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Can You Bear It?

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An American called Bill decided to write a book about famous churches around the world, so he bought a plane ticket and took a trip to Orlando, thinking that he would start by working his way across the USA from South to North.

On his first day he was inside a church taking photographs when he noticed a golden telephone mounted on the wall with a sign that read ‘$10,000 per call’. Intrigued, he asked a priest who was strolling by what the telephone was used for.

The priest replied that it was a direct line to heaven and that for $10,000 you could talk to God. He thanked the priest and went on his way.

Next stop was Atlanta. There, at a very large cathedral, he saw the same kind of gold telephone with the same sign under it. He asked a nearby nun what its purpose was.

She told him that it was a direct line to heaven and that for $10,000 he could talk to God.

He travelled across America, Europe, England, Japan, Australia. In every church he saw the same kind of golden telephone with the same ‘$US10,000 per call’ sign under it.

Since he was in Australia he thought he may as well visit New Zealand. In the first church he went into in Auckland, there was the same kind of golden telephone, but this time the sign under it read ‘40 cents per call.’

Bill was surprised so he asked the priest about the sign. ‘Father, I’ve travelled all over the world and I’ve seen this same kind of golden telephone in many churches. I’m told that it is a direct line to heaven, but in all of them the price was $10,000 per call. Why is it so cheap here?’

The priest smiled and answered, ‘You’re in New Zealand now, my friend. This is Heaven, so it’s a local call.’


This afternoon my son was playing on his iPod. He asked his brother to help him with one of the apps. Handing the iPod to his brother, he asked, ‘Why did you take the case off your iPod?’ Innocently, he responded, ‘Because the app said it was ‘case sensitive’!’ 

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