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WITandWISDOM(tm) - October 12, 1999
Will it really matter five years down the road? That's a good question t ask when you're bothered by a traffic jam or an argument. Don't allow minor setbacks or concerns to get in the way of your concentrating on what's important. - Bits & Pieces, July 22, 1993
(Magazine: BITS & PIECES http://www.epinc.com/)
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
So complete and final was Adam's authority over the earth that he, not just God, had the ability to give it away. And that's what happened in the fall: Adam gave over his authority on earth to Satan. Jesus himself acknowledged this three times by calling Satan "the prince of this world" (Jn. 12:31, 14:30, 16:11). . . .
God chose, from the time of the creation, to work on the earth through humans, not independent of them. He always has and always will, even at the cost of becoming human. Though God is sovereign and all-powerful, the Scriptures clearly show He chose to limit Himself (concerning the affairs of earth) to working through human beings. . . .
In 1 Kings 18, we find the account of Elijah's prayers for rain after three years of drought. God told Elijah, "Go and present yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain on the land" (1 K. 18:1). At the end of chapter 18, Elijah prays seven times, and the rain comes. But according to verse one, whose idea was it to send rain? Whose will? At whose initiation? It was God's not Elijah's!
Why, then, if it was God's idea and timing, did Elijah's prayers bring the rain? The only logical answer is that God chose to work through a human. Even when the Lord Himself initiates something and earnestly desires to do it, He needs us to ask. . . .
God's need of our prayers is shown again in Ezek. 22:30-31: "And I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none. So I will pour out my wrath on them and consume them with my fiery anger, bringing down on their own head all they have done." . . . The passage clearly say, "While My justice demanded judgment, My love wanted forgiveness . Had I been able to find a human to ask Me to spare this people, I could have done it. It would have allowed Me to show mercy. Because I found no one, however, I had to destroy them."
- Dutch Sheets, PRAY!, Mar/Apr 1999
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
The annual "Just For Laughs" festival was in Montreal, and the Montreal Gazette Newspaper printed top jokes from the various shows:
(On the difference between men and women:)
"On the one hand, we'll never experience childbirth. On the other hand, we can open all our own jars. - Jeff Green
"What are the three words guaranteed to humiliate men everywhere? . . .
'Hold my purse.'" - Francois Morency
"Luge strategy? Lie flat and try not to die." - Tim Steeves
"I was born in Nicaragua and I felt there wasn't enough political instability in my life. So I moved to Quebec." - Marta Chaves
"To make a long story short, Rhett and Scarlett split up in the end." - Flacco
(On the necessity of having a 24-hour pickle hotline)
"You got brine problems that can't wait until morning?" - Tim Steeves
"And then there's the diner who asks if the fish at a restaurant is fresh. What are they going to tell you? 'No, it's four days old and stinks to high heaven.'" - Jean-Marie Bigard
"Why do people suck in their stomachs in when they weigh themselves? So they can see the scale." - Marta Chaves
"I discovered I scream the same way whether I'm about to be devoured by a Great White or if a piece of seaweed touches my foot." - Kevin James
(E-zine: THE FUNNY LIST http://www.egroups.com/list/thefunnylist )
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
A newly married man asked his wife, "Would you have married me if my father had not left me a fortune?"
"Darling," the women replied sweetly, "I would have married you no matter who left you a fortune."
E-zine: KLEAN JOKES DAILY Mailto:email@example.com
MEDALS OF HONOR:
More than 3,400 Medals of Honor have been awarded since the decoration's creation in 1861. And now the U.S. Army Center of Military History makes the names and acts of bravery of these heroes available for the world to see. Transcripts are categorized by war.
(E-zine: DAILY BITS http://www.DailyBits.com )