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Ann Beck of North Carollton, Mississippi, talks about the days when her husband and she taught 2- and 3-year-olds in Sunday school. A Bible verse they helped the pre-schoolers memorize was Psalms 56: "When I am afraid, I will trust in you." Their preschool son, Mark, was one of their pupils.

Well, one stormy night, as lightning flashed and thunder boomed, the electricity suddenly went off. "I'm not afraid," Mark assured his parents as they groped in the dark for candles and matches. Expecting him to quote the Bible verse he recently learned, Ann Beck proudly prompted him, "And tell us why you aren't afraid."

Little Mark simply replied, "Cause I've got my flashlight."

(Ann Beck, North Carollton, MS, Today's Christian Woman, "Heart to Heart;"

Who needs the Lord when you have a flashlight?

(From a sermon by C. Philip Green, Angels and Promises, 2/23/2011)

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