In his great painting The Blue Cloak Peter Bruegel has incorporated at least 78
proverbs, maxims, rhymes and symbols. One shows a woman carrying fire in her
right hand and a bucket of water in the left. It is a depiction of an old
proverb. To say “she carries fire in one hand and water in the other”
means that she holds two opposite or contradictory opinions. Jesus put it
simply: “You cannot serve two masters.” The apostle Paul put it
simply “Be of one mind.”

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Robert Shannon, a retired preacher living in North Carolina, began preaching at the age of 16. He has preached in churches in Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, and Florida, his longest ministry at First Christian Church of Largo Florida. Now in semi-retirement, he has preached regularly for churches in North Carolina and Tennessee. He has also contributed to kingdom work as a missionary to Eastern Europe and as a Bible College professor. He is past-president of the North American Christian Convention. Bob is the author or co-author of several books.

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