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The story is told about a deacon who always went to church. He had to walk every mile in those days and he had a long way to go. He always looked really sharp in his clothes. On this day, however, when he got to church he was the worst looking guy you ever saw. He was dirty and wet all over and he had even lost his hat. His clothes were torn and the preacher said, “Deacon what in the world happened to you?”

He said, “Well, you know down there where I have to cross the creek on a footlog?” He said, “I just stepped on the footlog, and I looked up and at the other end there was a great big black bear.” And he said, “I looked around behind me and there was another great big bear. I just jumped off into that creek and swam across.”

The preacher said, “Well,...

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