***Thought & Humor*** - First Published In Last Century - February 2, 2006 A.D. - Please forward to your Friends...
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Updated frequently!!!************************Dear Howdy,The forthcoming release of this Tom Hanks film represents both an attack
on, and an opportunity for, evangelical faith. It behoves all Christians to
understand the story-line of the book and film, and know how to offer a
sensitive and positive rebuttal, and indeed use the story as a starting
point for conversations, websites, blogs, youth talks, and much more.
Facing the Challenge is one of several ministries who are building a range
of apologetic pages on Da Vinci: http://www.focus.org.uk/************************The Evidence YouAre LovedMost of us don't have a friendly neighborhood blacksmith anymore. Some of us city folksmight never see one if they didn't have them at historic sites and some old-time Americantheme parks. I'm pretty sure the first blacksmith our three- year-old granddaughter ever sawwas the one at the park we took her to not long ago. When we stopped by the blacksmith'sshop, we were the only ones there. Our granddaughter was pretty interested in his fire andhow he pounded these hot, shapeless metal things into useful objects. Later, as we startedto leave, Mr. Blacksmith stopped us. Even though he does some pretty tough work, he wasobviously a caring man. He caught up with us because he wanted to do something specialfor our little girl - he handed her a nail that he had just made. She wouldn't let go of that nailfor most of the rest of the day. And it's still one of her treasures.
Our granddaughter has a reminder of a blacksmith who took a special interest in her -the evidence is a nail. It's hard for me to think about that without thinking of the Man whodemonstrated His love for me with the same kind of evidence - a nail. Actually, three nails -the two they drove through His hands and the one they drove through His feet when theyhung Him on a cross.
Jesus brought back to heaven only one thing from His visit to earth - the nail prints inHis hands and feet. They are the unarguable evidence of how very much Jesus loves you.I don't know what your experiences with love have been life in your life. Maybe you've beenblessed to have lots of love over the years. You can still be missing the love you were madefor - the love on which your eternity depends - the love of Jesus Christ. Or maybe love - orthe absence of it - has been the source of a lot of hurt and disappointment in your life. Becausewe tend to expect from God the same kind of treatment we've gotten from humans, it just maybe hard for you to believe that the greatest Person in the universe deeply loves you.
Consider the nails. Consider His wounds. It was, in fact, the sight of those wounds that drovea man named Thomas to throw open His life to Jesus. Thomas had followed Jesus for three years.He had heard all the sermons, seen all the miracles. But apparently he had withheld his total com -mitment. When Jesus came back from the grave and appeared to all the disciples but Thomas,Thomas said he would not believe that Jesus was alive unless he touched the wounds from Hisdeath on the cross. When Jesus appeared a second time with Thomas in the room, He invited thedoubter to come and touch the holes the nails and the spear had left. All Thomas could do was tofall on his knees and cry out, "My Lord and My God." (John 20:28)
The awful punishment that Jesus submitted Himself to was, in reality, the punishment for my sin -for your sin. And the worst punishment wasn't what people could see. It was the Son of God beingtotally cut off from God the Father as He carried all the horror and all the hell of our sin. The certaintyof His love is powerfully expressed in Isaiah 49:15-16, which is our word for today from the Word of God:"Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Thoughshe may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of My hands." Every timeJesus looks at His hands, He thinks of you and me because His love for us is engraved there in the printof the nails.
That's why it's so unforgivable to reject His love. You may not mean to reject Him, but if a gift is offeredto you and you just sit there, you have rejected both the gift and the giver. Jesus is holding out to you eternallife in heaven; the forgiving of every sin of your life. The greatest mistake a person can make is to fail to respondto the life-giving love of Jesus Christ. If you've never actually given yourself to the Savior who gave His life for you,don't risk one more day without Him. Today tell Him, "Jesus, I am Yours."
If you're ready to experience His love for yourself, let me encourage you to visit our website. You can reador you can listen to a simple explanation of how to be sure you've begun your relationship with Jesus.Or you can call for the Yours For Life booklet at 877-741-1200.*
You know, Jesus has been reaching for you for a long time with a hand with scars that prove how much Heloves you. He won't be reaching forever. Isn't it time you grabbed His hand? - - 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
===============Shifting The Blame -
Junk Science StrikesAgain
Sometimes you have to wonder just who is funding scientific studies these days.
There has to be some explanation for all the research on bizarre subjects.
Like the study that came out recently in the journal PERSONALITY AND INDIVIDUAL
DIFFERENCES, which purports to show that taller women are more career-oriented
and less motherly than short women. I kid you not. Britain's Sunday TIMES summed
up the study this way: "The taller a woman is, the less maternal her
personality. . . . Taller women aim for fewer children, and put off having their
first for longer, the research found. But they set more store by a career than
shorter women, and are more competitive."
This is not because tall women have trouble finding dates, the researchers
assure us. It's because tall women have more testosterone than shorter women.
Well, they didn't actually test to see if that were the case, but they think
it's true. Go figure.
I think it was around this point that I really started to wonder about the
Meanwhile another team of scientists has discovered a possible biological reason
for infidelity among women. According to the journal HORMONES AND BEHAVIOR --
there is such a journal -- women feel more or less attracted to their romantic
partners according to the time of the month. It seems that women prefer
different kinds of men at different points during their cycle, which means, says
one researcher, that "commitment to long-term partners falters . . . [or]
strengthens" at these particular times.
What does all this mean? Wendell Cantrell, one of the stellar graduates of our
Centurions program, provides this useful summary:
"For single men -- stay away from tall women if you prefer a large brood and a
"Fathers -- you can determine the masculinity of your son-in-law by determining
when . . . [your daughter likes] certain men.
"Husbands -- beware of your wife's activities during the second week of her
All of this would be hysterically funny if it were not so disturbing. Yousee, the trouble with studies like these is that they provide just one more
opportunity for people to shift the blame for anything they do. This time,it lets them blame their biology.
Remember the so-called "gay gene" study? It was eventually debunked, but that
did not matter. The study had already been so widely publicized in the press
that many people still believe that homosexuality is entirely a matter of
It's possible that studies like these new ones could provide the same
justification for adultery. Anytime a scientific study gives us a convenient
excuse for doing what we want, we tend to latch onto it, whether the studyis problematic or not -- or absurd like these.
I am not saying that biology has nothing at all to do with our behavior. Of
course it has an effect, and that effect deserves to be carefully studied like
any other scientific subject. I am simply saying that biology is not the only
factor, and that we need to remember that the process of civilizing our
societies and building character involves controlling impulses, whetherthey are biologically induced or otherwise. No society can be healthy inwhich individuals do not take responsibility for their own misbehavior.
BREAKPOINT with Charles Colson & Mark Earley*Not amalgamated with 'Thought & Humor'.===============The NatureOf A SnakeOnce and a while a friendship is forged that seems to surprise everyone but
the two who are in it. Zookeepers at Tokyo's Mutsugoro Okoku Zoo couldn't
agree more. Gohan and Aochan have been living side by side since October,
at times even curling up next to one another as they sleep. Such behavior
is, perhaps, natural among creatures sharing habitats, except that Gohan
and Aochan are naturally predator and prey. Gohan is a three and a
half inch dwarf hamster, and her companion, Aochan, is a rat snake.The hamster, whose name actually means "meal" in Japanese, wasoriginally given to Aochan as dinner after the snake refused to eatfrozen mice. But instead of dining, Aochan decided to make friends,and the two have shared a cage ever since. "I've never seen anythinglike it," laughed the zookeeper. "Gohan sometimes even climbs onto Aochan to take a nap on his back."
Such a relationship is one I find fascinating in its complexity (if not an
accident waiting to happen). Though the friend who sent me this story
assures me that unusual bondings have occurred throughout the animal
kingdom without bad endings, I still find myself leery of the snake's
intentions. Can a snake really surrender its natural instincts to hunt?
What happens when Gohan gets in his way or makes him mad, or when the
zookeeper is running late feeding the reptiles? Can the nature of a snake
remain reversed because of a relationship?
In a significant prophecy of the coming Messiah and his ensuing reign,
Isaiah describes a scene full of similarly unusual relationships: "The
wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the
calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead
them. The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down
together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. The infant will play
near the hole of the cobra, and the young child put his hand into the
viper's nest. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain,
for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover
the sea" (Isaiah 11:6-9).
On many levels it is a scene that is unimaginable. We would no sooner
trust the cobra than we would trust the one who suggests we allow a child
to play near it. Yet the vision speaks of a dramatic change in nature
throughout God's kingdom, where the aggressiveness and cruelty that areso much a part of our world will be forever changed. We will look at the
relationship of Gohan and Aochan and not fear the hamster's trust of the
snake. For good reason, we easily ascribe such a reality as something God
has promised us one day in heaven. There will be no more death or mourning
or crying or pain; the wolf will live with the lamb and the leopard will
lie down with the goat, for the old order of things will have passed away.
I believe this is accurately an image of things to come. But is it not
also something more?
There is something about the knowledge of the LORD that causes thingson earth to be turned upside-down-even now. Isaiah depicts a world where
lions and vipers will not kill; young lambs will rest peacefully beside
predators, "for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the
waters cover the sea" (11:9). It is unnatural for a wolf not to harm a
defenseless lamb or a snake not to bite the hand that invades its nest.
Is it any more natural that you and I should be able to defy our human
To bow before the person of Christ-in life, in prayer, in relationship -is to lay our lives at the feet of the one who is both Lamb and Lion.To know him is to cling to the hope of transformation and the assuranceof new life. He alone can reverse the nature of the snake. Jill Carattini
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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===============Dr. R.C. Sproul:
Once upon a time.... These words signal the beginning of a fairy tale,
a story of make believe, not an account of sober history. Unlike beginning
with the words once upon a time, the Bible begins with the words, In
the beginning God.... This statement, at the front end of the entire Bible,
introduces the Pentateuch or the first five books of the Old Testament,
and it sets the stage for Gods activity in linear history. From the opening
chapters of Genesis to the end of the book of Revelation, the entire dynamic
of redemption takes place within the broader setting of real space and time,
of concrete history.
The historical character of Judeo-Christianity is what markedly
distinguishes it from all forms of mythology. A myth finds its value
in its moral or spiritual application, while its historical reality remains
insignificant. The twentieth century witnessed a crisis in the historical
dimension of biblical Christianity. German theologians made a crucial
distinction between ordinary history and what they called salvation
history, or sometimes redemptive history. This distinction was based
in the first instance on the obvious character of sacred Scripture, namely,
that it is not only a record of the ordinary events of men and nations. It
is not a mere chronicle of human activity but includes within it the
revelation of Gods activity in the midst of history. Because the Bible
differs from ordinary history and was called salvation history, it was
a short step from there to ripping the biblical revelation out of its
historical context altogether. No one was more important in the snatching
of the Gospels out of history than the German theologian Rudolf Bultmann.
Bultmann devised a new theology that he called a theology of timelessness.
This theology of timelessness is not interested in the past or in the future
as categories of reality. What counts according to Bultmann is the hic et
nunc, the here and now, or the present moment. Salvation doesnt take
place on the horizontal plane of history, but it takes place vertically in
the present moment or what others called the existential moment.
When salvation is understood in these terms, the whole notion of linear
history becomes basically insignificant and unimportant. The old quest for
the historical Jesus can then be abandoned as being a fools errand. Again,
for Bultmanns existential Gospel, salvation comes directly and immediately
from above. It comes from the vertical plane, in a moment of existential
Oscar Cullman, the Swiss scholar, wrote strenuously combating the vertical,
existential theology of Bultmann by doing a fascinating study of the concept
of time itself in Scripture. He emphasized, for example, the distinction
between two Greek words, both of which can be translated by the Englishword time. The two Greek words are kairos and chronos. Chronos refers to the
moment-by-moment passage of time. It is the word from which English words
like chronicle, chronology, or chronometer are derived. It refers to the
ordinary passage of time in history. Kairos refers to a particularly
pregnant moment in history that is of enduring significance. A kairotic
moment is a moment that shapes the history of everything that comes after
it. In the Old Testament, for example, the exodus was a kairotic moment.
In the New Testament, the birth of Jesus, the cross, and the resurrection
are all kairotic moments. The closest word we have to this in English isthe word historic. Every event that takes place in history is historical, but
not every event that takes place in history is deemed historic. To be
historic it has to have special significance and special impact on life. So
the Bible is the record of Gods historic works of redemption within the
context of space and time. Take the Gospel and its message out of the
context of history, and Christianity is destroyed altogether.
Dr. R.C. Sproul is minister of preaching and teaching at Saint Andrews
Chapel in Sanford, Florida, and is theologian in residence for Ligonier
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