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Faith Filled Friday: The 23rd Channel and Partners

June 18, 2021

by Connie Terpack

The two articles for today are from tracts that I saved and happened to come across the other day. One is on an index-card size piece of paper and very brown from age. It has my maiden name written on the top, which puts it over 50 years old! I hope you enjoy these. I had fun reading them again. ~Connie

The 23rd Channel

The T.V. set is my shepherd. My spiritual growth shall want.

It maketh me to sit down and do nothing for His name’s sake, because it requireth all my spare time. It keepeth me from doing my duty as a Christian, because it presenteth so many good shows that I must see.

It restoreth my knowledge of the things of the world, and keepeth me from the study of God’s word. It leadeth me in the paths of failing to attend the evening worship services, and doing nothing in the Kingdom of God.

Yea, though I live to be a hundred, I shall keep on viewing my T.V. as long as it will work, for it is my closest companion. Its sound and its picture, they comfort me.

It presenteth entertainment before me, and keepeth me from doing important things with my family. It fills my head with ideas which differ from those set forth in the word of God.

Surely, no good thing will come of my life, because my T.V. offereth me no good time to do the will of God; thus I will dwell in the place of the Devil and his angels forever. – Selected


Said a whiskey flask to a cigarette,

“I’d like to make a good sized bet

That I can get more scalps than you,

Although your victims aren’t few.”

Said the cigarette to the whiskey flask,

“Well, that’s easy as I could ask,

For I give kids their downward start,

Then you pitch in and do your part.

They come to you with burning thirst,

But I’m the fellow that sees ‘em first;

So most of them should count for me.”

Then the whiskey flask had this to say,

“I never looked at the thing that way,

But I confess you spoke the truth;

‘Tis you who tackles the foolish youth.

You fill his system with dopey smoke,

I mold him into a first-class soak;

We work together far too well

To quarrel for even a spell.”

So the whiskey flask and the cigarette

Shook hands together and offed the bet,

And away they sauntered side by side

Hunting for victims far and wide:

In every corner of the nation

Partners in crime and ruination.

So here’s our warning, on the level

Shun them as you would shun the devil.

“Tobacco is a filthy weed,

And from the devil doth proceed;

It picks your pockets, burns your clothes,

And makes a chimney of your nose.

Tobacco injures the throat, nose, hearing, eyes, heart, lungs, and nerves. Touch not the unclean thing. 2 Corinthians 6:17.

It caused the death of 5,000 men from cancer of the mouth in ONE year in the USA. – Dr. Howard A. Kelly, Baltimore.

“The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is Eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23 – Selected

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