***Thought & Humor*** - Merry Christmas - Please forward to your friends... - December 13, 2005 A.D.
- A lawyer enters a bank as a robber is making his
getaway. Noticing that the customers have their
faces buried in the floor, and the tellers have their
hands in the air, the lawyer asks what's going on.
As the bank manager dials the police department
he shouts, "That man just walked out of here with
a million dollars!"
TheRestOfTheStory!!!**********************************************Riddles:1) A Train enters a tunnel at 7 o'clock, another train enters
the exact same tunnel, also at 7 o'clock on the same day.
The tunnel only has one track, and no other means for the
trains to pass, around, over, or under. However both trains
made it to the other end of the tunnel untouched. How could
this be?2) When you walk through the front door, you are in
the back. What is it?3) What is full of holes, but can still hold water?4) Mississippi is behind the green glass door, but river
is not. Bottle is behind the green glass door, but jug
is not. Heel is behind the green glass door, but shoe
is not. What's the pattern?***********************
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Updated frequently!!!************************The Reason YouMay Be LostDriving in major urban areas of America can be a challenge -especially if you haven't done much of it. But my ministry teammember was doing a good job of navigating the Chicago area,driving me to a number of locations where I was speaking. Inone case, he was following our local host who was leading usto a place where we had never been. Honestly, we had no cluewhere we were going without him. I got to telling my driver oneof my many stories, and he even seemed to be enjoying it. Wewere in the left lane, and suddenly a car came up behind us inthe right lane, flashing his lights. Then he pulled up next to us,waving his arm out the window. It was our host. Apparently, wehadn't been following him for quite a while. He led us in a daring -maybe scary is the word - U-turn to try to get us where we weresupposed to be.
I can tell you why we were lost. We were running ahead of theone we were supposed to be following. That may be why you're notending up where you're supposed to. You're running ahead of God -who you're supposed to be following. Obviously, you can't be followingHim if you're getting ahead of Him.
By the way, we didn't even realize we were headed the wrong direction.We would have eventually, but we would have been farther off course andit would have been harder to get back on track. You may not even realizethat you've left your leader and you're proceeding on your own right now -in the wrong direction. You will eventually, when it's even harder to getback to where you're supposed to be.
Sadly, running ahead of God and ending up in a very wrong place isnothing new. The Bible gives us one revealing picture of it in Acts 7,beginning with verse 23. It's our word for today from the Word of God.The Bible says, "When Moses was forty years old, he decided to visithis fellow Israelites." Now, Moses is a Jewish boy who was providentiallyraised in the home of the Egyptian Pharaoh as part of the royal family.The Bible goes on: "He saw one of them being mistreated by an Egyptian,so he went to his defense and avenged him by killing the Egyptian. Mosesthought that his own people would realize that God was using him to rescuethem, but they did not." Instead, this attempt to be a leader for his peopleactually costs Moses their respect and forces him to flee Egypt for fortyyears in the wilderness.
Actually, Moses had the right idea - he was supposed to be the delivererfor his people. But it wasn't God's time and it wasn't God's way. Moses ranahead of the One he should have been following - and the result was disastrous.That may be where you'reheaded because you have not waited for your leader.Abraham and Sarah couldn't wait for God to give them their promised son inold age, so they figured out their own plan and started so much heartache.Over and over, God's children try to make it happen, and instead they justmake a mess.
Could it be that you haven't been keeping your eyes on the One that you'resupposed to be following? That you're running ahead of Jesus, trying to hurrythings up - trying to make things happen? Maybe you didn't mean to run aheadof your Lord, but you have - and you're lost and getting "loster," whether yourealize it or not. But right now, He's pulling up beside you. He's waving youaway from the wrong away you're going; waving you back to going whereHe's going. Keep your eyes on your leader, not your goal. Stay close toJesus. Be patient and go at His pace, in His time. It's actually the fastestway to get where your life is meant to be. - - Ron Hutchcraft===============
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
===============THE LION,THE WITCH& THE WARDROBEWith the release of the blockbuster film THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE,
C. S. Lewis is once again drawing the world's attention. Of course, among
Christians, Lewis's stock has never gone down. For at least half a century,his works have been inspiring the faithful and drawing the skeptical to
Christianity. As I have recounted many times, his book MERE CHRISTIANITYwas instrumental in my own conversion.
Even many secularists have recognized the quality of Lewis's work in such books
as the CHRONICLES OF NARNIA and THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS. All the same,not many consider him one of our culture's major writers. But now that Lewis hascome back into the limelight, people are taking a fresh look at the quiet-living
Oxford professor and writer, trying to figure out just what Christians find so
attractive about him.
After all, there are plenty of gifted writers out there who never earn the kind
of love, loyalty, and admiration that Lewis receives from so many readers. His
devout faith, brilliant use of logic, and humility are rare and precious
qualities. But what really makes him so compelling is his ability to blend
reason and imagination in his works. As he wrote, "For me, reason is the natural
organ of truth, and imagination is the organ of understanding." He is right. The
imagination sees what the mind might take only to be as abstract truth. So
Christians and non-Christians alike can appreciate both Lewis's endlessly
creative imagination, and the way he grounded even his works of fantasy in
This is why you do not have to be a Christian to enjoy THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA.
Generations of children have loved the books whether they fully understood their
religious significance or not. The movie, like the books, is for everyone. But
the film, again like the book, is far richer and more meaningful if one grasps
the Christian symbolism that pervades it.
Lewis never intended the Narnia books to be an evangelical tool. But he did hope
that they would show children the beauty and power of Christianity in a fresh
light, rather than burdening them with the stale, as he put it, "stained glass
and Sunday school associations" that could inadvertently "freeze feelings."At a time when, as the newspaper GUARDIAN reports, "Forty-three percentof people in Britain [can't] say what Easter celebrate[s]," the need for suchfresh approaches to faith is more urgent than ever.
Whatever audiences may make of the film, we Christians have an unusual
opportunity right now. The limelight is notoriously fleeting, and Lewis knew
that all too well. He once wrote, "To move with the times is, of course, to go
where all times go." His refusal to "move with the times" is in part what gave
his work its timeless quality.
But for the moment at least, Lewis and his work are drawing worldwide attention,
which gives us Christians a great opportunity. Take your friends to THE LION,
THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE, explain the Christian message it portrays,and then give them a copy of one of Lewis's books. A list is available on our website),or we will send you a copy if you call us (1-877-322-5527). My choice, whichcomes as no surprise to anyone, is MERE CHRISTIANITY -- it might changetheir lives, just as it did mine. BREAKPOINT with Charles Colson===============The Silver Chair -Narnia
C.S. Lewis, in one little episode from his book The Silver Chair
illustrates Gods invitation and our resistance. Aslan, the lion is
representative of Christ and Jill one of us.
This is the first time they meet. Listen:
When Jill stopped, she found she was dreadfully thirsty She listened
carefully and felt almost sure she heard the sound of running water.
Jill looked around her very carefully. There was no sign of the Lion; so
she plucked up her courage to look for that running water.
she came to an open glade and saw the stream, bright as glass [A]lthough
the sight of the water made her feel ten times thirstier than before, she
didnt rush forward and drink. She stood still as if she had been turned
into a stone, with her mouth wide open. And she had a very good reason:
just this side of the stream lay the Lion
Are you not thirsty? said the Lion.
Im dying of thirst, said Jill.
Then drink, said the Lion.
May Icould Iwould you mind going away while I do? said Jill.
The Lion answered this only by a look and a very low growl. And as Jill
gazed at its motionless bulk, she realized that she might as well have
asked the whole mountain to move aside for her convenience.
The delicious rippling noise of the stream was driving her nearly frantic.
Will you promise not todo anything to me, if I do come? said Jill.
I make no promise, said the Lion.
Jill was so thirsty now that, without noticing it, she had come a step
Do you eat girls? she said.
I have swallowed up girls and boys, women and men, kings and emperors,
cities and realms, said the Lion.
I darent come and drink, said Jill.
Then you will die of thirst, said the Lion.
Oh dear! said Jill, coming another step nearer. I suppose I must go and
look for another stream then.
There is no other stream, said the Lion.
What a powerful illustration this is. We thirst for God. Christ invites
us to come and be filled by Him. Yet, fearful of the risk we turn away
from Him, still thirsty.
GK Chesterton said it well: Faith and love are apt to be spasmodic in the
best of minds. Men and women live on the brink of mysteries and harmonies
into which they never enter and with their hand on the doorlatch they die
outside. Ravi Zacharias
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--Hebrews 1===============Dear Howdy, Indeed I am a faithful Tarheel*, having both
MA and Ph.D. from their fine chemistry department.
But that doesn't keep me from getting a great kick out
of the humor propagated by what appears to me to be
a pack of wolves!!**
SERIOUSLY, THE HUMOR IS GREAT FUN BUT MY
MAIN ATTRACTION WAS TO THE CONSERVATIVE
MORAL AND POLITICAL STANCE THAT SEEMED
TO CHARACTERIZE THE FIRST ISSUE I SAW.
INCIDENTALLY (HE SAYS ACCIDENTALLY!), it was
sent to me by a friend, so I really didn't "hear about
you" at all, and still haven't. All I know is what has
come in the two issues of the Newsletter I haveseen. The best to you.*Another name for UNC.
** UNC's archrival - NCSU.===============
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