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Feed My Sheep

Feed My Lambs - James Tissot [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsLast week there were so many fish in that Bible story.

Can we just do that story again this week?

What do you mean, I can go back and read it.

It’s not the same as hearing it.

Besides, I can’t read.

Oh alright, I’ll listen to the next story.

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When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?”

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I bet he really does love Jesus after Jesus helped him catch all that fish.

Well, is there a better reason to love someone besides food?

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“Yes, Lord,” Peter said, ‘you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”

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I’ll feed Jesus’ lambs if He helps me catch fish.

I am listening.

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Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me?”

He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”

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Jesus has sheep?

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The third time He said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.”

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I think I’d better get my herding type friends to help Peter.

Jesus might have a lot of sheep.

Yes, I’ll listen.

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Jesus said to Peter, “I tell you the truth, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.”

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I guess it’s a good thing I don’t have hands.

Nobody can stretch mine out.

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Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then He said to him, “Follow me!”

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Whoa!

If you follow Jesus you get fish, but then you might die for Him?

I have to think about this.

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Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. (This was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and had said, “Lord, who is going to betray you?”) When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?”

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I guess Peter was thinking about it too.

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Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.”

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I guess that says that.

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Because of this, the rumor spread among the brothers that this disciple would not die. But Jesus did not say that he would not die; he only said, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?”

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I don’t think that guy’s dead yet.

I wonder if he has any fish left.

I think I’ll go look for him.

 
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Posted by on May 25, 2014 in Bongo, Dogology, humor

 

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Like a Little Child

Puppy in the grass

Puppy in the grass (Photo credit: justmakeit)

You know that fish Peter found last week with the coin in its mouth?

I’m going to go hang out with Peter and see if he’ll share.

What? What do you mean, Peter’s busy?

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An argument started among the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest.

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What? The disciples argued? I thought they were perfect.

You’d think anyone that hangs out around Jesus as much as they did would have Jesus rub off on them and they wouldn’t do anything wrong.

Okay. I’ll listen.

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Jesus knew what they were arguing about and He called a little child and had him stand among them.

Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

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Oh. Does that mean I have to be like a puppy again in order to go to heaven?

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Jesus also said, “And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me.”

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I would welcome a puppy. Maybe you should go out and get me a puppy, person.

I am too listening.

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“But,” Jesus said, “if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.”

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Does teaching a puppy how to do mischief cause that puppy to sin?

On second thought, maybe we shouldn’t get a puppy. I like swimming, but not if I have a weight around my neck that makes me sink to the bottom.

I’m not sure I want to listen anymore.

Okay, I guess I’ll listen. Are you almost done?

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Jesus told a story to show how much He cared about the little ones.

He said, “If a man owns a hundred sheep,…

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Sheep!? What happened to the puppy?

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and one of the sheep wanders away, the man will leave the ninety-nine sheep on the hills and go look for the one that wandered off. And if he finds it, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off.” Jesus said, “In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost.

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Hey person, I’ll be back in awhile.

I’m going to look for that puppy. I think he got lost.

 
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Posted by on August 4, 2013 in Bongo, Dogology, humor

 

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Fish and a Coin

Peter finds a coin in a fish's mouth

Image from ChristArt

What? Really?

After all this time you’re finally going to tell me another Bible story with fish in it?

Hallelujah!

Did I say that word? What does it mean?

It means Praise the Lord?

Well, hallelujah then. You’d think with all those disciples who are fishermen, that every story would have fish in it.

Okay, I’ll listen. I hope there’s a lot of fish in this story. Some for me and enough for me to share too.

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Jesus and His disciples went back to Capernaum and the collectors of the two-drachma tax came to Peter and asked, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the temple tax?”

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Okay, I’m confused. What’s a drachma? Is it some kind of fish?

A coin? Worth about a day’s wages?

What does that have to do with fish?

Could you buy fish with it?

I am listening.

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Peter assured the tax collectors that Jesus does pay the tax.

When Peter came into the house Jesus spoke first. He asked Peter if he thought the kings of the earth collected taxes from their own sons, or from others.

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If those kings collected taxes from their own sons, would that be like you making me pay taxes to you?

You’d better not do that. I’m not giving up any of my treats.

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Peter answered, “From others.”

And Jesus said, “Then the sons are exempt.”

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Whew! That means I don’t have to give up my treats.

Wait. That means that Jesus doesn’t have to pay tax either since He’s the Son of God and the temple is God’s house.

So Jesus can just walk away from that tax collector, and Peter with him since he’s in God’s family too.

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Jesus said to Peter, “But so that we may not offend them, go to the lake and throw out your line.”

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Now we’re getting somewhere.

Yes, I’ll listen.

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Jesus told Peter to take the first fish he catches and open its mouth. He’ll find a four-drachma coin inside. Jesus said to take that coin and use it to pay both their taxes.

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A fish and a coin!

I’m in dog heaven. Fish for dinner and money to buy treats for dessert.

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2013 in Bongo, Dogology, humor

 

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Up the Mountain

The upper part of The Transfiguration (1520) b...

The upper part of The Transfiguration (1520) by Raphael, depicting Christ miraculously discoursing with Moses and Elijah. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What? Jesus is making his disciples climb a mountain?

I hope it wasn’t a hot day. I don’t like climbing mountains on hot days.

Oh. He only took three of his disciples? Were the other ones out of shape? I bet that mountain was too high and steep for them and they couldn’t make it.

So who did Jesus take?

I am listening to the story. I’m just trying to help you along.

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Jesus took Peter, James, and John up the mountain with him.

And when they were alone He was transfigured before them.

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Did He become all crippled and ugly looking?

Well, isn’t disfigured the same as transfigured?

Okay, I’ll listen.

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Jesus face shone like the sun and his clothes became as white as light.

And then Moses and Elijah appeared and they were talking with Jesus.

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Hey, I thought this was a story about Jesus. How did Moses and Elijah get into it?

I am listening.

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Peter, James, and John were frightened and didn’t know what to do so Peter said, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters – one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”

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Do you think they could put up a shelter for me too? I bet it’s hot up there on that mountain.

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While Peter was still speaking a cloud appeared and enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”

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Now I’m really in trouble. It was bad enough when you were telling me to listen, but now God is.

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When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified.

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Were they having trouble listening too?

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Jesus came and touched the disciples. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.”

The disciples looked around and saw no one except Jesus.

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Is this like the Twilight Zone or something?

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As Jesus and the disciples were coming back down the mountain Jesus told them not to tell anyone what they’d seen until Jesus had been raised from the dead.

The disciples weren’t sure what Jesus meant, but they didn’t tell anyone for a long time.

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This was really a strange story. Jesus didn’t heal anybody, and He didn’t help anyone catch a bunch of fish.

Hey, maybe Moses and Elijah went to get a bunch of fish and they’ll be back with dinner.

 
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Posted by on July 14, 2013 in Bongo, Dogology, humor

 

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Take up your Cross

English: Christ Handing the Keys to St. Peter ...

English: Christ Handing the Keys to St. Peter by Pietro Perugino (1481-82) Fresco, 335 x 550 cm Cappella Sistina, Vatican. Ελληνικά: Λεπτομέρεια από την νωπογραφία του Πιέτρο Περουτζίνο, Ο Χριστός Παραδίδει τα Κλειδιά στον Πέτρο, 335 x 600 cm, Καπέλα Σιξτίνα, Πόλη του Βατικανού. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hey person, I don’t know if I like this next Bible story. Can’t you just tell another one about swimming – or fishing?

Okay, I’ll listen to the story. But if there’s no fish in it I want some treats when you’re finished.

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Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi and he asked his disciples, “Who do people say I am?”

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I know who he is. He’s the guy who makes lots of fish appear.

Yes, I’m listening.

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The disciples replied to Jesus, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

“But what about you?” Jesus asked. “Who do you say I am?”

Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

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God must really love us to send His Son to give us lots of fish.

I am listening, but don’t you think that was a really important observation I just made?

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Jesus told Peter he was blessed because it was the Father in heaven who revealed to him who Jesus is, and He told His disciples not to tell anyone that He is the Christ.

Then He began to explain to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests, and teachers of the law, and that He must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.

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Wouldn’t the disciples protect Jesus?

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Peter had that idea and he began to rebuke Jesus saying, “Never, Lord. This shall never happen to you!”

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I bet Jesus felt better after that.

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This is what Jesus said to Peter. “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.”

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I bet Peter tucked his tail between his legs after that.

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Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?”

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If I have to deny myself to follow Jesus, does that mean I have to give up treats?

 
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Posted by on July 7, 2013 in Bongo, Dogology, humor

 

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A Sinking Feeling

Ivan Aivazovsky's painting Walking on Water (1888)

Ivan Aivazovsky’s painting Walking on Water (1888) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Can we go back to last week’s Bible story, person? The one where Jesus fed all those people and they had lots of leftovers for me?

What? You’re going to tell me a different story? Well, there’d better be food in it then.

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After Jesus fed all the people…

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And I ate the leftovers.

I am listening.

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Jesus urged his disciples to get into the boat and head across the lake for Capernaum while He dismissed the crowd.

After the crowd left, Jesus went up on a mountain to pray and when evening came he was there alone.

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I wonder if Jesus would like me to come and give him some loves.

Okay, I’ll listen.

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The boat the disciples were in was already way out on the lake and it was being tossed around on the waves because the wind was against it.

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I hope those disciples didn’t get sea sick.

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In the middle of the night Jesus took a walk on the lake and headed for the disciples. When the disciples saw Jesus they thought He was a ghost and they were terrified.

But Jesus told them it was Him and said not to be afraid.

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I wouldn’t be afraid. I’d jump into the water with Jesus.

I wonder if he has any sticks for me to fetch.

Yes, I’m listening.

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Peter said, “Lord, if it’s you tell me to come to you on the water.

Jesus said, “Come.”

Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus.

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Did Peter jump right in with a big splash. That’s what I would do.

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When Peter saw the wind he was afraid and began to sink. He cried out to Jesus, “Lord, save me!”

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Why doesn’t Peter just do the dog paddle?

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Immediately Jesus reached out His hand and caught Peter. And Jesus said to Peter, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”

When Jesus and Peter climbed into the boat the wind died down. Those who were in the boat worshiped Jesus and said, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

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I sure hope that when Peter started sinking he felt some fish swimming around his feet and grabbed them. All this walking on water is making me hungry.

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2013 in Bongo, Dogology, humor

 

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The Empty Tomb

Paper mache empty tombThat is not the same tomb that I ate a few days ago. That one was made of squishy newspaper and chicken wire.

I would never eat a rock. Who do you think I am, anyway?

This is supposed to be the tomb they buried Jesus in? Why would they bury him in a rock?

Yeah, I guess it would be hard to steal him out of a big, rock tomb when a humongous rock covered the entrance.

But who would want to? Why would anyone want to steal a body?

Jesus what? He told people he would be killed and after three days he would rise again?

So the elders, chief priests and scribes wanted to seal Jesus in so his disciples couldn’t steal his body and say he had risen?

But what if Jesus was telling the truth? Wouldn’t He be stuck inside that big rock tomb? What would He do then?

Okay, I’ll listen to the rest of the story.

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Jesus died on the cross on a Friday, and on Sunday Mary Magdalene and some of the other women who had followed Him went to His tomb. They found the stone rolled back from the door of the tomb.

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So Jesus snuck out right through the front door.

I am listening.

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Mary Magdalene ran to tell Peter and John, two of Jesus’ disciples, that they didn’t know where Jesus’ body had been taken. Peter and John ran to the tomb and only found the linen cloths that Jesus had been buried in. So they left and went back to their homes.

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Does that mean Jesus had to go and knock on their doors?

I’m listening. I just wanted to know.

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When Peter and John left, Mary stayed behind weeping. She looked into the tomb and saw two angels in there. The angels asked her why she was weeping and Mary said, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.

After she said this, Mary turned around and saw Jesus, but she thought He was the gardener. She said to Him, “Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you have laid Him, and I will take Him away.”

Jesus said to her, “Mary!”

Mary finally realized this was Jesus and was overjoyed.

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Did Jesus look for a place to hide after that so he wouldn’t be killed again?

Yes, I’m listening.

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Later, when the disciples were hiding behind locked doors for fear of the Jews, Jesus appeared to them.

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He went right through the locked door? Does that mean He could have gotten out of that tomb even if the door wasn’t rolled away?

That would make it easy for Him to hide so he wouldn’t be killed again.

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Jesus won’t be killed again. God raised Him from the dead so that He will have everlasting life. And you can have everlasting life too if you declare Jesus as Lord and believe that God raised Him from the dead.

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I’ve just got one question.

Can you make the next empty tomb out of bread please?

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2013 in Bongo, Dogology, humor

 

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