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WITandWISDOM(tm) – October 31, 2007
"By perseverance the snail reached the ark." - Charles Spurgeon
Source: Weekend Encounter, by Dick Innes, Copyright (c) ACTS International, 2007, http://www.actsweb.org/subscribe.php
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
In one town, the bishop had all of the Christians in a certain church arrested and brought to the his church. The mayor of the city was also called. With him came fifty soldiers to maintain order because of the mob that was gathering outside of the church.
When all were assembled the bishop stood and began to curse the Christians for disgracing their town by joining this particular church. “All of you come and bow down before me now.”
Intimidated by his anger and his voice of authority which they had followed for most of their lives, they all arose and went to the front and knelt before the bishop as he commanded. All, that is, except for one little lady who remained at her seat.
“If you will confess that you have been in error to follow this church’s teachings and come back into my church, then I will do my best to get you quickly through purgatory. I will do everything to help you, but you must now confess your error.”
At that the brave little woman in the back rushed to the front where her husband was at the end of one of the rows of kneeling people. She cried out, “Is this man God? Are we going to pray to a bishop? We have been taught the truth. Will we not be brave enough to follow what we know is right? In the name of the Lord, I command you, my brethren, everyone stand up!”
Embarrassed, the kneeling members all stood to their feet and returned to their seats, ashamed that they had been such cowards as to obey the bishop, rather than the voice of their conscience telling them what was right.
“Kill that woman!” the mob outside shouted. “Let us in and we will kill her!”
At this moment the officer in charge of the soldiers stepped forward, addressing his men. “Attention! Draw your swords and protect these Christians! Every one of you take a Christian by the hand, and I will take that little woman.”
Then turning to the mayor and the bishop, the officer said, “You Mayor, have a commission to protect the weak. And you, Bishop, were sent to preach the gospel.”
The officer then turned toward the mob, flinging his sword, “Clear the way! If any of you ever molest these Christians again, you will answer to me for it.”
Would you have had the courage of that brave little woman in such an hour of crisis?
By Dorothy Eaton Watts, Faith Triumphant, Inspiring Stories of God’s Church, p. 295
Submitted by Leora DeWitt
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
"Please doctor you've got to help me. I've been stung by a Bee."
"Don't worry; put some salve on it."
"I will never find that bee. It must be miles away by now."
"No, you don't understand! - put some salve on the place where you were stung."
"Oh! That was in the garden where I was sitting under a tree"
"No, No! I mean on the part of your body that the bee stung."
Man still screaming in pain: "On my finger! The bee stung me on my finger and it really hurts"
"How am I to know? All bees look the same to me."
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~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
When it comes to tunes, my local music shop prefers the sound of silence. A sign prominently displayed on a grand piano reads, "The management is not responsible for the actions of its employees if your child plays 'Heart and Soul' or 'Chop-sticks' on this instrument.
Source: Clean Laffs, http://www.cleanlaffs.com/
Don't Ask for Spam
By Leo Notenboom
I see a lot of people asking for spam every day.
Yes, I see people asking for spam.
It's like they're putting a large sign on their virtual backside saying "Spam Me! Please!"
Oh, they don't realize that they're asking for spam, and if you asked them if that's what they want, they'd probably say "No, Definitely Not!" in the strongest of terms. And yet, I'll claim, strongly, that they're doing so. Perhaps not intentionally, but they're asking for it.
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