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Do The Right Thing

In one of the Peanuts comic strips, Lucy is positioned behind her now famous “Psychiatric Help, Five cents” stand. Charlie Brown arrives for some advice. Charlie says, “My trouble is I never know if I’m doing the right thing. I need to have someone around who can tell me when I’m doing the right thing.” …

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Crystal Clear

In a “Peanuts” comic strip, Lucy and Charlie Brown are engaged in earnest conversation about the meaning of life. Lucy feels that it’s a matter of one’s perspective. She says, “Life is like a deck chair. Some people place it so they can see where they are going. Some people place it so they can …

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Everybody’s Doing It!

Once upon a time there was a king who had everything the world had to offer — all that money could buy, plus absolute power over his people. But despite all the money and power and prestige he possessed, he had a major problem. He was not happy. And so he summoned the wisest of …

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Closer Than Home

As you read the Gospels and try to understand what they are saying to your life, certain ironies are bound to enter your thoughts. For example, a surface reading of many passages would seem to indicate that Jesus’ relationship with His family was anything but ideal. One exception to this is the beautiful passage in …

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What Makes The World Go ’round?

Old Cyrus Barker was the richest man in town. When he became terminally ill there was much speculation among the villagers concerning the extent of his wealth. And when Cyrus died, one of the town busybodies made it his business to run into the deceased’s lawyer and ask, “How much money did old Cyrus leave?” …

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Making A Comeback

According to an old rabbinical story… In a small East European country there lived a pious Jewish lad who wanted to become a Rabbi. He walked several miles each day, to and from the synagogue, for his Scripture lessons. Between the boy’s home and the synagogue there stood a fruit stand, owned by an atheist. …

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The Greatest Sentence

A “first grade” teacher noticed that one of her students was growing increasingly withdrawn. Clearly, the little girl was extremely worried about something. “What are you worried about?” the teacher asked. “Perhaps I can help you with your problem.” To which the child replied, “My parents. My dad works hard so that I can have …

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Both His Hands

If you belong to Jesus Christ in any way at all, you become His minister. It is not a matter of clergy and laity. It is a matter of all of us being in the ministry of Jesus Christ. Think about Jesus Himself for a moment! He said that He had come “not to be …

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What Am I ‘here after’?

An elderly man confided to a friend that he was planning to live to be one hundred. The friend replied, “I too would like to be one hundred. But how do you plan it?” “It’s quite simple,” the other man said, “all you need to do is live until you’re ninety-nine, and from then on …

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Warning And Opportunity

Three persons were standing at the gates of heaven seeking admission: two men and one woman. “I would like to come in,” one of the men said to St. Peter. “All in good time,” Peter replied. “First I must give you a small test. How do you spell ‘God’?” the man immediately replied, “God, G-O-D, …

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Saved By Your Good Looks!

There is an episode in Luke’s Gospel in which someone asks Jesus, “Lord, will those who are saved be few?” (Lk. 13:23). Judging by our own experience, we can almost hear what was going on in the questioner’s mind. “Saving me won’t be any problem for God. It’s easy for God to see I’m on …

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Where Are We Coming From?

That great philosopher, Charlie Brown of the “Peanuts” cartoons, once made a profound observation that touches on the way we feel about this thing we call “salvation.” Charlie is leaning against a tree talking to Lucy. She asks, “What do you think security is Charlie Brown?” He says, “Security is sleeping in the back seat …

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A Matter Of Life And Death

In the remote deserts of Southwestern United States, temperatures soar above 120 degrees every summer. The earth cakes and cracks. To lift one’s face to the early afternoon sun is like standing too close to the open door of a hot oven. Yet, in spite of the terrible heat, even the most isolated desert areas …

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Are You In Hot Water?

During the mid-1800s, Alexis DeTocqueville, the famous French Historian, endeavored to capture and record some of the spirit of the American Dream. He traveled extensively in the United States and his written impressions of the country have been widely quoted to this day by historians, political scientists, politicians and others. Recently, the Chairman of the …

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Something Money Can’t Buy

Over a doorway in an old Dutch banking house is the following inscription: The Golden Age is the Age in which money does not rule! A man went to a fortune teller hoping that she would be able to look into her crystal ball and make some stock market predictions. “My fee,” said the fortune …

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God Doesn’t Make Mistakes

If you would heed the advice of a famous German poet, everyday you would “at least hear one song, read one good poem, contemplate one good painting, and, if it is still possible, speak a few sensible words.” In Luke’s account of the crucifixion, we are told that even after Jesus is nailed to the …

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I Am Counting On Them

Through encounter group sessions, people try to experience something that happened long before the coming of modern psychology and group dynamics. In our Gospel Lesson, a group of fishermen on Lake Gennesaret in Palestine encountered a man called Jesus and were never again the same. In meeting Jesus, they were somehow confronted with the truth …

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From Now On

A fire-and brimstone preacher was delivering his usual doomsday sermon about the end of the world. “Reform!” he boomed. “Reform your lives because sooner or later the signs of the end time will appear in the sun, the moon and the stars. On the earth nations will be in anguish, distraught at the roaring of …

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Listen! Listen!

There is an Old English prayer that goes like this: Take time to work– It is the price of success. Take time to think– It is the source of power. Take time to play– It is the secret of perpetual youth. Take time to read– It is the fountain of wisdom. Take time to be …

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Day-By-Day

“Dear Lord,” we pray, “I’m at the end of all my resources.” “Dear child,” the Lord answers, “You’re just at the beginning of Mine.”1 God’s resources extend beyond our human comprehension. The miracle of God’s creation is awesome beyond all human expression. God’s plan for our fulfillment is beyond — infinitely beyond — even our …

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