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There once was a man named George Thomas, a pastor in a small New 
England town. One Sunday morning he came to Church carrying a rusty, 
bent, old birdcage, and set it by the pulpit.
Several eyebrows were raised and as if in response,
Pastor Thomas began to speak.
I was walking through town yesterday when I saw a
young boy coming toward me swinging this bird cage. On
the bottom of the cage were three little wild birds,
shivering with cold and fright.
I stopped the lad and asked, "What you got there son?"
"Just some old birds," came the reply.
"What are you gonna do with them?" I asked.
"Take 'em home and have fun with 'em," he answered.
I'm gonna tease 'em and pull out their feathers to
make 'em fight. I'm gonna have a real good time."
"But you'll get tired of those birds sooner or later.
What will you do with them then?"
"Oh, I got some cats," said the little boy. "They like
birds. I'll take 'em to them."
The pastor was silent for a moment. "How much do you
want for those birds, son?"
"Huh??!!! Why, you don't want them ole birds, mister.
They're just plain old field birds. They don't sing -
they ain't even pretty!"
"How much?" the pastor asked again.
The boy sized up the pastor as if he were crazy and
said, "$10?"
The pastor reached in his pocket and took out a ten
dollar bill. He placed it in the boy's hand. In a
flash, the boy was gone. The pastor picked up the cage
and gently carried it to the end of the alley where
there was a tree and a grassy spot. Setting the cage
down, he opened the door, and by softly tapping the
bars persuaded the birds out, setting them free.
Well, that explained the empty bird cage on the
pulpit, and then the pastor began to tell this story.

One day Satan and Jesus were having a conversation.
Satan had just come from the Garden of Eden, and he
was gloating and boasting.
"Yes, sir, I just caught the world full of people down
there. Set me a trap, used bait I knew they couldn't
resist. Got 'em all!"
"What are you going to do with them?" Jesus asked.
Satan replied, "Oh, I'm gonna have fun! I'm gonna
teach them how to marry and divorce each other, how
to hate and abuse each other, how to drink and smoke
and curse. I'm gonna teach them how to invent guns and
bombs and kill each other. I'm really gonna have
And what will you do with them when you get done with
them?" Jesus asked.
"Oh, I'll kill 'em," Satan glared proudly.
"How much do you want for them?" Jesus asked.
"Oh, you don't want those people. They ain't no good.
Why, if you'd take them - they'd just hate you.
They'll spit on you, curse you and kill you!!
You don't want those people!!"
"How much?" He asked again.
Satan looked at Jesus and sneered, "All your tears,
and all your blood."
Jesus said, "DONE!" Then He paid the price.
The pastor picked up the cage -- opened it's door and
he walked from the pulpit.


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