All in the Family (9 of 20) by Roger Thomas

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All in the Family (9 of 20)
Series: Forever Living in a Whatever World
Roger Thomas
Philippians 2:2-4

Introduction: Conflict happens, even in the most unlikely places. According to the Palm Beach, Florida newspaper, a local nursing turned ugly. It started with the supper salad bar. Eighty-six-year-old William Hocker complained to 62-year-old Lee Thoss about taking so much time picking through the lettuce. Angry words turned into name-calling. Name-calling gave way to punching. The police were called after one resident was bitten in his attempt to stop the fight. Another was knocked down. The mother of the younger of the two, herself a resident, tried to rescue her son. The older combatant came a way with a cut on the arm. No one was seriously injured, but Thoss did have to find a new place to live. (

Conflict happens in unlikely places. It also happens in more familiar spots. Did you hear about the guy who didn't want to go home from work at quitting time? He asked the boss if he could work late. "Sure, but I can't pay you over time," the boss told him. "That's OK," he replied, "I just don't want to go home." "Why not," was the obvious question. He explained that he was in the doghouse. "What did you do to deserve that?" asked the boss. He explained, "I still don't know, it must be one of those woman things. I was minding my own business relaxing in front of the TV. My wife enters the room and asks, "What's on the TV?" And honestly, I swear all I said was, "Dust!" She's been mad ever since!"

Of course, conflict only happens with adults. NOT! A Sunday school teacher was discussing the Ten Commandments with her class of five and six-year-olds. After explaining the commandment about honoring parents, she asked, "Is there a commandment that teaches us how to treat our brothers and sisters?" Without missing a beat, one little boy answered, "Thou shall not kill."

I know you will find this hard to believe, but ...

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