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WITandWISDOM(tm) - July 3, 2007
It is not what you gather but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived.
Submitted by Lorraine
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
At one time it was very popular in some of the leading colleges of our country for the young men to organize themselves into “infidel clubs.” They usually met once a week and discussed the demerits of the Bible, using all possible arguments to prove its fallacy.
It was in one of these colleges, an eyewitness tells us, that several young men met in such a club for the first time, and they chose for the leader one of the most advanced students.
The duty of the “leader” was to read the Scripture, after which the others were to discuss the Word, in the attempt to pick it to pieces.
Strange to say, the young man selected the wonderful fourteenth chapter of John, which has been such a comfort to so many Christian hearts. With a sneer on his face and a contracted brow, he commenced to read.
Very soon one of the students exclaimed, “That is wonderful!”
The reader looked up in surprise, but continued to read.
It was not long before another said, “That is beautiful!”
Again the reader elevated his eyebrows superciliously, but at once a third exclaimed, “That is grand!”
A new spirit was manifested, for the great Searcher of hearts was busy probing the consciences of these young men.
The Holy Spirit was setting their hearts and intellects on fire!
At last, with a look of mingled joy and shame on his face, the leader closed the Book, laid it on the table, and said in tones of intense earnestness, “Gentlemen, that Book is divine.”
The consequence was that the following week the club was disbanded and nearly all the members accepted the Word of God as truth, and gave their hearts to the Saviour.
From: Young People’s Weekly
Source: Signs of the Times, Copyright (c) January 16, 1896, Pacific Press, http://www.signstimes.com
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
Part 1 of 3 [July 3, 11, 19 - 2007]
An electric sanding tool commonly used to convert minor touch-up jobs into major refinishing jobs.
Craftsman 1/2 X 24-Inch Screwdriver:
A very large pry bar that inexplicably has an accurately machined screwdriver tip on the end opposite the handle.
A very useful tool for modelers which allows them to make more mistakes much faster, thereby turning $100 kits into spare parts, and completely justifying the purchase of another $100 kit.
A tall upright machine useful for suddenly snatching flat metal bar stock out of your hands so that it smacks you in the chest and flings your drink across the room, splattering it against that freshly-stained heirloom piece you were drying.
Eight-Foot Long Yellow Pine 2x4:
Used for levering an automobile upward off of a trapped hydraulic jack handle.
Electric Hand Drill:
Normally used for spinning pop rivets in their holes until you die of old age.
It transforms human energy into a crooked, unpredictable motion, and the more you attempt to influence its course, the more dismal your future becomes.
Originally employed as a weapon of war, the hammer nowadays is used as to locate the most expensive parts adjacent to the object we are trying to hit. It is often used to make gaping holes in walls when hanging pictures. Also used as replacement for screwdriver.
Source: Monday Fodder by Dave Aufrance, Missionary in Hongkong
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
Our mom needed a new mattress for her antique bed, so my brother, Josh, and I decided to buy her one as a gift. The problem was we weren't sure what to get, because it was an odd size.
Fortunately, my brother happened to be visiting my mother one day when I called home. "Measure the bed frame before you leave," I told him.
"I don't have a tape measure."
"You can use a dollar bill," I suggested, "each one is six inches long."
"Can't," he replied after digging through his wallet, "I only have a ten."
Source: Pulpit Supply, http://lively.ca/mailman/listinfo/pulpitsupply_lively.ca
New USA State Laws Taking Effect July 1, 2007
The Associated Press
Among the new laws taking effect in the United States across the country July 1, 2007
Just about everyone must now wear seat belts in Indiana, including people riding in back seats and those traveling in SUVs and pickups, after the state closed a loophole for vehicles with truck plates. Tennessee bans all motorcycle wheelies. Virginia drivers 17 years old and younger can be ticketed for talking on cellphones while driving. Virginia bad drivers will face fines as high as $3,000.
New York City bans trans fats. Massachusetts' sweeping health care insurance law takes full effect, with everyone required to have health insurance — either with state help or purchased privately.
California bans soda sales on school campuses during school hours, and puts new limits on sugar and fat content in school food. Florida starts a one-year pilot program to test randomly for steroid use among high school athletes participating in football, baseball and weightlifting.
Nevada and Minnesota encourage conservation and alternative energy. North Dakota begins a temporary tax break to spur the drilling of more oil wells in an area called the Bakken geologic formation.
WAR AND VETERANS:
Minnesota provides state education assistance to veterans, or family members of dead or disabled veterans. Idaho limits protests at military funerals. Florida bars commercial use of names or pictures of service members without their permission or their families' permission, if they are deceased.
Georgia's tough anti-illegal immigration laws kick in, requiring public employers with 500 or more employees — and any contractors — to verify that all new hires are in the country lawfully. The state also checks to make sure that anyone over age 18 who is receiving benefits is in the country legally. Idaho requires proof of legal residency for most forms of public assistance.
Copyright© 2007 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
Source: USA Today, http://www.usatoday.com