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Hear These Things!

On his way home from the office, a man went into a flower shop and ordered two dozen pink carnations … “They’re for my wife,” he told the clerk. “Is it her birthday?” the clerk asked. “No,” he replied. “Is it your wedding anniversary?” “No.” As the man, bouquet in hand, started out the door, …

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Touch And Believe

The current expression of “not trusting anyone over thirty” extends into many areas of modern life. It is not simply the problem of youth questioning age, children questioning their parents, or one generation questioning another. The credibility gap involves many other areas of skepticism: we have reservations when manufacturers endeavor to insure us of a …

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Love Is Wisdom

With the birth of Christ, a great joy is proclaimed which lays aside all the questions and all the imponderables. A great joy is proclaimed which clears the way for women and men to come to a decision that makes sense out of their life, for all time. Jesus has come into the world that …

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Who Is In Charge?

The Good News from Jesus Christ is about how much God loves us and how God never gives up trying to break through our defenses in order to call us into a union of life with Him-self — so that we might become the whole persons, the loving persons He created us to be. But …

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The Walls Come Tumbling Down

Shalom Aleichem is considered by many to be the greatest of the ethnic humorists. He is perhaps best known as the creator of the character, Tevye, in one of America’s most heartwarming Musicals, “Fiddler On The Roof.” Although it would be inaccurate to characterize Tevye as “a man of little faith,” nevertheless he constantly needles …

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Anxious Worry

In George R. Hausman’s “The Parable of the Apple Tree,” the author describes how, one winter, he spent his daily breakfast-time contemplating the wonder of an apple tree in his back yard. “As I contemplated the apple tree,” he wrote, “I reminded myself that somewhere in the tree is an invisible, irresistible force or power …

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Looking Out For Number One

In today’s Gospel Lesson, Jesus is speaking to the disciples in parables. He tells the story of an employer who needs workers for his vineyard. He goes into the market place of the city to look for unemployed men waiting to be hired. He finds some day laborers and they agree on a price for …

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Let’s Do It!

A man was having a terrible time with dizzy spells. No one could tell him what to do about it. He went from doctor to doctor but they were all baffled by his predicament. They tried various medicines and treatments but nothing helped. Meanwhile the dizzy spells were affecting the man’s health severely. He was …

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A Matter Of Trust

A young clergyman was asked to preach on “Why I believe in God.” He thought it would be an easy sermon to prepare. After all, he could think of a dozen reasons to believe in God. But he soon discovered that they were not his reasons. “My theology books give the arguments for God,” he …

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Precious Lord

“Precious Lord,” perhaps the world’s most popular Gospel song, established its composer, Tom Dorsey, as the architect of Gospel Music. “Precious Lord’s” appeal crosses denominational lines and has been translated into thirty-two languages. During the 1920s, Dorsey had achieved a measure of fame as a jazz musician, and it was in that period that he …

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Who Are The Citizens?

A model morning prayer appeared in the Parish Bulletin of a Church in Missouri: Dear God: So far today I’ve done all right. I haven’t gossiped. I haven’t lost my temper. I haven’t been greedy or grumpy or nasty or selfish. In fact, I haven’t done anything wrong at all. And I’m really pleased about …

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Daddy You’re Wonderful!

A little book compiled by Mary W. Lightfoot entitled “The Heart of a Father” contains the following contribution by James G. Gilken: You say I exaggerate the splendors of a fine home? That the love and loyalty which gradually take shape within a family are not worth what they cost? Consider this incident, reported from …

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The Earth Is The Lord’s

A young man named Buddy had been working in the oil fields of New Mexico in order to earn money for college. One winter day, when he was ninety feet above ground on a derrick platform, Buddy slipped on some ice that had formed. He began to fall toward the ground until his safety rope …

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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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Lord, You Take The Wheel

There is an old proverb that goes something like this: Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; hate less, love more; and all good things will be yours. Notice, “Fear less” is at the top of that list of what needs to be done if all …

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The Lord Of Life

A king of the Middle Ages gave one of his servants a strange standing order. Every morning this servant was to march into the king’s chamber, and no matter what the king was doing, announce in a loud voice, “You must die!” I doubt if many of us would appreciate that kind of daily reminder …

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Committed For Life

“Savior? — Who Needs a Savior?” is the title of a chapter in “The Parables of Peanuts” book. The chapter includes a cartoon strip in which Linus and Lucy are watching an infant crawling across the floor. “How long do you think it will be before Sally starts to walk?” Linus asks. “God grief!” says …

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The Work Goes On

In the chapters of Luke’s Gospel leading up to the episode in today’s Lesson, Jesus gave His disciples a lot to live up to. He told them that if they were going to be His followers, they would have to practice humility: “For every one who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles …

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The Hardest Thing Of All

John and George, both in their seventies, had been friends since their high school days. They held strong opinions and both were on the stubborn side. Consequently, they argued frequently and, as a result, they often went for weeks without speaking to each other. It got to the point where, after a heated argument on …

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Blest Are The Poor

The greatest good news ever to break into our human existence is the Good News of God’s love. The God who created you loves you so much that He continuously acts to bring you fullness of life. This is Gospel. This is Good News. Those of us in the Christian Community believe that we see …

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