Some of these stories may be true, some are obviously great parables that help teach us ways we know we should live, or encourage us to strive to be all that God wants us to be. I am especially partial to "The Pianist" because it so accurately portrays how I feel about my own life and the use of the gifts God has given me. I bring my tiny little offering forward and give it to God for His use, and with His accompaniment, my gift is transformed. I can do things. I can even do good things. But, I can do nothing GREAT apart from Him.

More than a quarter of lamb takeaways are illegal


A woman visiting in Switzerland came to a sheepfold on one of her daily walks. Venturing in, she saw the shepherd seated on the ground with his flock around him. Nearby, on a pile of straw lay a single sheep, which seemed to be suffering. Looking closely, the woman saw that its leg was broken. 

Her sympathy went out to the suffering sheep, and she looked up inquiringly to the shepherd as she asked how it happened. “I broke it myself,” said the shepherd sadly and then explained. “Of all the sheep in my…

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Me : God, can I ask you a question?  

God : Sure.  

Me : Promise you won't get mad.  

God: I promise.  

Me : Why did you let so much stuff happen to me today?  

God : What do you mean?  

Me : Well, I woke up late.  

God : Yes.  

Me: My car took forever to start.  

God : Okay.  

Me: At lunch they made my sandwich wrong and I had to wait.  

God : Huummm.  

Me : On the way home, my phone went dead, just as I picked up a call.  

God : All right.  

Me: And on top of it all, when I got home I just…

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Conversation about God's Existencewith Professor 

Professor : You are a Christian, arent you, son ? 

Student : Yes, sir. 

Professor: So, you believe in GOD ? 

Student : Absolutely, sir. 

Professor : Is GOD good ? 

Student : Sure. 

Professor: Is GOD all powerful ? 

Student : Yes. 

Professor: My brother died of cancer even though he prayed to GOD to heal him. Most of us would attempt to help others who are ill. But GOD didnt. How is this GOD good then? Hmm? 

(Student was silent.) 

Professor: You…

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In a recent email, I read about a woman named Pam, who knows the pain of considering abortion. More than 24 years ago, she and her husband Bob were serving as missionaries to the Philippines and praying for a fifth child. Pam contracted amoebic dysentery, an infection of the intestine caused by a parasite found in contaminated food or drink. She went into a coma and was treated with strong antibiotics before they discovered she was pregnant. 

Doctors urged her to abort the baby for her own safety and told…

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A brother and sister had made their usual hurried, obligatory pre-Christmas visit to the little farm where their elderly parents with their small herd of horses dwelt. The farm was where they had grown up and had been named Lone Pine Farm because of the huge pine, which topped the hill behind the farm. Through the years the tree had become a talisman to the old man and his wife, and a landmark in the countryside. The young siblings had fond memories of their childhood here, but the city hustle and bustle…

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It was one of the hottest days of the dry season. We had not seen rain in almost a month. The crops were dying. Cows had stopped giving milk. The creeks and streams were long gone back into the earth. It was a dry season that would bankrupt several farmers before it was through. Every day, my husband and his brothers would go about the arduous process of trying to get water to the fields. Lately this process had involved taking a truck to the local water rendering plant and filling it up with water. But…

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I don't know when I first began to build the wall. I suppose it was when it occurred to me that I could keep people out of my life by building a simple wall. The wall would be a kind of boundary - a kind of protection. At first the little wall was only knee high. It was really quite attractive, made of native stone I had found in my life. The wall was so small that some people didn't notice it and would stumble right over it and fall flat on their faces. Others saw it but would step over…

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My alarm went off -- it was Sunday again; 
I was tired -- it was my one day to sleep in. 
But the guilt I'd have felt the rest of the day 
Would have been too much, so I'd go; I'd pray. 

I showered and shaved, adjusted suit and tie, 
Got there and swung into a pew just in time. 
Bowing my head in humble prayer 
Before I closed my eyes, 
I saw that the shoe of the man next to me 
Was touching my own and I sighed. 

With plenty of room on either side, 
I thought, why do our soles have to touch? 
It bothered me so; he…

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At first, I saw God as my observer, my judge, keeping track of the things I did wrong, so as to know whether I merited heaven or hell when I die. He was out there sort of like a president. I recognized His picture when I saw it, but I really didn't know Him. But later on when I met Christ, it seemed as thought life were rather like a bike ride, but it was a tandem bike, and I noticed that Christ was in the back helping me pedal. I don't know just when it was that He suggested we change places, but life has…

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I dreamed I had an interview with God. Come in, God said. So, you would like to interview Me? 
If you have the time, I said. God smiled and said, My time is eternity and is enough to do everything; what questions do you have in mind to ask me? 

What surprises you most about mankind? 

God answered: 
That they get bored of being children, are in a rush to grow up, and then long to be children again.  

That they lose their health to make money and then lose their money to restore their health. 

That by…

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There was once a man who did not believe in either the virgin birth of Christ or the spiritual meaning behind it, and was skeptical even about God. He and his family lived in a farm community. His wife was a devout believer and diligently raised her children in the faith. He sometimes gave her a hard time about her belief and mocked her religious observances. It's all nonsense-why would God lower himself and become a human like us? It's such a ridiculous story, he said.  

One snowy day, she and the…

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The cheerful little girl with bouncy golden curls was almost five. Waiting with her mother at the checkout stand, she saw them, a circle of glistening white pearls in a pink foil box. Oh please, Mommy. Can I have them? Please, Mommy, please? Quickly the mother checked the back of the little foil box and then looked back into the pleading blue eyes of her little girl's upturned face. A dollar ninety-five. That's almost $2.00. If you really want them, I'll think of some extra chores for you and in no time you…

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A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared. He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little hole. Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could, and it could go no further. So the man decided to help the butterfly. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon. 

The butterfly then emerged easily. But it had a swollen body and small, shriveled…

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A man's daughter asked the local priest to come and pray with her father. When the priest arrived, he found the man lying in bed with his head propped up on two pillows and an empty chair beside his bed. I guess you were expecting me, he said. No, who are you? I'm the new associate at your parish, the priest replied.  

I've never told anyone this, not even my daughter, said the man. But all of my life I have never known how to pray. One day about four years ago my best friend said to me, 'Joe, prayer is…

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A Church goer wrote a letter to the editor of the newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday. "I've gone for 30 years now," he wrote, "and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 sermons. But for the life of me, I can't remember a single one of them. So I think I'm wasting my time and the pastors are wasting theirs by giving sermons at all." 

This started a real controversy in the "Letters to the Editor" column, much to the delight of the editor. It went on for weeks…

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What Are You Still Carrying by Alan Smith -  
Two monks on a pilgrimage came to the fork of a river. There they saw a girl dressed in all her finery, obviously not knowing what to do since the river was high and she did not want to spoil her clothes. Without more ado, one of the monks took her on his back, carried her across and put her down on dry ground on the other side. Then the monks continued on their way. 

However, the other monk, after an hour or so, started complaining, "Surely it is not right to…

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I hired a plumber to help me restore an old farmhouse, and after he had just finished a rough first day on the job, a flat tire made him lose an hour of work & his electric drill quit, his ancient one ton truck refused to start. As I drove him home, he sat in stony silence. 

On arriving he invited me in to meet his family. As we walked toward the front door, he paused briefly at a small tree, touching the tips of the branches with both hands. Upon opening the door he had undergone an amazing…

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A young lady named Sally, relates an experience she had in a Seminary Class, given by her teacher, Dr. Smith. She says Dr. Smith was known for his elaborate object lessons.  

One particular day, Sally walked into the seminary and knew they were in for a fun day. On the wall was a big target and on a nearby table were many darts. Dr. Smith told the students to draw a picture of someone that they disliked or someone who had made them angry, and he would allow them to throw darts at the person's picture.  

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A husband and wife, who loved to shop in antique stores, planned one very special trip to England to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary.  They both liked antiques and pottery...especially tea cups. 

While browsing in a small shop one day, they noticed an exceptionally beautiful tea cup.  They asked, "May we see that?  We've never seen a cup quite so beautiful." 

As the lady handed it to them, suddenly the tea cup spoke, "You don't understand."  It then explained, "I have not always been a tea cup. …

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Wishing to encourage her young son's progress on the piano, a mother took the small boy to a Paderewski concert. After they were seated, the mother spotted a friend in the audience and walked down the aisle to greet her. Seizing the opportunity to explore the wonders of the concert hall, the little boy rose and eventually explored his way through a door marked NO ADMITTANCE. When the house lights dimmed and the concert was about to begin, the mother returned to her seat and discovered that her son was…

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