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Rural Viewpoints with Jimmy Cook



Hard Times in Rural Tennessee PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
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When Christian Herter was Governor of Massachusetts, he was running hard for a second term in office. One day, a busy morning chasing votes (and no lunch), he arrived at a church barbeque. It was late afternoon and Herter was famished.

As Herter moved down the serving line, he held out his plate to the women serving chicken. She put a piece on the plate and turned to the next person in line.

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The Little Red Purse PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
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Several years ago, on a Sunday morning in Philadelphia, a father and his 8-year-old daughter were walking to Sunday School. But when they arrived, they discovered the door to the church building was shut with a notice that read, “Room for no more.”

Sadly, the father and little daughter turned around and walked home. On the way they met the preacher, who seeing the little girl crying, picked her up in his arms and carried her into the church building saying, “Someday, Hettie, we will have a church big enough for all the boys and girls, and no one will be turned away.”
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Dead Weight and Giveaways PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
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Believe it or not, there is dead weight even in the church. An unknown author has penned a poem which graphically describes this dead weight.

I’ve been a dead weight many years

Around the church’s neck;

I’ve let others carry me

And always pay the check.

I’ve had my name upon the rolls

For years and years gone by;

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Life and Godliness: A DEVOTIONAL PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
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The Apostle Peter says that God has “given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness…” (II Peter 1:3). In other words, we have everything we need to live a life that pleases God. God has given to us all that we need to know about life and godliness.

What a timely passage for this mixed-up and ungodly nation!

The first thing to capture our attention here is that God is a giver. He is not a TAKER, but a GIVER. Some people are only takers. They are happy with us so long as we allow them to remain takers. Some children excel in the matter of taking from their parents, but are selfish pigmies in giving to them.

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UNDERSTANDING THE PLIGHT OF OTHERS PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
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A farmer had some puppies he needed to sell. He painted a sign advertising the pups and set about nailing it to a post on the edge of his yard. As he was driving the last nail into the post, he felt a tug on his overalls. He looked down into the eyes of a little boy.

“Mister,” he said, “I want to buy on of your puppies.”

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