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WITandWISDOM(tm) – December 4, 2007
"Character, in the long-run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike." - Theodore Roosevelt
Source: Weekend Encounter, by Dick Innes, Copyright (c) ACTS International, 2007, http://www.actsweb.org/subscribe.php
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
In Streams of Living Water, Richard Foster told of Billy Graham preaching at Cambridge in 1955. For three nights he tried to make his preaching academic and enlightened, but with no effect.
Graham finally realized that presenting the intellectual side of faith was not his gift and began preaching the simple message of Jesus rescuing us from our problem with sin. Foster wrote, "The results were astonishing: hundreds of sophisticated students responded to this clear presentation of the Gospel. It was a lesson in clarity and simplicity that he never forgot."
Streams of Living Water: Celebrating the Great Traditions of Christian Faith by Richard J. Foster, http://isbn.nu/9780060667436
Source: SermonCentral Weekly Newsletter,
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
My 50-something friend Nancy and I decided to introduce her mother to the magic of the Internet.
Our first move was to access the popular "Ask Jeeves" site, and we told her it could answer any question she had.
Nancy's mother was very skeptical until Nancy said, "It's true, Mom. Think of something to ask it."
As I sat with fingers poised over the keyboard, Nancy's mother thought a minute, then responded, "How is Aunt Helen feeling?"
Contributed to "Virtual Hilarity"
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
In an upscale pet-supply store, a customer wanted to buy a red sweater for her dog. The clerk suggested that she bring her dog in for a proper fit.
"Oh, no, I can't do that!" the lady said. "See, the sweater is going to be a surprise!"
Source: Nybble Bi-Weekly Newsletter, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nybble
World magazine reports an 18-year-old motorcycle racer began a race as a Czech, but ended his day as an Englishman. After an accident left him unconscious for 45 minutes, young racer Matej Kus stunned emergency workers by awakening and speaking perfect
English. A teammate noted Kus had been trying to learn English, but thus far had only a vague understanding of the language. According to his friends, when Kus awoke, he sounded like a BBC broadcaster.
This illustration proves what a great and marvelous thing the brain is. How things are stored and what prompts behavior is hardly understood and may never be. But we do know words shape the mind which shapes action.
Source: All Pro Dad, http://www.allprodad.com