Outcasts

Life Isn’t A Watermelon

In the early days of our nation, the town crier was the source of news for the community. He would stand in the village square and preface his announcements with the cry, “Hear ye! Hear ye!” Now we have newspapers and TV to keep us informed. But typography and electronically produced pictures have not diminished …

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Outrageously Happy!

There is a “Peanuts” comic strip in which two of Charlie Brown’s little friends are engaged in a serious discussion about life. One says to the other, “Life is peculiar. Wouldn’t you like to have your life to live over if you knew then what you know now?” To which the other replies, “What do …

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Heard Enough?

A small boy was visiting his grandmother for the first time. She lived in a small Wyoming town–cowboy country. On arrival, the boy’s initial reaction was to cry out, “Grandma, look at those bowlegged cowboys.” The grandmother was shocked and embarrassed, fearful that someone might have heard the outburst. Consequently, she immediately took her grandson …

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It’s Time To Refocus!

At the beginning of the school year, the following conversation took place between a mother and daughter … Mother (from outside daughter_s bedroom door): “Rise and shine. Don’t be late for your first day back in school.” Daughter (from her bedroom): “I don’t want to go! I’ve got a stomach ache! My head hurts and …

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Before Winter Comes

The Christ who loved His family, His friends, His disciples and those close to Him, especially loved those persons who had been rejected by society: the lepers, the prostitutes, the tax collectors, the demoniacs. Jesus developed a reputation for being the special friend of people like that, many of whom were ostracized by Society and …

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Rain Or Shine

There is a story about a wise old woman who had listened carefully to a group of malcontents tell her their problems. “I have some advice for you,” the woman said to them. “Write down the trouble that worries you most.” When they had done this, the woman placed all of the papers in a …

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We’re Number One

When personalized license plates were introduced in Illinois, the Department of Motor Vehicles received over one thousand requests for the number “one.” The state official whose job it was to approve requests said, “I’m not about to assign it to someone and disappoint a thousand people.” What was his solution? He assigned the number to …

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Living As He Lived

According to leading Educators, the number one qualification of A good teacher is enthusiasm for the subject being taught. Our word “enthusiasm,” comes from the Greek, and it means “God within.” “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm,” wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson. The New Testament writers portray Jesus as a teacher with unbounded enthusiasm for …

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Nobody Is ‘nobody’

A woman rode down a hotel elevator on a day when the Press crowded the lobby, waiting for Elizabeth Taylor to come out of her suite. The elevator stopped, the doors opened, and the woman was instantly greeted by a burst of camera flash bulbs. Whereupon, the woman instinctively put her head down and her …

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Five Simple Words

A wise old woman, who had little formal education, taught her granddaughter to memorize this formula for a good life: Wash what is dirty. Water what is dry. Heal what is wounded. Warm what is cold. Guide what goes off the road. Grandmother’s wisdom becomes most evident in the final ingredient of her good-life formula: …

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No Baloney!

Achieving self-respect, self-esteem, peace of mind, a sense of worthwhileness, a sense of purposefulness — these are ambitions of us all. Sure, we all want to “get it all together,” but oh how complicated the process seems to have become in our time! In recent years, there has been an explosion of popular “self-help” books …

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