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Lines That Shape Our Lives Ruth 1:1-18

Lines That Shape Our Lives

The world of movies, like the Bible, contains memorable lines that have changed the way we talk, feel and live.


“We’re not in Kansas anymore.” This is a famous line from a movie, as is “Here’s looking at you, kid.” We could go on, and, in fact, we do below. The Bible has a few memorable lines as well. One of the most famous comes from a curious little story in the Old Testament. It’s a comment about faithfulness and mercy.



For material based on today’s gospel text, see “Moving the Chains,” November 1, 2009, at


In our entertainment-saturated world, we hear a lot of lines from movies. Most are quickly forgotten, but some make us laugh, some make us think and others give us a lump in the throat. But among the countless lines that have been captured on film, a few have actually changed the way we talk.

In The Wizard of Oz, released in 1939, Dorothy says to her dog, “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” People quote that line...

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