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Jesus Is Watching

You must worship the Lord your God, and serve him alone (Luke 4:8) First Sunday of Lent

Late one night a burglar broke into a darkened house that he thought was empty, with the owners away on vacation. As he stealthily slinked toward the living room, a voice suddenly rang out from the darkness: “Jesus is watching you.”

The burglar froze in his tracks, but hoping he had only heard a voice from a passing car, slowly crept forward when again he heard, “Jesus is watching you.”

Now thoroughly spooked, he pointed his flashlight in the direction of the voice as a birdcage with a parrot inside slowly came into focus. In barely a whisper he asked, “Hey little birdie. Was that you who said Jesus is watching?”

“That's what I said. That's what a said,” squawked the parrot.

Astonished by the bird's banter, the intruder probed further, “So what’s your name, Mr. Parrot?”

The bird chirped back, “I'm Clarence! I'm Clarence!”

“What a crazy name for a parrot,” taunted the thief. “What kind of a nut names his bird Clarence?”

To which the puffed up parrot answered, “The same kind that names his pit bull, Jesus.”

Several years ago, the Washington Post published an article titled, “God Speaks From Above.” The reporter described a national public service campaign in which messages from “God” were displayed on billboards and bus-shelters in various cities. The campaign was sponsored by an anonymous donor who contributed $150,000. In the donor’s words, “I wanted to remind people of God, especially people who used to go to Church and for some reason don’t go anymore, which is a sizable number.”

Among the billboard and bus-shelter messages from “God” were the following:

“I don’t question your existence!”

“Loved the wedding, invite me to the marriage.”

“Have you read My Number [...]

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