Zeng Shen, who lived from 505 to 435 B.C, was an influential Chinese philosopher and an ardent disciple of Confucius. Although young enough to be Confucius’ grandson, he won high praise from the old sage.
One of the sayings for which Zeng Shen is famous goes something like this. “Every day I ask myself three questions. Continue reading
H. G. Bosch, in Our Daily Bread, tells about the Ermine, a little animal in the forests of northern Europe and Asia known for his snow-white fur in winter. The Ermine instinctively protects his white coat against anything that would soil it.
Fur hunters take advantage of this unusual trait of the ermine. They don’t set a snare to catch him, but instead they find his home, which is usually a cleft in a rock or a hollow in an old tree. They smear the entrance and interior with grime. Then the hunters set their dogs loose to find and chase the ermine. Continue reading
John Wesley, the 18th-century British evangelist, author, and theologian, was known to live a very frugal lifestyle during economically uncertain times.
From humble beginnings, Wesley became so well known that he earned 1400 pounds a year. Today this would be the equivalent of about $300,000. So what did Wesley do with his wealth? Continue reading
If you’re on facebook, you have “friends.” But that doesn’t mean you have a friendship with everyone on your list.
“I don’t need to go onto facebook and pretend to have friends I’ve never even met,” observed actress Stephanie Powers. “To my mind, that kind of destroys the meaning of the word ‘friend.’ I take exception to that. Because I value and respect friendship.”
Friendship is about relationship and rapport. Friendship has to do with community. Commonality. Closeness. Companionship. And comradeship. Continue reading
Did you hear about the fellow who walked into First Suburban Church wearing an expensive suit and a baseball cap?
After he sat down, an usher walked up discretely, introduced himself, and said, “Pardon me, but we don’t wear hats in the auditorium during worship.” The well-dressed man nodded — and left the cap in place. Continue reading
A mother wanted to teach her daughter a moral lesson. She gave the little girl a quarter and a dollar for church
“Put whichever one you want in the collection plate and keep the other for yourself,” she told the girl.
When they were coming out of church, the mother asked her daughter which amount she had given. Continue reading
Jerry Shirley, a North Carolina preacher, tells about taking his kids to see a juggler. The performer used poles to balance dishes on. He’d spin a dish on one poll until it was perfectly balanced and twirling. Then another. And another.
However, by the time the juggler got down to the ninth pole, the first one was one was slowing down, losing its balance and about to fall. So, he would have to run back real quick and give it another spin to regain the balance. Then run to the next one. And so on. No doubt this made for an amusing and entertaining show. Continue reading