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ADVERSITY -- Can overcomeAs William Malick notes, Winston Churchill had an overwhelming desire to influence the political life of Britain. Yet his unwillingness to compromise led to his resignation from the gov...

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ANXIETY -- Destructiveness ofA state university in New York conducted an experiment in which sheep were given electric shocks to see what level they could tolerate. As the sheep began to anticipate upcoming sho...

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"AGE -- Has limitsAnybody who can still do at sixty what he was doing at twenty wasn't doing much at twenty." (Jimmy Townsend)CHRIST -- Unites peopleGeorge E. Truett, who was for many years pastor of First Bapt...

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ADVENT -- Meaning ofRobert R. Kopp tells the story of Walter, a young man who went to work for the largest corporation in the world. The personnel director told Walter he must start at the bottom and work his w...

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CHANGE -- Essential to improvementJohn Killinger relates the story of the novel The Strange Life of Ivan Osokin by Russian writer P. D. Ouspensky, published in 1937. It was the story of a man who wished to amen...

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ADAPTABILITYWe all learn to make adjustments in life, like the doctor who gave his patient just six months to live. When the fellow didn't pay his bill, the doctor gave him another six months.CHRISTIAN LIFE -- ...

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BIBLE -- Power to change livesYoung Jacob de Shazer was one of those who participated in Jimmy Doolittle's raid over Japan in April 1942. He was captured and imprisoned by the Japanese, and in the coming months...

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CHARACTER - Christ produces in usGutson Borglum was the sculptor who carved the massive figures of four American presidents -- Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt -- on Mt. Rushmore in South D...

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APOLOGIES"An apology is much like a burnt offering: serve it up half-cooked and you haven't really accomplished anything." (Lawrence Shames, quoted in Esquire)APPEARANCE -- Important to usThe important executiv...