"Every church is a congregation of sinners...and if that isn't bad enough, they all have sinners for pastors."
- Eugene Peterson
During the eight years he served as Eisenhower's vice president, Richard Nixon had many reminders of the esteem accorded to people in his position. Once, the Nixons were staying at a hotel in Chicago when a fire alarm went off in the middle of the night. Hundreds of guests, including Dick and Pat Nixon, were herded into the lobby.
Once Nixon realized that it was a false alarm, he and his wife headed for the elevator.
"Just a minute," said the hotel's security chief. "Everyone stays in the lobby until we get the all clear."
"If the message you preach isn't good news for every person from every tribe, tongue, and nation, then it isn't the real gospel."
- Nathan Finn
The men convalescing at a veterans' hospital during World War II were encouraged to use a nearby golf course.
Not all of the patients were strong enough to complete nine holes, but most of them managed to make it to the fifth fairway, which adjoined a tomato farm. These "off the vine" tomatoes were about the most delicious things the men had ever tasted. Consequently, much grumbling accompanied the installation of fence posts along the farm's property line.
But imagine the vets' delight the next morning when, instead of the fence they expected, they found a saltshaker atop each post.
"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken adults..."
- F. Douglass
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