Monthly Archives: May 2015

You can talk to God anytime – for free

Loneliness is a growing problem in our society, especially for divorced people, single mothers, and the elderly. One example of this human tragedy is an advertisement in an American newspaper that read: ‘I will listen to you talk for thirty … Continue reading

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Access to the very top

An Icelandic teenager, some years ago, created quite a stir when he phoned the White House in Washington to speak to President George Bush. To get through security, Vifill Atlason pretended to be the President of Iceland. But before they’d … Continue reading

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An advocate who asks for nothing in return

Some years ago Gladys Kidd offered her services as a cook, maid or housekeeper for ten years, free of charge, to any lawyer who could keep her husband from being executed for a murder he did not commit. Vincent Hallinan, … Continue reading

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Happiness is not the same as fun

Dr Vera Ranki, founder of the Examined Life Institute, said that the first lesson towards achieving happiness is to realize that happiness is not the same as fun. In our desperate pursuit of happiness we often forget that when we … Continue reading

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Do it anyway

The famous English preacher John Stott was a great advocate of the importance of practicing virtue even when the consequences work against you. He said: ‘Some People are illogical, unreasonable and self-centered. Love them anyway. If you do good, people … Continue reading

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Virtue is not a commodity

There’s a story about a wealthy man who gave his minister a cheque for fifty thousand dollars made out to the church. The minister, however, handed it back and said: ‘Go and cash it in for five dollar bills and … Continue reading

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Our ability to feel pain makes us human

One way that biologists evaluate life is in terms of the capacity to experience pain. They tell us that the more pain a creature experiences, the higher the life form. A worm, for example, experiences little pain, but a dog … Continue reading

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Taking inventory

I remember my boss once telling me it was time to take inventory. I had no idea what inventory meant so he explained that it was a time when you made a list of everything that you had – from … Continue reading

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Salt of the earth

Sodium is an extremely active element that always links itself to another element. Chlorine, on the other hand, is the poisonous gas that gives bleach its unpleasant smell. However, when sodium and chlorine are combined, the result is sodium chloride … Continue reading

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Six degrees of separation, but only two from God

According to the concept known as the Six Degrees of Separation everyone can be connected to everyone else by no more than six steps. To test this a magazine asked Ben Ghaly, an Iraqi immigrant, to nominate who he would … Continue reading

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