“Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I received a stoning. Three times I was shipwrecked; for a night and a day I was adrift at sea; on frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, danger from bandits, danger from my own people . . . “ (2 Cor 11:25-26.)

A talented violinist was scheduled to play before a very critical audience. Although she had a fine instrument, she was not satisfied with the quality of its sound. So she said to her father, “This violin must yield its full resonance and vibration of tone. I’m going out to buy some tested strings.”

When asked how these strings are tested, she replied, “First they’re put on a rack and stretched and strained to take all the vacillation out of them. Then they are hammered. Then they are put through a chemical test. This is what enables them to produce a perfect and full tone.” Later, when she attached the tested strings and tuned the…

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