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                        HUMAN BIBLE

 His name is Bill. He has wild hair, wears a T-shirt with holes in it,
 jeans and no shoes. This was literally his wardrobe for his entire four
 years of college. He is brilliant. Kind of esoteric and very, very
 bright. He became a Christian while attending college.

 Across the street from the campus is a well-dressed, very conservative
 church. They want to develop a ministry to the students, but are not
 sure how to go about it. One day Bill decides to go there.
 He walks in with no shoes, jeans, his T-shirt, and wild hair. The
 service has already started and so Bill starts down the aisle looking
 for a seat. The church is completely packed and he can't find a seat.
 By now people are really looking a bit uncomfortable, but no one says

 Bill gets closer and closer and closer to the pulpit and, when he
 realizes there are no seats, he just squats down right on the carpet.
 (Although perfectly acceptable behavior at a college fellowship, trust
 me, this had never happened in this church before!) By now the people
 are really uptight, and the tension in the air is thick.
 About this time, the minister realizes that from way at the back of the
 church, a deacon is slowly making his way toward Bill. Now the deacon
 is in his eighties, has silver-gray hair, and a three-piece suit. A
 godly man, very elegant, very dignified, very courtly.
 He walks with a cane and, as he starts walking toward this boy, everyone
 is saying to themselves that you can't blame him for what he's going to
 do. How can you expect a man of his age and of his background to
 understand some college kid on the floor?

 It takes a long time for the man to walk to the front. The church is
 utterly silent except for the clicking of the man's cane. All eyes are
 focused on him. You can't even hear anyone breathing.

 The minister can't even preach the sermon until the deacon does what he
 has to do. And now they see this elderly man drop his cane on
the floor. With great difficulty he lowers himself and sits down next
to Bill and worships with him so he won't be alone.

 Everyone chokes up with emotion. When the minister gains control, he
 says, "What I'm about to preach, you will never remember. What you have
 just seen, you will never forget. Be careful how you live. You may be
 the only Bible some people will ever read."

 LORD help me to be as accepting of others as you are of me. You accept
 me no matter how I am dressed or what I have done. Open my heart to
 accept others as quickly and fully in Love! Lord forgive my sins like
 I forgive other's sins against me. Help me to become more like Christ.
 In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

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