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 PUPPIES FOR SALE

A store owner was tacking a sign above his door that read “Puppies For Sale.” Signs like that have a way of attracting small children and sure enough, a little boy appeared by the store owner’s sign. “How much are you going to sell the puppies for?” He asked. The store owner replied, “Anywhere from $30-$50.”

The little boy reached in his pocket and pulled out some change. “I have $2.37,” he said. “May I please look at them?” The store owner smiled and whistled, out of the kennel came Lady, who ran down the aisle of his store followed by five teeny, tiny balls of fur. One puppy was lagging considerably behind.

Immediately the little boy singled out the lagging, limping puppy and said, “What’s wrong with that little dog?” The store owner explained that the veterinarian had examined the little puppy and had discovered it didn’t have a hip socket. It would always limp. It would always be lame. The little boy became excited. “That is the little puppy that I want to buy.” The store owner said, “No, you don’t want to buy that little dog. If you really want him, I’ll just give him to you.”

The little boy got quite upset. He looked into the store owner’s eyes, pointing his finger, and said, “I don’t want you to give him to me. That dog is worth every bit as much as all the other dogs and I’ll pay full price. In fact, I’ll give you $2.37 now, and 50 cents a month until I have him paid for.”

The store owner countered, “You really don’t want to buy this little dog. He is never going to be able to run and jump and play with you like the other puppies.”

To this, the little boy reached down and rolled up his pant leg to reveal a badly twisted, crippled left leg supported by a big metal brace. He looked up at the store owner and softly replied, “Well, I don’t run so good myself, and the little puppy will need someone who understands!”

Beatitudes

Blessed are the poor in spirit:

for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they that mourn:

for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the meek:

for they inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness:

for they shall be satisfied.

Blessed are the merciful:

for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure of heart:

for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers:

for they shall be called sons of God.

Blessed are those persecuted for righteousness,

for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.

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The Eagle does not fight the snake on the ground.  It picks it up into the sky and changes the battle ground, and then it releases the snake into the sky.  The snake has no stamina, no power and no balance in the air.  It is useless, weak and vulnerable unlike on the ground where it is powerful, wise and deadly.  Take your fight into the spiritual realm by praying and when you are in the spiritual realm God takes over your battles.

Don’t fight the enemy in his comfort zone, change the battle grounds like the Eagle and let God take charge through your earnest prayer.  You’ll be asssured of clean victory.

Pray without ceasing.

How Old Is Your Church?

If you are a Lutheran, your religion was founded by Martin Luther, an ex-monk of the Catholic Church, in the year 1517.

If you belong to the Church of England, your religion was founded by King Henry VIII in the year 1534, because the Pope would not grant him a divorce with the right to re-marry.

If you are a Congregationalist, your religion was originated by Robert Brown in Holland in 1582.

If you are a Baptist, you owe the tenets of your religion to John Smyth, who launched it in Amsterdam in 1605.

If you are of the Dutch Reformed Church, you recognize Michaelis Jones as founder, because he originated you religion in New Your in 1628.

If you are a Protestant Episcopalian, your religion was an offshoot of the Church of England founded by Samuel Seabury in the American colonies in the 17th Century.

If you are Methodist, your religion was launched by John and Charles Wesley in England in 1744.

If you are a Unitarian, Theophilus Lindley founded your Church in London in 1774.

If you are a Mormon (Latter Day Saints), Joseph Smith started your religion in Palmyra, NY, in 1829.

If you worship with the Salvation Army, your sect began with William Booth in London in 1865.

If you are a Christian Scientist, you look to 1879 as the year in which your religion was born and to Mrs. Mary Baker Eddy as its founder.

If you belong to one of the religious organizations know as “Church of the Nazarene”, “Pentecostal Gospel”, “Holiness Church”, “Pilgrim Holiness Church”, or “Jehovah’s Witnesses”, your religion is one of the hundreds of new sects founded by men within the past one hundred years.

If you are Roman Catholic, you know that your religion was founded in the year 33 by Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and it is still the same Church.

“O God, I humbly beseech thee to teach me thy true religion, that leads to everlasting happiness, through Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord.  Amen.”

You are what you do, not what you’ll say you do.

The best advice I ever heard:

Pay attention to what people do and forget everything they say.

You talk a good game, but I am watching how you play.

Actions always prove why words mean nothing.

Silence is better than empty words.

The Truth doesn’t cost anything but a lie can could cost you everything.

I don’t believe what you say, I believe what you do.

Don’t worry about what people say behind your back. They are the people

busy finding faults in your life instead of fixing their own.

Fake Friends: Once they stop talking to you they start talking about you.

Don’t fall in love with someone who says the right things.

Fall in love with someone who does the right things.

Sometimes you don’t need to hear their excuses because

their actions have already spoke the truth.

There is no better test of a man’s integrity than his behaviour when he is wrong.

Make sure that your actions and behaviour live up to and reflect the words

and ideas, promises and commitments that come out of your mouth.

Don’t talk just act, don’t say just show, don’t promise just prove.

A person’s actions will tell you everything you need to know.

Actions prove who someone is, words just prove who they want to be.

I don’t trust words, I trust actions.

People say a lot so I watch what they do.

The world is changed by your example and not your opinion.

Loyalty is hard to find, trust is easy to lose and actions always speak louder than words.

Standing on the sidelines and criticizing is easy. Get in the game if you are man enough.

Society has gotten to the point that everyone has a right but nobody has a responsibility.

Well done is better than well said.

People reveal themselves through their actions.

Great people talk about ideas and pursue them, Average people talk about things,

Small people talk about other people.

Your words mean nothing when your actions are the opposite.

To believe in something and not live it is dishonest.  Mahatma Ghandi.

What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say. Ralph Waldo Emerson.

I, the LORD, explore the mind and test the heart, Giving to all according to their ways, according to the fruit of their deeds. Jeremiah 17:10

If you love Me, keep My commandments.  John 14:15

Brother and Sister

Giving When It Counts

Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz who was suffering from a rare and serious disease.  Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her 5-year old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness.  The doctor explained the situations to her little brother, and asked the little boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister.

I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a deep breath and saying, “Yes I’ll do it if it will save her.”  As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing the color returning to her cheek.  Then his face grew pale and his smile faded.

He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, “Will I start to die right away?”

Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the doctor, he thought he was going to have to give his sister all of his blood in order to save her.

Giving when it counts is what matters.  Extending a helping hand to a person in need truly matters.

 

As Abraham Lincoln reminded Stephen Douglas in a debate about slavery: “we never have the right to do wrong.

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