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Story by Ray Trygstad


There’s a story about three people attending a church service one Sunday morning seeking help through the preaching of the Word. One was a businessman who had failed and was contemplating suicide. The other was a young man whose wages were not sufficient to support his extravagant way of life; he was planning to steal from his employer. And the third was a young lady who had been tempted from a life of virtue. As they mingled with the congregation the choir rose and sang a magnificent rendition of a classic anthem, and the pastor stepped to the pulpit and addressed an eloquent prayer to God. Then he opened his notes and delivered a scholarly address entitled “Is Mars Inhabited?” The three spiritually hungry persons who came looking for bread were fed stones. The businessman committed suicide; the young man stole from his employer and ended up in prison; the young woman returned to a life of shame. Those three people discovered what thousands and thousands have discovered through the centuries; there is no peace, no power, no forgiveness, and no salvation in the philosophies or wisdom of men.