***Thought & Humor*** - For The Discerning Mind - January 12, 2006 A.D. - Please forward to your Friends...
- Two UNC students decide to go duck hunting. Neither one of them has ever
been duck hunting before and after several hours they still haven't bagged
any. One hunter looks at the other and says "I just don't understand it
-- why aren't we getting any ducks?"
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Updated frequently!!!************************Bumper Car FamiliesWhen our kids were growing up, it was hard to find a ride at the amusement park you couldget us all to ride. We have roller coaster lovers and roller coaster no-way-ers, for example. Butthere was one we all liked to do - the bumper cars. You know, those little electric cars insidethat fenced-in area. They turn them on, and everyone starts out together, then you start speedingaround that circle. Some end up spinning out, going backwards, going forward, intentionallyor accidentally running into other cars - especially those you love. Each one of us would eachget into our little hot rod. We'd basically start out heading the same direction, but in no timewe were heading in five different directions and occasionally bumping into each other. Soundlike any family you know?
In the busyness and pressures of our lives today, that's what many families turn out to be -bumper car families. Oh, you may all start out the day in basically the same place, but thenyou take off in different directions and occasionally bump into each other. In fact, a lot offamilies are slowly but surely flying apart, with each one in their own personal world andincreasingly strangers, living under the same roof. It was not meant to be that way whenthe Heavenly Father gave you to each other. But keeping a family together in a bumpercar world doesn't just happen. It takes someone who plays a mean trumpet.
Our word for today from the Word of God comes from Nehemiah 4:19-20. God has calledhim to lead the Jews of his time in the amazing rebuilding of the walls and gates of Jerusalem -which were virtually totaled. Each person or group had a particular section they were responsiblefor. But Nehemiah knew that someone had to pull them together sometimes, too. "Then I saidto the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, 'The work is extensive and spread out,and we are widely separated from each other along the wall." Sort of a bumper car situation -everybody headed off in their direction, maybe bumping into each other occasionally. He says,"Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet, join us there. Our God will fight for us!" Nehemiahwas a leader who insisted that his spread-out team come together sometimes! There was nothingabout their work that would naturally bring them together. It actually took them different directions.But there was one person who made sure they got together!
That's what every family needs - someone who blows the trumpet to get that group of separatedpeople together regularly. You have to set a time and place and make it happen. If it doesn't, peopleleave home with dangerous unmet needs that were supposed to be met at home; the need for closeness,for attention, for encouragement, for affection. And you have to be together for those needs to be met!
Biblically, it should be Dad who is the family Nehemiah. If you're a single mom, it needs to be you.In a two-parent family, this consistent huddle has to begin with the husband and wife spending that kindof time. Without a regular huddle, they'll start taking the family two different directions. If you're a sonor daughter, work for together time with your parents, support the trumpeter when he or she tries to getyou to spend some time together. Make it dinner together, prayer together, family time with Jesus,pre-committed days to be together - days no one else can have, trips together, or make a differenceprojects together.
Don't let your home degenerate into every person for himself or herself where family members areincreasingly strangers and people are home, but home alone even with others around. It takes workto get in the middle of your family's speeding bumper cars and say, "Pull over everybody! We needsome time together!" But that work is worth it. The alternative will end up costing you way too much.- - 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
===============Jesus In The Public Schools
Religious Freedom DayIn too many cases, Christian children in public school classrooms are being
forced to act like atheists. After all, that is effectively what is happening
when they are told not to talk about Jesus, not to sing about Jesus, and not to
write about Jesus.
A very small, but vocal, minority pound away at teachers and school officials,
intimidating them into thinking that the public school must be a "religion-free
Their attacks have resulted in the religious aspects of even Christmas being
banned, Christian students silenced, and teachers censored. A climate of fear
about religion surrounds too many schools.
But you and I have a great opportunity to stop this discrimination against our
children who want to express their faith at school. January 16 is Religious
Freedom Day. And President Bush's special proclamation will ask schools to
commemorate the day.
While many public schools are denying students' rights to freely express their
faith, the U.S. Department of Education has issued guidelines that clearly list
and explain those rights. For example, students have the legal right to express
their faith in their assignments; they can witness to their classmates; they can
read their Bibles at school; and they can pray. But many teachers have never
seen these guidelines and believe they cannot allow these or any other religious
expressions in their classrooms.
It is fitting that this year Martin Luther King Day is also celebrated on
January 16. King's religious faith was the foundation of his fight for civil
rights. And it was religious freedom in America that allowed him to express his
faith and the dreadful evil and move the entire nation.
King was explicit about Christianity's centrality in seeking justice through
nonviolent protest. For example, he required that volunteers in the Birmingham
campaign sign a commitment card pledging themselves to "meditate daily on the
teachings and life of Jesus," "Walk and talk in the manner of love, for God is
love," and "Pray daily to be used by God in order that all men might be free."
While many people will commemorate Martin Luther King Day, very few peopleare even aware of the president's proclamation of Religious Freedom Day. As a
result, Gateways to Better Education is leading a national awareness campaign
for Religious Freedom Day, and I encourage you to get behind it. Gateways is an
organization helping public schools teach Judeo-Christian history, thought, and
values. It has developed ReligiousFreedomDay.com as a special website to give
you everything you need to commemorate the day in your church, your home, and
This year, you can bring more freedom to your public school by asking your
children's teachers to join the president in commemorating Religious FreedomDay with their students and to read regulations issued by the Department of
Education. And in your church on Sunday, January 15, distribute informationon students' religious liberties. The law is on our side.
Gateways to Better Education has prepared a fact sheet that is available by
calling us here at BreakPoint (1-877-322-5527*) or by visiting our website.
This year, at the same time they commemorate Martin Luther King Day, public
schools can promote civil liberties and stop discrimination against children of
faith by also commemorating Religious Freedom Day. You need to set them
straight, just as King set us straight a generation ago. BREAKPOINT with Charles Colson & Mark Earley*Not amalgamated with 'Thought & Humor'.===============Tremors Of GloryCanadian songwriter Bruce Cockburn often wrestles with the tension we face
as humans in a world that is not really ours. In his song "Rumours of
Glory" he observes that behind the pain and fear sketched on our faces
"something is shining, like gold but better: rumours of glory."
What are these rumors of glory? The knowledge that there is something
beyond us, that we exist-indeed we were created-for something beyond this
world ... and beyond our wildest dreams. We were created for
For most of the twentieth century, the very idea of transcendence and
metaphysics had been a subject of derision. The "realist" vision of the
many prophets of natural philosophy-Freud, Marx, Darwin-has dominatedthe public imagination and conversation. Life is what we know it, right here
and right now. In fact, Freud's colleague Erich Fromm once wrote, "Man's
pride has been justified. By virtue of his reason he has built a material
world the reality of which surpasses even the dreams and visions of fairy
tales and utopias." (1)
Our belief in God is just a dream or illusion, they contend; what we
construct for ourselves is what is actually real. Freud, of course,
argued that belief in God was a projection of our deep-seated feelingsof helplessness and need for protection, and therefore constituted "the
oldest, strongest and most urgent wishes of mankind." (2)
Years before Freud came upon the scene, these two competing visions of the
world existed. The rationalism of the Enlightenment was quickly countered
by the passion of the Romantics in search of an alternative, and these two
views continue to do battle over the nature of reality, truth, and life.
The Romantic poet William Wordsworth opposed this Enlightenment view,and wrote of the "intimations of immortality," speaking not only of the
specter of death, but that one's immortality is actually a window to
And though some would rather not look too closely into that window,each of us still searches for transcendence. From extreme sports tofilms, we want to look our immortality in the eye and somehow, trans -cend it.
The question, it seems then, is does our world hint at "rumors of glory"
or mere "visions of fairy tales"-delusions of what we wish we had orwish we were? However, if such signs are just dead-ends that lead to
nowhere, why do they actually compel us to journey farther down the
"God may have designed us in such a way that these sorts of
processes (such as reason and longing) enable us to come to know God
personally," notes my former colleague Paul Copan, "and we are at our
cognitive best when our faculties direct us toward true belief in God."
Is it not unreasonable then to believe that such rumors of glory are more
than mere rumors? Perhaps, even tremors? Standing in front of her
brother's tomb, Martha was asked a similar question by Jesus Christ."Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?"-------------------------------------------------------------------
(John 11:40) In a loud voice Jesus called forth Lazarus. The witnesses
watched as the dead man came out, and they trembled at the tremors of
Danielle DuRant is research assistant at Ravi Zacharias International
Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia.
(1) Erich Fromm in Man for Himself, quoted in Paul Vitz,
Psychology As Religion: The Cult of Self-worship (Grand Rapids, MI:
Wm. Eerdmans, 1985), 19.
(2) Sigmund Freud in The Future of an Illusion, quoted in Paul
Vitz, Faith of the Fatherless: The Psychology of Atheism (Dallas:
Spence Publishing, 1999), 6.
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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===============[God] has showed you, O man, what is good.And what does the Lord require of you? Toact justly and to love mercy and to walk humblywith your God. --Micah 6:8===============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
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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
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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."
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"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)
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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."
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