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WITandWISDOM(tm) - August 3, 2005
"I'd rather attempt to do something great and fail than attempt to do nothing and succeed." - Robert Schuller, Pastor Crystal Cathedral - Garden Grove Community Church
Quoted by C. Peter Wagner, Your Church Can Grow, (Glendale, CA: Regal Books Division, G/L Publications, 1976), p. 53. LCC 75-39410. http://isbn.nu/0830709789
Submitted by Pastor John L. Bechtel, http://www.tagnet.org/fremont/
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
During his lifetime, George Muller founded several orphanages, often supporting and running as many as three at any one time. But running three orphanages isn't an easy task to accomplish when there aren't any regular funds! After serving dinner at one of his orphanages one evening, George realized that there was no food for the next day's breakfast and no money to buy any. This didn't shake him, however. When he retired for the night, he conveyed his needs to his Heavenly Father, and then he went to sleep. He knew God would provide on time. Early the next morning, a gentleman knocked on the door and offered a donation that supplied for all of their needs.
Another time when there was no breakfast for the children, George went for an early morning walk to talk it over with God. He was so caught up in discussing his needs with the One who can help that he didn't notice when he took a wrong turn. Soon he met an old acquaintance on the street. Though George never once hinted that he had financial needs, the friend offered him five pounds-enough money to provide adequate food for the orphanage for the next few days.
One day a lady offered George a small donation: 2 pennies. She was unaware that the orphanage was lacking a penny to buy bread. Later, when facing the dilemma of paying for milk, the money arrived just minutes before the milkman!
Here is George's own description of another time when there was no food for the children: "Our bread was hardly enough for the day. After dinner, when I returned thanks, I asked Him to give us our daily bread, meaning literally that He would send us bread for the evening. While I was praying there was a knock at the door of the room. After I had concluded a poor sister came in and brought us some of her dinner, and from another poor sister five shillings. In the afternoon she also brought us a large loaf. Thus the Lord not only gave us bread but also money."
On another occasion when he was praying about not having enough money, George reported: "The instant that I got up from my knees, a brother gave me one pound which had been taken out of the chapel box."
George Muller noticed that as the numbers of orphans he was taking care of increased, the Lord's provisions also increased. One kept pace with the other. God always answered George's prayers with just the right amount of food or money, never too much, never too little. And, no meal fed to the orphans was ever more than 30 minutes late. In fact, during his lifetime, George received 7½ million U.S. dollars in answer to his prayers!
Do you trust in the faithfulness of God? Why not try doing so today?
Source: Illustrator, http://www.answers2prayer.org
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
I, (state your name) will obey the rules of the road.
I will not drive like I'm delivering a donated organ.
I will not purposely scare cows.
I will not make light of gravity.
I will recognize speed limits as strict law & not just ballpark suggestions.
I will not run up on the butt of the car in front of me simply because I do not want to have to reset my cruise control.
Source: Molly's Quotes of the Day, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org?subject=Subscribe_Quotes_of_the_Day
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
I was with a friend in a cafe' when a noisy car alarm interrupted our conversation. "What good are car alarms when no one pays any attention to them?" I wondered aloud.
"Some are quite effective," my friend corrected me. "Last summer, my teenager spent a lot of time at the neighbors'. Whenever I wanted him home, I'd go out to the driveway and kick his car."
Submitted by B.B.
A bizarre crustacean, tagged the "musical furry lobster." has been found in Australian waters. It's so unusual, with a furry shell and the ability to chirp, that scientists have placed it in its own genus.
Rumor has it the French researchers discovered the world's first specimen in the 1980s but didn't realize its significance. So they ate it for dinner.
Fortunately, this one is alive and well. Reef HQ Aquarium official Patrick Filmer-Sankey says the lobster is "as big as a rabbit" and actually feels like felt.
From: Australian Broadcasting Corp.
Source: Peninsula Daily News, July 29, 2005, http://peninsuladailynews.com