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The Story Of A Wall

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While visiting the ruins of Hadrian’s Wall in Northern England, I reflected on the fact that this may be the most remembered achievement of the Roman emperor who came to power in ad 117. As many as 18,000 Roman soldiers manned this 80-mile-long barrier, built to keep the northern barbarians from invading the south.

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Friends In The Night

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Do you have someone you could call in the middle of the night if you needed help? Bible teacher Ray Pritchard calls these people “2 a.m. friends.” If you have an emergency, this kind of friend would ask you two questions: “Where are you?” and “What do you need?”

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Like A Flock

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During a demonstration of sheep- herding using a Border Collie, the dog trainer explained that because sheep are highly vulnerable to wild animals, their main defense against predators is to stay together in a tightly knit group. “A sheep alone is a dead sheep,” the trainer said. “The dog always keeps the sheep together as it moves them.”

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Looks And Life

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During the first few hours of their 30th college reunion, Mary Schmich and her friends talked mostly about how old their classmates looked. But as the event progressed, their focus began to change. Later, in her Chicago Tribune column, Mary wrote: “Once you get used to the fact that time has robbed every single one of you of something—or added it in the wrong places . . . you stop thinking about looks [and] start talking about life.”

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Keep The Organ Playing

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Many years ago an accomplished organist was giving a concert. (In those days someone had to pump large bellows backstage to provide air for the pipes.) After each song, the audience applauded heartily. Before his final number, the organist stood and said, “I shall now play . . .” and he announced the title. He sat down and adjusted his music. With feet poised over the pedals and hands over the keys, he began with a mighty chord. But the organ remained silent. Just then a voice was heard from backstage: “Say ‘We’!”

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Who Packed Your Chute?

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Charles Plumb was sitting in a restaurant when a man came up to him and said, “You’re Plumb. You flew jet fighters in Vietnam. You were on the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk. You were shot down!” “How in the world did you know all that?” asked Plumb. The man, who had been on the same ship, replied, “I packed your parachute.” Then he added, “I guess it worked.” “Indeed it did,” said Plumb.

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Friends Listen

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It is about 9 in the evening. My wife Ginny and I are sitting in our living room. I’m reading a book. Suddenly she says, “Honey, I want to talk with you for a few minutes.” She begins to talk—then she abruptly asks, “Are you listening?”

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Removing Barriers

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A missionary in Calcutta said that she was profoundly influenced by a communion service she had attended during World War II. The leader of that meeting was a Swedish minister. Among those present were a Chinese pastor, a Japanese teacher, a German doctor, several English citizens, and a few Indian believers.

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Silent Sermon

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How important is our fellowship in the local church? Let me answer that question by telling a story.

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