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Be Yourself

In recent years much emphasis has been placed on the “cool” look. We are encouraged to look like we’re not trying when we really are, to “hang loose,” to be unflappable whatever the circumstances. All of us, of course, have defense mechanisms-natural devices to protect our feelings-and they serve us well. Humor, for example, is …

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I Don’t Remember

In a Sunday school class, the teacher was working with her young students on the subject of the Crucifixion. As they were going through the Event, the teacher asked, “Do you understand? Do you understand this Crucifixion?” They all nodded yes. But she wanted more, so the teacher asked, “Do you really understand the meaning …

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A Glorious Vision

In the teachings of Buddha, there is a list of what is called “the four sorrows.” The first is “sickness.” The second is “death.” The third is “old age.” And the fourth is “to be born into the world.” Mark Twain wrote: A myriad of men are born; they labor and struggle and sweat for …

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The Future Is Ours

It is said that our present Age lacks a proper sense of reverence for the awesome mystery of life. Modern man, it is said, has lost the capacity to dwell on the wondrous mystery of a creative order grinding and groaning its way to fulfillment-a fulfillment that transcends all human understanding. Today’s people, it is …

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A Call To Discovery

Those who have been to the Holy Land often come back to report a surprise: it is so very small. Especially Jerusalem. No matter how many Bible atlases one has studied, one is hardly prepared for the discovery that the “old city” of Jerusalem-the very center of the drama of human history-is little more than …

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What Money Can’t Buy

Two business competitors argued at length about certain shady business practices. Finally, one said to the other, “Let’s be clear about one thing. There are lots of ways to make money but there is only one honest way.” “What way is that?” the second man asked. “Just as I suspected, you don’t know,” the first …

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The Expression Of Life

A famous preacher tells of receiving a letter from a parishioner which began as follows: “I listened to your sermon on suffering last Sunday. I just wanted you to know that I didn’t know what suffering was until I heard you preach.” In a more serious vein, he tells of a letter he received from …

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Feelings

In the Old Testament saga, Israel’s greatest King is David. He was called the “Lion of Judah,” the “Warrior King.” David was a great military leader. He had great expertise in financial affairs. He was a great organizer/administrator. He was King of Israel during her “Golden Age “-in fact, he was largely responsible for bringing …

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Urgent!

A Middle-aged bookstore customer was expressing her obvious annoyance to one of the store clerks. “Every time I come in here to buy a best-seller, you are ‘sold out,’ “she scolded. “Why can’t you people learn to stock your shelves more efficiently?” “And what is the title of the book you wish to purchase?” asked …

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The Connection

Not long ago, a Midwest newspaper ran the story of a memory expert. He had earned a doctors’ degree in the study of human memory. He had written books on how to remember. He had fashioned a popular course of study for systematic memory development. And, he had accepted an invitation to deliver the keynote …

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Throw Some Eggs

“Honor your father and your mother.” The importance of this Commandment is impressed upon us as little children and continues throughout our lives. Although our awareness of the command is constantly being rekindled, nevertheless there are times when we feel resentment, even anger, toward our parents. But that commandment is always there, at the center …

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Get On My Back

“All you who are weary and find life burdensome” is a figure of speech drawn from the laboring people of Jesus’ time-hard-working slaves and farmers who were bent low for long hours at a time by the heavy burdens carried on their backs. It comes to us, in the Gospel, as a symbol of the …

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What God Feels Like

A woman hovers between life and death in the hospital’s intensive care unit. A tangle of tubes are connected to various parts of her body. From time to time she awakens to the blips and beeps of the monitoring machines and the steady “whoosh-whoosh” of the respirator… The family visits this hospital wilderness four times …

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No One To Look Down On

God’s ways are not our ways. God’s thoughts are not our thoughts: As high as the heavens are above the earth o high are My ways above your ways and My thoughts above your thoughts Thus says the Lord in the Book of Isaiah, Chapter Fifty-five, Verse Nine. The truth of this Divine statement is …

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Wouldn’t It Be Fantastic?

Some of you here today are old enough to remember the number one, best-selling record of the Mills Brothers … You always hurt the one you love The one you shouldn’t hurt at all No doubt it was a big hit because it is a common factor in our human experience. In the things we …

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The Price

An Army sergeant had recently been transferred across the country to a new base. The family had moved with him, and the military chaplain on the base asked the sergeant’s wife to enroll the children in a religious education program. The chaplain explained that because the curriculum used was standard on most bases, the children …

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Winter Had Come

“So long as he is in this world, man is like a sick person lying upon a bed more or less uncomfortable, who sees around him other beds nicely made, to outward appearance smooth and level, and fancies that they must be more comfortable resting places. He succeeds in making an exchange; but scarcely is …

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Do We Care?

One of the ancient Greek words for “love is eros, meaning erotic love. “Eros’ is important, one of God’s good gifts. But the Biblical word in Greek is a-ga-pe (agape love). The word “agape” had a hazy, abstract meaning in the First Century. But the early Christians filled it with Christ content. It became the …

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He’s Only . . .

A school superintendent and an elementary school principal were conducting a review of an eighth grade teacher’s work. As they entered the classroom through the back door, they heard the teacher say to the tallest boy in the class, “Otto, would you please raise the window?” When Otto had raised the window, the teacher said …

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