books

Dec. 15  Your Spotlight on the new sequel to The Wind in the Willows claimed that Grahame’s classic was “often imitated but never sequeled.” Au contraire! Readers should sample William Horwood’s four delightful sequels. Two of them—Toad Triumphant (1995) and Willows at Christmas (1999)—come about as close to Grahame as you can get.
—Joseph W. Smith III, Montoursville, Pa.

‘Cared to death’

Dec. 15  On the day I shared with my fellow employees this article about the destructive impact of Obamacare on the medical device industry, other media reported that many Democrats were leaning toward delaying the tax due to its impact on the economy. An atheist I work with told me that WORLD “hit the nail on the head.” Your credibility, consistency, and concern in presenting the truth makes all the difference.
—Brian F. Fleck, Biglerville, Pa.

‘Campus ministry conflict’

Dec. 15  I urge Daniel Harman to stick to his guns in the matter of Cru allowing women to teach the Bible in mixed-gender meetings. When an organization’s policy disagrees with Scripture, a person should disavow that policy and move elsewhere.

—Daneen Campbell, Loganville, Ga.

‘Bound by blood’

Dec. 1  Jesus put no qualifiers on forgiveness, such as whether the offender has asked for it. It is an act of obedience to Jesus Christ, regardless of the circumstances. Is it easy? Absolutely not, yet He calls for it just the same.
—Charlie Vaughn, Austin, Nev.

I loved Janie Cheaney’s statement, “Forgiveness is not an initiative, but a response.” Many believers carry an unrealistic burden that they ought to forgive regardless of whether the other party is even aware of his offense. Thank you for explaining that forgiveness requires two, and that many well-meaning believers have simply relinquished their hurt and anger to God. This brings relief but it is not forgiveness.
—Carolee Winrich, Shell Beach, Calif.

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