True story. A Christian leader -- we'll call him Steve --as traveling recently by
plane. He noticed that the man sitting two seats over was thumbing through some little
cards and moving his lips. The man looked professorial with his goatee and
hair, and Steve placed him at fifty-something. Guessing the man was a fellow-believer,
Steve leaned over to engage him in conversation. "Looks to me like you're memorizing
something," he said. "No, actually I was praying," the man said. Steve
introduced himself. "I believe in prayer too," he said. "Well, I have a
specific assignment," said the man with the goatee. "What's that?" Steve
asked. "I'm praying for the downfall of Christian pastors." "I would
certainly fit into that category," Steve said. "Is my name on the list?"
"Not on my list," the man replied.
Common Ground, Vol. 10 No. 7.
Recently National Geographic ran an article about the Alaskan bull moose. The
males of the species battle for dominance during the fall breeding season, literally going
head-to-head with antlers crunching together as they collide. Often the antlers, their
only weapon are broken. That ensures defeat. The heftiest moose, with the largest and
strongest antlers, triumphs. Therefore, the battle fought in the fall is really won during
the summer, when the moose eat continually. The one that consumes the best diet for
growing antlers and gaining weight will be the heavyweight in the fight. Those that eat
inadequately sport weaker antlers and less bulk. There is a lesson here for us. Spiritual
battles await. Satan will choose a season to attack. Will we be victorious, or will we
fall? Much depends on what we do now--before the wars begin. The bull-moose principle:
Enduring faith, strength, and wisdom for trials are best developed before they're needed.
Craig Brian Larson.
In the Greek Orthodox tradition, the day after Easter was devoted to telling jokes. . .
.They felt they were imitating the cosmic joke that God pulled on Satan in the
Resurrection. Satan thought he had won, and was smug in his victory, smiling to himself,
having the last word. So he thought. Then God raised Jesus from the dead, and life and
salvation became the last words.
William J. Bausch, Storytelling: Imagination and Faith.