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Mark 10:17-31


  • Living Dangerously, S. Briscoe, Zondervan, 1968, pp. 28ff
  • Christlike, Barry Applewhite, p. 85
  • So Great Salvation, Charles Ryrie, Victor Books, 1989, pp. 81ff

Do not love the world or the things in the world (1 John 2:15)

An old fable tells about a crane that was wading in a stream looking for snails when a beautiful swan landed nearby. The crane had never seen a swan before, so he asked, “What are you?” “I’m a swan,” came the reply. “And where did you come from?” the crane inquired. “Heaven,” the swan answered. “What is that?” asked the crane. the swan eagerly began to explain its beauty and glory. He spoke of the new Jerusalem, the city of pure gold with a jasper wall and pearly gates. He described its “pure river of water of life, clear as crystal.” At that point the crane interrupted, “Tell me, are there any snails in heaven?” “No, I’m afraid not,” the swan said. “Then I don’t care to go there,” the crane stated decisively. “I like snails!”

Our Daily Bread

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