Pride

A Sweet Spiritual Blessing

A large crowd had gathered near a pond in a large zoo. They watched admiringly as a peacock slowly spread its great tail and displayed its stunning plumage. The great bird stood erect and noble and strutted regally. Just then an old, gray duck waddled slowly from the pond and passed between the proud peacock …

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Get Your Own Dirt!

The story is told that at the end of the American Revolutionary War, the newly-formed nation came close to disaster. The government, which was short on funds, owed back pay to army officers, men who had fought long and hard for the nation’s independence. There was talk that the army would not disband until paid, …

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Because You’re You

The following ad appeared in the “classified” section of a weekly newspaper: For sale. Complete Encyclopedia set. Twenty-six volumes in mint condition. Never used. My husband already knows it all. “The Art of Being a Big Shot” is the title of an article on pride, written by an ex-“Big Shot.” It read in part … …

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A Pain In The Neck!

A youngster asked his mother to take him to see a certain movie. “I don’t think you’ll enjoy it,” Mom replied. “The jokes will be over your head.” To which the lad replied, “That’s okay Mom, we can sit in the balcony.” Reading today’s Gospel Lesson, I felt a little like that Mom: I didn’t …

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We Must Pay Our Dues

As we prepare ourselves in this Season of Lent for the climax of Jesus’ life and ministry, we recall Jesus’ many efforts to prepare His disciples for His death. The disciples were reluctant to accept His word on what would happen to Him, especially when He told them that He would suffer and die as …

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The Perfectionist

Author/lecturer John Robert Clarke has suggested the title, “Master Perfectionist,” for a certain kind of egotist. “One’s own perfectionism is like a shadow behind him,” he writes. Consequently, one may be a “Master Perfectionist” without being aware of it. But others are. Master Perfectionists… …listen with rapt inattention when others are talking because there is …

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The Terrible Meek

This proverb is attributed to Jesus in several places in the Gospels. Quite honestly, it evokes an uncomfortable feeling in most of us. It turns us off because it presents us with an image of weakness. We’re not interested in anything that seems to suggest that we become “milquetoasts. ‘Milquetoast,” as you know, is the …

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Lasting Truth

There are many lasting truths about life that children learn on their own. Among them … No matter how hard you try, you can’t baptize cats. When your mom is mad at your dad, don’t let her brush your hair. You can’t trust dogs to watch your food. The best place to be when you’re …

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Cross Over The Bridge

An old legend from India tells of a huge elephant and a tiny mouse … They became close friends. Everywhere they went they walked side-by-side. One day, they came upon a long, narrow bridge suspended over a deep gully. Side-by-side they stepped onto the bridge and proceeded to walk across. When they stepped off the …

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