Behold, a team went forth to play a game of baseball. Just as the umpire was saying, “Batter up,� the catcher for the home team arrived and took his place behind the plate. The center fielder didn’t show up at all but sent his regrets. The third baseman likewise failed to come to the game, having been up late the night before. The shortstop was present, but left his glove at home. Two of the substitute fielders were away on a weekend trip but said they were there in spirit.The pitcher went to the mound and looked around for his teammates. But his heart was heavy, for their positions were empty. The game was announced, the visitors were in the stands, and there was nothing to do but pitch the ball and hope for the best. But in addition to pitching, he had to cover first and third base, as well as short and center field.When the absent players heard that their team had lost, they were very upset. They held a meeting and decided to get a new pitcher.

Ye call Me Master and obey me not,
Ye call Me Light and see me not,
Ye call Me The Way and follow me not,
Ye call Me Life and desire me not,
Ye call Me wise and acknowledge me not,
Ye call Me fair and love me not,
Ye call Me rich and ask me not,
Ye call Me eternal and seek me not,
Ye call Me gracious and trust me not,
Ye call Me Noble and serve me not,
Ye call Me mighty and honor me not,
Ye call Me just and fear me not,
When I condemn you, blame me not.
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Someone once wrote and asked Emily Post, the etiquette expert of another generation, "What is the correct procedure when one is invited to the White House but has a previous engagement?" Replied Post,
"An invitation to dine at the White House is a command, and it automatically cancels any other engagement."
Today In The Word, November, 1989, p.7.

Shortly after joining the Navy, the new recruit asked his officer for a pass so he could attend a wedding. The officer gave him the pass, but informed the young man he would have to be back by 7 p.m. Sunday.
"You don't understand, sir," said the recruit. "I'm in the wedding."
"No, you don't understand," the officer shot back. "You're in the Navy!"

A man walked along a crowded street with several stores selling used clothing. One man saw a suit hanging up which caught his attention. He needed a good suit to wear on different occasions and the price looked good, but hanging on a post not far away was a sign that read, "Slightly soiled-greatly reduced in price." He looked the suit over more carefully and found a spot on one of the sleeves. It was obvious that the previous owner had put his arm somewhere where it didn't belong and gotten stain on the garment. The spot itself couldn't have been very big, but then someone, trying to get the spot out, had used a cleaner that made things even worse. The man decided the suit would not due for him.

I See Two Lessons:
1. The stain of impurity greatly reduces our worth. It might be a little stain-one action, one night, only one time but the little stain of impurity greatly reduce the price of the one with it.
2. And then, all of our effort to clean the stain will only make things worse. It would be far better if we kept ourselves pure to begin with. And if it is too late for that, our only option is to go the One qualified to remove such stains Jesus Himself!
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