"Company Policy"
(Author Unknown)

3-22-2012 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #681
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Welcome
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Greetings my Dearest Sisters and Brothers, and welcome again to Church Within's Story of the Week ["SOW Seeds”].

This week's SOW Seeds Story, contributed by: Patije

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Story of the Week
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Company Policy
(Author Unknown)

Start with a cage containing five monkeys.

Inside the cage, hang a banana on a string and place a set of stairs under it. Before long, a monkey will go to the stairs and start to climb towards the banana. As soon as he touches the stairs, spray all of the monkeys with cold water.

After a while, another monkey makes an attempt with the same result - all the monkeys are sprayed with cold water. Pretty soon, when another monkey tries to climb the stairs, the other monkeys will try to prevent it.

Now, turn off the cold water. Remove one monkey from the cage and replace it with a new one. The new monkey sees the banana and wants to climb the stairs. To his surprise and horror, all of the other monkeys attack him. After another attempt and attack, he knows that if he tries to climb the stairs, he will be assaulted.

Next, remove another of the original five monkeys and replace it with a new one. The newcomer goes to the stairs and is attacked. The previous newcomer takes part in the punishment with enthusiasm.

Again, replace a third original monkey with a new one. The new one makes it to the stairs and is attacked as well.

Two of the four monkeys that beat him have no idea why they were not permitted to climb the stairs, or why they are participating in the beating of the newest monkey.

After replacing the fourth and fifth original monkeys, all the monkeys that have been sprayed with cold water have been replaced.

Nevertheless, no monkey ever again approaches the stairs. Why not?

Because as far as they know that's the way it's always been around here.

And that's how company (or church) policy begins..........


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Pastor's Quote of the Week
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[ed: This, “Thought for Today” went with the above story… I am not sure if Matthew Hagee also wrote the story, or just the thought for the day]

"Often times the church engages itself in doing the right thing the wrong way. We want to be the light of the world, but in doing so we become so much like the world that the world can't tell where we start and they stop. We want to impact society and instead of our changing society through Jesus Christ, we allow society to change us."

(From: Matthew Hagee)

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The Prayer
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Dear God,        
        Help us to see your truth.

You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal Parent,

The Creator's Eternal Love to all of You,
Pastor Daniel

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