Do you worship a counterfeit god?

During the Middle Ages, there was a popular story which circulated about Martin of Tours, the saint for whom Martin Luther was named.

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Everyone matters.

In his book Heart at Work, best-selling author Jack Canfield tells the story of a young nursing student who learned a valuable lesson about the value of each and every person we encounter in life.

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How to avoid sitting on the shelf spiritually

Fritz Kreisler, the world-famous violinist, earned a fortune with his concerts and compositions, but he generously gave most of it away.

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Seize your opportunities!

Famed explorer, Marco Polo, is well known for his exploits across the Silk Road. As one of the first Europeans to travel widely in China, he opened the eyes of an entire continent to the life and culture of the Far East.

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Can you be sure you’re saved?

In his book Light for Anxious Souls, George Cutting shares the story of a farmer who lacked assurance when it came to his salvation. So he foolishly prayed that as an evidence of his acceptance, the Lord would cause exactly 10 sheep of his flock to gather in a certain shed out in the pasture.

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How to stay sharp well into your years

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., was and still is generally regarded as one of the greatest justices in the history of the U.S. Supreme Court. Because of his often-heated disagreements with the other justices, he gained a reputation as the “Great Dissenter.”

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Have courage!

Ray Blankenship was making breakfast one morning when he looked out the window at the creek that drained storm water on the side of his house. What he saw terrified him – a small girl being swept away toward the ditch that disappeared with a roar beneath the road.

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What is your standard of success?

A Chinese folk story tells of a group of elderly, cultured gentlemen who would often meet to exchange wisdom and drink tea. The men took turns hosting, and each host tried to find the finest and most costly varieties of tea. He would create exotic blends that would arouse the admiration of his guests.

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Keep it simple

Vince Lombardi was known for keeping things simple. As head coach of the Green Bay Packers in the 1960s, he won five NFL Championships and the first two Super Bowls. His motto was simple: concentrate on the basics.

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The most powerful motivation you can give others

Dr. Ernest Mellor tells a story of him and his wife attending an outdoor performance by young violin students. After the concert, an instructor spoke briefly on how children as young as two, three, and four years old are taught to play violin. The first thing the children learn, he said, is a proper stance. And the second thing the children learn ¬– even before they pick up the violin – is how to take a bow.

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