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The English spiritual writer, Caryll Houselander, wrote a letter in 1945 to a young friend who had married and settled abroad: I saw two bent and broken people in Brompton Road years ago, both a bit helpless, but getting along quite well by leaning on one another. I thought then: “There goes poor human nature! …

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Betrayal | Character | Commitment | Convictions | Courage | Death | Friendship | Loyalty | Support

NEVER BETRAY A FRIEND Sam Davis was a Confederate spy executed at Pulaski, Tennessee, for his crime. When captured by the Union army, he had in his possession some papers of vital importance. After examining the case closely, the officers in charge knew he must have had an accomplice in securing the papers. He was …

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Burden | Commitment | Cooperation | Dependence | Discipleship | Fellowship | Support | Synergism | Teamwork

SYNERGIZE In an advertisement for a “Synergize” aspen grove poster, the Covey Center writes: “There is synergy in the aspen grove. The trees are connected by a system of roots; each tree draws strength from the others. The grove is more than the sum of its individual parts–one plus one equals three or more.” Is …

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Adversity | Commitment | Encouragement | Friends | Friendship | Love | Priorities | Support

FRIENDS IN ADVERSITY A young couple shared this actual account: “Our three year old son has had to endure four operations to correct a muscle problem with his eyes. He may yet lose the sight in one eye. During each of the operations a special couple, our closest friends, were right there in the waiting …

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Assistance | Computers | Counseling | Discipleship | Guidance | Humor | Knowledge | Support | Technology

ETCH-A- SKETC Htm TECHNICAL SUPPORT Q: My Etch-A-Sketch has a distorted display. What should I do? A: Pick it up and shake it. Q: My Etch-A-Sketch has these funny little lines all over the screen. A: Pick it up and shake it. Q: How do I turn my Etch- A-Sketch off? A: Pick it up …

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Gift | Giving | Ministry | Missions | Money | Para-Church | Stewardship | Support

PRIORITIES IN GIVING Let me restate the convictions I have communicated through the years. First, despite our need, we do not want you to support Focus on the Family until you have met your obligation to your local church. It outranks our ministry in priority and significance. Second, do not send contributions that will deprive …

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Edification | Encouragement | Fellowship | Guidance | Loneliness | Support

DESIGNED FOR FELLOWSHIP The scene is a baseball game in Peanuts. Charlie Brown is pitching, and Schroeder, the catcher, walks out to toss the ball to Charlie Brown, who complains to him, “Schroeder, you never ask me how the old soupbone is, do you?” Schroeder says, “What’s a soupbone?” Charlie Brown explains, “That’s baseball slang …

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Bondage | Business | Employees | Employers | Encouragement | Humor | Labor | Prison | Support

IN PRISON OR AT WORK So you wonder why you can’t accomplish more at work. Here are some possible explanations: IN PRISON…you spend the majority of your time in an 8×10 cell. AT WORK…you spend most of your time in a 6×8 cubicle. IN PRISON…you get three meals a day. AT WORK…you only get a …

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Care | Character | Compliments | Cooperation | Encouragement | Life | Support | Teamwork | Unity

WHO IS PACKING YOUR PARACHUTE? Sometimes in the daily challenges that life gives us, we miss what is really important. We may fail to say hello, please, or thank you, congratulate someone on something wonderful that has happened to them, give a compliment, or just do something nice for no reason. Charles Plumb, a US …

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