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From Father O’Malley in New York.

A young minister and an old minister were having a debate.

The young minister believed in expository sermons and would carefully plan his topics, make fastidious notes and practice several times prior to giving his Sunday morning message in the pulpit.

The older minister believed in less planning.  Actually, he believed in no planning whatsoever.  He would enter the pulpit on Sunday morning with total confidence that his experience had prepared him to speak at any time on any topic.

The younger minister said to him, “Are you saying that I could hand you your topic on Sunday morning, and you could easily preach on the subject?”

“Absolutely!” said the older minister confidently.

“Care to place a wager on that?” asked the young minister.

After some discussion, the two agreed on a small wager of who would clean the sanctuary for the following month.

Sunday morning arrived, and the younger minister had a smile on his face.  At the proper time, just before the older minister went to the podium, the young man handed him a sealed envelope.

The older minister nodded and gave him a smile.  He then proceeded to the pulpit and tore the end from the envelope.  He softly blew a little air inside and removed an index card.

Upon reading the card, he saw one word… CONSTIPATION.

Without hesitation, the older minister said to the crowd, “Please take your Bibles and turn to the book of Exodus, chapters 19 and 20.  Today’s sermon comes from the life of Moses.”

“Moses was troubled.  He went up into the mountains.  The Lord gave Moses two-tablets, and the Spirit moved him.”[lightbox link=”” thumb=”” width=”270″ align=”right” title=”lauging sea lion” frame=”true” icon=”image” caption=””]