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WITandWISDOM(tm) - July 6, 2004
Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes it is the quiet voice at the end of the night saying, “I will try again tomorrow.” – Author Unknown
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
A poor widow who made her living by taking in washings depended greatly upon produce from her garden. One night several boys robbed her garden and to make matters worse, turned some pigs into the garden so that it was ruined by morning. The widow had to suffer through the winter because of the loss of her vegetables. As she looked at the ruined garden, she picked up a knife with a name engraved on the handle. It was the name of a boy she knew. However, nothing was said about the matter.
During the ensuing months, a revival took place in the town and among those who became convicted of sin was the owner of the knife. He was converted and obeyed his conscience when it told him he must go to the widow and confess his part in what had been done. She told him she had long known of his act and showed him the knife. “Why didn’t you report me and make me pay the damage?” he asked. “There was a more excellent way,” she said. “I began to pray that God would save your soul, then I knew you would want to make everything right. I knew, too, that God would supply my need and above all, that He would give me the joy of seeing a soul saved.” The boy learned that day something of what the Holy Spirit is able to put into the hearts of God’s true children.
By Calvin Evans
This devotion is selected from the book "Jewels For The Journey" which is published by Evangelistic Outreach Ministries, http://www.calvinevans.org
Source: Sermon Fodder, http://www.sermonfodder.com
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
Top Things You Don't Want to Hear during VBS
Written by Gerry Peak
There’s a minor problem with the air conditioning. We should get it fixed by Friday.
We’re running low on refreshments, so we fed the kids chocolate candy and Mountain Dew.
Using a hammer is too difficult for our fourth graders, so they're using a nail gun to build their bird houses.
What time were the children supposed to be back from the field trip to the maximum security prison?
No one told us they were permanent markers.
Our substitute pianist doesn’t know the sit down or stand up chords, but he’s memorized a lot of Broadway show tunes.
Gerry Peak mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
is discipleship pastor, Germantown Baptist Church, Germantown, Tennessee http://www.gbconline.net
Source: CE News and Pastors Today, http://www.lifeway.com/newsletters
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
A couple phoned a neighbor to extend birthday greetings. They dialed the number and then sang "Happy Birthday" to him. But when they finished their off-key rendition, they discovered that they had dialed the wrong number.
"Don't let it bother you," said a strange but amused voice. "You folks need all the practice you can get."
Source: Pulpit Supply, mailto:email@example.com
How to fake it when the conversation goes over your head.
Subject: Human Genome Project
What to say:
"30,000 genes can’t be enough to generate the complexity of a human being."
You Just Said:
Before the Human Genome Project published maps of the human genome in 2001, researchers expected that the full complement of human DNA would contain as many 100,000 genes. The surprise figure - roughly 30,000 - means that humans possess only slightly genes than the lowly wall cress plant (25,000).
Source: Popular Science, Copyright © February 2004, http://popsci.com