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WITandWISDOM(tm) - September 19, 2007
"Those blessed with the most talent don’t necessarily outperform everyone else. It’s the people with follow-through who excel." - Mary Kay Ash: Founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics
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~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
"A Compendium Of Puntifications"
1. I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger. Then it hit me.
2. Police were called to a daycare where a three-year-old was resisting a rest.
3. Did you hear about the guy whose whole left side was cut off? He's all right now.
4. The roundest knight at King Arthur's round table was Sir Cumference.
5. To write with a broken pencil is pointless.
6. When fish are in schools they sometimes take debate.
7. A thief who stole a calendar got twelve months.
8. A thief fell and broke his leg in wet concrete. He became a hardened criminal.
9. Thieves who steal corn from a garden could be charged with stalking.
10. We'll never run out of math teachers because they always multiply.
11. When the smog lifts in Los Angeles, U C L A.
12. The professor discovered that her theory of earthquakes was on shaky ground.
13. The dead batteries were given out free of charge.
14. If you take a laptop computer for a run you could jog your memory.
15. A dentist and a manicurist fought tooth and nail.
Source: Laughter for a Saturday
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
A church member stopped the pastor and angrily complained that the church had purchased five new brooms—an expenditure that he thought was completely unnecessary.
The pastor was surprised at the man's reaction and mentioned it to the church treasurer, who said, "It's understandable. How would you feel if you saw everything you gave in the past year tied up in five brooms?"
From: Preaching (March/April 1995)
Source: Today's Christian, http://tinyurl.com/oqyrc
From The Bible as History by Werner Keller
David Kitley (one of our UK readers) sent me a fascinating story which appeared in the book The Bible as History but was originally told by Francis Schaeffer in his L'Abri lectures:
We owe to Major Vivian Gilbert, a British army officer, this description of a truly remarkable occurrence. Writing in his reminiscences he says: "In the First World War a brigade major in Allenby's army in Palestine was on one occasion searching his Bible with the light of a candle, looking for a certain name. His brigade had received orders to take a village that stood on a rocky prominence on the other side of a deep valley. It was called Michmash and the name seemed somehow familiar. Eventually he found it in 1 Sam. 13 and read there: 'And Saul, and Jonathan his son, and the people that were present with them, abode in Gibeah of Benjamin but the Philistines encamped in Michmash.'
"It then went on to tell how Jonathan and his armour-bearer crossed over during the night 'to the Philistines' garrison' on the other side, and how they passed two sharp rocks: 'there was a sharp rock on the one side, and a sharp rock on the other side: and the name of the one was Bozez and the name of the other Seneh' (1 Sam. 14:4). They clambered up the cliff and overpowered the garrison, 'within as it were an half acre of land, which a yoke of oxen might plough.' The main body of the enemy awakened by the melee thought they were surrounded by Saul's troops and 'melted away and they went on beating down one another' (1 Sam. 14:14-16). Thereupon Saul attacked with his whole force and beat the enemy. 'So the Lord saved Israel that day.'
"The brigade major reflected that there must still be this narrow passage through the rocks, between the two spurs, and at the end of it the 'half acre of land.' He woke the commander and they read the passage through together once more. Patrols were sent out. They found the pass, which was thinly held by the Turks, and which led past two jagged rocks -- obviously Bozez and Seneh. Up on top, beside Michmash, they could see by the light of the moon a small flat field. The brigadier altered his plan of attack. Instead of deploying the whole brigade he sent one company through the pass under cover of darkness. The few Turks whom they met were overpowered without a sound, the cliffs were scaled, and shortly before daybreak the company had taken up a position on 'the half acre of land.'
"The Turks woke up and took to their heels in disorder since they thought that they were being surrounded by Allenby's army. . . . (They were totally overcome.)
"And so", concludes Major Gilbert, "after thousands of years British troops successfully copied the tactics of Saul and Jonathan."
From The Bible as History by Werner Keller, published by Hodder and Stoughton, London 1956. Quoted by Francis Schaeffer in his lectures at L'Abri, Huemoz, Switzerland in the late 1960s.
Source: Preaching Now, http://www.preaching.com/newsletter/preachingnow/