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You Can't Buy Jesus

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Make a toll-free call and “Jesus can be yours.” That’s the guarantee in an advertisement for a 2-foot tall, machine-washable “Jesus doll.” The doll wears a scarlet robe over a white tunic with a red heart emblazoned on it.

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Take The Time

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A legend is told about a rabbi from a small Jewish town. The people had gathered in the synagogue on the eve of Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), but when the time came for the most important service of the Jewish year to begin, the rabbi was nowhere to be found.

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The Cure For Resentment

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We readily agree with the statement that “all men are created equal” and that we are endowed with certain “unalienable rights.” But we can’t live long without discovering that life doesn’t treat everyone the same. This is a fact we must learn to accept without resentment.

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Trust Him With Your Heart

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Sportswriter Waddy Spoelstra and his wife Jean are both octogenarians who demonstrate each day the importance of a life of faith in Jesus Christ.

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The Widow's Millions

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Someone has calculated that if the widow’s 2 mites had been deposited in a bank at 4-percent interest compounded semiannually, by today it would have grown to the sum of $4.8 billion trillion. What potential there is in such a small investment when it’s left to grow for a long time!

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Dangerous Conclusions

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It’s possible to begin a discussion by talking about or even defending what God has said, and yet end up with beliefs that allow us to disobey Him. At the dawn of creation, for example, Satan slithered up to Eve and drew her into a religious discussion. He simply asked what God had commanded regarding the forbidden tree—but he led her to a deadly conclusion (Gen. 3:1-6).

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Expect A Blessing

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When a person stomps out of a church service complaining about the quality of the music, the length of the announcements, or a poorly delivered sermon, he himself may be the problem.

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The Main Goal Of Life

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In 1636, a group of Puritans founded Harvard University. Its motto was Christo et Ecclesiae, which means “For Christ and the Church.” One of the school’s guiding principles was this: “Everyone shall consider the main end of his life and studies, to know God and Jesus Christ, which is eternal life. John 17:3.”

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Work Opportunity

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Imagine an 18-year-old searching the want ads for a summer job. Because he likes the outdoors, his interest is drawn to an ad about a national wildlife and fish refuge. It lists several job openings, but instead of promising attractive benefits and lucrative pay, the ad warns that the work will include “exposure to heat, humidity, rain, mud, millions of biting mosquitoes, poisonous plants, barbed wire, and hard work.” The pay is minimum wage.

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The Little Things Too

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Pastor Harold Springstead was driving along, on his way to preach at a little country church, when he felt a sudden vibration. A tire had gone flat. As the 78-year-old pastor maneuvered his car to a stop, a trucker pulled up behind him. A young man jumped out, assessed the situation, and cheerfully changed the tire. Pastor Springstead got to the service in plenty of time, and it was not until later that he realized his car didn’t even have a jack!

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