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A pastor concluded that his church was getting into serious financial

>troubles While checking the church storeroom, he discovered several

cartons of new bibles that had never been opened and distributed.


>So at his Sunday sermon, he asked for three volunteers from the

>congregation who would be willing to sell the bibles door-to-door for

$10 each to raise the desperately needed money for the church.


>Jack, Paul and Louie all raised their hands to volunteer for the task.

>The minister knew that Jack and Paul earned their living as salesmen

>and were likely capable of selling some bibles. But he had serious

>doubts about Louie who was a local farmer, who had always kept to

>himself because he was embarrassed by his speech impediment. Poor Louis

stuttered badly.


>But, not wanting to discourage Louis, the minister decided to let him

try anyway.


>He sent the three of them away with the back seat of their cars stacked

with bibles. He asked them to meet with him and report the results of

their door-to-door selling efforts the following Sunday.


>Anxious to find out how successful they were, the minister immediately

asked Jack, "Well, Jack, how did you make out selling our bibles last



>Proudly handing the reverend an envelope, Jack replied, "Using my sales

prowess, I was able to sell 20 bibles, and here's the $200 I collected

on behalf of the church."

>"Fine job, Jack!" The minister said, vigorously shaking his hand.


>"You are indeed a fine salesman and the Church is indebted to you."


>Turning to Paul, "And Paul, how many bibles did you sell for the church

last week?"


>Paul, smiling and sticking out his chest, confidently replied," I am a

professional salesman. I sold 28 bibles on behalf of the church, and

here's $280 I collected."


>The minister responded, "That's absolutely splendid, Paul. You are

>truly a professional salesman and t he church is also indebted to you."


>Apprehensively, the minister turned to Louie and said, "And Louie, did

you manage to sell any bibles last week?" Louie silently offered the

minister a large envelope.


>The minister opened it and counted the contents. "What is this?" the

>minister exclaimed. "Louie, there's $3200 in here! Are you suggesting

that you sold 320 bibles for the church, door to door, in just one

week?" Louie just nodded.


>"That's impossible!" both Jack and Paul said in unison. "We are

>professional salesmen, yet you claim to have sold 10 times as many

>bibles as we could."


>"Yes, this does seem unlikely," the minister agreed. "I think you'd

>better explain how you managed to accomplish this, Louie."


>Louie shrugged. "I-I-I re-re-really do-do-don't kn-kn-know f-f-f-for

>sh-sh-sh-sure," he stammered.


>Impatiently, Peter interrupted. "For crying out loud, Louie, just tell

us what you said to them when they answered the door!"


>"A-a-a-all I-I-I s-s-said wa-wa-was," Louis replied, "W-w-w-w-would

>y-y-y-you l-l-l-l-l-like t-t-to b-b-b-buy th-th-th-this b-b-b-b-bible

>f-f-for t-t-ten b-b-b-bucks ---o-o-o-or--- wo-wo-would yo-you

j-j-j-just l-like m-m-me t-t-to st-st-stand h-h-here and r-r-r-r-r-read

it t-to y-y-you??"

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