by John Barnett

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Honestly Speaking (11 of 38)
John Barnett

When Paul looked back on his work among the Thessalonians? A life on a daily basis that was:
HONEST [2:5]
HUMBLE [2:6]
LOVING [2:7]
DEDICATED [2:9-11]

Have you ever thought how powerful words can be? In his chapter called The Discipline of Tongue Pastor Kent Hughes tells this story to remind us! In 1899 FOUR reporters from Denver, Colorado, met by chance on a Saturday night in a Denver railroad station. Al Stevens, Jack Tournay, John Lewis, and Hal Wilshire worked for the four Denver papers: the Post, the Times, the Republican and the Rocky Mountain News.

Each had the unenviable task of finding a scoop for the Sunday edition. They hoped to spot a visiting celebrity arriving that evening by train.

However, none showed up, so the reporters wondered what on earth they would do. As they discussed options in a nearby saloon, Al suggested they make up a story. The other three laughed - at first. But before long they were all agreed - they would come up with such a whopper that no one would question it and their respective editors would congratulate them on their find.

A phony local story would be too obvious, so they decided to write about someplace far away. They agreed on China. "What if we say that some American engineers, on their way to China, told us they are bidding on a major job: the Chinese government is planning to demolish the Great Wall?"

Harold was not sure the story would be believable. Why would the Chinese ever tear down the Great Wall of China? "As a sign of international goodwill, to invite foreign trade."

By 11 P.M. the four reporters had worked out the details, and the next day all four Denver newspapers carried the story - on the front page. The Times headline that Sunday read: "Great Chinese Wall Doomed! Peking Seeks World Trade! "

Of course, the story was a ridiculous tall tale made up by four opportunistic ne ...

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