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Noah was standing at the gangplank checking off the pairs of
animals when he saw three camels trying to get on board.
"Wait a minute!" he
said. "Two each is the limit. One of you
will have to stay behind."
When it Looks Like You
Should Turn Back
Whenever you drive into Texas, the signs say, "Don't mess with Texas." One
reason for that is the weather in Texas! Just watch the national weather on
any given day from spring into the fall and you're likely to see the color
red - that's for severe thunderstorms or possible tornadoes. Our son and
daughter-in-law and granddaughter were driving across the Texas panhandle
last Spring, and sure enough, they drove into one of those really nasty
weather fronts. Amarillo, Texas, was behind them, New Mexico was ahead of
them. The sky was featuring that special shade of tornadic green. The rain
was torrential, and the clouds were growing those little fingers that
sometimes turn into tornadoes. Our son decided it was time to call his
brother and see what the Internet was saying about this
question: "Shall I keep going or turn back to Amarillo?" The answer: "Just
keep going, man. Twenty more miles and you'll be in bright sunshine!"
It could be that your journey right now is taking you through a very dark
and stormy time. There's danger, there's apprehension, there's questions
about which way to go. And turning back or bailing out looks like it may be
the way to go. But your Father in heaven can see the whole road. And today
He's saying to you, "Just keep going. Drive a few more miles and you'll
start to see the sunshine!"
The danger is that you'll turn back just before the breakthrough; just
before the answer to your prayers. There's a vivid, real-life example of
what that looks like in our word for today from the Word of God in Mark 14,
beginning with verse 24. Jesus has sent His disciples on ahead of Him.
They're crossing the unpredictable Sea of Galilee in a
boat when suddenly
their boat is being "buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it."
"Buffeted by the waves." Does that sound like a fair description of how you
feel right now?
The Bible goes on to tell us that "during the fourth watch of the night
Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw Him
walking on the lake, they were terrified ... But Jesus immediately said to
them: 'Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid.' 'Lord, if it's You,' Peter
replied, 'tell me to come to You on the water.' 'Come,' He said. Then Peter
got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But
when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, he cried out,
'Lord, save me!' Immediately Jesus reached out His hand and caught him.
'You of little faith,' He said, 'why did you doubt?'"
You started down the road you're on by faith, counting on Jesus to get you
there. And, like Peter, the wind and the rain and the waves are brutal right
now. So you've stopped focusing on Jesus and you started focusing on your
fears or what you can do, and you're sinking. People criticize Peter for
losing faith, but he's the only one who had enough faith to even get out of
the boat! Right? But, sadly, it was only "halfway there" faith - enough
faith to get him halfway there.
It's not the storm that's going to sink you. It's going to be "halfway
there" faith. If you decide what you're going to do based on the situation,
based on what you can see, based on what
you're feeling, you'll almost
surely make a bad decision. It was Jesus who got you out of the boat in the
first place. It was Jesus who helped you walk on water this far.And it will
be Jesus who gets you the rest of the way there. So get your focus back on
Jesus! His word is: "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the
proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up" (Galatians 6:9).
It's dark now. But don't doubt in the darkness what God told you in the
light. He knows what you're going through, but He also knows what's ahead.
And He's telling you, "Keep going! Before long, you'll be in the sunshine!"
- - 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 human
teacher. He has
not left that option open to us. He did not intend to.
-- From Case for Christianity, by C.S. Lewis
Is It Worth It?
Despite all denials of truth as a category, people still hunger for it and
the real question that haunts us is not whether truth exists, but whether
it is worth it at all.
On August 7, 1961, a twenty-six year old Soviet cosmonaut named Gherman
Titov became the second Soviet to orbit the earth and return safely. Some
time later he recounted his experience while speaking at the World's Fair.
In triumphalistic tones Titov declared that on his excursion into space, he
looked for God but didn't find Him. Someone humorously quipped, "Had
he stepped out of his spacecraft, he certainly would have." Titov, of
course, had moved beyond the discipline of technological gain to draw
theological blood. One great step for science became an immensely greater
leap in philosophy.
Years later on Christmas day, 1968, three American astronauts were the
first human beings to go around the "dark" side of the moon. They saw
earth rise over the horizon of the moon draped in a beauteous mixture of
blue and white, garlanded by the glistening light of the sun against the
black void of space. Captured by the awe of the moment, they echoed the
only words that seemed fitting. Those words were from the first line of
the bible: "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."
Two similar experiences of awe and splendor, yielding two diametrically
conclusions. These two incidents carried off into space the most
debated question on earth: Does God exist? The answer to that question
has a greater bearing on your life than anything else. Personal and
national destinies are inextricably bound to this issue. Our entire human
frame of moral reference is determined by whether or not God exists. Our
purpose in life is determined by that, whether we are here by design or
whether we are the accidental collocation of atoms. Who we are and why
we exist logically flows from the question of God's existence.
The question, therefore, is not whether the pursuit of truth is worth
it or not, for it is the only thing that is ultimately worth it. Winston
Churchill said the most valuable thing in the world is the truth; so
valuable that it has often been barricaded by a bodyguard of lies. But
we might ask, "What's wrong with a lie?" For one, we would think it is
morally wrong, would we not? But how can we be morally wrong unless
this is a moral universe? And how can this be a moral universe unless it
is created by God? The intelligibility in this universe and the immense
capacity of the moral law point us to God.
What is more, we don't have to go into outer space to find Him. He comes
to you in your inner space, the inner space of your life. Jesus said, "If
any man comes to me, I will in no wise cast him out." In knowing Him, you
find truth and life. That is worth it. Ravi Zacharias
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The Lord confides in those who fear Him; He makes His covenant
known to them. My eyes are ever on the Lord, for only He will
release my feet from the snare. --Psalm 25:14-15
My comment originally left on Betty's blog:
You have a riveting web log
and undoubtedly must have
atypical & quiescent potential
for your intended readership.
May I suggest that you do
everything in your power to
honor your encyclopedic/omniscient
Designer/Architect as well
as your revering audience.
As soon as we acknowledge
this Supreme Designer/Architect,
Who has erected the beauteous
fabric of the universe, our minds
must necessarily be ravished with
wonder at this infinite goodness,
wisdom and power.
Please remember to never
restrict anyone's opportunities
for ascertaining uninterrupted
existence for their quintessence.
Best wishes for continued ascendancy,
You are obviously unhappy with my humanism and would wish that
I were able to acknowledge the God in whom you believe. You describe
him/her beautifully and I might do well to pay closer attention to the
"honoring of that encyclopedic/omniscient Designer/Architect." Yea
verily ... ! However, to do so would rob me of the richness of my own
search for meaning. It might cause me to accept the notion that truth
is no more than curiosity satisfied. Life has not led me there, but instead
has presented me with the intellect, the imagination, the willingness,
to go it alone and the courage to do so.
I may surely be wrong. That's the cost of being human. But I'm enough
of an agnostic to believe that the God in whom you believe is capable of,
loving enough, and all-seeing of the goodness of my intention to live a
good life and will forgive my uncertainty and inability to act on faith, alone.
I'll stick with Einstein, Hawking, Emerson, et al, until I have more years
and fewer miracles to explain to myself from the standpoint of Intelligent
Thanks for taking the time to let me know that blogging is reaching someone
besides my family ...
From a Board Member to Betty:
I read you response to Howdy and it really peaked my interest because I
identify with you. I love to learn, especially about science and thought,
including other philosophies and beliefs. I think that I know what I believe
but enjoy finding differences in what others believe because it challenges
me to self-reflect again and never grow stale or arrogant, thinking that I
have arrived. For this reason, I am amazed that you actually are a sincere
humanist who genuinely attempts to answer lifes questions; I have only met
apathetic humanists before who genuinely attempt to ignore lifes questions
because they are too afraid. Kudos to you! I have a question about a
statement you made in you last email simply because I have come to a
differing position. You wondered if the meaning of truth is reduced to that
which only satisfies curiosity and, ther! eby, steals the joy from the
search for meaning. From my experience the discovery
of truth only satisfies
curiosity in that it whets its insatiable desire to know truth more deeply
(this is why I love science like I mentioned before). I believe that this is
because we have been created with the single purpose of bringing glory to
our loving Maker; in uncovering more and more about who He is, what He has
made, or what He has accomplished we begin to feed the innate longing we
have to praise Him. Of course this serves only to prompt us to further
exploration so that we might glorify God even more.
Thus, it is not in the means of searching that we find richness; it is in
the ends of laying hold of that prize. If you believe that true meaning were
found only in the search for truth then you must hold the idea that truth is
too complex to define or to know and can be only searched for. Of course,
to believe this is to admit that this belief is the t! ruth for which you are
searching. And how can this be since you then would have already found
the truth and therefore could not be searching for it anymore?
You also mentioned that you may surely be wrong, but realize thats the cost
of being human. But what if you really are wrong? And what is the actual
cost of being human? If you are right then you will die peacefully from
enjoying a meaningful search for lifes richness, but if you are wrong then
you have everything to lose. What if you are wrong about God overlooking
your lifelong denial, either partial or complete, of His intensions for your
life; what if He doesnt forgive your uncertainty and inability to act on
I only ask you these questions because they are always in my mind. PLEASE
dont think I am trying to berate you; in fact, I am genuinely curious about
your response. This is because I am too apprehensive to rest my entire
future after death on my own assumptions about what I think God will do,
especially when the Bible communicates that
those assumptions are incorrect.
What do you think?
(Married to a
"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 and
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"The Bible is no mere book, but a Living Creature, with a
power 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 early
love of the Scriptures. If we abide by the principals taught
in 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 to
belittle it is a crime against humanity." - Immanuel Kant (Philosopher)
"The New Testament is the very best Book that ever or ever will be
known in the world." - Charles Dickens (Author)
"All human discoveries seem to be made only for the purpose of
confirming more and more strongly the truths contained in the
Sacred Scriptures." - Sir William Herschel (Astronomer)
"There are more sure marks of authenticity in the Bible than in
any profane history." - Sir Isaac Newton (Scientist)
"Let mental culture go on advancing, let the natural sciences
progress in even greater extent and depth, and the human
mind widen itself as much as it desires; beyond the elevation
and 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 Bible
is stamped with a Specialty of Origin, and an immeasurable
distance separates it from all competitors."
- W.E. Gladstone (Prime Minister)
"Whatever merit there is in anything that I have written is simply
due to the fact that when I was a chile my mother daily read me
a 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." - Thomas
Huxley (Author & Scientist)
"The whole hope of human progress is suspended on the ever
growing 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 Wilson
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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
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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"A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon
without springs--jolted by every pebble in the road."
~Henry Ward Beecher
"Laughter is a tranquilizer with no side effects."
"Laughter is by definition healthy."
"If somebody makes me laugh, I'm his slave for life."
"The human race has one really effective weapon,
and that is laughter."
"What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul."
-- Yiddish Proverb
"Laughter is an instant vacation."
-- Milton Berle
"Laughter is the shortest distance between two people."
-- Victor Borge
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to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a
time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a
time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance. (King Solomon)
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Four important things to KNOW:
1) For ALL (Americans, Muslims, Jews, Catholics, Hindus,
Buddhist, Asians, Presbyterians, Europeans, Baptist,
Brazilians, Mormons, Methodist, French, etc.) have sinned
& fall short of the glory of God.
2) For the wages of above (see #1) are DEATH (Hell, eternal
separation from God, & damnation) but the Gift (free & at
no charge to you) of God (Creator, Jehovah, & Trinity) is
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