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In New York City, amidst the towering canyons of Wall Street, a church established a drop-in shelter for the homeless. The journalist Bill Moyers once requested a meal, a shower, a chair, a restroom. It was to be a part of his regular PBS weekly series. While sitting near the door waiting for his ...

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New Opportunities

A man went to visit in a home where there were several children, and, trying to relate to the kids, he asked one of the girls about her doll collection. “Which is your favorite doll?” he asked. “Promise not to laugh if I tell you?” she questioned. He promised not to laugh, ...

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Focus

A young man in Montana bought a horse from a farmer for $100. The farmer agreed to deliver the horse the next day. However, the farmer did not come with the horse. “I’m afraid the horse has died,” he explained. The young man said, “Well, then give me my money back.” ...

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Today is the Day

Today is the fifteenth anniversary of the most devastating terrorist attack on the United States.  For many, the images of the towers collapsing in New York and the Pentagon building with a huge gaping hole in its side and the crash site of Flight 93 in Pennsylvania have not been ...

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Opening Our Eyes

William Willimon, the chaplain of the Methodist Church’s Duke University, remembers this happening. A very angry parent phoned him. “I hold you personally responsible for this,” he said. “I have spent an enormous amount of money for my daughter to get a B.S. degree in ...

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Beyond Boundaries

A nurse told the story that in the second month of nursing school, the professor gave a pop quiz. She was a conscientious student and breezed through the questions, until reaching the last one. "What is the first name of the women who cleans the school?" She had seen the cleaning woman several ...

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The Forgiven and The Unforgiven

A few years ago, Lewis Smedes spent a day at the Los Angeles county jail trying to bail someone out. After seeing a stream of assorted thugs and addicts coming in and out of the jail, Smedes became rather cynical. “What a bunch of losers,” he thought. He struck up a conversation with a ...

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A Powerful Force

A Baptist pastor fresh out of seminary was assigned to a small church in the hills of Kentucky. In his first sermon, he condemned gambling, especially betting on the horses. The sermon was not well received. “You see, Reverend,” a parishioner explained, “this whole area is known ...

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Live Today

There was once a blacksmith who worked hard at his trade. The day came for him to die. God sent his angel to the smith, but to the angel’s surprise, the smith refused to go. He pleaded with the angel that he was the only blacksmith in the village and it was time for all his neighbors to ...

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Rich in His Eyes

A very wealthy man died and went to heaven. An angel guided him on a tour of the celestial city. He came to a magnificent home. “Who lives there?” asked the wealthy man. “Oh,” the angel answered, “on earth he was your gardener.” The rich man got excited. If this ...

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