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WITandWISDOM(tm) - September 21, 2006
Be a life long or short, its completeness depends on what it was lived for. - David Starr Jordan
Source: Molly's Quotes of the Day,
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
A man once dreamed that he had been taken to heaven, but he felt very much out of place there. He saw God the Father, Abraham, Isaac, and all the righteous people he had read about in the Bible, and met many persons he had known while on earth. But his past sins loomed up before him until he felt as if he could not stay in such a holy place. Finally he met the Savior, and said to Him, “Lord, I can not stay here.”
Jesus asked, “What is the trouble? Are you uncomfortable here?”
“Yes,” answered the man, “because I have been such a terrible sinner all my life. I have made so many blunders and mistakes. I am out of place here. I can not stay.”
It seemed that the Lord thought a moment, paused as if in doubt, and said, “You a sinner! I do not seem to remember that you were ever a sinner.”
“What!” exclaimed the man. “Don’t you remember what a terrible life of sin I lived when I was in the world?”
“I do not seem to be able to recall that,” the Savior replied.
“It is on the records,” the man maintained. “You will find it recorded there; for I certainly was a sinner.”
“We will have the records brought,” Jesus said.
So He had the angel bring the record books. They scanned the pages, and the angel said, “I cannot find any record here that this man was ever a sinner.”
“There is some mistake,” said the man. “The records are not kept accurately; for I was a sinner.”
Jesus said, “The angels never make a mistake, and certainly the records are absolutely correct.”
Then the man turned to the Lord, and asked, “Master, will you explain this to me; I cannot understand it.”
“Well,” Jesus said, “it is this way: If you ever were a sinner, you confessed your sins, didn’t you?”
“O yes! Many, many times.”
“Well,” was the reply, “you need not have done it but once, for the moment you confessed those sins the Father forgave them, and they have been expunged from the record altogether. The record of My life has been substituted in place of yours, and your sins are gone altogether. And, further than that, we have forgotten all about your sins. We do not remember that you ever were a sinner.”
Is it an overdrawn picture? Turn to Hebrews 8:12, and read the promise of the new covenant, where it says, “Their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.” Somehow or other, God has the faculty not only of forgiving a man’s sins and cleansing him from these sins, but He can also forget them, cast them behind His back, remember them no more against that man forever. I do not know how He can do it, but He does. It is because He is a God of love.
By William H. Branson
Source: Signs of the Times, Copyright (c) January 19, 1926, Pacific Press, http://www.signstimes.com
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
A jogger who took a wrong turn during a lunch-time run in Florida ended up stuck in a swamp for four days.
Volunteers searching for Eddie Meadows, 62, eventually found him 'stuck like glue' in a bog, reports The Times.
Mr Meadows calmly asked his rescuers: "Do you have a phone? I want to call my wife."
He also asked for water and chocolate, before insisting that he should finish his run, jogging a short distance before he was helped to a waiting ambulance.
Police in Orlando said Mr Meadows had survived by sipping water from the swamp and avoided sun exposure because he was under a shady tree canopy.
Mr Meadows is in training for the Baltimore Marathon and leaves his desk at the University of Central Florida's research park every lunchtime to jog around the campus.
His wife, Ardis, and two grown-up sons appeared on TV to plead for help in finding him and 50 volunteers scoured the area.
Finally, Ron Eaglin was combing woodland on a remote corner of the university campus when he heard noises.
"I heard some sloshing off in the woods, it didn't sound like a deer, so I yelled: "Hello?" and then I heard: "Help, help, help, help"," he said.
"I said: "Are you looking for Eddie Meadows?", and he said: "I AM Eddie Meadows"."
Source: Ananova http://www.ananova.com
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
My mother and I arise early on Saturday mornings to catch all the garage sales. One typical Saturday we spotted a garage sale that seemed to be just opening for business.
We quickly walked into the man's garage and began looking over his wares. After a few minutes and several stern looks from the solemn-faced garage owner, he asked if there was anything he could do for us.
"This is a garage sale, isn't it?" my mother asked timidly.
The gentleman chuckled, somewhat relieved. "No," he said. "I was just cleaning out my garage. But if there's something you want, let me know."
We did--and now he's five dollars richer.
Source: Pulpit Supply, http://lively.ca/mailman/listinfo/pulpitsupply_lively.ca
Armor Holdings Inc. is developing new, high-tech "liquid armour" -- garments constructed from layers of tough fibers and fluid polymers -- that could keep troops, police, and prison guards safer.
Developed by Norman Wagner, a professor of chemical engineering at the University of Dela-ware's Center for Composite Materials, Armor Holdings' product is a mix of polyethylene glycol, a polymer found in laxatives and other consumer products, and nanobits of silica, or purified sand. Together they produce a "sheer-thickening liquid" that
stiffens instantly into a shield when hit hard by an object. It reverts to its liquid state just as fast when the energy from the projectile dissipates. It's also lighter than Kevlar and other widely used fabrics. That means Armor Holdings' new vests, in which the substance would be sandwiched between layers of ballistic fibers, might be lighter than current versions, which weigh four pounds or more. The Jacksonville (Fla.) company wants to continue to sell entry-level garments for $500 to $600.
While liquid armor seems tailor-made for combat personnel or police, the company is initially targeting prisons because the fabric resists punctures. That means it can protect guards from stabbings, something even a top-of-the-line bulletproof vest can't do.
Source: Nybble Bi-Weekly Newsletter, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nybble