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There was once a teenage boy who was deeply interested in scientific subjects, especially astronomy. So his father bought him a very expensive telescope. Since the young fellow had studied the principles of optics, he found the instrument to be most intriguing. He took it apart, examined the lenses, and made detailed calculations on the distance of its point of focus. The youth became so absorbed in gaining a technical knowledge of the telescope itself that he never got around to looking at the stars. He knew a lot about that fine instrument, but he missed seeing the wonders of the heavens.

As Christians, to know all the facts and figures contained in the Bible is not the end for which Jehovah has given us this Book. The purpose is that we might see the Truth through it and have a close personal relationship with Him.

Years ago an S-4 submarine was rammed by a ship off the coast of Massachusetts. It sank immediately. The entire crew was trapped in a prison house of death. Every effort was made to rescue the crew, but all ultimately failed. Near the end of the ordeal, a deep-sea diver, who was doing everything in his power to find a way for the crew's release, thought he heard a tapping on the steel wall of the sunken sub. He placed his helmet up against the side of the vessel and he realized it was the Morse Code. He attached himself to the side and he spelled out in his mind the message being tapped from within. It was repeating the same question. The question, from within was: "Is there any hope?"

The world is like a sinking submarine. Is there any hope? For Christians it is a resounding YES! Our hope is in Jehovah and his Messianic Kingdom. Like the deep-sea diver, we must never give up on spreading that message of hope before it is too late.

Hypocrisy is like a pin. It is pointed in one direction, and yet it is headed in another!

It is easy for men to talk one thing and think another. (Publilius Syrus)

A bad man is worse when he pretends to be a saint. (Francis Bacon)

When you say that you agree to a thing in principle, you mean that you have not the slightest intention of carrying it out. (Otto von Bismark)

We have, in fact, two kinds of morality side by side: one which we preach but do not practice, and another which we practice but seldom preach. (Bertrand Russell)

The true hypocrite is the one who ceases to perceive his deception, the one who lies with sincerity. (André Gide)

The teeth are smiling, but are the heart? (Congolese Proverb)

Hypocrite: the man who murdered both his parents ... pleaded for mercy on the grounds that he was an orphan. (Abraham Lincoln)

What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say (Emerson)

The injury we do and the one we suffer are not weighed in the same scales. (Aesop, Fables)

Nothing so needs reforming as other people's habits. (Mark Twain)

We’re all like the moon, we have a dark side we don’t want anyone to see. (Mark Twain)

Those whose conduct gives room for talk are always the first to attack their neighbors (Thomas Kempis)

No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself, and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true. (Hawthorne)

Jehovah promises a safe landing, not a calm passage

Wisdom has two parts: 

1) Having a lot to say. 

2) Not saying it.

There was once a small fishing village, where, for many years, a flock of sea gulls fed on the scraps the fishermen left. All was fine and good for the sea gulls until eventually the fishing became poor and the villagers moved down the coast to a location where fish were plentiful. The sea gulls did not follow the fishermen, and - because they had lived off the scraps of the fishermen and had never learned to feed themselves - the entire flock of birds died.

If we only feed on what others teach us, we are like these foolish sea gulls. (Acts 17:11)

Jehovah has clearly revealed his existence to men. Suppose a student were to write on a physics exam that he did not believe in atoms because he could not see them. Would not the professor be justified in failing him? The existence of atoms is clearly undeniable on the basis of their recognized effects. Everyone familiar with Hiroshima knows that atoms exist; they are known from their effect. Likewise, men are responsible to acknowledge God and his eternal power by the effects that are clearly revealed in Creation. (Romans 1:20)

A British publication once offered a prize for the best definition of a friend. Among the thousands of answers received were the following:

"One who multiplies joys, divides grief, and whose honesty is inviolable."

"One who understands our silence."

"A volume of sympathy bound in cloth."

"A watch that beats true for all time and never runs down."

The winning definition read: "A friend is the one who comes in when the whole world has gone out."

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