Monthly Archives: March 2015

Gambling my soul

I heard about a bit of anti-religious graffiti quoting the philosopher Nietsche. It said: ‘God is dead – Nietsche.’ But then someone added another line which said: ‘Neitsche is dead – God.’ Which line had it right do you think? … Continue reading

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A message to deliver

There’s an old Jewish tradition that God sends each of us into the world with a special message to deliver and with a special act of love to bestow, which only we are equipped to do. That’s why comparing ourselves … Continue reading

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The obstacle man

Norman Vincent Peale, author of ‘The Power of Positive Thinking’, tells the story of someone he called ‘the obstacle man’. He was a company director whose standard response to every imaginative proposal was: ‘Now let’s consider the obstacles involved.’ Eventually, … Continue reading

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Crown of splendour

Someone once said there are four ages of man: the first is when you believe in Santa Claus, the second is when you don’t believe in Santa Claus, the third is when you are Santa Claus and the fourth is … Continue reading

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The holiest Holy Communion

James W. Moore of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Houston tells a story about one of his minister friends. His name is Tom and, despite a very heavy schedule, every month he would go to the homeless shelter in … Continue reading

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Add some applause and watch things grow

One of the most difficult musical instruments to learn is the violin, but in recent times the Suzuki method has taken much of the pain out of it. The first thing it teaches children is a proper stance, and the … Continue reading

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Revelations from a ‘worry table’

One night a man whose wife lived in fear of burglars heard a noise in the house and phoned the police, who responded and actually caught a burglar downstairs. Before they took him away the man said ‘I want you … Continue reading

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Synchronicity

Have you ever found yourself thinking about someone you haven’t talked to for ages and then received a phone call from that very person? We often dismiss such things as coincidences, but are they? Dr Deepak Chopra, a world authority … Continue reading

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Succeeding at things that don’t really matter

Time magazine once did a famous with George Harrison, one of the Beatles. Speaking about their meteoric rise to fame George said: ‘At first we all thought we wanted the fame. After a bit we realized that fame wasn’t really … Continue reading

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It’s not enough just to observe

Some years ago Photojournalist Kevin Carter won a Pulitzer Prize with a picture of a starving Sudanese child crawling toward a feeding center while a vulture stared at him. That image drew international attention to both Sudan’s suffering and to … Continue reading

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