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Human Lobsters

Today’s Bible Verse: “Strive to enter in by the narrow door: for many, I say unto you, shall seek
to enter in, and shall not be able” (Luke 13:24 ASV).
Have you ever read the following little story about human lobsters from Dr. Orrison Swett Marden (1850-1924)?  I’ve seen his illustration used from time to time in various books and articles to describe a truism about human nature.

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Our Father Is Ever Ready To Forgive

Luke 15:11 “And he said, ‘a certain man had two sons….'”

Thus begins one of the greatest parables spoken by Jesus. As we study this parable, we seem to always express our amazement at the younger son. A young man who grew weary of the restraints of his father, a young man who wanted to be his own master. This young man wanted to be independent of all parental authority so he leaves home thinking that there are so many good things awaiting him in that far country.


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Dead Flies

“Dead flies make a perfumer’s oil stink, so a little foolishness is weightier than
and honor” (Ecclesiastes 10:1).
Those are the best kind, if you ask me. The live ones buzz around, irritating us, making us
reach for the fly swatter. The ancients didn’t like flies either. I wonder: did they have fly
swatters too?

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