Questions For You: . 1) What part of the strawberry plant is the true fruit? 2) What was the first sport to be filmed - and who filmed it? 3) On what planet is
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, Sep 1, 2005
Questions For You:
1) What part of the strawberry plant is the true fruit? 2) What was the first sport to be filmed - and who filmed it? 3) On what planet is the largest known mountain in the solar system? 4) How fast can an ostrich run? 5) From where in nature do we get quinine, the medicine used to treat and prevent malaria?
I was teaching at a training school for people entering youth work when I learned about
a call home that must have been heartbreaking for the dad who made it. The school was
three weeks long, and dad had already been gone for over two weeks. He was seriously
missing his wife and two-year-old son, and they were missing him. After waiting patiently
in the long line that formed every day after classes at the lobby pay phone, he finally got
to talk to his wife. When he asked how his son was doing, she said, "Not too well, honey.
Yesterday he came up to me and said, 'Mommy, is Daddy dead?'" Ouch!
That little guy was reflecting what many a child feels, the "missingness" of the man in his
life. Not long ago I was talking with a friend who has been looking for a job that wasn't
seasonal and sporadic like the work he's been doing, and something that would give him
and his family a better and steadier income. He was on the verge of committing himself to
a career opportunity that would mean better money but would take him away from home for
long weeks at a time. When I questioned the idea, he said, "Well, I need to provide for my
family." Well, we guys were raised on that.
My friend was right about being a provider for his family. In 1 Timothy 5:8, the Bible says,
"If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has
denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever." Strong words. But that's only part of the
story. As my friend was considering a career that would provide financially but take him away
from his family, he may have been missing a point someone forgot to tell us guys about being
the provider. It's about much more than providing materially. Our word for today from the Word
of God reveals the rest of the provider story.
Ephesians 5, beginning with verse 25, tells husbands, "Love your wives, just as Christ loved the
church and gave Himself up for her to make her holy - and to present her to Himself as a radiant
church, without stain or wrinkle." God has established the man as provider, but of much more
than a roof and groceries. It's clear that he's to provide emotionally and spiritually for his wife -
to nurture her, to love and support and encourage her - helping her become "radiant."
A man is called by God to be the emotional and spiritual provider for his children, as well.
Ephesians 6:4 says, "Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the
training and instruction of the Lord." Dads are trusted by the Heavenly Father to be their child's
coach, and umpire, and biggest fan, and encourager. When my friend realized a new career would
rob his children of that, he changed his course to a job that would provide, not just the things his
family needs, but the man his family needs.
For a man to be what the Bible calls a provider, he's got to give more than money to his family -
he has to give himself. To love, to nurture, to develop, to stay in touch with their ever-changing
needs, you have to be there. Many a man has excused himself from the hard but rewarding work
of building his family by hiding behind the provider myth - that all is well if I just provide materially
for them. That's the easy part of being your family's provider. The big assignment is to be consistently
available for what your family needs most: your hugs, your advice, your attention, your praise, your
laughter, your shoulder.
Many a man who has paid the mortgage and stocked the fridge has, in heaven's eyes and his family's
eyes, failed as a provider because he didn't provide himself to them. The past can't be changed, but the
future is yet to be written. Be the total provider your family so desperately needs, and make the rest of
your days together the best of your days.
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I am trying here to prevent anyone from saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him [Jesus Christ]: "I'm ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don't accept His claim to be God."
That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic -- on a level with a man who says he is a poached egg -- or else he would be the Devil of Hell.
You must make your choice. Either this Man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse .... You can shut Him up for fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come up with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human
teacher. He has not left that option open to us. He did not intend to.
-- From Case for Christianity, by C.S. Lewis
"Let every student be plainly instructed and earnestly pressed to consider
well the main end of his life and studies is to know God and Jesus Christ
which is eternal life (John 17:3)."
- - - The Laws and Statutes of Harvard College in 1643
"All scholars shall live religious, godly, and blameless lives according
to the rules of God's Word, diligently reading the Holy Scriptures, the
fountain of light and truth; and constantly attend upon all the duties
of religion, both in public and secret."
- - - Two central requirements in Yale College 1745 charter
"I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man. All the good from the Savior of the world is communicated to us through this book." -- President Abraham Lincoln
"For we must consider that we shall be as a City upon a hill. The eyes of all people are upon us. So that if we shall deal falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken, and so cause Him to withdraw his present help from us, we shall be made a story and a byword throughout the world." --John Winthrop, Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1630
"It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and
the Bible." - President George Washington
"The Bible is no mere book, but a Living Creature, with a
power that conquers all that oppose it." - Napoleon
"That Book accounts for the supremacy of England."
- Queen Victoria
"If there is anything in my thought or style to commend ,
the credit is due my parents for instilling in me an early
love of the Scriptures. If we abide by the principals taught
in the Bible, our country will go on prospering and to prosper;
but if we and our posterity neglect its instructions and authority,
no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us and bury all our glory in profound obscurity." - Daniel Webster (Founding Father)
"The Bible is worth all other books which have ever been printed."
- Patrick Henry (original member of the Continental Congress)
"The Bible is the anchor of our liberties." - President U.S. Grant
"It is impossible to enslave mentally or socially a Bible-reading people.
The principals of the Bible are the groundwork of human freedom."
- Horace Greeley (Editor)
"That Book is the rock on which our Republic rests." - President Andrew Jackson
"In all my perplexities and distresses, the Bible has never failed to give me light and strength." - Gen. Robert E. Lee
"Bible reading is an education in itself." - Lord Tennyson (Poet)
"So great is my veneration for the Bible that the earlier my children begin to read it the more confident will be my hope that they will prove useful citizens of their country and respectable members of society. I have for many years made it a practice to read through the Bible once every year." - President John Quincy Adams
"The existence of the Bible, as a Book for the people, is the greatest benefit which the human race has ever experienced. Every attempt to
belittle it is a crime against humanity." - Immanuel Kant (Philosopher)
"The New Testament is the very best Book that ever or ever will be
known in the world." - Charles Dickens (Author)
"All human discoveries seem to be made only for the purpose of
confirming more and more strongly the truths contained in the
Sacred Scriptures." - Sir William Herschel (Astronomer)
"There are more sure marks of authenticity in the Bible than in
any profane history." - Sir Isaac Newton (Scientist)
"Let mental culture go on advancing, let the natural sciences
progress in even greater extent and depth, and the human
mind widen itself as much as it desires; beyond the elevation
and moral culture of Christianity, as it shines forth in the Gospels,
it will not go." - Goethe (Author)
"I have known ninety-five of the world's great men in my time,
and of these eight-seven were followers of the Bible. The Bible
is stamped with a Specialty of Origin, and an immeasurable
distance separates it from all competitors."
- W.E. Gladstone (Prime Minister)
"Whatever merit there is in anything that I have written is simply
due to the fact that when I was a chile my mother daily read me
a part of the Bible and daily made me learn a part of it by heart."
- John Ruskin (art critic and social commentator)
"The Bible has been the Magna Charta of the poor and oppressed.
The human race is not in a position to dispense with it." - Thomas
Huxley (Author & Scientist)
"The whole hope of human progress is suspended on the ever
growing influence of the Bible." - W.H. Seward (Secretary of State)
"America was born a Christian nation. America was born to exemplify that devotion to the elements of righteousness, which are derived from the revelations of Holy Scriptures. Part of the destiny of Americans lies in their daily perusal of this great book of revelations. That if they would see America free and pure they will make their own spirits free and pure by this baptism of the Holy Spirit." --President Woodrow Wilson
For Christians, the life and death of Jesus are the ultimate expressions of love, and the supreme demonstrations of God's mercy, faithfulness, and redemption. Since Christ's miraculous Resurrection on Easter, more than 2,000 years ago, Christians have expressed joy and gratitude for this wondrous sacrifice and for God's promise of freedom for the oppressed, healing for the brokenhearted, and salvation. --President George W. Bush
"It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here." --Patrick Henry (original member of the Continental Congress)
Take the best medicine of all for what ails you -- laughter:
"A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon
without springs--jolted by every pebble in the road." ~Henry Ward Beecher "Laughter is a tranquilizer with no side effects." --Arnold Glasow "Laughter is by definition healthy." --Doris Lessing "If somebody makes me laugh, I'm his slave for life." --Bette Midler "The human race has one really effective weapon,
and that is laughter." --Mark Twain "What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul." -- Yiddish Proverb "Laughter is an instant vacation." -- Milton Berle "Laughter is the shortest distance between two people." -- Victor Borge
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a
time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance. (King Solomon)
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