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Illustrations for August 10, 2008

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Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28
In every generation, there are those who would kill the dreamers. John F. Kennedy dreamed of a "new frontier" -- and Lee Harvey Oswald's bullet cut him down in Dallas. His brother, Robert, liked to quote George Bernard Shaw: "You see things; and you say 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say 'Why not?' " -- Sirhan Sirhan ended that dreamer's life in the kitchen of a California hotel. Martin Luther King Jr.'s most famous speech was all about having a dream -- a dream that placed him squarely in the
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