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WITandWISDOM(tm) - May 11, 2007
Give to another human being without the expectation of a return. - Bill Bradley
Source: Carol's Thought for Today, http://home.comcast.net/~mrs.carol/
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
Nicholaus Ludwig Count Von Zinzendorf was born in Dresden, Germany into Austrian nobility. He was raised by his grandmother who was a strong supporter of the Pietist movement within the Lutheran Church. When he grew up he became the catalyst for the formation of the modern Moravian Church.
He purchased a large estate near the Bohemian border of Saxony. He invited persecuted believers from any country to come take refuge on his estate. A colony grew up there which was named Herrnhut. The members of this colony agreed to abide by the principles of the ancient Bohemian Brethren which held that Christianity must be an experience of faith and love toward the Savior.
Count Zinzendorf became an ordained Lutheran minister and led out in the worship services of the group at Herrnhut. Singing and reading of Scripture became an important part of each service. Zinzendorf himself wrote many hymns for their worship. He divided them into small groups for mutual prayer support and spiritual growth.
Count Zinzendorf traveled to many countries of Europe and to America to establish groups of Moravian believers. It was not his intent that these be a separate denomination, but that they work as leaven within existing churches for a more meaningful Christian experience. He was against formalism in worship, and felt that services should be lively with much prayer and singing and praising God. Many rejected the Moravians as having too much emotionalism in their religion.
A marvelous prayer vigil began at Herrnhut in 1727. Led by Count Zinzendorf, a group of twenty-four men and twenty-four women covenanted to spend one hour each day in scheduled prayer for a lost world. Soon others joined them in the hourly prayer.
Just as the sacred fire on the altar of the tabernacle in the wilderness was never permitted to go out, the prayers of that community continued around the clock without ceasing for one hundred years!
As a result, within six months, twenty-six of the group volunteered for world missions. By 1792, sixty-five years after the beginning of the prayer vigil, that small community had sent out three hundred missionaries.
It was Moravian missionaries from Herrnhut who witnessed to Charles and John Wesley. That led to the Great Awakening in England and America during the early part of the eighteenth century. The Seventh-day Adventist Church has its roots in this Great Revival stirred by the Moravians, George Whitefield, John Wesley and others.
From: Faith Triumphant, Inspiring Stories of Godís Church, February 19, p. 54, By Dorothy Eaton Watts
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Submitted by Leora DeWitt
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
Auntie Em. Hate you, hate Kansas, taking the dog. - Dorothy
It's been lovely, but I have to scream now.
This is not an abandoned vehicle.
It's as bad as you think and they are out to get you.
I is a college student.
The weather is here Wish you were beautiful.
I came, I saw, I did a little shopping.
If money could talk, it would say goodbye.
No radio Already stolen.
Carlsbad Caverns: 22% more cavities.
I don't care who you are, what you are driving, or where you would rather be.
So many pedestrians, so little time.
Honk if you're illiterate
If you don't like the way I drive, get off the sidewalk!
Car will explode upon impact
CAUTION : Driver Singing
Submitted by Erin Cosyn
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
Driving our family to a new restaurant, I took several wrong turns. When I finally found the right road, I asked my husband, "Why didn't you tell me I was lost?"
"I thought you knew where you were going," he replied. "You always know where you're going when I'm driving."
Source: Pulpit Supply, http://lively.ca/mailman/listinfo/pulpitsupply_lively.ca
An Austrian computer store owner caught two teenage thieves after he put CCTV footage on You Tube.
Thomas Karer, 45, installed the video surveillance gear after a spate of thefts at his store in Grieskirchen, Austria.
It allowed him to film the two teenagers stealing a £1,000 laptop from his store.
The video shows how one of the pair kept watch and covered what his pal was doing as the second teenager slipped the computer under his jacket.
People who saw the video online recognized the pair, told Mr Karer who alerted the police.
The pair, who were asylum seekers from Georgia and Armenia, were arrested in Linz.
You can see a clip of the video here:
Source: Ananova http://www.ananova.com