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HAZARDS OF PASTORAL POSITIONS From a survey of pastors conducted by the Fuller Institute of Church Growth, as reported by Fuller Seminary’s Arch Gart at the Care Givers Forum last fall in Colorado Springs. – 90% of pastors worked more than 46 hours a week. – 80% believed that pastoral ministry is affecting their families …

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SURGEON MATERIAL A young woman grew up in the most squalid of slum circumstances. She decided at age eight that she would become a physician. Against all odds, she accomplished that goal. Today, she is a respected surgeon. No other person in her grade-school class rose above the impediments of that negative environment in which …

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PLUMBERS AND DOCTORS The brain surgeon returned from a European vacation to discover that his basement was filled with water – and rising. He called a plumber who arrived in a new Mercedes and wearing an elegant business suit. The plumber opened the rear trunk, and donned a wet suit, oxygen tanks, diving mask and …

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COMMITMENT ALTERNATIVES The recently released movie City of Joy tells the story of a young, disillusioned doctor Max, played by Patrick Swayze, who goes on a worldwide journey to “find himself” and discover new direction for his life. Through a series of circumstances — including being robbed and having his passport and money stolen — …

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THEY NEED ME James Agee, in his In Praise of Famous Men, tells of an African-American man in Northern Alabama in the 1930’s, who worked at a sawmill. His main job was looking after the mules. In fact, in the 30’s, he was sort of treated like one of the mules. He probably received about …

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BOYS AND GIRLS AND POTENTIAL Boys and girls are men and women in the cocoon. You do not know what they are going to become. Their lives are big with many possibilities. They may make or unmake kings, change boundary lines between nations, write books that will mold character, or invent machines that will revolutionize …

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SHAPING THE CRUST — SHAPING THE CHILD Proverb 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Chuck Swindoll says that this verse actually refers to shaping the bent of a child like a vine keeper would shape the direction that …

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VOCATIONAL HYMNS In the spirit of “all things to all men” the hymn books contain hymns for various vocations. This is what we found: Builder’s Hymn: How Firm a Foundation. Painter’s Hymn: Jacob’s Ladder. Meteorologist’s Hymn: There Shall Be Showers of Blessing. Surveyor’s Hymn: When I Survey the Cross. Bread-maker’s Hymn: I Need Thee Every …

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TAKE YOUR DAUGHTER TO WORK DAY Here is a spoof on the “Take Your Child to Work Days” that have enjoyed recent popularity. This spoof emphasizes the importance of not only teaching our children but of also teaching that which is good and honorable. The annual “Take-Your-Daughter-To-Work Day” was a huge success. Parents of both …

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AN INCREASING LOAD FOR MOTHERS The Population Reference Bureau will release a report this week titled “New Realities of the American Family.” It predicts that family life in the 1990s “will be marked by its diversity.” Some of the survey’s findings: One in four babies is now born to an unmarried mother, compared with one …

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TO BE LIKE MY DAD “Well, what are you going to be, my boy,/When you have reached manhood’s years; A doctor, a lawyer, or actor great, Moving throngs to laughter and tears? But he shook his head, as he gave reply, In a serious way he had, “I don’t think I’d care to be any …

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