Daily Walk with the Holy Spirit

Friday, November 23, 2007

God Vs. Science


"Thy Word is true from the beginning: and everyone of Thy righteous judgments endureth forever." Psalm 119:160

A science professor begins his school year with a lecture to the students, let me explain the problem science has with religion.

The atheist professor of philosophy pauses before his class and then asks one of his new students to stand.

You're a Christian,aren't you, son?

Yes sir, the student says.

So you believe in God?

Absolutely!

Is God good?

Sure! God's good.

Is God all-powerful?

Can God do anything?

Yes.

Are you good or evil?

The Bible says I'm evil.

The professor grins knowingly.

Aha! The Bible!

He considers for a moment.

Here's one for you....Let's say there's a sick person over here and you can cure him.

You can do it.

Would you help him? Would you try?

Yes sir, I would.

So you're good..?!

I wouldn't say that.

But why not say that?

You'd help a sick and maimed person if you could.

Most of us would if we could, but God doesn't.

The student does not answer, so the professor continues.

He doesn't, does he?

My brother was a Christian who died of cancer, even though he prayed to Jesus to heal him.

How is this Jesus good?

Hmmm?

Can you answer that one?

The student remains silent.

No, you can't, can you?...the professor says.

He takes a sip of water from a glass on his desk to give the student time to relax.

Let's start again, young fella.

Is God good?

Yes, the student says.

Is Satan good?

The student doesn't hesitate on this one. No!

Then where does Satan come from?

The student falters.... From God

That's right.

God made Satan, didn't he?

Tell me son, is there evil in this world?

Yes sir.

Evil's everywhere, isn't it?

And God did make everything,correct?"

Yes.

So who created evil?

The professor continued, If God created everything, then God created evil, since evil exists, and according to the principle that our works define who we are, then God is evil.

Again, the student has no answer.

Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things, do they exist in this world?

The student squirms on his feet.

Yes.

So who created them?

The student does not answer again, so the professor repeats his question.

Who created them?

There is still no answer.

Suddenly the lecturer breaks away to pace in front of the classroom.

The class is mesmerized.

Tell me, he continues onto another student.

Do you believe in Jesus Christ, son?

The student's voice betrays him and cracks... Yes, professor I do!

The old man stops pacing.

Science says you have five senses you use to identify and observe the world around you.

Have you ever seen Jesus?

No sir, I've never seen Him.

Then tell us if you've ever heard your Jesus?

No sir, I have not.

Have you ever felt your Jesus, tasted your Jesus or smelt your Jesus?

Have you ever had any sensory perception of Jesus Christ, or God for that matter?

No sir, I'm afraid I haven't.

Yet you still believe in him?

Yes.

According to the rules of empirical, testable, demonstrable protocol, science says your God doesn't exist. What do you say to that, son?

Nothing, the student replies. I only have my faith.

Yes, faith, the professor repeats.

And that is the problem science has with God. There is no evidence, only faith.

The student stands quietly for a moment before asking a question of His own.

Professor, is there such thing as heat?

Yes, the professor replies there's heat.

And is there such a thing as cold?

Yes, son there's cold too.

No sir, there isn't.

The professor turns to face the student obviously interested.

The room suddenly becomes very quiet.

The student begins to explain.

You can have lots of heat, even more heat, super-heat, mega-heat, unlimited heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat, but we don't have anything called cold.

We can hit up to -458 degrees below zero, which is no heat, but we can't go any further after that.

There is no such thing as cold; otherwise we would be able to go colder than the lowest -458 degrees.

Every body or object is susceptible to study when it has or transmits energy, and heat is what makes a body or matter have or transmit energy.

Absolute zero (-458 F) is the total absence of heat. You see, sir, cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat.

We cannot measure cold.

Heat we can measure in thermal units because heat is energy.

Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it.

Silence came across the room.

A pen drops somewhere in the classroom, sounding like a hammer.

What about darkness, professor.

Is there such a thing as darkness?

Yes, the professor replies without hesitation.

What is night if it isn't darkness?

You're wrong again, sir.

Darkness is not something; it is the absence of something.

You can have low light, normal light, bright light, flashing light, but if you have no light constantly you have nothing and it's called darkness, isn't it?

That's the meaning we use to define the word.

In reality, darkness isn't.

If it were you would be able to make darkness darker, wouldn't you?

The professor begins to smile at the student in front of him.

This will be a good semester.

So what point are you making young man?

Yes, professor.

My point is, your philosophical premise is flawed to start with, and so your conclusion must also be flawed.

The professor's face cannot hide his surprise this time.

Flawed?

Can you explain how?

You are working on the premise of duality, the student explains.

You argue that there is life and then there's death; a good God and a bad God.

You are viewing the concept of God as something finite, something we can measure.

Sir, science can't even explain a thought.

It uses electricity and magnetism, but has never seen much less fully understood either one.

To view death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as a substantive thing.

Death is not the opposite of life, just the absence of it.

Now tell me professor.

Do you teach your students that they evolved from a monkey?

If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, young man, yes, of course I do.

Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes sir?

The professor begins to shake his head, still smiling, as he realizes where the argument is going.

A very good semester indeed.

Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going endeavor, are you not teaching your opinion sir?

Are you now not a scientist, but a preacher?

The class is in uproar.

The student remains silent until the commotion has subsided.

To continue the point you were making earlier to the other student, let me give you an example of what I mean.

The student looks around the room.

Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the professor's brain?

The class breaks out into laughter.

Is there anyone here who has ever heard the professor's brain, felt the professor's brain, touched or smelt the professor's brain?

No one appears to have done so.

So, according to the established rules of empirical, stable, demonstrable protocol, science says that you have no brain, with all due respect sir.

So, if science says you have no brain, how can we trust your lectures sir?

Now the room is silent.

The professor just stares at the student his face unreadable.

Finally, after what seems an eternity the old man answers.

I guess you'll have to take them on faith.

Now, you accept that there is faith, and in fact faith exists with life.

The student continues.

Now sir, is there such a thing as evil?

Now uncertain, the professor responds.

Of course, there is. We see it everyday. It is in the daily example of man's inhumanity to man. It is in the multitude of crime and violence everywhere in the world. These manifestations are nothing else but evil.

To this the student replied... Evil does not exist sir, or at least it does not exist unto itself.

Evil is simply the absence of God.

It is just like darkness and cold, a word that man has created to describe the absence of God.

God did not create evil.

Evil is the result of what happens when man does not have God's love present in his heart.

It's like the cold that comes when there is no heat or the darkness that comes when there is no light.

The professor sat down.

"Those whom He sends have His Spirit in their hearts as well His Words in their mouths." - John Flavel

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

The Coffee or the Cup??

"Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another." Romans 14:17-19

This really is profound, I am going to try and keep this in mind the next time I feel stressed . . .

A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university professor. Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life.

Offering his guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups - porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite - telling them to help themselves to the coffee.

When all the students had a cup of coffee in hand, the professor said:

If you noticed, all the nice looking expensive cups were taken up leaving behind the plain and cheap ones.

While it is normal for you to want only the best for yourselves that is the source of your problems and stress.

Be assured that the cup itself adds no quality to the coffee.

In most cases it is just more expensive and in some cases even hides what we drink.

What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but you consciously went for the best cups...

And then you began eyeing each other's cups.

Now consider this:

Life is the coffee; the jobs, money and position in society are the cups.

They are just tools to hold and contain life, and the type of cup we have does not define, nor change the quality of life we live.

Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee provided us.

Brew the coffee, not the cups . . . Enjoy your coffee!

The happiest people don't have the best of everything.

They just make the best of everything.

Live simply.

Love generously.

Care deeply.

Speak kindly.

"In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Monday, November 12, 2007

Thought of the day...

Thought for the Day:

If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it.

If He had a wallet, your photo would be in it.

He sends you flowers every spring.

He sends you a sunrise every morning Face it, friend - He is crazy about you!

God didn't promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, sun without rain, but He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way.

Read this line very slowly and let it sink in...

If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it!

"The people that do know their God shall be strong." Daniel 11:32


Sunday, November 11, 2007

Pennies...

"Every Word of God id pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him." Proverbs 30:5 New King James Version

You always hear the usual stories of pennies on the sidewalk being good luck, gifts from angels, etc...

This is the first time I've ever heard this twist on the story.

Here is something to think about.

Several years ago, a friend of mine and her husband were invited to spend the weekend at the husband's employer's home.

My friend, Arlene, was nervous about the weekend.

The boss was very wealthy, with a fine home on the waterway, and cars costing more than her house.

The first day and evening went well, and Arlene was delighted to have this rare glimpse into how the very wealthy live.

The husband's employer was quite generous as a host, and took them to the finest restaurants.

Arlene knew she would never have the opportunity to indulge in this kind of extravagance again, so was enjoying herself immensely.

As the three of them w ere about to enter an exclusive restaurant that evening, the boss was walking slightly ahead of Arlene and her husband.

He stopped suddenly, looking down on the pavement for a long, silent moment.

Arlene wondered if she was supposed to pass him.

There was nothing on the ground except a single darkened penny that someone had dropped, and a few cigarette butts.

Still silent,the man reached down and picked up the penny.

He held it up and smiled, then put it in his pocket as if he had found a great treasure.

How absurd!

What need did this man have for a single penny?

Why would he even take the time to stop and pick it up?

Throughout dinner, the entire scene nagged at her.

Finally, she could stand it no longer.

She casually mentioned that her daughter once had a coin collection, and asked if the penny he had found had been of some value.

A smile crept across the man's face as he reached into his pocket for the penny and held it out for her to see.

She had seen many pennies before!

What was the point of this?

Look at it.

Read what it says.

She read the words United States of America.

No, not that; read further.

One cent?

No, keep reading.

In God we Trust?

Yes!

And?

And if I trust in God, the name of God is holy, even on a coin.

Whenever I find a coin I see that inscription.

It is written on every single United States coin, but we never seem to notice it!

God drops a message right in front of me telling me to trust Him?

Who am I to pass it by?

When I see a coin, I pray, I stop to see if my trust IS in God at that moment.

I pick the coin up as a response to God; that I do trust in Him.

For a short time, at least, I cherish it as if it were gold.

I think it is God's way of starting a conversation with me.

Lucky for me, God is patient and pennies are plentiful!

When I was out shopping today, I found a penny on the sidewalk.

I stopped and picked it up, and realized that I had been worrying and fretting in my mind about things I cannot change.

I read the words, In God We Trust, and had to laugh.

Yes, God, I get the message.

It seems that I have been finding an inordinate number of pennies in the last few months, but then, pennies are plentiful!

And, God is patient..

The best mathematical equation I have ever seen:1 cross+ 3 nails = 4 given.

That's the whole gospel message simply stated.

"Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful." John 14:27 NASB
- Author Unknown-

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Magnolias...

"I will never leave thee or forsake thee." Hebrews 13:5c

I spent the week before my daughter's June wedding running last-minute trips to the caterer, florist, tuxedo shop, and the church about forty miles away. As happy as I was that Patsy was marrying a good Christian young man, I felt laden with responsibilities as I watched my budget dwindle .. . .so many details, so many bills, and so little time.

My son Jack was away at college, but he said he would be there to walk his younger sister down the aisle, taking the place of his dad who had died a few years before. He teased Patsy, saying he'd wanted to give her away since she was about three years old!

To save money, I gathered blossoms from several friends who had large magnolia trees.

Their luscious, creamy-white blooms and slick green leaves would make beautiful arrangements against the rich dark wood inside the church.

After the rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding, we banked the podium area and choir loft with magnolias.

As we left just before midnight, I felt tired but satisfied this would be the best wedding any bride had ever had!

The music, the ceremony, the reception - and especially the flowers - would be remembered for years.

The big day arrived - the busiest day of my life - and while her bridesmaids helped Patsy to dress, her fiancee Tim, walked with me to the sanctuary to do a final check.

When we opened the door and felt a rush of hot air, I almost fainted; and then I saw them - all the beautiful white flowers were black.

Funeral black.

An electrical storm during the night had knocked out the air conditioning system, and on that hot summer day, the flowers had wilted and died.

I panicked, knowing I didn't have time to drive back to our hometown, gather more flowers, and return in time for the wedding.

Tim turned to me. Edna, can you get more flowers?

I'll throw awaythese dead ones and put fresh flowers in these arrangements. I mumbled, Sure, as he be-bopped down the hall to put on his cuff links.

Alone in the large sanctuary, I looked up at the dark wooden beams in the arched ceiling.

Lord, I prayed, please help me.

I don't know anyone in this town.

Help me find someone willing to give me flowers in a hurry!

I scurried out praying for four things: the blessing of white magnolias, courage to find them in an unfamiliar yard, safety from any dog that may bite my leg, and a nice person who would not get out a shotgun when I asked to cut his tree to shreds As I left the church, I saw magnolia trees in the distance.

I approached a house . . . no dog in sight.

I knocked on the door and an older man answered.

So far so good . . . no shotgun.

When I stated my plea the man beamed, I'd be happy to!

He climbed a stepladder and cut large boughs and handed them down tome.

Minutes later, as I lifted the last armload into my car trunk, I said, Sir, you've made the mother of a bride happy today.

No, Ma'am, he said.

You don't understand what's happening here.

What? I asked.

You see, my wife of sixty-seven years died on Monday.

On Tuesday I received friends at the funeral home, and on Wednesday . . He paused.

I saw tears welling up in his eyes.

On Wednesday I buried her.

He looked away.

On Thursday most of my out-of-town relatives went back home, and on Friday - yesterday - my children left. I nodded.

This morning, he continued, I was sitting in my den crying out loud.

I miss her so much.

For the last sixteen years, as her health got worse, she needed me.

But now nobody needs me.

This morning I cried, Who needs an eighty-six-year-old wore-out man?

Nobody!

I began to cry louder.

Nobody needs me!

About that time, you knocked, and said, Sir, I need you.

I stood with my mouth open.

He asked,Are you an angel?

The way the light shone around your head into my dark living room . .

I assured him I was no angel.

He smiled.

Do you know what I was thinking when I handed you those magnolias?

No.

I decided I'm needed.

My flowers are needed.

Why, I might have a flower ministry!

I could give them to everyone!

Some caskets at the funeral home have no flowers.

People need flowers at times like that and I have lots of them.

They're all over the backyard!

I can give them to hospitals, churches - all sorts of places.

You know what I'm going to do?

I'm going to serve the Lord until the day He calls me home!

I drove back to the church, filled with wonder.

On Patsy's wedding day, if anyone had asked me to encourage someone who was hurting, I would have said, Forget it!

It's my only daughter's wedding, for goodness' sake!

There is no way I can minister to anyone today.

But God found a way!

Through dead flowers.

Life is not the way it's supposed to be.

It's the way it is.

The way you cope with it is what makes the difference.
"Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in Thy Word." Psalm 119:114

- Author Unknown

Friday, November 09, 2007

The Resume Of Jesus Christ

The Resume of Jesus Christ

Address: Ephesians 1:20
Phone: Romans 10:13
Website: The Bible.
Keywords: Christ, Lord, Savior and Jesus

Hello. My name is Jesus -The Christ. Many call me Lord! I've sent you my resume because I'm seeking the top management position in your heart. Please consider my accomplishments as set forth in my resume.

Qualifications
. I founded the earth and established the heavens, (See Proverbs 3:19)
· I formed man from the dust of the ground, (See Genesis 2:7)
· I breathed into man the breath of life, (See Genesis 2:7)
· I redeemed man from the curse of the law, (See Galatians 3:13)
· The blessings of the Abrahamic Covenant comes upon your life through me, (See Galatians 3:14)

Occupational Background
· I've only had one employer, (See Luke 2:49).
· I've never been tardy, absent, disobedient, slothful or disrespectful.
· My employer has nothing but rave reviews for me, (See Matthew 3:15-17)

Skills Work Experiences
· Some of my skills and work experiences include: empowering the poor to be poor no more, healing the brokenhearted, setting the captives free, healing the sick, restoring sight to the blind and setting at liberty them that are bruised, (See Luke 4:18).
· I am a Wonderful Counselor, (See Isaiah 9:6). People who listen to me shall dwell safely and shall not fear evil, (See Proverbs 1:33).
· Most importantly, I have the authority, ability and power to cleanse you of your sins, (See I John 1:7-9)

Educational Background
· I encompass the entire breadth and length of knowledge, wisdom and understanding, (See Proverbs 2:6).
· In me are hid all of the treasures of wisdom and knowledge, (See Colossians 2:3).
· My Word is so powerful; it has been described as being a lamp unto your feet and a light unto your path, (See Psalms 119:105).
· I can even tell you all of the secrets of your heart, (See Psalms 44:21).

Major Accomplishments
· I was an active participant in the greatest Summit Meeting of all times, (See Genesis 1:26).
· I laid down my life so that you may live, (See II Corinthians 5:15).
· I defeated the archenemy of God and mankind and made a show of them openly, (See Colossians 2:15).
· I've miraculously fed the poor, healed the sick, and raised the dead!
· There are many more major accomplishments, too many to mention here. You can read them on my website, which is located at: www dot - the BIBLE. You don't need an Internet connection or computer to access my website.

References
· Believers and followers worldwide will testify to my divine healings, salvation, deliverance, miracles, restoration and supernatural guidance

In Summation Now that you've read my resume, I'm confident that I'm the only candidate uniquely qualified to fill this vital position in your heart. In summation, I will properly direct your paths, (See Proverbs 3:5-6), and lead you into everlasting life, (See John 6:47). When can I start? Time is of the essence, (See Hebrews 3:15).
Do you have an opening?

-Author Unknown-

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Don't give up...

"You therefore must endure hardship as a good solider of Jesus Christ." II Timothy 2:8 New King James Version

The man slowly looked up. This was a woman clearly accustomed to the finer things of life. Her coat was new. She looked like that she had never missed a meal in her life. His first thought was that she wanted to make fun of him, like so many others had done before.

Leave me alone, he growled.
To his amazement, the woman continued standing. She was smiling -- her even white teeth displayed in dazzling rows. Are you hungry? she asked.

No, he answered sarcastically. I've just come from dining with the president. Now go away. The woman's smile became even broader. Suddenly the man felt a gentle hand under his arm.

What are you doing, lady? the man asked angrily. I said to leave me alone.
Just then a policeman came up. Is there any problem, ma'am? he asked.

No problem here, officer, the woman answered. I'm just trying to get this man to his feet.

Will you help me?

The officer scratched his head. That's old Jack. He's been a fixture around here for a couple of years.

What do you want with him?

See that cafeteria over there? she asked. I'm going to get him something to eat and get him out of the cold for awhile.

Are you crazy, lady? the homeless man resisted. I don't want to go in there!

Then he felt strong hands grab his other arm and lift him up.

Let me go, officer. I didn't do anything. This is a good deal for you, Jack, the officer answered. Don't blow it.

Finally, and with some difficulty, the woman and the police officer got Jack into the cafeteria and sat him at a table in a remote corner. It was the middle of the morning, so most of the breakfast crowd had already left and the lunch bunch had not yet arrived. The manager strode across the cafeteria and stood by his table.

What's going on here, officer? he asked. What is all this. Is this man in trouble?

This lady brought this man in here to be fed, the policeman answered. Not in here! the manager replied angrily. Having a person like that here is bad for business.

Old Jack smiled a toothless grin. See, lady. I told you so. Now if you'll let me go. I didn't want to come here in the first place.

The woman turned to the cafeteria manager and smiled. Sir, are you familiar with Eddy and Associates, the banking firm down the street?

Of course I am, the manager answered impatiently. They hold their weekly meetings in one of my banquet rooms. And do you make a goodly amount of money providing food at these weekly meetings?

What business is that of yours?

I, sir, am Penelope Eddy, president and CEO of the company. Oh. The woman smiled again. I thought that might make a difference.

She glanced at the cop who was busy stifling a giggle. Would you like to join us in a cup of coffee and a meal, officer? No thanks, ma'am, the officer replied. I'm on duty. Then, perhaps, a cup of coffee to go? Yes, ma'am. That would be very nice.

The cafeteria manager turned on his heel - I'll get your coffee for you right away, officer.

The officer watched him walk away.

You certainly put him in his place, he said. That was not my intent.

Believe it or not, I have a reason for all this.

She sat down at the table across from her amazed dinner guest She stared at him intently.

Jack, do you remember me? Old Jack searched her face with his old , rheumy eyes I think so -- I mean you do look familiar.

I'm a little older perhaps, she said. Maybe I've even filled out more than in my younger days when you worked here, and I came through that very door, cold and hungry.

Ma'am? the officer said questioningly. He couldn't believe that such a magnificently turned out woman could ever have been hungry.

I was just out of college, the woman began. I had come to the city looking for a job, but I couldn't find anything.

Finally I was down to my last few cents and had been kicked out of my apartment. I walked the streets for days. It was February and I was cold and nearly starving. I saw this place and walked in on the off chance that I could get something to eat.

Jack lit up with a smile. Now I remember, he said. I was behind the serving counter. You came up and asked me if you could work for something to eat. I said that it was against company policy.

I know, the woman continued. Then you made me the biggest roast beef sandwich that I had ever seen, gave me a cup of coffee, and told me to go over to a corner table and enjoy it. I was afraid that you would get into trouble. Then, when I looked over, I saw you put the price of my food in the cash register I knew then that everything would be all right.

So you started your own business? Old Jack said.

I got a job that very afternoon. I worked my way up.

Eventually I started my own business, that, with the help of God, prospered!

She opened her purse and pulled out a business card. When you are finished here, I want you to pay a visit to a Mr. Lyons. He's the personnel director of my company. I'll go talk to him now and I'm certain he'll find something for you to do around the office. She smiled. I think he might even find the funds to give you a little advance so that you can buy some clothes and get a place to live until you get on your feet. If you ever need anything, my door is always opened to you.

There were tears in the old man's eyes. How can I ever thank you? he said.

Don't thank me, the woman answered. To God goes the glory.

Thank Jesus. He led me to you.

Outside the cafeteria, the officer and the woman paused at the entrance before going their separate ways. Thank you for all your help, officer, she said.

On the contrary, Ms. Eddy, he answered. Thank you. I saw a miracle today, something that I will never forget. And...And thank you for the coffee.

If you have missed knowing me, you have missed nothing.

If you have missed some of my emails, you might have missed a laugh.

But, if you have missed knowing my LORD and SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST, you have missed everything in the world!

Have a Wonderful Day And May God Bless You Always

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

How do you carry your burdens??

"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." John 14:27

A lecturer, when explaining stress management to an audience, raised aglass of water and asked, "How heavy is this glass of water?"

Answers called out ranged from 8oz. to 20oz.

The lecturer replied, The absolute weight doesn't matter.

It depends on how long you try to hold it.

If I hold it for a minute, that's not aproblem.

If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm.

If I hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance.In each case, it's the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.

He continued, "And that's the way it is with stress management.

If we Carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won't be able to carry on.?

For my yoke is easy, and My burden is light." Matthew 11:30

As with the glass ofwater, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again.

When we're refreshed, we can carry on with the burden.

So, before you return home tonight, put the burden of work/life down.

Don't carry it home.

Whatever burdens you're carrying now, let them down for a moment if youcan.

Relax; pick them up later after you've rested.

Life is short.

Enjoy!

And then he shared some ways of dealing with the burdens of life:

1* Accept that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue.

2* Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.

3* Drive carefully. It's not only cars that can be recalled by their Maker.

4* If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.

5* If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, don't worry about it.

6* It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.

7* Never buy a car you can't push.

8* Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won't have a leg to stand on.

9* Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.

10* When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.

11* Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.

12* You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.

13* We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.

14* A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

15* Always live your life as if all are watching, don't be a part time christian.



"Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God." II Corinthians 3:5

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Common Sense

Obituary:Common Sense

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as knowing when to come in out of the rain, why the early bird gets the worm, life isn't always fair, and maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you earn) and reliable parenting strategies (adults, not children are in charge).His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a six-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, which only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job they themselves failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer Aspirin, sun lotion or a sticky plaster to a student, but could not inform the parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as the Ten Commandments became contraband; churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.

Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar can sue you for assault.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust; his wife, Discretion; his daughter, Responsibility; and his son, Reason. He is survived by three stepbrothers; I Know my Rights, Someone Else is to Blame, and I'm a Victim. Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. -Author unknown

"Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus." Philippians 2:5

Monday, November 05, 2007

Thought for Today...

Love is a fruit, in season at all times, and within reach of every hand.
Anyone may gather it and no limit is set.

Mother Teresa