***Thought & Humor*** - For The Discerning Mind - January 13, 2006 A.D. - Please forward to your Friends...
- Congratulating a friend after her son and daughter got married
within a month of each other, a woman asked, "What kind of boy did
your daughter marry?"
Updated frequently during the day!!!************************Be sure & read the "Comments" after each blog joke -there's more funny stuff & letters...************************1) I alone am an intricate game
I and a labyrinth are one and the same
Add a letter and then I become
Astonished, amused, and perplexed to some
What am I?2) First think of a person who lives in disguise
Who lives in secrets and tells naught but lies
Next tell me what's always the last thing to mend
The middle of middle and the end of the end
And finally give me a sound often heard
During the search of a hard to find word
Now string them together and answer me this
Which creature would you be unwilling to kiss?3) I am a fruity cereal that can be
known as artifices, antics, frauds,
hoax's, guiles, impostures, ruses,
ploys, stratagems, deceits, jests,
If you want me ALL for yourself,be sure not to eat me in the presence
of small furry mammals.4) I'm called the Evening star,
or Morning star,
It depends on when I'm seen.
In the early 1960's
I was wearing blue jeans.5) I contain faces of different colors
for fun they get mixed with one another
It's easy for them to hang outside their 'race'
but it's quite tricky to put them back
in their place
With time and patience it can be done
but to mix them up again is way more fun.6) A truck driver went down a one-way streetthe wrong way in front of a police departmentwithout getting a ticket. How did he do this?
7) I am tall and skinny, I can be rough or smooth.
My tears can change colors, yet I can not move.
My many arms can reach out, and I can be a danger.
But there are those who do not mind,
including chipmunks and some rangers.
You can see me everyday, if you bother to look my way.
Don't hesitate to come by, but first do you know:
What am I?8) I walk, but have no legs. I sleep, but never dream. You can
rock me in a cradle, but I am not a baby and I can go around
the world faster than you can cross a room. What am I?ANSWERS!!!***********************
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Updated frequently!!!************************Feel Down At The TopSome years ago, there was this movie called "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure."Someday my kids are going to make a movie about some of the great ideas I've hadon our summer vacations. They'll call it "Dad's Excruciating Adventures." Like the dayI woke everyone up at 3:00 A.M. to get the view from the top of the mountain. We werevacationing in Maine. And I had read that if you were at the top of Cadillac Mountainat daybreak, you would be one of the first Americans to see the sunrise that day. Andhow could we miss that thrill? Right?
I got everyone up, stuffed a doughnut in their mouth so they wouldn't wake up thecampground, bundled them into the car, assuring them all the time, "You're going tolove this." Well, at dawn there we were with a handful of other adventurers - waiting forthe sun to appear. And waiting. And waiting. The kids were turning increasingly hostile.We never saw the sun come up that morning - it was covered with clouds. We had madethe valiant effort to get to the top of the mountain only to find the view there a bigdisappointment.
Maybe you know that feeling. You got somewhere you really wanted to go or you gotsomeone you really wanted and the view has turned out to be disappointing. The ancientJewish King, Solomon, knew that feeling. He was the wealthiest man of his generation.He records in the Biblical book Ecclesiastes how he tried every pleasure, every relationship,and every conquest he wanted.
Here's how he describes the view from the top of his mountain. It's our word for today fromthe Word of God, Ecclesiastes 2:17. "So I hated life, because the work that is done under thesun was grievous to me. All of it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind."
There are plenty of modern Solomons - like a successful attorney I know of. He owns whathe wants. He's respected in the community. He was planning a long trip with a private pilot ina small plane. Someone asked him if he was concerned about the plane crashing. He said,"I don't care if it does. What's the reason for living anyway?"
So many people got what they dreamed of - the relationships, the possessions, and thepleasures only to find the view was a disappointment. Why? Because of what Solomondiscovered. He said in Ecclesiastes 3:11, "God has set eternity in the hearts of men."Earth has nothing big enough to fill the eternal hole in our heart. That's why Jesussummed it up by asking, "What shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world andloses his own soul?"
There are basically two categories of people; those who haven't got what they wantand think that's why they don't have peace, and those who have gotten what they wantand they know that there's no peace there. Enter the one the Bible calls the Prince ofPeace - Jesus Christ - the one who said just before His death, "My peace I leave with you."
The reason for your life is summed up in six Biblical words recorded in Colossians 1:16,"All things were created by Him and for Him." That's talking about Jesus. But we haven't livedfor Him; we've pursued our own kingdom. And God has declared a death penalty for that sinof ours.
From adolescence through adulthood, we keep thinking what we're looking for is just overthat next hill. But no matter how many hills you've climbed, the peace and meaning wasn't there,was it? You need to climb one more hill - the one with that cross on the top where Jesus is dyingfor your sin so you can finally experience the God-relationship you were made for.
If you're tired of climbing mountains to nowhere, come to that cross. Tell Jesus Christ you wantto belong to Him, that He is your only hope. If you want that relationship with Him, I would love tohelp you begin that. We set it up at our website yoursforlife.net so that you can either read or heara presentation that I've prepared - a brief one - of how you can be sure you belong to Jesus. You cancall toll free at 877-741-1200.*
Life is a series of disappointing views until we give our lives to the only One who can give it eternalmeaning. Every other destination will leave you feeling hollow inside until you're home in the waitingarms of Jesus Christ. - - 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'.===============This Present MomentWe are profoundly unaware of the present. That is, the here and now, the place that we always are,is the place that we are least likely to see for what it fully is. Blaise Pascal, though living fourcenturies ago, keenly diagnosed this human condition. In his work, Pensees, meaning "thoughts,"he masterfully articulates our seeming lack of interest in the present. Writes Pascal,
Let each one examine his thoughts, and he will find them all occupied with the past and the future.We scarcely ever think of the present; and if we think of it, it is only to take light from it to arrangethe future. The present is never our end. The past and the present are our means; the future aloneis our end. So we never live, but we hope to live; and, as we are always preparing to be happy, itis inevitable we should never be so.
That is a powerful proclamation, isn't it? The present is never our end. If this is true, Pascal's dourthought is worth examining. Though we hope and toil for life, we never really live. And indeed,looking back many of us can recall a squandered time, a time we wish we were more fully attentive,more fully present. Truly, the now of life is far more significant than we often realize.
In the play Our Town, Thornton Wilder brilliantly depicts the magnitude of the present, the fullnessof each moment amidst the fleeting nature of time in our lives. Emily, a young mother who died inchildbirth, is given the opportunity to go back and observe a single day in her life. She is advisedto choose an "ordinary" day, for even the least important day will be important enough, the deadremind her. True enough, Emily chooses a day and quickly finds herself overwhelmed by it. Herensuing lines are fascinating.
"I can't go on. It goes so fast I didn't realize. So all that was going on and we never noticed.Take me backup the hillto my grave. But first: Wait! One more look."
"Goodbye, Goodbye, world Mama and Papa. Goodbye clocks ticking and Mama's sunflowers.And food and coffee. And new-ironed dresses and hot baths and sleeping and waking up. Oh,earth, you're too wonderful for anybody to realize you."
Upon returning Emily wonders if anyone ever realizes life while they live itlife as it is, "every,every minute." The response she receives is pointed. "No The saints and poets, maybe theydo some." (Footnote 1: As quoted by Barry Morrow in Heaven Observed (Colorado Springs: NavPress, 2001), 321.)
The image is powerful and the lesson clear. And where this is a fitting reminder to seize each day,we should ask why the present brims with significance, lest it lead us to the Epicurean's philosophy,observed by King Solomon, cautioned against by Jesus, noted by Dave Matthews, and largely embracedtoday: Eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow we die. (Footnote 2: Ecclesiastes 8:15, Luke 12:13-21) Itis written on our hearts that the present holds much more still.
C.S. Lewis once asked, "Where, except in the present, can the Eternal be met?" This is why the presentis so profoundly important. You see, God is always nearest to us "now." Where Jesus says, "Follow me."Where He pleads, "Come to me," there is urgency and immediacy in his voice. Now is where He asks usto draw near; now is when we must decide to follow or not to follow; now is where we rejoice in this daythat He hath made. So indeed, seize the day, for the promises of the One who came in the fullness oftime are boldly written upon every moment.-------------------------------------------------------------------
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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
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