Two Scrawny Frogs

[403 words] A man who had just purchased his first house in the country came into town and asked the owner of a restaurant if he could use a million frog legs. The proprietor asked where he could find so many frogs. “I’ve got a pond at home just full of them,” the homeowner replied. “they drive me crazy night and day.” After they made an agreement for several hundred frogs, the farmer went back home. He returned a week later with two scrawny frogs and a sheepish grin on his face. “I guess I was wrong,” he stammered. “There’s...

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Shall We Condemn Someone Before Hearing from Him? 

  [212 words] The Pharisees sent officers to arrest Jesus, but after they heard Him teach, they could not bring themselves to arrest Him, for they had never heard anyone speak like Him. The Pharisees then blasted the officers, asking if they were deceived, and that none of the rulers or Pharisees had believed in Jesus, and that the crowd did not know the Law.  Little did they know that at least one of the Pharisees did believe in Jesus, and finally that Pharisee spoke up,  “Nicodemus (he who came to Jesus by night, being one of them) said to...

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What Gossip Says About You

[160 words] Many people think gossip is a harmless diversion. However, a study on gossip found out that it indeed hurts someone, one you might not expect. Researchers set up a test where subject watched a video were actor talked about a third party. In the videos, the actor would either say something very negative or positive about the other person. After the video, the subjects were asked to rate the personality of the speaker. Even though it was obvious that actor was talking about someone else, the participants consistently attributed the negative traits to the speaker. As Jean Paul...

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Mind Your Own

A few weeks ago Neil Wheeler gave me a note he had written as the result of our discussion in a Bible class. The note said, we should “Be careful of the dirt you rake up, you never know what nasty things might take root.” We both laughed because the lesson was about tale-bearing and gossip. And the truth is the things we dig up often take root. Often times, weeds grow in my garden because I till deep enough to bring the seeds to the top and they take root. Sometimes life is like that, especially when we dig...

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Rumors

Some time ago, Dr. Albert Cantril, a professor at Princeton University, conducted a series of experiments to demonstrate how quickly rumors spread. He called six students to his office and in strict confidence informed them that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were planning to attend a certain university dance. Within a week, this completely fictitious story had reached nearly every student on campus. Town officials and press agencies were all calling to see why they had not been informed. Dr. Cantril observed: “This was a pleasant rumor—a slanderous one travels even faster.” via San Augustine church of Christ San...

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Gossips: Worse Than Thieves!

[312 words] Our words can be extremely powerful, either for good (Eph. 4:29) or ill (James 3:6). One form of evil use of the tongue is gossip. The following illustration by an unknown author drives this point home: Once upon a time, an old man spread rumors that his neighbor was a thief, As a result, the young man was arrested. Days later the young man was proven innocent. After been released he sued the old man for wrongly accusing him. In court the old man told the Judge: “They were just comments, didn’t harm anyone.” The judge, before passing...

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