***Thought & Humor*** - Nov. 30, 2005 - Please Forward To Your Many Friends - Merry CHRISTmas to Target, Kroger, Office Max, Walgreens, Sears, Staples, Lowe's, J.C. Penney, Dell & Best Buy (they've banned the greeting) - H.B. Abby
- I once went with friends to eat at the fanciest restaurant
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meal when he took a hard look at the potato, called the
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************************1) Two people are talking on the phonelong distance. One is in an East Coaststate of the U.S., the other is in a West
Coast state of the U.S. The first asksthe other, "What time is it?" He hearsthe answer and says, "That's funny. It's
the same time here!" Neither one of themwere mistaken about the time. How is thispossible?
2) What work is it that the faster you work,
the longer it is before you're done,
and the slower you work,
the sooner you're finished?
3) With pointed fangs it sits and waits,
With piercing force its doles out fate,
Over bloodless victims proclaiming its might,
Eternally joining in a single bite.
What am I?
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Updated frequently!!!************************Handling TheOverwhelmingWhen five-year-old Jeremy started school, it was more than he bargained for.It was the second morning of his kindergarten experience. Mom got Jeremyup and started helping him get ready. Then came his question, "Do I have togo back?" Oops! He wasn't counting on an encore. His rationale, "Well, I alreadywent yesterday." His mother told us, "I didn't have the heart to tell him there'stwelve more years of this!" Well, he went off to day two, of year one, of twelvemore years!
I think Jeremy was feeling overwhelmed, and he sure would have sunk if hismother had tried to explain the educational marathon he has ahead. He has noidea. But Jeremy's going to make it. Hey, look, you did. I did. Not by thinkingabout twelve years, but by doing that school thing one day at a time.
You've probably gotten over the idea of school being overwhelming, but littleJeremy could never guess that life is a series of challenges that seem overwhelming.School's the least of it. Maybe you're facing one of those right now and it looks huge;a bombardment of responsibilities and it's too much; stressful deadlines, trying toraise your child, trying to make your marriage work, facing a long medical marathon,digging out of that financial pit, or even trying to live your life for Jesus Christ.
Our word for today from the Word of God is from Deuteronomy 7:17. I think it will help.To God's ancient people He says, "You may say to yourselves, these nations are strongerthan we are. How can we drive them out? But do not be afraid." They're facing, as theyentered the Promised Land, huge walled cities and barbaric tribes - overwhelming obstacles,overwhelming challenges. Verse 22 says, "Do not be terrified by them for the Lord your Godis among you, and He's a great and awesome God. The Lord your God will drive out thosenations before you, little by little." What hope-giving words! God will win this one with youand for you, but not in one great victory. Jeremy won't be able to get his education caredfor in one day, or in one week. It's going to be little by little. And that's God's plan for youto handle the overwhelming - little by little.
Break it into daily chunks - manageable pieces. Have a good day. Let Jesus be the Lordof the undone at the end of that day. Remember, daily is how He promised He would giveyou His strength. He said, "Your strength will equal your days." There is no strength forFriday when it's Thursday. You've only got Thursday's strength. You run ahead of yourstrength and you'll sink.
Maybe you've been wondering how you'll ever beat some sin that's been beating you,or how you can carry out your desire to dedicate your whole life to Jesus. Win for one day.You let Jesus be the Lord of that weakness for this one day. Tomorrow you have anothertwenty-four hour victory. And don't try to dedicate your life to Jesus unless you do it bydedicating each new day. You give Him a day, and then another day, and then the day afterthat. He'll make a life out of it. The Christian life is the sum total of a thousand little victoriesa day at a time.
Just like little Jeremy going to school. He doesn't have to worry, and you don't have toworry about all those months and all those years ahead. The secret of handling the over -whelming is to do it little by little. Remember, this is the day the Lord has made!- - 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
===============Wrong Track Blues
Politics, Purpose,& Postmodernity
By at least a two-to-one margin, Americans think that the country is headed in
the wrong direction. To put these numbers into perspective, in the aftermath of
September 11, Americans, by a six-to-one margin, thought that we were headedin the right direction.
What's behind this extreme shift? Nobody likes the war much -- I understand
that. But in many respects, it has gone very well, and we have had no major
terrorist attack in America since September 11. It's fair to say that
something's going right in the war on terrorism.
The same can be said about the economy: Unemployment is at 5 percent, and
inflation is under 3 percent. During the Nixon years, when I was in the White
House, we would have stood on our heads for hours on end for those kinds of
numbers. While gas prices have been very high, they have begun to come back
down. In many respects, the economic news is better than it was four years ago.
The gloom and doom can't be the product of political scandal and corruption,
either. Without meaning to sound cynical, none of these things is particularly
new to Washington.
So why are people so unhappy and dissatisfied? The answer lies in somethingthat not even peace and prosperity can provide: a sense of meaning and purposein life. If you look at the research, you will see that spiritual hunger and
spiritual searching are at an all-time high.
The problem is that the dominant postmodern and naturalistic worldviews can't
provide answers to what people need most. A world in which every autonomousself is free to do what he or she wants may be fun for a season, but it can't satisfy
over the long or even medium haul.
For starters, other people's ideas of "fun" may interfere with yours. In a world
where nearly everything is permitted, strife and conflict are inevitable. The
postmodern worldview leaves us with no satisfying way to resolve conflicts.
On the contrary, it drives us further apart by denying that a shared sense of
meaning and purpose are possible. But what it can't deny is that people are
"wired to connect" with one another. Studies like those I have used in my new
book, THE GOOD LIFE, show that we are at our very best, both personally and
collectively, when we share more than office space and parking lots.
Which brings me back to the post-September 11 polling results. For a time after
the attacks, we overcame our isolation, and we shared a common purpose, onethat prompted many people to connect with other people. We have since returnedto business as usual, and the result is a profound discontent in the midst of plenty.
While this discontent is bad news for the country, it ought to be very good news
for the Church. If we can escape our self-absorbed isolation, we have something
we can offer people: It is a better way to live -- one that has meaning and purpose.
That's why I wrote the book THE GOOD LIFE, in fact. The unease reflected in the
polls does not come from politics; it comes from being told that there is no
meaning or purpose in life. People know better, and they are searching for it,
and they are not finding answers in our culture. That's what's making them
uneasy, but it's up to the Church -- you and I -- to point them in the right
direction, to a worldview that is true and livable. BREAKPOINT with Charles Colson===============Romancing StonesDriving to work one day, a commercial on the radio offered the compelling
thought of "recess time" for adults. Immediately memories of school came
to my mind-the daily struggles of learning and discipline, math and
reading, tests and exercises. Was the strain of school any different
from the chores and deadlines that bombard you today, the advertiser
seemed to ask. And yet, the refreshing reward of afternoon free timeand recess-where has that gone? The commercial's invitation was
actually to a steakhouse that promised the delight of recess for those
craving a break, though it prompted the thoughts of much more. The
nostalgic use of my own memory was powerfully utilized to urge menot to miss out on life itself-via missing out on recess, store-bought
relaxation, and steak.
The world of advertising continues to package worldviews and lifestyles
for us. We are led to believe that if we buy this product, experience
this item, or go to this place in this vehicle, then we will really live.
I don't doubt that many people would claim to have been satisfied by
pursuing materialism as a way of life; nonetheless, we have an abundance
of evidence clearly stating the futility of pursuing these ends. If we
are purely material beings with our lives confined to the years we have on
earth, then perhaps living for pleasure might be a legitimate goal. Yet it
seems that the human spirit cannot be reduced to mere matter. Sucha contrast is seen in the movie Chariots of Fire when the vision of
life modeled by Harold Abrams (who lives for success in this world alone)
is set in sharp relief by Eric Liddel (who runs for the glory of God and
in running feels God's delight). In our best moments, we recognize that
we are somehow destined for higher, greater, more enduring things.
The Christian message introduces a story that locates us in history,
defines who and what we are, and spells out the conditions and challenges
to having a true life under the guidance of the living God. One writer
speaks of this story as the "sacred romance" in which we are created for
intimacy and adventure. It is a love story, in which humanity is pursued
by the passionate love of God. But as in all good love stories, the
sub-plot introduces the problem of other loves and other lovers.
Across time and culture, the same story is repeated. As we turn the
limited and temporal pleasures of time into objects that will give us a
deeper or more lasting quality of life, we discover again and again we are
let down. Hundreds of years ago the prophet Hosea described a people who
eat but never have enough, who drink but never have their fill, and who
pray to gods who do not save. "They have deserted the LORD to give
themselves to prostitution, to old wine and new, which take away the
understanding of my people. They consult a wooden idol and are answered
by a stick of wood. A spirit of prostitution leads them astray; they are
unfaithful to their God" (Hosea 4:10-12). A people following after false
loves are lost and foolish.
If we have been made by God and for God, and if knowing Him and following
Him is the essence of life, then any other kind of life is a departure
from our original design and thus, by definition, can never fully satisfy
us. A finite love can never touch our souls. An object that had to be
created itself will never be able to reach beyond creation with hope or
The biblical story reminds us that we are meant to flourish and function
as human beings in the context of a love story, in the framework of a
right relationship with God through Jesus Christ. "Even now," declares
the LORD, "return to me with all your heart. Return to the LORD your God,
for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love"
(Joel 2:13-14). Even now, He who became flesh that life could dwell among
us seeks your will, your heart, your all. Stuart McAllister-------------------------------------------------------------------
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View the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights.==============='Thought & Humor' - often polemical butnever tasteless/unrefined/uncouth/ribald.===============Please note: If you see a UNC student or liberal reading 'Thought & Humor',please explain to them which is thought & which is humor. They usually get it backwards.......
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===============*The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact
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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.===============
"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 andthe Bible." - President George Washington
"The Bible is no mere book, but a Living Creature, with apower 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 earlylove of the Scriptures. If we abide by the principals taughtin 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 tobelittle it is a crime against humanity." - Immanuel Kant (Philosopher)
"The New Testament is the very best Book that ever or ever will beknown in the world." - Charles Dickens (Author)
"All human discoveries seem to be made only for the purpose ofconfirming more and more strongly the truths contained in theSacred Scriptures." - Sir William Herschel (Astronomer)
"There are more sure marks of authenticity in the Bible than inany profane history." - Sir Isaac Newton (Scientist)
"Let mental culture go on advancing, let the natural sciencesprogress in even greater extent and depth, and the humanmind widen itself as much as it desires; beyond the elevationand 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 Bibleis stamped with a Specialty of Origin, and an immeasurabledistance separates it from all competitors."- W.E. Gladstone (Prime Minister)
"Whatever merit there is in anything that I have written is simplydue to the fact that when I was a chile my mother daily read mea 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." - ThomasHuxley (Author & Scientist)
"The whole hope of human progress is suspended on the evergrowing 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 WilsonFor 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)
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