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Preaching Daily - April 18

Today's Word for Pastors...

1 Peter 4:11
If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. 

Today's Preaching Insight...

A Lifetime of Days Holy to the Lord

What do you think? Is it better to befriend a stranger or have common sense? What do you think? Is it better to feed the hungry or have common sense? What do you think? Is it better to risk injury in helping one who may be desperately in need or have common sense? What do you think? Is it better to live your life helping another, especially a child, or having common sense? What do you think? How are we to spend a lifetime of days granted to us? Should we focus on the needs of others or have only common sense and focus on ourselves? Is there something worthwhile in which to spend a lifetime? Bob Keeshan thought there was.

I have to tell you that when I picked up the paper recently and read the headline on the front of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, a part of me sort of died. I learned, as many of you did, that Bob Keeshan had died. My generation remembers him as Captain Kangaroo. Remember his show? I hadn't thought of it in years until yesterday. It aired Monday-Saturday, each morning on CBS back in the 60s. About the only time I got to watch it was on Saturdays, since it wasn't televised until 8:00 in the central time zone where I grew up. How I loved it when I was sick and had to stay home from school. If I wasn't too sick, I got to watch Captain Kangaroo!

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Today's Extra...

Illustration: Mistaken Identity

With his request approved, the CNN News cameraman quickly used his cell phone to call the local airport to charter a flight. He was told a twin-engine plane would be waiting for him at the airport.

Arriving at the airfield, he spotted a plane warming up outside a hanger. He jumped in with his bag, slammed the door shut, and shouted, "Let's go!" The pilot taxied out, swung the plane into the wind and took off.

Once in the air, the cameraman instructed the pilot, "Fly over the valley and make low passes so I can get shots of the fires on the hillsides.""Why?" asked the pilot."Because I'm a cameraman for CNN," he responded, "and I need to get some close up shots."The pilot was strangely silent for a moment. Finally he stammered, "So, what you're telling me,'re not my flight instructor?

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