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The Bible Salesman

The minister realized his Church was getting into serious financial trouble. However, while checking the Church storeroom, he discovered dozens cartons of new Bibles that had never been opened and distributed. So at his Sunday sermon, he asked for three volunteers from the congregation who would be willing to sell the Bibles door-to-door for $10 each to raise the desperately needed money for the Church.

Peter, Paul and Louis all raised their hands to volunteer for the task. The minister knew that Peter and Paul earned their living as salesmen and were likely capable of selling some Bibles. But he had serious doubts about Louis, who was a local farmer who had always kept to himself because he was embarrassed by his speech impediment — poor Louis stuttered badly. But, not wanting to discourage Louis, the minister decided to let him try anyway. He sent the three of them away with the back seat of their cars stacked with Bibles. He asked them to meet with him and report the results of their door-to-door selling efforts the following Sunday.

Anxious to find out how successful they were, the minister immediately asked, “Well, Peter, how did you make out selling our Bibles last week?”

Proudly handing the reverend an envelope, Peter replied, “Using my sales prowess, I was able to sell 20 Bibles, and here s the $200 I collected for the Church.”

“Fine job, Peter!” the minister said, vigorously shaking his hand. “You are indeed a fine salesman and the Church is indebted to you.” Turning to Paul he said, “And Paul, how many bibles did you sell for the Church last week?”

Paul, smiling and sticking out his chest, confidently replied, “I am a professional salesman. I sold 28 Bibles for the Church, and here is the $280 I collected.”

The minister responded, “That s absolutely splendid, Paul! You are truly a professional salesman and the Church is also indebted to you.” Apprehensively, the minister turned to Louis and said, “And Louis, did you manage to sell any Bibles last week?”

Louis silently offered the minister a large envelope. The reverend opened it and counted the contents.

“What is this!?” the minister exclaimed. “Louis, there’s $3200 in here! Are you suggesting that you sold 320 Bibles for the Church, door to door, in just one week?”

Louis just nodded.

“That s impossible!” Peter and Paul said in unison. “We are professional salesmen, yet you claim to have sold 10 times as many Bibles as we could!”

“Yes, this does seem unlikely,” the minister agreed. “I think you better explain how you managed to accomplish this, Louis.”

Louis shrugged. “I-I-I re-re-really do-do-don t kn-kn-know f-f-f-for sh-sh-sh-sure,” he stammered.

Impatiently, Peter interrupted. “For crying out loud, Louis, just tell us what you said to them when they answered the door!”

“A-a-a-all I-I-I s-s-said wa-wa-was,” Louis replied,” W-w-w-w-would y-y-y-you l-l-l-like t-t-to b-b-b-buy th-th-th-this B-B-B-B-Bible f-f-for t-t-ten b-b-b-bucks or wo-wo-would yo-you J-j-just l-like m-m-me T-t-to st-st-stand h-h-here and r-r-r-r-r-read It t-to y-y-you?”

God can use everybody for something. We all have a purpose. If he doesn’t help us overcome our disability, he will work through our disability. We just need to be willing.

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Protect Yourself

Wasp Spray or Pepper Spray for Protection

Posted on June 14, 2012

If you don’t have (or want) a gun, here’s a more humane way to wreck someone’s
evil plans for you.
A friend who is a receptionist in a church in a high risk area was concerned
about someone coming into the office on Monday to rob them when they were
counting the collection. She asked the local police department about
using pepper spray and they recommended to her that she get a can of wasp spray
The wasp spray, they told her, can shoot up to twenty feet away and is a lot
more accurate, while with the pepper spray, they have to get too close to you
and could overpower you. The wasp spray temporarily blinds an attacker until
they get to the hospital for an antidote. She keeps a can on her desk in the
office and it doesn’t attract attention from people like a can of pepper spray
would. She also keeps one nearby at home for home protection. Thought this was
interesting and might be of use.
On the heels of a break in and beating that left an elderly woman in Toledo
dead, self defense experts have a tip that could save your life.
Val Glinka teaches self-defense to students at Sylvania Southview High School .
For decades, he’s suggested putting a can of wasp and hornet spray near your
door or bed. Glinka says, “This is better than anything I can teach them.”
Glinka considers it inexpensive, easy to find, and more effective than mace or
pepper spray. The cans typically shoot 20 to 30 feet; so, if someone tries to
break into your home, Glinka says “spray the culprit in the eyes”. It’s a tip
he’s given to students for decades.
It’s also one he wants everyone to hear. If you’re looking for protection,
Glinka says look to the spray. “That’s going to give you a chance to call the
police; maybe get out,” and maybe even save a life.
Please share this with all the people in your life.

Also heard it suggested to keep a can in your car under your seat.