Tony Campolo tells of a woman who was daily found kneeling before a statue of the Virgin Mary outside of a Catholic church in Florence, Italy. A visiting priest noted her devotion, only to be informed that the woman had been the model for the sculptor.
The essence of sin is pride.
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Contributed by Davon Huss on Jan 29, 2001
One of the powerful figures in Wall Street fell in love with an actress. For many months he was always seen escorting her about in the fashionable circles of town. Deciding to marry her, he first put a private detective to the job of looking into her former dealings and friends in order to guard ...read more
Contributed by Scott Carson on Apr 10, 2001
Let me suggest you consider the difference between dogs and cats. The master pets a dog, and the dog wags its tail and thinks, “He must be a god.” But the master pets his cat, and the cat purrs, shuts its eyes and thinks to itself, “I must be a god.” Though ...read more
Contributed by Melvin Newland on Apr 22, 2001
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