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The boy was saddened and cried...

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Chuck Swindoll in his book, Growing Deep in the Christian Life relates the story about a Sunday school teacher of kindergarten students who sought to know how much the young children were really learning in their Christian education. She talked to a five-year-old boy who was not aware of the details of the story of Jesus. She told him about Jesus dying upon the cross. He did not know what a cross was; therefore, the teacher picked up a few sticks and made a crude cross. The teacher told the little boy that Jesus was nailed to a cross something like this and then Jesus died.

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Mary Louise was a little bit lonely. Not completely lonely, but just a little bit. With no brothers or sisters, Mary Louise spent quite a lot of time playing by herself. Although not completely by herself, for Mary Louise had a number of silent companions, who were a great comfort to her.

Every night when she went to bed, Mary Louise would line up her silent companions on the foot of the bed, and give them a big kiss. Then she'd sigh happily, climb into bed and fall asleep very quickly, for she knew her silent companions were looking out for her.

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In 1980, NBC introduced a new television game show called Chain Reaction. Since then, the show has appeared in different forms, but the main idea has always been for different teams to fill in a chain of words. For example, the first word in a four-word chain might be "light," the last word "spring," with the team needing to guess the two words in-between. In this case, "light" comes from a light "bulb," and out of the bulb grows a "daffodil," which comes up in the "spring." It's a chain reaction of words, where one word leads to another, and "light" turns into "spring."

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