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Quenching the Spirit
by Al Boyce
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When all the jars were full, she said to her son, "Bring me another one." But he replied, "There is not a jar left." Then the oil stopped flowing. – 2 Kings 4:6(NIV)

Rhonda gathered courage and approached the senior pastor. Quickly she confessed the trouble she’d been having, laying bare her soul.

“That is awful,” the pastor lamented. “I will certainly pray for you.”

But as Rhonda left, she wondered, “Will you? When?”

(42 words)


The missionaries brought the service to a rousing conclusion, laying hands on the sick and leading one more chorus of praise.

They brought hundreds to the Lord. Newly christened Christians were weeping on their knees, waiting to be filled.

“Isn’t God amazing,” one missionary said. “Tomorrow we are in Ghana.”

(50 words)


Julie jammed clothes into the washer, turned on the drier and carried folded laundry en route to making lunch for her three children.

“It never stops,” she thought. “When am I ever going to have time to do something for God?”

Could it be that everything is sacred?

(48 words)


James confessed to his Bible study group he had mixed feelings about evicting the homeless couple from his apartment complex.

“It was getting to where I was going to be affected financially,” he said. “I figure God will find a willing vessel.

“Then I think, maybe it was me.”

(49 words)


“You are such a blessing!” Julio told Joan as his father smiled from the much needed wheelchair. “I will landscape your property free!”

No, thought Joan, the blessings can’t stop.

“Go to church instead,” she said.

“Your church?” he asked suspiciously.

“Any church.”

“You are very shrewd,” he laughed.

(49 words)

If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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Member Comments
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Yvette Nietzen 30 Nov 2007
What you wrote here is so true. They touched my heart.
Seema Bagai  27 Sep 2007
Enjoyed all of these. Filled with truth and meaning.
Leigh MacKelvey 26 Sep 2007
I feel like going back and deleting my piece of fluff now. Very powerful and heartfelt.
darlene hight 26 Sep 2007
Each little nugget makes an impact. Proof positive that less is really more. Darlene
Cynthia Hinkle 25 Sep 2007
Julie's story was a true show not tell. But I really loved the laundry tale. M. Luther says "the mother who is wiping the dirty butt of a baby is giving witness of Christ..."
Allison Egley  25 Sep 2007
Oh, these were very good. I think my favorite one is the one about the mom.
Mo 24 Sep 2007
The 1st is so sad. & I really like the rest, too. Deep stuff.
Verna Cole Mitchell  23 Sep 2007
I liked them all, but Julie's story was my favorite--so much truth in so few words.
Betty Castleberry 23 Sep 2007
Wonderful. I especially like the first one. Our pastor actually prays with people asking for prayer right when he is asked. He says it creates awkward moments at work, but he does it anyway. Good stuff.
Joanne Sher  22 Sep 2007
Just excellent, Al! My favorite is definitely the fourth one. Good stuff!
Laurie Walker 22 Sep 2007
I've been Julie more than once - and have had to remind myself I'm not a slave :) I'm a willing servant of love.
Kristen Hester 22 Sep 2007
After I read yours I threw mine away and started over. Yours are so powerful and moving. Very nice. Wow.
DeAnna Brooks 21 Sep 2007
Gave me goosebumps, Al. Sadly we often miss, or skip right over the very opportunities to God brings us to be His voice, His touch, His provision. Thank you for this timely reminder ... I needed it. Blessings!
dub W 21 Sep 2007
Wonderful job my friend, I particularly liked the first and last ones.
Deborah Porter  21 Sep 2007
Al, you got it! These are terrific. Strangely enough, I liked the one about Julie most. But they were all excellent, and as is always the case with you, thought provoking. Love, Deb
Pat Guy  21 Sep 2007
When you first posted and I read these I thought, "Only Al ..." Each perfectly contained ... and wonderful.
Linda Germain  21 Sep 2007
So on target, Al. Sadly, the one about the Pastor saying he would be praying holds a mirror up to that "Christian-ese" universal comment/response. Well done.
Jan Ackerson  21 Sep 2007
These are wonderful, Al--perfect little gems, and so rich with truth! Love 'em.


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