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Summary: Paul's Change of Plans. (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request - email: gcurley@gcurley.info)

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Reading: 2 Corinthians chapter 1 verse 12 to chapter 2 verse 4.

Ill:

• A man working in a green-grocers shop;

• Was asked by a lady if she could buy half a head of lettuce.

• He replied, “Half a head? Are you serious?

• Why, the good Lord grows these in whole heads and lady, that’s how we sell them!”

• She persisted and said to him; “You mean that after all the years I’ve shopped here,

• You won’t sell me half-a-head of lettuce?”

• “Look,” he said, “If you like I’ll ask the manager.”

• She indicated that would be appreciated, so the young man marched to the front of the store.

• “You won’t believe this, but there’s a miserable, pernickety lady back there;

• Who wants to know if she can buy half-a-head of lettuce.”

• He noticed the manager gesturing,

• And turned around to see the lady standing right behind him,

• She had obviously having followed him to the front of the store.

• Without him realising it.

• Quick as a flash the shop assistant spoke;

• “And this nice lady was wondering if she could buy the other half”.

Later in the day the manager cornered the young man and said,

• “That was the finest example of thinking on your feet I’ve seen for a long time!

• Where did you learn that?”

The shop assistant said;

• “I grew up in South Wales, and if you know anything about South Wales,

• You know that it’s known for its great rugby teams and its ugly women.”

• The manager looking angry interrupted and said, “My wife is from South Wales!”

• Quick as a flash the shop assistant said; “And which rugby team did she play for?”

It’s one of the smallest muscles in the human body, but it is also the most destructive:

• Medically they say it's only a two-ounce slab of muscle,

• Mucous membrane, and nerves that enables us to chew, taste, swallow food & articulate words.

• Redefined it is a beast, a mighty midget!

• The Bible says concerning it, that it:

• Frames deceit (Psalm 50 verse 59).

• Devises destruction (Psalm 52 verse 2).

• Devours (Psalm 52 verse 4).

• Is a sharp sword (Psalm 57 verse 4).

• Breaks bones (Proverbs chapter 25 verse 15).

• Backbites (Proverbs chapter 25 verse 23).

• Flatters (Proverbs chapter 28 verse 23).

• Poisons (Romans chapter 3 verse 13).

• That’s quite destructive for a small piece of protein!

• Yet, the tongue can ruin a reputation, malign a motive, and destroy one's dignity.

Quote:

“The tongue is a lethal weapon which is often wielded publicly without shame.

But more often it is a dagger cloaked in secrecy, stabbing its victim in the back.

Surprisingly, the fingerprints on this dagger often do not point to a hardened criminal but to some haloed saint who only minutes before might have sung the sweetest song, uttered the most beautiful prayer, or spoken the most encouraging words.”


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