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A Ruling Passion

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Vladimir Lenin was the fanatical architect of the former USSR. A colleague once said of him, “Lenin thinks about nothing but revolution. He talks about nothing but revolution. He eats and drinks revolution. And if he dreams at night, he must dream about revolution.”

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Small Faith In A Big God

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Faith—we all wish we had more of it, especially when facing mountainous problems. Yet most of us are well practiced in faith. We sit down in chairs without checking them out; we use microwave ovens without analyzing how they work; we put keys in doors and expect them to open. We don’t go around moaning, “If only I had more faith in chairs, in microwaves, in keys.” We depend on these objects because we see them as reliable—not because we’ve worked up great feelings of confidence.

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The Main Event

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During the Great Depression that hit the United States in the 1930s, a family in the Midwest struggled to put food on their table. They had no money for luxuries.

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Don't They Believe In God?

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During the chaos of a big city riot, a television news video showed a man pointing at looters who were racing in and out of the stores. The man cried in anguish, “This is stealing! Don’t these people have any morals? Don’t they believe in God?”

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Taking Orders

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A sergeant in the Indiana National Guard was demoted and sentenced to 4 days in jail because he refused to take off his cap.

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Be Careful, He's Coming!

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When I was a teenager, our youth pastor and other people who talked to our youth group told us this: “Be careful where you go and what you do. You don’t want to be embarrassed when Jesus returns.”

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Conduct And Feelings

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Mark Twain is quoted as saying that you can tell if something you did was morally good if you “felt good afterward.” But if it left you “feeling bad,” it was morally wrong.

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God's Paradoxes

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The Bible tells us there is a wisdom that is foolish and a foolishness that is wise (1 Cor. 1:20-25). There is a gain that is loss and a loss that is gain (Phil. 3:7-9). And there is an exalted way that leads downward and a humble way that leads to exaltation (Phil. 2:5-11).

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Living Like An Animal

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After 60 years and 6 million visitors, the zoo in Milan, Italy, was shut down. Animal-rights activists had protested that conditions in the zoo were unfit for the animals caged there. But when the animals moved out, homeless people moved in. Until city leaders intervened, hundreds of them began sneaking into the cages under the cover of darkness, looking for a night’s rest.

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No Thanks

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While I was teaching at a Christian college, a talented young man pushed his way into my life. He needed one more course to graduate, so he decided that I should give him an independent study in writing. He would be everlastingly grateful if I would just do this—even though it required extra work on my part. The college dean agreed to the idea because of the young man’s abilities.

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