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A few years ago, young women blushed if they were embarrassed.  Today, they are embarrassed if they blush. --Reader's Digest

The Invisible Fence

When my friend Joe Hamlet acquired a Golden Retriever, he wanted to make sure that his dog "Gipper" wouldn't get hit by a car, so he installed an "invisible fence" around his property. He buried an electrical wire a few inches deep under the soil, which was connected to a small box that sent out a signal to a receiver in the dog's collar.

Whenever Gipper walked near the property line, the collar chirped, which warned him to back away. If he ignored the warning and started crossing the boundary, he received a shock from the invisible fence, which taught him to stay inside the area. After a few chirps and shocks, his dog started figuring out where he could and couldn't go. If Gipper wandered near the road, he would hear a chirp. He didn't want to get shocked again, so he would move back into the yard.

God has put an "invisible fence" inside everyone called a conscience, which warns us when we're about to do something wrong. Romans 2:15 says, "The law (is) written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them."

If you are a Christian, the Holy Spirit will warn you, like sending out a chirp, to keep you from going to the wrong places. Are you listening to Him? If you ignore the warnings, you may be heading for the shock of your life. That doesn't have to happen. Do what's right and follow the Holy Spirit. God will always bless you when you do the right thing.
[Note: Joe Hamlet has written a book about his dog called "The Gospel According to Gipper." To read a sample chapter, go to ]

Conscious vs. Conscience

A mother asked her son if he knew the difference between "conscious" and "conscience."
He said, "Sure, Mom. Conscious is when you're aware of something. Conscience is when you wish you weren't."
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Alarm Clock & Pillow

Conscience is like an alarm clock that goes off when we do wrong. 
A seared conscience is like putting a pillow over our ears so we won't hear it.
1 Tim. 5:2--". . .By means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron."
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