Backsliding | Conviction | Disobedience | Obedience | Repentance | Revival | Salvation

Here’s a version of an old chestnut that comes around from time to time in a new guise. It seems there was a man with a problem that he couldn’t keep to himself anymore. So he went to the priest to confess that for years he had been stealing building supplies from the lumberyard where he worked. His pastor asked him to explain the kinds of things he had taken. He laid it all out, “Enough to build my own house and enough for my son’s house. And houses for our two daughters. And our cottage at the lake.” The priest frowned and thought about this, finally commented, “This is very serious, I shall have to think of a far-reaching penance. Have you ever done a retreat?” The man quickly replied, “No, Father, I haven’t, but if you can get the plans, I can get the lumber.” Adapted from the Reader’s Digest [ In one earlier version, the…

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