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Updated frequently!!!************************A CauseForAll Of UsIt started out as an unimpressive ripple in the weather off the coast of Africa.By the time it was over, it had become Hurricane Katrina, pummeling Floridaas a category one storm, and then surprising most observers by becoming acategory five monster over the Gulf of Mexico. Katrina's last minute shift to theeast nearly destroyed the city of New Orleans. Yes, we saw some of the darkestside of human nature as people looted beyond things they might have reallyneeded, and some even tried to shoot some of the very people who were comingto help. But on a much greater scale, the aftermath to Hurricane Katrina was amassive outpouring of heroism in many flavors.
As Americans learned of the desperation of the victims of the storm, thousandsmobilized to give them a chance to live. We won't soon forget the military helicopters,launching and re-launching every fifteen minutes to look for more people strandedin the toxic floodwaters that buried parts of the city. There were those memorablescenes of the rescuers coming down the rope from those choppers to save peopletrapped on their roofs. Doctors and nurses came from all over the country. So manycame and did what they knew how to do - from cooking, to counseling, to contributing,to caring enough to take in whole families - because lives were at stake.
Thousands of lives were saved, many of whom would have died otherwise becauseof a massive rescue operation where everyone did what they knew how to do; each onerealizing that a rescue effort means all hands on deck.
It's a picture of the largest scale rescue operation on the planet. It is the rescue missionfor which Jesus Christ gave His life, to as His personal mission statement in Luke 19:10 says,"to seek and to save what was lost." His final command: "Go into all the world and preach thegood news to all creation" (Mark 16:15). Because it really is a life-or- death situation, where theeternal destiny of millions of people depends on the rescue efforts of God's people - all of God'speople.
The orders are summarized in Proverbs 24:11-12, our word for today from the Word of God."Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter." Thosestark words describe every person we know, every person on this planet who has not grabbedthe only one God provided to rescue us from the eternal punishment that our sin deserves.That Rescuer in Jesus! The next verse says, "If you say, 'But we knew nothing about this,does not He who weighs the heart perceive it?'" God will not excuse us for being AWOL inHis all out mobilization to rescue the dying, whatever it takes.
He's expecting you to do what His Son did - to do all you can to rescue the lost. If you cook,cook to rescue the dying. If you're musical, if you're mechanical, if you're a techie, if you're inthe media, if you're a prayer warrior, if you contribute to God's work, do what you do to helppeople go to heaven instead of hell. And if you have influence in anyone's life - and we all do -don't just use that influence to be a nice person for them. Use the relationship you have to tellthem about the Rescuer from heaven who rescued you - and who is their only eternal hope.
In the wake of a hurricane, we saw thousands of people on the verge of dying without hope -and an army of us who said, "We can't just let them die." If you'll ask Jesus to help you see theworld through His eyes, you will see millions on the verge of dying with no hope of heaven,headed for an awful eternity. And some of them are right there within your reach. Can you seethem? Will you do something about it? Will you do more than you've ever done before? We'relosing so many because no rescuer came. - - 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
===============Standing Up ForIntellectual FreedomBREAKPOINT with Charles Colson - Past Reprint
There's an old adage that says, "In a time of war,
truth is the first casualty." Well, there's an
intellectual war raging right now in Ohio about how
science should be taught, and the truth has been
badly wounded. Yet thanks to some courageous
scientists and a wise proposal for a reasonable
truce, intellectual freedom and truth may yet carry
Chances are, what you've heard from the mainstream
press about the intelligent design controversy in
Ohio is wrong. They've said that the religious right
is trying to take over Ohio science education and
force the teaching of intelligent design on science
teachers and students -- not so. In fact, what has
been proposed is quite simple -- so simple and
straightforward, in fact, that the media distortions
become all the more puzzling.
Supporters of intelligent design are asking that the
theory of evolution -- like any other theory -- be
taught accurately, and by "accurately" they mean
teaching everything we know about the theory. In
other words, let students and teachers discuss the
evidence for and against Darwinian evolution. In
addition they propose that the curriculum ought to
include the theory of intelligent design, another
theory and an alternative to Darwin's theory, with
evidence for and against.
That's all that's been proposed in Ohio. If that
surprises you, I can certainly understand it, because
the truth has been severely battered by alarmist
polemics of the national Darwinian lobby. Yet despite
their distortions and their threats to shame Ohio if
the state tries to open up science teaching, over
fifty prominent Ohio scientists have courageously
endorsed the intelligent design proposal.
I say "courageously," because challenging the
prevailing orthodoxy of naturalistic Darwinism can be
risky to one's career in science. Their public
statement is inspiring. "A quality science
education," they say, "should prepare students to
distinguish the data and testable theories of science
from religious or philosophical claims that are made
in the name of science." They added that "a science
curriculum should encourage critical thinking and
informed participation in public discussions about
biological origins," and that "censorship of
scientific views that may challenge current theories
of origins" is wrong.
The scientists who endorsed this statement include
biologists from Ohio State and Case Western Reserve,
top universities in Ohio. These scientists think
there is a genuine scientific controversy here, one
worth teaching about. It's a controversy that
students and teachers should be free to discuss
without intimidation and the threat of lawsuits.
That's only fair.
Let's be honest: All that these proponents of
openness in science teaching are asking for is what
scientists everywhere take for granted -- namely, the
freedom to consider all the evidence and all the
possible explanations for that evidence. We call this
academic freedom.===============The Empty Path Of Pleasure
Enjoyment was the highest principle guiding philosopher Soren Kierkegaards
decisions. However, he later wrote that this pursuit radically failed him.
Heres what he said. In the bottomless ocean of pleasure, I have sounded
in vain for a spot to cast anchor. I have felt the almost irresistible
power with which one pleasure drags another after it, the kind of
adulterated enthusiasm which it is capable of producing, the boredom, the
torment which follow. End of quote.
I have talked about the need for an over-arching story to life, by which
all experiences can be pulled together, and how the denial of this story
lands a person in self-destruction and spiritual emptiness. Today, let us
glimpse at the path many followthe way of pleasure.
Regarding this quest for self-fulfillment, sociologist Daniel Yankelovich
arrived at an astounding analysis. Hed studied several couples in their
pursuits and came to this conclusion. Please notice the word and in his
summary of one particular couple he called Abby and Mark.
Heres what he said. If you feel it is imperative to fill all your needs,
and if these needs are contradictory or in conflict with those of others,
or are simply unfillable, then frustration inevitably follows. To Abby and
to Mark self-fulfillment means having a career and marriage and children
and sexual freedom and autonomy and being liberal and having money and
choosing non-conformity and insisting social justice and enjoying city life
and country living and simplicity and graciousness and reading and good
friends and on and on.
He adds, The individual is not truly fulfilled by becoming ever more
autonomous. Indeed, to move too far in this direction is to risk
psychosis, the ultimate form of autonomy. The injunctionnotice this now
please The injunction that to find ones self, one must lose ones self,
contains the truth any seeker of fulfillment needs to grasp.
Chestertons dictum has proven true? Meaninglessness does not come from
being weary of pain, but from being weary of pleasure.
Have you cast your anchor, as Kierkegaard did, in the bottomless ocean of
pleasure, only to discover unfulfillment and emptiness?
Did you hear the sociologists injunctionto find ones self, one must
lose ones selfand you know this is actually a biblical one, taken from
the words of Jesus? And the most dramatic truth of Jesus life is that it
contradicts us in the way we experience ourselves as alive and compels us
to radically redefine what we mean by life. In putting our life into His
hands, we find the life He has for us. That is truly living. Ravi Zacharias
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"All scholars shall live religious, godly, and blameless lives accordingto the rules of God's Word, diligently reading the Holy Scriptures, thefountain of light and truth; and constantly attend upon all the dutiesof religion, both in public and secret."- - - Two central requirements in Yale College 1745 charter===============
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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===============*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.===============
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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
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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
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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)
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"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)
Your newspaper is fun and informative, but I will
unfortunately no longer have an active e-mail address
from the end of this week- therefore I must unsubscribe,
E Miller (Cambridge University)
Thanks for the craziness. I sure enjoy it!! :-)
But you haven't told us (your readers) very
much about yourself. We know how you feel
about UNC students, we know you have
a sense of humor but what else can you tell us?!
I love to
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