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The Battle Within (6 of 8)
Series: Seven Wonders
Billy Sunday, the famed evangelist, once wrote a letter to the mayor of a large city where his next crusade was scheduled. He told the mayor he wanted to have his team pray for the meeting. He requested the names of individuals who had spiritual problems and needed prayer. The mayor sent him a city telephone directory.
That might not sound too surprising. There are a lot of people with problems in this world. Especially in big cities! Before coming to Vandalia, Rose and I lived in one of those cities. Aurora, the third largest city in Illinois, had a reputation for being a pretty tough place--much of it deserved. No one drove through certain parts of town after dark. Police patrol cars never entered some neighborhoods except at least two at a time. It was not unusual for us to hear gunshots in the middle of the night. And it wasn't the sounds of deer hunters!
Big cities contain lots of people with problems. But small towns are an exception. Right? Did you hear about our own Boyd Haddock's experience? As you may know, Boyd served as a municipal judge in Bowling Green for a number of years. Once when he was holding court, a local attorney called his first witness to the stand -- an elderly woman. Wanting to appear friendly, he approached her and quietly asked, "Mrs. Jones, do you know me?"
She responded, "Why, yes, I do know you, Mr. Williams. I've known you since you were a young boy. And frankly, you've been a big disappointment to me. You lie. You cheat. You manipulate people. You talk about them behind their backs. You think you're a rising big shot when you haven't the brains to realize you will never amount to anything more than a two-bit paper pusher. Yes, I know you."
The lawyer was stunned. Not knowing what else to do, he pointed across the room and asked, "Mrs. Jones, do you know the other attorney?"
She replied, "Why, yes I do. I've known Mr. Br ...
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