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By Lowell D. Streiker

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

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The building looked quite normal from the outside. The big difference was on the inside. A great crowd gathered early that first Sunday. Each person was seated in a pew near the door, one pew at a time. When the pew was filled, it was rolled automatically to the front! This process continued until the entire sanctuary was filled. The minister was so carried away by having his audience at the front, he preached on and on. In fact, he didn't even really get warmed up until twelve o'clock! Suddenly another innovative architectural feature made itself known.

One day I'd have ink up to my elbows from repairing a mimeograph machine. The next day, I'd be arranging a rummage sale or a pancake breakfast. The next, I'd be hanging from a tree trying to trim the limbs without getting into the power lines. Then, I'd try to hunt down a carburetor for the church's antique bus. Next, I'd repaint the church nursery. Roofing, plumbing and wiring were also included in my work. " Reverend Mel, a local Baptist minister, liked to slip old proverbs into his sermons, but had trouble getting them right.

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. He decided to see her and find out the reason.

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