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Gotcha!

In the late nineteenth century, a controversy erupted among scholars about a brand-new invention. For decades, students had used pencils in doing their note-taking and their exams. But in 1880, a technological breakthrough came. For the first time, manufacturers started sticking erasers on the ends of pencils. It had never been done before. Many educators …

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Time To Grow Up!

A young mother was pushing a super-market grocery cart toward the check-out counter. The cart was filled to overflowing and, sitting behind the pile in the upper-basket, was her three-year-old son. He had opened a package of cream-filled, icing-covered cupcakes and was having a wonderful time. There was pink icing and chocolate cream everywhere — …

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Lost And Found

THE PARABLE OF THE LOST SHEEP … To the untrained eye, all sheep look pretty much alike. But a good shepherd’s eye takes a different view of his flock. A good shepherd comes to know the flock’s individual members in a variety of ingenious ways. Often he will name them according to their defects. He …

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A Wide Open Story

An old Jewish legend tells the story of a renowned rabbi who disappeared from the synagogue for a few hours each Sabbath day. His mysterious conduct was the subject of much speculation among the rabbi’s students. Many of them suspected that their great mentor had discovered a secret meeting place with the Almighty. Consequently, one …

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Inferiority Complex?

A troubled man paid a visit to a therapist. “What can I do for you,” asked the doctor, “what’s your problem?” The patient answered, “I think I’m suffering from an inferiority complex.” He then went on to talk at length about his background, his relationships, his job, his whole life story. Hearing all of this, …

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To Make Us Real

Once upon a time there was a little boy who received a velveteen rabbit for Christmas. The rabbit was fat and bunchy. His coat was spotted brown and white. He had real thread whiskers. His ears were lined with pink sateen. As with most Christmas gifts, the velveteen rabbit was well received at first, but …

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Enough Light?

“Dear Abby,” wrote a woman named Rose, “I am forty-four and would like to meet a man my age with no bad habits.” To which Abby replied, “Dear Rose, so would I.” Of course, neither Rose nor Abby will ever meet that man with no bad habits. “Mr. Perfect” simply does not exist. And if …

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You Really Matter!

The New Testament writers tell us, over-and-over again, that God’s Grace will overtake us whenever we journey through the dark tunnel of meaninglessness. Sometimes, at that moment of total despair, a wave of light breaks into our darkness and it is as though a voice were saying: “You are loved! You are accepted! I have …

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Oh, God, Take Us Back

It has been said that nothing in the entire Biblical Message is more thoroughly resisted and rejected by modern man than its insistence on the need for repentance. All the Biblical authors are agreed that repentance is the very first step into the fullness of our humanity. The Old Testament Prophets, without exception, preached repentance …

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You Must Remember This!

There is an old legend about St. Martin of Tours and his encounter with a mysterious visitor: One day as St. Martin sat in his prison cell, a knock suddenly came at the door. Instantly a majestic figure entered his cell. St. Martin asked, “Who are you?” “I am the Savior,” was the reply. St. …

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