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tomatoesThe 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.

quote 1864

"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken adults..."

- F. Douglass

woman3Congratulating a friend after her son and daughter got married within a month of each other, a woman asked, "What kind of boy did your daughter marry?"

"Oh, he's wonderful," gushed the mother. "He lets her sleep late, wants her to go to the beauty parlor regularly, and insists on taking her out to dinner every night."

"That's sounds lovely," said the woman. "What about your son?"

"I'm not so happy about that," the mother sighed. "His wife sleeps late, spends all her time in the beauty parlor, and makes them eat take-out meals!"

 quote 1863

What is sin?

Sin is the glory of God not honored,
the holiness of God not reverenced,
the greatness of God not admired,
the power of God not praised,
the truth of God not sought,
the wisdom of God not esteemed,
the beauty of God not treasured,
the goodness of God not savored,
the faithfulness of God not trusted,
the promises of God not believed,
the commandments of God not obeyed,
the justice of God not respected,
the wrath of God not feared,
the grace of God not cherished,
the presence of God not prized,
the person of God not loved.

That is sin.

- John Piper

child happyI took my granddaughter to church camp for the first time last weekend. Behind the sanctuary is a restroom facility that is separate from other buildings. A common topic of conversation was a problem that was occurring this year - bugs and crickets seem to seek refuge in the restroom.

One evening during church service, my granddaughter asked me where the bathroom was because she needed to use it. I told her she could use the restroom behind the sanctuary.

She exclaimed, "Grandma, I am afraid to go to that restroom because there are a lot of bugs and hypocrites in there!"

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