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Fred Somebody, Thomas Everybody, Susan Anybody, and Joe Nobody were neighbors and they all went to the same church.

They were odd people and most difficult to understand. The way they lived was a shame.

Even though all four belonged to the same church, you probably would not enjoy worshiping with them.

EVERYBODY went fishing on Sunday or stayed home to visit with friends. ANYBODY wanted to worship but was afraid SOMEBODY wouldn’t speak to him. So guess who went to church - NOBODY. Really, NOBODY was the only decent one of the four.

NOBODY did the visitation. NOBODY worked on the church building. Once they needed a Sunday school teacher. EVERYBODY thought ANYBODY would do it, and ANYBODY thought SOMEBODY would do it. And you know who did it? That’s exactly right . . . NOBODY

It happened that a new person moved into the neighborhood, they were not a believer.

EVERYBODY thought SOMEBODY should try to win him for Christ. ANYBODY could have made an effort. You probably know who won him: NOBODY

This little parable brings to focus again the fact that each of us is personally responsible for God’s work and we need to work together. If we leave it for somebody or everybody or anybody, nobody will do it.

Let’s work together until Jesus comes

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