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By Lowell D. Streiker

Lowell Streiker's Encyclopedia of Humor offers ample "good fresh enjoyable" everytime you want inspirational slices of lifestyles, bracing quips, quotable knowledge, or a clean dose of nonsense to complement your sermons or talks.

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The seal of the confessional," he said, "can never be broken, and so I can only hint gently of my impressions when I first came here twenty-five years ago. Oh, I thought I had been assigned a terrible place. The very first chap who entered my confessional told me how he had stolen a television set, and when stopped by a policeman, had almost murdered the officer. Further, he told me he had embezzled money from his place of business and had an adulterous affair with his partner's wife. I was appalled.

And Matthew said, "What grade do we get if we learn it? " And Judas said, "What is it worth? " And the other disciples questioned him likewise. " And Jesus wept. CHURCH LIFE • 55 Margaret Denton, an elderly church member, was discussing with me an uncle of hers who, after a lifetime of rather wild living, had repented of his sins and joined a Southern Baptist church. " she asked. " I replied. " Margaret thought silently for a time. " A twenty-seven-year-old minister had been assigned to his first post only a short time when he noticed that one of his parishioners, an old lady, had missed several Sundays in a row.

It took him forty days to find a place to park. A favorite story of Lyndon Johnson's: A preacher was becoming terribly distracted by a man who came to church every Sunday and slept through the entire sermon. One Sunday the preacher decided to do something about it. As he began to preach, the man, true to form, fell fast asleep. " The entire congregation immediately stood up, except the sleeping man. " This startled the dozing man. " The following story is attributed to Mark Twain: "I once heard a preacher who was powerful good.

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