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http://www.taylor.edu/community/news/accident_04-26-06.htm************************When You've Fallen& You Can't Get UpSo how many diets have you been on in your life? Lost count? Me, too. I think I must have goneon my first diet when I was about, say, six months old. If you're one of those over-blessed people whocan eat anything you want and never gain weight, just fine. Just keep it to yourself and have somesympathy for the rest of us. But if you've been on a diet, then you know what it's like to blow a diet.You know, you've been eating just celery and tofu for the past couple of weeks, and you're gettinglighter. Then somebody offers you a french fry. You succumb. Then you say, "Oh well, I might aswell eat all the french fries!" Then you feel so bad about it, you say, "What's the use, I might as wellwash it down with a milk shake while I'm at it!" An hour later, you're thinking, "If I've blown it this bad,I might as well order a pizza too!" With extra cheese and extra pepperoni, of course.
You're making progress, you slip, you feel bad about slipping - so you fall farther. You start thinking,"What's the use after what I've done?" You give up and you maybe even end up worse off than when youbegan. That's not just a blueprint for dieting disaster. It's a blueprint for spiritual disaster.
I call it the Cycle of Shame, and it's one of the devil's favorite tools for pulling a follower of Jesus downand keeping them down. You may be trapped in that Cycle of Shame even now. Or you've been there andyou don't want to go back there. You may have fallen, but you can get up! There's so much hope for youin our word for today from the Word of God in Micah 7:8-10. It's about someone who has fallen but who'sdefiantly turning the tables on the enemy who brought them down.
Here's what defiant hope sounds like: "Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise.Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light. He will bring me out into the light. I will see His righteous -ness. Then my enemy will see it and will be covered with shame." Notice at the beginning, it's you who arecovered by shame because of what you've done. At the end, it's your enemy who's covered with shame becauseyou have shaken off his shackles of shame, you've realized that you can't change you but the Lord can. You haverefused to stay down, and you are defiantly determining to make the devil pay for what he deceived you into doing.You're going to do some serious damage to the kingdom of the one who tried to do some serious damage to you.
Satan succeeds in keeping you down with the "What's the use?" lie when you make a fatal mistake. You focuson you instead of the One who died so you can be free. The Bible doesn't say, "The righteous man never falls."It says, "Though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again." (Proverbs 24:16) You don't let one sin turn intoa hundred sins. You get up right away and you pick up where you left off growing in Christ. You bring yoursin and your failure to Jesus, turning from it, applying the forgiveness Jesus paid for at the Cross to your sin.And you believe His promise about what you did, "I will remember their sins no more." (Hebrews 10:17) Satan keepspointing to your past because, see, it can't be changed. Jesus keeps pointing to your future because it's yet tobe written.
Yes, you went down. But you don't have to stay down! Jesus stands ready this very minute to pick you up,dust you off, bandage your wounds, and help you start running for Him again - forgiven, restored, and strongerthan you have ever been before. - - Ron Hutchcraft*Not amalgamated with 'Thought & Humor'.===============
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 hum! an teacher. He has
not left that option open to us. He did not intend to.
-- From Case for Christianity, by C.S. Lewis
===============Energy Independence& The War On Terror
Just last week Osama bin Laden declared war not only on the United States,
but on all civilization. He urged jihadists throughout the Islamic world to
travel to Darfur in western Sudan, where the Islamic government in Khartoum
has been massacring hundreds of thousands of Muslims. Bin Laden wants
Islamists to go there, not to save the Muslims, but to block the efforts of
the United Nations, NATO, and the United States to end the genocide.
What is this madman up to? Simpy this: He wants to so destabilize the world
that he may usher in his radical version of Islam.
What is particularly galling to me is that we Americans are actually helping
to finance bin Laden, thanks to our utter dependence on Middle Eastern oil.
As oil prices soar, so do the profits of the Middle Eastern oil interests,
some of which, according to reports, are financing bin Laden.
How in the world will we ever stop bin Laden? The answer is by starving the
beast: Stop sending dollars to the Middle East. That is why I was pleased by
President Bush's announcement this week of a plan to cut imports of Middle
Eastern oil by 75 percent by 2025. Good start, Mr. President. But we have to
do moremuch more.
When I served President Nixon, there was a serious energy shortage. Gas
prices rose to more than one dollar (the equivalent of four dollars and
forty-two cents today). President Nixon demanded that the United States
become energy independent by 1980 and opened the Alaska pipeline, which
turned out to be a very important step. President Ford followed him, setting
the target date for energy independence back to 1985. Jimmy Carter, who had
to deal with another energy crisis, called achieving energy independence by
1990 the "moral equivalent of war" and enacted a number of measures, most of
which were later repealed during the Reagan presidency.
In light of this history, here is what is really shocking: We are more
dependent on Middle Eastern oil today than ever before.
I would like to see the president and the Congress set a realistic deadline
for energy independence and then take the drastic measures to achieve it.
Crack down hard on the oil companies, okaythat is an easy solution for
politiciansbut at the same time open up the Alaskan oil reserves, increase
off-shore drilling, invest resources in developing alternative energy
sources like ethanol and wind power, force car manufacturers to increase
fuel efficiency, build nuclear plants for energy. Experts say we could
achieve energy independence in ten years if we really put our minds to it.
So what's stopping us? Nothing, except the lack of political will. Any
politician voting for these things would be defeated in the next election,
unless, that is, there were a resurgence of political will among the
American people, a willingness to sacrifice, like the patriotism I saw
during World War II.
Look, folks, the survival of Western civilization is at stake. We are up
against a dedicated enemy who wants to destroy us and will kill innocent
Muslimshis own peopleto achieve his ends. We are in a genuine clashof civilizations with jihadists of the Islamic world.
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like I knew so much, and leave realizing how little I know." I remember
what this felt like, walking down the aisle to accept my diploma,
wondering at the irony. Yet as uncomfortable as that moment of
recognition can be, I am convinced that the thought is an important place
Ravi Zacharias tells of being a graduate student when the new encyclopedia
Britannica was released in its fifteenth edition. It was a massive work
that had taken fourteen years to produce, and he remembers being
fascinated by the statistics: two hundred advisors, three hundred editors,
four thousand contributors, over a hundred thousand entries, thirty-four
million dollars, forty-three million words. Even so, in the last pages of
that work, one of the editors had the audacity to conclude: "Herein
contains the entirety of human knowledge."
Throughout Scripture we are confronted with men and women who, having come
in contact God, find themselves blown away by the notion that they didn't
know all that they didn't know. As Jacob lay dreaming, he saw God appear
above a great ladder where He introduced Himself as the God of his
ancestors. Upon waking, Jacob's his first words were filled with
astonishment: "Surely the LORD is in this place, and I was not aware of
it" (Genesis 28:16). Hagar, the maidservant of Sarah, had a similar
reaction after she encountered God in the desert. Having run away from
Sarah's abuse, Hagar was resting beside a spring when God spoke to her and
told her to return. Scripture imparts that she was amazed: "And she gave
this name to the LORD who spoke to her: 'You are the God who sees me,' for
she said, 'I have now seen the one who sees me'" (Genesis 16:13).
Whatever we see, there is more. Christian philosopher Esther Lightcap
Meek writes, "We labor under the misimpression that we see what we see,
that seeing is believing, that either I see it or I don't." (1) Perhaps
seeing is not always about 20/20, and seeing God is something else
The Scriptures introduce us to a God who makes Himself known again and
again, whose revelation is both piecemeal and profound. "O LORD,"
proclaims David, "for your servant's sake and according to your own heart,
you have done all this greatness, in making known all these great things.
There is none like you, O LORD, and there is no God besides you, according
to all that we have heard with our ears" (1 Chronicles 17:19,20, ESV). He is a Godwho is well worth our efforts in learning to see. Whether in Jacob's dreamor in Hagar's distress, God seeks to be known and to make Himself known.Says the LORD, "Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great andunsearchable things you do not know" (Jeremiah 33:3).
There is something vital in knowing that there is much that we do not
know. It keeps us grounded in reality. It keeps us looking to the one
who wills to be known. When Job was confronted by God with the great
thunder of 62 questions about the foundations of the world and the inner
workings of life, he realized that he had spoken out of turn. Confronting
the reality of all that he did not know brought Job to a deeper certainty
of God Himself. "My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seenyou" (Job 42:5). Might our lives echo a similar cry before the God who sees.
(1) Esther Lightcap Meek, Longing to Know: The Philosophy of Knowledge
for Ordinary People (Grand Rapids: Brazos Press, 2003), 99.-------------------------------------------------------------------
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God designed humans to want to believe in something.That's the image of God that is in us. But as G. K.Chesterton famously put it, when we reject the Godof the Bible, we don't believe in nothing; we believein everything -- including Little Green Men.- - Chuck Colson===============Dear Howdy,Thank you for your simply addicting newsletter...it's truly a candidatefor the 8th wonder of the world and 1st candidate for the cyber-world...it just keeps blooming with more of what I need and, I think, what weall need...please keep up the great works!!!Type atcha later...God bless you,Phil HWI===============It is He who sits above the circle of the earth,And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers,Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain,And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.- - Isa 40:22===============The So-Called 'Gospel' of Judas
Unmasking an Ancient Heresy
Welcome to Holy Week, American style. Just as millions of Christians are
preparing to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, the media is once again
out to debunk historical Christianity.
Just last weekend I was in an airport bookstore and saw the new book counter
filled with numerous editions of The Da Vinci Code. Then I picked up the New
York Times, and there I was greeted with the headline on the front page that
read, "In Ancient Document, Judas, Minus the Betrayal."
You probably have seen the hype, including a one-hour National GeographicTV spectacular: After seventeen hundred years, the story goes, the long-lost
text of the so-called "Gospel of Judas" has re-surfaced. It claims that
Jesus secretly told Judas to betray Him; so Judas is really a good disciple.
Well, it's not a new discovery. This "new gospel" and the heresy it
espousesGnosticismwere rejected as fiction by Christian leadersand the Church as early as 180 A.D. (See: Irenaeus of Lyons)
Gnosticism was an attempt to add to Christianity an essentially Eastern
worldview dressed up with Christian language. It was presented to the Roman
world as the true Gospelcomplete with endless mysteries that only those
with secret knowledge could unravel. Many unsuspecting people were
enthralled with Gnostic writings, particularly their sometimes gory and
salacious initiation ceremonies. Christian pastors and theologians
repeatedly rejected all forms of Gnosticism, until, by the middle of the
third century, it had all but disappeared.
But now it is back with a vengeance, with supposed discoveries and works
like Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code. It provides the means for Christianity's
detractors to debunk the historical Jesus, and it certainly sells books.
Seven million copies of The Da Vinci Code is testimony to that. Gnosticism
has particular appeal today because of the postmodern age, which has
rejected historical truth. So you can find God any way you wish, through
your own group. This, of course, is the belief that is at the root of the
spreading New Age movement.
The danger is that we have a biblically illiterate population. People today
don't knowmaybe don't carewhether there is a difference between the Gospel
of Judas and the Gospel of John. They are unfamiliar with the work of the
ancient canonical councils of the Church (which rejected the Gnostic
"gospels" time and again) or even of the basic creeds or confessions of the
Christian Church. Sadly, people are as gullible today as ever.
Now it is tempting to get angry at National Geographic and the liberal press
for unleashing this fraudulent "gospel" at the beginning of the holiest week
of the year. But don't. Instead, let's use the media attention to debunk the
debunkers, to point out to friends that this regurgitated Gnosticismthe Da
Vinci Code and the "gospel" of Judas includedis nothing more than
historically unsupportable fantasy.
Then we can point them to the knowledge that is accessible to all people
that has been accessible to Christians for two thousand years and proven
historically accurate. It's called the Bible.
But whatever you do, get informed first. Come to our website or call us here
at "BreakPoint" (1-877-322-5527*) and find some of the resources that we are
offering. And get busy because million
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