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Message from God: Congratulations! You've Won A Millions Dollars!

A short lesson on the time value of money

Joe, a new convert to Christianity and a first year student at Harvard Business School, was impressed by what the Bible has to say about the power of prayer. He thought he had discovered a path to instant wealth and happiness.

So Joe says to God, "I'll bet a thousand years is just like a minute to you."

God replies, "Yes, Joe, you've got that right."

Then Joe says, "God, I'll bet a million dollars is just like a penny to you."

God replies again, "Yes, Joe, you're right once again."

Going for the trifecta, with thoughts of what he was shortly to be doing with his instant million, Joe asks: "Would you give me a million dollars?"

God: "Yes, Joe, but it’ll take just a minute."

Charles Henderson

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The Rev. Charles P. Henderson is a Presbyterian minister and author of Faith, Science and the Future, published in 1994 by CrossCurrents Press. He is also the author of God and Science (John Knox / Westminster, 1986) which he is now rewriting to incorporate more recent developments in the conversation taking place between scientists and theologians. He has also written widely for such publications as The New York Times, The Nation, Commonweal, The Christian Century and others.

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