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SPEAK THE VISION In answering the question why so may business executives are boring speakers, communications consultant Jo Farrell, president of Farrell Group, offers a general observation: “People look out and see the audience has hooves and horns; they won’t take the risk to be different. Let me see what you see. When people talk …

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DIRTY COFFEE CUP Last week I devoted an entire morning to cleaning out my coffee cup. Imagine Alaska’s coast after Exxon Valdez. Imagine a Stephen King novel about a java mug. Imagine your teenager’s room covered with porcelain. Get the idea? It isn’t that I’m a slob. I simply forgot to empty the last swallow …

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ON-LINE EVANGELISM Christians are using the Internet as a tool for Christian communication and outreach. A number of churches and organizations now have Web Sites for cyber-surfers to stop in and get acquainted. While doing a little surfing of my own, I recently came across a particulary interesting site: “” that was acting as a …

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TINY LOAF OF SILVER Long ago, there was a great famine in Germany, and those who were poor suffered severely from hunger. A rich man who had great compassion sent for twenty children and told them: “In this basket there is a loaf of bread for each of you and your family. Take a loaf …

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STRETCHING THE STORY A couple of good buddies spent a considerable amount of their time fishing together or talking about their fishing experiences with other friends. On one such occasion, one of the fisherman friends said to the other, “I’ve noticed that when you tell about that one fish you caught a while back when …

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MISSED OPPORTUNITY Jim Egan worked at the West Coast Computer Fair in 1977. His job was to help customers decorate their booths. Industry shows are the cheapest way to reach customers within the trade, but some undercapitalized entrepreneurs hardly have enough to rent a booth, let alone pay for the decorations. Egan was approached by …

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In Lorraine Hansberry’s play, “Raisin in the Sun,” there is a haunting passage concerning what real love requires. In the play, an African- American family inherits $10,000 from their father’s life insurance policy. The mother of the household sees in this legacy the chance to escape the ghetto life of Harlem and move into a …

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HOPE THROUGH THE STORM What does it mean to walk by faith and not by sight? We can see how it is translated into everyday life. It can be seen in the Palm Sunday tragedy that struck the United Methodist Church in Piedmont, Alabama. While they were celebrating Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem, a tornado …

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SCRAPS OR GOURMET John MacArthur describes a man who went on a cruise. The man spent his entire life to save enough for this cruise. The man finally earned enough money to take the cruise. He went to the travel agent and studied the brochures. He finally picked a one-week ocean cruise on a luxury …

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Children | Discipline | Failure | Family | Father | Fathers | Parents | School | Story

SUSPENSION STANDS UP A ten-year-old girl had heard about some students getting expelled or suspended from school and did not understand what this meant. She went to her father and asked, “Dad, what does it mean to get suspended from school?” Her father answered, “It means that you have to do your schoolwork at home …

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Blessing | Blessings | Death | Life | Materialism | Money | Perspective | Riches | Story | Value | Values | Wealth

BLESSINGS IN PROPER PERSPECTIVE A businessman had an angel come to visit him who promised to grant him one request. The man requested a copy of the stock-market quotes for one year in the future. As he was studying the future prices on the AMEX and the New York Stock Exchanges he boasted of his …

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SOMETHING TO LOVE A few years back it was reported in an Illinois newspaper that a woman had abducted a three- week-old baby. When the authorities finally apprehended the woman who had taken the baby, her explanation was simply, “I just wanted something to love.” They discovered later that within the last several weeks this …

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MULTIMILLIONAIRE FOR A DAY Howard Jenkins of Tampa, Florida had fun as a multimillionaire, even making a four million dollar withdrawal during his lunch break. Why? Because it was there — after a bank’s computer error put eighty-eight million dollars in his account. Jenkins’ brief stint as a rich man started when he lost his …

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PLAY DOMINOES INSTEAD George Bernard Shaw was dining in a London restaurant when an orchestra began to play loudly. The music went on for some time until Shaw beckoned the head waiter and asked, “Does the orchestra play requests?” The head waiter exclaimed with delight that they did and asked what Shaw would like them …

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