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  • A Brokxn Kxy

    typewriterEvxn though my typxwritxr is an old modxl, it works quitx wxll xxcxpt for onx of the kxys. I havx many timxs wishxd that it workxd pxrfxctly.

    It is trux that thxrx arx forty-onx kxys that function wxll xnough, but just onx kxy not working makxs thx diffxrxncx.

    Somxtimxs it sxxms to mx that our church is somxthing likx my typxwritxr -- not all thx kxy pxoplx arx working propxrly.

    As onx of thxm, you may say to yoursxlf, "Wxll, I am only onx pxrson, I don't makx or brxak thx church."

  • Choose Christ Today

    hospital bedThe priest was preparing a man for his long day's journey into night. Whispering firmly, the priest said, "Denounce the devil! Let him know how little you think of his evil!"

    The dying man said nothing.

    The priest repeated his order. Still the dying man said nothing.

    The priest asked, "Why do you refuse to denounce the devil and his evil?"

    The dying man said, "Until I know where I'm heading, I don't think I ought to aggravate anybody."

  • Culture

    rice bowlA young man, while bringing flowers to a cemetery, noticed an old Chinese man placing a bowl of rice on a nearby grave. The young man walked up to the Chinese man and asked, "When do you expect your friend to come up and eat the rice?"

    The old Chinese man replied with a smile, "Same time your friend comes up to smell the flowers."

  • Customer Service and Tact

    restaurant signAt a diner, I was standing in line to pay my bill behind two women who handed the young waitress a credit card.

    After swiping the card, she loudly called out to her manager, "Mr. Allen, what do I do if it says 'reject'?"

    As the women's faces reddened and customers turned to look, Mr. Allen, also the cook, calmly walked out from the kitchen.

    "Well," he answered, "the first thing you do is shout it out loud enough to embarrass the customer, who might have been thinking about leaving you a tip."

  • Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due

    cameraAn amateur photographer was invited to dinner with friends and took along a few pictures to show the hostess. She looked at the photos and commented "These are very good! You must have a good camera."

    He didn't make any comment, but, as he was leaving to go home he said,

    "That was a really delicious meal! You must have some very good pots."

  • Respect, Reverence

    fishingWhen I was stationed at Myrtle Beach, S.C., I spent my spare time fishing in the backwaters of the Intracoastal Waterway. Soon I became a guide of sorts for some senior non-commissioned officers.

    Once, a chief master sergeant hooked a 20-pound striped bass. After he reeled the fish onto the boat, he slipped the hook out of its mouth and released it back into the water.

    He must have noticed the puzzled look on my face.

    "Rank does have its privileges. I can't keep a fish that has more stripes than I do," he explained.

  • Second Career

    bankA RETIRED Navy admiral, my father began a second career working in a bank. One morning, while he prepared his desk for the day, he was approached by a young officer from the nearby Naval base.

    "Sorry, but this department isn't open yet," Dad said.

    "But it's nine o'clock!" protested the officer.

    My father didn't look at his watch. Instead, he surveyed his customer's uniform.

    "Ensign," he snapped, "I'll decide when it's nine o'clock!"