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PostSubject: Bible salesmen   Wed Jun 10, 2009 11:29 am

A pastor concluded that his church was
getting into very 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
week?'

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 h is 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 the
church is 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-he re and
r-r-r-r-r-read it t-to y-y-you??'
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