Perpetua – Imagine my surprise as I find one of my old notebooks written seven years ago. I could barely recognize the cursive that I had spend many months taking studious notes in Basic Math. My teacher was very focused on Algebra, so the class was more like pre-pre-algebra. I can’t remember much about it, but it amazed me how my handwriting has changed. The barely legible scrawl was hurried and vastly different from my now normal writing. Of course, I still reverted to my old style when I hadn’t read enough of the assignment some three years later. Usually, however, my handwriting is legible and written as quickly and neatly as possible. There are many examples I could pull up of such a task if I left the time for it. I have found an advantage in the new style. When it came down to it, I could write a cheat sheet to fill a standard page. The size of my text was the same as if I had the space between the end of print and the end of the paper on a dollar bill. There is no cheat sheet and handwriting won’t help when it comes to looking over your life. The question you have to answer is did you belive in Jesus? These other questions will help you think about what you can do now: How did you show His love in your life? How many people did you share Jesus with? Did you do anything for His cause with your own motives? Were you not only believers of the Word, but do-ers of the Word as well?
Papyrus – There’s no doubt about, reading “A Purpose Driven Life” changes lives. You can ready every book of that type under the sun, but eventually you realize that you just have to go to church. “APDL” has it’s foundation in the Bible, just as we should. I think, we have to go to church just so that somebody can make sense of these passages for us. I just used to think of the parables as simple stories. Then one day, the pastor explained to me that parables were like metaphors for life. They apply to us today. As much as I would like to say that the first time through the Bible I understood it completely, I can’t. It’s just a little beyond me. However, as I read it again, I learn a new lesson. So, I think, between re-reading it and going to church, I might understand quite a bit more than I did before. I think that all people are called to do their homework, but too often people put it off. Their Bibles get dusty. They go their own way for the longest while. Again and again we have to learn the same lessons. One thing the bible seems to warn us about is that when the going is good, we have a tendency to forget God. When the going goes from bad, to worse, to horrible, we return to God every time. If you’re worried about not understanding the Old Testament, I’ve just told you what part of it is. This is very interesting to me, some of my friends seem to understand the entirety of a particular book of the Bible and others know other books really well. If you’d just ask somebody what this or that means, you just might be surprised to hear the answer.
Palatino Linotype – I often refer to the differences between the spiritual and the material, but as of yet, I have not bothered to define them. This I’ll remedy by starting with the material. It’s anything that you can see, touch, feel, taste, and/or smell. It’s money, cars, careers, fame and/or awards. It is people, places, and/or things. It’s everything you want, but nothing you need. It is alcohol, cigarettes, parties, and/or drugs, perscribed and/or otherwise. It’s is books, movies, games, and/or music. It is anything you are set on getting. It is anything you can’t live without because you never tried. It is anything you picked up to look cool with the crowd. It is the thing you decided was more important than the values you were taught in your youth. You have to have it now, you have to have more of it, and you have to keep up with the Jones’. As soon as you have it, you wish you hadn’t. If you have that sort of fortune, it might break, age, or be stolen away to somebody who will pay a much cheaper price. The spiritual is anything unseen. It is faith. It is another type of love, a true love, the true love. It has to be trusted even though you can’t see it, but you can feel it. You can feel it in your heart. It fills and fulfills it fully. It has lasted for these many thousands of years and will continue to simply be throughout time. You can see it in others, but not as you might guess. Many of us try to tell you about it by using the wind as a metaphor. Have you ever seen the grass ripple in the wind? You can feel the wind, you can see what the wind does, but you can’t see the wind itself. You can feel the spiritual, you can see what the spiritual does, but you can’t see what the spiritual is itself. Compare a person who is into the material and another who is into the spiritual (as in Christ Jesus). Who appears to be the better for their ways? Ask them of their hopes, their dreams, and where they see themselves fifteen years in the future. Ask of yourself those questions and ponder which option is a better eternity for you.
OCR A Extended – I had once said that the very young and the very old were wise. The very young simply trust one another. No agendas or concerns can interrupt their play other than their parents. They don’t understand alot, but they are happy almost every day. The very old recognize their mortality, to them, each day they live has a purpose. They share because they have no need to keep anything they have. They realize that people are always more important than their comfort. Often, they’ll visit their friends and see to their needs. Even the way the two groups interact is significant. The people inbetween are a variatable cornucopia of actions and reactions, the good and the bad, and the worthwhile and the wasted, of both time and effort. We turn to self-help books, informational television programming and videos, and audio seminars, not people and certainly not relatives. We don’t like to actually talk to each other. We don’t like to actually help each other either. Just what would the very young or the very old tell us? They depend on one another, and just about everybody else in one way or another.
Tues September 14, 2006 – Please help us get this information into the hands of as many people as possible by forwarding it to your entire email list of family and friends. O’Donnell on ABC: ‘Radical Christians’ no different than murderous radical Muslims, Neither O’Donnell nor ABC has apologized
ABC’s Rosie O’Donnell told a nationwide audience this week that “radical Christians” are the same as radical Muslims who piloted hijacked jetliners into New York’s Twin Towers, who chop off the heads of individuals and who bomb innocent children in suicide attacks. O’Donnell made her comments as host of ABC’s “The View.”
“Radical Christianity is just as threatening as radical Islam in a country like America where we have separation of church and state,” O’Donnell said. She had been saying that America was attacked “not by a nation.” She continued: “And as a result of the attack and the killing of 3,000 innocent people, we invaded two countries and killed innocent people.” Even her liberal co-hosts were shocked by her comments.
Co-host Joy Behar protested that Christians are not trying to impose mass murder on America. “This group (radical Muslims) is threatening to kill us.” Replied O’Donnell: “No, but we are bombing innocent people in other countries. True or false?”
O’Donnell was saying there is no difference between the radical Muslims who kill in the name of Allah and Bible-believing Christians who follow the teachings of Jesus.
Neither O’Donnell nor ABC apologized for the comments. Had she made similar comments about minorities or homosexuals, there would have been an apology, and she would have probably been fired.
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NimbusSanT – (Some time ago, MissGigglesworth and I were talking and I suddenly asked a random question. We continued to throw the questions at one another. She asked me, “If you were asked to lead a small group or Sunday school class, what would you teach about.” To which I replied, “That it is important to remember the meaning God put behind each religious thing rather than to just go on without thinking about it.” This is that post.) We are charged with a great crime. We have taken to a sort of legalism. When God set down the rules after he freed the Israelites from captivity in Egypt, he also conveyed that each action had a meaning behind it. Every festival just isn’t for celebration, but it has a meaning for everybody to think about. I don’t understand all of it, but worship isn’t just on Sunday and Wednesdays. We have a number of examples that are on both sides of the spectrum, legalistic churches and liberal churches. God said it to his people many times, don’t be fooled by these rules. Most of them you guys made up one day. I don’t want to name names of places I’ve never been, but if you hear about a church on the news in a negative light, chances are they abused their freedom and shot their witness in one fell swoop. (I wonder if that is an acceptable figure of speech.) On the other hand, who wants to go to a church that tells you to wear green socks during June, seats the best dressed people at the front, and doesn’t bother to get to know you? What about the holidays we celebrate? How many of them are Holy days? When was the last time you talked about what it meant? Salvation isn’t works based. You can volunteer, give to charity, and donate half your possessions to the needy, but what is that going to matter if you didn’t do it for other people and not yourself? We need to have more faith, in others, in ourselves, and in God. Don’t we say his plans work for the good of all believers? It was because this legalism existed the people forgot the meaning of the holidays and of the meaning behind worship. It was a hard lesson to learn, but if you are going to worship halfheartedly, might as well not worship at all. Even in ordinary things we can learn lessons. Maybe if we look for them, we’ll find something extraordinary.
NimbusRomD – I took some time to go out and pull the blanket off of the line, it had been there for the last two or three days. I strolled to the garden and looked at the watermelons. Some of them were growing really well, but most of them probably needed a little more water. I went to the fence and looked at the field and its dimensions. I had previously noticed that a few stray stalks of corn were standing out amongst the thousands of soybean plants. Most of them were just above or at the level of the soybeans, though there were a few that stood much taller. I could see the soybeans swaying like tall grasses would in the wind. I had never heard of turbo-wind before Indiana. It can just get so windy because there are few or no natural windbreakers in the path of the wind. About a century or so ago, when people noticed that the land was good for farming, they began to cut down the trees so that they could plant more of their crops. Because nothing could prevent the wind from traveling faster, it did, and it sometimes destroyed weaker things. When they cut down the trees in Oklahoma, the wind picked up the dust and buried farms. Luckily, during the depression, many people found jobs planting trees. No longer do people loose their land to the dust, but there are days the wind still picks up the dust. It was on those days I was glad I was in higher ground. I could actually watch the wind pick up the dust and blast through the playground. In turn, everybody wiped the sand from their eyes and continued to play. This was only because they had recently “remodeled” the playground. Evidence of its construction was as obvious as the lack of grass below our feet. It is even easier to see the wind when it comes as a tornado, twister, or cyclone, whichever name brings you the most accuate picture. I had once seen a tornado from a safe distance, at least twenty miles away. The other was on May 3rd, it’s story I have already posted. (It is in the Memories area of my Profile. I am aware I mispelled the word school.) There is a story in the Old Testament, God told his servant to go stand by the mountain where he would meet Him. The servant saw a tornado, a hurricane, and an earthquake pass before he heard a quiet whisper. He fell to the ground and worshipped God. Any one of these three disasters is deadly, but all of them, together is what is next on our menu. Where will you meet God?