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WITandWISDOM(tm) - October 19, 2000
What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly. - Richard Bach
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Submitted by: Jay W. Cook
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
It happened in the Philippines. General Douglas MacArthur had decided that in order to gain victory, he must delay direct action. Under cover of darkness, accompanied by just a few close aides, he left; but first he promised, "I will return." The end of that story is one of the most dramatic episodes of World War II.
May I take you back to that glad day at the close of the second world conflict when two thousand prisoners of war were delivered from enemy hands. Two of the prisoners had built a little radio and secretly listened to the news. One day they heard a familiar voice, "This is General MacArthur speaking. I have returned!"
What marvelous news! The months had dragged wearily into two and a half long years since the day the general left behind him the promise to return. Now he was returning amid a thunder of guns, with an armada of ships and an air force such as had never been seen before in the Pacific.
In the meantime, the news filtered through the camp that the enemy, sensing the hopelessness of its own situation, had actually decreed the death of the prisoners.
Among the prisoners was one who had been asked to serve as a camp official. One evening the guard informed him that at seven the next morning he was to call the prisoners together. Could this be the time when they would hear the long-feared death sentence?
Frightful were those hours as the camp official watched the hands of the clock moving toward the decisive moment. Then he went out with the bell ringer to call the camp. The steel bar was raised, ready to strike the gong. Suddenly both men looked up. In unison they exclaimed, "Look! Planes!"
The bell ringer, his hand still in the air, watched in breathless anticipation. Nearer and nearer they came. They roared overhead. Paratroopers leaped out into the prison yards. Deliverance at last!
Make no mistake about it. The forces of evil are intent on destroying the human race. The enemy of God has his hand raised, ready to strike the death gong. The great controversy between Christ and Satan, between good and evil, is on the verge of its last titanic struggle. But it is written in the Bible: "At that time thy people shall be delivered." At that time - look up! Deliverance is near!
By George Vandeman
Source: Signs of the Times, Copyright (c) September 1971, Pacific Press, www.pacificpress.com/signs via http://www.witandwisdom.org
Submitted by: Dale Galusha
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
TOP 7 SIGNS YOUR PASTOR NEEDS A VACATION
His first words to the congregation on Sunday morning are "alright, listen up you heathens . . ."
He falls asleep during his own sermon.
He shows up for Sunday service wearing Bermuda Shorts and a Tank Top.
Every time his pager goes off, he shouts, "Why can't they just leave me alone?!"
You go to his office for counseling and pour your heart out to him and he says, "Sounds like a personal problem to me."
And the Number One Sign Your Pastor Needs a Vacation . . .
For the past two months he has preached the same sermon every Sunday.
Source: Sermon Fodder, Sermon_Fodder- email@example.com via http://www.witandwisdom.org
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
A teacher observed a boy entering the classroom with dirty hands. She stopped him and said, "Johnny, please wash your hands. My goodness, what would you say if I came into the room with hands like that?"
With a smile the boy replied, "I think I'd be too polite to mention it."
Source: Kitty's Daily Mews, Copyright (c) 1997-2000 All rights reserved worldwide, kittysdailymews- firstname.lastname@example.org via http://www.witandwisdom.org
What year was missing ten days in October?
In 1582 Pope Gregory decreed that October's dates would skip from the fourth to the fifteenth, dropping ten days. The reason for this seemingly strange act had to do with the calendar system that was in use at the time.
Unlike our current system, the old Julian calendar had a leap year every four years without exception. Because a year is really a fraction shorter than 365.25 days, tiny errors began to accumulate. By the time of Pope Gregory's decree, the calendar was adjusted by ten days compared to Earth's solar year.
When he issued his decree, Gregory also fixed the leap year rule, so that leap years do not occur on century years (divisible by 100), unless the year is also divisible by 400. There is one other exception: years divisible by 4000 are not leap years. For example, 1900 was not a leap year, but 2000 is one.
Source: The Learning Kingdom, Copyright (c) 2000, www.tlk-lists.com/join via http://www.witandwisdom.org